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    Syracuse University
  Oct 23, 2017
2017-2018 Graduate Course Catalog

Mathematics, PhD


Uday Banerjee, 215 Carnegie, 315-443-1472.


Uday Banerjee, Pinyuen Chen, Dan Coman, J. Theodore Cox, Steven Diaz, Nicole Fonger, Jack E. Graver, Duane Graysay, Philip S. Griffin, Tadeusz Iwaniec, Hyune-Ju Kim, Mark Kleiner, Leonid Kovalev, Loredana Lanzani, Graham J. Leuschke, Adam Lutoborski, Joanna O. Masingila, Terry R. McConnell, Claudia Miller, Jani Onninen, Evgeny Poletsky, Declan Quinn, Minghao Rostami, Lixin Shen, John Ucci, Gregory Verchota, Andrew Vogel, William Volterman, Yi (Grace) Wang, Stephan Wehrli, William Wylie, Yuan Yuan, Dan Zacharia

The Department of Mathematics has 32 faculty members, with research interests in several areas of mathematics, statistics, and mathematics education, and approximately 55 graduate students. The department is housed in the recently renovated Carnegie Library building on the main campus quadrangle. Programs of study include those for M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics, with or without a concentration in Statistics, and for M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics Education.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate mastery in the core areas of algebra/topology and analysis by solving problems using advanced techniques

2. Demonstrate advanced knowledge in their chosen specialty and in an additional area of mathematics by solving problems using advanced techniques

3. Plan and successfully conduct original research, producing results worthy of publication in peer reviewed journals

4. Effectively communicate mathematical ideas

Ph.D. in Mathematics

Doctoral students are expected to have completed the requirements for a master’s degree in mathematics or the equivalent. They then take at least 60 credits of additional work including up to 30 credits of dissertation credit and at least 30 credits of coursework. All students must demonstrate a mastery of English. Students must pass preliminary examinations in analysis and algebra and qualifying examinations in a major area and a minor area chosen (subject to some restrictions), from algebra, analysis, combinatorics, numerical analysis, statistics, and topology. Students who successfully complete the qualifying examination are granted the Master’s of Philosophy (M.Phil.) degree in mathematics. Each Ph.D. student must defend in oral examination a dissertation that demonstrates ability to carry out independent investigation which makes an original contribution to mathematics. Mathematics students may write a Ph.D. dissertation under certain faculty members in computer science. Further information is available from Graham Leuschke, 215 Carnegie Building, or on our web site:

Research Areas

The department’s Colloquium series features weekly lectures by mathematicians from all over the United States and abroad in many of the areas of mathematical research represented in the department. Furthermore several of the research groups organize regular research seminars. Colloquia and seminar schedules, along with other information about our programs, courses, and events, can be found at

The following research groups are currently represented in the department.


Algebraic geometry (moduli spaces of curves, equations defining finite sets of points), commutative algebra (homological algebra, Cohen-Macaulay modules, characteristic p), non-commutative algebra (representations of finite-dimensional algebras, homological algebra, group actions on non-commutative rings, Hopf algebras, enveloping algebras, non-commutative algebraic geometry). Faculty: Diaz, Kleiner, Leuschke, Miller, Quinn, Zacharia.


Complex analysis (several complex variables, pluripotential theory, complex dynamics, invariant metrics, holomorphic currents, Kähler geometry, rigidity problems), geometric analysis (PDE on manifolds, geometric flows), harmonic analysis, partial differential equations (linear and nonlinear elliptic PDE, boundary value problems on nonsmooth domains), geometric function theory (quasiconformal mappings, analysis on metric spaces). Faculty: Coman, Iwaniec, Kovalev, Lanzani, Onninen, Poletsky, Verchota, Vogel, Wylie, Yuan.

Applied Mathematics

Numerical analysis (approximate solutions of elliptic PDE, generalized finite element methods and meshless methods), nonlinear variational problems (microstructure in nonlinear elasticity), applied and computational harmonic analysis (wavelets, digital image processing), numerical linear algebra, computational fluid dynamics. Faculty: Banerjee, Lutoborski, Rostami, Shen, Wang.


Combinatorics, graph theory, rigidity theory, symmetries of planar graphs, automorphism groups of graphs. Faculty: Graver.


Low-dimensional topology and knot theory (knot concordance, Heegaard Floer homology, homology theories for knots and links), K-theory (topological K-theory of Eilenberg-Mac Lane spaces, equivariant homotopy theory), Riemannian/Kähler geometry (Ricci curvature and topology, special metrics, geometric flows, rigidity problems). Faculty: Ucci, Wehrli, Wylie, Yuan.

Mathematics Education

Secondary mathematics education, teacher learning, mathematical representations, out-of-school mathematics practice, teacher development. Faculty: Fonger, Graysay, Masingila.


Interacting particle systems, Brownian motion, random walks, probabilistic methods in mathematical finance, martingales. Faculty: Cox, Griffin, McConnell.


Ranking and selection theory (applications in radar signal processing and two-stage procedures for multinomial problems), change-point problems, sequential analysis, longitudinal analysis, neural networks. Faculty: Chen, Kim, Volterman.

Graduate Awards

Figures for graduate appointments represent 2017-2018 stipends.

Graduate Scholarships:

Support graduate study for students with superior qualifications; provide, in most cases, full tuition for the academic year.

Graduate Assistantships:

Offered to most Graduate Scholarship recipients; no more than an average of 15 hours of work per week; nine months; stipend ranging from $17,765 to $21,709 in addition to tuition scholarship for 24 credits per year. Additional summer support is generally available.

Syracuse University Graduate Fellowships:

Tax-free stipends are  $25,290 for nine months of full-time study; tuition scholarship for 15 credits per semester for a total of 30 credits during the academic year.


The mathematics collection is held within the Carnegie Library and supports mathematical research over a broad range of pure and applied mathematics, as well as mathematics education, mathematical statistics, and interdisciplinary areas.  Most of the non-book rexources are online and includes an extensive collection of databases and journals supporting the mathematical sciences.  In addition, the library provides a growing collection of ebooks.

Students may borrow course reserved textbooks, laptops, TI graphing calculators, and geometry kits from the Carnegie Library service desk.  A computer lab in the library provides software for programming, statistical and data analysis, and video and multimedia.

Carnegie Library is home to collections in the sciences, including engineering and computer science, the life sciences, and the physical sciences and hosts a strong collection of databases, journals, and ebooks supporting all disciplines.  The historic Reading Room gives the library a distinctive ambience and provides a quiet place for students to study.