General Information

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.