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Dissertation Learning Goals



                                         Student Learning Goals, 2008–2009

All Ph.D. graduates of our Program are expected to have acquired several skills.

Among the most important of these are:

The attainment of mastery, to the level of publishing in respected research journals, of a significant, active field of mathematical research.

The ability to clearly present, e.g., in a colloquium or seminar context, developments in their field, either in the form of accounts of their own work or that of others. In a student’s progression toward completion of the Ph.D., these capabilities are developed by the requirements of the presentation involved in the Second Exam, by the defense of the Ph.D. thesis, and frequently, by presentations given in seminars at the Graduate Center and elsewhere, and at mathematical meetings and conferences.

The capacity to teach effectively, in a general academic or business context. Our students are particularly experienced in this requirement, since an overwhelming majority of them have teaching experience at undergraduate colleges of CUNY, and, in contrast to the practice in many other otherwise similar programs, have full responsibility for the courses they teach.
As a general point of information, the majority of our graduates enter teaching careers, although some are employed in the business world. In connection with the latter career path, experience has made clear that advanced mathematical training is often regarded, both outside as well as within academia, as valuable general training for careers in several fields.