Mathematics, MS, PhD


Program Summary

Format: On-site

Locations: Potsdam

Credit Hours:


Cost: per credit hour

Our Program

Mathematics means a lot more than just numbers. Math is concepts, creativity, invention and solutions. It is the heart of applied science.   The Clarkson University Department of Mathematics offers graduate programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The emphasis of our degree programs and our research activities is applied mathematics: dynamical systems, optimization, numerical analysis and computational methods, probability and statistics.

Clarkson University also offers the Master of Arts in Teaching with a Mathematics focus. Learn More.


Research Opportunities
Almost all Math faculty conduct original research and receive funding from federal, state or private sources. Our research funding (per capita) is over twice the national average. Other important departmental programs include educational outreach partnerships with local school districts and their students.

Current areas of research interest include:

  • Dynamical Systems
  • Network and Complex Dynamics
  • Applied Optimization and Optimal Design
  • Numerical PDEs and Analysis
  • Applied Statistics, Biostatistics and Probability
  • Environmental, Sustainability and Interdisciplinary Research
  • Biometrics

Research Environment
Clarkson University supports a highly collaborative environment, not only within the Math department, but broadly across the full campus. Graduate students often have the opportunity to collaborate with more than one professor and to engage in interdisciplinary research. Math faculty have ongoing research projects with faculty from every school and nearly every department on campus, allowing our faculty and students to work on some of the most compelling problems facing today’s world.

M.S. Degree
A minimum of 30 credits are required for the M.S. degree. Students are required to take a minimum of 18 credit hours of coursework and six to 10 credit hours of thesis. The M.S. thesis

is normally written during the summer and orally presented and defended in late summer or fall before a committee of three or four department faculty. In lieu of a thesis, a student may do a special project.

Ph.D. Degree
A minimum of 90 credit hours are required for the Ph.D. This corresponds to a minimum of three academic years of full-time study, of which two must be in residence at Clarkson. The M.S. degree may be accepted in lieu of a maximum of 30 credit hours. Candidates for the Ph.D. are required to prepare an original dissertation in an advanced research area and defend by oral examination.

Admission Requirements

MS/PhD Pre-Requisites
BS (or MS) or equivalent degree(s) in Mathematics/closely related subject. Admission to Mathematics PhD Program, as approved by Mathematics Graduate Committee.

A complete application file consists of the following items (click for more information):

  1. Application Form
  2. Resume and Statement of Purpose
  3. Letters of Recommendation – 3 letters required
  4. Official Transcripts
  5. Test Scores – GRE* and 80 for TOEFL/6.5 for IELTS (if applicable)

* GRE maybe waived for some applicants.

Supplemental information may be submitted if desired: this could include any other information that may help us evaluate your application.

Related Programs

In addition to the degree programs in the department, Math faculty also serve as advisors for interdisciplinary degree programs:


Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more, have questions or are ready to apply contact:
Dan Capogna
Graduate School Coordinator

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