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?

A fairly comprehensive listing of Mathematics department web sites both in the US and abroad is available, courtesy of the Penn State Mathematics department. This is a great place to start researching specific schools.

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. Follow the link to get more information: http://www.sysm.vcu.edu/.

The Summer Math Institute (SMI) at Cornell aims to prepare undergraduates for the challenges of graduate school in the mathematical sciences. More information may be found on the SMI web page:  http://www.math.cornell.edu/~smi/

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

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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.

2009

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

2008

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

2007

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

2006

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

2005

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

2003

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

2002

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

2001

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