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Graduate Program Information

The UH Department of Mathematics awards both Masters and Doctoral degrees for work in a variety of areas of pure and applied mathematics. See the Research pages for a listing of some of the major areas of research interest of our faculty.

Currently around 150 graduate students are enrolled each regular semester. The students are diverse with more than 40 being international students from over twelve different nationalities. About 80 students each semester are supported by the department as teaching assistants, tutors, graders or in similar positions. See financial support for further information.

There are different admissions requirements for the different degrees but the expectation is that all graduate students have a solid mathematical background equivalent to a UH undergraduate degree in mathematics. Such a student should successfully complete a Master's degree in two years or less of full time study.

Students with an undergraduate degree with a major in mathematics should consider taking the Master of Science degree in Mathematics (MSM).

Students with a Bachelors degree and the equivalent of a minor in mathematics with interests primarily in applied mathematics may consider pursuing a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics (MSAM) degree. There are three special options for the MSAM for students concentrating on Computational Mathematics, Financial Mathematics or Mathematical Statistics respectively.

The department also offers a Master of Arts in Mathematics (MAM). The courses for this degree are offered online

The Ph.D. in mathematics requires that a candidate pass some preliminary examinations based on  Master's level courses and then write, and defend, a  thesis.

Listings of recent graduate classes may be found in the menu at left. Graduates from UH mathematics not only find positions involving mathematical teaching and research but also work in the financial industry, as computer scientists and statisticians, in the medical center and in the energy industry.