University of Vermont

2011-12 Online Catalogue

Mathematical Sciences (Doctor of Philosophy)


The Department of Mathematics offers programs towards the Master of Science, Master of Science in Teaching, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematical Sciences. There are two areas of concentration: pure mathematics and applied mathematics. The programs emphasize the interaction between these two areas and the common role of scientific computation. Students can take courses common to both areas, enabling them to gain an appreciation of the mathematical techniques and the connections between theory and applications.

Department research interests include classical analysis, harmonic analysis, Fourier analysis, approximation theory, algebra, number theory, graph theory, combinatorics, fluid mechanics, biomathematics, differential equations, numerical analysis, and modeling.

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Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

Because of the breadth of pure and applied mathematics, it is recognized that applicants for admission will have diverse backgrounds. Admission requirements are therefore flexible. Applicants should have demonstrated strength in either pure or applied mathematics, a bachelor's degree with a major in mathematics or a closely related discipline, and satisfactory scores on both the general and subject (mathematics) sections of the Graduate Record Examination.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

Successful completion of four qualifying examinations, three written and one oral, in one of the areas of concentration.

Minimum Degree Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

Each student must complete the four qualifying exams and an approved plan of study including at least 75 credits in course work or dissertation research. The student is required to write a doctoral dissertation and pass a final oral defense of that dissertation. The Department requires two semesters of college-teaching experience. Students are expected to demonstrate appropriate proficiency in the use of computers. There is no formal language requirement.


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