Frequently Asked Questions | Department of Mathematics

Frequently Asked Questions

The Department of Mathematics has a FIST grant that has funded a computational lab with high speed computers, workstation, and server. The FIST grant has also funded a department library. The university also provides generous grants to the department for book purchases and journal subscriptions. Further, SNU has a campus-wide license for Matlab that allows unrestricted access from home or office to all students and faculty members.

A Master’s Degree in Mathematics or related disciplines with overall marks of at least 60% (or equivalent grade). Please enquire in case you are uncertain about your eligibility for any reason. Candidates who have qualified for CSIR-UGC NET-JRF, GATE-JRF, JEST or NBHM Fellowship are preferred.

From 2022 admissions onwards, the regular duration is ten semesters.

To earn a Ph.D. degree the candidate must:

  • Complete the required course-work with the required minimum CGPA.
  • Pass the Comprehensive Examination, which consists of Qualifying Examinations and a Research Seminar, by the end of the 4th semester.
  • Publish one research paper in a refereed journal before thesis submission, and give a research talk in a department-approved conference.
  • Submit and defend the doctoral thesis.

The students' progress will be monitored by the Doctoral Committee and positive recommendations will be needed after every semester.


The student must register for the following, in consultation with the department's Graduate Advisor:

  • Three courses of 4 credits each in the first semester.
  • Research Methodology course in the second semester.
  • Coursework in the second semester will depend on performance in the first semester.
  • Continuation of fellowship requires a minimum GPA of 7.0 from the best 12 credits in the first year.

All students admitted to our Ph.D. program receive a Research/Teaching Assistantship as well as significant Tuition and Hostel Fee waivers. SNU's PhD fellowship is among the highest in the country. Please consult the section on admission for details.

Continuation of the assistantship is contingent on satisfactory performance in the program evaluated continuously, and compliance with all University regulations. Further, the scholarship is only offered for the regular duration of the Ph.D. program (i.e. eight semesters).

The research interests of the faculty members vary across areas of both pure and applied mathematics, such as functional and harmonic analysis, representation theory, differential geometry, number theory, encryption, game theory, graph theory, category theory, differential equations, signal processing, computational methods, statistics, mathematical finance, mathematical biology, and medical imaging.