Ph.D. in Mathematics

The University's Ph.D. in mathematics program immerses students in the most advanced concepts and research methods in the field today.

Program at a glance

Application target dates: Feb. 1 (fall), Sept. 1 (spring)
Assistantship types available: Research, Teaching
Graduate director: Stanislav Jabuka

Why choose this Ph.D. in mathematics?

The Ph.D. in mathematics curriculum covers a broad range of foundational and specialized topics at the forefront of modern mathematical research. The program allows students to choose either pure mathematics or applied mathematics as their area of emphasis, with applied mathematics students receiving instruction in interdisciplinary topics relevant to their academic interests.

This mathematics Ph.D. offers professional training required by leading employers, in addition to cutting-edge research opportunities of a national Tier 1 research university.  Students in the mathematics Ph.D. program may delve into tasks such as:  

  • Exploring number theory and applications to cryptography  
  • Studying low-dimensional topology and knot theory  
  • Learning about operator algebras and noncommutative topology  
  • Contributing to the theory of matching games    
  • Developing cutting-edge numerical methods and applying them to solve multidisciplinary collaborative projects in engineering, computer science, physics, chemistry, biology, economics and other areas.  
  • Creating, analyzing and solving complex mathematical models of dynamical systems, multi-physics engineering processes, earthquake and climate processes, human brain and genes, drones and autonomous vehicles, and others.    

Many additional topics of study are possible.

How do I apply?

Applicants must meet all admission requirements of the University Graduate School. In addition, applicants must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores and arrange for three letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant's academic record and potential for advanced work in mathematics. All international students must comply with the appropriate Graduate School requirements. In particular, applicants whose native language is not English must include a TOEFL or IELTS score.

The fall target date for program applications is Dec. 1, and the spring date is Sept. 1.

Is funding available?

Teaching and research assistantships are available to qualified students, in addition to departmental and University-wide scholarships. All graduate students accepted to the program receive an annual stipend of $17,000, a tuition waiver and a subsidized medical plan.

What's next?

To begin your journey at the University, you may apply now. To learn more about the Ph.D. in mathematics program, please contact the graduate director:

Stanislav Jabuka
(775) 784-6816
Office: DMSC 318
Mail Stop: 0084

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