About This Program
The Pure Mathematics Ph.D. program provides advanced training and research opportunities to prepare students for leadership roles in mathematics research and academia. Read more...
Examples of Possible Careers and Salaries*
Data scientists and mathematical science occupations, all other
- 30.9% much faster than the average
- 33,200 number of jobs
- $98,230 potential earnings
Mathematical science teachers, postsecondary
- 1.3% slower than the average
- 60,100 number of jobs
- $73,650 potential earnings
- 3.0% about as fast as the average
- 2,900 number of jobs
- $110,860 potential earnings
Natural sciences managers
- 4.8% about as fast as the average
- 71,400 number of jobs
- $137,940 potential earnings
Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education
- 3.8% about as fast as the average
- 1,050,800 number of jobs
- $62,870 potential earnings
- 34.6% much faster than the average
- 42,700 number of jobs
- $92,270 potential earnings
* Source of occupation titles and labor data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.
For more information about graduate admissions, visit the graduate admission website. For more information on international admissions, visit the international admission website.
- Passage of the departmental qualifying examination at the master's level in algebra and analysis
- Master's degree from an accredited university or college
- Official transcript(s)
- Goal Statement
- Résumé or vita
- Three letters of recommendation
- English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
- Minimum 525 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
- Minimum 71 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
- Minimum 74 MELAB score
- Minimum 6.0 IELTS score
- Minimum 50 PTE score
- Minimum 100 Duolingo English Test score
For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies admission website. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.
- Fall Semester
- Priority deadline: March 15
Applications submitted by this deadline will receive the strongest consideration for admission.
- Spring Semester
- Summer Term
|Code ||Title ||Credit Hours |
|MATH 87199||DISSERTATION I 2||30|
|Minimum Total Credit Hours:||60|
Students present at least one seminar during their graduate career.
Candidacy for Degree
This examination will be a comprehensive examination in the field of the major subject, and will be a substantially deeper test than the qualifying examination.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Understand and appreciate connections among different subdisciplines of mathematics.
- Be aware of and understand a broad range of mathematical subdisciplines.
- Obtain a broader and deeper understanding of core mathematics subdisciplines of algebra and analysis.
- Obtain a deep understanding of some subdiscipline.
- Reason in mathematical arguments at a deep level, including using precise definitions, articulating assumptions and reasoning logically to conclusions.
- Engage effectively in problem solving, including exploring examples, devising and testing conjectures and assessing the correctness of solutions.
- Approach mathematical problems creatively, including trying multiple approaches and modifying problems when necessary to make them more tractable.
- Develop and carry out a research program in mathematics.
- Communicate mathematics clearly both orally and in writing.
- Teach university-level mathematics effectively.
The Ph.D. degree in Pure Mathematics is for students interested in becoming professional scholars, college and university teachers or independent workers in private, industrial or government research institutions. Kent State's pure mathematics Ph.D. program is one of six in the state public university system, and one of only two in Northeast Ohio. In broad terms, the faculty areas of research lie in functional analysis and operator theory, Lie representation theory, approximation theory, finite groups, character theory, number theory, large scale systems of equations, numerical and scientific computation and probability and stochastic processes.