Unit: Mathematics
Program: Mathematics (MA)
Degree: Master's
Date: Thu Oct 15, 2009 - 9:43:23 pm

1) List your program's student learning outcomes (SLOs).

Graduate students in the UHM mathematics program should learn the fundamental results and methods of modern algebra, real and complex analysis.  They should learn mathematics from a variety of fields.  Most importantly, they should learn to think, do research, and write mathematics independently. 

The graduate mathematics core for the masters degree is reflected in the contents of Math 611-612 (abstract algebra) , Math 631 (real analysis) and Math 644 (complex analysis).  Doctoral candidates are also responsible for Math 632 (real analysis 2).  The topics in the core are the subject of the algebra and analysis comprehensive exams for PhD students.

The breadth requirement is reflected in the requirement of additional courses.  Each student's graduate adviser ensures that a variety of appropriate topics are studied.

The student is expected to master an area of specialization.  Research in this special area forms the topic for the masters paper or doctoral dissertation.  For PhD candidates, there is also a specialty exam in the chosen area. 

2) Where are your program's SLOs published?

Department Website URL: http://www.math.hawaii.edu/home/GraduateRequirements.html
Student Handbook. URL, if available online:
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online:
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online:

3) Upload your program's current curriculum map(s) as a PDF.

No map submitted.

4) What percentage of courses have the course SLOs explicitly stated on the course syllabus, department website, or other publicly available document? (Check one)


5) State the SLO(s) that was Assessed, Targeted, or Studied

The graduate committee devotes (at least) one meeting per term to program planning and review.

6) State the Assessment Question(s) and/or Goal(s) of Assessment Activity

How can the program be made relevant to modern mathematical careers?

7) State the Type(s) of Evidence Gathered

Other programs in mathematics were compared.

8) State How the Evidence was Interpreted, Evaluated, or Analyzed

The graduate committee discussed it.

9) State How Many Pieces of Evidence Were Collected

Does not apply.

10) Summarize the Actual Results

More applied mathematics Plan B projects are now being undertaken, in addition to traditional pure math projects.

11) Briefly Describe the Distribution and Discussion of Results

The results are evaluated in graduate committee meetings and reported at faculty meetings.

12) Describe Conclusions and Discoveries

Does not apply.

13) Use of Results/Program Modifications: State How the Program Used the Results --or-- Explain Planned Use of Results

This was answered above.

14) Reflect on the Assessment Process


15) Other Important Information

See articles in the AMS Notices for program reviews.

16) FOR DISTANCE PROGRAMS ONLY: Explain how your program/department has adapted its assessment of student learning in the on-campus program to assess student learning in the distance education program.

17) FOR DISTANCE PROGRAMS ONLY: Summarize the actual student learning assessment results that compare the achievement of students in the on-campus program to students in the distance education program.