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Department of Mathematics

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The Mathematics Department at the University of South Carolina is one of the premier centers in the Southeast for research in mathematics.

With its internationally renowned faculty and modern computing facilities, the department provides a stimulating and supportive environment for graduate studies.  The Ph.D degree in mathematics at the University of South Carolina serves to prepare students for professional careers in academic research, college and university teaching, and industry.  The Mathematics Department at USC is a friendly, cooperative and welcoming place.


Course of Study

Mathematics graduate students at the University of South Carolina have the option of pursuing research in a variety of pure and applied fields, culminating in a Ph.D or masters degree. Ph.D students have the option of completing a concentration in applied and computational mathematics.


Our Students

The average number of Ph.D students in our program in a given academic year over the past five years is 53. About 30 percent of our students are women, about 40 percent are international students, and about 97 percent of them receive substantial financial assistance in the form of tuition abatement and a stipend. We offer most Ph.D students support for up to five years, pending yearly evaluations.


Graduation and Beyond 

With few exceptions, all Ph.D students who pass the qualifying and comprehensive exams graduate in four or five years.

In recent years, our Ph.D graduates have taken postdoctoral appointments at Arizona State, U. Delaware, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Max Planck, Penn St., Queens U., UC-San Diego, U. Southern California, Texas A&M, U. Utah, and Wake Forest. Our graduates have also taken jobs with Ernst & Young, Microsoft, Google, NSA, NASA, Texas Instruments, and Wells Fargo.



We encourage students who wish to become researchers or to teach at a college or university to pursue the Ph.D degree. Students interested in careers in government or industry also pursue the Ph.D degree.


M.A. and M.S.

Our department offers both the master of science and the master of arts in mathematics.


M.M. and M.A.T.

Both of these master's programs focus on secondary and junior college education.