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Graduate Programs

What degrees are offered?

You can obtain several different graduate degrees in our program:

Our Ph.D & M.S. degrees follow a standard graduate program. Read below to learn more about our Applied Mathematics & Statistics masters programs.

M.S. in Applied Mathematics

This program emphasizes mathematics for science and engineering and examines applications through seminars and case studies. This will prepare you for either a Ph.D. degree or employment in industry or government. Students should have taken the following courses:

  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • Linear Algebra
  • Numerical Methods
  • Analytical Methods
  • Proficiency in a Programming Language

M.S. in Statistics

This program combines theory and application. The program has the two-fold purpose of:

  1. Preparing the student to enter commercial, governmental and other areas which rely on statistical information and
  2. Preparing the student to continue in pursuit of a more advanced degree.

Students in statistics will be trained in:

  • Data collection
  • Editing and presentation of large data sets
  • Analyses of these sets and the mathematical foundations upon which all of these areas are based

Am I Qualified for Tulane's Program?

Students in our graduate programs typically majored in math or another science, such as engineering or physics.

There is no specific minimum GRE score for admission into the M.S. and PhD programs. All aspects of the graduate application, including GRE scores and GPA, are evaluated as a whole.

If you lack a strong foundation in math, you may still qualify for our program. All incoming graduate students work with faculty to determine if additional background courses should be taken. This ensures that they will be prepared for more advanced degree courses.

What are the requirements for the degree programs?

All students working toward graduate degrees must satisfy the general requirements as listed by the SSE. View specific requirements.

What do I need to apply here?

  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Mathematics Test (optional) and GRE General Test (optional) for PhD applicants
  • GRE Mathematics Test and/or GRE General Test for Masters applicants
  • At least three letters of recommendation from people who can evaluate your academic potential
  • TOEFL examination if your native language is not English
  • An application form

Tulane has an Online Application Form which allows you to apply electronically. If you have trouble please contact our graduate coordinator, Scott McKinley - Phone: 504-862-3426.

What type of financial aid is available?

About 30% of our Ph.D. students are supported by Fellowships or Research Assistantships, which carry stipends varying from $18,625 to $22,500 per year, plus a tuition waiver. The rest of our Ph.D. students hold Teaching Assistantships, which currently carry a stipend of $18,625, plus a tuition waiver. Teaching assistants teach three 75-minute labs per week. More advanced students teach one course instead of three labs. The only items not covered by the tuition waiver are a university fee of $400 per semester (based on a fulltime load), a student activities fee of $120 per semester, a recreation fee of $130 per semester (which gives access to the recreation center and its weight room, swimming pool, aerobics classes, etc.), and a student health fee of $272 per semester.

What courses are offered?

We offer courses in Applied Mathematics, Differential Geometry, Probability and Statistics, Scientific Computation, Theoretical Computer Science, Algebra, Topology, and Analysis.

More elementary courses are also available in most areas, so that some students can first improve the level of their mathematical backgrounds and prepare for the degree courses.

In addition to our standard courses, we often offer special topics courses and seminars primarily in the areas in which the faculty will direct Ph.D. dissertations.

View our Standard Graduate Courses

What research is the faculty doing?

All our faculty are active in research; during the past five years our regular faculty of 24 have published some 150 research articles and 6 books. We direct theses in very diverse areas of Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics.

In addition to regular faculty, the department maintains regular postdoctoral positions and benefits from frequent visits by researchers in many areas of mathematics.

Read about our faculty research interests

Read about our research & participating faculty

What should I expect when I start the program?

The incoming graduate student is advised by the Graduate Studies Committee of the Mathematics Department. The Committee, in consultation with the students, determines appropriate first courses for each student, according to the student's preparation and interests. Throughout the program, the Committee continues to help the students plan their studies and realize their mathematical interests.

In addition, with 24 faculty and about the same number of graduate students, a new graduate student is soon familiar with everyone and feels at home.

Read about our grad students

What resources does the department have?


The department also has its own library, the A. H. Clifford Mathematics Research Library, housing some 21,000 bound volumes and subscribing to 288 journals devoted to all areas of mathematics and applications.


All faculty, graduate students and staff in the department have either a PC running either Windows, Mac OS X, or some version of UNIX, depending on their preference. In addition, the members of the scientific computing group have high-end SUN or Silicon Graphics workstations. There is also a small lab containing Silicon Graphics workstations for the use of students working in scientific computing. The department has a Linux-based server that supports its own email system and the departmental web pages. The entire system is part of the university's 100mb/sec network with connections to Internet-II and to the commercial Internet.

What’s it like to live in New Orleans?

The Mathematics Department is housed in the upper floors of Gibson Hall, a stone structure built in 1894. Tulane University is located in America's most exciting and most visited city.

Our department is on St. Charles Avenue, across from Audubon Park, in a quiet residential area full of majestic oak trees and fine old antebellum homes. The iconic streetcars (soon to be restored) provide an easy ride to the picturesque French Quarter.

New Orleans has a rich cultural life, with a symphony orchestra, operas, ballets, plays, a noted art museum, many art galleries, excellent jazz, a major jazz festival and many other events. During Mardi Gras (40 days before Easter) the town fills with parades and revelry.

New Orleans is also famous for its cuisine; it boasts a number of great restaurants, and many more with inexpensive good meals.