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See also the BU page about our programs.
At the graduate level, we offer:
Both our MA in Mathematics and PhD in Mathematical Sciences programs encourage breadth across subjects in mathematics. In particular, both programs require course work from at least three different areas among the five areas of concentration in the department. More information about the MA and PhD programs.
The MA in Statistics is geared to work in applied statistics. More information about the MA in Statistics program.
Either one of the MA degrees is typically finished in two years. 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 taken 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.
The University Bulletin offers the official descriptions of our graduate programs and courses as well as links to pages about admissions.
Our graduate students are very active beyond their regular course work.
Application to our graduate programs is done through the Graduate School. Use the links below to apply.
Application deadline is January 30, to be considered for funding. All applications received by April 15 will be considered for admission.
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.
Some links for additional funding:
All new graduate students in DOMS are strongly advised to read the Graduate Handbook very carefully, including regulation on use of Math 597. In addition, a list of other useful links for all current students is included below.
A newsletter with news about our faculty and graduate alumni.