The USC Mathematics Department is a dynamic community of scholars, innovators, and educators dedicated to mathematical excellence and advancing mathematical understanding. We take immense pride in our inclusive, diverse, and supportive research environment.
We seek all applicants who share our vision of and passion for mathematics. All applications require 3 letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, a resumé or CV, official transcripts, and TOEFL scores (international applicants only). We do not require GRE tests.
Our department offers two doctoral degree programs:
Our rigorous 5-year program begins with foundational coursework that prepares students to demonstrate mastery through written comprehensive examinations. After this, students work closely with one of our distinguished research faculty to reach the frontier of knowledge in their chosen field. Thus equipped and with ongoing guidance from their advisor, students forge a path to new results through original research. The program culminates with the student’s written dissertation, oral defense, and the conferral of Doctorate of Philosophy.
Admission to our Ph.D. programs includes a 5-year aid package with 1 year of fellowship, 4 years of teaching assistantship, full tuition remission, plus health and dental insurance.
Our department offers 5 Master’s degrees allowing you to customize a program to meet your intellectual and professional goals. Our foundational courses prepare you to engage in our evolving roster of specialized topics courses taught by leaders of the field, placing the latest advancements in mathematical research at your fingertips.
All of our Master’s degree programs require 3-4 semesters of graduate-level coursework, after which students demonstrate mastery either through written comprehensive examinations or by writing a Master’s thesis with a faculty advisor.
We encourage all applicants who are California residents to apply for California State graduate fellowships.