department overview

About UCLA Mathematics

UCLA’s renowned Mathematics Department explores the frontiers of pure and applied mathematical research. Pure mathematics provides us the foundation and key ideas for the application of mathematics in real-world issues. Through applied math, our faculty is discovering innovative solutions to some of today’s most pressing issues. From detecting and predicting crime hot spots to virtual surgery using computational geometry, the UCLA Mathematics department is working to shape the world of tomorrow. The department has pioneered many of the most remarkable advances in the applied mathematics, propelling the applied math research group to #2 in the nation (US News). UCLA Math also has a reputation for cracking the most difficult pure math challenges, including a proof of the Serre Conjecture and the Twin Prime Conjecture. Overall, the UCLA Mathematics Department ranks 11th worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities).
To learn more: read our annual publication, We are Mathematics, which focuses on promoting the people in our department who make an impact in the mathematical community and the public at large.

Facilities and resources

The Department is located in the Mathematical Sciences Building, which is centrally situated on the UCLA campus. The MS building houses classrooms, administrative offices, faculty offices, graduate student offices, the graduate student lounge and several computer labs.The Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Library is located nearby in the adjoining Boelter Hall.

Computing Services: The Department offers a broad variety of computing resources for students, faculty, staff, and guests. 

Calendar: The University of California, Los Angeles is on a three-quarter academic year. Spring break is the week in between the end of winter quarter and the beginning of spring quarter. There is also a Summer Session, however only undergraduate courses are offered during this time. 

Administration & Staff Organization Chart  (as of October 2020)

Department Ombudsperson: Professor Monica Visan. For questions, complaints, or concerns regarding all grievances, instances of discrimination, or sexual harassment, please email ombuds[at] Please note that complaints and grievances about grading, course grades, etc. that could not be resolved with the instructor of a course should be brought forward to the attention of the Undergraduate Vice Chair.

affiliate programs

The Philip C. Curtis Jr. Center for Mathematics and Teaching is dedicated to researching and developing K-16 mathematics programs for students, teachers, and future teachers.

UCLA Olga Radko Endowed Math Circle is a top-tier math circle attracting elementary, middle and high school students interested in mathematics and eager to learn.

MDTP is a statewide collaboration of the CSU and UC systems and the California Academic Partnership Program intended to support and advance secondary math instruction.