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Graduate Programs

At the graduate level, we offer both MA in Mathematics and PhD in Mathematics.


Both our MA and PhD programs encourages breadth across subjects in mathematics. In particular, both programs require courseworks from at least three different areas among the five areas of concentration in the department.

Typically, an MA degree is finished in two years. The degree entails 8 graduate courses (32 credit hours) with certain area distribution and minimum grade requirements, and either an MA oral examination or MA thesis. We will soon add a professionally oriented MA degree in Applied Statistics.

The duration of PhD varies. A student entering the program with only a bachelor's degree can expect to spend 5 to 6 years. A milestone of the PhD is the Admission to Candidacy Exam which is typically held in the fourth year of graduate study for those who enter the program without master's degrees. The major work of earning a PhD involves the writing of a research dissertation under the guidance of a faculty member. While our highest degree is a PhD “in mathematics”, a significant number of our doctoral dissertations are written on research topics in mathematical statistics.

See the University Bulletin for the official descriptions of our graduate programs and courses as well as links to pages about admissions.

Read the Graduate Handbook for details.


Application to our graduate programs is done through graduate school. Use the links below to apply.


Usually a PhD student begins by getting an MA degree. Many of our MA and PhD students are also teaching assistants or in some cases are supported as research fellows. Being a teaching assistant gives the student useful and marketable experience in teaching at the college level, and the duties leave plenty of time for full-time graduate study. Approximately 50 of our 70 graduate students receive financial support of this kind. MAT students do not normally have financial support within the department.

For current students

All new graduate students in DOMS are advised to read the Graduate Handbook very carefully.

A list of other useful links is included below.

Graduates and alumni

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