Program Category: PhD Programs
Chair: Robert Friedman
Director of Graduate Studies: Eric Urban
Degree Programs: Full-Time: PhD

The department offers an intensive PhD program for full-time students planning careers in research and university teaching. The MA degree is earned, as a matter of course, after completing two Residence Units and the written qualifying examination. After fulfilling the requirements for the MA degree in Mathematics, a graduate student takes a variety of advanced courses offered by the department and, in some cases, by certain related departments. The student also may participate in seminars related to his or her interests.

Doctoral students generally receive five years of full fellowship support and in return are required to participate in the teaching program for four years beginning in the second year of study.

Fellowships are awarded in recognition of academic achievement and in expectation of scholarly success. Teaching and research experience are considered an important aspect of the training of graduate students. Thus, graduate fellowships include some teaching and research apprenticeship. 

Special Admissions Requirements: 

In addition to the requirements listed below, all students must submit one transcript showing courses and grades per school attended, a statement of academic purpose, and three letters of evaluation from academic sources.

All international students whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from an institution in a country whose official language is not English must submit scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS.

For more information, refer to our Admissions Information and Frequently Asked Questions pages.

Deadline for Fall Admission: Thursday, December 12, 2019
Resume Requirement: Yes
Writing Sample: No
GRE General: Yes
GRE Subject: Yes (Mathematics)
Degree Programs: Full Time
Letters of Recommendation: 3


Admission is limited and competitive. Applicants should have completed a major in mathematics at an accredited college or comparable institution with strong mathematics offerings. The department recommends, but does not require, a reading knowledge of one language (French, German, or Russian) at the time of admission.

The GRE Subject Test in Mathematics is required for the application.