Mathematics is the science of order, and mathematicians seek to identify instances of order and to formulate and understand concepts that enable us to perceive order in complicated situations. The concentration in Mathematics is designed to acquaint the student with the most important general concepts underlying the three branches of modern mathematics. Concentration in mathematics will provide an adequate basis for further study in either pure or applied mathematics. Students are also eligible to apply for an A.B./A.M. degree program.
The graduate Mathematics Program at Harvard is designed for students who hope to become research mathematicians and show definite promise in this direction. Once the student has demonstrated a command of basic mathematical concepts by passing the qualifying examination, the emphasis is on getting to the frontiers of some field by independent reading, advanced courses, and seminars. The Cambridge area is one of the most active centers of mathematics in the world. Harvard, Brandeis, and Northeastern Universities and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have an especially close association in mathematics, and the Harvard University Center of Mathematical Sciences and Applications hosts conferences, seminars, and workshops.