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Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics

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Graduate Admission

The minimum prerequisites for admission are an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a program of study in mathematics and a record of achievements that shows strong promise of success in graduate school. A 3.0 cumulative grade-point average in undergraduate studies and a 3.0 grade-point average in mathematics are required for admission.

A prospective student should have taken courses in mathematics at the undergraduate level in abstract algebra, linear algebra, and advanced calculus or introduction to analysis. Such courses should be comparable to KU courses numbered MATH 500, MATH 558, and MATH 590. It is also beneficial to students if they have minimum preparation in probability/statistics or numerical analysis (like KU courses MATH 627/MATH 628 and/or MATH 581). We also recommend that you take introductory courses in complex analysis, differential equations, and/or topology before considering graduate work in mathematics at KU (see for example KU courses numbered MATH 646 and MATH 647).

The department requires the general Graduate Record Examination for all incoming students. International students whose native language is not English also must fulfill English language requirements specified by university policies.

Applicants must submit a graduate application online. In addition the following required materials must be submitted online:

  • Transcript from each college or university the applicant has attended (an official transcript must be sent upon acceptance and completion of degree),
  • Applicant’s résumé/curriculum vitae,
  • A list of the textbooks used in the mathematics courses beyond the calculus level that the applicant has taken,
  • A statement of purpose indicating the applicant’s mathematical preferences and interests, and
  • 3 letters of reference.

Official GRE scores and official Test of English as a Foreign Language scores must be sent to the department.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. The minimum admission requirements do not guarantee admission. The graduate committee of the Department of Mathematics evaluates candidates and makes recommendations to the Office of Graduate Studies regarding admission. The number of students admitted to the program changes from year to year, and admissions are competitive based on all application materials.

There are no additional application forms for financial support. Students are considered for support based on merit. Most of the students accepted by the program receive an offer of financial support in the form of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship. The number of GTAs available is limited. Further information about applications and admission is available online.

Contact the department:

The University of Kansas
Department of Mathematics
Graduate Admissions Director
Snow Hall
1460 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 405
Lawrence, KS 66045-7514

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