UTRGV Offers New Doctorate Degree


UTRGV Offers New Doctorate Degree

Mathematics and General Classrooms Building on the UTRGV Edinburg Campus. (hoto Silver Salas, UTRGV)
Mathematics and General Classrooms Building on the UTRGV Edinburg Campus. (hoto Silver Salas, UTRGV)

UTRGV now offers a doctorate in Mathematics and Statistics with Interdisciplinary Applications in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences. The program provides a strong mathematics and statistics background that supports intense quantitative work in a wide range of disciplines.

The curriculum prepares scholars to work on problems at the intersection of mathematics, science, engineering, medicine, finance, computer science and other quantitative disciplines. It aims to be the most inclusive and broadly interdisciplinary in the state.

“The Ph.D. in Mathematics and Statistics with Interdisciplinary Applications is for anyone wanting to gain higher credentials in this field,” said Zhijun Qiao, MSIA program director.

The program has four concentrations:

  • Computational Mathematics and Computer/Electrical Engineering
  • Mathematical Biology and Nonlinear Mechanics
  • Data Analytics and Medical Applications
  • Mathematical Physics

Students will have to complete 57 credit hours if entering the program with a master’s degree. Those with a bachelor’s degree must complete 72 hours.

Additionally, there are interdisciplinary bridge courses available to non-math majors who are pursuing the program from other STEM fields. This includes physics, computer science, engineering, biomedical sciences and others.

Requirements for admission to the program include:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a STEM or related field. This includes at least three advanced courses in mathematics or a master’s degree in mathematics or a related field.
  • Official transcripts.
  • A GRE General Test.
  • Three letters of recommendation and a TOEFL score of 79 or higher for international students only.

The program offers opportunities to participate in a variety of research topics with the department’s 70 faculty members, as well as graduate teaching opportunities. Graduates of the program will be ready for careers in academic research and as analysts in a variety of STEM fields.

“UTRGV is committed to providing a wide range of new and innovative programs to meet the unique educational goals of our students,” said Janna Arney, UTRGV executive vice president and provost. “This doctoral program is in alignment with our university’s commitment to increasing the educational opportunities to the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.”

For more information contact, Qiao at 956-665-3406 or email at zhijun.qiao@utrgv.edu.