Department of Mathematics
The GW Mathematics Department is committed to high quality teaching and research. Our courses span the full spectrum, from introductory undergraduate courses through courses for Ph.D. students. Pure and applied mathematics are both well-represented in the department's offerings and research specialties.
The undergraduate mathematics major has three tracks: pure, applied, and computational. Each track is designed to give students a solid background in the theory and practice of modern mathematics. Given the number of career options that it opens up and the analytic skills that it fosters (besides being a fascinating and exciting subject), mathematics is an excellent choice for an undergraduate major, whether by itself, as part of a double major, or as a minor.
At the graduate level, we offer masters and Ph.D. degrees. Our course offerings are complemented by a generous selection of research seminars and by the department colloquium series. The expertise of our faculty covers a wide range of research specialties, so students can choose from a rich array of potential dissertation areas.
We also offer graduate certificate programs for those who seek to strengthen their mathematical backgrounds in order to better position themselves in their careers or to prepare themselves for graduate work in quantitative disciplines.
We are located in downtown Washington, close to the White House, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the National Academy of Sciences. Our proximity to research laboratories, government agencies, and national museums offers our students a variety of educational, professional, and cultural opportunities. The nation's capital offers many employment opportunities, with the highest concentration of mathematicians in non-academic positions of any U.S. city. Numerous internships are available at the agencies and institutions in the area.