Description of the Mathematics Department

The Department of Mathematics, in the College of Arts and Sciences, offers degree programs leading to the M.A. in Mathematics (Secondary Teacher Option), the M.A. in Mathematics, and the Ph.D. in Mathematics. Several surveys, including U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” have repeatedly ranked the department’s Ph.D. program among the top 20 in the nation, with top-five rankings for sub-disciplines such as Geometry.

The Department’s research and educational missions are considerably enhanced by its close collaboration with the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics and the Institute for Mathematical Sciences. While these two research institutes function as independent entities, their faculty members may, when appropriate, teach courses or supervise students under the department’s auspices.

Ph.D. Program (with Professional-Option M.A. Track)
The Mathematics Ph.D. program is internationally prominent and highly selective. It is primarily aimed at students preparing for a career in mathematical research and university teaching. However, some of our graduates have instead opted for highly successful careers in industry or government.

Students admitted to the Ph.D. program may also choose to be considered for our Professional Option MA degree. Even alone, a Master’s degree of this type qualifies the recipient for many careers, including teaching at the community-college level.

Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics 7-12
This is a 42-credit master's program, administered by the School of Professional Development, designed for students who already have a bachelors degree in mathematics or the equivalent, and who wish to teach mathematics in grades 7-12. Individuals interested in this program should refer to the School of Professional Development (SPD) online Bulletin:

Combined Bachelors/Masters (BS/MAT) in Teaching Mathematics 7-12
Individuals interested in this program should refer to the School of Professional Development (SPD) online Bulletin:

The M.A. Program: Secondary Teacher Option
The Secondary Teacher Option is a 30 credit two-year, part-time program designed for secondary school mathematics teachers who are seeking permanent certification. The nine required courses in the program are given in the evenings and in the summer on a rotating basis; each required course is offered at least once every two and a half years.