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Frequently Asked Questions


What type of degree must I have to apply for graduate studies in the mathematics program? 
You must have a bachelor's degree to apply for graduate study and the bachelor's degree must be posted on your transcripts before you begin graduate studies. A master's degree is not required to apply for the doctoral (Ph.D.) program.

What if there is no "bachelor's degree" in my country? I have just finished four years of undergraduate study in my country. Is this acceptable for admission to the mathematics program?
You must have a recognized undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited college or university to be admitted to our graduate program. If you have attended an unusual undergraduate program and wish to be admitted to a graduate program at the University of Utah, you must get a permission from the Graduate School.

When should I apply if I intend to apply for financial aid?
The deadline to apply for full consideration (for admission and financial assistance) is January 1 each year. We will consider late application forms through March 15th if positions are available. So, if you plan on applying for financial aid, submit your application to the Mathematics Department before the January 1st deadline to be sure to be considered.

What is the personal statement?
The personal statement is a brief description of your background and interest in mathematics and what your professional goals may be. Also, you should discuss your research interests and describe any research experience you have.

Is the GRE score required for admission to the mathematics graduate program? What is the code?
The GRE general exam is not required for admission to the graduate program in mathematics. However, the GRE mathematics subject test is strongly recommended from applicants to the MA, MS and PhD programs. 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 Graduate Studies at or Jingyi Zhu, Director of Graduate Recruitment at 
The GRE subject exam must have been taken within the last two years.
The code for the mathematics graduate program is 0703, and the code for the University of Utah Graduate Admission is 4853.
Scores should be sent directly to the department from ETS.
Students interested in MS Mathematics (Teaching) should supply Praxis exam scores. See Master of Mathematics (Teaching). Students applying to the MStat program are not required to submit GRE scores.

Can I do the graduate program in mathematics through home study or through on-line courses?
No. All course work must be taken in person on the University of Utah campus.

Do I have to take the TOEFL exam?
Yes. All international students are required to take the TOEFL and have their scores sent to the University of Utah International Admissions Office by ETS. The minimum required scores are: 80 (iBT), or 550 (pBT). The test must not be over two years old at the time of admission. Also, the University of Utah will accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores in place of the TOEFL. Students must have a score of 6.5 or above on this exam. More information can be found on the University's International Admissions website.

Can the application fee be waived?
An application fee is required by the University of Utah Graduate Admissions Office, and it cannot be waived.

When will I be notified of my admission to the mathematics program?
You will be notified in writing as soon as a decision has been made on your application. You should expect to hear from us at the latest by the end of April.
Last Updated: 10/23/19