Mathematics (PHD)


Mathematics, PhD

On Campus

The Department of Mathematics offers programs of study leading to a degree of Doctor of Philosophy.


The Graduate Program of the Department of Mathematics has been granting PhDs for more than 100 years and has become a highly respected program nationwide. The department prides itself on the attention it pays to its graduate students by involving them in the full range of activities — teaching, outreach, and scholarship — that the department engages in. Such involvement prepares our graduates for a wide range of careers and has resulted in a very good job placement track record. A high percentage of our PhD students have gone on to successful careers in academia or industry. Three of our former students have earned the prestigious National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship upon graduating from our program.

The Department has also gained a well-deserved reputation for success with female graduate students. For example, whereas nationwide only 36% of graduate students and only 25% of PhD recipients are women; in our Department, 44% of our current teaching assistants are women. Based on our outstanding success in mentoring female graduate students in the 1990s, the department received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in 1998.

Our success is due to the care we take in mentoring all of our graduate students, resulting in a high success rate for those seeking PhDs. Further evidence of such student-friendliness is provided by the results of the 2000 National Doctoral Program Survey conducted by the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students, in which our department ranked first out of all mathematics graduate programs included in the survey in nearly every category, including Overall Satisfaction.

Due to these nationally recognized qualities, the department was selected, in 2003, to be one of seven Departments of Mathematics to serve as a partner in the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate (CID). The other mathematics department partners in the CID are Duke University, Ohio State University, State University of New York at Stony Brook, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan and the University of Southern California. The CID has as its goal to “support and study experiments in doctoral education with leading graduate programs, ... to help the disciplinary community create models and evidence of success to inform others in the field.”


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Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • One set of transcripts.
  • If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
  • If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    * Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

Major Admission Requirements

  • GRE (recommended)
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 600, Internet TOEFL 100, IELTS7.5
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Writing Sample/Research Paper: Optionally, upload up to 2 research papers that have been submitted or published
  • Three recommendation letters

Admission Deadlines

For priority/financial consideration, applications should be submitted by January 15. Applications received after this date may be considered depending on space/funding availability.

NOTE: When sending TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed



Graduate Chair

Richard Rebarber

Support Staff

Marilyn Johnson

Tuition & Fees

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UNL Graduate Chairs and staff please complete the program update form to provide edits. Updates to graduate program pages are made on an annual basis in conjunction with the Graduate Application for Admission.