Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Degree Programs Overview

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers a Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, a M.A. in Mathematics with either a Mathematics or Statistics concentration and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Statistics.

Proposed Changes in 2011-2012

The department has proposed several changes to our PhD and MA programs that should take effect in the Fall of 2012. These changes should be reflected in the 2012-2013 Graduate Bulletin and will apply to all students in these programs. Details can be found here.

Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics

The Doctor of Philosophy in Computational Mathematics is a 60 semester-hour program designed for students who hold a Masters Degree in mathematics or a closely related area. This challenging and rigorous program culminates in the defense of an original dissertation that is suitable for publication in a refereed journal. Upon completion of this degree the successful student will be capable of producing new results in their chosen area of research. Within the department are active researchers in areas of algebra, analysis, applied mathematics, combinatorics, differential equations, number theory, statistics, and topology, among others. It is possible to write a dissertation satisfying the requirements of the Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics in any of these areas.

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts degree is offered in two areas: Mathematics and Applied Statistics. The purpose of both degree programs is to provide advanced training in these areas to students who hold a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics or Statistics. The Mathematics option is either a 30 or 33 semester-hour program culminating in an original thesis in mathematics or a comprehensive exam. The Applied Statistics option is a 33 semester-hour program culminating in a thesis based on the investigation of a topic in statistics or a project completed under the direction of an advisor chosen by the Director of Graduate Study.

Although it is often a terminal degree, the MA degree can also be viewed as a natural step towards a Ph.D. degree.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Statistics

The purpose of the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Statistics is to provide statistical training for persons who wish to enhance their knowledge of statistics, but do not want to pursue a formal degree or for professionals whose interests require a knowledge of statistics beyond the undergraduate level.