Graduate Program

Financial Support

Teaching Assistants
The Department of Mathematics offers highly qualified new graduate students a substantial award package in the form of Teaching Assistant (TA) positions. The typical stipend is $20,000-$22,000 per academic year, while graduate tuition and fees covered by a university fellowship.

TA responsibilities typically require approximately 12 hours per week. This relatively light teaching load compares favorably with that of many other institutions. Because of their lighter teaching load, SMU TAs often obtain their graduate degrees comparatively quickly. TAs assist faculty in grading for undergraduate courses, and tutoring in evening help sessions run by the department.

Experienced teaching assistants who intend to pursue an academic career are often offered the opportunity of teaching a course, typically a small section of precalculus or calculus.

Fellowships
The Department of Mathematics offers outstanding new graduate students an additional fellowship award on top of their TA stipends. The fellowships will last through the first three years of study, which typically takes the student up to the Ph.D. qualifying exams. Recipients must achieve a GPA of 3.5/4 or greater in each semester of study.

Research Assistants
Students who have earned their M.S. degree and continue on for a Ph.D. are often supported as Research Assistants. These positions are supported by faculty grants and, other than course work, students work on research full time. Approximately a third to half of students are supported as RAs.

Summer Support
Summer support is not guaranteed and is dependent on departmental budget constraints. However, it is typical for students in their second summer, i.e., post the M.S. degree, to be provided 1 month of summer support as they begin their research. In subsequent summers, i.e., post passing the Ph.D. qualifying exams, it is typical to provide 2 months of summer support.

Duration of Support
Students who maintain high levels of academic achievement and progress toward their degree will be supported for five academic years at SMU.