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Applied & Interdisciplinary Mathematics Ph.D.

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  • The weekly AIM Seminar runs 3-4pm in East Hall 1084

Welcome to the AIM Program

The Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics (AIM) graduate program in the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan grants M.S. and Ph.D. degrees and has the Department of Mathematics as its administrative home. Please use the navigation at the top of the page to navigate to pages containing more information about the AIM Program's Mission and History, Program Requirements, and resources for both current and prospective students, and faculty members.

Why should you consider the AIM Program for graduate studies?

  • Flexibility: Students in the AIM program may choose any faculty member from the mathematics department as one co-advisor, and any faculty member from another department as a second co-advisor. It is possible to work on almost any subject you like for your thesis work. Because the University of Michigan is a world-class research university, our faculty in mathematics and across the university as a whole consists of top-quality individuals available to work with you.

  • Employability: Since as a PhD student in the AIM program you will have two co-advisors, one from mathematics and one from another field, both of these people will be well-informed about your thesis work and able to recommend you for employment after graduation. The professional contacts of your mathematics co-advisor will be available to help you gain academic employment in a mathematics department if you like. Also, the professional contacts of your partner discipline co-advisor will be available to help you find a job in industry, or in another kind of academic department if that is what you prefer. This is an advantage not shared by most other degree programs.

  • Location: The University of Michigan is a major research university, and Ann Arbor is a safe and relatively inexpensive place to live, with many cultural activities. It is close to the major cities of Detroit (about one hour by car), Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, and Toronto (each within about 5 hours by car/train). Ann Arbor is also very easy to reach, being served by the Detroit International Airport (about 30 minutes away by car), which has direct flights to and from all parts of the world.