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For Prospective Students

Our Faculty

Our faculty are internationally recognized leaders, who have received external funding from numerous sources, including NSF, NIH, DOE, NSA, Burroughs Wellcome, ONR and AFOSR, NSF Research Training Grants, Department of Education GAANN Fellowship Programs, and a new NIH Big Data Training Grant. The Department of Mathematics is currently ranked 30th in the “Best Mathematics Graduate Programs”, and our Applied Math Program holds the 12th spot among the “Best Applied Math Programs”. Our faculty includes numerous fellows of the AMS and SIAM, and are working in research areas spanning topics listed above.

Program Funding and Information

Students are admitted into our Ph.D. program as fully supported teaching assistants, and roughly half move to federally supported research grants. Our 9-month academic year stipends typically range from $18,000 to $21,000.  Most students receive additional funding in the summers through teaching or research positions. The graduate school provides a cost of living comparison chart.

UNC also offers generous internal fellowships for which our students have successfully competed. Our Ph.D. program offers flexible training opportunities both within the department and through interdisciplinary partnerships with other departments, centers, and institutes.

Interdisciplinary Partnerships and Affiliated Programs

  • Carolina Center for Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics
  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute

Degree Programs

  • Master of Science
  • Master of Arts
  • Doctor of Philosophy.

We offer specialties in the areas of algebra, analysis, applied mathematics, combinatorics, dynamical systems, geometry, and topology. Our graduates have earned academic postdoctoral positions at top R1 universities in the US and abroad, at national labs, in industry, and many ultimately have gone into tenure track positions.

Admissions Requirements

  • Graduate School Online Application
  • Application Fee – $95.00
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • Math supplemental application, available as a PDF or Word

International applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS score, no more than two years old.  A completed financial certificate must be submitted after being offered admission.

Deadlines for Fall 2024 Admissions


Apply Online


For Additional Information Contact

Hans Christianson
Director of Graduate Studies
Phillips Hall 304B

Ann Van Elsue
Graduate Student Services Manager
Phillips Hall 331A