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Prospective Students

How to join our graduate program...

  1. Watch a video tour of graduate student life in Mathematics, and read our brochure. Check out our PhD graduates and their jobs and see our brochure on the actuarial science program if that is your interest.
  2. Consult the program information below for
  3. Click in the left sidebar to apply for admission and funding (tuition waivers, teaching and research assistantships, fellowships).

Meet some current graduate students...

Anton Bernshteyn Anton Bernshteyn
I chose Illinois for graduate school because the mathematics department at Illinois is very large and diverse, making it possible to find experts working in virtually any area. Read more

Vanessa Rivera-Quinones  Vanessa Rivera-Quiñones
I chose to attend the University of Illinois because I wanted to be in a graduate program that cared for student success and that provided a friendly environment for its students. I have been involved in the Association of Women in Mathematics. Read more

Ashish Kumar PandeyAshish Kumar Pandey
Urbana-Champaign is one of the best college towns I have been to. I like the university libraries as well as the public libraries. Another thing I really like is the Activities and Recreation Center at Illinois which has a wide-array of facilities and it is a great place to have some fun after doing math all day. Read more

Erin Compaan Erin Compaan
My research is in the analysis of dispersive PDEs. As a graduate student, I've spent two summers on campus in research projects and two summers doing an internship in industry; with the Department of Defense and with a communications consulting firm. I was interested in Illinois because of the strong mathematics program and diverse research areas available. Read more

Neriman Tokcan Neriman Tokcan
Academic life at Illinois offers special activities for graduate students such as attending conferences, meeting with new people and traveling. So far, I have attended a conference at MIT and a workshop in Berkeley, California. Attending enabled me to meet with the best scientists in my area, and I was able to do some sightseeing. Read more

Yun ShiYun Shi
text here I like this small and convenient town. A lot of my friends live close to campus, and we gather together to talk about math or do some other activities together frequently At the Campus Recreational Center I can do every kind of sport I like. The Krannert Center for Performing Arts is a great place for enjoying performances. Read more

 

 


PhD in Mathematics

Applicants should possess a strong background in undergraduate mathematics. The PhD usually requires four to six years of study. In 2013-2015, the mean time to degree was 5.75 years, and 88% of our PhD graduates took 6 years or fewer. The principal stages are:

Students who wish to earn a doctorate should apply directly to the PhD program. Students can usually earn a Masters degree along the way to the PhD.

For detailed degree requirements, please see the Guide for Graduate Students in Mathematics.

MS in Mathematics

This MS in Mathematics program allows students a wide range of course choices and can offer good preparation either for a job in industry or for pursuit of a doctorate in mathematics at another university. It is rare, though not impossible, for students to enter the PhD program at the University of Illinois after finishing the MS in Mathematics. The degree requires 32 credit hours and can normally be completed in 18 months. A master's thesis is optional. Students may begin the program in either the Fall or the Spring semester. Financial aid is generally not available, although students in this program are occasionally hired as teaching assistants after they are enrolled.

For detailed degree requirements, please see the Guide for Graduate Students in Mathematics.

Students entering the program should have completed at least six courses in mathematics at the junior-senior level (beyond calculus). It is strongly recommended that the entering student has taken courses that cover the syllabi of the following:

MS in Applied Mathematics

The MS in Applied Mathematics program is intended for students wishing to pursue a career in applied mathematics. It is also suitable as preparation for a PhD program in Applied Mathematics. It is rare for students to enter the PhD program at the University of Illinois after finishing this degree. Students may choose one of three tracks: Optimization and Algorithms, Applications to the Sciences, Computational Science and Engineering. This degree program requires 32 credit hours and can normally be completed in 18 months. A master's thesis is optional. Students may begin the program in either the Fall or the Spring semester. Financial aid is generally not available, although students in this program are occasionally hired as teaching assistants after they are enrolled.

For detailed degree requirements, please see the Guide for Graduate Students in Mathematics.

Students entering the program should have completed at least six courses in mathematics at the junior-senior level (beyond calculus). For the Optimization and Algorithms option, it is strongly recommended that the entering student has taken at least one course in each of linear algebra, real analysis, and probability or statistics and has taken a course in theoretical computer science other than a programming course. For the Applications to the Sciences and Computational Science & Engineering options, it is strongly recommended that the entering student has taken at least one course in each of linear algebra, real analysis, probability or statistics, and differential equations and has training in computer programming.

MS in Applied Mathematics – Actuarial Sciences

This program prepares students for actuarial science careers; it provides background for much of the material on the basic professional actuarial examinations. Admission to this program does not require an undergraduate degree in actuarial science, but students who have not already passed the first actuarial exam (probability theory) should be prepared to sit for it during their first semester. A student who enters with a significant actuarial background will also be able to continue with more advanced course work in actuarial science, mathematics, statistics and finance.

A student successfully finishing the program will typically have mastered the material covered on most or all of the basic actuarial exams (Exams P, FM, MLC, MFE, and C), and will have had an opportunity to study some finance, economics, or other areas of potential application to actuarial work. The program requires 32 credit hours and can normally be completed in 18 months. Financial aid is normally not available; however, a small number of students who are native speakers of English or who have satisfied the English Proficiency Requirement for International Teaching Assistants may be offered a teaching assistantship, which provides a full tuition waiver (regardless of student's residency classification), partial fee waiver, and a stipend sufficient for living expenses in Champaign-Urbana. Students may begin the program in either the Fall or the Spring semester.

For detailed degree requirements, please see the Guide for Graduate Students in Mathematics. For information on actuarial science courses, faculty, and social and networking activities organized by students, see the Actuarial Science Program page. 

It is required that the entering student have taken the calculus sequence and at least one course in probability or statistics. Some training in computer programming and exposure to economics or finance are also helpful.

MS in the Teaching of Mathematics

The MS in the Teaching of Mathematics is intended for those who wish to teach at the high school or community college level. It does not lead to certification to teach in public schools. The program requires 32 credit hours and can normally be completed in 18 months.

A teaching assistantship and full tuition waiver (plus partial fee waiver) will be offered for three semesters to all admitted applicants who are native speakers of English or satisfy the English Proficiency Requirement for International Teaching Assistants.

For detailed degree requirements, please see the Guide for Graduate Students in Mathematics.

Students entering the program should have completed at least six courses in mathematics at the junior-senior level (beyond calculus). It is strongly recommended that the entering student has taken courses which cover the syllabi of the following: