A graduate degree in mathematics from WVU provides you the foundation for a deeper understanding of how mathematics is developed and enables you to be competitive for positions in many industries. With about 25 research faculty and 50 graduate students, our faculty are accessible and welcoming. Our programs are flexible and give you the time to build your expertise from the ground up, while our classes are small with a lot of individual attention.
The Department of Mathematics offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The master's degree program offers specializations in pure and applied mathematics. The PhD program provides for a common core of fundamental mathematics followed by specialized studies culminating in an original research dissertation directed by a faculty advisor. Depending on the student's program and interests, there are diverse career opportunities available in education, government and industry.
Faculty research interests can be broadly grouped into the areas of applied mathematics (differential equations, dynamical systems applied analysis, modeling, image processing and approximation), discrete mathematics (combinatorics, graph theory, matroid theory and applications), research in undergraduate mathematics education, set theory and algebra.
Basic course offerings include yearly sequences in real analysis, modern algebra, topology,
numerical analysis, and courses in graph theory, combinatorics, linear algebra
and differential equations. Courses at the doctoral level reflect both faculty
research interests and the composition of the graduate student body, and regular
offerings include partial differential equations, functional analysis and
WVU is an excellent place to learn how to teach. Graduate teaching assistants are trained under the direction of our dedicated graduate teaching assistant coordinator and work in courses at or below the level of Calculus.
After graduation, many of our alumni seek careers in teaching. Our PhD students have been very successful in obtaining faculty positions. Others work in areas like software development and data analysis or at government agencies such as the National Security Agency, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Energy and Department of Defense.