Clemson Graduate School

Clemson Graduate School

Mathematical Sciences

General Information

Degrees Offered


The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers the MS and PhD degrees. The MS program is designed to prepare students for immediate employment in the nonacademic sector and for further graduate study at the doctoral level. The emphasis on breadth of training and computational skills has been a model for other programs nationally. The PhD program also emphasizes in-depth course work and dissertation research in a particular concentration area (algebra, applied analysis, operations research, computational mathematics or probability and statistics).

About the Program

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Kevin James)

Application Requirements

Required Documents

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Kevin James)

Financial Aid

To see the proposed Graduate Tuition Rates for this academic year, click here.

The School or Program offers a number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the School or Program.

Teaching assistantships carry a stipend of $17,000 for MS students and up to $18,000 for PhD students and involve instructing or assisting in the instruction of a maximum of 10 semester credit hours per year.  Research assistantships, with yearly stipends of $16,000 to $20,000, are available to students with required qualifications. Outstanding students may also qualify for University fellowships ($5,000-$15,000). The College of Engineering and Science also offers the dean’s scholars program, which provides supplementary three-year awards to exceptional PhD students. SC Graduate Incentive Fellowships are available to graduate students who are members of minority groups; these renewable awards provide $10,000 per year for doctoral students.

Course of Study

Program of Study

MS: The Master’s Degree program requires breadth of exposure in the mathematical sciences and depth of concentration in one particular area. For breadth, you will have the opportunity to select courses to satisfy certain distributional requirements across the spectrum of mathematical sciences. For depth, you will, in consultation with your faculty adviser, choose courses which comprise a meaningful concentration in some specialty within the mathematical sciences. Your overall program must contain courses with a significant modeling component. Typical MS programs total 40 hours.
PhD: The Doctoral Program is similar in structure to the MS program in that it contains both breadth and depth components. Including the course work completed for the Master’s Degree, a Doctoral Program incorporates two courses from each of the major areas of the mathematical sciences (algebra/combinatorics, analysis, computation, operations research and statistics) as well as other courses in your selected concentration area. A doctoral program generally consists of 60 or more hours of graduate course work.
Students are admitted to candidacy for the PhD degree upon successful completion of the preliminary examination and the comprehensive examination. The preliminary examination consists of tests in three areas chosen from algebra, analysis, computation, operations research, statistics and stochastic processes. Upon completion of the preliminary examination, you will choose a research committee and advisor and submit a plan of study. The comprehensive exam will assess your readiness to perform independent research and your competency in advanced graduate material. It usually includes a thesis proposal and will be administered by your advisory committee. A final examination will be administered by your committee prior to the awarding of the doctoral degree.

Current Program


The department maintains a computer laboratory for the exclusive use of its graduate students. Access is provided to the campus-wide PC-based network as well as to the college network of linux workstations. Specialized mathematical and statistical software packages for coursework and research are maintained on all of these platforms for student use.

Many of the courses offered by the Mathematical Sciences department are taught in ‘smart’ classrooms, with two or more projectors displaying information entered by the instructor on an electronic podium that has functions similar to those of a tablet computer.  The Department has two other specialized classrooms.  Martin M305, containing 21 desktop computers, is used for undergraduate and graduate mathematical computing courses and courses requiring a computing lab.  Martin M302, funded through a Hewlett Packard grant, is the Department’s most technologically innovative classroom.  The room is equipped with a Smart podium, seven Smart Boards, and teleconferencing equipment including cameras and microphones.  Students are seated around 6 tables that each have 3 monitors and docking stations for a classroom set of HP tablet computers.

Our Students

Graduates have followed successful career paths in academic positions, often at liberal arts colleges and universities. Nonacademic employment has included financial institutions, government laboratories, consulting firms and the telecommunications, transportation, medical research, and manufacturing industries. The broad training in the Clemson program, as well as the emphasis on computational and communication skills, has provided a great advantage to students in obtaining employment after graduation.

The MS program has 51 students.  Approximately one-half of these are women, and 25 percent are international students. The PhD program has 67 students. Approximately twenty-five percent are women, and one-half are international students.

Other Information

Related Program

Related Programs

University of Bremen

The exchange program between Clemson University and the University of Bremen gives Clemson graduate students the opportunity to study at the University of Bremen in Germany for 10 weeks in the summer. Students participate in research that is expected to lead to a Master’s thesis or a Ph.D. dissertation.  Funding is available for a limited number of students each year and is highly competitive. 

The agreement between Clemson University and the University of Bremen was formed in 2009. So far, nine students from Clemson have participated in the program and six students from the University of Bremen have studied at Clemson.  The program is partially funded through the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Clemson, the University of Bremen, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.

The tuition and local expenses are paid for by the University of Bremen.  A travel subsidy may be provided depending on availability of funds. The screening of applicants starts in the Fall semester, and the final decisions are made at the beginning of the Spring semester.

For further information regarding the program, please contact Dr. Taufiquar Khan (

University of Kaiserslautern

The Department of Mathematical Sciences, Clemson University and the Department of Mathematics at the University of Kaiserslautern in Kaiserslautern, Germany, offer a graduate exchange program in mathematical sciences. This is an innovative exchange program enabling Clemson students to obtain two Master’s degrees and a cross-cultural, educational experience from Germany. A student who completes this program obtains a Master of Science degree in Mathematical Sciences from Clemson University and a Master of Science degree in Mathematics International from the University of Kaiserslautern.

The University of Kaiserslautern is located in the state of Rheinland-Pflaz, 70 miles from Frankfurt. All lectures are held in English, which makes Kaiserslautern a unique opportunity in Germany, and most likely in Europe, with this kind of program. Five areas of specialization are offered: algebra, financial mathematics, statistics, analysis, and optimization.  For further information, see and contact Dr. Margaret Wiecek (

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