Fairfield University to offer master's degree in mathematics

Fairfield University will offer a master of science degree program this fall in mathematics and quantitative methods. Directors of the new master's program will be Benjamin Fine, an author, researcher and consultant who specializes in statistical analysis and abstract algebra; and Robert Bolger, an expert in Non-Euclidean geometry, topology and complex variables, who has directed 18 National Science Foundation programs for teachers of mathematics.

They will draw on the expertise of the other 12 men and women in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, all who hold doctorates and are active in many areas of research.

The program will to be of special interest to middle and secondary school teachers, individuals in business and industry whose work is quantitative in nature, those seeking to teach in community colleges, and college graduates wishing to pursue a master's degree as well as those seeking a solid preparation for Ph.D. work in mathematics or other technical fields.

Students will learn in small class settings and have access to the library, two modern computer labs reserved primarily for mathematics and computer science students and faculty, on-line data bases, e-mail and the library's on-line catalog. Fairfield's fiber optic technology provides dial-in access from home computers to e-mail as well as electronic course bulletin boards and other materials placed on the computer network.

The master's of science in mathematics and quantitative methods normally takes two to three years to complete on a part-time basis and may be completed in 16 months in an accelerated format.

For more information, please contact Dr. Fine at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2197.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on August 7, 2000

Vol. 33, No. 16

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