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The Department of Mathematics offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. Each Fall, about 15 students embark on the challenges, rewards and camaraderie of our program as they pursue advanced training and original research in mathematics.  The department also offers a Master of Arts (MA) degree with a focus in Actuarial Mathematics, enrolling about 2 students per year, and laying foundations for satisfying actuarial and statistical careers.  Note that we do not offer Masters programs in other areas of mathematics.

Our community of 85-90 graduate students, in both Ph.D. and MA programs, is tight-knit and mutually supportive; diverse and inclusive with respect to groups traditionally under-represented in mathematics; ambitious and high-achieving.  While the majority of our students are American, we also have a large international community, currently representing countries on six continents.  We believe that our diversity—with respect to gender, race and ethnicity, geographic origin, and many other variables—positively impacts our whole community.

We are proud of our students and their successes.  UT Mathematics Ph.D. students make discoveries and advances in subjects ranging from knot theory to fluid dynamics, algebraic geometry to the mathematics of investment.  Among our recent Ph.D. graduates, the majority have sought postdoctoral research positions.  Of those, a high proportion have been successful in their job-searches, in many cases brilliantly so; and several have gone on to tenure-track appointments at universities including MIT, UC Davis, U. Penn, and the University of Oregon.  A substantial proportion of our graduates take up high-skilled jobs at companies in finance, tech, data-science, and engineering, ranging from well-known giants (Google, Netflix, Boeing, etc.) to start-ups.  Still others have pursued careers in teaching or in government.

Our Mathematics Ph.D. program is regularly ranked among the best.  The US News & World Report survey published in 2019 was typical, placing it 14th in the US.


 Financial Support

It is the intent of the Mathematics Department to provide five years (ten fall/spring semesters) of financial support to all Ph.D. students who are making satisfactory progress towards their degrees. We fully expect to be able to furnish such support, except possibly in cases of severe financial crisis. A sixth year may be available when circumstances warrant. We also provide financial aid to some Actuarial Master's degree students, when sufficient funds are available.

Financial support takes three forms: (1) Teaching Assistantships and Assistant Instructorships; (2) Graduate Research Assistantships; and (3) Fellowships. All support is contingent upon meeting the scholastic requirements for eligibility established by the Graduate School, providing satisfactory service to the Department, and complying with all applicable University policies. Additionally, please note that final decisions regarding reappointment also are dependent upon available resources.

Note: International students must speak fluent English and pass an oral English assessment exam administered by the University before they can be supported as Teaching Assistants or Assistant Instructors.

Teaching Assistantships and Assistant Instructorships

The most common form of financial support, especially for beginning students, is appointment as a Teaching Assistant (TA). TA duties vary from course to course. A typical assignment as a Calculus TA would involve attending the instructor’s lectures (three days per week), conducting discussion sessions (two days per week), holding office hours, and helping to proctor and sometimes grade exams. (Precise information on workload policies may be found here.) Advanced students are sometimes appointed as Assistant Instructors (AIs).

Graduate Research Assistantships

Many of our faculty hold active NSF or NSA grants that contain funding for graduate students working in their research specialty. Advanced students (those who have chosen a research supervisor) are supported as Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) by these grants, without teaching duties, as funding permits.


The Department awards fellowship funds to academically deserving students. Like GRAs, fellowship recipients do not have teaching duties. The Department awards approximately eight semesters of fellowship support each year, drawn from various bequests and endowments (see below). Beginning students receive summer support whenever possible, to facilitate their studying for preliminary examinations. Additionally, several semesters of support are available annually from the Department’s NSF Research and Training Grant (RTGs) for students working in the area of Geometry/Topology.

Fellowship bequests and endowments:

  • Edward Louis and Alice Laidman Dodd Fellowship
  • Arthur LeFevre, Sr., Scholarship in Mathematics
  • Regents Endowed Graduate Fellowships in Mathematics
  • David Bruton, Jr. Graduate Fellowships in Mathematics
  • Professor and Mrs. Hubert S. Wall Endowed Presidential Fellowship
  • Charles Rubert Scholarship
  • John L. and Anne Crawford Endowed Presidential Scholarship