Ph.D. On Campus


The University of Iowa

36 months
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The Doctor of Philosophy program in Mathematics from The University of Iowa requires a minimum of 72 s.h. of graduate credit. The program places strong emphasis on preparation for research and teaching.


The department maintains no division between pure and applied mathematics. It cooperates in interdisciplinary doctoral programs with the College of Education (see Teaching and Learning in the Catalog) and the Program in Applied Mathematical and Computational Sciences.

Ph.D. students in Mathematics at The University of Iowa must satisfy the following requirements for coursework (credits and breadth), examinations, foreign language, and the Ph.D. thesis.

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Programme Structure

  • Students must spend at least three years in residence at a graduate college, including at least one year at the University of Iowa. They also should enroll in specific courses designated as preparatory for the Ph.D. examinations (consult the Department of Mathematics graduate studies director).
  • To further encourage mathematical breadth, students must earn at least 33 s.h. of graduate credit in regular courses equivalent to or more advanced than Ph.D. comprehensive examination preparatory courses. 

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  • Full-time
    • 36 months

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72 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

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English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College on the Graduate College website. Applicants to the Ph.D. program have preference for admission and funding.
  • Admission to the Ph.D. program is competitive and based on a combination of undergraduate or graduate coursework and grades, letters of recommendation, and test scores. 
  • Required scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) quantitative section and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are the same as those for admission to the M.S. program, but applicants to the Ph.D. program must have an undergraduate or graduate g.p.a. of at least 3.40.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Iowa City

1187 - 1841 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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