Graduate: Getting Started
Prospective Graduate Students
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is a relatively small department comprised of 22 tenured and tenure-track faculty. In addition, there are academic professional, visiting assistant professors, and lecturers. Regular lecture series, colloquia and seminars keep the department vibrant and buzzing throughout the academic year.
We offer an MA in Mathematics with six concentrations and PhD in Computational Mathematics or Computational Statistics. Most of our PhD students receive stipend \$18,000 per year and often receive tuition waivers. Select number of MA students receive stipend of \$10,800 per year as well as tuition waivers. Some summer support is available to students who plan to work on research during summer. Graduate students can also apply to scholarships available in the department. We expect MA students to graduate in two years and PhD students to graduate in five years. Students who make satisfactory progress towards their degree can usually expect continued support throughout their program. In addition to teaching assistantships, several departmental scholarships are awarded to graduate students each year.
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers an M.S. in Applied Statistics degree program either on campus or completely online. This program requires 30 credit hours of course work at 600 – level or above. It is designed to provide students with excellent data analytics training and problem solving skills for employment in various settings such as health and insurance sectors, government agencies, and business entities.
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics also offers a graduate program of study leading to a 12 hour Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in statistics. The purpose of the certificate is to provide statistical training for persons who wish to enhance their knowledge of statistics but do not wish to pursue a formal degree, and is intended for professionals whose interests require a knowledge of statistics beyond the undergraduate level. The objective of the certificate is to offer a structured introduction to the basic ideas of graduate level statistical analysis.
The relatively small size of our department has fostered a culture of getting to know graduate students from the start. Our rotating Professional mentoring program for PhD students has allowed graduate students to interact with professors and get valuable advice in addition to those given by Director of Graduate Studies and their advisor. Our monthly Graduate Tea event brings together students and faculty members in an informal setting.
The goal of our programs is to train students for the employment they seek and, to motivate and guide them to perform beyond what is necessary. Many of our MA graduates join PhD program at UNCG or at other institutions. Some teach at community college or four-year college, and some join industry. Our PhD graduates have joined industry, received tenure-track jobs, some have gone to postdoctoral positions, and some teach at universities.