The department offers programs leading to the master of arts (MA) and doctor of philosophy (PhD) degrees. There is also a joint PhD program in applied mathematics with The University of Alabama system campuses at Birmingham and Huntsville.

This page provides general information about coursework, preparation, and degree requirements for graduate programs in the math department.

In addition to the pages of this website, you can read about the graduate programs in math in the UA Graduate Catalog.


Admission

All prospective graduate students must apply for admission to the University of Alabama Graduate School. Complete information about graduate admissions can be found on the UA Graduate School website, graduate.ua.edu.

To be admitted for a graduate degree, students are expected to satisfy the University of Alabama Graduate School’s general requirements for admission. Each applicant must submit scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical portions of the Graduate Record Examination; the advanced portion is preferred but not required.

Deadlines

United States citizens/permanent residents

United States citizens and permanent residents are expected to complete their applications at least six weeks before the anticipated date of registration.

If you are requesting admission and financial aid for the fall semester, your application should be completed before January 15.

International applicants (non-citizens/permanent residents)

International applicants outside of the United States are expected to submit their applications at least eight months before the anticipated date of registration. If an international applicant is currently residing inside the United States, then he or she should apply at least four months before the registration.

An applicant whose application is completed well in advance of our deadlines will be more likely to be admitted and to receive his or her admission and immigration materials in time for visa and travel arrangements to be made.

If you are also requesting financial aid for the fall semester, your application should be completed before January 15.

Coursework

Courses are available in the following areas: algebra, analysis, topology, differential equations, mathematical methods for engineering, numerical analysis, mathematical statistics, fluid dynamics, and optimization theory.

Residency Requirements

For  University  rules  regarding  transfer credit, residency requirements, and other policies and deadlines, refer to the Graduate Catalog and the Graduate Academic Calendar.

Degree Requirements

The requirements summarized here are covered more fully in the UA Graduate Catalog. You should also consult the current catalog for complete information about University policies.

If University degree requirements happen to change during your stay at the University, you will be subject to the rules that were in force when you first enrolled, not to the new rules. Changes made at the departmental level, however, may work retroactively, depending on the circumstances.

GPA Requirement

Every graduate student must maintain a grade point average of “B” or better. A student whose grades drop below a “B” average will be placed on academic probation. According to University regulations, a probationary student who cannot return to a “B” average within the next 12 hours of graduate work will be dropped from the program.

Furthermore, in order to graduate, at least 75 percent of the credit hours that are counted as part of the requirement for the degree and approved by the Graduate Advisory Council must be completed with a grade of “B” or better. You must meet with your advisor before each semester to ensure that you are following a suitable program of study. A complete list of courses offered is in the Graduate Catalog.

Admission to Candidacy

The Graduate School requires all students for an advanced degree to submit an “Admission to Candidacy” form.

Application for Degree

All students must submit an “Application for Degree” form, which can be found on the  Graduate School’s website. This application must be approved by the end of the registration period for the semester in which the student expects to graduate. If a student fails to graduate that semester, a new application for degree form must be submitted.