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Degree Programs

The Department of Mathematics offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. The master's degree program is built around four options emphasizing different aspects of pure and applied mathematics, and mathematics useful for secondary educators. These options require a program of ten to eleven suitable courses. The PhD program is structured so as to assume a background equivalent to that of an M.S. in mathematics. It requires eight courses distributed over major and two minor areas, followed by research and specialized studies culminating in an original research dissertation directed by a faculty advisor.

Research and Academics

The Department currently has 24 permanent faculty members. Faculty research interests can be broadly grouped into the areas of applied mathematics (differential equations, applied analysis, modeling, numerical methods, image processing, wavelet analysis, asymptotic methods, approximation theory), discrete mathematics (combinatorics, graph theory, matroid theory, number theory, and applications) and mathematics education. Interdisciplinary research is carried out in areas such as biomathematics, network theory, data mining, and image processing. Basic course offerings include yearly sequences in real analysis, modern algebra, topology, numerical analysis, and courses in graph theory, combinatorics, linear algebra and differential equations. Courses at the doctoral level reflect both faculty research interests and the composition of the graduate student body, and regular offerings include partial differential equations, functional analysis, and discrete mathematics.

Graduate Students and Financial Aid

There are usually about 45 full-time graduate students from diverse backgrounds. Support is available for 27 graduate teaching assistantships, which currently pay about $12,700 at the M.S. level and $17,000 at the PhD level, and include a full waiver of University tuition, as well as the student health insurance plan. College tuition and University fees, currently about $850 each semester, must be paid by all graduate students. Several research assistantships, supported by external grants, are also usually available. There are also a limited number of partial waivers of University tuition available for those students who are not supported as graduate assistants. Summer support is often available in the form of teaching, assisting in the computer laboratory, or, for advanced PhD students, summer research fellowships.

Graduate teaching assistants work under the supervision of the Department’s Institute for Mathematics Learning (IML). They participate in a year-long teaching seminar and usually begin by assisting students in the IML’s instructional computer laboratory. There is also the opportunity for teaching assistants to gain significant experience teaching their own sections in the Department’s three-semester calculus sequence or in college algebra.

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