Admission to Graduate Program
The Mathematics Department’s faculty and students are engaged in research activities in a variety of areas of pure and applied mathematics and statistics. Both our MA and PhD degree programs feature a broad-based foundation and are flexible to accommodate specialization.Learn about graduate program
Prerequisites for admission
The prerequisites for admission to our graduate program are:
- an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a program of study in mathematics;
- a record of achievement that shows strong promise of success in graduate school, including a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average in undergraduate studies and a 3.0 grade-point average in mathematics; and
- coursework in abstract algebra, linear algebra, and advanced calculus or introduction to analysis (comparable to KU's MATH 500, 558, and 590.)
It is beneficial to have some preparation in probability/statistics (comparable to MATH 627/628) and/or numerical analysis (comparable to MATH 581). Although not required, we also recommend that applicants take introductory courses in complex analysis (comparable to MATH 646), differential equations (comparable to MATH 647), and/or topology.
The department has suspended the General GRE application requirement for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 admission. Applicants may submit GRE scores, but it is no longer a requirement. The Department does not require the Mathematics Subject GRE. However, applicants may submit their score if they wish.
The following materials must be submitted online:
- Transcript from each college or university the applicant has attended,
- Applicant's résumé/curriculum vitae,
- A list of textbooks used in the applicant's mathematics courses beyond calculus (please include authors),
- A statement of purpose indicating the applicant's mathematical preferences and interests, and
- Three letters of recommendation, submitted directly by the recommenders.
- In addition, international applicants need to fulfill the University’s English language requirements.
Non-Degree Seeking. Students who are interested in enrolling in graduate level coursework in the Department of Mathematics without formal admission to a graduate program at KU are encouraged to apply as a non-degree-seeking student. Those choosing this option will need to upload their past transcript(s), other application materials are not required.
For domestic students, the fee is $65. For international students, the fee is $85. For certificate seeking and non-degree seeking, the fee is $30. Unfortunately this fee cannot be waived.
All applications should be submitted online. In general, graduate students are admitted in the fall semester. Our program and course sequences are designed with that in mind. The Graduate Committee of the Department of Mathematics evaluates the candidates and makes recommendations to the Graduate School regarding admission. The number of students admitted into the program changes from year to year and admissions are made on a competitive basis. We consider candidates only after all application materials have been received.
There are no additional application forms for financial support; students are considered for support based on merit.
Most PhD students accepted to the program receive an offer of financial support as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA). Nevertheless, the number of GTA positions available is limited and sometimes we cannot offer GTAs to all the students we admit.
Although the admission process continues until the deadlines stated below we start making GTA offers by early February.
Students with extremely strong mathematics background may be admitted in the spring semester. The admission procedure is otherwise the same as for the fall semester. It is much more difficult to get a GTA in the spring semester, since most are awarded in the fall.
Admission as a provisional student
Rarely, students with promising academic records who have not completed a full undergraduate mathematics major may be admitted provisionally. Provisional students will remain on provisional status until they have completed their first nine hours of qualifying enrollment and achieved a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. For additional details, see Provisional Admission in the College. Graduate students admitted provisionally are not eligible to be GTAs. In addition, provisional admission is not available for international students seeking F-1 visa status.
Deadlines for Applications
For Spring applications, all materials should be received by October 15.
For Fall applications, all materials should be received by January 31 to ensure full consideration for admission and financial support.
Certain competitive university fellowships, such as the Self Graduate Fellowship (SGF), have earlier deadlines. The Graduate Committee selects SGF nominees based on applications received by December 31.
All fall semester admissions decisions for international students will be made by May 1 (to allow time to process visa applications). Domestic students who wish to apply for fall admission after May 1 should first consult the Graduate Admissions Director.