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Annual Survey of the Mathematical Sciences



The Annual Survey of the Mathematical Sciences collects information each year from departments in the mathematical sciences at four-year colleges and universities in the United States. The data collected on

  • New Ph.D. recipients (dissertations, gender, race/ethnicity and citizenship, and employment plans)
  • Faculty (size, recruitment, hiring, and salaries)
  • Graduate students (enrollment status, gender, and citizenship)
  • Degrees awarded (Ph.D., master's, and bachelor's)
  • Course enrollments (graduate and undergraduate)

provides invaluable information to the mathematical sciences community. Specialized peer group analyses are used by department chairs to gain support from administrators for program expansions and faculty salary negotiations.

Reports on Annual Survey Data

  • Preliminary Report on New Doctoral Recipients gives a broad picture of new doctoral recipients from U.S. departments in the mathematical sciences, including their employment status. This report is based on information collected from two questionnaires (Doctorates Granted and the Gender, Race/Ethnicity and Citizenship) distributed to doctorate-granting departments in April. The published report appears in the February issue of the Notices of the AMS. Read the current report (formerly the First Report, Preliminary).
  • Doctoral Degrees Conferred, a list of the names of the doctoral recipients and their thesis titles, is published in the August of the Notices of the AMS
  • Faculty Salaries Report presents salary data for tenured and tenure-track faculty members in U.S. departments in the mathematical sciences. This report is based on information collected from a questionnaire distributed to doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s granting departments in June. The published report appears in the March issue of the Notices of the AMS. Read the current report (formerly the First Report, Part II).
  • Report on New Doctoral Recipients and Starting Salaries of New Doctoral Recipients provides an update to the information on new doctoral recipients reported in the Preliminary Report on New Doctoral Recipients. This report is based on data, including starting salaries, from the new doctoral recipients who responded to a follow-up questionnaire, the Employment Experiences of New Doctoral Recipients (EENDR). The EENDR is sent in early October to the individual new doctoral recipients whose addresses are known. The published report appears in the August issue of the Notices of the AMS. Read the current report (formerly the Second Report).
  • Academic Recruitment and Hiring Report presents information about the number of full-time faculty positions under recruitment and filled at the undergraduate and graduate level.  Information on recruitment and hiring is gathered on a questionnaire sent to all U.S. departments of mathematics and to all U.S. doctorate-granting departments of statistics or biostatistics. The published report appears in the May issue of the Notices of the AMS. Read the current report (formerly part of the Third Report).
  • Departmental Profile Report presents information about faculties and instructional programs at the undergraduate and graduate level, including data on fall course enrollments, graduate students, degrees awarded, and department faculty. Information about departments is gathered on a questionnaire mailed to all departments in doctoral and master’s granting departments and to a sample from bachelor’s granting departments. The published report appears in the November issue of the Notices of the AMS. Read the current report (formerly the Third Report).

Reports are published five times per year in the Notices of the AMS.

Data is reported in aggregated form by Departmental Groups to eliminate any chance of individual or department identification. Surveyed U.S. departments in the mathematical sciences are grouped based on the highest degree awarded by the department, with doctoral granting departments broken down further by ranking.

See how the mathematical sciences community has evolved. View Previously Published Reports in our historical archive. The American Mathematical Society created this series of surveys in 1957 and has conducted them annually.

View all the Survey Questionnaires and Aids for completing the Annual Survey.

For additional information on data in the Mathematical Sciences, contact the AMS at 800-321-4267, ext. 4124 or submit an inquiry.

Guidance is provided to the AMS Staff by the Data Committee, a joint committee of representatives from the

  • American Mathematical Society (AMS)
  • American Statistical Association (ASA)
  • Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
  • Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

In addition to the above societies, the Annual Survey is also sponsored by the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS).