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University of Central Florida: Department of Mathematics

The University of Central Florida was founded in 1963 to provide talent for Central Florida and the growing U.S. space program, UCF has been making an impact on the state, the nation — and outer space — ever since. UCF has become one of the best colleges for quality, access, impact, and value. The U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF among the nation’s top 10 most innovative colleges, while both Kiplinger and Forbes rank us a best-value university.

The University of Central Florida is an emerging preeminent research university located in metropolitan Orlando. According to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges of 2019 guide, UCF ranks among the nation’s 10 most innovative universities. UCF is also ranked as a best-value university by Kiplinger, as well as one of the nation’s most affordable colleges by Forbes. The university confers more than 16,000 degrees each year and benefits from a diverse faculty and staff who create a welcoming environment and opportunities for all students to grow, learn and succeed.

Department of Mathematics has about forty tenue/tenue-earning faculty covering many areas of mathematics. The faculty in the program are dedicated to graduate education and many of them are recognized as outstanding scholars and many of them conduct interdisciplinary research and supervise graduate students in other departments, research institutes, and centers within the university.

Students in the program can specialize in many areas of pure, applied, computational and financial mathematics. Students in the program have opportunities to interact with other departments and institutions on campus, and also with local industry. Our graduates regularly go on to successful positions in academics, government, and industry.


All underrepresented or underserved American students with the talent and the ambition are encouraged to apply for the UCF math graduate program and to earn a doctoral degree in a mathematical science. The program admits PhD/master students in the spring and fall and plans to admit about 20 PhD students every year. More information about the university requirement and the procedure to submit your application can be found in the website of College of Graduate Studies, at the University of Central Florida

More information about the program:

Please visit the graduate website of the department of mathematics or contact the program director at


Programs offered

PhD in regular mathematics track and financial mathematics track; MS in regular track, industrial mathematics track and financial mathematics; the Graduate Certificates in Mathematical Sciences.

Student body profile

The program has 47 active PhD students, 10 active master students, and 7 active graduate certificate students. Of all PhD students, about 34% are female, 30% are US white and 4% are African-American. Updated and more detailed information.

Funding opportunities

PhD program:

All PhD students are offered up to seven years of funding, conditioned on satisfactory academic progress and satisfactory performance of assigned duties.

Funding consists of a stipend/university fellowship, tuition, and health insurance coverage. Most students are funded as teaching assistants, but many are funded as research assistants on the grants of faculty, and some are funded through external fellowships and university fellowships.

MS program:

Funding for students is very limited, with the exception of the master's program with an emphasis on the financial mathematics track, which offers some teaching assistantships.

More information

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Contact for more information:

  • Qiyu Sun