Graduate Study in Mathematical Sciences
The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers a program of instruction and
research leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Students have access
to the traditional areas of doctoral work, including applied mathematics,
complex analysis, differential equations, differential geometry, functional
analysis, group theory, mathematics education, matrix computations, number
theory, numerical analysis, probability theory, ring theory, statistics,
and topology. Small classes and a high degree of interaction with the research
faculty promote a strong learning environment.
The program is nontraditional in that all students develop a significant
application of the computer to current mathematics and spend at least one
semester visiting a governmental or industrial research facility prior to
completing the degree. The result is a perspective of the mathematical sciences
as an integrated whole with appropriate roles for both pure and applied
mathematics. The required combination of course work, experience, and research
enables a graduate of the program to pursue a career in either academic or
The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers
the Master of Science degree in Mathematics with specialization in
Pure Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Applied Mathematics, Computational
the Master of Science degree in Teaching and
the Master of Science degree in Applied Probability and Statistics.
The Department of Mathematical Sciences has about 40 faculty members and 100
graduate students, half in doctoral program.
Fellowships and graduate teaching assistantships carry a tuition-waiver
scholarship and are available to qualified students. Experienced graduate
students have the opportunity to teach a section of calculus, with full
responsibility and an enhanced stipend. In addition, the Graduate School
offers assistantships and fellowships, some specifically designated for
minorities and women in areas in which they are underrepresented. Information
on these awards can be obtained from the department or directly from the
Faculty and Facilities
Northern's mathematical sciences faculty is a large and diverse group, presently
pursuing a variety of research interests. All graduate faculty
members have published research articles in refereed journals and
twenty-two of these faculty are, or have been, funded by
the National Science Foundation or other federal funding agencies to pursue
basic research. Several faculty have been named Presidential Research
Professor by the university.
Every effort is made to keep advanced classes small, and the standard of
teaching is high; the department has placed a finalist in the campus-wide
competition for excellence in teaching awards for 18 of the past 20 years,
the best record in the university. Three members of the graduate faculty
have been named Presidential Teaching Professor by the university.
Library holdings are excellent; they include over 250 research journals and
serials and 10,000 research monographs.
Computer resources in the department are constantly and rapidly evolving.
This distributed environment with full internet connectivity supports
faculty, staff, and graduate students alike. In addition, the university
supports a network of microcomputer laboratories, equipped with Macintosh
and IBM-compatible PCs.
Research Interests of Graduate Faculty
Graduate Faculty Roster.
Brief narratives of many of the graduate faculty are
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For More Information
Visit the NIU Graduate School
for additional online information, including:
Further information on the master's programs in mathematics and the doctoral
program in mathematical sciences is available from
Prof. Jeff Thunder, Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, Illinois 60115-2888
and from the Graduate Program Web Page.
Further information on the master's program in applied probablility and
statistics is available from the Director of the Division
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