Instructions for the On-Line Application for Graduate
Admissions and Financial Aid
Since August 2011, all application to graduate programs in mathematics
are done online. It is not necessary to send a separate application to
the Graduate School and to the Department.
This page includes information for applying to admission and financial aid to the following
Questions about your background can be sent to Jingyi Zhu, Chair of the Graduate Recruitment Committee at
or Elena Cherkaev, Director of Graduate Studies.
- Master of Arts in Mathematics
- Master of Science in Mathematics,
- Master of Statistics (Mathematics), and
- Doctor of Philosophy Mathematics.
General questions about your application should be sent to Paula Tooman, Graduate Program Coordinator.
After reading this page and the line-by-line instructions you may proceed to the Apply Yourself (AY)
link. The application need not be completed in one session.
Applications for financial aid for the following fall
semester are due January 1.
Instructions for applying to other programs are available as follows:
Teaching Assistantships and deadlines
Most mathematics graduate students are supported by Teaching
Assistantships. Others may be supported by fellowships, or Research
Assistantships, depending on the source of funding.
Department deadline for applications for financial aid to start the
following Fall Semester is January 1st. Most financial aid
is in the form of Teaching Assistantships during the Fall and Spring
Semesters. Alternative support from individual research grants, and
additional support from summer teaching, may also be available.
Financial aid is typically given only to students in the Ph.D. program.
Students are normally admitted at the beginning of the Fall Semester,
and financial aid to new students is only offered at that time. It is
desirable that applications for Teaching Assistantships be submitted as
early as possible but should be received by January 1st in order to receive full consideration. Applications received before April 1st may
considered for financial aid for the following Fall Semester if
positions remain available.
The University application deadlines are November 1st for
Spring admission, March 15th for Summer admission, and
April 1st for Fall admission.
Admission to graduate status in either a Master's or Ph.D. program
requires that students hold a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, or its
equivalent, with a grade point average of at least 3.0 and that
they show promise of success in graduate work.
The prerequisites for the various programs vary. For the Ph.D. and
Master of Arts / Master of Science degrees, qualified applicants
typically possess a Bachelor's or Master's degree in mathematics. In
particular, Ph.D. students should be prepared to take the courses that
directly lead to qualifying exams.
Applicants to the Ph.D. program are not required to submit subject or
general GRE scores. However, we strongly encourage all applicants to submit this test and applications without such scores are
frequently at a substantial disadvantage. Students in pure
mathematics are especially encouraged to submit their subject GRE
scores. If you have questions about whether to submit your scores,
contact Jingyi Zhu, Chair of the Graduate Recruitment Committee
or Elena Cherkaev, Director of Graduate Studies.
All applicants must meet the University of Utah's minimum requirements
for English proficiency, see:
Additionally, successful applicants for Teaching Assistantships must
be proficient in their spoken and listening English skills. Those
skills are usually reflected in the submitted TOEFL scores (or equivalent). In most
cases, for those subsections of the TOEFL, we look for scores of at least about 20, and optimally, of at
least about 23.
For international applicants
For international applicants: the I-20 form cannot be
processed until all documents and fees are submitted to the
Admissions Office and the student has been admitted by the
The Application Form Line-by-Line
AY Application Instructions
You will find advice about the University of Utah's
prerequisites for applying to the Graduate Admissions Office
including deadlines. Additional specific requirements
of the Department of Mathematics are spelled out in the
Mathematics Graduate Bulletin
The Department of Mathematics deadline for
applications for Teaching Assistantships of the next
fall semester is January 1. The deadlines for
admission are March 15 for the next fall semester and
November 1 for the next spring semester. You can find
information in the Bulletin about satisfying
the University of Utah's language requirements for
non–native-English-speaking graduate students and the
AY access history.
Basic Information — All University Applicants
Name, address, email, social security number and
emergency contact. You may fill in ethnic
origin, veteran and language information.
Program of Interest
Select one of Mathematics MA
(Master of Arts in Mathematics),
Mathematics MS (Master of Science
in Mathematics), Mathematics MST
Statistics — Mathematics) or
Mathematics PhD (Doctor of
Philosophy Mathematics). Students who
are prepared to do PhD level classwork
should check Mathematics
PhD, otherwise students should
select masters program. If you are
unsure about which program is
appropriate, check Mathematics
Students in the MS and PhD programs take
classes and exams together. Students in
the MS program may apply for admission
to the PhD program in their second year.
Students making good progress will find
a seamless transition to the PhD.
Students interested in Master of
Mathematics (Teaching) should select
Mathematics MS and follow
different instructions on the Master of
Mathematics (Teaching) page. For other
programs, please go to the specific
program page and follow their
instructions, e.g., MSSST applicants
should choose Science Program for
Secondary School Teachers (MS).
Select your most likely area of study in
the Department of Mathematics. For
example, if you are interested in
geometric group theory, then please
If you are not sure about what your area
will be, or if you don't see your
interest listed, please check
undecided, and describe your
emphasis in your Statement of
Indicate major of your undergraduate
Application Term and Year
Indicate the term for which you are
applying. For most applicants to the
mathematics programs this will be next
year's Fall Semester. Teaching
Assistantships are offered beginning in
the fall semester only.
List your previous graduate study experiences
including any study at the University of Utah.
You will be asked to list all universities
attended including all graduate programs with
The Department of Mathematics
strongly recommends that you submit
your score on the GRE Math subject
test. While the Department will
consider applications without a GRE
subject score, your application may
be at a disadvantage. If you have
questions about whether you should
take the subject test, please contact
Elena Cherkaev, Director of
or Jingyi Zhu, Director
of Graduate Recruitment.
Neither the MStat (Mathematics) nor the
Masters of Mathematics (Teaching)
programs require the GRE. Masters
of Mathematics (Teaching) submit
Praxis scores instead of GRE scores
— see specific Master of
Mathematics (Teaching) instructions.
Colleges and Universities
You will be asked to enter the
Colleges and Universities you've
attended and upload copies of
transcripts. The recruitment
committee will want to see your grades
from the Fall 2017. If they will not
be available until after January 1st
please contact us to let us know.
For Residency for Tuition Purposes,
supply your residency information and describe
your employment history. You may supply
information about your parents and your American
Academic Interests and Background
Please upload your CV.
Statement of Purpose
The Mathematics Department now requires
that you also upload a Statement of
Purpose where you may describe your
educational and career objectives. We
are more interested in hearing about
your current interests in mathematics,
and why Utah is a good fit, then in
why you decided to study
mathematics. This is also the place
where you can discuss any teaching
experience you may have. If you are
interested in applying for a
fellowship in one of the the
departments two RTG grants
you should also mention that here.
choose to include a list of the
mathematics courses (or related courses)
that you have taken, along with a short
description of the syllabus or course
text. This is particularly useful if the
Recruitment Committee is not familiar
with your undergraduate institution.
The Mathematics Department does not
require a writing sample. But if you
wish to upload mathematical papers or a
link to your publications, you may do so
In this optional field you may specify a
professor in the Department of
Mathematics with whom you would like to
Please indicate whether you are applying
for financial support from the
Department of Mathematics. Usually the
financial support available to first
year students consists of a teaching
assistant ship which pays a stipend and
a tuition waiver. Teaching Assistants
are assigned various duties including
teaching classes, running recitation or
lab sections and grading.
You may tell us where you found out
about Graduate Mathematics Programs at
Full Time/Part Time
Indicate whether you intend to complete
your degree as a full-time/part-time
You may supply any additional
Full Time Employee Page
Fill in this page if you are full-time employee
of the University of Utah.
College of Science page — Mathematics Applicants
This information is required from applicants to
departments in the college: Biology, Chemistry,
Mathematics, and Physics & Astronomy,
Estimate your grade point average from STEM
(science, technology, engineering, and
If you have received any scholastic honors or
awards, you may mention them here. If you have
any publications that you have authored or
coauthored, you may list them here. If you
have had teaching positions, you may list them
here. If you wish to tell us about any unusual
circumstances, you may do so here.
For each person providing you a letter of
recommendation, please enter their names and email
contact information. AY will email your referees and
ask them to upload their recommendation. The Department
of Mathematics requires at least three letters of
recommendation. The most valuable letters are from
professors of your advanced mathematics classes and
mentors of research projects.
If you wish to give your referee a paper
recommendation form to send to the Department of
Mathematics, please use Recommendation
Form 6 which you can download (there are
several letter styles).