ISU's graduate program in mathematics is supported by a strong and energetic faculty with a commitment to teaching, research, and professional service. Faculty research interests represent a wide range of mathematics and statistics; they include such areas as differential geometry, algebra and representation theory, mathematical biology, carcinogenesis and other medical applications, applied statistics, numerical analysis, matrix theory, and real, complex, and functional analysis. The department offers Doctor of Arts (D.A.), Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Arts for Secondary Teachers (M.A.M.S.T.) degrees in Mathematics.
- The D.A. is a terminal degree for those planning college teaching careers. It emphasizes broad competence in mathematics, skill in exposition, teaching effectiveness, and theoretical and practical preparation in pedagogy. Students complete a D.A. thesis, which may be of a research, expository, or pedagogical nature. Click here for a list of all D.A. Alumni since the program's inception in 1970.
- M.S. students develop a broad and deep knowledge of mathematics. The program prepares them for careers in government or industry, for teaching at junior or community colleges, or for further study at the doctoral level. Thesis and non-thesis options are available
- The M.A.M.S.T. degree is designed for those with a bachelor's degree who hold a secondary school teaching certificate for the teaching of mathematics and have at least three years of full-time teaching experience. The program will enhance the mathematical training of secondary teachers and equip such teachers with a broad and modern background in mathematics.
The department also participates in the Subsurface Science emphasis area of the Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Science.
Financial support is available through graduate assistantships. In 2016-2017, the stipends are $12,403.50 (master's teaching assistantship), $15,640.80 (doctoral teaching assistantship), and $16,613.00 (doctoral fellowship). Future stipends might be slightly higher. Such awards include a waiver of non-resident tuition and are routinely accompanied by scholarships waiving in-state fees. For 2016-2017, the annual values of such waivers are $11,291.50 per semester for graduate non-resident and $4,251.00 per semester for graduate resident.
If applying for either the M.S. or the D.A. program please submit the Financial Assistance Form (in PDF format), or Financial Assistance Form (in Microsoft Word format), and please ask each of your three references to submit the Recommendation Form (in PDF format), or Recommendation Form (in Microsoft Word format).
- For the Spring 2017 semester, the application deadline is November 1, 2016.
- For the Fall 2017 semester, the application deadline is April 1, 2017.
- Recent history of graduate course scheduling that may be helpful in planning your program
- Faculty research interests
- Graduate Examination Procedures for both the M.S. and D.A. programs
- ISU Graduate Catalog
- ISU Graduate School website
- Graduate Director, Dr. Yu Chen, at (208) 282-3646, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To facilitate an individualized reply, please describe any math degree(s) completed and/or additional math courses taken, but be advised that admission prospects cannot be fully evaluated until a complete official application is received. Please do not send scanned copies of transcripts or other large attachments.