Graduate Student Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can I obtain application materials for the graduate programs in either Mathematics or Statistics?

Information on applying to one of our graduate program can be found online here

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Q: Who is the Department contact for information about the graduate program?

Ana Parra Lombard is the Coordinator of Program Advisement and may be emailed at aparra@math.unm.edu

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Q: Are GRE exam results required at this time?

Currently the Department is not requiring GRE exams. This may change so be sure and check our web pages for any updates on that information.

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Q: What is the location like?

UNM is located in Albuquerque, NM which is the largest city in the state with a population of over 500,000. It is located at the juncture of Interstate 40 and Interstate 25 on the historic Route 66 highway. The area surrounding Albuquerque ranges from a small mountain range to the east to a vast desert like area to the far west of the city. There is hiking, biking, many outdoor recreational activities as well as the amenities offered by a fairly large metropolitan area. Snowfall in the mountains of New Mexico make skiing a favorite winter activity of many.

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Q: How large is the UNM student population?

The main campus has a student population of 25,000 students and then there are another 10,000 students who attend our several branch campuses.

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Q: How many graduate students are in your programs?

We have a total of about 95 graduate students in all three of our programs, Applied Math, Pure Math, and Statistics.

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Q: What kind of financial aid is available for graduate students in the Department?

The Department has a total of 42 TA's that are funded each year. We generally have from four to eight of those TA's available for new awards, but on occasion we may have even less available for funding. Generally, we have very few available for Spring admits, so Fall is the best time to apply for financial assistance.

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Q: How many years does it take to get through the program?

For a Master's degree it can take 3 to 5 years to complete. Generally for those starting fresh from an undergraduate degree it takes 5 to 7 years to do coursework and to finish a dissertation. Full-time status for graduate students is 9 hours a semester.

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Q: Are there scholarships available?

Contact the Office of Graduate Studies to check about financial aid in the form of scholarships.

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Q: What are the requirements for graduation?

The information you are looking for can be found in the Graduate Student Handbooks

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Q: What should I know about the Department?

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics has a nationally well-respected faculty. Our faculty, staff, and graduate student population is friendly and very supportive. There is an overall atmosphere of cooperation in this Department and collaboration is highly encouraged among faculty and students.

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