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Degree Programs

The Master of Science degree programs are designed either for students who intend to go on to pursue a PhD in Mathematics, or for those planning to seek employment in education, government or industry. The MS program typically takes two years to complete. The PhD is essentially a research degree in which a student produces a high quality, original research thesis in an area of mathematics. The Department generally expects PhD students to require up to five years to complete that degree. Note that the PhD program assumes an MS degree in Mathematics or its near equivalent.

Research and Academics

The Department currently has 25 permanent research faculty members. Faculty research interests can be broadly grouped into the areas of applied mathematics (differential equations, dynamical systems applied analysis, modeling, image processing, approximation), discrete mathematics (combinatorics, graph theory, matroid theory, and applications), research in undergraduate mathematics education, set theory and algebra. Basic course offerings include yearly sequences in real analysis, modern algebra, topology, numerical analysis, and courses in graph theory, combinatorics, linear algebra and differential equations. Courses at the doctoral level reflect both faculty research interests and the composition of the graduate student body, and regular offerings include partial differential equations, functional analysis, and discrete mathematics.

Graduate Students and Financial Aid

There are usually about 45 full-time graduate students from diverse backgrounds. Support is available for about 30 graduate assistantships. Stipends for the 2018-2019 academic year range from about $14,000 for M.S. students to about $18,500 for Ph.D. students. There are also usually a few research assistantships, funded from external grants. All graduate assistants receive a waiver of university tuition and most fees (excepting about $1200-$1500 in college tuition and fees each semester), and a supplementary medical insurance plan. Limited forms of other financial aid, such as half-time assistantships, partial tuition waivers and part-time employment at the Mathematics Department, are also available. However these normally require a substantial financial commitment on the part of the student, particularly for non-residents of the State.

Graduate teaching assistants work under the supervision of the Department’s Institute for Mathematics Learning (IML). They participate in a year-long teaching seminar and usually begin by assisting students in the IML’s instructional computer laboratory. There is also the opportunity for teaching assistants to gain significant experience teaching their own sections in the Department’s three-semester calculus sequence or in college algebra.

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