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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.

Our PhD program in mathematics encompasses all areas of modern pure mathematics with strengths in algebra, analysis, topology, number theory and combinatorics. The PhD program typically requires five years to complete and culminates with a dissertation. Our PhD program has many illustrious mathematicians among its alumni, and a majority of our PhD students continue to a successful career in academia.

The Mathematics Department also offers a Master of Arts degree for students with a strong undergraduate background in mathematics and a post-baccalaureate programThe master's program usually takes three semesters, but students with strong backgrounds may complete it in two. Students leverage the master's program either to apply for a PhD program in mathematics or to prepare for a career outside academia (e.g. in data science, finance, or software engineering). The post-baccalaureate program is designed for students with a bachelor's degree in any field, but who do not have enough preparation in mathematics for our master's program.Through the post-baccaleareate program, students expand and deepen their mathematical skills for the workplace or for graduate programs in mathematics, science or social science.

The Mathematics department is committed to building a diverse talented cohort, and strongly encourages women and under-represented minority groups to apply for our programs.

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We encourage you to explore one of the department’s greatest assets through our faculty pages. Our Directors of Graduate Study are Olivier Bernardi (fall 2018) and Dmitry Kleinbock (spring 2019).

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.