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Hours per Week as Math Ph.D. Student

  1. Sep 14, 2010 #1
    Hi, I asked a question about a week ago -- and didn't receive a response, so I'm trying a perhaps easier question. :)

    About hour many hours per week should one expect to spend earning a Ph.D. in Mathematics?

    Thanks,

    David
     
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  3. Sep 14, 2010 #2

    lisab

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    All of them.

    But seriously, it's a full-time+ job.
     
  4. Sep 14, 2010 #3
    I don't know how accurate this is but a friend got an Math (applied but I think its all one program) PHD at NYU and he said he studied at least 60 hours every week the first two years.
     
  5. Sep 15, 2010 #4

    MathematicalPhysicist

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    Don't forget you have to grade exercises or give recitations, if you want to earn some money.

    Add this to the studying load.
     
  6. Sep 15, 2010 #5
    no more than 40
     
  7. Sep 15, 2010 #6
    Thanks -- I'm figuring I have about 56 hours a week -- if I spend 16 hours for my TA duties, that leaves about 40 for classes and studying. I'm really just trying to count the cost before I jump in because I have wife and kids. Some weeks will probably require more; but that's made up in the fact that I'll have between terms and summers with much less to do.

    David
     
  8. Sep 15, 2010 #7

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    Doing an astro PhD right now, and most profs I talk to say between 60-70 hours of research per week is ideal. I imagine math would be similar.
     
  9. Sep 15, 2010 #8

    cristo

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    I know I've said this before, but 70 hours research a week is crazy-- that means working for 10 hours a day, 7 days a week. That's like 9am-7pm every day, without having any time for lunch or any kind of break. Like it said: crazy!

    Research doesn't have to take up your entire life. If you try and be productive you can easily restrict yourself to working the same hours as a 9-5 job.
     
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