The PhD Program

The primary graduate program is the PhD program in Mathematics. All students admitted to this program receive financial support, with a full fellowship in the first year. Current students are pursuing exciting projects in a variety of areas and PhD work in mathematics prepares students for a variety of interesting careers, including but not limited to academic work. The department has active research groups in Algebra and Algebraic Geometry, Analysis and Partial Differential Equations, Discrete Math, Operations Research, and Probability, Logic, Mathematical Physics, and Topology.  See the research groups web page for more details. For a detailed description of the PhD program and requirements, see the Regulations for Doctoral Students in Mathematics.

Masters degrees are available for Mathematics PhD candidates who have taken 30 credit hours and passed their candidacy examinations. We offer a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Mathematics (MSIM) to students enrolled in other PhD programs at Notre Dame.  For more details talk to the Mathematics Director of Graduate Studies. We do not admit students directly into any masters program.

Interdisciplinary study is possible, but it requires extra dedication. One has to be first admitted to a PhD granting department at Notre Dame. A next step is the above mentioned MSIM. We do not admit student directly into an interdisciplinary program. 

More info about graduate school at Notre Dame can be found at

Mathematics Department Contacts:

Dr. Peter Cholak, Director of Graduate Studies

Dr. Samuel Evens, Director of Graduate Admissions

Beth V. Gaffigan, Graduate Director’s Assistant
Phone:  574-631-7245  Fax:  574-631-6579