For Prospective Students

The department typically admits 10 to 12 new students each year, and typically has a total of 50 to 55 students. We invite applications to our PhD program from all qualified applicants, and we foster a welcoming and collaborative environment. The Department would like to encourage students from diverse backgrounds (for example, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities) to apply. For these students, fee waivers can be requested and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We kindly ask that you provide the reason for which you are requesting a fee waiver when you email us. This will allow us to assess your request and provide a decision to you in the most timely manner possible — please send all requests to the Graduate Coordinator, Tori Spalding ( 
Initial admissions decisions are usually made in mid-February, but we frequently admit additional students as the process proceeds. Students in good standing are guaranteed support for 5 years, and some students receive support for a 6th year. The average time required for a student to finish a PhD is 5.4 years.  

Congratulations to our Graduates in their new positions!

  • Leo Jimenez - GeoMod Postdoc in Lyon, France
  • Jens Kjaer has accepted a Postdoctoral position with the "Operads, Calculus, and Homotopy theory methods in Topology" (OCHoTop) project. (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Université de Lille (ULille)).
  • Yichao Li - Peking University (Beijing, China), Postdoctoral position
  • Whitney Liske has accepted an Assistant Professor position at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA
  • Adam Moreno has accepted the "E.R. Hedrick Assistant Professor" position (Postdoctoral) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
  • Laura Murray - Providence College, Assistant Professor
  • José Pastrana Chiclana - Northwestern University, Instructional Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Mike Perlman - Queen's University (ON, Canada [Academic Year 20/21]) - Coleman Postdoctoral Fellow at Queen’s University University of Minnesota (Fall 2021)- Dunham Jackson Assistant Professor
  • J.D. Quigley has accepted the "H.C. Wang Assistant Professor" position (Postdoctoral) at Cornell University.
  • Fanghci Yan has accepted a Postdoctoral Research Associate position at West Virginia University
  • Cunlu Zhou has accepted a Postdoc position at the University of Toronto