University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus

Mathematics PhD program

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Full range of mathematics

With research spanning the complete spectrum of mathematics, our 60+ faculty have the expertise to help you maximize your potential. Our faculty:

  • Give students a broad understanding of all areas of mathematics. 
  • Serve as mentors and guides to support your individual research pursuits.
  • Conduct cutting-edge research.
  • Hold national and international leadership positions.

Faculty research


Two tracks

There are two coursework approaches for obtaining a Mathematics PhD in Minnesota:

Focuses on proofs, theorems, and abstract concepts.

Mathematics with Emphasis in Applied and Industrial Mathematics
Uses math to solve real-world problems.

All PhD students are expected to earn a Master’s degree upon the completion of their preliminary oral examinations.

Degree requirements





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Supportive community

Our active, close-knit community helps students grow and flourish.

You’ll have abundant opportunities to: 

  • Receive support from mentors, advisors, peers, and alumni.
  • Get involved.
  • Interact with other students.

Student groups


Dynamic urban environment

We’re situated on a sprawling campus, surrounded by vibrant urban neighborhoods. The Minneapolis-St. Paul area is known for its:

  • Lively scene for dining, culture, arts, and recreation.
  • Abundant trails, parks, and waterways, including several lakes and the Mississippi River.
  • High quality of life.
  • Thriving economy that features a diverse mix of industries and ample opportunities for graduates.

Tuition, benefits, and financial assistance

Our PhD program is fully funded. Everyone we accept receives an offer of financial support, usually in the form of a teaching assistantship. 

Financial support

Tuition, fees, and benefits: U of M graduate programs


Applications are due December 15.

How to apply