The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Mississippi State University is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences. It offers programs leading to Master of Science in MathematicsMaster of Science in Statistics, and Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematical Sciences. These programs are flexible and permit specialization in many areas of mathematics and statistics. 

Mississippi State University is a Land-Grant Institution with a Carnegie classification of doctoral/research university-extensive and an enrollment of over 21,600, of which approximately 3,000 are graduate students.  Founded in 1878 as "The Agricultural and Mechanical College of the State of Mississippi," the University has since diversified to become a comprehensive research institution offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in eight colleges and professional schools. Mississippi State University consistently lists among the "top 100" universities in the United States in obtaining research funds from external sources. 

The University campus is located adjacent to Starkville, Mississippi, a city of approximately 23,387 situated in the state's northeastern part. The campus area offers excellent opportunities for fishing, hunting, hiking, and other outdoor activities.


The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is located on the fourth floor of Allen Hall, a six-story administration-classroom building in the central part of the MSU campus. The Department's computing facilities are provided through the campus Unix and Novell networks, accessed locally using both X terminals and P.C.s. Students and faculty have access to Mathematica, Maple, MATLAB, SAS, S-Plus or R, LaTeX, and numerous other packages such as word processors and spreadsheets.  Mitchell Memorial Library, located near Allen Hall, has extensive holdings in the mathematical sciences and maintains a subscription list of more than 150 mathematical and statistical journals.

Admission Requirements

Any person admitted to the Graduate School must hold a Bachelor's degree; normally, the undergraduate degree must be awarded by an institution having regional accreditation. A prospective applicant who holds a Bachelor's Degree from an educational institution that does not have regional accreditation may request consideration from the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences prior to making an application for admission. In either case, the graduate coordinator may prescribe specific undergraduate-level courses as prerequisites to admission. The Office of the Graduate School administers admission to graduate studies.

For regular admission to a Master's degree program in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, the following are required:

1. A minimum undergraduate grade point average, GPA, on the undergraduate academic work of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale with some exceptions approved by the Graduate Coordinating Committee.
2. Meeting the minimum requirements on English Language Test Score Requirements set by the Graduate School. Additional information on English Language Test Score Requirements may be found in the Mississippi State University Graduate Bulletin.
3. Submission of three letters of recommendation.
4. By the Graduate Coordinating Committee's judgment, a student is expected to possess qualities that indicate that the applicant has the ability to do graduate work.

For admission to the Ph.D. program, the applicant should:

5. Submit a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test, with some exceptions approved by the Graduate Coordinating Committee and the Department Head.