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Department of Mathematics Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Bryn Mawr College

  • Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Private
  • Suburban
  • 88%12%
    student ratio
  • 8
    total students
  • $36,660 | $36,660
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 3
    fall application deadline
  • 5%
    acceptance rate
  • 2 Degrees
    degrees offered


Research training in a Co-educational Liberal arts Environment

"US News and World Report's" annual rankings of American university graduate programs consistently ranks Bryn Mawr among the top 20% nationally. Bryn Mawr is one of the few traditional liberal arts colleges to rank so highly.

Bryn Mawr is one of the only liberal arts universities in the country to provide university-quality research training in mathematics in a supportive, close-knit environment. The Department of Mathematics offers Masters of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees and training in pure mathematics with active, accomplished faculty members.

The MA in Mathematics at Bryn Mawr

The MA is a research-based degree requiring completion of 8 graduate courses including 2 thesis oriented research-based courses. Students also undertake written and oral exams, including reading proficiencies in foreign languages and defense of original theses. Most students graduate in 2 years.

The PhD in Mathematics at Bryn Mawr

Prospective students generally possess master's degrees in mathematics before embarking on the PhD program. The degree itself requires 2 additional graduate level courses as well as an original project, a dissertation project, a minimum of 2 colloquiums, and a presentation at a national conference. Most students take 3 years to complete the requirements beyond the MA level.

Groundbreaking Research in Mathematics at Bryn Mawr

Faculty members and students at Bryn Mawr enjoy a place on the cutting edge of pure mathematics. Current research topics include Fourier analysis, osillatory integrals, Hardy spaces, Diophantine equations, number ring theory, topology, low-dimensional manifolds, symplectic topology, and legendarian knots.

Distinguished Faculty in Mathematics at Bryn Mawr

The faculty in the Department of Mathematics at Bryn Mawr combines achievement with teaching success. Professor Paul Melvin, currently holding the Rachael C. Hale Chair, has organized conferences from Istanbul to Seattle. Professor Melvin specializes in 3 and 4 dimensional manifolds and legendarian knots. He also serves as a grant referee for the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Israeli Science Foundation, and the Binational Science Fund.

Professor Lisa Traynor is associate editor for the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society and serves on the executive committee of the Association for Women in Mathematics. Her research concentrates on symplectic topology and contact geometry, such as the symplectic camel problem, symplectic homology, symplectic packings, and legendrian knots.

Helen G. Grundman has served on the board of directors of the Fibonacci Association and committees for the NSF, the American Mathematical Society, and the Association for Women in Mathematics. Professor Gundman's research topics cover a wide range of algebra and number theory, including examination of Diophantine equations over number rings, Thue equations with few terms, Galois realizability problems, Harshad numbers, and happy numbers.

Admission and Financial Assistance at Bryn Mawr

Teaching assistantships carry generous stipends, a health insurance stipend, a summer stipend, and a tuition award of up to 2 units per semester (the maximum course load for a teaching assistant). There are typically 5 teaching assistants in mathematics. Graduate students may also qualify for research fellowships and tuition waivers to offset the cost of education.

Top-Notch Facilities at Bryn Mawr

The Department of Mathematics at Bryn Mawr is currently located in the Park Science Building. Facilities include the Lois and Reginold Collier Science Library, as well as ample computational capacity.

A Beautiful Campus

Long recognized by publications such as "LIFE" and "US News and World Reports" as among the most scenic campuses in the nation, Bryn Mawr is set 11 miles west of Philadelphia, PA, in the stately suburb of Bryn Mawr. The stone buildings on campus are the forerunners of what has become known as the Collegiate Gothic style of buildings. Today, over 40 buildings share a campus of 135 acres, much of it laid out in gardens and walking paths.

Location & Contact

Department of Mathematics

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Bryn Mawr College

101 North Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899
United States

Dr. Leslie Cheng


Phone: 610-526-5349

Mrs. Maria Dantis

Administrative Assistant to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Phone: 610-526-5074
Fax: 610-526-5074

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Mathematics Master of Arts (MA)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 1
    • Doctoral Degrees 1
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 0
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees 1 and Required
    • Doctoral Degrees 2, Required and Required
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


5% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 37
    • Accepted 2
    • Acceptance Rate 5
    • Enrolled 1
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 3rd January 3rd Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$36,660
    • Out-of-state tuition *$36,660
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJanuary 3
    • Types of financial support availableResearch Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships, tuition awards

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students8
    • Female Percentage88%
    • Male Percentage12%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students8
    • Part-time Percentage38%
    • Full-time Percentage62%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian86%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown14%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty9
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage44%
    • Male Percentage56%





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