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Applied Mathematics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #85 (BCR) Tucson, AZ, United States
Applied Mathematics is an independent interdisciplinary graduate program with courses of study and research leading to Doctor of Philosophy degree.
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Since it was started in 1976, the Interdisciplinary Program in Applied Mathematics at the University of Arizona has grown in size and stature and is now a highly regarded interdisciplinary graduate program, both nationally and internationally. The great strength of the Program lies in its large body of distinguished faculty who come from many different academic disciplines in the mathematical, physical, biological, and engineering sciences. 

The breadth and depth of endeavor has created a vital and exciting environment in which to work. If you are a potential graduate student interested in obtaining a M.S. and/or Ph.D.

The Applied Mathematics Program is an interdisciplinary research and teaching program whose faculty come from over fifteen academic departments in the Colleges of Science, Engineering and Mines, and Medicine. The Program, which is ranked as one of the top Applied Mathematics programs in the country, provides an environment for studies leading to Ph.D. degree in which dissertation topics are drawn from many areas of the physical, biological, and engineering sciences where mathematics and modeling play a fundamental role.

The goal of the Program is to produce active and creative researchers who will work at the forefront of both their application area and the mathematics relevant to that application. 

The course work leading to the degree is flexible and students are encouraged to begin supervised research projects at an early stage.The Program sponsors a wide range of activities including, seminars, colloquia, special lecture series, research tutorial groups, a multidisciplinary biomathematics program, and an experimental training laboratory.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Math 527 a, b; Math 575 a, b; Math 583 a, b; Math 586 a, b.
  • Nine (9) or more units of advanced 500-level Mathematics courses
  • Nine (9) or more units from departments other than Mathematics.
  • Nine (9) or more units of elective course work either in mathematics and/or interdisciplinary topics.
    • Successful completion of the Qualifying Examination at the PhD level.
    • Successful completion of the Oral Comprehensive Examination
    • Satisfactory completion of the Research Proposal Writing requirement

    English Language Requirements

    • Minimum required score:


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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).

    • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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    General Requirements

    • GPA 3.0
    • GRE required
    • Official transcripts
    • 3 letters of recommendation from qualified individuals
    • Statement of Purpose describing your interest in Applied Mathematics and the University of Arizona in particular. Please include a list of the courses, if any, which you have taught and describe your teaching experience in general.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      1729 USD/module
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 1729 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
    • National

      812 USD/module
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 812 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
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    Living costs for Tucson

    • 830 - 1140 USD/month
      Living Costs

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