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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 year 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.
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 upperdivision algebra and real analysis is strongly encouraged.
The following GRE Tests are required for all applicants:
The GRE General Test is required to apply to all degree programs.
The GRE Math Subject Test will NOT be required for the 2021 admissions cycle.
The GRE Math Subject Test is required to apply to the M.A. in Pure Mathematics, the M.A. in Applied Mathematics, and the Ph.D. in Mathematics programs.
For the M.S. in Statistics program, the requirement for the GRE Math Subject Test may be waived if you will have completed an undergraduate degree in either Pure Mathematics or Applied Mathematics by the time you start at UCSD. However, if your undergraduate degree is not in either Pure Mathematics or Applied Mathematics, you must submit a GRE Math Subject Test score.
There is no required minimum score for the GRE General Test or the GRE Math Subject Test.
The TOEFL or IELTS test is required for all international applicants:
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
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 920930003
The application fee is:
Only applications with all of the following documents uploaded will be reviewed  NO EXCEPTIONS :
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).
The GRE Math Subject Test should be taken no later than October and the GRE General Test should be taken no later than December in order for scores to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
For answers to your questions, please read the answers to Admissions FAQs (Graduate) before submitting inquiries to mathgradadmissions@math.ucsd.edu.
Applications are accepted for the Fall quarter only. The application deadlines for admission are:
Degree Program  Application Deadline 

Ph.D. in Mathematics  January 6, 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 3, 2021 
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.
Online Graduate Applications for Fall quarter admission will be available the beginning of September at: