PhD Program

Explore Groundbreaking Research in an Innovative Environment

When you pursue a PhD in Mathematical Sciences, you join a vibrant community of active and creative problem solvers. You will work with distinguished faculty from our well-funded department to find solutions to complex, real-world issues, as well as conduct original independent research.

We accept about five new doctoral students each year and maintain a team of about 25 PhD candidates. Our modest size and high student faculty ratio creates a collaborative environment where you will receive dedicated support tailored to your needs. At the same time, you will be surrounded by state-of-the-art resources and robust research initiatives with international connections and global impact. Current faculty and students are involved in diverse research in fundamental and applied topics:

  • Coding theory to transmit and recover data
  • Cryptography to increase electronic data security
  • Fractals, with implications in physics, engineering, chemistry, and biology
  • Partial differential equations to study heat flow, vibrations, and electric circuits
  • Biostatistics and biomathematics
  • Computational fluid dynamics

One distinguishing feature of our program is an optional PhD project that you can complete under the guidance of an external sponsor, such as an industrial or a government research center. The project will connect your expanding theoretical knowledge with relevant applications. It will also improve your skills in applying and communicating mathematics and provide networking and future employment opportunities.

After you graduate, you will have boundless career options—recent graduates have found positions as post-doctoral scholars and professors at schools including Bentley College, Courant Institute, NYU, Rutgers University, the University of California – Los Angeles, WestPoint Academy, and WPI. Others have been recruited to work as high-level mathematicians in companies including Boeing Company, The Mathworks, and Metron, Inc.