Department of Mathematics College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Department of Mathematics College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Stony Brook, NY
student ratio
Not Reported
total students
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
3 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Stony Brook's Mathematics Department

Stony Brook's Mathematics Department is a world-class center of mathematical research, with particular strengths in differential geometry, algebraic geometry, differential topology, complex analysis, and mathematical physics. Our PhD program has consistently been ranked among the best 20 in the country overall, and is ranked among the top five in certain specialties. Admission is very competitive, and the program is extremely demanding, but all of our PhD students receive full financial support, and many of our graduates have gone on to brilliant academic careers and tenured positions at major research universities.

The Mathematics Department also offers a degree of MA in Mathematics. It is less demanding than the PhD degree and suitable for students who wanted to be teachers in institutions of higher (post high school) education that do not require research mathematicians. Students in the PhD program often get masters degrees in this program on their way to (or even instead of) a PhD.

Research Facilities

The Department has an extensive computer network, using PCs with Linux and Windows and also Macintoshes. Both faculty members and graduate students have computers in their offices, and there are a number of workstations in public areas for use by students, faculty members, and visitors. In addition, there is an instructional lab with thirty Macintoshes and twenty-five Windows machines in which computer-related courses are taught. Several faculty members and many graduate students use computation as part of their research. An excellent mathematics-physics library is located nearby in the adjacent physics building.

Graduate Admissions

The University

The University, which was established in 1957, achieved national stature within a generation. Founded at Oyster Bay, Long Island, the school moved to its present location in 1962. Stony Brook has grown to encompass more than 148 buildings on 1,100 acres. In addition, there is a new Research and Development Park adjacent to the campus, which currently comprises three more buildings on 246 acres. There are 2,133 faculty members, and the annual budget is more than $1.8 billion. The Graduate Student Organization oversees the spending of the student activity fee for graduate student campus events. International students find the additional four-week Summer Institute in American Living very helpful. The Intensive English Center offers classes in English as a second language. The Career Development Office assists with career planning and has information on permanent full-time employment. Disabled Student Services has a Resource Center that offers placement testing, tutoring, vocational assessment, and psychological counseling. The Counseling Center provides individual, group, family, and marital counseling and psychotherapy. Day-care services are provided in four on-campus facilities. The Writing Center offers tutoring in all phases of writing.

Location & Contact

Department of Mathematics

College of Arts and Sciences
Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
United States

Dr. Mikhail Lyubich


Phone: 631-632-8280

Donna McWilliams


Phone: 631-632-8282
Fax: 631-632-7631

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Mathematics Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Arts (MA)
      Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 10
    • Doctoral Degrees 12
    • 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? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


11% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 261
    • Accepted 31
    • Acceptance Rate 11
    • Enrolled 21
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $100
    • Application Fee - International $100
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st 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

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$4,685
    • *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

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students80
    • Female Percentage28%
    • Male Percentage72%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students80
    • Part-time Percentage25%
    • Full-time Percentage75%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino5%
    • Black / African American2%
    • White / Caucasian62%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native2%
    • Asian7%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races5%
    • Unknown17%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty55
    • Full-time Percentage69%
    • Part-time Percentage31%
    • Female Percentage31%
    • Male Percentage69%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchReal analysis, relativity and mathematical physics, complex analysis, topology, combinatorics
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$1,415,561