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This page contains information of interest to current and prospective PhDMA and PBC students in mathematics and statistics.

PhD in Computational Mathematics

Brief Overview

The PhD degree requires a minimum of 60 semester hours including 18-21 hours of dissertation and 39-42 hours of coursework, with at most 10 hours at the 500-level. By the end of their second year all PhD students are expected to have passed three qualifying exams. After passing these exams, the student should form a dissertation committee and select a topic. The dissertation research proposal consists of a presentation and oral examination by the dissertation committee. Part of the research proposal is the completion of a programming or computational project that is related to the proposal. All dissertations are required to have a significant computational component. Upon completion of the dissertation, it is defended in an oral exam by the dissertation committee. Failure to continue to make progress towards the degree can result in dismissal from the program.

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MA in Mathematics

Brief Overview

The MA degree is offered in two concentrations: Mathematics and Applied Statistics. The Mathematics concentration requires 30 hours (for the thesis option) or 33 hours (for comprehensive exam option). The Applied Statistics concentration requires 33 hours.

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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Statistics

Brief Overview

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Statistics is a 12-hour program that provides statistical training for persons interested in enhancing their knowledge of statistics but who do not wish to pursue a formal degree and for professionals whose interests require a knowledge of Statistics beyond the undergraduate level.


STA 661 and STA 662 are required. Students must also complete two additional three-hour STA courses at or above the 500 level, excluding STA 571/571L, STA 572/572L, and STA 580. The Graduate Bulletin information regarding Post Baccalaureate Certificates can be found here.