ISU's graduate program in mathematics is supported by a strong and energetic faculty with a commitment to teaching, research, and professional service. Faculty research interests represent a wide range of mathematics and statistics; they include such areas as differential geometry, algebra and representation theory, mathematical biology, carcinogenesis and other medical applications, applied statistics, numerical analysis, matrix theory, and real, complex, and functional analysis. The department offers Doctor of Arts (D.A.), Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Arts for Secondary Teachers (M.A.M.S.T.) degrees in Mathematics.
The D.A. is a terminal degree for those planning college teaching careers. It emphasizes broad competence in mathematics, skill in exposition, teaching effectiveness, and theoretical and practical preparation in pedagogy. Students complete a D.A. thesis, which may be of a research, expository, or pedagogical nature. Click here for a list of all D.A. Alumni since the program's inception in 1970.
M.S. students develop a broad and deep knowledge of mathematics. The program prepares them for careers in government or industry, for teaching at junior or community colleges, or for further study at the doctoral level. Thesis and non-thesis options are available
The M.A.M.S.T. degree is designed for those with a bachelor's degree who hold a secondary school teaching certificate for the teaching of mathematics and have at least three years of full-time teaching experience. The program will enhance the mathematical training of secondary teachers and equip such teachers with a broad and modern background in mathematics.
The department also participates in the Subsurface Science emphasis area of the Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Science.
Financial support is available through graduate assistantships. In 2012-2013, stipends are $9,591.20 (M.S. level) and $13,418.00 (D.A. level). Future stipends might be slightly higher. Such awards include a waiver of non-resident tuition and are routinely accompanied by scholarships waiving in-state fees and health insurance fees. For 2012-2013, the annual value of such waivers is $18,950 for non-residents and $7,150 for residents.
If applying for either the M.S. or the D.A. program please submit the Financial Assistance Form in PDF format, or in Microsoft Word format,and please ask each of your three references
to submit the Recommendation Form in PDF format, or in Microsoft Word format.
- Graduate Director, Dr. Yu Chen,
at (208)282-2573, or
- To facilitate an
individualized reply, please describe any math degree(s) completed and/or
additional math courses taken, but be advised that admission prospects cannot be
fully evaluated until a complete official application is received. Please do
not send scanned copies of transcripts or other large attachments.