An electronic newsletter from the BSU School of Graduate Studies

Vol. 4, No. 2

July 2007


The Process

Registration: Grad classes

Starting the count of seven years to complete a degree

Form 1: Applying for admission to graduate studies

Completing 13-16 graduate credits after admission

Form 2: Applying for candidacy in a graduate degree program

Taking the written exam at the end of course work

Form 3: Proposing a research paper or thesis

Doing the work and writing the results

Form 4: Applying for graduation

Submitting the research paper or thesis for review

Form 5: Scheduling the oral examination

Defending your graduate work



This month . . .

·      Ins and Outs: Investigating Grad Programs

               The Department of Mathematics

·      Q&A: Question of the Month?


Featuring the MS in Mathematics


The degree… 


Master of Science degree in Mathematics - this degree is intended for middle school, secondary school and community/technical college teachers of mathematics.  The program is designed to provide mathematical content appropriate for teachers at these levels as well as advanced instructional methodologies.  Students are offered a curriculum which is appropriate to both their individual needs and their needs relating to classroom instruction. 




This degree requires a licensed undergraduate teaching major or minor in mathematics. 





Competency Requirement


Students are expected to complete CS 6420, Classroom Integration of Computer Software, with a grade of “B” or better, or the equivalent as approved by the department.


The Research Paper…


Students are expected to complete a Graduate Research paper.












Q&A: Summer Graduation?

Q: If I finish next summer, when do I “graduate”?

A: You have two dates. First, with good academic standing and no more than 12 credits of course work to complete before September 1, you may participate in the spring Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 12.

Commencement: Submit Form 4 (Application for Graduation) and the non-refundable $10.00 graduation fee by April 1, 2006.

Graduation date: Your official graduation is in August. If you do not plan to participate in Commencement, submit Form 4 during spring semester.



If you have any questions that you would like to ask of the Mathematics Department, please contact:


Randall Westhoff at:

218-755-2831 (


the Mathematics Dept at:



Getting into the MS in Mathematics Program

If you are interested in applying to the Mathematics graduate program at BSU, please read the following.


BSU Graduates:

o       Submit Form 1-Application for Admission to Graduate Studies

o       Submit a $20.00 non-refundable application fee payable to BSU

o       Submit two (2) letters of recommendation from a current or previous employer/professor-letters are to address the candidate's qualifications for the candidate's chosen program of study


Non-BSU Graduates:

o        Submit Form 1-Application for Admission to Graduate Studies

o        Submit a $20.00 non-refundable application fee payable to BSU

o        Request one (1) official transcript from the undergraduate institution where you received your bachelor's degree and from each graduate college/university you previously attended. Send directly to the School of Graduate Studies office

o        Submit two (2) letters of recommendation: (dated, signed, and on letterhead)-letters are to address the candidate's qualifications for the candidate's chosen program of study

o        A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score is required of all applicants whose first language is not English. International students are required to complete the International Student application for Admission form (See International Program Center)











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