Graduate Degree Programs
- Ph.D., Mathematics
- Master of Science, Mathematics
- Master of Science, Applied Mathematics
- Master of Science, Stochastic Systems and Optimization
Graduate Certificate Programs
- Applied Statistics
- Stochastic Systems
Each Graduate Certificate program consists of four courses, including one elective chosen with the consent of the departmental advisor. Most courses may be applied toward a master's degree, as well as counting toward the certificate.
Admission Criteria and Application Requirements
Applications to all graduate programs, degree and certificate, must be prepared and submitted according to the Stevens Office of Graduate Admissions regulations. Instructions and forms may be found on the Graduate Admissions web site. Notice that the procedure is different for domestic and international applicants. The following sections describe requirements specific to graduate programs in the Department of Mathematical Sciences.
Master Degree and Certificate Programs
Adequate undergraduate preparation for admission to any master degree or certificate program includes analytic geometry and calculus, elementary differential equations, one semester of linear algebra, and one semester of probability or probability and statistics. It is possible to be admitted with the requirement that you make up a deficiency in preparation. Applications to any master degree or certificate program should include
- Two letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts and diplomas. For non-English speaking institutions, these documents must be accompanied by a certified English translation
- GRE General Test scores (not required for certificate programs)
Admission to the doctoral program requires the preparation specified above. If your goal is a Ph.D., you should apply directly to the doctoral program and not to a master's program. In order to receive full consideration, applications to the Doctoral Program should be received by February 15 for admission in the Fall Semester, and October 15 for admission in the spring semester. Because of constraints due to course scheduling, admission for the spring semester is not always feasible and may depend on the student's preparation. In addition, financial aid is usually not available for students admitted in the spring semester. Applicants requesting financial aid should apply by February 15 and clearly state that such aid is being requested.
Applications to the doctoral program should include the following items, all of which enter into the Graduate Program Committee's evaluation of applicants:
- A personal statement that, in a succinct manner, describes the student's mathematical background and interests, motivation and goals for pursuing a Ph.D. degree, and how the student's mathematical interests align with the research strengths of the department faculty. This should not exceed two pages.
- Official transcripts and diplomas. For non-English-speaking institutions, these documents must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
- Letters of recommendation: at least two; at most, four.
- GRE General Test scores (Math Subject Test recommended).
- TOEFL score for international students. The TOEFL score is particularly important if the student wants to be considered for a Teaching Assistantship (see the section on Teaching Assistantships).
The Department supports a limited number of Ph.D. students through teaching assistantships which entitle the recipients to a salary and a waiver of their tuition costs. Teaching assistants are considered for renewal each year, depending on the student's progress towards graduation and performance evaluations as a teaching assistant. Save for exceptional cases, Teaching Assistantships are normally not granted for more than five years and are usually available only for students entering in the Fall. In any case, applications should be received by the deadlines mentioned above under the heading Admission Criteria.
Students who wish to be considered for a Teaching Assistantship beginning their first year should mention this in their Personal Statement. Students with prior teaching experience are encouraged to submit additional documentation that addresses their teaching skills, such as letters of recommendation, evaluation forms, teaching awards, etc. However, no teaching experience is required for an incoming student to be considered for a Teaching Assistantship.
Admission into the Graduate Certificate or Master's Degree programs requires an undergraduate degree in Engineering, or in a related discipline, with a grade point average of "B" or better from an accredited college or university.
All applicants must submit the following documents to be considered for admission:
- Completed online application for admission
- Official college transcripts from all colleges attended
- Two letters of recommendation
- Statement of Purpose
- GRE scores*
- Application fee
* Starting Fall 2014 GRE scores required for all applicants applying into a full-time graduate program in the School of Engineering and Sciences. (Code #2819) All scores are only valid for five years prior to the application term. GRE required for all PhD applicants.
Additional Requirements for International Applicants
TOEFL/IELTS - International students (Code #2819). For English language proficiency requirements please click here.
Approximately two weeks following receipt of the above material, you will receive a decision letter from the Office of Graduate Admissions. If accepted you will receive an acceptance letter outlining the program to which you were accepted, as well as your assigned Academic Advisor's contact information.
For questions related to program requirements please check with the Office of Graduate Admissions at email@example.com.
For more details on deadlines and how to apply please visit the Office of Graduate Admissions website at www.stevens.edu/graduate.