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Mathematics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #651 (QS) , LA,
The Department of Mathematics offers programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) as well as various options for a Masters degree (MS) in Mathematics. It is also possible for a graduate student enrolled in another field to obtain a minor in mathematics. 

About

The basic requirements for the PhD degree in mathematics include demonstrating a mastery of a broad area of mathematics and writing a dissertation making an original and substantial contribution to mathematics.

PhD Qualifying Exam

The PhD Qualifying Examination consists of three sub-tests, each of three hours duration. These sub-tests cover the material commonly found in the Core courses: Algebra, Real Analysis, and Topology. Passing each of the three sub-tests at the PhD Qualifying level completes the examination component of PhD Qualifying, with completion of the breadth requirement being the second component of PhD Qualifying. 

A PhD student is encouraged to take the PhD Qualifying Exam as early as feasible, but must pass it no later than the beginning of the fourth regular semester of study, except by permission of the Graduate Committee. Meeting this requirement is part of the definition of satisfactory progress-a requirement for holding a graduate assistantship or fellowship. 

The PhD Qualifying Exams are scheduled twice per year: normally the week before the beginning of the fall semester, and the week before the beginning of the spring semester.

Oral General Exam

The General Examination, an oral exam for Ph.D. students, tests if a student is prepared to begin dissertation research. The General Exam must be passed prior to the start of the fourth year of study, unless a postponement is allowed by the Graduate Committee. 

The exam is conducted by the student's Advisory Committee, which will consist of at least three Graduate Faculty Members plus a Dean's Representative appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School. The committee is to be chosen in consultation with the intended dissertation advisor, who will serve as Chair of the Advisory Committee, and must be approved by the Graduate Director.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    54 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Algebra
  • Functional Analysis
  • Complex Variables
  • Topology 
  • Differential Geometry
  • Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Probability
  • Graph Theory
  • Numerical Linear Algebra

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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  • Minimum required score:

    59

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • Statement of purpose
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official transcripts
  • A copy of the name page of your passport
  • A completed Affidavit of Support and supporting financial documents 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29443 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29443 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    29443 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29443 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    12528 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12528 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
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