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Our graduates have gone on to research-oriented postdoctoral positions at institutions such as Oxford University, Caltech, MIT, NYU, UC Santa Barbara, the University of Arizona and the University of Minnesota. After their postdoc positions, many of them continue to pursue academic careers and hold tenure-track/tenured positions in the U.S. and around the world. Many of our graduates have also​ established very successful career paths in industry, government labs and research centers. They have taken positions in high-level tech companies, such as Boeing, Merck, Microsoft, Google and Amazon; investment banks, such as Barclays, JP Morgan Chase and Schonfeld Securities LLC; and in the government laboratories and research centers, such as NIST, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research and National Security Agency.

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Admission Requirements and Criteria

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Each year, the deadline for spring admission is November 15 and January 15 for fall admission. Our admission process includes:

  • The GRE General Test and one GRE Subject Test, though the Subject Test need not be in Mathematics (typically for students interested in Applied Mathematics).
  • The department considers your GPA and transcript from all prior institutions, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and other experiences, honors and qualifications found in your CV and personal statement. Of particular interest is your performance in calculus, linear algebra and advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate courses, such as analysis/advanced calculus, abstract algebra, differential equations or others. We are also interested in evidence of research potential.
  • International applicants need to pass the TOEFL (minimum 100, with at least 20 in each section) or IELTS (minimum 7.5, with at least 6.5 in each section) language test, unless they have a postsecondary degree from an institution in an English-speaking country.

For more details on completing the application, visit the How to Apply page​.

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Program Requirements

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Ph.D. Degree

  • ​ Full-time enrollment
  • 48 credits of coursew​ork (16 courses), including up to six credits from outside mathematics (may be decreased for those entering with a Masters degree)
  • Written Preliminary Examinations completed before the start of the 4th semester
  • Oral Candidacy Examination on topics selected in relevance to the candidate's research, completed before the start of the 6th semester
  • Completion and successful defense of a dissertation

The median time to degree for a Ph.D. is five years, though six years is not uncommon.

M.Sc. Degree

  • 30 credits of coursework, or 24 credits plus a master's thesis
  • full-time or part-time enrollment

4+1 BS/MS Program

The department offers a 4+1 BS/MS program, which allows students to complete both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in five years of full-time study. Students can apply for the 4+1 program if they are in any BS program administered by the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Of the 30 credits needed for the MS degree, six can also be counted towards the BS degree.

Students should apply during their junior year. Requirements by the time of application are as follows:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2;
  • GPA of 3.4 in your undergraduate major;
  • Two completed mathematics courses at the 400 level or above;
  • Two recommendation letters for the application;
  • You do not need GRE or TOEFL scores.

Full details about what is needed for admission can be found in the department's policy manual​. Your application will still be considered if you do not meet the minimum requirements, but are able to offer appropriate strengths. Apply through the Office of Graduate and Professional Education.

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First Year Overview

Our program provides incoming students​ with activities that help them to succeed in the first-year course work, teaching assistant duties and transition to a more research oriented mode of subsequent years, in particular:

  • In July, the incoming students are invited to campus for an orientation and review of key academic materials during the Review of Advanced Mathematical Problems (RAMP).
  • In August, we require completion of university and department training for teaching assistants.
  • Foreign students are required to participate in the mandatory training offered by the English Language Institute (ELI) in the month before the fall or spring term in which the student begins studying. It is departmental policy that no foreign student be supported more than two semesters without being certified by ELI for having a sufficient command of English and teaching basics for classroom assignments.
  • In January, we offer a preparatory session for the required preliminary examinations.
  • In the summer after the first year, students are offered support for either independent study or in our collaborative summer research program Groups Exploring the Mathematical Sciences (GEMS).
  • In the first year, students receive help with applying for fellowships in a specially designed fall workshop. Students are invited to attend our Graduate Student Seminar series, and encouraged to attend some of the numerous research seminars and co​lloquia​​ held weekly.​​​

Learn more by visiting our FAQ page or request more information. ​

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