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 Ph.D. Program in Mathematics - Requirements

​​Degree Plan | Requirements | Course Descripti​ons​ 

Applicants should have a Masters’ degree in Mathem​​atics or a related field with a minimum GPA of 3.5 from an institution of acceptable standing. They should also meet the standards of performance in the GRE advanced test in mathematics and in the TOEFL as laid down by the College of Graduate Studies. Any deficiency in the mathematical background of a student must be removed within two semesters of admission into the graduate program. 

To complete the PH.D degree, a candidate must:

  • ​Each Ph.D. student will complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate level courses, in addition to his M.S. degree and deficiency courses. These courses are to be chosen such that
  • A minimum of 15 credit hours must be in one of the two major areas cited above. Of these, 12 must be in the student’s field of specialization.
  • ​A minimum of 6 credit hours must be taken in a minor field from outside the student’s chosen area.
  • A minimum of 4 600-level courses in mathematics must be taken for credit.
  • After completion of most of his course work, a Ph.D. student will take a written Comprehensive Examination, covering certain basic areas of mathematics as well as areas related to his specialization.
  • After successful completion of the course work and the comprehensive exam, the student will register for his PhD Pre-Dissertation. 
  • After passing the PhD Pre-Dissertation (Math 711), the student will then register for his PhD Dissertation (Math 712).
  • After successful completion of his PhD research, the student will publically defend his dissertation based on original and scholarly research conducted by him and judged to be a significant contribution to his area of specialization.