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North Carolina State University: Department of Mathematics

The NCSU mathematics graduate program is unusually broad and diverse. We have about 60 faculty and 120 graduate students. Our graduate students are primarily US Citizens and Permanent Residents. 50% are female. 8-10% are African American. We accept strong students from both small and large schools. Students are prepared for the career of their choice be it academics, research, or teaching. A number of features allow the programs to be tailored to the individual student's background and goals. Students may take up to 2 years before taking qualifiers. This enables them to fill in any needed background. We offer 13 qualifying exams of which the student chooses three. This ensures that the qualifiers are preparing the student for their careers and are not just a hurdle. Students are actively engaged in research during their first two years through our REG program (Research Experience for Graduate Students.). There is active collaboration and synergy between all groups. We focus on doing good mathematics and do not worry about whether it is called pure or applied.


Programs offered

The Mathematics Department is located in the new state-of-the-art SAS Hall. There are strong groups in algebra, computer algebra, geometry, dynamical system, combinatorics, partial differential equations, applied mathematics of all types, biomathematics, numerical analysis, control theory, and industrial mathematics. The Department offers a PhD in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. There is a concentration in Computational Mathematics. Both PhD Degrees have either a standard track or an interdisciplinary track. In the interdisciplinary track, there is more course flexibility and also more work done with scientists outside of mathematics.

Student body profile

Our graduate students are very active in departmental programs and activities. There are active student groups in both mathematics and applied mathematics. The Department views the graduate program as its heart and soul. Students are provided opportunities during graduate study to build a resume that will get them the kind of job they want when they graduate. For students in industrial mathematics, this might be working at a company. For others, it is an internship at a national laboratory. For students aiming at teaching at the college or university level, it is the opportunity to get help teaching more advanced courses and help direct undergraduate research projects. Our graduate students are very successful in seeking employment. Some companies come by every year looking for more of our graduates.

Funding opportunities

There is substantial funding for students. There are 85 Teaching Assistantships. There are over 30 Research Assistantships and Fellowships provided by individual faculty grants including the Packard Fellowship and Presidential Young Investigators, GANN (Graduate Assistantships in Areas of National Need) Fellows, the RTG (Research Training Group) program in materials, and SAMSI (Statistical and Mathematical Sciences Institute). We also have National Physical Science Consortium and DOE Fellows. All incoming students who are US citizens receive a research stipend to use during the first summer at NCSU. They also get a travel stipend to attend conferences.

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Contact for more information:

Stephen L. Campbell