Tuesday, December 28, 2021
  Around Campus

By Victoria Brito Morales

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – UTRGV now offers a doctorate in Mathematics and Statistics with Interdisciplinary Applications in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and is designed to provide a strong mathematics and statistics background that supports intense quantitative work in a wide range of disciplines.

The curriculum is designed to prepare scholars to work on problems at the intersection of mathematics, science, engineering, medicine, finance, computer science and other quantitative disciplines, and aims to be the most inclusive and broadly interdisciplinary in the state.

“The Ph.D. in Mathematics and Statistics with Interdisciplinary Applications is for anyone wanting to gain higher credentials in this field,” said Dr. Zhijun Qiao, Ph.D., President’s Endowed Professor of Mathematics and Statistical Sciences and the MSIA program director.

The program has four concentrations:

  • Computational Mathematics and Computer/Electrical Engineering.
  • Mathematical Biology and Nonlinear Mechanics.
  • Data Analytics and Medical Applications.
  • Mathematical Physics.

Students will have to complete 57 credit hours if entering the program with a master’s degree, and 72 hours if entering with a bachelor’s degree.

Additionally, there are interdisciplinary bridge courses available to non-math majors who are pursuing the program from other STEM fields, like physics, computer science, engineering, biomedical sciences and others.

Requirements for admission to the program include:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a STEM or related field, with at least three advanced courses in mathematics or a master’s degree in mathematics or a related field.
  • Official transcripts.
  • A GRE General Test.
  • Three letters of recommendation and a TOEFL score of 79 or higher for international students only.

The program offers opportunities to participate in a variety of research topics with the department’s 70 faculty members, as well as graduate teaching opportunities.

Graduates of the program will be prepared for careers in academic research, and as analysts in a variety of STEM fields.

“UTRGV is committed to providing a wide range of new and innovative programs to meet the unique educational goals of our students,” said Dr. Janna Arney, UTRGV executive vice president and provost. “This doctoral program is in alignment with our university’s commitment to increasing the educational opportunities to the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.” 

For more information contact, Qiao at 956-665-3406 or email at zhijun.qiao@utrgv.edu.


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.