Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

Earn a Graduate Degree

  • MA in Mathematics with optional specialization:
    • Applied Mathematics
    • Environmental Studies
    • Pure Mathematics
    • Water Resources Planning and Management
  • MAT in Mathematics with optional specialization:
    • Teaching of Middle Level Mathematics
  • MS in Mathematics with optional specialization:
    • Applied Mathematics
    • Bioinformatics
    • Environmental Studies
    • Pure Mathematics
    • Water Resources Planning and Management
  • MScT in Mathematics with optional specialization:
    • Applied Mathematics
    • Environmental Studies
    • Pure Mathematics
    • Water Resources Planning and Management
    • Teaching of Middle Level Mathematics
  • PhD in Mathematics with optional specialization:
    • Bioinformatics
    • Environmental Studies
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Areas of Study

These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.

  • Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Biology
  • Commutative Algebra, Algebraic Geometry, and K-Theory
  • Control Theory
  • Differential Equations, Dynamical Systems, and Time Scales
  • Discrete Mathematics and Coding Theory
  • Functional Integration
  • Groups, Semigroups, and Topology
  • Mathematics Education
  • Operator Theory and Operator Algebras

Online and Distance Opportunities

Offered online:
The M.A.T. may be completed online.

Other programs:
Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

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About admissions and campus visits:

Campus Address
203 Avery Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0130

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.

2. Required by Mathematics

After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these requirements.

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE except for mathematics teachers pursuing the MAT degree
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 600, Internet TOEFL 100, IELTS 7.5
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three recommendation letters

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Mathematics
  • For Financial Consideration: January 18 for Fall.
  • Otherwise: Applications received after the deadline may be considered depending upon space/funding availability.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.


The Department of Mathematics offers programs of study leading to the degrees of Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Arts for Teachers, Master of Science for Teachers, and Doctor of Philosophy. An excellent colloquium series exposes students to recent developments in the mathematical sciences from a variety of distinguished speakers.

Students also have access to an excellent research library, a mathematical sciences database, and two computer laboratories with state-of-the-art computational facilities.

Cost of attendance

Cost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.

Courses and More

Admitted students will choose courses from the Course Catalog, typically in: During the first half of their coursework, students will work with an advisor to create a plan of study — one of the essential Steps to Degree Completion.

Faculty and research

Where available, faculty names link to bios or homepages and conversation icons () link to directory listings with address, phone, and email.

George Avalos

Control Theory

Luchezar Avramov

Commutative Algebra

Mark Brittenham

Low-Dimensional Topology

Steve Cohn

Applied Mathematics; Mathematical Modeling

Bo Deng

Dynamical Systems

Allan Donsig

Operator Algebras

Huijing Du

Computational and Mathematical Biological Modeling

Mikil Foss

Calculus of Variations

Brian Harbourne

Algebraic Geometry

Stephen Hartke

Combinatorics; Graph Theory

Susan Hermiller

Geometric Group Theory

Michelle Homp

Mathematics Education

Srikanth Iyengar

Commutative Algebra

Yu Jin

Mathematical Biology; Dynamical systems and Differential Equations; Applied Mathematics

Christine Kelley

Coding Theory

Tri Lai

Enumerative and Algebraic Combinatorics

Yvonne Lai

Mathematics Education

Adam Larios

Partial differential equations; fluid dynamics; numerical analysis; computational science

Glenn Ledder

Applied Mathematics; Mathematical Modeling

Kyungyong Lee

Algebraic geometry; Algebraic combinatorics; Commutative algebra

Jim Lewis

Commutative Algebra; Mathematics Education

Thomas Marley

Commutative Algebra; Coding Theory

Xavier Perez Gimenez

probabilistic methods in combinatorics

Allan Peterson

Difference and Differential Equations

David Pitts

Operator Algebras

Jamie Radcliffe


Petronela Radu

Partial Differential Equations

Mohammad Rammaha

Partial Differential Equations

Richard Rebarber

Control Theory

Alexandra Seceleanu

Commutative Algebra, with an interest in Homological Methods and Connections to Algebraic Geometry

Brigitte Tenhumberg

Population Ecology; Behavior and Life History Theory; Mathematical Modeling

Daniel Toundykov

Partial Differential Equations

Nathan Wakefield

Mathematics education

Judy Walker

Algebraic Coding Theory

Mark Walker

Algebraic K-Theory

Alex Zupan

Geometric topology; Knot theory

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: Mathematics.

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