Applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree in mathematics or in a field with significant mathematical content. Examples of such fields include computer science, data science, economics, engineering and physics. An applicant’s record should demonstrate superior achievement in undergraduate mathematics.
Individuals may apply for direct admission to either the M.A. or Ph.D. program. Candidates for the M.A. degree may choose an emphasis in mathematics or data science. Students in the M.A. program who want to transfer to the Ph.D. program upon successful completion of 15 credit hours must fill out a new application through Graduate Admissions.
Students intending to enter the Ph.D. program must have a working ability in modern programming technologies. A student with a deficiency in this area may be required to take courses at the undergraduate level in computer science.
Applicants for the Ph.D. program must, in addition, submit three letters of recommendation and scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general aptitude test.
Incoming students are assigned advisers with whom they should consult before each registration period to determine an appropriate course of study. If necessary, students may be required to complete undergraduate course work without receiving graduate credit.
Students interested in the Ph.D. program in mathematical and computational sciences with the computer science option must follow the requirements for that program and that option.
Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematical and Computational Sciences
The program has three options:
- Mathematics Option
- Computer Science Option
- Statistics Option
The requirements for the Ph.D. degree include the following:
- Course work
- Ph.D. candidacy
The requirements are described in detail below.
- Course Work
A minimum of 60 hours of courses numbered 4000 or above.
In the Mathematics Option, at least 33 hours must be in courses numbered 5000 or above.
In the Computer Science Option, at least 45 hours must be in courses numbered 5000 or above.
In the Statistics Option, at least 33 hours must be in courses numbered 5000 or above.
At most 9 hours of a student’s enrollment in Dissertation Research may be counted. Students are expected to maintain a 3.0 average on a 4.0 scale. All courses numbered below 5000 must be completed with a grade of at least B. Courses outside the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science will require approval of the graduate director.
When students who have earned a Master’s degree are admitted to the doctoral program, appropriate credits of course work may be applied toward meeting the requirements for the doctoral degree, subject to Graduate School regulations and the approval of the graduate director. The same applied to those with some appropriate graduate credits but without a completed Master’s degree.
- Ph.D. Candidacy
Advancement to Ph.D. candidacy is a three-step process consisting of:
- Completing 18 hours of 5000 level courses other than Ph.D. Dissertation Research as appropriate for the selected option.
- Passing the comprehensive examination.
Selecting a Ph.D. committee and preparing a dissertation proposal and defense of the proposal.
A student must fulfill the following requirements.
Pass one written examination covering fundamental topics. This examination would normally take place within the first 12 credit hours of study after admission to the Ph.D. program.
Topics from real analysis, complex analysis, and linear algebra:
|MATH 4100||Real Analysis I||3|
|MATH 4160||Complex Analysis I||3|
|MATH 4450||Linear Algebra||3|
Computer Science Option
Topics from the theory of programming languages, operating systems, analysis of algorithms, and computer systems:
|CMP SCI 4250||Programming Languages||3|
|CMP SCI 4760||Operating Systems||3|
|CMP SCI 5130||Advanced Data Structures and Algorithms||3|
|CMP SCI 5700||Computer Systems||3|
Topics from real analysis, linear algebra, and mathematical statistics:
|MATH 4100||Real Analysis I||3|
|MATH 4450||Linear Algebra||3|
|MATH 4200||Mathematical Statistics I||3|
|MATH 4210||Mathematical Statistics II||3|
After fulfilling the basic requirement above, the student must meet one of the following:
- Pass a written examination in an area of the student’s interests. This area will be approved by the graduate committee and will be based on a set of two or more graduate courses taken by the student. This examination would normally take place within the first 24 credit hours of study after admission to the Ph.D. program.
- Write a survey paper in a specialized area under the direction of a member of the graduate faculty. The student should propose to take this option when he/she has already finished at least 2 graduate level courses and has the approval of the graduate committee. The paper should be submitted within four semesters, at which time an oral examination given by a committee of at least three members of the graduate faculty must be passed.
In both parts 1) and 2), the graduate committee will determine if the topics are consistent with the option that the student is pursuing.
Dissertation Committee and Dissertation Proposal
After completing the comprehensive examinations, each student chooses a dissertation advisor and prepares a Dissertation Proposal. Usually students choose an advisor from contacts made through their course work. The dissertation committee will be formed, and the student will meet with this committee for an oral defense of his/her dissertation proposal. The dissertation proposal is a substantial document describing the problem to be worked on and the methods to be used, as well as demonstrating the student’s proficiency in written communication.
Each Ph.D. candidate must write a dissertation that is an original contribution to the field on a topic approved by the candidate’s Ph.D. Committee and the department, and which meets the standards and requirements set by the Graduate School including the public defense of the dissertation. Students working on a dissertation may enroll in Ph.D. Dissertation Research, as appropriate for the selected option. A maximum of 9 hours Dissertation Research can be used toward the required hours of work in courses numbered 5000 or above.
Any student who intends to apply for financial assistance, in the form of a teaching assistantship or a research assistantship, is required to have three letters of recommendation submitted with the application to the graduate program in Mathematics or Computer Science. The application must include scores on the GRE general aptitude test. Applicants are also encouraged to submit scores in the GRE subject area test in Mathematics or Computer Science. Applications for financial assistance should be submitted before February 15 prior to the academic year in which the student expects to begin graduate study. Notifications of awards are generally made March 15, and students awarded financial assistance are expected to return letters of acceptance by April 15.