Mathematics Department - Ph.D. Program - Overview

Program Overview for Prospective Ph.D. Applicants

Mathematics Graduate Program

We appreciate your interest in our graduate program. Here are some of the things we have to offer.


  • A highly ranked graduate program, consistently in the top 25 nationwide.
  • A large and distinguished graduate faculty (approximately 64 members in the mathematics department, and 20 additional members in other departments affiliated with the mathematics graduate program) with expertise in a wide range of areas of mathematics including algebra, analysis, geometry and topology, logic, number theory, applied analysis, discrete mathematics and mathematical physics.
  • About 20 formal graduate courses each semester, and a large number of weekly seminars in mathematics and related subjects. Students and faculty frequently attend seminars at Columbia, CUNY, the Institute for Advanced Study, NYU, and Princeton.
  • Excellent fellow students from whom you'll learn a lot. Our students come from a wide variety of domestic and foreign backgrounds. In recent years we have typically received over 300 applications per year and have admitted about 35, of whom 14-16 have enrolled. The student/faculty ratio is very favorable, currently with 76 Ph.D. students and about equal number of graduate faculty.
  • Among recent graduates, C. Stucchio, W. Pegden and P. Wood have won NSF Postdoctoral Fellowships, R. Holowinsky and X. Li have won Sloan Fellowships, and R. Holowinsky has won the Sastra Ramanujan Prize.
  • Excellent financial support: Almost all of our current PhD students have been on full financial support in the form of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships since their arrival (TA nine month stipends are $25,969 since fall 2013; fellowship stipends vary from $25,000 to $35,000; Six out of the 16 Ph.D. students who entered in fall 2016 are on fellowships): and we have been able to maintain financial support to nearly all full-time Ph.D. students making good progress in our program (often for up to 6 years).
  • Teaching and research assistants are university employees, with full health benefits. Fellows get health insurance from a separate plan.
  • Our support resources for first year students have recently included several federal GAANN fellowships (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) which pay up to $34,000 for the year (for 2016). (These come from Department of Education grants that run from 2009 to 2012, and from 2012 to 2016.)
  • A high completion rate. Over 75% of students who join our program obtain a Ph.D.
  • A solid record of job placement. Close to 90% of our graduates in the period 2000-2011 have found an initial position in academia; others opted for employment in industry or government.
  • A commitment to training students to be teachers as well as researchers, and to building a diverse population of students.
  • A large campus supporting a wide range of activities, with an easy train ride to New York City and Princeton. The Atlantic Ocean and good hiking are also close by!

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