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Mathematics, Ph.D.


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The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers a doctoral program in Mathematics to provide training in a variety of areas of modern pure and applied mathematics. The curriculum includes a broad background in foundational areas, as well as specialized courses leading to the frontiers of relevant research areas. The applied emphasis includes related interdisciplinary topics.

Contact Information
Christopher Herald, Professor, Graduate Program Director for Mathematics (775) 7844647 herald@unr.edu
Program Objectives/Student Learning Outcomes
Students will  Attain and demonstrate the appropriate level of expertise in fundamental mathematics areas and in the individual’s research field.
 Demonstrate the ability to do independent original research in mathematics on the level of a PhD dissertation.
 Demonstrate the ability to communicate the results of this research, both orally and in writing.
Admission Requirements
Applicants must meet all degree admission requirements of the Graduate School. In addition, applicants must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores and arrange for three letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant’s academic record and potential for advanced work in mathematics. The completion of a Master’s degree in mathematics prior to enrollment in the doctoral program is strongly recommended. All international students must comply with the appropriate Graduate School requirements. In particular, applicants whose native language is not English must include a TOEFL or IELTS score. The fall admission deadline is March 1; the spring admission deadline is November 1. I. Program Requirements
Candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy degree must satisfy all general requirements of the Graduate School. Before being admitted to candidacy, the student must complete at least 75% of the nonelective, nondissertation coursework, and have passed a comprehensive examination on graduate level material in mathematics. The following courses or their equivalents must be satisfactorily completed for the doctoral degree in mathematics. A. Required Courses for Pure Math Students (12 units)
B. Required Courses for Applied Math Students (12 units)
C. Program Electives (36 units)
Select advisorapproved electives based on research interests. Possible electives include, but are not limited to, the following courses: Note:
Maximum of 12 units from independent study courses. D. Dissertation (24 units)
II. Total Units (72 units)
III. Sample progressions schedule for Pure Math students
Graduate students who hold halftime assistantships are not permitted to enroll for more than 10 units per semester. The following is a representative schedule for students specializing in Pure Mathematics. Spring Semester (9 units)
Spring Semester (9 units)
Spring Semester (9 units)
Spring Semester (9 units)
IV. Sample progressions schedule for Applied Math students
Graduate students who hold halftime assistantships are not permitted to enroll for more than 10 units per semester. The following is a representative schedule for students specializing in Applied Mathematics.
Spring Semester (9 units)
Spring Semester (9 units)
Spring Semester (9 units)
Spring Semester (9 units)

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