The Degree

THE DEGREE

Graduate degree requirements consist of 30 credits of graduate level courses (usually 10 courses) and a minimum GPA of 3.0 to graduate. There is no thesis option. Course requirements are as follows:

CORE COURSES (REQUIRED)

  • Math 501 Probability and Applications (fall semester only)
  • Math 502 Deterministic Methods of Applied Mathematics (Both fall and spring semesters)
  • Math 503 Mathematical Statistics (spring semester only)
  • Math 504 Numerical Methods (Both fall and spring semesters)

SAMPLE OF MATH/STAT ELECTIVE COURSES (CHOOSE FIVE OR SIX)

  • Math 401 Partial Differential Equations
  • Math 412 Mathematics and Climate
  • Math 426 Longitudinal Data Analysis
  • Math 443 Applied Time Series Anlaysis
  • Math 442 Mathematics of Social Network Analysis
  • Math 443 Mathematical Concepts in Data Analytics
  • Math 510 Computational Math/Stat (fall semester)
  • Math 511 Advanced Math/Stat Computing (fall semester)
  • Math 605 Financial Mathematics (spring semester)
  • Math 611 Stochastic Simulation (fall semester)
  • Math 615 Operations Research
  • Math 623 Sparse Representation and Random Sampling
  • Math 640 Bayesian Statistics
  • Math 642 Statistical Learning
  • Math 651 Regression Analysis (fall semester)
  • Math 652 Applied Multivariate Analysis
  • Math 656 Data Mining (fall semesters)
  • Math 657 Categorical Data Analysis
  • Math 658 Survey Sampling (alternate summers)

SAMPLE OF NON-MATH ELECTIVES (CHOOSE ONE)

Every student is encouraged to take a non-math/stat elective course in a scientific area that extends or makes use of the tools and techniques of mathematics and statistics. Examples of such elective courses are as follows:

  • Computer science (graduate level course, please check prerequisites)
  • Biostatistics and Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology
  • Public policy (eg, survey sampling)
  • Economics (eg, econometrics)
  • Machine Translation (Linguistics)
  • Neurosciences
  • Security studies
  • Social network analysis

For the current and upcoming schedule of classes visit the University Registrar’s webpage at http://registrar.georgetown.edu/.

PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE

Internships, consulting, and research experiences are integral parts of the program. Therefore, each student is encouraged to participate in such an activity. This can be fulfilled through an internship, a special project in a graduate course or a research collaboration with Georgetown faculty.

Organizations offering internship positions include the US Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Department of Energy, Department of Justice, Department of Agriculture, Controller of the Currency, Federal Reserve Board, Federal Aviation Administration, various financial consulting firms, DecisionQ Corp, NASA, Army National Guard, Center for Advanced Defense Studies, Insight Policy Research, Elder Research and Fannie Mae.

OTHER OPTIONS

Since the program emphasizes a more applied and practical curriculum, some traditional topics such as algebra, topology, abstract real and complex analysis, and measure theory-based probability are not part of the curriculum. There are options in the form of tutorials and directed studies for students who have need for such courses. A limited number of graduate courses can be transferred from other institutions, with the primary criterion being that such courses cannot have counted towards a previous degree. Courses can also be taken through the DC Consortium of Universities (www.consortium.org). Transfer and Consortium courses are subject to accumulated credit caps and approval by the program. Consortium courses are not especially encouraged, because quality of instruction in math/stat at Georgetown is of dependable and exceptional quality, but can be approved wtih justification.

PREREQUISITES FOR APPLYING

To enter the program students need to have, at minimum, the equivalent of a mathematics minor, which for our purposes means three semesters of calculus, culminating in multivariable calculus, plus linear algebra. Other courses in mathematics and statistics will strengthen an application. The minimum grade point average for admission is 3.0 (B average). Students who do not satisfy all of the prerequisites but have a strong academic record in a field that draws significantly from mathematics and statistics (eg, economics, engineering, biology, computational social sciences) may consider taking the prerequisite courses at their local area colleges and then applying. Applications from prospective students who are in the process of taking the last such prerequisite classes will be accepted and evaluated. It is important to understand that satisfying the prerequisites does not alone guarantee admission. Admission is competitive and is the result of a number of factors including academic record, letters of recommendation, breadth and depth of academic background and experience, and strength of academic institutions attended.

Student Life

The Math/Stat Department resides in St. Mary’s Hall. There are tables and desks available for study; a Commons Room to gather, work and socialize; a computer lab; and seminar and conference rooms. Classes are almost always held in the evening from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM from Monday to Thursday to accommodate working professionals. The Commons Room is filled with graduate students working, checking email, and interacting during the day. The program actively promotes and encourages networking; it induces greater connectivity to the Math/Stat community, solidifies contacts in the workforce, and enlarges students' world-view.

It is mandatory that students have their own laptop computers for classroom use. A number of courses operate in computer-supplied classrooms or meeting rooms; but on occasion, we cannot secure these rooms. A personal laptop is therefore a practical solution and also allows students to save their work locally and bookmark relevant links.

We have students living throughout that District, Maryland, and Virginia. Free shuttles connect campus with the Dupont Circle Metro Station on the Red Line and the Rosslyn Metro Station on the Orange Line. Many students either live near campus or along these two lines.

New Housing Options Available

We now have a partnership with the Virginian Suites in efforts to provide housing for our Graduate Students. Please find more information here.

Scholarships and Internships

Tuition at Georgetown is charged on a per credit basis; the rate is the same independent of the number of courses taken. Students must be enrolled in at least half-time status (4.5 credits) in order to be eligible for federal loans. Up to date information on tuition and financial aid can be found at http://finaid.georgetown.edu/cost-per-credit-by-program.

The Math/Stat program has a modest and highly competitive merit-based tuition-waiver scholarship program. The largest scholarships provide tuition waivers for one course for the first semester and potentially renewable in the any subsequent semester. Full time students have highest priority, as part time students are working and earning income as a general rule whereas most full time students do not have earned income. Transfer or consortium courses (see Other Options above) will be treated as tuition-waived courses. The scholarship program can support fewer than 10% of students. Any applicant, international or otherwise, may apply for scholarship consideration by checking the appropriate box on the electronic application.

Full time students are typically interested in finding internships in the summer after their first two semesters. Although internship positions can never be guaranteed, the program has been successful in placing students. It is important to keep in mind that internships are competitive and that good grades and strong resumes are factors in obtaining positions. A common paradigm is for full time students to obtain internships in the summer after the first year (although internships in the regular semesters are also possible) and to continue the position into the fall of the second year. In some cases the students then become part time in the second year as they continue taking classes. Internships can potentially convert to opportunities for full time employment. It is important to note that internships with the federal government and most of its contractors require US citizenship.