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Mathematics Programs at UT

Students are encouraged to choose broadly based programs in pure and/or applied mathematics. Careful advising by the faculty helps in selecting the appropriate level for beginning graduate course work. Small graduate classes permit individual attention. Students benefit from close contacts between the Mathematics Department and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Master's Degree

The M.S. degree is available in areas of both pure and applied mathematics. In pure mathematics, students may choose from commutative algebra, homological algebra, algebraic geometry, number theory, complex analysis, functional analysis, operator theory, harmonic analysis, classical analysis, differential geometry, topology and geometry, ordinary and partial differential equations, and probability and stochastic processes. Both a thesis and a non-thesis option are available to M.S. candidates.

In applied mathematics, the department offers a wide variety of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in numerical analysis, numerical partial differential equations, mathematical ecology, combinatorics, statistics, and applied linear algebra. Areas available for additional work include computer science, ecology, economics, engineering, management science, and physics.

The department also has an M.S. concentration in applied mathematics.  This structured program is intended to prepare students for careers primarily in industry or government.

A Master of Mathematics (M.M.) degree is offered for those interested in a teaching career in the secondary schools or community colleges.

For more complete information regarding our graduate programs, please look over the Graduate Student Handbook.

Doctoral Degree

Candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy degree must develop a broad background in mathematics as well as an intense specialization in the chosen research area. They may work in any of the following broad areas:  algebra, analysis, applied mathematics, combinatorics, differential geometry, differential and integral equations, number theory, numerical analysis, probability, statistics, mathematical biology/ecology, and topology.  For some of the possible areas of specialization, see the topics noted under "Master's Degrees" above.  The faculty and their areas of interest are listed on a separate page.

Employment Opportunities

A Master's degree in mathematics with a broadly based program enhances one's opportunities both for employment and for advancement once employed.  It also leads to work on a wider variety of more interesting problems in business, industry or government.  A Ph.D. degree is often required for teachers at colleges and universities.  Industry is also an important source of employment for Ph.D. mathematicians.

Many recent Master's graduates of our program have obtained industrial or government jobs with excellent starting salaries ($40,000 - $70,000).  Other Master's graduates have obtained attractive teaching positions.  Recent Ph.D. graduates have been employed by university mathematics departments and by industrial and government organizations.  Salaries range from an academic starting salary of $40,000 to industrial salaries of up to $100,000.

Recent master's graduates have acquired positions with local school districts; various colleges and universities including Georgia St. Univ, Knox County Public Schools, Pellissippi State Comm College, Roane St. Comm College, and the Un of Tennessee. Industrial positions have included: CareerBuilder LLC, Consumer Product Safety, Fannie Mae, Esteco-North America, GE Aviation, HAVI-Global, IBM, and many are pursuing their Ph.D.s.

Recent Ph.D. graduates have acquired positions in both academia and industry. Some of the academic positions (including post-docs) are with Clemson, Duke, Duquesne Univ, Louisiana St Univ, Murray State Univ, UNC-Greensboro, Penn State University, SAMSI, Un of Connecticut, Un of Delaware, Un of Pittsburgh, U.S. Military Academy (West Point), and Young Harris College. Industrial positions have included BB&T Bank, Equifax, Mathematics Research Policy Group, Naval Air Warfare Systems Command, NSA, and Wall-Street analyst.

last updated: October 2016

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