College of Arts & Sciences

Mathematics - Graduate

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At the University of Kentucky we have strong programs in the areas of algebra, analysis/partial differential equations, applied math, combinatorics, numerical analysis, and topology. Our program is designed to give students a solid foundation to prepare them for a successful career, whether in academics, industry or government service. Our course of study is rigorous, but our atmosphere is friendly and encourages close collaboration between faculty and students. There are many opportunities for our students to enrich their background for a research, educational, or business career. Students are encouraged to talk in one of the department's many research seminars, including a Graduate Student Colloquium , run by the Graduate Student Council, and to attend national/international conferences as well as regional meetings. Our students have opportunities to teach a variety of courses and to work in our special instructional and outreach programs. The overall goal is for our students to excel in research and teaching of mathematics and to ultimately become well-rounded leaders in their field.

Master's Program Description

The Department of Mathematics grants the M.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. There are no specific course prerequisites for admission; however, two semesters of advanced calculus, and at least one semester each of algebra and topology are suggested. Both the M.A. and M.S. degrees are 30-credit-hour programs, offered under either Plan A or Plan B. The Master of Arts degree, featuring a core program that emphasizes mathematical structures, is designed for prospective community college teachers and for students contemplating studies at the Ph.D. level. The Master of Science degree, through an emphasis on the applications of mathematics and the acquisition of computational skills, focuses on careers in business, industry, and government. 

Doctoral Program Description

In order to be admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree, a student must complete studies in a minor field (either inside or outside the department) and successfully complete three comprehensive examinations as described above. Subsequent work becomes highly specialized through seminars, independent study, and finally, work on a dissertation is an original contribution to the candidate’s major field. The faculty has research expertise in algebraic topology, coding theory, ring theory, algebraic geometry, number theory, complex variables, rational approximation, operator theory, partial differential equations, mathematical physics, continuum mechanics, numerical analysis, algebraic combinatorics, and optimization.  

Master's (MA, MS) or Doctoral (PhD) - Application Requirements

  1. CV
  2. Personal Statement
    • A 2-page Personal Statement is required. The statement should include information on your background, preparation, purpose for going to graduate school, career goals, and your research and teaching interests.
  3. Three letters of recommendation
    • ​For recommenders: In addition to the questions asked on the form, please also address the following: How well developed are the applicant’s teaching, tutoring, and computing skills? How would you rank the applicant's mathematical abilities in comparison with other students you have taught?


The GRE is not required for admission to this program.

Applicants must meet the Graduate School admission requirements.

Application Deadlines
  • Spring: December 1
  • Fall: February 1