Applied Mathematics (Ph.D.)

Applied mathematics addresses problems in science, engineering, and society. Find new ways to solve real-world problems through original, creative research in Illinois Tech’s Ph.D. program.

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Prepare for a career in industrial research or academia through a rigorous education that includes advanced coursework, independent study, and original research to make a significant contribution to the field of applied mathematics.

An oral examination based on the student's research proposal is required. This ensures the student has the background to carry out successful research in his/her chosen area, and the proposed research has sufficient scholarly merit.

Illinois Tech requires interdisciplinary teamwork to solve real-world problems through its active learning philosophy. The Ph.D. program requires elective coursework in an area of concentration outside of the Department of Applied Mathematics.

Program Overview

Prepare for a career in industrial research or academia through a rigorous education that includes advanced coursework, independent study, and original research to make a significant contribution to the field of applied mathematics.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities exist across industries, as so many need mathematics experts.

  • Actuary
  • Operations researcher/analyst
  • Mathematician/statistician
  • Post-secondary mathematics/science teacher
  • Post-secondary mathematics/science administrator

The program typically requires a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or applied mathematics. Candidates whose degree is in another field and whose background in mathematics is strong are also eligible for admission and are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. A cumulative GPA of 3.5/4.0 is usually required.

A combined verbal and quantitative GRE examination score of at least 304 and an analytic writing score of at least 3.0 are required.

TOEFL scores, if required, should be a minimum of 80/550 (internet-based/paper-based test scores).

A two-page professional statement of goals/objectives and a curriculum vitae must be submitted.

Three letters of recommendation are required.