The UCLA Department of Mathematics is a center of excellence for cutting-edge research in mathematics, including interfaces with other disciplines. In 2007 the Department received the American Mathematical Society's (AMS) Award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department. The award recognizes a mathematics department in North America that has distinguished itself by undertaking an unusual or particularly effective program of value to the mathematics community, internally, or in relation to the rest of society. The Department was the second recipient of this award. AMS praised the Department for "a comprehensive vision for its undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral training programs that involves important interactions with the NSF-funded Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) at UCLA. Through these unusually large training programs, UCLA has become one of the biggest pipelines to mathematical careers in the United States."
Virtually every core area of mathematics is strongly represented in the Department. The rejuvenation of faculty recruitment efforts in recent years has contributed to the Department's increased standing and reputation. In the U.S. News & World Report's 2014 Best Graduate Schools rankings, the Department climbed to its highest historical ranking of seven (shared) overall in the nation. In all seven research specialties, the Department ranked in the top 10: Analysis (#1), Applied Math (#2), Logic (#2), Algebra/Number Theory/Algebraic Geometry (#5), Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics (#6), Geometry (#10), and Topology (#10). The Academic Ranking of World Universities' (ARWU) summer 2016 annual ranking put the Department at number ten among all mathematics departments in the world and sixth among those in the U.S. Across fields, the Department was one of three UCLA departments/schools to rank in the top 10 worldwide.