Applying to the Duke Graduate Program in Mathematics
The Graduate Program  Application Information
Application Process:
In order for your application to receive consideration for Fall 2014
admission we MUST receive your application materials (including GRE
scores) by January 3, 2014.
(The "December 8 priority deadline" date listed on the Graduate School
website is NOT
a cutoff date for applications to the Mathematics Graduate
Program! Our deadline is Jan 3, 2014.)
The
graduate application
is completely electronic, and is administered by the graduate school.
The list of application materials required by the graduate school
is available at the
Duke graduate school admissions website.
The graduate school requires all of the following for a complete
application:
For reporting GRE and TOEFL scores:
 Duke University's Institution Code is 5156.
 The Department Code for Mathematics is 0703.
All application materials must be sent directly to the
Graduate School at Duke.
Please note that the GRE test scores can be at most 5 year old.
Please plan your GRE test dates so that the scores will be
reported in time for the January deadline!
You may contact the Department of Mathematics directly at dgsmath@math.duke.edu with any questions or problems
about this procedure. For general admissions questions, or questions
about the university requirements you may also contact gradadmissions@duke.edu.
Various statistics about our graduate program in mathematics
are provided on the
Duke Graduate School web site.
The Duke Math Graduate program offers admission to students interested in
obtaining a Ph.D. in research mathematics (in many areas spanning pure and
applied mathematics). We do not offer admission for a Masters degree
progam and we do not have a separate track for students primarily interested
in teaching, but Duke does have a separate
Master of Arts in Teaching
program
Overview of the Department:
The graduate program in Mathematics at Duke offers research training
in both pure and applied mathematics. Major areas of research
specialization include algebra and algebraic geometry, analysis and
partial differential equations, applied mathematics and scientific
computing, differential geometry, geometry and physics, mathematical
biology, probability and stochastic processes, and topology.
Courses of study are offered in many areas of pure and applied
mathematics leading to careers in academics, industry, and business.
The Duke Mathematics Department currently comprises approximately
28 tenured and
tenure track faculty, 18 postdocs and research faculty, and
8 teaching faculty, lecturers and instructors,
and
50 graduate students.
The faculty include leading researchers in analysis and differential
equations, applied mathematics, differential and algebraic geometry,
mathematical physics, probability, and topology.
All graduate students in the doctoral program are supported by research
or teaching funding for five years of study.
Graduate student research is supported in all areas covered by our
research faculty,
which spans many active areas of current pure and applied
mathematics.
More information about our collective interests can by found by
consulting our
research interests
page. You can also look at the thesis topics of recent graduates.
Duke University research centers in which members of the Department and
graduate students are active include:
Also see Faculty research interests.
You can read about some of our activities, as well as the latest awards
won by our students and faculty at the
Duke Mathematics Department News
website.
Our
recent graduates
have done well in their careers following graduate school.
Coursework and Examinations:
Graduate students typically take three years of course work and then
spend about two years on their dissertation.
Students are given two different examinations before beginning thesis
research.
The first exam is called the
qualifying examination.
This examination consists of two parts:
 Written examinations in undergraduate analysis and linear
algebra
 An oral examination on two basic graduate topics chosen by the
student.
The written qualifying examinations are offered in August, December and
May annually; students are expected to complete these
examinations by May of their first year.
The oral qualifying examination is usually taken towards the end of the
first year.
Its successful completion marks entry into the doctoral program.
In the next step in the doctoral program, students seek research
advisors and prepare for the
preliminary exam.
This is an oral exam on material relevant to the student's intended
dissertation area. This exam is taken in the third year or earlier.
The student then focuses on carrying out
original research and writing a dissertation which is defended in the
final exam. Most of our students finish in 5 to 6 years.
Financial Support and Teaching:
All students in the
doctoral program who are making satisfactory progress toward the PhD
are fully supported financially. Students
are usually supported by a teaching assistantship or by combinations
of teaching assistantships and research fellowships.
Firstyear students begin teacher training in the fall of their
first year. The Duke teacher training
program is welldesigned to prepare graduate students for
teaching calculus. By beginning teacher training in the first year,
the hope is that the incoming graduate students will begin to feel
more like mathematics professionals, rather than just advanced
students. For the year 200910 we expect that no first years will be
required to have any teaching responsibilities in the spring semester.
Graduate students begin teaching duties by assisting
with calculus labs.
They teach their own section of a class beginning in the year following
teacher training.
Graduate students participate in teacher training seminars
and workshops to facilitate their entry into the classroom.
The graduate student stipend for academic year 201011 is $19,575.
Health insurance costs are be paid directly by
the university and do not need to be paid by the student. All
other fees (tuition, registration, etc.) are also included in the
scholarship.
In addition we have been successful the past several years in providing
summer support to all students who will be in residence during the
summer (aside from a one month vacation) and who have an approved plan
of study under supervision of a faculty member.
Visiting the Duke Mathematics Department:
Visits by prospective graduate students are welcomed.
It may be more beneficial to visit while classes are in session, in
order to attend selected graduate course lectures.
It is also easier to schedule interviews with the faculty when classes
are in session.
Prospective students may find the
directions to the Duke Mathematics Department
useful in planning travel.
Further Information:
Please direct requests for information to Jenny Hirtz, Staff
Assistant,
dgsamath@math.duke.edu
Address:
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Mathematics
Duke University
Box 90320
Durham, North Carolina 277080320
USA
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