Graduate Programs in Mathematics
at Lehigh University
This is a brief description of the
graduate program. For more details see the mathematics graduate
and the College of Arts and Sciences
for departmental and general information,
respectively. The college site has links to downloadable and online application
We offer the degrees of M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
and M.S. in Statistics.
We are also involved in the M.S. in
For information and applications, call (610) 758-3730 or contact the Graduate
Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our mailing address is:
Department of Mathematics
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Applicants requesting financial aid should apply by January 15. The TOEFL is
required of all students whose native language is not English, and the TSE is
required for teaching assistants from non-English-speaking countries. The GRE
General Test and Subject Test in mathematics are strongly recommended for all
The mathematics department currently (2007-2008) has 23 teaching assistants.
They receive a stipend of between $15,900 and $16,500 for the academic year
depending on experience. All teaching assistants recieve full tuition remission
for 9 credits each semester (a full course load). Often one or two of our
graduate students are supported by fellowships from the university which give
the stipend and tuition without the teaching duties.
M.S. in Mathematics
The master's program demands 30 credit hours of
graduate courses with at least 18 hours at the 400 level. With the permission of
the chairman, up to six hours of these courses can be replaced by a thesis. All
students in the master's program must also pass a comprehensive examination.
This exam is given during the first year, and covers calculus, differential
equations, and linear algebra. The comprehensive examination for the M.S in
statistics covers calculus, linear algebra and probability and statistics.
With a judicious choice of courses, a student in the master's program can
specialize in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, or statistics. The M.S.
degree can serve both as a final degree in mathematics or as an appropriate
background for the PhD.
PhD in Mathematics
The plan of work for the PhD degree includes the
Comprehensive Exam described above, and qualifying examinations. The student
must pass qualifying exams in three areas. A description of these areas can be
found in the graduate
. A general exam, in which the candidate describes the thesis
program, a foreign language examination, and the doctoral dissertation and its
defense complete the work for the PhD degree. A student entering Lehigh without
a masters degree must take 72 credits including at least 48 regular course
credits (i.e. not dissertation credits). These students typically earn as
Masters degree during the process of their work. A student entering Lehigh with
a masters degree must take 48 credits including at least 18 regular course
credits (i.e. not dissertation credits).
To see a list of courses and an official description of program requirements
see course catalog .
Look under admission guidlines - graduate for general university graduate
requirements and information and mathematics for departmental information
including courses. The courses are representative of what we offer. We offer
approximately seven or eight 400 level graduate courses and eight to ten 300
level courses (for graduates and undergraduates) each semester. Students can
also take courses in other departments with approval from their advisor.
To see a list of recent theses granted, click here.