Department of Mathematics College of Arts and Sciences Florida State University

Department of Mathematics College of Arts and Sciences Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
January 31
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
8 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


A Nationally Recognized Research University

Florida State University is a selective public research university based in Tallahassee. FSU has built a reputation for strong academics, especially in the sciences, medicine, and engineering. FSU's math department has earned a spot on the "US News and World Report" Best Graduate Math Programs list. "Forbes" includes FSU among its Top Colleges, Top Research Universities, and Best Universities in the South. Florida State has received a number of accolades from "The Princeton Review" as well. The school is on its Best Value Colleges for 2014, Best 379 Colleges, Best Southeast Regional Colleges, and Green Colleges lists.

Interdisciplinary, Pure, and Applied Mathematics Studies

The mathematics graduate program at FSU offers master's and doctoral degrees in 4 areas of study: pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and the interdisciplinary fields of biomathematics, and financial mathematics. Student applications must be directed to 1 of those 4 areas.

For all areas within the math graduate program, a 36-hour curriculum comprises the master's degree program as well as the basis of the PhD degree program. Specifics vary by field of study.

Preparation for Original Research in Pure Mathematics

The core sequences of graduate study in pure mathematics at FSU are algebra, topology, complex analysis, and real analysis. Students who complete the required core courses and a total of 36 hours of graduate classes may receive their master's degrees and transition into the PhD degree program for an additional 3 to 4 years of advanced study and research with major professors.

Research undertaken by faculty members and students in pure mathematics at Florida State focuses on number theory, arithmetic geometry, algebraic geometry, geometric topology, algebraic topology, harmonic analysis, and complex analysis.

Applied & Computational Mathematics for Industrial, Research, and Academic Careers

The FSU math department's applied and computational mathematics (ACM) program offers Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Science (MS) degree pathways as well as a PhD degree program. The master's degree program offers 2 options. The course-based option consists of 36 hours of coursework, including a set of core courses. The thesis-based option requires 30 hours of coursework, core study, and successful defense of a master's thesis.

The PhD in Applied and Computational Mathematics degree program requires ,in addition, a number of seminar classes and dissertation research, and the successful defense of the dissertation.

Applied and computational math research at FSU includes such topics as modeling, numerical analysis, algorithms, computation and simulation, for a wide variety of problems in mathematics, science, and engineering.

A Leading Program for Future Quantitative Analysts

The financial mathematics graduate program at Florida State takes an interdisciplinary approach to the topics of quantitative analysis, financial engineering, and related economic and financial topics. Courses are taught by math department faculty members as well as by professors of computational science, economics, finance, statistics, and other relevant subjects.

Graduates of the financial mathematics Master of Science degree program benefit from its Professional Science Masters (PSM) designation, reserved for programs that demonstrate intensive study combined with professional skill-building and internship experience. Students who have earned the MS or PhD in Financial Mathematics from FSU have gone on to work for major employers in the financial industry such as Bank of America¿Merrill Lynch, Citibank, Deutsche Bank, and Wells Fargo, as well as for major universities and for energy and technology companies.

Since its founding in 1998, the financial mathematics program has hosted FSU's Financial Mathematics Festival. The annual event brings together students, employers, and speakers from financial and government institutions around the US.

Extensive Research Opportunities in Biomathematics

The FSU biomathematics graduate program is 1 of the largest such programs worldwide. The MS in Biomathematics degree program consists of 5 core courses that cover computation, modeling, and other biomathematical topics, along with coursework tailored to each student's interests and professional goals.

PhD program candidates are expected to complete all of the required master's degree program coursework and pass qualifying exams in addition to undertaking faculty-supervised research. Alumni of the FSU biomathematics program have had their work published in a wide range of peer-reviewed journals in the fields of mathematics, biomathematics, and biology.

Thorough Training in Teaching Assistantships

The teaching assistant program in the Florida State University mathematics department provides a gradual increase in classroom responsibility over the course of several academic years. Along the way, teaching assistant trainees benefit from intensive preparation, mentorship, and the "Internship College Teaching Course."

Financial Aid Options for Mathematics Graduate Students

The FSU Office of Financial Aid (OFA) offers scholarships to selected graduate students, funded by the OFA Foundation. Graduate Florida State University Grants are available each term, pending fund availability, to students who meet financial need criteria.

The mathematics department also offers a number of financial aid options for graduate students. These include teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships. Other options include the merit-based De Witt Sumners Award, the Latin America-Caribbean Scholarship which combines an award with in-state tuition status, and a small number of tuition waivers for eligible MS degree program students.

The Academic Common Market program offers in-state tuition rates for FSU students from participating states (Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia) whose home-state universities do not offer the graduate programs they wish to study.

Location & Contact

Department of Mathematics

College of Arts and Sciences
Florida State University

1017 Academic Way 208 Love Building
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4510
United States

Dr. Xiaoming Wang


Phone: 850-645-3338
Fax: 850-644-4053

Dr. Giray Okten

Associate Chair for Graduate Studies

Phone: 850-644-8713
Fax: 850-644-4053

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Applied Computational Mathematics Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Pure Mathematics Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Financial Mathematics Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Biomathematics Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 32
    • Doctoral Degrees 17
    • 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


41% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 298
    • Accepted 124
    • Acceptance Rate 41
    • Enrolled 39
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $30
    • Application Fee - International $30
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 31st January 31st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st November 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum upper-division GPA of 3.0, 4-year bachelor's degree
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum upper-division GPA of 3.0, 4-year bachelor's degree
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students143
    • Female Percentage34%
    • Male Percentage66%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students143
    • Part-time Percentage13%
    • Full-time Percentage87%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino7%
    • Black / African American5%
    • White / Caucasian64%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian5%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races9%
    • Unknown10%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty34
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage12%
    • Male Percentage88%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchLow-dimensional and geometric topology, mathematical modeling in neuroscience, computational stochastics and Monte Carlo methods, mathematical physics, applied analysis
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$1,399,458




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