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Prospective Students

If you are looking for a program where faculty take time to work with students one on one, then The University of Mississippi is a good choice. The opportunity to work closely with faculty is a crucial factor in achieving success in graduate school. At Ole Miss you will be a member of a select group of students interacting with faculty who have the time and willingness to give you individual attention.

Our program enrolls on average 25 students (MS and PhD); 18 professors comprise the graduate faculty. Over our 40 year history, we have established a proven record of providing students with an education that prepares them for jobs in business and academia, in this country and across the globe. Since 2003, thirty students graduated with PhD’s, and all of them obtained jobs ranging from research universities to government and industry positions. The program has recently gained national attention for its support of minority students.

The research of our faculty lies in four main areas: Algebra and Number Theory, Analysis, Combinatorics, and Statistics.

Graduate students are supported with assistantships which may be supplemented by honors and minority fellowships. Assistantships provide tuition. Summer support is also available through the Summer Graduate Research Assistantship Program. In addition, the Department has had, in last 7 years, a federally funded Graduate Assistantship in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program. The GAANN program provides fellowships for students who can demonstrate excellent academic records, financial need, and who plan to pursue a PhD in mathematics.

For more information or to arrange a visit, please contact Dr. B. Wei at . For information about the GAANN program, contact Dr. G. Buskes at Additional information can be found in our website.


Official GRE (general), TOEFL (for international applicants only) scores, and transcripts should be sent to the Graduate School directly. In addition to the Graduate School’s online application procedure (apply online here), please arrange to have three recommendation letters sent on your behalf to: Department of Mathematics, The University of Mississippi, University, MS 38677-1848. We start to offer assistantships in early February, so an early application is desirable.


The University of Mississippi (also known as ‘Ole Miss’) is located in Oxford, about 70 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee. The population of Oxford is about 19,000. Enrollment on the Oxford Campus is about 13,000. ‘USA Today’ named Oxford the ‘Thriving New South Arts Mecca’ and one of the top six college towns in the nation. Oxford’s outstanding quality of life also landed it in the book The Best 100 Small Towns in America.