MS and PhD in Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics offers graduate work leading to the MS, in both applied concentration and pure concentration, and PhD degrees. The doctoral program prepares students for careers of research and teaching at the university level or for a career in a private or governmental agency. The aim of the master’s program is to provide students with a foundation sufficient to pursue careers in mathematics, industry, government or teaching. The department offers several advantages for graduate study:

  • Size. A moderate sized program with a reseach faculty/student ratio near 1 to 1. Students have unique opportunities for flexible program design. Graduate classes are small and are held in an informal atmosphere enabling students and faculty to work together closely.
  • Academic scope. Research activities and interests in the department encompass many areas of mathematics, with particularly strong research groups in Algebra, Analysis, Applied Mathematics & Scientific Computing, Geometry & Topology, and Probability.
  • Financial support. The department can offer attractive financial aid packages. Most PhD students are supported by teaching assistantships, guaranteed for five years subject to good standing in the program, and there are also research assistantships and fellowships.
  • Opportunities. Qualified students receive support enabling them to participate in summer graduate schools at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and to attend conferences. Under the Atlantis exchange program, a semester of study at certain European universities is available.
  • Job placement. Our department's graduates leave Temple for successful careers in higher education, academic research, and industry. See here for a list of recent graduates.

After completing a program, students should:

  • process and evaluate effectively both theoretical and real-life quantitative data
  • make effective use of numerical computations and algebraic computations
  • understand advanced topics in calculus
  • make effective use of linear algebra and ordinary differential equations
  • be able to generalize, analyze and synthesize ideas
  • communicate using oral, written, or electronic media
  • have the teamwork and leadership skills needed to recognize, isolate, and solve mathematical problems
  • translate real-life data into mathematics  and visualize geometric situations
  • apply disciplined thinking techniques to new settings  and handle unfamiliar concepts and situations
  • use computing devices to assist discovery and analysis


Related Web Sites

Department of Mathematics

Mathematics Program Information (MS)

Mathematics Program Information (PhD)



Dave Futer
Graduate Chair

College Graduate Office