Ph.D. Degree Programs

The University of Memphis Department of Mathematical Sciences offers Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics, with a concentration in

Ph.D. students in Mathematics may specialize in many areas including applied mathematics, combinatorics, control theory, ergodic theory, functional analysis, differential equations, graph theory, and mathematical physics. Ph.D. students in Applied Statistics may specialize in Bayesian methods, bioinformatics, design of experiments, meta-analysis, statistical modeling, computation, and simulation.

In our Ph.D. research program, students are introduced to state-of-the-art research topics working in close supervision with our highly active research faculty. Students are encouraged to present their research results at national and international conferences. Some obtain summer internships with national research laboratories; others are supported in summer by faculty research grants. Our recent Ph.D. graduates have secured placement in competitive post-doctoral positions nationally and internationally, as well as in high-profile research labs and industry. 

Most graduate students in the Ph.D. program are supported by our recently increased assistantships. Moreover, increased stipends are possible for students with strong backgrounds and demonstrated potential for research. The average time for completion of a Ph.D. is five years, and less in many cases.

The official descriptions of the degree programs can be found at the university's Graduate Catalog for Mathematics and for Applied Statistics. See the Graduate handbook for any additional departmental policies.