Master's and Doctoral Programs

Graduate opportunities

The Department of Mathematics at the University of North Texas provides a collaborative, open and academically stimulating climate for graduate study.

We offer instruction and research leading to Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science and Master of Arts degrees in Mathematics. You may follow a program of study that includes pure and applicable mathematics.

The Ph.D. degree allows you to develop competence in several major areas of mathematics and prepares you for intensive study and research in a specialized area. The M.S. degree provides a deeper understanding of mathematical theory and technique for use in a wide variety of academic and non-academic careers. The M.A. degree prepares you to pursue a Ph.D. degree and for careers in college teaching, business and industry.

In addition to mathematical training, you'll have opportunities to develop advanced instructional skills. These opportunities include a comprehensive training course for teaching fellows focusing on all types of instructional issues.

The combination of high quality mathematical training, expansive instructional training and practical teaching opportunities gives students a competitive edge in the marketplace. Our students invariably obtain mathematics-related employment in academic and non-academic settings.

Outstanding support

Many of our faculty members have published articles in respected journals, worked as consultants for various businesses and companies, and presented research at conferences and seminars. Most of them are involved in research ranging from chaos and dynamical systems to topology.

Research projects and programs are routinely supported by federal and private grants. For example, the prestigious Research Training Group grant supports research related to logic and dynamics with an emphasis on the connection between the two fields. Our department also houses a library collection in mathematical sciences.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You're required to reach a level of mathematics equivalent to that of an undergraduate Mathematics major. This includes upper-division courses in algebra and advanced calculus (classical analysis) and, when possible, topology. You must also meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate SchoolŪ. These requirements include:

  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts from every college or university you've attended
  • Official GRE or GMAT scores

Degree requirements

Ph.D. degree

You need to complete at least 72 credit hours of graduate work in mathematics beyond the bachelor's degree. About half of the courses should be 6000-level or higher. Additionally, you'll be required to pass qualifying exams in two distinct approved areas of mathematics, write a dissertation and take a final comprehensive oral exam. The exam is primarily a defense of the dissertation.

M.S. degree

This degree requires 36 credit hours of approved course work, proficiency in computer programming and a final oral exam. You may select a minor of 6 credit hours with the department's consent. A thesis is optional.

M.A. degree

This degree requires 24 credit hours of approved course work and 6 credit hours of thesis. You may select a minor of 6 credit hours with the department's consent. In addition, you must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language. A final oral exam will be your thesis defense.

The Department of Mathematics has more information on specific degree requirements.

Financial assistance

Almost all full-time graduate students are supported as teaching fellows or assistants.

Students with fewer than 18 credit hours receive a stipend of $14,940 per year and generally teach the equivalent of two classes per semester. Students with at least 18 credit hours receive a stipend of $17,560 per nine months. Students who have achieved All But Dissertation status receive a stipend of $20,240.

Teaching fellows are also eligible for summer employment teaching or working in the Math Lab.

Qualified students may be eligible for $1,000 Academic Achievement Scholarships through the graduate school. The financial aid office can give you more information about other financial assistance programs.