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Department of Mathematics College of Arts and Sciences Washington State University

  • Pullman, WA
  • Public
  • Small
  • 33%67%
    student ratio
  • 51
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 10
    fall application deadline
  • 68%
    acceptance rate
  • 7 Degrees
    degrees/awards offered


Graduate Mathematics Students Pursue Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy Degrees in Several Study Areas

Graduate students interested in the Department of Mathematics can pursue either a M.S. or Ph.D. in mathematics. Specific degrees include Master of Science options in applied mathematics and mathematics teaching. The Doctor of Philosophy students may also pursue a mathematics degree with an emphasis in teaching, or a combination degree option of a Ph.D. in mathematics and a M.S. degree in a different discipline.

WSU graduate students also participate in frequent seminars and collaborative and cross-disciplinary research opportunities with faculty members on campus. Specific areas of research include mathematical modeling in population genetics, muscle physiology, and biomolecular systems. This last option is for those interested in the relationship between mathematics and the natural science world, while working on optimization problems in high-performance computing environments is for any student interested in pursuing a career in the informatics field.

Other students interested in energy mathematics and physics prefer studying partial differential equations in control theory, swimming phenomenon, material research, microwave heating, and inverse problems. Research in the field of statistics related to experimental design, reliability theory, Bayesian statistics, and change-point problems also provide extensive mathematics study opportunities.

Matrix algebra, including computational and theoretical analyses studies, focuses on theoretical application of long-accepted mathematical theories. Any student pursuing a teaching degree or emphasis benefits from mathematics education research associated with teaching preparation, use of technology, and culturally relevant pedagogy. Other areas of study focus on discrete mathematics, including cryptography and number theory. In addition, the growing popularity of ecological studies and partnerships with other areas of discipline attracts many graduate students to study environmental mathematics such as contaminant transport in groundwater, population ecology, and predator-prey issues.

Tuition Aid is Available to Department of Mathematics Graduate Students in the Form of Scholarships and Loans

Graduate students enrolled in the Department of Mathematics have several options that are both traditional and non-traditional forms of aid to help pay tuition for their chosen program and course of study. Scholarships are available from multiple private institutions as well as directly from Washington State University. Some of these scholarship programs include the Regents Scholars Program, National Merit Scholarships, Urban Campus Scholarships, International Program Scholarships, and state-provided scholarships. Additional financing options also exist, such as Graduate PLUS loans, private loans, and Graduate Subsidized or Unsubsidized Stafford Loans.

Internships, Graduate Assistantships, and Work-Study Programs Continue Research Opportunities for WSU Students

Several opportunities exist for graduate students looking to expand their educational accomplishments and experiences in the world of research and laboratory work. Working closely with faculty renowned for groundbreaking studies and continual contributions to the field of mathematics, students frequently pursue work-study programs, internships, and assistantships.

These work-study programs may include employment on campus with the university or off campus with one of WSU's industry partners. Graduate, teaching and research assistantships are applied for on a semester-by-semester basis. Awards place students in their chosen focus area and pay a certain portion of their tuition in exchange for a certain number of hours worked. In addition, health insurance and a monthly stipend are also given to the student. Twenty hours per week are generally required for students to work in the semester that it is awarded. Other departments also offer assistantships that are non-academic for work-study opportunities.

Students Flock to the Western United States in Search of a Quality Education at Washington State University in Pullman

Washington State University was founded in 1890, and its main campus is in the city of Pullman. WSU also supports campuses in the Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver areas, and extensive learning opportunities are also available in multiple regional learning centers and extension offices established at the county level. Distance degrees allow those living in areas other than Pullman to pursue the same high-quality education that on-campus and resident students have access to.

WSU has been classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having a high level of research activity, and has consistently been rated as one of the top public universities by various college guides. The academic environment on Washington State's campus is combined with research opportunities and the culture of the surrounding town to provide a quality and well-rounded education in the midst of the rolling countryside of southeastern Washington. Contributing to WSU's stellar reputation are the world-class laboratory facilities and faculty members renowned for their current and ongoing research.

Pullman is found in the heart of a region commonly known as Palouse, which encompasses 10,000 square miles spanning from northwestern Idaho to southeastern Washington. Residents and students enjoy a wide range of culturally diverse celebrations, holiday festivals and outdoor recreation, including whitewater rafting. Pullman is also known for its top-rated public school systems and the high quality of life it offers to a highly educated adult population.

On campus, culturally diverse and entertaining options for activity are found within the School of Music, Department of Theatre and Dance, and the Washington State University Museum of Art. Frequent live shows and performances featuring students and regional and national acts may be seen in these facilities. Students looking to learn something new during their time off from studies may frequent the Washington State University Grizzly Bear Research Center, Planetarium and Observatory, Arboretum and Gardens, and Conner Museum. The Museum of Anthropology and James Entomological Collection offer additional sources of entertainment to students on campus.

Location & Contact

Department of Mathematics

College of Arts and Sciences
Washington State University

Pullman, WA 99164
United States

Dr. K. Ariyawansa


Phone: 509-335-4918
Fax: 509-335-1188

Graduate School Admissions

Phone: 800-GRADWSU
Fax: 509-335-1949

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Mathematics Teaching Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Mathematics Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Applied Mathematics Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Mathematics Computational Finance Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 5
    • Doctoral Degrees 6
    • 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


68% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 117
    • Accepted 80
    • Acceptance Rate 68
    • Enrolled 18
  • 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 January 10th January 10th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline July 1st July 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesminimum GPA of 3.0, 3 letters of recommendation
    • Doctoral's Degreesminimum GPA of 3.0, 3 letters of recommendation
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL (minimum score 600 paper-based; 100 iBT) or IELTS (minimum score 7)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution 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 institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 15
    • Types of financial support availableResearch Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Traineeships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students51
    • Female Percentage33%
    • Male Percentage67%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students51
    • Part-time Percentage4%
    • Full-time Percentage96%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino3%
    • Black / African American3%
    • White / Caucasian74%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian6%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander3%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown11%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty28
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage14%
    • Male Percentage86%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchComputational mathematics, operations research, modeling in the natural sciences, applied statistics
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported



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