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The Program


​​Over the past half-century, the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Delaware has  awarded well over one hundred doctoral degrees in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. In 2010, the NRC rankings of doctoral programs ranked our program in the range 11-40 among all U.S. programs in  mathematics, while the Academic Ranking of World Universities consistently identifies us as a top 100 department in mathematics worldwide. We offer five-year financial aid packages combining teaching, research, and fellowship opportunities, a beautiful campus in a lively town, and a central location in the mid-Atlantic on the Eastern seaboard. Our faculty contains internationally recognized researchers in core areas of mathematics and its applications. As such, we offer a wide range of potential research topics for Ph.D.   candidates. Graduates from our program have gone on to prestigious postdoctoral research positions, tenure-track positions combining research and teaching, and jobs in industry, commerce, and in government agencies, such as the National Security Agency.

Program Overview

The department currently offers master's and doctoral degree in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. The department also offers a 4+1 Masters Program​.

Generally speaking, the Ph.D. requires full-time study. In summary, the requirements for the Ph.D. are: 

  • ​ 48 credits of coursework (16 courses), including up to six credits from outside math (may be decreased for those entering with a master's).
  • written Preliminary Examinations in analysis and linear algebra. 
  • oral Candidacy Examination on topics selected for relevance to the candidate's research. 
  • ​completion and defense of a dissertation 

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

The master's degree can be earned with 30 credits of coursework, or 24 credits plus a master's thesis. While most classes are offered only in the daytime, it is possible to complete a master's degree part-time. 

Students who are particularly interested in computation may wish to add the university's interdisciplinary Certificate in Computational Science and Engineering

For details regarding our course offerings see here​, prospective students seeking additional information should look he​re, and for current students seeking more information try here​.

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The Program
  • Department of Mathematical Sciences
  • University of Delaware
  • 501 Ewing Hall
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2653