Graduate Program in Mathematical Sciences

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee awards both the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosphy degrees. In addition to the traditional areas within Mathematics and Statistics, our Department is home to UW-Milwaukee's academic programs in both Actuarial Science and Atmospheric Science.  The department also offers a newly established dual MS degree in mathematics with Fachhochschule Aachen (Aachen University of Applied Sciences) in Germany.

Candidates for the MS degree may choose the Standard Mathematics Option, the Statistics Option, the Dual Degree option, or one of the following specializations:

  • Industrial Mathematics
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Actuarial Science

Note. The Department offers enough late afternoon and evening classes for students to earn an MS by attending part-time while working a day job. We welcome the opportunity to work with high school mathematics teachers who wish to pursue that option.

The Department has a vibrant Ph.D. program. Research specialties available to students include:

  • Actuarial Science & Finance
  • Algebra
  • Analysis
  • Geometry & Topology
  • Dynamical Systems
  • Differential Equations
  • Applied and Computational Mathematics
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Atmospheric Science

For more details on the Department's research groups and the research interests of its faculty members click here. Another way to learn about our graduate program is to browse the following lists of recent graduates:

Admission to the UWM graduate program is competitive. Most MS and Ph.D students receive financial support in the form of a teaching assistantship, a research assistanship, or a fellowship. These normally includes a full waiver of tuition and the opportunity to participate in the state healthy insurance plan. Additional information on the Graduate Program in Mathematical Sciences, including admission requirements can be found in the online catalog.


Applying to the Graduate Program

In order to be considered for admission to the graduate program, candidates must do each of the following:

Information about submission of transcripts, GPA requirements, and English proficiency can be found on the Graduate School website. The departmental application will request names and email addresses of three (3) references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation.

The Department of Mathematical Sciences encourages, but does not currently require submission of general GRE scores. GRE Mathematics subject test scores are appreciated, but also not required.

Prospective students interested in visiting the Department of Mathematical Sciences are encouraged to contact Professor Yi Ming Zou (Assosciate Chair for Graduate Program) to arrange a visit.


Financial Support

Financial support in the form of Fellowships, Teaching Assistantships, and Research Assistantships is awarded on a competitive basis. All applicant to the program will automatically be considered for each of these types of award. Awards are renewable for students making satisfactory progress in their degree programs. In a typical year, 20-30 of these awards are given to new students entering the program. For more details on these forms of financial aid click here. In addition, students may apply for other forms of financial aid such as loans by contacting the Department of Financial Aid or a third party.



Admissions are made on a rolling basis, so there are no hard deadlines. Nevertheless, most offers of Teaching assistantships, Research Assistantships, and Fellowships are made during the Spring Semester for students who will begin their studies the following Fall. In order to maximize chances of obtaining the best possible financial aid package it is recommended that the university-wide application be completed by January 15 and the departmental application by January 31. Later applicants with good credentials will be considered for admission and financial aid subject to availability. Similarly, students wishing to begin their studies in the Spring Semester will be considered for admission; a small pool of financial aid is usually available for students beginning in the Spring.


Graduate Catalog Entries for Individual Degree Programs

The following links provide details, including admission requirements, for each of the individual degree progarms:

Master's Degrees:

Ph.D Degree


Exchange Programs

The Department has exchange programs with:


University-Wide Information for Graduate Students