The Department offers MA, MS and MAT (Master of Arts for Teachers of Mathematics) degrees and graduates about 15 masters students each year. Graduate students in Mathematics are assigned an advisor upon acceptance into the program. They are strongly encouraged to develop a close working relationship either with their assigned advisor or perhaps a different faculty member with whom they have a good working relationship. The MA degree requires a thesis and all students are encouraged to consider writing a thesis, and thereby receiving an MA instead of an MS, because it is such a worthwhile experience. Financial support is often available for qualified students and both current and prospective students are encouraged to inquire about such opportunities.