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The Ph.D. in Mathematics with Concentration in Statistics

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The information provided below gives an overview of the requirements for the Ph.D. in Mathematics with Concentration in Statistics. Further information can be obtained from the Graduate Program Coordinator.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the Ph.D. Program in Mathematics at the University of South Florida should satisfy the following requirements:

  • Either:
    • A Master's degree or equivalent in mathematical sciences or a related area; or
    • A Bachelor's degree or equivalent in mathematical sciences or a related area with a strong record of undergraduate/graduate mathematics/statistics courses
  • Minimum score of 650 on the Quantitative portion of the GRE General Test
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 (on a scale of 4.0) in undergraduate/graduate Mathematics/Statistics courses

Note: At the discretion of the Graduate Admissions Committee, Ph.D. applicants may be recommended for admission to the Master's Program provisionally.

Requirements for Ph.D. Candidacy

  • Passing two Core Qualifying Exams* at the Ph.D. level within 13 months of entering the Ph.D. program. Each exam can be retaken once.
  • Passing an Elective Qualifying Exam* within 25 months of entering the Ph.D. program.

Requirements for Ph.D. Degree

The following are in addition to the above requirements for Ph.D. Candidacy.

  • At least 90 hours of course work, or a Master's degree in Statistics (or Mathematics) and an additional 60 hours of coursework.
  • At least 3-5 years of study.
  • Completion of four (4) course sequences among the Core and Elective Sequences*, with a minimum GPA of at least 3.0 in each sequence.
    Note: Passing a Core Qualifying Exam is considered equivalent to completing the corresponding Core Sequence.
  • At least 16 hours of MAT 7980 (Dissertation). (At least 6 hours of MAT 7980 must be taken during each previous 12-month period.)
  • External Examiner or formally accepted paper based on the Dissertation.
  • Final Oral Examination.
  • Final Submission of Dissertation.

Note: If you are preparing your dissertation in LaTeX, the files contained here are correct as of July 2013.


*For a list of the Core and Elective Sequences that are available for doctoral students whose concentration is statistics, please consult either the Statistics Graduate Program Director or the Graduate Program Coordinator.