Program Description

Our graduate program features:

  • A well-rounded preparation for a variety of careers in academia and industry
  • Financial support for five or six years though research, teaching, and internships:
    • up to 33 months of research support under the VIGRE grant
    • assistantships providing a variety of teaching experiences
    • internship opportunities at companies and government labs
  • A unique Sonoran Desert location in the heart of the historic Southwest
  • A strong academic program including:
    • a rigorous foundation in core mathematics: algebra, analysis, and geometry-topology
    • a second-year research experience (RTGs)
    • a variety of research specialties, encompassing the creation, application, and teaching of mathematics, including:
      • Algebra and Geometry
      • Analysis
      • Applied Mathematics
      • Mathematics Education
      • Probability and Statistics
  • A nationally recognized tradition of innovation in teaching and curriculum development

Our Specialties

Creating, Teaching, Applying

As a student at Arizona, you will get a very well-rounded education suitable for many mathematically oriented careers. You will create mathematics, collaborating with an internationally recognized faculty in research tutorial groups, seminars, and ultimately in a thesis or dissertation. You will teach mathematics and become part of the Arizona tradition of excellence and innovation in mathematics education. You will have the opportunity to apply mathematics in the setting of a company or a national lab during a summer or semester-long internship.

Research Specialities

Mathematical research at Arizona is carried out in a wide variety of fields. You may choose to specialize in one of the following areas:

  • Algebra and Geometry
    • Group Theory
    • Number Theory
    • Topology and Geometry
  • Analysis
    • Analysis and its Applications
    • Dynamical Systems
    • Geometric Analysis
    • Mathematical Physics
  • Applied Mathematics
    • Computational Science and Numerical Analysis
    • Fluids and Mechanics
    • Mathematical Biology
    • Nonlinear Waves
    • Optical Science
  • Education
    • Mathematics Education Research, Teacher Preparation, and Outreach
    • Undergraduate Education
  • Probability and Statistics
    • Probability
    • Statistics

All of these groups are strong, but those in non-linear waves, mathematics education research, and number theory are particularly well known. You can read more about research opportunities here.

Excellence in Teaching

Arizona has long been known for excellence and innovation in teaching undergraduates. Faculty here were pioneers in the use of technology in the classroom, reform calculus texts, and more recently with integrating mathematics with business and biology curricula. In 1995, the department was awarded the Theodore M. Hesburgh Certificate of Excellence (and a letter of congratulation from President Clinton) for Enhancing the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics with Technology.

As a TA at Arizona, you will have full responsibility for your class, including lectures, homework and exam preparation, and assignment of grades. You will benefit from an extensive collection of TA training and mentoring resources and you may choose to teach more advanced courses or become involved in outreach programs to local schools. You can read more about teaching opportunities.

Internship Opportunities

Arizona students have a wide variety of internship opportunities to choose from. You might spend a summer at a national lab like Los Alamos, which has had a strong tie with the department for decades. Or, you might choose to work at a local company such as Raytheon. The experience and perspective you will gain in the working world will serve you well in many careers. You can read more about internship opportunities.

More Information

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