PhD Degree
The following outline of requirements constitutes the basic structure of the PhD program but, depending on the student's background, etc., variations may be worked out with the Program Head. Information about preparedness and prerequisites can be found on the Welcome page. Refer to the PhD Timeline below as your general guideline and refer to the Student Handbook for the complete description of requirements and policies. Request Info Here
Overall Requirements for the PhD

Completion of fortyseven (47) units of graduatelevel courses, exclusive of dissertation, approved by the Program and including:
 Twenty (24) units from the core courses: Math/Appl Math 581 a, b; Math/Appl Math 584 a, b; Math/Appl Math 589 a, b; Math 586 a, b & Math 599 Independent Study
 Nine (9) or more units of advanced 500level Mathematics courses
 Nine (9) or more units from departments other than Mathematics.
 Nine (9) or more units of elective course work either in mathematics and/or interdisciplinary topics.
Note: If the student has taken courses equivalent to some of the core courses, the core requirements may be revised. The total requirement of 47 units will not, however, be reduced. The Graduate College requires that 50% of the units must be in courses for which ABC grades are given. It is also a Graduate College requirement that all courses must be at the 500 level or above, with the exception that up to six units of 400level courses may be taken outside the major area (which, for the Program means outside of the Department of Mathematics) with prior approval from the Program. The Program's requirement of a minimum of 9 units of course work outside the Mathematics Department is strictly adhered to.
Eighteen (18) dissertation units (920) are required for graduation. Students may register for more, but the maximum number of 920 units allowed per semester is nine (9).
Registration of Units: Every student will be required to register for a minimum of 9 units until all course requirements are met. After all course requirements are met, students are required to register for 6 or more units (unless other restrictions apply). A student should register for dissertation units after passing the Comprehensive Examination and when he/she is ready to start (or have started) their dissertation research. The semester during which preparation for the Comprehensive Examination takes place would be an appropriate time to register for 900 level research units. Students should always discuss registration for 900 and 920 units with their advisor.
 Successful completion of the Qualification Process at the PhD level.
 Successful completion of the Oral Comprehensive Examination
 Satisfactory completion of the Research Proposal Writing requirement
 There is no foreign language requirement.
PhD Recommended Timeline
Year 1
 Complete Core Courses
 Pass the Qualification Process at the PhD level
 Identify Research Areas of Interest
Year 2
 Begin research and identify possible research advisors
 Complete 2 outofMath courses
 Submit Masters Specialist Plan of Study and Masters Completion of Degree Requirements forms to receive MS Degree (if desired)
Year 3
 Select an advisor
 Complete Doctoral Plan of Study
 Schedule and pass Oral Comprehensive Exam
 Graduate College records Results of Oral Comprehensive Examination form
 Begin doctoral research
Years 4 & 5
 Identify employment opportunities (ongoing)
 Complete doctoral research
 Select committee members for Dissertation Defense Examination
 Complete Committee Appointment Form (formerly known as Advancement to Candidacy) at least 6 months prior to Final Defense
 Select outside dissertation reviewer
 Complete Announcement of Dissertation Defense Examination Form
 Pass Dissertation Defense Examination
 Electronically submit final copy of dissertation to the Graduate office according to the specified deadline for the semester in which the defense takes place.