Thank you for your interest in graduate students with the UA Department of Mathematics! In addition to this page, please consult our department website and the graduate school’s 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 online system. 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 below information provides a general overview of the policies, but the full description can be found on the Graduate Colleges admissions criteria page.
Components of Applications
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 here.
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 Graduate College admissions page for information on acceptable scores. GRE scores may be waived for applicants with Master’s degrees. Scores must be sent electronically by ETS.
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.