Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics


The Mathematics PhD degree curriculum at The University of Texas at Dallas offers extensive coursework and intensive research experience in theory, methodology and applications of mathematics. During their study, PhD students acquire the necessary skills to prepare them for high level careers in fields requiring mathematical sophistication.

The PhD program is designed to accommodate the needs and interests of the students. The student must arrange a course program with the guidance and approval of the graduate advisor. Adjustments can be made as the student’s interests develop and a specific dissertation topic is chosen.

Some of the broad research areas represented in mathematics are as follows: algebraic and complex geometry, analysis and its applications, control theory and optimization, dynamical systems and ordinary differential equations, differential geometry, mathematical physics, mathematical methods in medicine and biology, geosciences, and mechanics, numerical analysis and scientific computing, partial differential equations and topology.

Program Information

School: School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Program: Mathematics

Catalog page: PhD

PhD in Mathematics Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Test score required: Yes

GRE scores of at least 143 verbal, 155 quantitative and 310 combined are preferred. Higher standards prevail for applicants seeking teaching assistantships. 

Letters of recommendation: Required

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.

Admissions essay required: Yes

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.


Pankaj Choudhary
Associate Professor
Office: FO 2.402D

Possible Careers

Professor in an academic institution, or professional in industry, government or finance and researcher in public or private sector. Available emphases ensure that candidates can tailor their future career by having targeted their educational background to their research interests.

The jobs of a mathematician consistently appears among the top jobs in the rankings of 200 jobs by CareerCast’s Jobs Rated Almanac based upon factors such as work environment, income, hiring outlook and stress. For more information about careers in mathematics, view the career page of American Mathematical Society at

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.