Apr 17, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Mathematics with Computation, Ph.D.

[Insert name], Program Director
[insert name]@cofc.edu

Mission Statement

The Ph.D. in Mathematics with Computation will serve the Charleston community by developing the modern Ph.D. mathematician. Graduates will be experts in both mathematical theory and the use of modern computational software in their area of research. They will be uniquely positioned for scientific opportunities in government, in industry and as innovative leaders in higher education. 

Program Goals:

  1. Offer a doctoral degree in Mathematics with Computation to a select group of highly talented individuals who are either bound or drawn to Charleston for a variety of reasons.
  2. Offer flexible individual-centered instruction and research training, whether focused on a specific mathematical area or centered upon broader interdisciplinary studies.
  3. Develop broad research training, high level technical abilities, and long-term project skills for individuals interested in employment in the scientific and technical sector (such as industry, laboratories, science policy jobs, and technology start-up companies).
  4. Provide doctoral candidates with unique opportunities and extensive support to develop their teaching skills in an environment where excellence in undergraduate instruction is a top priority.
  5. Continue and enhance the tradition of nurturing a close-knit group of graduate students and mathematics undergraduates, offering additional opportunities for vertically integrated research in teams, and providing our undergraduate majors with an exceptional learning experience with increased opportunities for one-to-one attention and small group learning.
  6. Build upon the strong research qualifications and achievements of several groups and individual faculty members in the Mathematics Department. 
  7. Allow graduates from other mathematics programs to study under the tutelage of our internationally recognized research faculty.

Program Description

The Department of Mathematics at The Graduate School of the University of Charleston, South Carolina offers a graduate degree program leading to a Ph.D. in Mathematics with Computation. The program has several innovative features: 

  • Designed for students having the equivalent of a master of science, or exceptional individuals with mathematical preparation comparable to that of a master of science degree in mathematics or statistics. Purposely small, graduating two-to-three students per year, using a holistic approach to nurture many aspects of the student’s development. 
  • Offers a part-time option accommodating local working students unable to relocate to pursue a Ph.D. Classes are late afternoon and evenings, with seminars at convenient times. 
  • All doctoral students will join vertically integrated research teams of undergraduate, master’s students and their research mentors. Every doctoral student, whether full-time or part-time, will be fully engaged in her/his research team. 
  • Primary emphasis is on research andclose relationships with faculty mentors.  The team-driven research model will result in high quality research output, establishing the reputation of the program.Program design allows greater flexibility in matching the interests and aspirations of individual students.
  • All doctoral students must complete a computational project as an integral part of the dissertation. Computational projects include one or more of the following: creation of new computational methods or tools to advance mathematical understanding (including algorithms, symbolic software packages, and visualization); computer-assisted proofs and experimental mathematics (i.e. formal results inspired by experimentation, conjectures suggested by experiments, and data supporting significant hypotheses); development of large numerical or statistical codes yielding new mathematical data. Students will be exposed to appropriate computational tools in the core course sequences.

Our graduate mathematics faculty is actively involved in a wide variety of research areas, including algebra, analysis, combinatorics, dynamical systems, geometry, information retrieval, integrable systems, Lie theory, logic and nonstandard analysis, mathematical biology, mathematical linguistics, mathematical physics, nonlinear waves, number theory, numerical analysis and scientific computing, probability and statistics, representation theory, and topology. For more information, contact the Program Director or visit the program’s website.

Teaching Assistantships

A limited number of teaching assistantships may be available for full-time students. Students interested in applying for the program should send their inquiries to the Program Director. 

International students being considered for a teaching assistantship shouldhave total TOEFL-iBT score of at least 100, with a section score of at least 23 on speaking, or a IELTS Academic overall band score of at least 7.0.

Admission Requirements and Application Deadlines

Institutional Admissions Requirements

  • A completed application form with a nonrefundable application fee of $60.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework. An earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required.
  • International applicants should refer to the International Students area within the “Admissions Information”  section of the catalog for information on providing appropriate documentation with the application.

Program Admission Requirements

Any decision regarding admission is made by the Graduate Steering Committee based on the application material and supporting documents:

  • Hold the equivalent of a master of science (MS) in mathematics or statistics with at least a 3.500 GPA from a regionally accredited university or exceptional individuals with a mathematical preparation comparable to that of a Master of Science degree in mathematics or statistics.
  • Mathematics subject GRE.
  • TOEFL or IELTS (International students only).
  • Two letters of reference.
  • Statement of research intent, identifying research area and potential research mentor(s).
  • Curriculum Vitae.

Application Deadlines


Transfer Credit Policy

Students may transfer up to nine credit hours of coursework from an accredited institution. Requests for transfer credits will be evaluated by the Graduate Steering Committee. 

Program Requirements
Student Learning Outcomes
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