Advance your mathematical knowledge

Be part of a vibrant academic community where research, dedicated faculty mentorship, and diverse perspectives will prepare you to make impactful contributions to mathematical knowledge. Refine your problem-solving skills and specialize in advanced topics within our award-winning program that features a 100 percent placement rate for graduates.

The University of Iowa Department of Mathematics offers a friendly and intellectually stimulating environment.

The department received numerous awards in past years: the NSF VIGRE award, the national Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring and the American Mathematical Society Exemplary Program award for 2008. Additionally, our graduate program was one of two nationally receiving the American Mathematical Society award—Programs that Make a Difference.

The department is extremely proud of its students and their accomplishments. Our teaching assistants have regularly received university-wide Outstanding TA Awards. In past years a few students have been awarded the Graduate College Spriestersbach Prize. Moreover, graduates of the department have a 100 percent job placement record.

The Department of Mathematics has 30 faculty members whose research interests include algebra, algebraic topology, analysis, differential geometry, functional analysis, knot theory, low-dimensional topology, mathematical biology, mathematical physics, number theory, numerical analysis, operator theory, ordinary and partial differential equations, representation theory, and ring theory.

There are two distinct programs for graduate study in mathematics at the University of Iowa: the traditional program and the Applied Mathematical and Computational Sciences (AMCS) program. The traditional program offers coursework and research in pure and applied mathematics leading to either an MS or PhD degree, whereas the AMCS program allows the student to pursue in-depth studies of an allied scientific field while simultaneously studying graduate level mathematics leading to a PhD in mathematics. A master's degree is not offered in the AMCS program.

Graduate Students outside on the pentacrest
Graduate geometry students enjoy a game of frisbee on the Pentacrest.

100 %

Job placement rate for graduate students


Faculty members

Graduate student resources

Graduate student handbook

For students enrolled fall of 2020 and after

Graduate student handbook

For students enrolled prior to fall of 2020