Mathematics (Ph.D.)

Mathematics (Ph.D.) | Graduate

Mathematics is foundational to emerging fields such as data analytics, computational medicine, cybersecurity, and traditional fields like economics, finance, and policy. Our doctoral program in Mathematics provides students with rigorous research training in pure and applied mathematics and statistics to solve real-life problems.

As a doctoral student in Mathematics at Howard's Graduate School, you will gain a solid foundation in the mathematical formulation of real-life problems in industry, finance, education, and infectious disease modeling, to name a few areas. Our Ph.D. program in Mathematics will prepare you, like so many of our graduate alumni, to pursue a mathematics career in industry, research, government, or teaching (as a faculty in a college or university mathematics department, curriculum specialist, or mathematics teacher). There exists a strong scholarly relationship between Howard's Mathematics Department and Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), located in Berkeley, California, and the Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI), located at the Ohio State University, a major center for interdisciplinary work involving mathematics and biology. At Howard, you'll benefit from a highly collegial atmosphere and an active seminar culture that encourages research collaboration, publication, and presentation. The Department's ongoing colloquium, graduate seminars, and distinguished speaker series will keep you connected with the mathematics community and offer a venue to present your early-stage research. In addition, the department runs a biweekly Math Club, which provides regular exposure to current advances in mathematics. You'll work alongside graduate faculty experts with research interests spanning mathematical modeling, number theory, pure and applied mathematics, discrete mathematics, matrix and operator theory, probability and statistics, topology, geometry, and algebraic combinatorics, among other areas.

Program Snapshot

      ❱  72 credit hours 
      ❱  Full-time
      ❱  On-campus format
      ❱  Degree: Ph.D.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2024 entry: 
      ❱  Nov. 1, 2023 (final deadline)

Fall 2024 entry: 
      ❱  Dec. 1, 2023 (early deadline)
      ❱  Feb. 15, 2024 (priority deadline)
      ❱  Apr. 15, 2024 (final deadline)

Applicants should submit their applications as early as possible for earlier consideration of departmental funding opportunities. Applicants have until the final deadline to apply. However, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the admissions cycle. 

Transfer credits accepted (reviewed by committee)


Dr. Henok Mawi

Director of Graduate Studies

Dr. Bourama Toni

Department Chair

Nia Rooney

Program Coordinator

Program Details

  • Degree Classification: Graduate
  • Related Degrees: Ph.D.

Admission Requirements

Application for Admission

  • Online GradCAS application
  • Statement of purpose/ Statement of academic interest (500-1,000 words)
  • GRE scores not required
  • Official transcripts sent to GradCAS
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or the international equivalent
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Autobiographical statement (500-750 words)

GRE Required?

  • No

GRE Preferred Minimums

  • GRE Verbal Reasoning: N/A
  • GRE Quantitative Reasoning: N/A
  • GRE Analytical Writing: N/A

GPA Required Minimums

  • Overall GPA minimum: 3.0
  • Undergrad GPA minimum: 3.2

Reference Requirements

Evaluator type accepted:

  • Professor (Required)
  • Supervisor/Manager

Evaluator type not accepted:

  • Coworker
  • Clergy
  • Friend
  • Family Member
  • Other