Annual Survey of the Mathematical Sciences
Graduate Students

Mathematical Sciences departments in the US are surveyed annually, regarding graduate student enrollments.  Presented here are the reports and summary data based on the information provided by these departments pertaining to enrollment status, gender, and citizenship, as reported on the Departmental Profile Survey.
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Survey Questionnaires

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Historical Data

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Statistical Remarks

The questionnaire on which this report is based, “Departmental Profile,” is sent to all Doctoral, Master’s and Bachelor’s departments in the US. Response rates vary substantially across the different department groups. For most of the data collected on the Departmental Profile form, the year-to-year changes in a given department’s data are small when compared to the variations among the departments within a given group. As a result of this, the most recent prior year’s response is used (imputed) if deemed suitable. After the inclusion of prior responses, standard adjustments for the remaining nonresponses are then made to arrive at the estimates reported for the entire groups.

Standard errors were calculated for some of the key estimates for the Doctoral Math Group (Math Public, Math Private, and Applied Math), Master’s Group and Bachelor’s, and Statistics and Biostatistics’ Groups. Standard errors are calculated using the variability in the data and can be used to measure how close our estimate is to the true value for the population. As an example, the number of full-time faculty in the Master’s Group is estimated at 4,483 with a standard error of 139. This means the actual number of full-time faculty in the Master’s Group is most likely between 4,483 plus or minus two standard errors, or between 4,205 and 4,761. This is much more informative than simply giving the estimate of 4,483. Estimates are also given for parameters that are totals from all groups, such as the total number of full-time faculty. For example, an estimate of the total number of full-time faculty in all groups except Statistics and Biostatistics combined is 22,518, with a standard error of 268.

The careful reader will note that a row or column total may differ slightly from the sum of the individual entries. All table entries are the rounded values of the individual projections associated with each entry, and the differences are the result of this rounding (as the sum of rounded numbers is not always the same as the rounded sum).

Contacts for information on data in the mathematical sciences

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Colleen Rose
Survey Analyst

Telephone: (401) 455-4124 or
1-800-455-321-4267, ext. 4124
Laura Byrum
Survey Assistant

Telephone: (401) 455-4189 or
1-800-455-321-4267, ext. 4189
Thomas H. Barr
Special Projects Officer
Telephone: (401) 455-4101 or
1-800-455-321-4267, ext. 4101

Mailing address: American Mathematical Society, 201 Charles Street, Providence RI 02904-2294.