Graduate Studies

How to Apply

group of math students studying in a circleThank you for your interest in graduate students with the UA Department of Mathematics! In addition to this page, please consult our Graduate Program Overview and the UA Graduate School website for a full description of our program and how to apply.

The Department of Mathematics accepts graduate applications from U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and international applicants. Admissions to the M.SA and Ph.D. programs are normally in the fall semester but we consider applications year-round on a rolling basis. Preference for awarding teaching assistantships and fellowships go to applicants who are admitted for starting in the fall semester.

Late applications are accepted and will be considered for assistantships. However, to maximize your chances to receive financial support for the fall semester, you should arrange for all application materials to reach the graduate school by January 15.


  • Fall Semester Start: January 15
  • Spring Semester Start: October 1


Applications to the department are submitted online through the Graduate School’s application page. The application must include the components listed below, submitted electronically. Do not send hard copy documents to the Mathematics Department or to the Graduate School. The information below provides a general overview of the policies, but the full description can be found in the UA Catalog’s admissions criteria page.

Components of Applications

Application Fee

To apply to UA, the graduate school charges applicants a fixed sum. In certain circumstances, you may qualify to have your fee waived. Visit the Graduate School application page for more information on university fee-waiver programs.

Resume or Curriculum Vita

Applicants should include a Resume or Curriculum Vita listing their educational experiences, any scholarly activity, and field-relevant work experience.


Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in mathematics or a closely related field. The department does not have a minimum GPA requirement. However, the Graduate College does place certain parameters on acceptable GPAs, discussed in the UA Catalog.

Applicants must upload unofficial transcripts from each college or university they have attended and at which they have earned over 15 credits. Each transcript must include all courses completed together with grades. Applicants who attended UA do not need to provide a UA transcript. If an applicant is admitted and enrolls, official transcripts will be required during their first semester.

Statement of Purpose

Applicants should provide a written statement describing their academic and career goals, as well as their particular interests in an area of mathematics. The statement should not be more than two pages.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. These should be written by people who know the applicant’s academic record and potential for graduate study. The most significant ones will be from professors in mathematics or a closely related field who have taught the applicant or supervised in research. The applicant provides email addresses for letter writers to the online application system. These letters need to be submitted online by the letter writers.

GRE General Exam Scores

The Graduate College requires that all applicants submit GRE scores from the general test. Please view the UA Catalog for information on acceptable scores. GRE scores may be waived for applicants with Master’s degrees. Scores must be sent electronically by ETS.

In response to COVID-19, most admission test scores (GRE/GMAT/MAT MCAT) have been waived for Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. This change affects almost all applicants, both on campus and online, whose scores have not been received as of March 15, 2020.  See the Graduate School webpage on supporting documents for admission and the Graduate School webpage on COVID-19 test score waivers for more information.

English Language Proficiency

The Graduate College requires that a student, whether an international or a permanent resident, whose first language is not English, must submit an official score report from one of the following proficiency examinations. An exception is made if the applicant fulfills the following criteria: 1) has been in residence in the United States at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university and has been enrolled in coursework for two consecutive years immediately prior to enrolling at UA or, 2) has earned a degree from an English speaking university (UK, Australia, etc.) within three years of enrolling at UA. Information on registering for the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE is available online or at U.S. embassies, consulates, Institute of International Education offices, AMIDEAST offices, and other organizations concerned with international education.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The minimum score for admission to a degree program or for non-degree admission is 79 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT).
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): The minimum score for admission to a degree program or for non-degree admission is 6.5.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): The minimum score of admission to a degree program or for non-degree admission is 59.

The TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores must be less than two years old at the time of the student’s intended enrollment at The University of Alabama.

In response to COVID-19, international applicants now have the option to take the Duolingo English test ( To qualify for regular admission, applicants must score 105 or above.  This exam may be taken from any personal device, making it much more accessible for quarantined or self-quarantined students. This change applies to most Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 applications.   See the Graduate School webpage on supporting documents for admission and the Graduate School webpage on COVID-19 test score waivers for more information.