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Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics

The PhD in Mathematics is designed to provide the highest level of training for independent research. Students may apply with or without a Masters degree. For those with a previous Masters degree in mathematics (or related field) the PhD is typically 5 years in duration, whereas for those without a previous Masters degree it is typically 6 years.

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

  1. Provide proof of an equivalent MS degree or earn a high pass on the Department's written Master's Examination.
  2. Fulfill the doctoral preliminary examinations and minor sequence requirement.
  3. Pass the doctoral oral examination (Probability and Statistics students only).
  4. Produce and defend a thesis that makes a contribution to original research.
  5. Earn 96 semester hours of graduate credit including:
  • 32 credit hours for a previously earned master's degree (requires DGS approval), or earn a high pass on the Department's Master's Exam
  • 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 599, STAT 599, or MCS 599)
  • 32 hours of thesis research (MATH 599, STAT 599, or MCS 599)