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University of Arizona: School of Mathematical Sciences

The University of Arizona is situated in Tucson, Arizona is a warm and friendly place, rich in diverse cultures, in the heart of the Southwestern United States. Our graduate program reflects these values and while many of our alumni have gone on to academic careers at major universities, many others have gone to positions in federal government agencies, national laboratories, and cutting-edge industries.

The University of Arizona has three PhD and MS degrees in the mathematical sciences: Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, and the Interdisciplinary Program in Statistics.

Although the three graduate programs are separate, a special feature of the mathematical sciences at the University of Arizona is that they work closely together. Students from the graduate programs share offices, help teach the same courses, and often take advanced level mathematics courses together. Furthermore there are no hard divisions between the types of research projects that they can pursue: sometimes students in the Mathematics program will work on applications oriented problems, and students in the Applied program will work on more theoretical problems. We would be happy to advise as to which program best matches your interests.


Programs offered

The Graduate Program in the Department of Mathematics offers core courses in algebra, analysis, and topology-geometry. In addition to studying a broad range of topics in mathematics, students in this program tend to pursue research topics in more theoretical aspects of mathematics, and nearly always write their dissertation under the supervision of a professor in the Mathematics department.

The Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Applied Mathematics offers core courses in numerical analysis, applied analysis, and mathematical methods. Students in this program study the applications of mathematics, with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research at the interface of mathematics and the physical, life and engineering sciences. Applied mathematics is all about the quantification and unification of the world around us through mathematical and computational models. Mathematics is the universal language of all the sciences that can be used to gain insights and make predictions in many fields. Applied mathematicians must not only have a rigorous training in mathematics, but also the ability to master the diverse disciplines to which they apply their tools, to have an appreciation of experimental methodologies, to understand how to interpret data, to be critical and creative thinkers, and to be outstanding communicators across disciplines. The Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Applied Mathematics at the University of Arizona was established in 1976 to pursue research and education in applied mathematics according to these goals. The Program has two experimental laboratories, an NIH training grant Computational and Mathematical Modeling of Biomedical Systems supporting research and education in quantitative biology, shares VIGRE and S-STEM training grants with the Mathematics Department, and has faculty members from twenty seven different departments at the University of Arizona who offer our students an incredibly broad range of interdisciplinary research opportunities.

The Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Statistics offers core courses in statistical theory and methodology. Extensive flexibility via course electives allows students to tailor their final programs of study to their own interdisciplinary interests. Expertise may be gained in statistical practice, theory, and/or applications in a specialized area such as biometry, bioinformatics, econometrics, environmetrics, mathematical statistics, or psychometrics, among many others.

The University of Arizona Mathematical Science programs are highly interactive. Many Mathematics Department faculty are members of the Applied Math and Statistics programs. The two Interdisciplinary Programs have members in departments across campus. Students in the three degree programs routinely take classes and participate in seminars hosted by any of the three programs.

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Contact for more information:

  • David Glickenstein-Math
  • Moysey Brio-Applied Math
  • Joe Watkins-Statistics