Ph.D. Qualifying Examination

The Ph.D. qualifying examination is unique in that it focuses specifically on the student's specialized interests and background in computational and/or applied mathematics. It consists of a written examination based on individualized concentration courses in Computational and Applied Mathematics, and presentation of a paper (usually based on work with a faculty member).

Most students take two semesters of coursework beyond the M.S. to prepare for the Ph.D. qualifying examination. A student whose Master's degree is from another institution will need at least three semesters of coursework.

Ph.D. Degree Requirements

To qualify for the Ph.D. degree, the student must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Satisfy all curricular requirements as specified by the departmental faculty.
  • Pass comprehensive written qualifying exam and paper presentation.
  • Complete a minimum of three years of graduate academic work, including at least one year in full-time residence on the SMU campus or at a research facility approved by the departmental faculty and the dean of graduate programs.
  • Write and make a successful defense of a dissertation.
  • Course requirements for the Ph.D. are flexible but must include the equivalent of 51 semester hours of graduate course credit beyond the Bachelor's degree (excluding dissertation work) and at least six semester hours of dissertation.