Graduate Study in Mathematics
The Department of Mathematics has a strong commitment to teaching and research in a wide range of theoretical and applied areas. Students in our graduate program can prepare for careers in academia, business, industry, and government.
Students receive individual attention during all stages of the program; in particular, all students have faculty advisors throughout their enrollment in the program. Although small, our department is very active and provides many of the amenities of larger departments. Our faculty is highly regarded in the international mathematical community and its expertise covers a wide range of research interests; our students can choose from a rich array of potential dissertation areas.
The department hosts weekly colloquia and research seminars on diverse mathematical topics. In addition, other universities in the area also offer colloquia and seminars. GW's Gelman Library has a strong collection in mathematics, including over 200 journals, and our students have easy access to most of the Washington area libraries.
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. Washington 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.
Each year we offer a number of Teaching Assistantships to new, full-time students in our PhD program. Applications completed before our February 1 target date will receive full consideration. Students making good progress in the PhD program are normally supported for at least five (and sometimes six) years. The TA package includes a tuition waiver and a stipend; in exchange, TAs lead recitations for, and sometimes teach, introductory undergraduate courses. We also welcome Master's and part-time students.