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Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Mathematics
Duke University
Box 90320
Durham, NC 27708-0320

Phone: (919) 660-2800



General Information

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Program Description

The graduate program in Mathematics at Duke offers research training in a wide variety of topics in mathematics.  Major areas of research specialization include algebra, number theory, algebraic geometry, analysis, differential geometry and physics, topology, dynamical systems, partial differential equations, scientific computing, and stochastic processes.  There are strong groups in mathematical biology, and in the analysis of high-dimensional data using ideas from topology and harmonic analysis.  These and other research efforts often include collaborations with researchers in the medical school and other departments.  These opportunities for interdisciplinary research and the breadth of research areas in the department make the Duke math department an ideal place to prepare for a job inside or outside of academia.


Application Information

Application Terms Available

Application Deadline
December 13

Graduate School Application Requirements
See the Application Instructions page for important details about each Graduate School requirement.

  • Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts required with application submission; official transcripts required upon admission
  • Letters of Recommendation: 3 Required
  • Statement of Purpose: Required (see department guidance below)
  • Résumé: Required
  • GRE Scores
    • GRE General (Optional for 2022)
    • GRE Subject: Mathematics (Optional for 2022)
  • English Language Exam: TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test required* for applicants whose first language is not English
    *test waiver may apply for some applicants
  • GPA: Undergraduate GPA calculated on 4.0 scale required

Department-Specific Application Requirements (submitted through online application)

Statement of Purpose Guidelines
Summarize your mathematical work/background and current interests.  (If your principal academic focus has been outside mathematics, tell us about that work and what brings you to mathematics now.)  Explain why you chose to apply to Duke Math (what makes the department a good fit for you?).  It is generally beneficial to keep the statement under two pages.

Writing Sample
None required

We strongly encourage you to review additional department-specific application guidance from the program to which you are applying: Departmental Application Guidance