General information about our graduate program

The Department's graduate programs include a Ph. D. program in mathematics and M. A. programs in mathematics and in computer science. The research emphasis at Wesleyan is in pure mathematics and theoretical computer science. One of the distinctive features of our department is the close interaction between the computer science faculty and the mathematics faculty, particularly those in logic and discrete mathematics.

Among possible fields of specialization for Ph.D. candidates are algebraic topology, analysis of algorithms, categorical algebra, combinatorics, complex analysis, computational logic, data mining, ergodic theory, geometric analysis, general topology, graph theory, homological algebra, Kleinian groups and discrete groups, lattice-ordered algebraic structures, logic programming, mathematical physics, model theory, model-theoretic algebra, number theory, operator algebras, probability theory, proof theory, topological dynamics, and topological groups.

The number of graduate students ranges from 16 to 24, with an entering class of four to eight each year. There have always been both male and female students, graduates of small colleges and large universities, and U. S. and international students, including, in recent years, students from Bulgaria, Chile, China, Germany, India, Iran, Kazahkstan, Korea, and Poland. All of the department's recent Ph. D. recipients have obtained academic employment. Some of these have subsequently taken positions in industry.

Wesleyan University is an independent coeducational institution of liberal arts and sciences, with Master's degrees awarded in 11 fields of study and doctoral degrees in six. The student body is made up of approximately 2,700 full-time undergraduates and 150 full-time graduate students.

The University is located in Middletown, Connecticut, a small city of 40,000 on the Connecticut River, about 20 miles south of Hartford, 25 miles north of New Haven, and midway between New York and Boston. The University provides many cultural and recreational activities, supplemented by those in the countryside and the larger cities nearby. Several members of the departmental community are actively involved in sports, including distance running, golf, handball, hiking, softball, squash, table tennis, volleyball, and cycling.