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Program Overview

The mathematics graduate program at Dartmouth College is a small, selective program that serves students who wish to complete a Ph.D. in mathematics and have a strong interest in both research and teaching. Our program is four terms a year (Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring) for five years. You are expected to be on campus for all four terms, except for the first year which is only three terms long; students arrive in the Fall but the academic year begins with the Summer term. Every student we admit is supported through a Dartmouth Fellowship or other grant for up to 5 years provided they remain in good standing in the program. More information about this is available in the "Financial Information" section.

During their first year, our students develop a strong background in analysis, algebra, and topology, completing a written exam in those fields just after their first spring; they also begin exploring other areas. During their second year they continue to broaden their mathematical knowledge while studying fields related to their particular interests in more depth, completing qualifying exams in two such areas by the middle of their second spring. Students then take an intensive teaching seminar during the following summer as well as begin reading in their chosen research area and finding an advisor for their thesis. Graduate students teach one Dartmouth course independently in each of their 3rd and 4th years, as well as completing most of the research for their thesis. Most of our graduate students finish their thesis during the 5th year, the last year in which we offer financial support.

If you are considering applying to the graduate program here, we advise you to review the research interests of our faculty to make sure there are a few areas of interest to you and make sure that you use your senior year to solidify your understanding of abstract algebra and real analysis, as this will give you a good head start on our qualifying exams. We look forward to hearing from you.

For additional information about our program, please visit our FAQ page.

Application Requirements

  • Deadline: February 8, 2019
    • All application materials must be received by the deadline in order to receive full consideration.
  • Online Application available here.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation.
  • Official General GRE scores.
  • Official Mathematics GRE scores.
    • This test is only offered three times a year: once each in April, October, and November. For more information, please visit the ETS website.
  • Official TOEFL scores.
    • Required for all students for whom English is not their first language
  • $25 Application Fee.
  • Official transcripts will be required if you are offered admission to the program and accept the offer.

Any application materials not submitted electronically should be mailed to:

Graduate Studies
Dartmouth College
37 Dewey Field Road
Suite 6062, Room 437
Hanover, NH 03755-1419

Financial Information

All of our admitted students have their tuition waived. In addition, they are supported through a Dartmouth Fellowship or other grant for five years assuming that they remain in good standing within the department. This support is in the form of a modest monthly stipend. There is nothing additional that you need to complete to receive this support. It happens automatically when you are accepted into our program.

Information from the Dean of Graduate Studies