All our professors are active in research, which provides many choices of research areas for our doctoral students. The department has numerous research clusters constituting particular areas of strength, including:
At the same time, our faculty is devoted to teaching and mentoring of students. Our graduate courses and research seminars provide a great atmosphere for collaborative learning and research.
Our PhD in Mathematics consists of preliminary coursework and study, qualifying exams, a candidacy exam with an advisor, and creative research culminating in a written dissertation and defense. All doctoral students must also do some teaching on the way to the PhD.
Upon graduation, you will have an in-depth understanding and mastery of the literature in at least one particular subfield of mathematics (and applied mathematicians will also demonstrate mastery of their area of application). You will also have the skills to develop research proposals, carry out independent research and present and defend your research work in oral, written and graphic forms. Our students also gain valuable teaching experience and learn how to conduct a classroom and grade undergraduate work. Perhaps most importantly, you will develop an understanding of your professional and ethical responsibilities as well as an appreciation of the impact of mathematics in the social context.
Graduates of the PhD Program have gone on to work in the following positions: staff scientist, senior software engineer, technical writer, and research engineer. Others have gone on to academic positions such as postdocs and tenure-track professor positions.
Please note that our department alternates recruiting in-coming classes that are focused on either applied or pure mathematics. For the Fall 2023 admissions (matriculation in September 2023), we are focusing on students interested in areas of pure mathematics.
See Tuition and Financial Aid information for GSAS Programs.
Average Salary: $90K - $110K
Average Age: 27
*Sources: GSAS-SOE Graduate Exit Survey 2020 - 2021 and Academic Analytics (Alumni Insights)