Department of Mathematical Sciences

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

The Graduate Student Experience

Programs of Study

The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers Master of Science degrees in four specializations: applied mathematics, engineering mathematics, mathematics and statistics. The graduate program features major research faculty, thrusts in applied mathematics and statistics and offers Doctor of Philosophy degrees in both. Course work prepares graduates for careers in mathematical sciences or in related fields. There is no language requirement.

The Master of Science degree requires 33-36 semester hours of course work, consisting of core courses and approved electives. The student may choose a thesis plan or non-thesis plan. In the thesis plan, the thesis replaces six semester hours of course work.

Students dictate each Ph.D. program with the guidance and approval of the graduate advisor. Adjustments can be made as the student’s interests develop and a specific dissertation topic is chosen. Approximately 39 hours of core courses and 18-24 hours of elective courses are required. After completion of about two years of course work, the student must undertake and pass a Ph.D.-qualifying exam to continue the program. The program culminates in the dissertation, which must be approved by the graduate committee. The topic may be in mathematical sciences exclusively or may involve considerable work in an area of application.

Typical areas of concentrations within applied mathematics include:

  • applied analysis
  • computational and mathematical biology
  • relativity theory
  • differential equations
  • scattering theory
  • systems theory
  • control theory
  • signal processing
  • differential geometry

In the area of statistics, concentrations offered include:

  • mathematical statistics
  • applied statistics
  • statistical computing
  • probability
  • stochastic processes
  • linear models
  • time series analysis
  • statistical classification
  • multivariate analysis
  • robust statistics
  • statistical inference
  • asymptotic theory

The mathematical sciences program also offers a unique selection of courses that consider theoretical and computational aspects of engineering and scientific problems.

Research Facilities

Faculty members and students use state-of-the-art computers. These machines are connected via Ethernet to the campus network, giving everyone access to the software tools and machines on campus for research and educational use.

Financial Aid

Within the Financial Aid Office site you will find information about applying for financial aid, important deadlines you need to know, the various financial aid programs offered at UTD, and contact information for your specific financial aid counselor. 

Cost of Study

UTD offers competitive tuition rates as well as teaching and research assistantships for both resident and non-resident students. For more information about cost of study, consult the Tuition and Fee Payments link on the Bursar's Office web site. In past years, the university has provided additional financial assistance to teaching assistants in an amount that covers much of the non-resident tuition cost.

Living and Housing Costs

UTD offers its students housing provided by Waterview Park Apartments, a community privately managed and conveniently located on the UTD campus. UTD's Residential Life Office works to address students' concerns related to apartment living.

Student Group

Total UTD enrollment is more than 14,000, including graduate students. The mathematical sciences program has 9 master's students and 17 Ph.D. candidates, some of whom attend part-time while employed full-time with area companies.

Student Outcomes

Recent Ph.D. graduates of the program have secured employment in both industrial and academic positions. Of 5 most recent Ph.D. students in applied mathematics, three became Assistant Professors in the University of Houston, TX; Wagner College, Staten Island, New York; McMurry University, Abilene, TX; and Virginia Tech., and one is now employed by Convex Computer Corporation (a manufacturer of high-end computers). In statistics, out of 6 most recent Ph. D. graduates, four received tenure-track faculty positions at Arizona State University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Universidad Autonoma Chapingo, Mexico, and the University of Louisville, Kentucky; one became a senior statistician at Texas Instruments, Inc., and one joined the research staff of BNR, a telecommunications firm.


UTD, in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor, is just a bus transfer away from a DART RaIl Station. Ride into downtown Dallas to enjoy a wide range of cultural, social and sports activities.

The University and The Program

UTD was created in 1969 when the privately funded Southwest Center for Advanced Studies was transferred to the state of Texas. In 1972, the program in Mathematical Sciences was introduced and, in 1975, became part of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Research at the graduate level has continued to represent a major focus of the university and of the program.


Applications are considered at any time until vacancies are filled. For consideration for teaching assistantships, the deadline of January 15 is set for first-round consideration. Applicants should arrange for GRE scores and (for international students) TOEFL scores to be included as early as possible in the application materials. Applications not complete before March 15 receive relatively late consideration for teaching assistantships.

  • Updated: February 6, 2006