PhD Program

Our PhD Program offers research training in a wide variety of topics in mathematics. Major areas of research specialization include algebra, number theory, algebraic geometry, analysis, differential geometry and physics, topology, dynamical systems, partial differential equations, scientific computing, and stochastic processes. There are strong groups in mathematical biology, and in the analysis of high-dimensional data using ideas from topology and harmonic analysis. These and other research efforts often include collaborations with researchers in the medical school and other Duke departments. These opportunities for interdisciplinary research and the breadth of research areas in the department make the Duke math department an ideal place to prepare for a job inside or outside of academia. 

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Interdisciplinary Focus

Researchers in the mathematics department interact with people in statistics and computer science, the physical and biological sciences, and the school of medicine. Interdisciplinary activities on campus include: Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, an integrative, multi-disciplinary training program that encompasses the study of biology using computational and quantitative methods; and the information initiative at Duke, integrating various disciplines to unlock the potential of big data.

Intellectual Engagement

In addition to our regular seminars, we participate in a number of annual events such as the Gergen Lectures, Triangle Lectures in Combinatorics, and Southeastern Probability Seminar. We also collaborate with neighboring universities, businesses and institutes. By participating in these events and working closely with other organizations, we enable our graduate students and postdocs to interact with top researchers from throughout the country.

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For Current Students

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