Mathematics

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 will give you a competitive edge in the marketplace. Our students obtain math-related employment in academic and non-academic settings.

Outstanding faculty and student services

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.

UNT provides a wide variety of services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing, and the Office of Research Consulting offers assistance with statistical research.

The Toulouse Graduate School® offers several professional development workshops, including Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camps. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You’re required to reach a level of math 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 graduate school that include:

More information on the admission requirements for the graduate school can be found at their website. Specific department requirements are outlined on our website.

Degree requirements

Ph.D. degree

You’ll have to complete at least 72 credit hours of graduate work in math beyond the bachelor’s degree, or 54 credit hours beyond the master's degree. About half of the courses should be 6000-level or higher. In addition, you’ll be required to pass qualifying exams in two distinct approved areas of math, 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.

Information about specific degree requirements is available on our website.

Financial assistance

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

Students with fewer than 18 credit hours receive a nine-month salary of $14,940. Students with at least 18 credit hours receive a nine-month salary of $17,560. Students who’ve achieved All But Dissertation status receive a nine-month salary of $20,240.

Teaching fellows also are eligible for 1.5 months of summer salary teaching or working in the Math Lab.

Supported students receive a tuition benefit covering at least six credit hours of their tuition per semester.