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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  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 interest in mathematics. We are more interested in concrete descriptions of your background, specifically the courses you have taken and any research experiences you may have had. We also like to see what you are currently thinking of pursuing professionally after the completion of the degree (we are open to all possibilities). Please also describe your research interests. It is very helpful if you include the specific research groups that you may wish to join, and which faculty members you would consider as potential advisors.

Is the GRE score required for admission to the mathematics graduate program? What is the code?
While GRE general and mathematics subject test scores are not required for graduate admission application, we understand that some applicants may prefer to have test scores to be included in the evaluation. In this case you may submit the test scores, especially the mathematics subject test score if you are interested in pure mathematics areas, and we will take them into consideration. On the other hand, the omission of GRE test scores will not adversely impact your application. Students interested in MS Mathematics (Teaching) should supply Praxis exam scores. See Master of Mathematics (Teaching). The University of Utah ETS code is 4853. 

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 or Duolingo scores in places 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 English Proficiency website.

Can the application fee be waived?
An application fee is required by the University of Utah Graduate Admission Office. However, a small number of fee waivers are available upon request for applications to the PhD program. Preference is given to US citizens and permanent residents, and occasionally to students currently studying in the United States on F-1 or J-1 visas. Fee waivers for international students can only be granted in very limited circumstances. There are also fee waivers for students who demonstrate need and want to be considered for departmental RTG funding, but in order to ask for those you must be a US citizen, national, or permanent resident.
To apply for a fee waiver please send an e-mail to Ms. Paula Tooman at with the subject line Application Fee Waiver. If you fit the citizenship requirements and want to be considered for RTG funding, in the body of your e-mail please indicate whether you are more interested in the Algebra, Geometry, Topology RTG or the applied math UTOPIA RTG

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: 8/31/22