Graduate Program

Kerchof Hall

The Department of Mathematics offers a Doctor of Philosophy in mathematics. Our doctorate program provides diverse opportunities for advanced study and research in areas of algebra, analysis, topology, and the history of mathematics. For current UVa undergraduates, we also have a program through which students may earn a Masters of Arts or Masters of Science, within four years alongside their Bachelor degree or in one additional year of study. Current math majors interested in pursuing a masters degree through one of these programs should contact their major advisor. For more information see this link.

The Mathematics Department has 26 tenured and tenure-track faculty, nearly a dozen postdoctoral instructors and visitors, and 45 graduate students, creating a close-knit community of faculty and students.

The research of the faculty represents numerous subfields of mathematics. In algebra, these include linear and arithmetic groups and associated structures, representation theory, commutative algebra, algebraic geometry, number theory, combinatorics, and geometric group theory. In analysis, subfields include probability, mathematical physics, partial differential equations, operator theory, and harmonic analysis. The topology group includes specialists in both algebraic topology and geometric topology, and has connections to category theory and differential geometry. In our history of mathematics program, emphasis is on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Besides a series of colloquium lectures, there are also weekly research seminars in algebra, differential equations, geometry, mathematical physics, operator theory, probability, and topology (list of seminars). The graduate student seminar serves as a meeting place for graduate students and junior faculty to talk about mathematics.

The Department and Mathematics Library are located in Kerchof Hall.

There is a well-equipped computing laboratory available to faculty and graduate students, as well as a computer in every office.

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