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Mathematics

Saint Louis University’s offers both a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy in mathematics. 

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About the Program

SLU has an internationally recognized faculty in the research areas of geometric and algebraic topology, differential geometry, relativity theory, group theory, group representation theory, number theory and functional analysis. Our mathematics Ph.D. students work closely with faculty on individually tailored research programs.

Program Highlights

SLU’s  graduate programs in mathematics have a very low student-faculty ratio (about one to one). We provide a nurturing yet rigorous and challenging environment.

Curriculum and Program Details

SLU’s M.A. in mathematics requires 30 credit hours of coursework. The graduate-level courses are centered around four year-long sequences in algebra, analysis, differential geometry and topology. Two of these sequences must be completed for the M.A.

Courses at the advanced graduate level allow you to proceed beyond the standard graduate curriculum into areas of research represented by the faculty. To graduate, you must either write and defend a master’s thesis or pass an oral exam covering three areas of graduate-level mathematics.

All mathematics Ph.D. students at SLU must complete high-level courses in algebra, analysis, topology and differential geometry. As a Ph.D. candidate, you also must pass written exams in three major fields of mathematics, plus a language exam that tests your ability to read mathematical works in French, German or Russian. The capstone is to write and defend a dissertation presenting the results of your research.

Faculty
  • Tae-Hyuk (Ted) Ahn, Ph.D.
  • Anneke Bart, Ph.D.
  • Russell Blyth, Ph.D.
  • Erin Wolf Chambers, Ph.D.
  • Bryan Clair, Ph.D.
  • Bradley Currey, Ph.D.
  • Kimberly Druschel, Ph.D.
  • Daniel Freeman, Ph.D.
  • James Gill, Ph.D.
  • Haijun Gong, Ph.D.
  • Steven Harris, Ph.D.
  • James Hebda, Ph.D.
  • Benjamin Hutz, Ph.D.
  • Brody Johnson, Ph.D.
  • John Kalliongis, Ph.D.
  • Qayum Khan, Ph.D.
  • David Letscher, Ph.D.
  • Greg Marks, Ph.D.
  • Michael May, S.J., Ph.D.
  • Julianne Rainbolt, Ph.D.
  • Nirina Lovasoa Randrianarivony, Ph.D.
  • Kevin P. Scannell, Ph.D.
  • Darrin Speegle, Ph.D.
  • Ashish K. Srivastava, Ph.D.
  • Jacob Sukhodolsky, Ph.D.
  • Michael Tsau, Ph.D.
  • Dennis Wacker, D.Sc.
Careers 

Saint Louis University’s M.A. in mathematics prepares students for further study toward the Ph.D. or for a career in teaching or industry. SLU’s Ph.D. in mathematics prepares students for research or teaching careers in colleges, universities or industry.

Scholarships and Financial Aid
Most M.A. and Ph.D. students are supported by teaching assistantships, which include a stipend, full tuition remission and medical benefits.

A master’s student can receive a total of up to two years of support from SLU as a teaching assistant. A Ph.D. student can receive a total of up to five years of support from SLU as a teaching assistant, including support received while in the master's and the doctoral program. Students who are awarded teaching assistantships normally teach one course per semester.  

Applicant Criteria

Applicants for admission to the M.A. program should have a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or have taken the equivalent coursework. Applicants to the Ph.D. program should have a master’s degree or a bachelor’s degree in mathematics that includes a year of coursework in algebra and in analysis or topology.

You’ll need the following items to apply:

Application Requirements

Application form and fee
Transcript(s)
Three letters of recommendation
GRE scores
Résumé
Professional goal statement

Requirements for International Students

Assistantship and Application Deadlines

Students who want to be considered for an assistantship must submit their application by Jan. 1.

U.S. students who want to be considered for the fall semester should apply by July 1 and for the spring semester by Nov. 1. International students should apply for the fall semester by May 1 and for the spring semester by Oct. 1.

Review Process

All applications are reviewed by committee with about a six-week wait for decision-notification to applicants. All applicants have until April 15 to decide to accept.