Admission Requirements

Successful applicants will have a solid mathematical background comparable to an exceptional B.S. (Bachelor of Science) degree in mathematics.

How to Apply

Apply Online using the Graduate School application system to create and complete your application (you can save the form and return to it as often as you wish prior to submission). Unless otherwise noted, ALL application materials must be submitted through this system.

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PhD Applicants

For Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) applicants, abstract algebra, analysis, and topology (as well as their immediate prerequisites of linear algebra, advanced calculus and differential equations) are very important.

Note: Our Ph.D. program is fully funded in the sense that no student is admitted without an offer of financial support, usually in the form of a teaching assistantship. Financial support is renewable up to a maximum of 6 years, assuming satisfactory academic progress and satisfactory performance of assigned duties.

Master's Applicants

For Master's (M.S.) applicants, linear algebra, advanced calculus and differential equations are necessary; applicants should be ready for higher level courses in analysis and algebra.

Note that, except for the M.S. with Emphasis in Education, our M.S. programs are unfunded. However, our Duluth campus has a funded M.S. program, which M.S. applicants should consider. (

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores

A good performance on the GRE Math Subject test helps to confirm knowledge of these topics, and we very strongly recommend that you take the GRE Math Subject test. We also recommend submitting GRE General test scores.

Our department does not require GRE scores for admission, but we strongly recommend taking the Math Subject GRE. Although the math subject GRE is only recommended (not required), the admissions committee is unlikely to admit international applicants without a submitted score.

Official GRE scores are sent by ETS and uploaded to your online application.

For GRE, the University of Minnesota's GRE institution code is 6874, and the School of Mathematics' department code is 0703.

NOTE: We do not accept GMAT scores.

TOEFL Scores

TOEFL scores are required for those who did not grow up speaking English as a native language in their home. More information about the TOEFL requirement.

For TOEFL, the University of Minnesota's TOEFL institution code is 6874, and the School of Mathematics' department code is 72.

Admission Decisions

Find out details on how and when admissions are decided on the Application Decisions page.