The Department has about twenty faculty members actively
involved in research and graduate education. With a graduate
student body of less than forty, we are a program of
moderate size with a high
faculty/student ratio providing students with unique opportunities for flexible program design and ample interaction with
faculty. Classes are small and are held in an informal
atmosphere enabling students and faculty to work closely
There is a weekly colloquium featuring invited talks by
prominent visitors covering the full spectrum of mathematical
disciplines. In addition, the faculty and advanced graduate
students organize several weekly seminars to explore topics of
current research interest. The department also sponsors the
Grosswald Lectures, an annual series of lectures
given by leading mathematicians.
The Department shares physical facilities with the
Department of Computer and Information Sciences in
Wachman Hall, a modern 12-story structure. The facilities
include the Department Office, faculty and graduate student
computer facilities, and several seminar rooms and lounges.
The departmental computer facilities are primarily Mac OSX
desktops coupled with Linux servers.
For new students the Graduate Program in Mathematics offers
a repertoire of courses that ease the transition from
undergraduate to graduate studies. These courses provide a
sound mathematical background, while helping beginning students
to mature mathematically. Naturally, individuals with enough
maturity and knowledge need not take these more basic courses.
This introductory curriculum is an example of Temple
University's general philosophy. In our department this
philosophy takes shape as a commitment to actively participate
in our students' development as future mathematicians. We take
pride in caring for our students. Our faculty is very
accessible, and quite willing to talk mathematics with any
inquiring student. It is this attitude towards our students
that most distinguishes our program from other graduate
programs in mathematics. While requiring excellence, we work
hard at providing the environment for achieving it.
Our department offers a great variety of possible choices
for areas of specialization, areas in which we have a strong
research presence. Numerical analysis, and numerical resolution
of evolution equations, as well as some aspects of mathematical
physics related to statistical mechanics, are well represented
as areas of active research in applied mathematics. Within pure
mathematics, algebra, algebraic and analytic number theory,
several complex variables, harmonic analysis, differential
geometry and topology, and global geometry are areas in which
we have good research activity. Straddling pure and applied
disciplines, probability and statistics are areas in which
research is also carried out in our department.
The Graduate Program in Mathematics admits students for the
Fall and the Spring semesters, although the former is the
recommended time for starting studies and the latter occurs
only under special circumstances. Incoming classes usually
consist of about ten students. Most PhD students are supported
by teaching assistantships. MA students are awarded teaching
assistantships on the basis of availability of funds,
performance and special teaching abilities. The teaching
assistantships entail a stipend and full
tuition remission, and are awarded on a yearly basis for up to
five years. A small number of research assistantships are also
awarded each year, funded by faculty grants. Our best
applicants are often recommended for a university fellowship;
these are awarded on a competitive basis, and consist of two
years (the first and the fourth year) of stipend and full
Degree Programs and Requirements
The department offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.
The Master of Science degree is available in two versions: M.S.
in Mathematics and M.S. in Mathematics with a concentration in
Applied and Computational Mathematics.
For more information on the latter, click here.
Students enrolled in both tracks of the M.S. program must satisfactorily
complete thirty credits of mathematics courses at the 5000 level or
above. The program of study must be designed in coordination with a
mathematics faculty advisor and approved by
the departmental Graduate Committee. With the approval of faculty
advisor and Graduate Committee, relevant courses from departments
other than mathematics may be included. In particular, subject to
approval, students may wish to include a limited number of relevant
courses from the sciences or engineering.
After fulfilling the course requirements,
students for both concentrations of the M.S. degree have
the following options to complete their program:
Students plan their MS thesis under the supervision of a
faculty advisor and a faculty advisory committee, subject to the approval of
the Graduate Committee.
MS exam option:
For students selecting this option, a comprehensive written Master's
Exam will be composed by at least two departmental Graduate Faculty. The topics
covered in the exam should correspond to the student's approved
program of study.
Comprehensive Exam option:
Students choosing this option must take three of
the separate 25-point written exams comprising the PhD Comprehensive Exam and
achieve a total combined score of at least 40 points, with no individual exam score
below 8 points.
The Graduate School Bulletin contains additional university
requirements of a general nature such as residency, continuous
enrollment, and transfer credits.
Promising M.S. students are encouraged to continue on to the
Ph.D. program. The work done for the M.S. degree can be used
towards partial fulfillment of the Ph.D. requirements.
Students enrolled in the Ph.D. program must complete sixteen
semester graduate courses beyond the baccalaureate.
Before being admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree a
student must pass a written comprehensive qualifying exam and
an oral preliminary exam and demonstrate a reading knowledge in
one of the following three languages: French, German, and
Russian. The requirement is the same for both foreign and
domestic students; however, a student whose native language is
one of these three will be given credit for it without
examination. The written comprehensive exam covers real
analysis, complex analysis, and algebra. This exam must be
passed before the oral exam can be administered. The oral exam
is given by a faculty committee and covers advanced topics
chosen in consultation with the student's adviser.