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Mathematics, Ph.D.

College of Arts and Sciences

Prepare for a professional career in academic research, college and university teaching, industry, or national laboratories when you join one of the premier centers in the Southeast for research in mathematics.

Our research impacts other disciplines and the real world. In addition to working alongside mathematicians with national and international reputations, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with experts from a variety of other fields. Your participation in exciting research will ultimately help formulate and achieve your career goals.

Program Highlights

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    Holistic Preparation

    Make research your priority while also preparing yourself to teach and be an academic citizen.

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    Notable Programs

    Be a strong candidate for graduate schools and careers in a variety of different fields when you complete this master's degree.

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    Supportive Environment

    Become a part of a friendly, cooperative and welcoming place in USC's Department of Mathematics.

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    In-Demand Skills

    Teach in a peer mentoring program for graduate student instructors, and work as an instructor for undergraduate courses.

What You’ll Study

Demonstrate mastery of the core mathematical areas of analysis and either abstract algebra or foundations of computational mathematics. Write convincing mathematics using contemporary presentation standards. Demonstrate proficient teaching in a variety of settings, and communicate sophisticated mathematics at the level of a professional mathematician.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Coding

    Creating software or computer programs using specific programming languages and techniques

    Data Simulation

    Using mathematical or statistical models to replicate real-world scenarios and predict outcomes


    Introducing new ideas, methods or products to improve performance or achieve a specific goal

  • Problem Solving

    Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems


    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • University Faculty Member
  • Research Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Industry Mathematician
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Computer Scientist

Workplace Settings

  • Education
  • Public Sector
  • Private Sector
  • Aerospace Industry