Mathematics Department - Ph.D. Requirements - Reasearch Credits

Research Credits Required for Ph.D.

Mathematics Graduate Program

The Ph.D. requirements include satisfactory completion of 24 credits of Research in Mathematics (640:701 or 640:702).

Students normally register for research credits after they have found a thesis advisor and advanced to candidacy (which occurs after passing the written and oral qualifying exams, and the foreign language exam.)

Students will be given permission to take research credits before advancing to candidacy provided that (1) they have passed the written and oral qualifying exams and have a thesis advisor, and (2) they declare that they will take the foreign language exam before the beginning of the subsequent semester. (Students are then expected to follow through on their declaration.)

Students normally take 6 research credits per semester while engaged in research. This can be increased or decreased depending on various factors. Students on TA may take 6 research credits during the summer as well.

Since research credits are charged to the unit or the grant providing the support at the same rates as the course credits, student should arrange their plans to minimize excessive charges on the research credits, especially when they are on GA support.

When a student has completed all of the course and seminar requirements, and has completed, or nearly completed their research credits requirements, they should normally still register for either a course, or 1 research credit each semester to maintain student status. For international students, registering for 1 credit requires approval of a reduced course load; the "reduced credit form" is available through the international center.

To register for research credits, see the graduate secretary to get a special permission number.

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