Graduate School

Opportunities abound for Mathematics majors interested in pursuing a graduate degree. If you are considering graduate school, the Internet is an excellent resource for researching graduate programs. Some obvious questions to consider are:

  • What are your ultimate career goals, and what programs are best at putting students into those kind of jobs?
  • Are you ready to go for a PhD, or should you start with a Master’s degree?
  • Are you interested in a teaching assistantship or a research assistantship to help pay your way, and can you afford to live on the stipend offered by a specific program?

Of course, before you get to grad school there are some tests to take. The Educational Testing Service web site provides information about the GRE General and Mathematics Subject Tests, including some practice tests that you can download for free. It’s a good idea to plan ahead for the GRE, especially the Subject Test, as it is offered only two or three times a year.

Several recent UMW alumni have gone on to graduate school in Mathematics, Statistics (e.g., Virginia Tech), and related fields . Look at below for information about recent graduates of the UMW Mathematics Department who have gone on to graduate school.

Many mathematics majors go on to further studies in other related fields, such as William & Mary’s Master’s program in Computational Operations Research.

Students with an interest in biological and/or medical applications can apply a doctoral program Systems Modeling and Analysis at the Virginia Commonwealth University.

The Summer Math Institute (SMI) at Cornell aims to prepare undergraduates for the challenges of graduate school in the mathematical sciences.

The following book is a good resource for students planning on graduate school: “All the Mathematics You Missed: But Need to Know for Graduate School” by Thomas Garrity.


Graduate Studies of UMW Mathematics Graduates


Below is a list of some of the graduate programs that our alumni have entered. If you are a recent alum and would like to be included on this site, drop us an email.


  • George Washington University – Mathematics
  • Stanford University – Economics
  • Virginia Tech – Statistics
  • College of William and Mary – Physics


  • University of California, Davis – Applied Mathematics
  • University of Connecticut – Mathematics
  • University of Delaware – Astrophysics


  • College of William and Mary – Physics
  • University of Delaware – Mathematics
  • University of Virginia – Mathematics
  • Virginia Commonwealth University – Biostatistics


  • Montana State University – Applied Mathematics
  • University of North Carolina – Applied Mathematics
  • Wesleyan University – Applied Mathematics


  • University of Florida – Financial Mathematics
  • University of Delaware – Mathematics
  • University of Wyoming – Applied Mathematics


  • Pennsylvania State University – Mathematics
  • The University of Arizona – Mathematics
  • University of Maryland – Mathematics


  • University of Virginia – Mathematics
  • University of Texas – Physics
  • Virginia Tech – Mathematics


  • University of Virginia – Mathematics
  • George Washington University – Computer Science
  • Royal Holloway College – Discrete Mathematics and Computing Applications
  • Wake Forest University – Accounting