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Frequently Asked Admissions Questions


Academic Background

I do not have a bachelor's degree in Mathematics - am I qualified for your program?
If I did not take a year of Algebra and/or Real Analysis am I qualified for your program?

For admission to the graduate programs, a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics is recommended or a strong background in mathematics with a minimum GPA of 3.0 required. A year's sequence in both upper-division algebra and real analysis is strongly encouraged.

In any school where Algebra and Real Analysis are offered the words "Algebra" and "Real Analysis" will be included in the title. These two courses are fundamental subjects in the study of mathematics.

Our titles for these two courses are:

Abstract Algebra (course numbers 100A, 100B and 100C)
Foundations of Real Analysis (course numbers 140A, 140B and 140C)

Wherever you decide to take a year's sequence of these two subjects, select the more rigorous course offering. For example, we offer Abstract Algebra (100ABC) and we also offer Modern Algebra (103AB). Our 100 series is more rigorous and a requirement for our math majors. The 103 series is not rigorous and typically taken instead of taking the 100 series by students who have a major other than math or are minoring in math (people who are not intending to pursue a graduate degree in mathematics).

Please look in the UCSD online catalog and read the description for our 100 series and 140 series. Reading the descriptions will probably give you additional insight.

For your convenience, here is a link to the page in the online catalog where the math courses are listed:

http://www.ucsd.edu/catalog/courses/MATH.html

Will I be considered for your master's program if I already have a master's degree?
Will I be considered for your PhD program if I already have a PhD degree?

UCSD does not allow duplication of advanced degrees. Please refer to the Graduate Division web site for details:

http://graduatedivision.ucsd.edu/admissions/faq/general-application.html


Admission Statistics

How many people will you accept & what is your acceptance rate??

We do not keep these statistics, nor are these numbers important for you as an applicant. We review all the applications we receive and consider all of the materials required.

We also do not screen out applications based-upon test scores.


Do I Have A Chance?

Am I a competitive candidate for your program?
If I apply do I have a chance of getting admitted?

We do not provide people with an assessment of the competitiveness of their background or application.

In order to be considered for one of our graduate programs in mathematics you have to apply to the program for possible admission.

We review all of the submitted applications, rank each candidate and then select the candidates to whom we will extend an offer of admission.

You can review the application requirements on our web site at:

http://www.math.ucsd.edu/programs/graduate-program/how-apply-graduate-program/


How Do I …

How do I apply to your program and what are the requirements?

Please review the information about our program, our application requirements and application process that is posted on our web site:

http://www.math.ucsd.edu/programs/graduate-program/how-apply-graduate-program/

As indicated in the information on the web page accessible via the above link, we have an entirely paperless application process. Meaning, please do not send your transcripts to us. You will be uploading your transcripts to your on line application (one electronic copy per institution you've attended).

For your convenience, here is a link to the on line application where you can obtain additional information:

https://apply.grad.ucsd.edu/

How do I indicate I'm applying to the PhD in Math w/ a Specialization in Computational Science (CSME)?
How do I indicate I'm applying to the PhD in Math w/ a Specialization in Statistics?

You will apply to the PhD in Mathematics program.

To indicate that you're interested in the PhD in Math w/ a Specialization in Computational Science (CSME), select "Computational Science" in the "Current Area of Interest" section of your on line application.

To indicate that you're interested in the PhD in Math w/ a Specialization in Statistics, select "Statistics" in the "Current Area of Interest" section of your on line application.

How do I apply to the M.S. in Computational Science (CSME)?

The application requirements for the CSME M.S. program are located on the following web page:

https://ga.ucsd.edu/graduate_programs/departments/Computational%20Science,%20Mathematics%20and%20Engineering

How do I obtain an application fee waiver?

If you want to apply for an application fee waiver, please read the information and follow the instructions on the application fee waiver web page:

http://graduatedivision.ucsd.edu/admissions/faq/application-fee.html

How do I upload my transcripts?

Scan your transcript and save it as a PDF file that is 8MB or smaller. If you do not have a scanner, you can go to any printing service provider. Scanning documents will be a service the printing service provides.

Save the PDF file of your transcript onto your computer.

Access your online application and go to the "Educational Background" section accessible via the link on the left-hand nav bar.

In the "Colleges/Universities Attended & Transcripts" section of the web page make sure you read all of the instructions, including the information on the web page via the link "Click here to see transcript requirements for international students."

Add the institution for the transcript.

After you add the institution, you should see "Click here to upload your transcript." Click on this and follow the directions.

How do I arrange a visit to the UCSD Department of Mathematics?
How do I arrange to meet with UCSD Department of Mathematics faculty members?

We receive a lot of visitation requests from prospective students.

First, you'll have to arrange meetings with the faculty on your own. You can obtain our faculty members' contact information via our web site:

http://www.math.ucsd.edu/research/all-research-areas/

If you do contact any of our faculty members, then please have a very clear reason for wanting to meet with that person. Our faculty members are busy teaching and conducting research. Please respect their time.

Second, we invite all of the candidates to whom we offer admission into our PhD program to an open house that usually is scheduled at the end of March/beginning of April.

Third, our web site is rich with information about our department and graduate program and is designed to answer most, if not all, of your questions. Please review all of the information we have posted on our web site about our graduate programs and our admissions procedure and requirements:

http://www.math.ucsd.edu/programs/graduate-program/

When and where do I send my official transcript?

For purposes of applying to our graduate programs, uploading unofficial transcripts to your on line application is sufficient.

If you are accepted into the program, then you will mail your official transcripts to the Graduate Division:

University of California, San Diego
Graduate Division
Student Services Center (SSC) - 402 Uctr, Mail Code 0003
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0003

Should I mail my application materials to you?
Can I have the address to where I should send my application materials?

The Department of Mathematics application process is paperless.
All application materials must be uploaded to your online application.

DO NOT SEND ANY APPLICATION MATERIALS TO US BY MAIL!

Sending application materials to us by mail is a complete waste of your time.
Sending application materials to us by mail wastes our time.
Sending application materials to us by mail indicates to us that you do not know how to follow instructions.

Please review the below web page to make sure you are aware of all of the application requirements:

http://www.math.ucsd.edu/programs/graduate-program/how-apply-graduate-program/

How do I cancel my application?

Currently our application system does not allow candidates to delete their application. If you want to discontinue applying, then simply leave your application unfinished.

If you have already submitted your application, then go into your application and officially withdraw.


Letters of Recommendation

My letter of recommendation will probably not be uploaded to my on line application until after the application submission deadline - will my application still be considered?

We understand that some applications will not have letters of recommendation uploaded until after the applicant submits his/her application. Because of this, we continue to review applications throughout January and February as materials are uploaded to applications.

We will complete our review of applications in the beginning of March and send out offers towards the middle of March.

Hopefully this timeline will address your concern regarding your letters of recommendation and your application to UCSD.


Test Scores

What are the average test scores for people you admit into your program?

Please note the following, as is specified on our web site at:

http://www.math.ucsd.edu/programs/graduate-program/how-apply-graduate-program/

"The TOEFL exam, with a minimum score of 550 for the paper based test (PBT) or 80 for the internet based test (iBT), is required for all international applicants."

In terms of average GRE test scores for admitted candidates, we do not keep these statistics, nor are these numbers important for you as an applicant. We review all the applications we receive and consider all of the materials required, not just the GRE test scores.

We also do not screen out applications based-upon test scores.

Do I have to take the TOEFL?
Can I take the IELTS instead of the TOEFL?
Do I have to take the TOEFL if I studied at a University where I took courses in English?

Please refer to the Graduate Division web site for the answers to questions related to the University's English Language Proficiency requirement:

http://graduatedivision.ucsd.edu/admissions/faq/test-score.html

Are the GRE Math Subject Test scores required for your program?
I missed the GRE Math Subject Test. Will this negatively impact my chances of getting into your program?

The GRE Math Subject Test is required for all degree programs.

If your application does not include the GRE Math Subject Test scores, then your application may or may not be reviewed. If your application is reviewed, then your application may not be as competitive as the candidates who submitted applications that include the test scores.

What is the department code I am supposed to use when I order my test scores from ETS?
I gave ETS the wrong department code - what do I do?

A department code is no longer needed when you order ETS to send test scores to UCSD. As long as test scores are sent to our institution code 4836, the scores will be good for any department.

Should I arrange for ETS to send my test scores to UCSD?

Please read the instructions regarding how to apply to a graduate program posted on the Graduate Division web site. Specifically, the answer to your below question is:

http://graduatedivision.ucsd.edu/admissions/faq/test-score.html

My test scores will probably not arrive to UCSD until after the application submission deadline - will my application still be considered?

We usually do not receive test scores from ETS until at least six weeks after a person instructs ETS to send the scores to UCSD. Therefore, we understand that some applications will not have test scores uploaded until after the candidate submits his/her application. Because of this, we continue to review applications throughout January and February.

We will complete our review of applications in the beginning of March and send out offers towards the middle of March.

Hopefully this timeline will address your concern regarding your test scores and your application to UCSD.


What is the Status of My Application?

Have you received all of my application materials?

We will begin to review applications towards the end of January for our PhD program and at the end of February for our masters' programs. If we discover that we need any additional information from you, then we will let you know.

Have you sent out offers?
Did I get into your program?

We will not respond to individual inquiries via email, the phone, etc. about whether or not a person has been admitted into one of our programs.

After we complete the application review process we will send out offers of admission via email. We will also send out email notifications to applicants who will not be receiving an offer of admission.

Therefore, if you have not heard yet whether or not you have been admitted into one of our programs, then please be patient and wait for our email notification.


Deadlines

What are the application submission deadlines?

Our application submission deadlines are posted on our web site:

http://www.math.ucsd.edu/programs/graduate-program/how-apply-graduate-program/

Will you accept my application after the deadline?

We are committed to providing a fair and equitable admission process for everyone who chooses to apply to our graduate programs.

Therefore, we do not accept applications after the submission deadline, regardless of the reason.

We're confident that you understand our need to adhere to this policy so that we're being fair to all of our candidates who managed to submit their applications on time.


Deferring Admission

Can I defer my admission?

Our policy with regards to deferring admission:

If a person chooses to defer his/her admission to our program, then that person's application will be saved and resubmitted into the next admission pool for review and consideration. Therefore, deferring one's admission does not guarantee that person admission for the following Fall quarter.


Graduate Student Housing

What housing options do UCSD graduate students have?

For all questions related to graduate student housing, please access the Associated Residential Community Housing (ARCH) web site:

http://hdh.ucsd.edu/arch/gradhousing.asp