Department Information: 
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The Department of Mathematics has approximately thirty-five graduate students, most of whom are supported by teaching assistantships. These students receive help with tuition as well as a stipend for the teaching support they provide in mathematics department service courses. 

Two degrees are offered through the Department of Mathematics: Mathematics—MS; and Mathematics—PhD.

MS students study mathematics courses in preparation for careers in business, industry, government, or education. Other students use a master’s degree in mathematics in preparation for a doctoral degree in mathematics or a closely related discipline or a discipline where technical competence is appreciated. Master’s students graduate in an average of two years.

The PhD program requires about four years beyond a master’s degree. The topic for a PhD dissertation may be chosen from faculty specialties, which include applied mathematics, algebraic geometry, geometric analysis, dynamical systems, number theory, geometric and low-dimensional topology, mathematical biology, group theory, algebra, and operations research.

Chair:  Michael J. Dorff
Graduate Coordinator: Lennard F. Bakker
Associate Chair: Todd Fisher  
Associate Chair: Paul Jenkins

Resources & Opportunity: 

Faculty research interests currently include: algebra, algebraic geometry, applied mathematics, combinatorial and geometric group theory, dynamical systems, geometric and low-dimensional topology, mathematical biology, matrix analysis, number theory, numerical analysis, and partial differential equations.

For a more detailed description of the graduate program requirements, see

Financial Assistance: 

Most of the graduate students in mathematics are supported by teaching assistantships. Current teaching assistants generally receive a salary as well as tuition support. For exact amounts of financial support and other details, contact the Mathematics Department via e-mail at