Applied Mathematics PHD Programs

December 30, 2020

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These guidelines are intended to help familiarize graduate students with the policies governing the graduate program leading to the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Applied Mathematics. This material supplements the graduate school requirements found on the Graduate Student Resources page and the Doctoral Degree Policies of the graduate school. Students are expected to be familiar with these procedures and regulations.

The Doctor of Philosophy program

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree in Applied Mathematics is primarily a research degree, and is not conferred as a result of course work. The granting of the degree is based on proficiency in Applied Mathematics, and the ability to carry out an independent investigation as demonstrated by the completion of a doctoral dissertation. This dissertation must exhibit original mathematical contributions that are relevant to a significant area of application.

Faculty mentoring

Upon arrival, incoming students will be assigned two faculty mentors. Until a student settles on a thesis advisor, the faculty mentors aid the student in selecting courses, and they each guide the student through a 2-credit independent reading course on material related to the student’s research interest. The faculty mentors are not necessarily faculty in the Department of Applied Mathematics.

Course requirements for the Ph.D. program

The courses required for the Ph.D. are as follows:

  • AMATH 567, 568, 569
  • AMATH 581 or 584, and 585, 586
  • Three of AMATH 570, 571, 572, 573, 574, 575
  • Two relevant courses not from the AMATH Curriculum
  • AMATH 600 (Reading during the first year) (2×2 credits, each with a separate faculty member)

Students have to take a minimum of 13 numerically graded courses. The entire course of study of a student and all exceptions to this list must be approved by the Graduate Program Coordinator and the student’s advisor or faculty mentors.


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