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, biology, geosciences and mechanics; numerical analysis and scientific computing; partial differential equations; and topology.

Career Options

Graduates of the program seek positions such as: 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.

Application Requirements

GPA: One of the components of a student's academic history which is evaluated when the student is seeking admission to the graduate program is his/her performance on certain standardized tests. Since these tests are designed to indicate only the student's potential for graduate study, they are used in conjunction with other measures of student proficiency, such as GPA (grade point average), etc., in determining the admission status of a potential graduate student. Accordingly, there is no rigid minimum cutoff score for admission to the program.

Test score required: Yes

Most applicants admitted to either the MS or PhD programs have GRE scores of at least 143 verbal, 155 quantitative, and 310 combined. However, exceptions are made in some cases when other credentials are especially strong. Higher standards prevail for applicants seeking Teaching Assistantships.

Letters of recommendation: 3

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.