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Mathematics Programs at UT
MM, MS, PhD

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 department offers a traditional MS degree. Both a thesis and a non-thesis option are available to MS candidates. The program requires 30 hours of graduate coursework, and it is normally possible to finish the degree in two years, possibly including summer courses. Many students earn an MS as they make progress towards a PhD

The department's unique Master of Mathematics (M.M.) degree is an online professional program primarily intended for working teachers. Students may earn the full MM degree online, or simply take enough graduate courses to allow them to teach at the lower division collegel level, traditionally 18 hours.

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, data science, differential geometry, number theory, numerical analysis, partial differential equations, probability, statistics, mathematical biology, and topology.  The faculty and their areas of interest are listed on a separate page.

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

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 up to \$70,000.  Other Master's graduates have also 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 \$65,000 to industrial salaries of over \$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: January 2020

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