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What is my Swedish math degree equivalent to?

  1. Nov 23, 2006 #1
    Hello everyone,

    I just graduated in Sweden doing mathematics and I’ve been thinking a bit about what my degree is equivalent to in the American system. Formally it is a 3 year undergraduate degree (in Swedish: “kandidat”) + 1 year graduate (“magister”) = 4 years. On the diploma it says that the English name is “Master of Science in technology with a major in Mathematics”, but I’m a little unsure if it really is equivalent to a BSc or an MSc degree in the US.

    The courses in mathematics that I took are:

    Calculus I, II, III + multivariable and vector calculus
    Linear algebra I, II
    Introduction to real analysis
    Mathematical statistics
    Linear systems
    Integral transforms
    Complex analysis
    Mathematical physics (PDEs etc)
    Introduction to numerical analysis
    Point set topology
    Introduction to algebraic topology
    Classical differential geometry (surfaces in R^n etc)
    Introduction to modern differential geometry (manifolds, forms, tensors)
    Combinatorics and discrete mathematics
    Abstract algebra (up to but not including Galois theory)
    Symmetry methods for DEs (a little about Lie groups)
    One-semester thesis in Nonlinear mathematical physics (More on Lie groups applied to DEs)

    So then my question is, how does this correspond to the courses a US student majoring in mathematics takes?
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  3. Nov 23, 2006 #2
    I took most of those classes in highschool. So you are probably a little under a BS in mathematics :rofl:

    Seriously though, you have an equivalent of a BS (this is just a guess), but if I were you I would wait for a real response :wink:
  4. Nov 23, 2006 #3
    Here's an example BS curriculum at a state school:

    Code (Text):

    MAT 270 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I MA    4
    MAT 271 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II MA   4
    MAT 272 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III MA  4
    MAT 300 Mathematical Structures L   3
    MAT 342 Linear Algebra  3
        or MAT 343 Applied Linear Algebra (3)
    MAT 371 Advanced Calculus I 3

    Two courses chosen from the following list of advanced courses  6
    MAT 415 Introduction to Combinatorics (3)
    MAT 416 Introduction to Graph Theory (3)
    MAT 423 Numerical Analysis I CS (3)
    MAT 425 Numerical Analysis II CS (3)
    MAT 442 Advanced Linear Algebra (3)
    MAT 444 Intermediate Abstract Algebra (3)
    MAT 472 Intermediate Real Analysis I (3)
    MAT 473 Intermediate Real Analysis II (3)
    MAT 475 Differential Equations (3)
    MAT 476 Partial Differential Equations (3)
    STP 421 Probability (3)
    STP 427 Mathematical Statistics (3)

    dvanced Courses in Mathematics and Statistics 1
    Two courses from the following list, both preferably taken from the same grouping   6
    Algebra, Topology, and Number Theory
    MAT 410 Introduction to General Topology (3)
    MAT 442 Advanced Linear Algebra (3)
    MAT 443 Introduction to Abstract Algebra (3)
    MAT 444 Intermediate Abstract Algebra (3)
    MAT 445 Theory of Numbers (3)
    Analysis and Applications
    MAT 372 Advanced Calculus II (3)
    MAT 461 Applied Complex Analysis (3)
    MAT 472 Intermediate Real Analysis I (3)
    Applied Mathematics and Dynamics
    MAT 451 Mathematical Modeling CS (3)
    MAT 452 Introduction to Chaos and Nonlinear Dynamics (3)
    MAT 455 Introduction to Fractals and Applications (3)
    Computational Mathematics
    MAT 420 Scientific Computing (3)
    MAT 421 Applied Computational Methods CS (3)
    MAT 423 Numerical Analysis I CS (3)
    MAT 425 Numerical Analysis II CS (3)
    MAT 427 Computer Arithmetic CS (3)
    Differential Equations
    MAT 462 Applied Partial Differential Equations (3)
    MAT 475 Differential Equations (3)
    MAT 476 Partial Differential Equations (3)
    Discrete Mathematics
    MAT 415 Introduction to Combinatorics (3)
    MAT 416 Introduction to Graph Theory (3)
    MAT 419 Introduction to Linear Programming CS (3)
    Statistics and Probability
    STP 420 Introductory Applied Statistics CS (3)
    STP 421 Probability (3)
    STP 425 Stochastic Processes (3)
    STP 427 Mathematical Statistics (3)
    STP 429 Experimental Statistics CS (3)

    Additional Course Work in Mathematics and Statistics 2
    Three courses in mathematics and statistics

    Related Fields Course Work 3
    Course work in mathematics, statistics, or related fields   10
    1 Students who contemplate graduate work in mathematics should choose additional courses listed under the depth requirement to satisfy the advanced courses requirement.
    2 Acceptable mathematics courses are MAT 243, 274, and upper division MAT courses, with the exception of MAT 310, 362, 485, and MAT 411. Acceptable statistics courses are 400-level STP courses.
    3 For a list of related field course work, see an advisor
    schools will vary,

    it looks like you have taken your fair share of courses though. So you might be above a BS.
  5. Nov 23, 2006 #4
    Yes you are more than equivalent to an American BSc Degree in Mathematics. Very easy you can get your Masters Degree im Mathematics from Canadian University and you can teach math at The Community College in Canada.
  6. Nov 26, 2006 #5
    So in average, what kind of courses does a typical masters-student in the US take then? This is usually for two years, right?
  7. Nov 26, 2006 #6
    You can try e-mailing a US university and asking them what the equivilant would be. My guess, judging by the name, is that it is similar to an MSc. Judging by the time frame, though, I would say a BS.

    Again, contact a university in the US if you want to know for sure.
  8. Nov 26, 2006 #7
    You have to take into consideration that Swedish universities don't require you to take any courses outside of your major.

    I don't really know the answer (although I am also in a Swedish mathematics program, hoping to get a Swedish MSc), but I'd say the most important determinant is this: do American BS programs (in math) require students to write something on (or above) the level of a Swedish "magistersuppsats" (master's thesis)?
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2006
  9. Nov 26, 2006 #8


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    To my knowledge it is deeper but narrower than the math coursework completed by the average US math student graduating with an MS in math. In the US, you would typically be required to complete a basic series in Statistical methods and a basic series in Computational techniques, but you might get away without having to do as much differential geometry.
  10. Nov 26, 2006 #9
    I though that a magisterexamen was the same as a master degree, especially after they changed the first to be more suited to overseas (or Europe(?)) education.

    I don't want to refer to wikipedia but I cannot think of anything that would be close to anything descriptive http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MSc#Sweden

    How about asking someone on your university?
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