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University of Pittsburgh    
2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Mar 08, 2021
2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Mathematics

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The Department of Mathematics offers programs leading to Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the mathematical sciences. Students are given ample opportunity to attain scientific excellence by working with an active and broad-based research faculty in diverse areas of pure and applied mathematics..

Contact Information

Department Chair: Jon Rubin
Main Office: 301 Thackeray Hall
Fax: 412-624-8397

Additional information concerning the department’s graduate program may be obtained from the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Mathematics, Graduate Administrator, 301 Thackeray Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Phone: 412-624-1175. Fax: 412-624-8397. E-mail:


To qualify for admission to full graduate status, an applicant must have a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or a closely related field, a minimum overall QPA of 3.0 (relative to a possible maximum of 4.0) in all undergraduate subjects, and a minimum QPA of 3.25 in the mathematics curriculum. It is desirable that the applicant’s undergraduate background include courses in calculus, linear and abstract algebra, differential equations, and real and complex analysis. It is also strongly suggested that applicants provide their scores on the GRE General Test and, if possible, on the GRE Subject Test in mathematics.

Official TOEFL scores from the Educational Testing Service are required if you are an international student whose native language is not English. International applicants whose first language is not English must attain either a minimum TOEFL (administered by the Educational Testing Service) score of 577 (paper-based test), 90 (internet-based test), or an IELTS (administered by the University of Cambridge, Local Examinations Syndicate) score of 7.0. All applicants are required to submit official GRE scores and are highly encouraged to submit GRE Mathematics subject test scores.

Financial Assistance

All full-time PhD students receive financial assistance from the University for 5 years as long as they are in good standing. This funding is extendable to 6 years in special circumstances. Most hold appointments as teaching assistants (TAs) or teaching fellows (TFs). A few are graduate student researchers (GSRs) or Andrew Mellon fellows. Most of the TA commitments are made as a fall/spring package. Summer support is dependent upon the teaching needs of the department during the summer term, so there is no guarantee of more than two terms of support per year. No University support is available to Master students.


Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Faculty  


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