Doctor of Philosophy

The PhD in Mathematics is designed to provide the highest level of training for independent research. Each of the department's major areas of concentration within the MS degree in Mathematics prepares students to enter the PhD program. The student's major focus in this program is the production of a thesis that represents a significant piece of mathematical research.

To earn the PhD, the student must fulfill the Graduate College requirements specified in the Graduate College catalog as well as departmental requirements detailed in the MSCS Graduate Handbook pdf which includes:

  1. Provide proof of an equivalent MS degree or earn a high pass on the Department's written Master's Examination or write a master's thesis and pass an oral defense
  2. Fulfill the doctoral written examinations and minor requirement
  3. Pass the doctoral oral examination (Probability and Statistics students only)
  4. Fulfill the language requirement (Pure Mathematics students only) in French, German, or Russian.
  5. Produce and defend a thesis that makes a contribution to original research.
  6. Earn 96 semester hours of graduate credit including:
    • 32 credit hours for a previously earned master's degree (requires DGS approval)
    • 40 credit hours of departmental 500-level courses which may include 500 level courses taken from the MS degree earned in residence but may NOT include thesis research (MATH, STAT, or MCS 599)
    • 32 hours of thesis research (MATH, STAT, or MCS 599)
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