The Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematical Sciences is a content-based degree program that has three concentrations: mathematics, mathematics education and statistics. Coursework is broadly distributed across the various areas of mathematics. This degree is designed to prepare students with advanced knowledge and applications in mathematics and statistics to teach college-level mathematics and statistics, conduct independent research effectively in their areas of expertise, or work nonacademic environments.
For students who are interested in teaching at universities, the program has a unique component of two courses on teaching pedagogy and two semesters of teaching internships supervised by content expert faculty. For students who are interested in industrial jobs, the program has a professional internship component to provide students with work experience in a nonacademic environment.
Research Opportunities and Assistantships
Students can work and study alongside the department's faculty with active research strengths in various areas.
Students may choose to write a dissertation in mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics or collegiate mathematics education. Students are required to pass the qualifying Ph.D. exams and complete the course work in order to begin doing their dissertation work.
The department offers graduate teaching assistantships and research assistantships. Research assistantships often are awarded to outstanding new Ph.D. students or to Ph.D. students who are in their last year of dissertation work, evaluated and determined by the graduate committee. Teaching assistantships are determined by the graduate committee based on students' academic credentials and previous teaching performance.
with a Bachelor's degree must meet the minimum GPA of 2.7 overall (or
3.0 in the final sixty semester hours of graded coursework toward the
bachelor's degree) and a 3.0 in mathematics is required. These
applicants must have successfully completed 20 semester hours of
- Multivariate Calculus (equivalent to MTH 233)
- Abstract Algebra (equivalent to MTH 523), and
- Advanced Calculus (equivalent to MTH 532)
with Master's degrees in Mathematics equivalent to the M.A. degree at
Central Michigan University must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their
- General GRE is required (the GRE requirement may be waived by the Department in exceptional cases).
- For international students, a minimum TOEFL score of 550 PBT, 79 IBT, 6.5 IELTS, 53 PTE, 5 IB or 77 MELAB is required.
The deadline for admission and financial support is Feb. 15. Apply online at
Ph.D. students with a bachelor's degree are required to complete at least 75 credit hours of work, which include 24 hours of common core courses, 33 hours of area-specific courses, six hours of internships, and 12 hours of dissertation work and passing the oral defense. Prior to being eligible for taking the internships and dissertation, the student must pass required qualifying exams within eight semesters enrolling in the program.
Ph.D. students with a master's degree are required to complete at least 45 credit hours of work, which include 27 hours of course work from the list of common core courses and area-specific courses, six hours of internships, and 12 hours of dissertation work and passing the oral defense. Prior to being eligible for taking the internships and dissertation, the student must pass required qualifying exams within six semesters enrolling in the program.