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Graduate Program

About the Graduate Program

The mathematics department supports an intimate and vibrant graduate program. All our professors are active in research, which provides many choices of research area to doctoral students. At the same time our faculty is devoted to teaching and mentoring of students. Our graduate courses and research seminars provide a great atmosphere for collaborative learning and research. Moreover, the seven other research universities in the Boston area are all within easy reach, providing access to many more classes, seminars and colloquia in diverse areas of mathematical research.

We offer three degree programs in Mathematics:

In recent years we have 30-40 graduate students at a time. Teaching assistantships are available for PhD students, as well as a limited number of University-wide fellowships. Tufts has on-campus housing for graduate students, but many choose to live off-campus instead.

Doctoral study consists of preliminary coursework and study, qualifying exams, a candidacy exam with an adviser, and creative research culminating in a written dissertation and defense. All doctoral students must also do some teaching on the way to the PhD. Detailed requirements and procedures for the PhD program are outlined in the graduate handbook.

Master's students must either pass 9 courses or pass 7 courses and write a thesis. A master's thesis is the result of directed study with an adviser of your choice; it is usually a survey of a specific topic or an in-depth study of some problem. The Master's program is intended to prepare students for employment in the mathematics profession either in academia, in government, in business and industry or to pursue further graduate education. It normally takes about two years of full time study for someone entering with the equivalent of an undergraduate mathematics major, including a background in algebra and analysis; students entering with less background may take longer, and nontraditional students are warmly invited to apply.

Post-Baccalaureate students must pass four courses with a grade of B- or better.

The department has two very active student groups for graduate students, the Organization of Graduate Students in Mathematics (OGSM) and the SIAM student chapter.

Finally, note that in addition to local classes, Tufts students can benefit from our location in the mathematically rich Boston area to take classes at a range of other local universities, like Brandeis, Boston University, MIT, Harvard, and Boston College. Please be aware that you will need to contact the professor and the host institution itself in a timely fashion in order to meet their deadlines and file any necessary forms. Learn more about cross-registration information.

For information about the graduate program, please contact the Math Department Graduate Director.

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