Graduate Education

Degree Programs

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The PhD program provides a background in basic and advanced graduate mathematics and requires the completion of a significant piece of original research. The breadth of the department is such that the PhD specialty and dissertation may be in any of several areas of mathematics.

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Master of Arts – Foundations of Advanced Studies (MA-FAS)

The MA-FAS program helps prepare students for competitive PhD level graduate programs and will enhance their chances for admittance to high quality graduate schools. This Master’s program option is structured so that students with basic preparation from their undergraduate institutions can complete it in no more than two years.

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Master of Arts – Foundations for Research (MA-FR)

The MA-FR program is a masters program for PhD students in Math and other programs across campus.

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VISP/MA-FAS Cohort

The Thematic VISP Track program is a partnership between the Visiting International Student Program and the UW-Madison Mathematics Department.

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Transition from VISP to MA-FAS

Mathematics Minor

The Mathematics minor can be used to fulfill the breadth requirement of doctoral training at UW-Madison. Students interested in the Math minor should begin by contacting a Minor Advisor.

Minor Advisors

Requirements

Program Comparisons

MA – Foundations of Advanced Studies PhD
Typical Minimum Admission Requirements (beyond GS minimum) Linear Algebra (Math 341 or equivalent)
Analysis I (Math 521 or equivalent)
Modern Algebra I (Math 541 or equivalent)
Analysis I/II (Math 521/522 or equivalent)*
Algebra I/II (Math 541/542 or equivalent)*
Linear Algebra (Math 341 or equivalent)
4 electives among advanced undergrad or grad math courses. Incoming students usually, but not always, have some exposure to graduate level mathematics through graduate coursework, independent study, or research experience. This background often exceeds the minimum requirements for a math major.*Candidates with interest in Applied Math may have a different mathematics background, typically including coursework in ordinary and partial differential equations, and computational science with programming experience in Python, Matlab, or similar language. That coursework should be at a commensurately advanced undergrad level.
Funding Allowed to work 108 hours per semester, usually as a grader Guaranteed 5 years as a TA. Depending on available funding, you may be offered an RA, instead of a TA, in any given semester.
Tuition Remission Not eligible Yes, but still required to pay segregated fees
Health Insurance Eligible for Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) Eligible for Wisconsin state health insurance plan
Degree Requirements MA-FAS Degree Requirements PhD Degree Requirements
Arrival Last week of August: – Orientation (mandatory) Early July – mid-August:
International TA (ITA) training (mandatory for international students)
Summer Enhancement Program (SEP)
Second to last week of August:
Qualifying Exams
Last week of August:
Orientation (mandatory)
TA training (mandatory)
Decisions Sent By April 1 Initial: March 1 Waitlist: April 30
Additional Degree? Eligible to apply to the PhD program. Once degree requirements for the MA are met, an MA degree can be requested and issued.