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 Graduate Program in Mathematics
Wells HallProgram of Study

The Department of Mathematics offers graduate work leading to the degrees of Master of Science, Master of Science in Applied Mathematics, Master of Science in Industrial Mathematics, Master of Arts for Teachers, Doctor of Philosophy in mathematics and applied mathematics. Doctoral candidates may pursue study and research in the areas of algebra, analysis, applied mathematics, dynamical systems, combinatorics, graph theory, geometry and topology.

Research Facilities

The Department of Mathematics, noted for the high quality of its research and the excellence of its instructional program, is located in Wells Hall. Also located in Wells Hall is the comfortable and extensive Vernon G. Grove Library, which contains over 37,000 volumes and subscribes to more than 336 professional periodicals. Mathematics’ graduate students have daily access to the library. In addition to the university’s computing machinery, the department has several computer rooms for faculty and student research.

Financial Aid

The department awards at least 110 graduate teaching assistantships to new and returning graduate students on the basis of merit. Duties include classroom instruction, paper grading, learning center, and student consultation and normally require no more than twenty hours per week. The assistantships pay at least $1400 per month during the academic year and provide health insurance and nine credit tuition waiver each semester. There are a number of fellowships available for highly qualified graduate students. Some summer support in the form of teaching or research assistantships is available to students in the doctoral program.

International Applicants

Verification of English language proficiency (such as TOEFL) is required of students whose native language is not English. The TOEFL exam is offered in three versions: paper-based, computer-based and internet-based. The minimum score required to be considered for a teaching assistantship is a score of at least 600 (with no subscore less than 52) for the paper-based version or a score of at least 250 (with no subscore less than 19) for the computer-based version, and a score of 100 on the internet-based version (with no subscore below 21 for reading, or below 22 for the listening, speaking or writing sections of the exam).


Applicants should have at least fifteen quarter or ten semester credits of mathematics beyond calculus, preferably including some linear algebra, abstract algebra, and advanced calculus. Those applying for teaching assistantships must submit scores on the general and advanced mathematics portions of the Graduate Record Exam. For assistantships, beginning in August, all application material should be submitted by December 15th.

Applications and Additional Information

You may request applications and addtional information by filling out an Information Request Form. Please send all requested applications material to:

Leslie A. Aitcheson
Department of Mathematics
619 Red Cedar Road
Wells Hall, Room C213
East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1027
Telephone: 517-353-6338
E-mail: grad@math.msu.edu

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