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Mathematical Sciences

The Department of Mathematical Sciences is committed to the idea that pure and applied mathematics are two faces of the same subject. The department offers a lively research atmosphere; faculty research areas include algebra, analysis, combinatorics, geometry/topology, number theory, and probability and statistics. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the broad range of courses and specializations available.

The department is noted for its method of graduate education. In first-year courses, the emphasis is on training the student to do mathematics in depth. Many students report that these courses are the formative experiences of their professional lives. 

The MA program is intended to give the student a solid professional basis either for proceeding to the PhD program or for work in government, industry or teaching at the community college level.

The PhD degree prepares a student for university or college teaching and for higher-level employment in government and industry. Entering students having substantial graduate-level training may enter the PhD program, skipping the MA.

Graduates of the program typically find employment as teachers, those with the MA degree at community college level and those with the PhD degree at university and college level, while significant number also find employment with government and industry as statisticians, data analysts, consultants, researchers and programmers. 

Recent doctoral graduate placements include: Mathematical/Statistical Engineer at Corning Incorporated, Postdoctoral Biostatistician at Janssen Research and Development, Assistant Professor at Alfred University, Risk Analyst for JP Morgan Chase, Assistant Professor at Juniata College, Assistant Professor at Ohio State University.

Graduate Degrees Offered

  • MA in Mathematics
  • PhD in Mathematics

Related Programs

Application Deadlines

  Fall Admission Spring Admission
MA January 30 (funding)
April 15 (regular) 
November 30
PhD January 30 (funding)
April 15 (regular) 
November 30

Admission Requirements*

The standards maintained by The Graduate School and individual departments and programs are applied to ensure that applicants admitted to the University are well qualified and trained to study at this institution and have a reasonable expectation of successfully completing a graduate program, and who, with the benefit of graduate education, are most likely to contribute substantially to their academic or professional fields.

To be eligible, you must have and provide:

  • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
  • Complete set of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. At minimum, a 3.0 GPA is required. See details.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Online graduate degree application and application fee
  • Transcripts from each college/university you have attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
  • Official GRE scores

And, for international applicants:

  • International Student Financial Statement form (PDF)
  • Official bank statement/proof of support
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

*This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to keep it accurate and up-to-date, we recommend you contact the department for any program-specific requirements.

How to Apply button


Qiqing Yu, Professor and Director of Graduate Admissions

Carol Nedlik, Department Secretary

Department of Mathematical Sciences website

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Last Updated: 2/13/15