Graduate Program

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers programs leading to the Master of Science in Mathematics, the Master of Science in Statistics, the non-thesis Master of Applied Mathematics, the Master of Probability and Statistics, and the Doctor of Philosophy (with concentrations in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics). In addition, the Department regularly offers actuarial science courses that are approved by both the Society of Actuaries and the Casualty Actuarial Society; these courses are designed to provide the background and material covered in the first three (3) actuarial exams.

The Master of Science in Mathematics develops students' content knowledge through coursework and provides the opportunity to delve deeper into an area of mathematics through the writing of a thesis.

The Master of Applied Mathematics gives students a strong foundation in one of several fundamental areas of applied mathematics. It is a flexible degree with courses (some of which may be relevant courses offered by other departments) being chosen in conjunction with the advisory committee.

The Master of Probability and Statistics and the Master of Science in Statistics degrees provide a solid foundation for careers involving applications of statistics.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is designed to give students a thorough understanding of a broad body of knowledge related to their field of study, as well as to develop their research capabilities. A statistics concentration is also available.

Admission to the program is based on a student's undergraduate record, three letters of recommendation from former teachers, GRE scores (GRE subject test is not required), and the graduate GPA for Ph.D. applicants. A bachelor's degree in mathematics is not required, but students without such a background may be expected to take additional courses to make up any deficiencies.

Most students in the program are supported financially during their studies through

  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships,
  • tuition waivers given to all teaching assistants,
  • the Baskerville, Doheny, Fitzpatrick, Bennett, Haynsworth, and Logan fellowships, awarded annually to qualified students in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and
  • occasional Graduate Research Assistantships available in conjunction with departmental contractual research programs.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores must be officially reported by ETS to Auburn University (institution code 1005) before admission is allowed. The Department requires that all international students who have the responsibility of teaching a class be proficient in English. A score of at least 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) is required.  This test may be passed after admission to the program, but must be passed before teaching begins.  A score of at least 23 on the speaking section of the iBT TOEFL is accepted as equivalent qualification.

For further information, please contact Professor Ulrich Albrecht by email at

Last updated: 05/20/2013