The University of Minnesota’s School of Mathematics continually ranks among the top university mathematics programs. US News & World Report ranks the Graduate program among the top Mathematics programs both nationally and worldwide.
The School of Mathematics offers undergraduate degrees through both the College of Liberal Arts (Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics) and the College of Science and Engineering (Bachelor of Science in Mathematics).
Students can specialize in one of three areas: actuarial mathematics, computer applications, or mathematics education. Mathematics majors choose from a rich range of courses, and the major curriculum is supplemented by technical electives and coursework in physics. Some students broaden career options by taking classes in complementary disciplines like engineering, physics, or economics. Undergraduates also have numerous opportunities to get involved in research, through UROP, REUs, and other undergraduate research programs.
A variety of graduate programs are available through the School of Mathematics, including M.S., Ph.D., and professional programs. Graduate programs provide specializations in a number of areas, including industrial and applied mathematics, mathematics education, and financial mathematics. Faculty members with a range of interests are available to advise and mentor graduate students, helping direct their research and education to maximize achievement.
Professional programs combine top-tier academics with real-world experience to prepare students for careers in industry, business, or academia. Classes for Master of Financial Mathematics (MFM) or Fundamentals of Quantitative Finance (FQF) students are offered in the evening, giving students time for full-time jobs, industrial internships, or research.
The School of Mathematics’ over 60 faculty members represent a wide range of research interests and backgrounds, and serve in leadership roles both nationally and internationally. One faculty member recently served as the President of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the most prominent international organization devoted to applied mathematics and computational science, while another was elected to be Vice-President of the American Mathematical Society, the premier U.S. organization for mathematical research and scholarship. Faculty members have also earned a number of awards, including the President’s Award for Outstanding Service, the George W. Taylor Career Development Award, and the Guillermo E. Borja Award.
Programs & Research
Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates in the School of Mathematics conduct cutting-edge research in a variety of areas. Research strengths include:
- Algebraic Geometry
- Algebraic Topology
- Applied Mathematics
- Complex Analysis
- Differential Geometry
- Dynamical Systems and Differential Equations
- Lie Theory
- Mathematical Biology
- Mathematical Fluid Mechanics
- Mathematical Logic
- Mathematical Physics
- Mathematics Education
- Number Theory and Automorphic Forms
- Numerical Analysis
- Partial Differential Equations
- Probability and Stochastic Processes
- Real, Harmonic, and Functional Analysis
In addition, the School of Mathematics is home to several centers for specialized research and education, including the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), the Minnesota Center for Industrial Mathematics (MCIM), and the Minnesota Center for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics (MCFAM).
At a glance
- 560 undergraduate majors
- 222 master’s and Ph.D. students
- 61 faculty
- 8 staff