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The Graduate School

Mathematical Sciences (PHD, MA)

Program Overview

The graduate program in the Department of Mathematical Sciences offers Master’s of Arts and Doctorate of Philosophy degree programs in mathematics. The department also collaborates with the University’s Graduate School of Education and provides an interdisciplinary track in conjunction with a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program for future high school instructors, as well as an accelerated BA + MAT degree.

The department boasts a dedicated and distinguished faculty whose main areas of research are algebra, analysis, combinatorics, geometry/topology and statistics. Students are required to take coursework in at least three of these areas of concentration, and encouraged to take advantage of the diverse range of electives and specializations available. Funding options such as teaching assistantships and other special assistantships are available.

Degrees Offered

  • PHD in Mathematical Sciences
  • MA in Mathematical Sciences

Internships, research opportunities and more

The MA is designed to provide students with a solid foundation of knowledge to work with mathematics in depth, either for future placement in a PhD program or professional careers in the public and private sectors. The PhD track prepares students for teaching in higher education as well as higher-level careers in government and industry. Students who have substantial graduate-level training without an MA may enter the PhD program directly.

The department is committed to developing a lively, versatile curriculum that is applicable in the real world; many students report that their courses have been an essential foundation in their professional lives. The program also emphasizes faculty guidance and support; the department regularly hosts seminars such as the annual Peter Hilton Memorial Lecture, where distinguished mathematicians and scholars are invited to discuss their research.

After You Graduate

Many graduates of the program enter the workforce as instructors in higher education. Alumni also pursue careers at the federal and private levels as statisticians, data analysts, consultants, researchers and programmers.

Recent doctoral placements include mathematical/statistical engineer at Corning Incorporated, risk analyst for JP Morgan Chase, postdoctoral biostatistician at Janssen Research and Development and assistant professor at Ohio State University.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for graduate study, you must:

  • Provide a complete set of your undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) transcripts showing one of the following:
    • You have earned a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
    • You are within one academic year of earning a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
    • You are eligible to apply as part of a memorandum of understanding between your current institution and Binghamton University
  • Have earned, at minimum, one of the following:
    • A 3.0 GPA over your entire undergraduate career
    • A 3.0 GPA during your last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of your undergraduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
    • A 3.0 GPA in a graduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
    • In consideration of the different grading scales used around the world, each academic department evaluates international transcripts to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they demonstrate one of the above requirements.

To apply, you must submit the following materials. For general guidelines for these materials, see the Admission Requirements website.

  • Online graduate degree application with graduate degree application fee
  • Transcripts from each college or university that you have attended
  • Personal statement of 2 to 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 the graduate admissions committee
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE scores

International students must also submit the following materials. For more information about these materials, see the International Students section of the Admission Requirements website.

  • International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form
  • Supporting financial documentation (such as bank statements, scholarship or sponsor letters, etc.)
  • Proof of English proficiency (such as official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic scores)

This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to update these program pages, we recommend that you contact the department with questions about program-specific requirements.

Class Profile

Total Enrollment: 70
International / Non-Citizen Enrollment: 68%

MS

GRE Quantitative: 81%

PhD

GRE Quantitative: 83%
GPA: 3.52

*Score(s) represent the AVERAGE for the most recently admitted class. Scoring lower will not result in automatic rejection of your application, and scoring higher does not guarantee acceptance.

Deadlines

Degree Fall Spring
PHD in Mathematical SciencesJanuary 30 (Funding) / April 1530-Nov
MA in Mathematical SciencesJanuary 30 (Funding) / April 1530-Nov

For more information, visit the Mathematical Sciences department page.