GRADUATE: Degree Requirements

The department offers degree programs leading to two possible doctoral degrees: doctor of philosophy in mathematics and doctor of philosophy in applied mathematics. The department also offers six master’s degrees: master of arts in mathematics and applied mathematics; and master of science in applied mathematics, statistics, mathematical finance, and computational molecular biology.

The Ph.D. degrees in mathematics and applied mathematics can be completed within four years, although five years is the norm. In addition to the 60 units of classes required by the Graduate School, for the mathematics Ph.D., candidates must take three written screening/qualifying chosen from three different options, as well as an oral exam, by the end of their fifth semester. For the Ph.D. degree in applied mathematics, the written portion of the screening procedure consists of four one-hour exams. Once these exams have been successfully completed, independent research is begun under the direction of a senior faculty member. The student must write a dissertation that exhibits original and independent research. A reading knowledge of two languages for Ph.D. in mathematics and one language for Ph.D. in applied mathematics, other than English, in which there is a significant body of research in mathematics required.

Our master’s degree programs normally require three semesters of graduate work beyond the bachelors degree. In addition to the 30 class units required by the Graduate School, the master’s degree is typically completed either by passing written comprehensive examinations or by writing a thesis.

Master’s Degrees

Master of Science in Applied Mathematics
Master of Science in Statistics
Master of Science in Mathematical Finance
Master of Arts in Mathematics
Master of Science in Molecular and Computational Biology

Ph.D.s

Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Mathematics
Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics