The Department of Mathematics offers rigorous graduate programs that combine study and research opportunities under the direction of an internationally known faculty. The Department offers an Advanced Certificate in Computational Science, and two graduate degrees: the Master of Arts; and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

As reported by the American Mathematical Society, Mathematician was the #1 rated career in CareerCast’s Job Rated 2014 report. Individuals who have demonstrated a high level of mathematical acumen by obtaining a Master's in mathematics are highly prized in both the academic and private sector job markets.
UB's doctoral program in mathematics aims toward generating career options for our students. Additionally, the program guides students toward being prepared for research by the end of 3rd third year of coursework.
While the graduate student applicant is expected to have a strong undergraduate background in mathematics, a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics is not required for admission.
Our Graduate Program runs about 20 different graduate courses each semester covering the core curriculum as well as special topics.
Graduate students are involved in research at both the MA and PhD level. Students typically conduct research at the MA level as part of their MA thesis project. PhD students start research after passing their second qualifying exam and finding a thesis advisor.
Each year the Department supports approximately 50 students, most as teaching assistants. Unlike many other universities, during the first three years of study teaching assistants do not teach their own classes, but instead meet with students in small recitation sections. This means that the time required for teaching duties here is generally less than the time required at other institutions.
Welcome to the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) Chapter at the University at Buffalo!  AWM is a non-profit organization founded in 1971 for the purpose of encouraging women and girls to have active careers in the mathematical sciences, and promoting equal opportunity and the equal treatment of women and girls in the mathematical sciences.


Yiqiang Li

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies

Department of Mathematics

244 Mathematics Building, Buffalo, NY 14260-2900

Phone: 716-645-8830 645-8782 (Jenny Russell); Fax: 716-645-5039


Jenny Russell

Assistant to the Graduate Director

Department of Mathematics

227 Mathematics Building, Buffalo, NY 14260-2900

Phone: 716-645-8782; Fax: 716-645-5039