If you did well in mathematics as an undergraduate, there are a lot of reasons to consider a graduate degree in mathematics:
It provides the basis for a deeper understanding how mathematics is developed
and used, enabling you to be competitive for positions in many industries that
use mathematics, and providing you with the versatility to learn new fields
on your own at a fundamental level by reading and understanding original literature.
A career in research and teaching is possible with either an MS or a PhD degree.
An MS will usually be sufficient for instructor or community college positions;
a PhD is the entrée for faculty positions in colleges and research universities.
- It can be a lot of fun!
We offer MS and PhD degrees in Mathematics. The MS program consists of approximately 2 years worth of graduate level coursework and it has Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics tracks. The PhD program assumes a master's level background in Mathematics and involves an additional 3 years of coursework and research experience. Students will be accepted into the MS or PhD program depending on their background. Detail program information is found in the University Catalog and the Graduate Handbook .
What we are good at:
- We call our program "friendly-sized" with about 26 research faculty and
50 graduate students, about 2/3 of them are PhD students. The faculty are
accessible, and everyone gets to know each other from our basic courses.
Our student body is very diverse and West Virginia University is an open,
friendly and fun environment for all.
- We have active, sizable
faculty research groups in commutative and higher algebra, applied
and classical analysis, applied mathematics of biological systems and
computational astrophysics, graph theory and combinatorics, mathematics
education at the undergraduate level, and set theory and topology.
- WVU is a great place to learn how to teach! Graduate assistants get the opportunity
work under our
Institute for Mathematics Learning (IML) and they are trained to teach
their own courses, and to experience a wide range of student learners.
- We have a tradition of developing potential students that have excelled in
their undergraduate programs, even at schools with limited mathematics offerings
or from other scientific majors, are welcome in our program. Our MS program
is flexible and give you the time to build your mathematical expertise from
the ground up. Our PhD classes are small, with a lot of individual attention.
- Math faculty organize colloquia, research seminars, and graduate
student seminar every academic year, so that our students get exposed
to different areas of mathematics.
- We have active student organizations that organize several events and talks during the year.