The Department of Mathematics offers graduate study leading to the degrees of Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Advanced work may be specialized among the following areas: 1) algebra, including algebraic geometry, commutative algebra, and homological algebra; 2) analysis, including analytic number theory, approximation theory, ergodic theory, harmonic analysis, and operator algebras; 3) applied mathematics, including differential equations, dynamical systems, mathematical biology, mathematical finance, and mathematical physics; 4) combinatorics; and 5) geometry/topology, including geometric group theory, Hamiltonian mechanics, and symplectic topology. Beginning with their first year in residence, students are strongly urged to attend research seminars and discuss research opportunities with faculty members. By the end of their second semester, students are advised to select an advisory committee and develop a plan of study specifying how all degree requirements are to be met. One philosophical tenet of the Department of Mathematics graduate program is that each mathematics graduate student will be well grounded in at least two foundational areas of mathematics. To this end, each student's background will be assessed, and the student will be directed to the appropriate level of study. The Department of Mathematics graduate program is open to all qualified graduates of universities and colleges of recognized standing. In addition to the Graduate School requirements, applicants must have earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 or equivalent in all advanced mathematics courses at the baccalaureate level. Teaching assistantships and a small number of research assistantships are available. Graduate tuition is waived for research and teaching assistants. All students in full standing and, in certain situations, students in conditional status are eligible for assistantships. International students must satisfy NDSU’s language proficiency requirements to be considered for an assistantship. Assistantship applications will be considered at any time. However, opportunities are improved for those received by March 1 preceding the fall semester of intended enrollment.At least one year of academic work must be spent in residence at NDSU in fulfilling graduate requirements for each graduate degree earned. The M.S. customarily takes two years to complete; the Ph.D. usually last three years beyond the master's. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 throughout their graduate career.
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International Student Requirements:
TOEFL ibT 71 or IELTS 6 for admission; TOEFL ibT 81 or IeLTS 7 for teaching assistantship