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How to Apply to the Graduate Program

We appreciate your interest in our graduate program here in the Department of Mathematics at UC San Diego!

For doctorate degrees, we offer a Ph.D. in Mathematics allowing study in any area of mathematics (encompassing Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics), a Ph.D. in Mathematics with a Specialization in Computational Science, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics with a Specialization in Statistics.

For master degrees, we offer a M.A in Pure Mathematics, a M.A. in Applied Mathematics, and a M.S. in Statistics. Admission decisions for all degree programs are made separately.

Admission to the graduate program is managed through the Department of Mathematics and the Graduate Division. We accept applications for the Fall quarter only.

Departmental support is only offered to Ph.D. students, which typically includes a Teaching Assistantship each academic year as well as full Tuition and Fee Scholarships. This is guaranteed for five years as long as a student is in good academic standing and fulfills all teaching responsibilities satisfactorily. There will be no changes to this policy as long as funds remain available.

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.

The GRE General Test is required for all degree programs. The GRE Math Subject Test is required to apply to the M.A. in Pure Mathematics, the M.A. in Applied Mathematics, and the Ph.D. in Mathematics programs.

For the M.S. in Statistics program, the requirement for the GRE Math Subject Test may be waived if you will have completed an undergraduate degree in Mathematics (Pure or Applied) by the time you start at UCSD. However, if your undergraduate degree is not in either Pure or Applied Mathematics, you must submit a GRE Math Subject Test score.

There is no required minimum score for the GRE General Test or the GRE Math Subject Test.

The TOEFL or IELTS exam is required for all international applicants:

  1. Who are not native English speakers and
  2. Who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution where English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is the dominant language.

The minimum required score for the TOEFL is 550 for the paper based test (PBT) or 80 for the internet based test (iBT). The minimum required score for the IELTS is Band Score 7.

The school code to send GRE and TOEFL scores is 4836.

Please send official IELTS scores to:
Graduate Admissions, Mail Code 0003, UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0003


Applying to the Graduate Program

Applications are accepted for the Fall quarter only. The application deadlines for admission are:

Fall 2017 Admission

Degree Program Application Deadline
M.A. in Pure Mathematics February 6, 2017
M.A. in Applied Mathematics February 6, 2017
M.S. in Statistics February 6, 2017
Ph.D. in Mathematics January 9, 2017
Ph.D in Mathematics with a Specialization in Computational Science January 9, 2017
Ph.D in Mathematics with a Specialization in Statistics January 9, 2017

The Department of Mathematics application process is paperless. All application materials must be uploaded to your online application. Please do not send any application materials to us in the mail.


Apply Online

Online Graduate Applications for Fall quarter admission will be available the beginning of September at:


Application Requirements

The application fee is:

  • $105.00 for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • $125.00 for International Applicants

Only applications with all of the following documents uploaded will be reviewed - no exceptions:

  1. Statement of Purpose
  2. Unofficial transcripts (official transcripts are only required if admitted into the program)
  3. List of mathematics courses taken/projected as well as textbooks used
  4. Exactly 3 letters of recommendation (do not send more than 3 letters of recommendation)
  5. GRE General Test scores
  6. GRE Math Subject Test scores (if required for your program)
  7. TOEFL or IELTS test scores (for foreign applicants from non-English speaking countries)

Candidates applying to the Ph.D. in Mathematics with a Specialization in Statistics, must select "Statistics" in the "Current Area of Interest" section of their on line application (this means the person is applying to the Specialization in Statistics degree).

Candidates applying to the Ph.D. in Mathematics with a Specialization in Computational Science (CSME), must select "Computational Science" in the "Current Area of Interest" section of their on line application (this means the person is applying to the Specialization in Computational Science degree).

The GRE Math Subject Test should be taken no later than October and the GRE General Test should be taken no later than December in order for scores to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

For answers to your questions, please read the answers to Frequently Asked Admissions Questions before submitting inquiries to mathgradadmissions@math.ucsd.edu.