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Graduate Programs in the Department of Mathematical Sciences

Letter of Introduction

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. Our principal areas of research are listed in the Areas of Research section of this web site and are expanded upon in the Faculty Webpages section.

We are strongest in areas of applicable mathematics, which include not only traditional areas of applied analysis, continuum mechanics, scientific computing, and stochastic processes but also the fields of discrete mathematics, logic, and mathematical finance. As you might expect, we have many faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research.

Our graduate program emphasizes basic mathematical training, with specific applications introduced later. Specialized courses are offered both in this Department and in the Department of Statistics, School of Computer Science, and the Tepper School of Business.  Each component of our graduate program appears high in national rankings.

The primary intent of our graduate program is to train mathematical scientists for a variety of career opportunities. Our graduates pursue research and teaching careers in traditional university settings, conduct research in industrial and government laboratories, and work in the financial industry.

At CMU, we provide the sort of individual attention larger institutions may not offer. Our Department has about 35 faculty members and 45-50 graduate students. The small student/faculty ratio promotes close contact between student and faculty and allows the faculty to assist students in pursuing their career goals.

In admitting students to our program, we are not greatly influenced by the major subject of an applicant's bachelor's degree. Several of our recent graduates entered with engineering, science, and finance degrees. Primarily we seek students with genuine talent and interest in the mathematical sciences.

You can get an idea of the range of interests and achievements of our recent graduate students by perusing this link Recent Graduates. Regardless of whether or not you choose to enter our program, may I take this opportunity to wish you the very best in your future mathematical careers.

Tom Bohman
Department Head