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Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences

Minimum Total for Graduation after Bachelor Degree: 75 hours

Minimum Total for Graduation after Master Degree: 45 hours

The Ph.D. degree is a content-based degree program that has three concentrations: Concentration in Mathematics, Concentration in Collegiate Mathematics Education and Concentration in Statistics. Coursework is broadly distributed across the various areas of mathematics, mathematics education and statistics. The Ph.D. degree is designed to (a) develop well-prepared teachers to teach college level mathematics/statistics and conduct independent research effectively in their areas of expertise or (b) prepare students with advanced knowledge and applications in mathematics/statistics to work effectively in non-academic environments.

  • For students who are interested in teaching at universities, the program has a unique component of two courses on teaching pedagogy in addition to two semesters of teaching internships.
  • For students who are interested in industrial jobs, the program has a component of professional internship to provide students work experience in a non-academic environment.

Admission Requirements for Ph.D.:

Applicants must meet all College of Graduate Studies admission requirements.  International students should take note of any special admission considerations required by the College of Graduate Studies, including TOEFL requirements.

  • Applicants 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 m mathematics is required. These applicants must have successfully completed 20 semester hours of mathematics including
    • Multivariate Calculus (equivalent to MTH 233)
    • Abstract Algebra (equivalent to MTH 523), and
    • Advanced Calculus (equivalent to MTH 532)
  • Applicants 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 graduate work.
  • General GRE is required (the GRE requirement may be waived by the Department in exceptional cases).


Program Requirements for Ph.D. Program:

The three concentrations require a list of Common Core Courses, Internship, Dissertation, and Concentration-Specific coursework, and Qualifying Exams.

  • For students who have a B.A./B.S. degree, the requirements are:
    • Common Core Courses (24 hours)
    • Concentration-Specific coursework (33 hours)
    • Internship  (6 hours)
    • Dissertation (12 hours)
    • Qualifying Exams: three subjects for each concentration
  • For those who have an M.A./M.S. in Mathematics or Statistics, the common core courses and concentration-specific coursework may be reduced depending on individual's background and the chosen concentration in consultation with an academic advisor.

View the Program Requirements for each Concentration of the Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences HERE​