Connected Science Community Mathematics PhD Program

A new kind of PhD training

Conduct groundbreaking Mathematics research and develop skills that open a vast set of future careers with the support of a cross-College PhD Community!

The Connected Science Community Mathematics PhD Program is designed for students to develop a deep understanding of mathematics through core curriculum coursework along with advanced courses according to individual interest in any of several department research areas: algebra, algebraic geometry, representation theory, partial differential equations, combinatorics and discrete mathematics, mathematical physics and geometry, probability and statistics, and topology.

Students have the opportunity to work with internationally recognized faculty, carrying out intensive mathematics research and completion of a dissertation in one of three tracks: pure mathematics, discrete mathematics, and probability and statistics.

You will be joining a graduate program that is committed to cultivating a culture of respect and collaboration where the contribution of each person is valued.

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Participate in groundbreaking mathematics research

Modern algebra has its roots in the mathematics of the ancient world, arising out of the basic problem of solving equations. Following an explosive development in the twentieth century, it is now a vibrant, multi-faceted and wide-ranging branch of mathematics, having ties with almost every field of..
Analysis and Geometry
Analysis and Geometry falls under the field of mathematical analysis, which is a broad branch of mathematics that encompasses many fields, generally sharing a basis in calculus. Historically, analysis has played a crucial role in solving problems in physics and engineering; recent years have seen s..
Mathematical Physics
Mathematical Physics falls under the field of mathematical analysis, which is a broad branch of mathematics that encompasses many fields, generally sharing a basis in calculus. Historically, analysis has played a crucial role in solving problems in physics and engineering; recent years have seen su..
Combinatorics and Discrete Math
Perhaps the fastest growing area of modern mathematics, Combinatorics and Discrete Math has a wealth of real-world applications, especially in computer science, which have greatly contributed to its rapid growth.
Algebraic Geometry
Algebraic geometry generally uses tools from algebra to study objects called algebraic varieties that are solution sets to algebraic equations
Differential and Symplectic Geometry
Symplectic geometry studies objects with structure generalizing that of the phase space of certain dynamical systems.
Probability and Statistics
Probability and Statistics encompasses a broad array of topics in pure and applied mathematics, and has applications in almost every field of scientific research. By its nature, the field is driven by real-world applications.
Topology and Singularities
The study of those properties that are preserved through continuous deformations of objects. It can be used to abstract the inherent connectivity of objects while ignoring their detailed form.
Applied Mathematics
Mathematics is weaved into every fiber of our lives and scientific endeavors. Our Applied Mathematics faculty at Northeastern has a very broad span ranging from Machine Learning, Topological Data Analysis and Network Science to Probability & Statistics, Optimization and Mathematical Biology.

How the Connected Science Community Mathematics PhD works

Upon joining the Mathematics PhD program, you will also join a Connected Science Community of PhD students across the College of Science. During the summer before your first year, you will participate in workshops to develop key skills, explore and utilize university resources, and learn about potential post-PhD careers.

During Fall semester of your first year, you will begin coursework and continue research in your department. Throughout your first year and beyond, you will continue your research while sustaining your Connected Science Community through seminars, workshops, and social activities.

In this unique PhD training program, you’ll:

– join a Community of PhD students across all College of Science departments, who learn from each other, collaborate, and draw on one other’s experience;

– develop Career and Core Skills and inside knowledge of the outstanding career opportunities open to our PhD graduates;

– explore Cross-Disciplinary Research to help you solve pressing research challenges; and

– gain external Work Experience – an integral part of your professional training, with many opportunities.

A Culture of Respect

In the Northeastern University College of Science, we embrace a culture of respect and inclusion, where each person is valued and empowered with equitable opportunities and access to resources. We commit to implementing initiatives that dismantle systemic oppression and build a diverse community.

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Additional information

Is the program funded?

For the duration of their program, students receive full tuition scholarship, a graduate assistant position with stipend, and health insurance.

When is the application deadline?

The deadline to apply is December 1.

What are the program requirements?

Bachelor’s Degree Entrance
Complete all courses and requirements listed here unless otherwise indicated.


  • Four qualifying examinations
  • Annual review
  • Teaching requirement
  • Doctoral candidacy
  • Dissertation committee
  • Dissertation proposal
  • Progress report and presentation
  • First-author publication
  • Dissertation defense

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

  • 64 total semester hours required
  • Minimum 3.000 GPA required

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