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How to Apply (Graduate)

We appreciate your interest in our graduate program here in the Department of Mathematics at UC San Diego!

For doctorate degrees, we offer a Ph.D. in Mathematics allowing study in any area of mathematics (encompassing Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics), a Ph.D. in Mathematics with a Specialization in Computational Science, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics with a Specialization in Statistics.

For master degrees, we offer a M.A in Pure Mathematics, a M.A. in Applied Mathematics, and a M.S. in Statistics. Admission decisions for all degree programs are made separately.

For new prospective UC San Diego graduate students, admission to the graduate program is managed through the Department of Mathematics and the Graduate Division. We accept applications for the Fall quarter only.

For any current UC San Diego graduate student who wants to earn a master's degree from the Department of Mathematics, send email from your UC San Diego email account to mathgradadmissions@math.ucsd.edu to inquire about the application procedure; this must be done before taking any courses or comprehensive/qualifying examinations to be counted toward a degree.

Departmental support is only offered to Ph.D. students, which typically includes a Teaching Assistantship each academic quarter as well as full Tuition and Fee Scholarships. This is guaranteed for five years as long as a student is in good academic standing and fulfills all teaching responsibilities satisfactorily. There will be no changes to this policy as long as funds remain available.


Application Requirements

For admission to the graduate programs, a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics is recommended or a strong background in mathematics with a minimum GPA of 3.0 required. A year's sequence in both upper-division algebra and real analysis is strongly encouraged.


GRE Tests Requirements

The following GRE Tests are required for all applicants:

  1. GRE General Test

    The GRE General Test is required to apply to all degree programs.

  2. GRE Math Subject Test

    The GRE Math Subject Test will not be required for the 2022 admissions cycle.

There is no required minimum score for the GRE General Test.


TOEFL/IELTS Test Requirements

The TOEFL or IELTS test is required for all international applicants:

  1. Who are not native English speakers and
  2. Who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution where English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is the dominant language.

The minimum required overall score for the TOEFL is 85 for the Internet based test (iBT) or 550 for the paper based test (PBT). The minimum required overall score for the IELTS is Band Score 7. Please note that the Math Department looks critically at the speaking scores for these tests. A TOEFL speaking score of at least 23 is highly recommended, and an IELTS speaking score of 7 is highly recommended


Test Scores Reporting Requirements

The school code to send GRE and TOEFL scores is 4836.

Please send official IELTS scores to:
Graduate Admissions, Mail Code 0003, UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0003


Fees Requirements

The application fee is:

  • $120.00 for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents Applicants
  • $140.00 for International Applicants

Document Requirements

The following documents are required for a complete application:

  1. Statement of Purpose
  2. Unofficial transcripts (official transcripts are only required if admitted into the program)
  3. List of mathematics courses taken/projected as well as textbooks used
  4. Exactly 3 letters of recommendation
  5. GRE General Test scores
  6. TOEFL or IELTS test scores (for international applicants from non-English speaking countries)

Candidates applying to the Ph.D. in Mathematics with a Specialization in Statistics, must select "Statistics" in the "Current Area of Interest" section of their online application (this means the person is applying to the Specialization in Statistics degree).

Candidates applying to the Ph.D. in Mathematics with a Specialization in Computational Science (CSME), must select "Computational Science" in the "Current Area of Interest" section of their online application (this means the person is applying to the Specialization in Computational Science degree).

We recommend that the GRE General Test be taken no later than October in order for scores to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.


Application Questions?

For answers to your questions, please read the answers to Admissions FAQs (Graduate) before submitting inquiries to mathgradadmissions@math.ucsd.edu.


Applying to the Graduate Program

Applications are accepted for the Fall quarter only. The application deadlines for admission are:

Fall 2022 Admission

Degree Program Application Deadline
Ph.D. in Mathematics December 1, 2021
Ph.D in Mathematics with a Specialization in Computational Science
Ph.D in Mathematics with a Specialization in Statistics
 
M.A. in Pure Mathematics February 2, 2022
M.A. in Applied Mathematics
M.S. in Statistics

The Department of Mathematics application process is paperless. All application materials must be uploaded to your online application. Please do not send any application materials to us in the mail.


Apply Online

Online Graduate Applications for Fall quarter admission will be available the beginning of September at:

Apply Now! — https://connect.grad.ucsd.edu/apply/