The mathematics and statistics department provides an enriching academic environment through a wide variety of course offerings, weekly seminars in several subject areas, and a colloquium series. Degree options are designed to achieve balance between depth of knowledge acquired through specialization and breadth of knowledge gained through exploration.
• Master of science in applied mathematics
We offer M.S. degrees that allow for an emphasis in mathematics or statistics, with or without a thesis.
• Master of science for teachers
This program is designed for high school teachers in physical sciences and mathematics.
• Terminal master’s programs
The requirements for the M.S. degree allow a student to use the M.S. as a terminal degree and to design a program for specific needs such as industrial employment.
• Doctor of philosophy
Our doctoral degree program provides three distinct emphasis areas: mathematics, computational and applied mathematics, and statistics.
• Graduate certificates
We offer graduate certificates in actuarial science, statistics, financial mathematics, and statistical methods in psychology. Certificates are designed for practicing professionals as well as current students. Requirements can be met by completing four graduate-level courses from specified lists.
In addition to core mathematics and statistics courses, we encourage students to take courses outside the department to shape their education to meet their career objectives. Many of our graduates have taken advantage of this opportunity and enjoy diverse careers including: design engineer (Advanced Micro Electronics), senior software engineer (IBM), project manager (Discover), senior research analyst (KU Medical Center), biostatistician (USDA), shuttle astronaut (NASA),and many big insurance companies such as Reinsurance General of America (RGA). Our graduates also hold traditional mathematics and statistics faculty positions in colleges and universities or have pursued additional training as post-doctoral fellows.
The department has 15 tenured or tenure-track faculty members, all actively involved in research and teaching. These and one teaching professor, two associate teaching professors, and two assistant teaching professors complete the full-time academic faculty. Our faculty have won state, university system and campus awards for teaching, research, and service. These include a Missouri Governor’s Award for excellence in education, a Curators’ professorship, a Curators’ teaching professorship, numerous faculty excellence awards and outstanding teaching awards.
Research interests of the faculty cover a wide spectrum with major concentrations in analysis, computational mathematics, differential equations, and statistics. Faculty members engage in interdisciplinary work with researchers in departments such as biology, computer science, geology, and engineering. For more information, see the above link and information provided on individual faculty webpages.
Application for admission: You must submit an application online.
Admission criteria: Typical qualifications of previous successful applications to our master’s and PhD programs are given below. You do not necessarily need to meet or exceed every typical qualification below; we consider all aspects of your application before making an admission decision.
We consider graduate applicants with undergraduate degrees in different fields besides mathematics or statistics. We like to see evidence of a strong background in mathematics and/or statistics in such applications.
Non-thesis master’s applicants – typical qualifications
PhD and thesis master’s applicants – typical qualifications
Application deadlines: See here for campus priority application deadlines. See below for deadlines concerning graduate assistantships.
Admission decisions: Decisions on admission are made on an ongoing basis; see below for decisions on graduate assistantships.
Note: For application to the master’s program through the Graduate Track Pathway, please see the information provided here.
Most of our graduate students receive financial aid in the form of a graduate teaching assistantship. The stipend for a half-time appointment is expected to be approximately $18,545 for the nine-month academic year. Additional summer stipends are also available on a competitive basis. The university provides full tuition and supplemental fee remission for all PhD and thesis MS students on a regular (50% FTE) graduate teaching assistantship; non-thesis MS students may also be eligible for tuition and fee remission, but this is not guaranteed. Outstanding domestic and international students who intend to pursue a Ph.D. will be considered for the Kummer Innovation and Entrepreneurship Doctoral Fellows Program, which includes a 12-month stipend and tuition remission for required course work for up to four years.
Graduate assistantship availability: We have a limited number of open graduate assistant positions each year. Most of the open positions are for students starting in the fall semester, although we sometimes have open positions for students starting in the spring semester.
Application process and eligibility: All graduate applicants with a complete application (including three letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose) are eligible and are automatically considered for a graduate assistantship.
Admission decisions: The first round of graduate assistantship offers for students starting in the fall semester are typically made in February. Offers may be made later depending on availability of graduate assistantship positions. Some graduate assistantship offers may be made for students starting in the spring semester depending on availability of graduate assistantship positions.
Application deadlines: See here for campus priority application deadlines. Since the first round of offers for the fall is made in February, your complete application must be submitted by February 1 for full consideration.
Typical qualifications: Since graduate applications vary year to year, it is not possible to provide a list of typical qualifications that will give an applicant a high chance of being offered a graduate assistantship position. However, graduate assistantship offers are often made to applicants with qualifications that exceed the typical admission qualifications listed above. Furthermore, international students must demonstrate proficient English communication skills.
Master of Science in Applied Mathematics
Master of Science for Teachers – Primarily designed for high school physical sciences and mathematics teachers.
Terminal Master's Degree – Tailored to meet specific needs such as industrial employment.
Ph.D. in Mathematics
Supplemental Ph.D program information
Graduate Certificate Programs
We offer a graduate certificate in Actuarial Science, Financial Mathematics, Statistical Methods in Psychology, and Statistics. For more information, please refer to this website.
Any questions? Would you like to visit the department and meet our graduate students and faculty? Please contact the Mathematics and Statistics Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Akim Adekpedjou.