Department of Mathematics College of Science Northeastern University

Department of Mathematics College of Science Northeastern University

Boston, MA
student ratio
Not Reported
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
February 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
4 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Graduate Math Programs at a Leading Research University

The Department of Mathematics at Northeastern University consists of internationally renowned researchers in both pure and applied fields of mathematics. The department is a contributing member of the Mathematical Science Research Institute in Berkeley, California. Graduates of the program have gained prestigious positions in both industry and academia.

The department offers 3 master of science (MS) degrees, two in applied mathematics, and a doctoral program.

MS in Mathematics

The Master of Science (MS) in Mathematics program prepares students for the PhD program in mathematics or for careers in government or industry. Students can choose from 4 areas of specialization: pure mathematics; discrete mathematics; probability and statistics; and applied analysis. Students take 8 4-semester hour courses and can choose a thesis option in their final year of study.

MS in Industrial and Applied Mathematics

One of two applied mathematics master degree programs, the MS in Industrial and Applied Mathematics provides students with basic training in mathematical methods while allowing them to take a wide variety of courses in advanced topics both within and outside the department.

Students complete 3 core courses, which may include Introduction to Mathematical Methods and Modeling, Applied Statistics, and Analysis I. With the remaining 5 electives, students can develop an area of specialization within the field of applied math.

MS in Operations Research

The MS in Operations Research program, another applied mathematics master's degree program, trains students in the theory and techniques of operations research and its application to real-world problems. Through 4 core courses and 4 electives, students master the skills needed to analyze complex optimization problems of both a stochastic and deterministic nature.

Core courses include Engineering Probability and Research and Deterministic Operations Research, while electives include Data Structures, Reliability and Risk Assessment, Economic Decision Making, and Warehousing and Scheduling.

PhD in Mathematics

Doctoral students in Mathematics at Northeastern University can specialize in one of 5 areas: algebra; geometry/topology; geometric analysis/PDE; probability/statistics; or combinatorics. Students complete 8 4-semester hour courses and 2 dissertation courses.

Students develop a minor specialty in a topic of an advanced nature but unrelated to the dissertation. In addition, students acquire teaching experience and gain sufficient mastery of French, German, Russian, or another approved foreign language in order to translate mathematic texts and journals from that language.

Outstanding Research Opportunities

The mathematics department at Northeastern University conducts research in a wide range of fields in both applied and pure mathematics.

Algebra researchers at Northeastern investigate topics in homological algebra, commutative algebra, algebraic geometry, representation theory, and quantum groups, with connections to combinatorics, topology, singularities, Lie groups, and physics. Professor Andre Zelvinky is one of the creators of the theory of cluster algebras. Professor Gordana Todorov's joint highly-cited paper "Tilting theory and Cluster Combinatorics" introduces a new class of categories associated with quivers.

The combinatorics and discrete math group explores graph theory, algebraic combinatorics, and discrete and combinatorial geometry. Professor Egon Schult recently received a 3-year research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the symmetry of discrete geometric structures. As part of a group that explores topology and singularities, Schult also published the prominent monograph "Abstract Regular Polytopes" with Peter McMullen.

Within the field of probability and statistics, the department's major interests are in bioinformatics and biostatistics, estimation problems, and quantum computing and quantum information theory. Professor Mikhail Malioutov has received funding from the NSF, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Department of Education for this work, which includes developing probabilistic models of protein dynamics.

Within the field of analysis, the department's research includes geometric analysis, partial differential equations, dynamical systems, mathematical physics, and ergodic theory. Maxim Braverman NSF-funded research includes work on analysis on manifolds, index theory, symplectic geometry, and analytic torsion.

The department is also engaged in interdisciplinary research in the subfields of mathematical physics, biostatistics and bioinformatics, computer vision, computer networks, quantum information theory, and linguistics. The Matthews Distinguished University Professor has published over 140 papers and books. He has worked on many problems in quantum theory.

Admission to the Graduate Programs in Mathematics

Applicants to the MS and PhD programs in Mathematics at Northeastern University must have official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general scores, GRE subject scores in mathematics, 3 letters of recommendation, an official undergraduate transcript, and a personal essay.

More information is available regarding graduate applications and graduate studies at Northeastern University.

Financial Aid

The mathematics department provides teaching assistantships, graduate student scholarships, and research assistantships to promising, full-time students. In addition, Northeastern University provides financial aid on a needs basis through work-study and loan programs.

Northeastern -- A Top Experiential Research University

Northeastern University is located in Boston, Massachusetts, a center of for the high tech and medical industries and leading academic institutions. The university offers 165 graduate programs. Many Northeastern graduate programs are ranked among the top 100 in their fields in the country.

Location & Contact

Department of Mathematics

College of Science
Northeastern University

360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5096
United States

Dr. Gordana Todorov

Graduate Coordinator

Phone: 617-373-5642
Fax: 617-373-5668


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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Mathematics Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Applied Mathematics Master of Science (MS)
    • Operations Research Master of Science in Operations Research (MSOR)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 6
    • Doctoral Degrees 7
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * 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? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


29% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 142
    • Accepted 42
    • Acceptance Rate 29
    • Enrolled 20
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 1st February 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline December 1st October 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE Subject Test, GRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE Subject Test, GRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableResearch Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Federal Work-Study, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Graduate Assistantships


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchAlgebra and singularities, combinatorics, topology, probability and statistics, geometric analysis and partial differential equations
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported

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