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Official department and College information about the graduate program
is available at the
Info link. This includes the application form for admission as well as
financial aid information.
The list below contains informal responses to frequently asked
questions. If you have questions about the program not answered
below, you may email the department administrator
How can we obtain application materials for the
graduate program in Mathematics? (answer)
If you have questions, you may request information via:
Graduate Program Administrator
Department of Mathematics
6188 Kemeny Hall
Hanover, NH 03755-3551
(603) 646-2415 (problematic while COVID restrictions are in place)
What is the location like? Dartmouth
is located in Hanover, NH which is a small town of approximately
10,000 (not including Dartmouth). It is located near
Interstates 89 and 91. Hanover is 2 hours from Boston, 3 hours
from Montreal, and 5 hours from New York City. The surrounding
area is very scenic. There are hills and lots of hiking and the
surrounding area is full of trees which are quite pretty in the
fall when the leaves change color. There are lots of outdoor
activities available, and although Hanover is small there are a
reasonable collection of restaurants and coffee shops in town.
Retail chain stores like Kohls, Walmart, etc are located in West
Lebanon which is about 5 miles away.
What is the size of the whole school?
About 6,000. (4,000 undergrads, the rest are grad students, med
students, Tuck business school students, and Thayer engineering
What is the size of the math department?
About 25 faculty and about 30 (pure and applied) math graduate students.
How many grad students enter in one year?
About 4–7 each year.
Where have recent PhDs taken jobs?
See our list of recent graduates to where people have gone.
Are there specific fields of research that the
math department generally focuses on, or are there a broad range of
There is a pretty broad range of areas that the math department
is involved in: Algebra, Analysis, Applied Mathematics (many
flavors), Combinatorics, Geometry, Logic, Number Theory, Topology.
There are also people who are willing to supervise students in any
of these areas. See our list
Faculty and Research Interests.
How many years does it take to get
through the program? Five years altogether. Typically, one
- two years for the Masters degree and three additional years
for the PhD. In theory, of course, you can graduate as soon as
you fulfill all the requirements for the PhD, and while a few students
finish in four years, the norm is five.
Can I get just a Masters degree?
Typically Dartmouth only admits those students whose goal is to
obtain a PhD. Although students will sometimes leave the
program after getting a Masters and before receiving a PhD.,
all students who initially enter are supposed to do so with the
intent of completing the PhD program.
I already have a Masters degree from
another school. Can I skip the Masters requirements and just
get a PhD from Dartmouth?
Dartmouth requires that you pass all preliminary and advancement
exams even if you have a Masters degree, so in effect, you will
get a Masters from Dartmouth before becoming a PhD candidate.
Of course students with advanced training often pass the
preliminary exam upon entry and quickly move towards the
advancement process which includes an advancement exam and
finding a primary and secondary advisor.
What kinds of financial support are
there? Since graduate students are in residence all year
(including summer terms), they are paid a 12-month stipend which is
adequate to afford all typical expenses.
How many years will the support
last? Support is provided for 5 years, provided that you
remain in good standing in the program. Good standing means that you
pass your courses, meet deadlines for passing preliminary and
advancement exams, and work diligently towards the completion of a thesis.
Are there any scholarships
available? All graduate students who are not otherwise
supported receive a Dartmouth Fellowship, which covers the cost
of tuition as well as the stipend mentioned above. Students are
encouraged to apply for NSF graduate fellowships.
Do I have to take the TOEFL? I have studied for four years at a
US college or university, and am graduating with a bachelor's degree.
In cases like this we will generally waive the TOEFL requirement, upon request.
What is your cutoff score for the TOEFL?
We don't have a hard-and-fast cutoff, but you should be
aware that we are looking for a higher degree of
English-language proficiency than what is expected by more
typical math graduate programs. Roughly speaking, we're
looking for a combined score of 105 or better on the internet
TOEFL test, with at least 25 on the speaking test. We also look
for other evidence of English proficiency, such as specific
comments in your letters of reference about your ability to
speak and write English.
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