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Graduate Study in Mathematics & Computer Science

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of Clarkson University offers graduate programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics and the M.S. degree in Computer Science. Students interested in advanced studies in computer science may do research toward the Ph.D. degree in Mathematics in any of various areas of Computer Science that have a definite mathematical content. The regular course load for a full-time student, including thesis credit, varies from 18 to 30 hours per calendar year. Thirty credit hours are required for an M.S. degree and 90 credit hours are required for a Ph.D.

Research areas in applied mathematics at Clarkson are oriented toward problems of current interest in applied mathematics and mathematical physics: solitons and non-linear evolution equations solvable by inverse scattering methods; critical phenomena and statistical mechanics; integral and discrete transforms and modified iterative methods for non-linear problems; sampling expansions, Gibbs phenomenon, operational sum methods for difference equations; non-linear optics; plasma physics; ionospheric electromagnetic waves; generalized matrix inverses with applications to problems of control theory; multigrid and spectral methods, and applications to atmospheric models. Research areas in theoretical mathematics include graph theory, partial differential equations, and applications to mathematical physics.

Research areas in statistics and probability include applied statistics, stochastic processes, theory of linear and nonlinear regression models, analysis of algorithms, statistical graphics, visualization of predictor transformations in generalized linear models.

Research areas in computer science include automata and formal language theory; semantics; programming environments; artificial intelligence; theoretic analysis of finite models, using methods of logic and combinatorics; adaptive algorithms, file & distributed systems; automated deduction, algorithms, software verification; complexity theory, proof complexity, Boolean circuits, algebraic theory of automata; computational learning theory, machine learning.

Research Facilities
Clarkson's Science Center, which houses the School of Science (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology) is conveniently located next door to the modern and attractive Educational Resources Center, which houses Clarkson's library and computer center. The library has substantial holdings of books and journals in mathematics and computer science, supplemented by interlibrary loan arrangements and computerized bibliographic database services. The computing environment within the department for graduate work is provided by a network of Sun workstations. All major machines on campus are linked by a high-speed network.

Financial Aid
A few teaching assistantships and research assistantships are offered each year to qualified U.S. and foreign applicants. All students are considered for financial assistance, which is awarded on a merit basis. Assistantships carry a stipend of $18,000 in 2003-2004, plus a full tuition waiver. Higher stipends may be available for exceptionally well-qualified students. Teaching Assistantships require 12 hours of service per week under the guidance of an advisor. Research Assistantships require 40 hours of service per week, which includes classroom and research duties. International students who do not receive full support must secure a guarantee of adequate financial support before an I-20 is provided for them. Tuition-paying students may receive a partial tuition scholarship in return for some service to the department. Tuition is $840 per credit hour in 2005-2006.

Cost of Living
Clarkson stipends can adequately cover a single student's living expenses in Potsdam. Many off- campus apartments are available within walking distance of the campus at reasonable monthly rents. For questions concerning housing, students are advised to consult Residence Life as soon as possible.

A minimum course load of 9 credit hours per semester is required for full-time status. International students must be registered as full-time.

M.S. Degree
Students entering with a B.S. degree are required to take a minimum of 18 credit hours of course-work (six three-credit graduate courses) and six to 10 credit hours of thesis. A minimum total of 30 credits is required for the M.S. degree. The program for research assistants and teaching assistants during each semester of the academic year is a minimum of nine credit hours, at least one credit hour of which is thesis. The thesis advisor will set up the program within this framework and the department will approve or recommend changes.

The M.S. thesis is normally written during the summer and orally presented and defended in late summer or fall before a committee of three or four department faculty. In lieu of a thesis, a student may do a special project. The student receives the M.S. degree at the next commencement if the thesis is accepted.

Ph.D. Degree
A minimum of 90 credit hours are required for the Ph.D. This corresponds to a minimum of three academic years of full-time study, of which two must be in residence at Clarkson. The M.S. degree may be accepted in lieu of a maximum of 30 credit hours. Of these 90 credit hours, a minimum of 39 credit hours must be in coursework. The coursework presented for the Ph.D. must include at least 15 credit hours in the major field and at least nine credit hours in a minor field. A comprehensive examination based on general preparation in the major field is required.

Candidates for the Ph.D. are required to prepare an original dissertation in an advanced research area and defend it in an oral examination.

Also, a minimum of six credit hours must be out-of-department courses. Beyond the 39 required hours of coursework, six credit hours in seminar work are required, and the remaining 45 hours is thesis or coursework. There is no foreign language requirement for the Ph.D.

Student Group
In 2003-04, the total number of graduate students in mathematics and computer science was 29. Typically, three or four M.S. and one or two Ph.D. degrees are award-ed annually, with an approximately equal number of openings generated for new applicants.

International Student Organizations
The University is a temporary home to students from a wide variety of national origins. Upon your arrival, you will meet with the international student advisor. Clarkson has a popular International Student Organization, as well as Chinese, Indian, Muslim, and other international student groups. These groups are happy to help you find your way around Potsdam and Canton.

The mathematics graduate program sponsors an active colloquium program. The department is internationally known for its research in nonlinear studies and applied mathematics. Each year, this draws several internationally renowned scientists to Clarkson for varying periods who present special colloquia and seminars for the Clarkson faculty and students.

Also the Institute of Nonlinear Studies sponsors a special distinguished colloquium series, "Colloquia of Non-linear Phenomena". Speakers for this series are invited to Clarkson for a few days to describe and discuss their recent research results with Clarkson faculty and students.

Applications for admission and financial aid should be submitted, no later than May 15 for fall enrollment and October 15 for spring enrollment, to the address listed below. Foreign students for whom English is not the native language are required to submit TOEFL. GRE is required and advanced GRE in your area is recommended. Students who are interested in teaching assistantships are encouraged to submit a TSE (Test of Spoken English) score. At the time of orientation, all entering international students take an English placement test. A student who tests below the acceptable score (as determined by the ESL Coordinator) will be required to attend a one- to two-semester course in English as a Second Language.

For application forms for admission and financial aid and for further program information, prospective students should see our Web page or write to:

School of Arts & Sciences Graduate Coordinator
Clarkson University
PO Box 5802
Potsdam, NY 13699-5802

Equal Opportunity Policy
Clarkson University does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran or marital status in provision of educational opportunity or employment opportunities and benefits. Clarkson University does not discriminate on the basis of sex or disability in its educational programs and activities, pursuant to the requirements of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the American Disabilities Act of 1990, respectively.