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Mathematics Graduate Program Overview
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Mathematics is full of unsolved problems and mind-bending concepts, and the Mathematics Department at Dartmouth is a great place to learn about and investigate these ideas.

The mathematics graduate program at Dartmouth College is a small, selective program that serves students who wish to complete a Ph.D. in pure or applied mathematics and have a strong interest in both research and teaching. Our program is a five-year program in which students are on campus and enrolled in each of the Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring terms. Every student we admit is offered support through a Dartmouth Fellowship or other grant for up to 5 years provided they continue to make satisfactory progress towards the degree. More information about this is available in the "Financial Information" section on our site.

During their first year, our students develop a strong background in at least three research areas, selected from analysis, algebra, topology, and two areas of applied mathematics. After their first spring, students choose three of those areas in which to complete a written exam. During their second year they continue to broaden their mathematical knowledge while studying fields related to their particular interests in more depth, completing qualifying exams in two such areas by the middle of their second spring. Students then take a seminar which provides training for how to become an effective classroom teacher, as well as continue reading and doing research in their chosen research area. Graduate students are appointed as instructors to teach one Dartmouth course in each of their 3rd and 4th years, as well as completing most of the research for their thesis. Most of our graduate students finish their thesis during the 5th year, the last year in which we offer financial support.

If you are considering applying to the graduate program here, we advise you to review the research interests of our faculty to make sure there are a few areas of interest to you and make sure that you use your senior year to solidify your understanding of the advanced courses for your major, as this will give you a good head start on our qualifying exams. We look forward to hearing from you.

Areas in which students have recently chosen to specialize for their dissertation research include algebra, analysis, topology, applied mathematics (e.g., cryptology, numerical analysis, signal processing, complex networks/systems), mathematical biology, combinatorics, geometry, logic, number theory, and set theory.

For additional information about our program, please visit our Graduate Student Info page and our FAQ for Applicants page. You may also email the department administrator at or call 603-646-2415.

Application Requirements

Any application materials not submitted electronically should be mailed to:

Graduate Studies
Dartmouth College
37 Dewey Field Road
Suite 6062, Room 437
Hanover, NH 03755-1419

Financial Information

All of our admitted students have their tuition waived. In addition, they are supported through a Dartmouth Fellowship or other grant for five years assuming that they remain in good standing within the department. This support is in the form of a modest monthly stipend. There is nothing additional that you need to complete to receive this support. It happens automatically when you are accepted into our program.

Information from the Dean of Graduate Studies