Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics

The doctoral program is for students who have a strong desire to perform independent and original research in the mathematical sciences. To be accepted to the program, the applicant must have a strong record of work in mathematics.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor's degree in Mathematics with at least 3.0 GPA (or equivalent), three letters of recommendation documenting the applicant's prior work in mathematics focusing on preparation and suitability for success in graduate-level mathematics courses, a quantitative general GRE (revised) score of at least 157, and approval of the departmental graduate committee. In addition, it is recommended to include scores of the GRE subject test mathematics as part of the application package.

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Degree Requirements

  1. Completion of the following courses:
    1. MAA 5228-5229 -- Introductory Analysis 1 and 2
    2. MAS 5311-5312 -- Introductory Abstract Algebra 1 and 2
    3. MAS 5145 -- Linear Algebra
    4. MAA 5105 -- Multivariable Analysis

  2. Successful completion of two qualifying examinations,  chosen among algebra, analysis, and probability and statistics. The choice of areas should be guided by the student’s research interests. Qualifying examinations can only be taken within two years of admission to doctoral study.

  3. The student must form a supervisory committee of at least four members including the research advisor and at least two other members of the departmental graduate faculty.

  4. Upon completion of the above 1 - 3, the student will be admitted to doctoral candidacy.

  5. Completion of a minimum of 80 credits including 6000-level (or higher) courses starting with at least four of the prefixes MAA, MAD, MAP, MAS, MHF, MTG, and STA approved by the departmental graduate committee. In addition two 6000-level courses of the same prefix must be taken in at least two of the seven prefixes.

  6. Completion of a preliminary examination covering specific areas of concentration and set by the student's supervisory committee with approval by the departmental graduate committee.

  7. Presentation and oral defense of a dissertation.

  8. Completion of all University requirements including at least 18 credits at FAU beyond the master's level.

* As with all degree programs, the authoritative source for the degree requirements is the University Catalog that was in effect for the academic year in which the student entered the University. The information on this page does not supersede the Catalog.

For information about the PHD, MS, and AMST programs contact:

Prof. Y. Wang, Graduate Director
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431