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Graduate Mathematics Admission

Requirements for Graduate Admission

To apply for graduate admission, you will need to show evidence of academic achievement and potential to pursue advanced study and research as evidenced by:

  1. Bachelor's Degree:

    Proof of a baccalaureate degree from a four-year college or university which has regional accreditation. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate study must be submitted. International applicants must have their transcript translated, where necessary, and evaluated by an accredited evaluation agency. For a list of recommended agencies, please visit
  2. GPA of 3.0:

    An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better and a 3.0 GPA in any graduate work already completed.
  3. Official GRE Score:

    Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination. Examination score requirements vary by graduate degree program; for admission to the Mathematics graduate program, a satisfactory score is
    • GRE Verbal score of 400;
    • GRE Quantitative score of 600.
    Scores more than five years old at the time of application will not be considered. If the GRE is not taken prior to admission, it must be taken in the first semester of graduate study and you will not be permitted to register for the subsequent semester until satisfactory scores are received. International students must submit official GRE scores prior to admission.
  4. Application Essay:

    A satisfactory application essay stating your educational objectives and identifying positive indicators for admission, please review specific program requirements for length and format.

Requirements for Mathematics Departmental Admission

In addition to the requirements for graduate admission, the Department of Mathematics also requires the following documents:

  1. Completed Application:

    A completed application for the Master of Science degree in Mathematics.
  2. Letters of Recommendation:

    Two letters of recommendation from college or university professors indicating the applicant's potential in mathematics.
  3. Letter of Intent:

    A letter from the applicant indicating reasons for wanting to pursue graduate studies in mathematics including professional and personal goals. In this letter, the applicant should indicate his or her field of interest in Mathematics as well as his or her preference for an advisor.
  4. Transcript:

    Undergraduate transcript including completion of a set of mathematics courses determined by the departmental graduate committee (an applicant lacking some of these courses may be accepted to the program but will be required to complete them during the first academic year in order to continue in the program. An undergraduate course may be taken concurrently with graduate course work.)

Transfer Students

Graduate students transferring from another university may be admitted to the program. A maximum of nine graduate credit hours from an accredited university with grades of B or better may be applied to the total semester credit hours required for the degree, if approved by the departmental graduate committee.

Admission with Conditions

Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 or GRE scores lower than those specified are also encouraged to apply. Notification of decisions on graduate admission is made by the Office of Graduate Studies based on the admission criteria and recommendation of the Department of Mathematics.

Non-degree or Transient Students

Non-degree or transient status may be granted to applicants who want to take a maximum of 12 semester credit hours of graduate courses. A non-degree student who later decides to become a candidate for a degree must meet all graduate admissions criteria. Only relevant courses with grades of B or better will be considered for application to the program of study for any graduate degree.

Advising Committee

The departmental graduate committee will assign tentatively one of its members as advisor to each incoming graduate student. Within the first year, the student will have to propose an advising committee consisting of three departmental graduate faculty members. After consulting with the proposed advising committee, the departmental graduate committee will appoint the student's advising committee (which may differ from the student's proposal). One of the three members of the advising committee will chair that rommittee and be the student's advisor. In case of a Master of Science without thesis, the advising committee will approve or modify the student's choice of six non-core graduate courses. In the case of a Master of Science with thesis, the advising committee will approve the thesis topic.

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