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Graduate Program

ISU's graduate program in mathematics is supported by a strong and energetic faculty with a commitment to teaching, research and professional service. Faculty research interests represent a wide range of mathematics and statistics that include areas such as differential geometry, algebra and representation theory, mathematical biology, carcinogenesis and other medical applications, applied statistics, numerical analysis, matrix theory, and real, complex, and functional analysis. The department offers Doctor of Arts (D.A.), Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Arts for Secondary Teachers (M.A.M.S.T.) degrees in Mathematics.

  • The D.A. is a terminal degree for those planning college teaching careers. It emphasizes broad competence in mathematics, skill in exposition, teaching effectiveness, and theoretical and practical preparation in pedagogy. Students complete a D.A. thesis that may be of a research, expository or pedagogical nature. Please see the list of all our D.A. Alumni since the program's inception in 1970.
  • M.S. students develop a broad and deep knowledge of mathematics. The program prepares them for careers in government or industry, teaching at junior or community colleges or for further study at the doctoral level. Thesis and non-thesis options are available
  • The M.A.M.S.T. degree is designed for those with a bachelor's degree who hold a secondary school teaching certificate for the teaching of mathematics and have at least three years of full-time teaching experience. The program will enhance the mathematical training of secondary teachers and equip these teachers with a broad and modern background in mathematics.

The department also participates in the Subsurface Science emphasis area of the Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Science.

Financial support is available through graduate assistantships. For academic year 2017-2018, the stipends are $12,775.60 (master's teaching assistantship), $16,112.00 (doctoral teaching assistantship), and $17,112.00 (doctoral fellowship). Such awards include a waiver of non-resident tuition and are routinely accompanied by scholarships waiving in-state fees. For 2017-2018, the annual values of such waivers for non-resident graduate students are $11,852.00 per semester and $4,464.00 per semester for resident graduate students.

If you are interested in applying to the Doctor of Arts or Master's program, please:

  1. Submit your application materials to the Graduate School as instructed on their webpage (see their link below under 'Helpful Links'),
  2. Complete and submit, to the Math Department address shown below, a Financial Assistance Application Form, and 
  3. Have three references submit both a Letter of Recommendation AND a Recommendation Form. Your references should send both the Letter of Recommendation and the Recommendation form to the Graduate School.

Application Deadlines:

  • For the Fall 2018 semester, the application deadline is April 1, 2018.
  • For the Spring 2019 semester, the application deadline is November 1, 2018.

Further Information:

Helpful Links:

Contact us:

  • Graduate Director, Dr. Yu Chen, at (208) 282-3646, or
  • To facilitate an individualized reply, please describe any math degree(s) completed and/or additional math courses taken, but be advised that admission prospects cannot be fully evaluated until a complete official application is received. Please do not send scanned copies of transcripts or other large attachments.


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