Computational Mathematics, Ph.D.

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In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate School, applicants must submit a 500-700 word personal statement to be considered for admission.

M.A. Doctoral Track

The M.A. Doctoral Track offers exceptionally well-qualified applicants the opportunity to gain admission to the master's and doctoral programs simultaneously. This program is designed for students who would like to obtain their M.A. and then proceed directly to the Ph.D. program. Students accepted into the M.A Doctoral Track must fulfill all requirements for the M.A. and the Ph.D. and will earn both degrees. Students not accepted into the M.A. Doctoral Track may still be accepted into the M.A. only program.

Degree Program Requirements

Required: 48-54 credit hours

Students who enter with an M.A. in Mathematics are required to earn a minimum of 48 credit hours, pass the preliminary examination, obtain approval of a dissertation topic, and successfully defend their dissertation. Students entering with other advanced degrees will have their transcripts individually evaluated by the Graduate Program Director to establish the minimum course work required.

Course Work (27-30 credits)
Select 27-30 credits from advanced courses in mathematics, statistics, and related areas *27-30
Computing Work (6, 3, or 0 credits)
Select two or one or no courses (6, 3, or 0 credits) from the following: **6, 3, or 0
Numerical Methods
Computational Discrete Mathematics
Statistical Computing
Dissertation (18-21 credits)
MAT 799Dissertation 18-21
Total Credit Hours48-54

Courses at the 600 and the 700 level. The selection of course work must be approved by the Graduate Program Director.


Students will be required to complete up to two courses (6 credits) if they have not completed sufficient previous course work in computing. If a student has completed sufficient previous course work, the requirement may be one course (3 credits) or none (0 credits), as determined by the Graduate Program Director.

Required Milestones*

  • Residency (Immersion)
  • Research Competency
  • Plan of Study
  • Comprehensive Exam (Written & Oral)
  • Dissertation Proposal
  • Admission to Candidacy
  • Dissertation Defense
  • Filing the Final Approved Dissertation

General information about milestones for doctoral programs is available in Section III of the Graduate Policies page in the University Catalog. For information about how milestones are accomplished for a specific program, please refer to the doctoral program's handbook.