M.S. Admissions

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: February 15

For full consideration, applications should be received by February 15. Applications received after this date will be considered on a case-by-case rolling basis.

Start an ONLINE PRE-APPLICATION to this graduate program. This pre-application is free and will deliver your materials to the admissions committee in the most efficient manner. Note: in order to be admitted, applicants will eventually need to submit materials through the University's OFFICIAL PORTAL. That application carries a fee of $60.

Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 3

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from individuals who are well acquainted with the applicant's abilities and achievements in mathematics and related areas, particularly former instructors in mathematics courses and projects. Letters from instructors in related areas such as computation or the physical and life sciences are also appropriate. In certain cases, letters from employment supervisors or project leaders may be appropriate as well.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration: Applicants must have completed fundamental undergraduate mathematics courses.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: All applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.

Statement of Goals: Describe the strengths and motivation of the applicant, the purpose for applying to a graduate program in mathematics, and why the applicant is interested in the intended degree. This forum should be used to make the applicant's strongest case for admission and, thus, should be well written.

Standardized Test Scores:
GRE: No rigid minimum score criteria. The department considers an applicant's overall record. Students who wish to discuss their scores are encouraged to contact the department directly.

For students whose undergraduate education was not in English, either the TOEFL or IELTS is required. The minimum TOEFL score is 79 iBT or 550 PBT. The minimum IELTS score is 6.5

Resume: Current resume required.

Transfer Credit: Students who have taken graduate courses at other institutions, or at Temple University prior to matriculation, may apply for transfer credit. Applications for transfer credit are not considered until the student has completed at least one term of full-time graduate study or the equivalent, if the student is part-time. All applications for transfer credit are reviewed by the Mathematics Graduate Committee and may be denied if the committee decides that the courses involved are substantially inferior to similar courses offered by the department. No course completed more than five years before the date of application will be awarded credit. Credit for courses substantially similar to courses taken since matriculation will not be awarded. If a course was taken before the bachelor's degree was earned, it cannot be awarded transfer credit. Transfer credit is only available for graduate-level courses in mathematical content. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 9.

Test Waivers: An applicant who wishes to have certain admission requirements waived must contact the department directly. Requests are considered by the department on a case-by-case basis. In some cases, an additional appeal to the Graduate School may be required. In such a case, the department makes a preliminary determination for the applicant and, if positive, issues a supporting letter to the Graduate School on the applicant's behalf.

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