The Certificate in Graduate Mathematics allows students to take a variety of theory and application-based courses to strengthen their knowledge of mathematics and to prepare them for future careers, graduate degrees, and teaching opportunities. To earn the certificate, students must successfully complete with a B or better four graduate mathematics courses but are welcome to take additional graduate mathematics courses to work towards meeting requirements for teaching dual-credit mathematics at the high school level or introductory mathematics at the collegiate level. Some students may wish to continue on to UHD graduate degrees such as the Masters of Arts in Teaching or the Masters of Science in Data Analytics.
Courses are taken for the Graduate Mathematics Certificate can be applied to these other graduate degrees, as well. Certificate courses are offered in a variety of formats including fully online, hybrid and face-to-face. Courses are offered during long semesters and in summer semesters and are taught by UHD Mathematics and Statistics faculty.
Who Should Apply?
The Certificate in Graduate Mathematics is perfect for students who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in a mathematics-related field but either want a refresher on important concepts in mathematics or want to begin slowly by taking one or two courses at a time. It is also fitting for those practicing teachers who are looking to complete or begin their graduate mathematics hours to teach dual-credit mathematics at the high school level or entry-level undergraduate mathematics at the collegiate level*. Courses are offered at night, online and hybrid to fit busy schedules as well as during the summers.
*Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requires those teaching dual-credit or collegiate mathematics to have a Master's degree in some field and a concentration in mathematics (18 credit hours in mathematics). This certificate requires 12 hours so students will need to take an additional 6 hours to complete the graduate concentration requirements.
Graduate Mathematics Certificates Requirements
The Graduate Mathematics Certificate requires a minimum of 12 graduate semester credit hours from the graduate mathematics courses offered at UHD. Students are welcome to take additional courses in graduate mathematics as required for their intended career or graduate degree.
|MATH 5300||Survey of Undergraduate Mathematics |
|MATH 5301||Advanced Numerical Methods|
|MATH 5302||Mathematical Statistics|
|MATH 5305||Complex Variables and Applications|
|MATH 5306||Modern Algebra|
|MATH 5310||Statistical Foundations of Data Analytics|
|MATH 5311||Multivariate Analysis and Nonparametric Statistics|
|MATH 5314||Differential Geometry|
|MATH 5315||Mathematical Modeling|
|MATH 5316||Applied Regression Analysis|
|MATH 5390 /6390||Special Topics in Mathematics|
|MATH 6322||Graph Theory|
|MATH 6399||Directed Study|
While students may take any six MATH courses from the list above, for those students planning on earning the Masters of Arts in Teaching or completing requirements for dual-credit or entry-level undergraduate mathematics teaching, we suggest they take MATH 5300, MATH 5306, MATH 5307, MATH 6322 and MATH 5315. Those students planning to continue on to the Masters of Science in Data Analytics should take MATH 5300, MATH 5302, MATH 5310, MATH 5311 and MATH 5316.
Earning the certificate is dependent upon satisfactory completion of all coursework with a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.0. Satisfactory completion of graduate courses includes completing all coursework with a grade of "B" or better.
Minimum Grade Point Average to remain in the Graduate Mathematics Certificate program
No more than two grades below a "B" in any graduate level courses will be accepted towards the certificate. At most two grades of "C" will be allowed and then only if the cumulative GPA is 3.0 or higher. Upon receipt of the third grade below a "B" in any three graduate courses, or if the GPA drops below 3.0, the student will be academically dismissed from the program once all appeals are exhausted.
Transfer of Graduate Credits
A maximum of two approved courses may be transferred from another accredited university. A minimum grade of "B" is required for the course to transfer. All petitions for transfer credit must be submitted to the UHD Graduate Admissions Committee at the time of application for the committee's approval.
Admission requirements for the Graduate Mathematics Certificate are designed to identify applicants who have the ability, interest, and qualities necessary to complete the program. Admission is competitive and selective. Applicants must demonstrate that they possess the abilities, interests, and qualities necessary to successfully complete the program.
The deadline for the Spring 2020 deadline is December 1 for residents and November 15 for non-residents.
Applicants seeking admission will provide the following application materials for review by the Graduate Curriculum Committee:
- A completed Apply Texas application form which will include a 1000-word essay that addresses why you want to pursue a mathematics certificate
- Bachelor degree conferred by a regionally accredited institution.
- Official University transcript(s) from which the applicant earned a Bachelor's degree and an advanced degree (if applicable). Official transcripts must reflect
- the last 60 semester credit hours of coursework and evidence of Bachelor's degree awarded and the GPA. As admission to the degree program is competitive, candidates with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher will be preferred.
- Successful completion of some sophomore-level or higher mathematics coursework including a Calculus sequence and at least one proof-based course such as
Linear Algebra, Discrete Mathematics or
Introduction to Proof.
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Waiver can be requested for applicants with a GPA above 3.0 in their last 60 hours of college coursework.
- Resume documenting any work experience that emphasizes personal and professional accomplishments.
- One recommendation from an individual well-acquainted with your work and who is able to address your academic potential, for example, work supervisors and professors. Recommender's name must be provided with the application.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, if you are a graduate of a university where English is not the primary language of instruction (preferred TOEFL scores are: an Internet-based score of 81, a paper-based score of 553 or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher).
The Graduate Advisory Committee will evaluate applications using a holistic matrix based on GPA, GRE score, relevant coursework or experience, recommendations, and other written materials in the applicant's file. The Graduate Advisory Committee will use the results of this evaluation to determine if an applicant is admitted. The Graduate Coordinator will notify students, in writing, of the committee's decision.
* Please view all of the application requirements on the UHD Admissions website before submitting your application.
While some students plan to stop with the certificate, others might decide to work towards a graduate degree at UHD. Information regarding two such programs, MSDA and MAT are below.