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Grad school in Math: MA vs. MS

  1. Nov 3, 2011 #1
    I have a BS in Math and Physics, and want to go on to grad school. I am currently planning on applying to SUNY Stony Brook's math department and their physics department (for theoretical physics).

    I ultimately want to get my PhD (though whether in math or physics I am not entirely sure--hence why I am currently going to apply to both programs). But I have recently been considering applying to their (stony brook's) Masters program in Math. I noticed, however, that their program is for an MA in math. Why an MA? It gives me a bit of hesitation. I would think it would be an MS.

    Honestly, I don't really care what the letters say...I really just want to get onto studying more math. But since I ultimately want to do a PhD, I want to make sure I am not doing a 'watered down' masters or something and ensure that choosing the program doesn't look bad later on in my academic career.

    Does anyone think the program being for an MA instead of an MS signifies anything I should be concerned about?
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 3, 2011 #2
    might be coursework only. . .
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