Graduate programs

Graduate level offerings

Both our MA in Mathematics and PhD in Mathematical Sciences programs encourage breadth across subjects in mathematics. In particular, both programs require course work from at least three different areas among the five areas of concentration in the department. More information about the MA and PhD programs.

The MA in Statistics is geared to work in applied statistics. More information about the MA in Statistics program.

Either one of the MA degrees is typically finished in two years. The duration of PhD varies. A student entering the program with only a bachelor's degree can expect to spend 5 to 6 years. A milestone of the PhD is the Admission to Candidacy Exam which is typically taken in the fourth year of graduate study for those who enter the program without master's degrees. The major work of earning a PhD involves the writing of a research dissertation under the guidance of a faculty member. While our highest degree is a PhD "in mathematics", a significant number of our doctoral dissertations are written on research topics in mathematical statistics.

The University Bulletin offers the official descriptions of our graduate programs and courses as well as links to pages about admissions.

Graduate students highlights

Our graduate students are very active beyond their regular course work.

  • They run a weekly seminar in addition to the regular department run seminars.
  • They run a yearly conference, Binghamton University Graduate Conference in Algebra and Topology, BUGCAT, which has been running since 2008.