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Brandeis University's Department of Mathematics combines the informality and flexibility of a small department with the intellectual vigor of a faculty whose research accomplishments have placed it among the top departments in the country. The result is an active dialogue among all members of the department and a general air of living, creative mathematics. Our coursework gives students a broad foundation in modern pure mathematics. An essential part of the program consists of seminars on a variety of topics of current interest in which mathematicians from greater Boston often participate. In addition, the Brandeis-Harvard-MIT-Northeastern Mathematics Colloquium gives the student an opportunity to hear the current work of eminent mathematicians from all over the world.

The graduate program in mathematics is designed primarily to lead to the PhD in pure mathematics. We also offer a Master of Arts degree for students with a strong undergraduate background in mathematics, and a Post-Baccalaureate Program for students with a bachelor’s degree (in any field) who would like to expand or deepen their mathematical skills for use in the workplace or in preparation for graduate programs in mathematics, science or social science.

The PhD program typically requires five years to complete, and requires writing a dissertation. The Master's program usually takes three semesters, but students with strong backgrounds may complete it in two. Students with a bachelor's degree in any field who would like further study in mathematics, but who do not have enough preparation for our Master's program, might want to consider our Post-Baccalaureate program.

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Director of Graduate Study

Joel Bellaiche

Joel Bellaiche

Courses and Degree Requirements

For the most updated course listing, course descriptions, and degree requirements, please visit the Registrar.

How to Apply

Application Deadlines

  • PhD: January 15
  • MA: Rolling through May 1; application review begins January 15.
  • Postbaccalaureate: Fall deadline: Rolling through May 1; application review begins January 15. Spring deadline: November 1.

Admission Requirements

To apply for all programs, you need to submit:

  • An online application;

  • An application fee;

  • Transcripts from all universities and colleges attended must be uploaded to your application; do not mail official transcripts to our office. For more information, visit Frequently Asked Questions;

  • Letters of recommendation, submitted electronically: PhD applications require 3 letters of recommendation; MA applications require 2 letters of recommendation; postbaccalaureate applications require 1 letter of recommendation;

  • curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé;

  • statement of purpose: PhD and MA applicants should indicate their reasons for undertaking graduate study. In addition, they should describe their qualifications for the academic program and their objectives in undertaking this program. Postbaccalaureate applicants should write about their reasons for undertaking the program, describe their background in mathematics, and explain how this program will help them achieve their goals.

  • Standardized Tests: Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general and subject tests are recommended, but not required. Our GRE institution code is 3092 (please note: this institution code only applies to GRE scores).

  • International applicants: Additional requirements for international applicants (non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents), minimum TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores, and important information regarding visas. If you are submitting TOEFL scores, please note that our TOEFL institution code is 3261.

For a more comprehensive description of application requirements, please visit Frequently Asked Questions.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Generous scholarships and financial aid are available; for more information please visit Financial Aid.

Careers and Alumni

Students and alumni can work closely with Career Services for an array of resources, including CV/resume help, job search, and networking.