For Prospective Students

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Letter from the Director of Graduate Studies


We are delighted that you are considering Duke Math for your graduate work. Prospective students often ask me "what distinguishes Duke Math?"  A few things immediately come to mind:

  1. There is a strong interdisciplinary streak in the department. Many faculty and students interact with multiple research groups (both within the math department and beyond, including the school of medicine, computer science, engineering, physics, et cetera). This is both wonderfully stimulating and very important. Mathematics is a deeply interconnected subject, and the strongest mathematicians leverage these connections.
  2. Every semester, the department runs a few mini-courses. These are really great. They supplement the standard graduate catalog with a range of material running the gamut from established theory (eg harmonic analysis) through recent developments/questions in mathematics (eg classical algebra and quantum computing). They are sometimes the launch pad for working/reading groups. They run about 4.5 weeks (a third of the term), and are often attended by students, post-docs and faculty.
  3. The department's Professional Development Program covers a range of topics, including: writing (eg. research statements and grant proposals), speaking (eg seminar talks and job talks), careers both within and beyond academia, internships, the job search and interview process.

These are some of the representative indicators of the engaging, expansive and stimulating nature of the mathematics community here, making the department a wonderful place to work, learn and begin developing your research program and mathematical career.

Colleen M. Robles

Associate Professor of Mathematics
Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Mathematics


Our Program

The Duke Mathematics Department admits students working towards a PhD in research mathematics. Please note that the department has neither a Masters program, nor a separate track for students primarily interested in teaching.


There are roughly 60 PhD students in the Duke mathematics graduate program. Approximately half are international, a third are women. The department welcomes applicants from all backgrounds and life-experiences. We are one of nine participating departments in the Sloan Foundation funded University Center for Excellence in Mentoring devoted to recruiting and training students from traditionally under-represented communities.


Students admitted to the mathematics graduate study program are guaranteed five years of support through a combination of teaching assistantships and research assistantships.