Doctoral Programs

The School of Math offers or participates in five different PhD programs, each with their own curriculum and set of requirements as described below. All Doctoral students should also be aware of the general Institute wide Requirements for the Doctoral Degree described in the GT Catalogue.

The PhD program in Math is designed to train academic mathematicians, in a wide range of subdisciplines, and mathematical research scientists working in government or the private sector. 

The PhD in ACO is an elite multidisciplinary program sponsored jointly by the College of Computing, the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and the School of Math. The director of the ACO program is Robin Thomas.

The PhD in CSE is a highly interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with practical skills and theoretical understandings needed to become leaders in the field of computational science and engineering. The School's lead advisor and coordinator of the CSE program is Sung Ha Kang.

The mission of the Bioinformatics PhD Program is to educate and prepare graduate students to reach the forefront of leadership in the field of bioinformatics and computational biology; and to integrate research and education on the use of information technologies in biology and medicine. The School's lead advisor and coordinator of the Bioinformatics program is Leonid Bunimovich.

The mission of QBios is to educate students and advance research in quantitative biosciences, enabling the discovery of scientific principles underlying the dynamics, structure, and function of living systems. The School's lead advisor and coordinator of the QBioS program is Christine Heitsch.


Students with a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and good preparation for graduate study may apply for admission directly into the doctoral program. Completion of the master's degree is not a prerequisite. See the Prospective Students page for information on the application and admission process.

Program of Study

In the first year or two of the program students focus on the coursework required to pass the comprehensive exams. By the third year of study, students should have selected a major field and a research advisor. All students must satisfy a "minor" requirement of nine additional credit hours of graduate or advanced undergraduate coursework outside the School of Mathematics, with a GPA of at least 3.0. The completion of the program, which culminates in writing a dissertation, takes about 5 years.


The list of the PhD alumni of the School of Math and their first employment after graduation.


Copies of all PhD dissertations granted by the School of Math.