The PhD program in the Department of Mathematics allows students to undertake specialized study and independent research in mathematics. Areas of study represented by our graduate faculty include analysis, applied mathematics, differential geometry, financial and actuarial mathematics, mathematical biology, mathematics education, number theory, numerical analysis, probability, and topology. Students can enter the PhD program after demonstrating mathematical proficiency by passing the qualifying exams and finding a PhD advisor from among the ranks of the faculty in Mathematics. Students who enter the Mathematics graduate program without a prior graduate degree are expected to complete the PhD degree in six years. Students who enter with a prior Masters degree typically complete the PhD in five years.

Here's a checklist that gives an overview of course requirements for a PhD in Mathematics: PhD Checklist. For a detailed view of departmental and university requirements, see the current graduate handbook.

Mathematics Graduate Program

PhD Degree Program Learning Outcomes