The handbook tries to provide a few guidelines for graduate students in Department of Applied Mathematics. If the content in the handbook contradicts with the university's Graduate Bulletin, then the regulations in the Graduate Bulletin overrides the handbook.
The Graduate Studies Committee
The members of the committee consists of Profs. Igor Cialenco, Jinqiao Duan, Xiaofan Li and Michael Pelsmajer. The committee chair or the Director of Graduate Studies of our department is Prof. Xiaofan Li.
The Program Directors
If you have any questions with regard to a graduate degree program, please ask the director(s) of the program. Prof. Xiaofan Li is the director for
the Master of Science and Ph.D. programs in Applied Mathematics,
who is also the initial advisor for all starting M.S. and Ph.D. students. Dr. Charles Tier is the Director for the Professional Master in Applied Math program, who is the academic advisor for all the students in the program. Prof. Tom Bielecki is the Director for Master of Mathematical Finance and Prof. Igor Cialenco is the Associate Director of the program. Prof. Lulu Kang is the Associate
Director for Master of Data Science. Prof. Hemanshu Kaul is the Associate Director for Master of Computational Decision Science and Operational Research.
The Grievance Committee for Graduate Students
The members of the committee consists of the same members of the Graduate Studies Committee, i.e., Profs. Igor Cialenco, Jinqiao Duan, Xiaofan Li and Michael Pelsmajer. Students who feel having been treated unfairly should talk to one of the committee members. If any student feels that he or she will not be treated fairly by the committee, he or she can go to the Chair of the department, Prof. Fred Hickernell. If any student feels that the Department is treating him or her unfairly, he or she can talk to the Dean of College of Science, Prof. Russell Betts.
The Graduate Student Life Committee
The committee helps enrich the student life for the graduate students in the department and build close relation between the students and the faculty. The members of the committee consists of the president, the vice president and the faculty advisers of the SIAM Student Chapter at Illinois Tech. Currently, they are Hannah Albert, Adam Rumpf, Prof. Hemanshu Kaul and Prof. Shuwang Li.
Ph.D. Degree Requirements
- A Ph.D. student, who is supported by our department or the university,
is required to attend regularly one of the seminars (besides the
colloquiums) in our department and must give a presentation by the end
of his/her third semester. He/She is strongly encouraged to present in
his/her second semester. A student who fails to give a satisfactory
presentation (judged by the faculty members present in the seminars)
might lose his/her financial support in his/her third year.
Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam
The following is the procedure to complete the comprehensive exam for PhD students. The details can found on the Graduate Bulletin under the section 'Master and Doctoral Examinations' and the instruction on Form 301A. If there is any discrepancy between the two sources, one should go by Form 301A.
- Arrange your exam committee with your thesis advisor (the chair of the committee). The committee must include three professors(tenure or tenure-track) in our department, including your thesis advisor, and one IIT professor outside our department.
- File the Graduate College Form 301A two weeks before your comprehensive exam
to the Graduate College, but the deadline for filing the form is different every semester (about 2 weeks before the classes end) and can be found at
The Form 301A can be downloaded at
- Remind your advisor that the exam result form (Form 309) should be submitted within 72 hours of the exam time and at least one week prior to the last day of classes.