MS & PhD in Mathematical Sciences

Clemson University

Program Description

MS & PhD in Mathematical Sciences

Clemson University

MS & PhD in Mathematical Sciences

The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers the MS and PhD degrees. The MS program is designed to prepare students for immediate employment in the nonacademic sector and for further graduate study at the doctoral level. The emphasis on breadth of training and computational skills has been a model for other programs nationally. The PhD program also emphasizes in-depth course work and dissertation research in a particular concentration area (algebra, applied analysis, operations research, computational mathematics or probability and statistics).

Financial Aid    

The school offers a number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of nine credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the school.

Teaching assistantships carry a stipend of $16,000 for MS studemts and $17,000 for PhD students and involve instructing or assisting in the instruction of a maximum of 10 semester credit hours per year. Research assistantships, with yearly stipends of $16,000 to $20,000, are available to students with required qualifications. Outstanding students may also qualify for University fellowships ($5,000-$15,000). The College of Engineering and Science also offers the dean’s scholars program, which provides supplementary three-year awards to exceptional PhD students. SC Graduate Incentive Fellowships are available to graduate students who are members of minority groups; these renewable awards provide $10,000 per year for doctoral students.

Program of Study

MS The master’s degree program requires breadth of exposure in the mathematical sciences and depth of concentration in one particular area. For breadth, you will have the opportunity to select courses to satisfy certain distributional requirements across the spectrum of mathematical sciences. For depth, you will, in consultation with your faculty adviser, choose courses which comprise a meaningful concentration in some specialty within the mathematical sciences. Your overall program must contain courses with a significant modeling component. Typical MS programs total 40 hours.

PhD The doctoral program is similar in structure to the MS program in that it contains both breadth and depth components. Including the course work completed for the master’s degree, a doctoral program incorporates two courses from each of the major areas of the mathematical sciences (algebra/combinatorics, analysis, computation, operations research and statistics) as well as other courses in your selected concentration area. A doctoral program generally consists of 60 or more hours of graduate course work.

Students are admitted to candidacy for the PhD degree upon successful completion of the preliminary examination and the comprehensive examination. The preliminary examination consists of tests in three areas chosen from algebra, analysis, computation, operations research, statistics and stochastic processes. Upon completion of the preliminary examination, you will choose a research committee and advisor and submit a plan of study. The comprehensive exam will assess your readiness to perform independent research and your competency in advanced graduate material. It usually includes a thesis proposal and will be administered by your advisory committee. A final examination will be administered by your committee prior to the awarding of the doctoral degree.


The department maintains a computer laboratory for the exclusive use of its graduate students. Access is provided to the campus-wide PC-based network as well as to a network of Sun workstations. Specialized mathematical and statistical software is maintained on both of these platforms for student use. Most PhD students have direct access to these networks via workstations situated in their (two-person) offices.

The department is an active member of the NSF-sponsored Center for Advanced Engineering Fibers and Films. Research students have access to the extensive physical laboratories associated with the Center. In particular, students have access to the W. M. Keck Visualization/Virtual Reality and Computation Laboratory and the Clemson Computational Minigrid Supercomputing Facility.

Our Students

Graduates have followed successful career paths in academic positions, often at liberal arts colleges and universities. Nonacademic employment has included financial institutions, government laboratories, consulting firms, telecommunications, transportation, medical research and manufacturing. The broad training in the Clemson program, as well as the emphasis on computational and communication skills, has provided a great advantage to students in obtaining employment after graduation.

The MS program has approximately 50 students. Forty-three percent are women, 90 percent attend full-time, and 35 percent are international students. The PhD program has approximately 43 students. Thirty percent are women, 93 percent attend full-time, and 50 percent are international students.

Related Program

The Department of Mathematical Sciences, Clemson University and the Department of Mathematics at the University of Kaiserslautern in Kaiserslautern, Germany, offer a graduate exchange program in mathematical sciences. This is an innovative exchange program enabling Clemson students to obtain two graduate degrees and a cross-cultural, educational experience from Germany. If you participate in this program, you will obtain a Master of Science degree in mathematical sciences from Clemson University and a master’s degree or germandiploma in mathematics international from the University of Kaiserslautern.

The University of Kaiserslautern is located in the state of Rheinland-Pflaz, 70 miles from Frankfurt. Participants in the program are German and foreign students in approximately equal numbers. All lectures are held in English, which makes Kaiserslautern a unique place in Germany, and most likely in Europe, with this kind of program.

Application Requirements    

  • Online Application
  • Official GRE scores
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS scores for International Students
  • Unofficial Transcripts - Official Transcripts required upon acceptance. Do not send official transcripts until you have received your letter of acceptance.
  • Letters of Recommendation
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
Part time
Full time
4,184 USD
Start date Sept. 2016
USA Clemson, South Carolina
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration Request Info
Price 4,184 USD
per semester (in-state, full-time)