Ph.D. Admissions

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Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: December 15

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

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. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the department to discuss their background.

Master's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A master's degree is not required.

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: The GRE General Test is not required and will not be considered. The GRE Subject Test in Mathematics is optional.

For students whose undergraduate education was not in English, either one of the TOEFL iBT (minumum score 79), the IELTS Academic (minimum 6.5), PTE Academic (minimum 53), or Duolingo (minimum 110) is required.

Resume: Current resume required.

Advanced Standing: Students who have taken graduate courses at other institutions, or at Temple University prior to matriculation, may apply for Advanced Standing. For details see Transfer Credit

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.

More: Graduate Bulletin

Application fee waivers: The department offers a limited number of application fee waivers to applicants in financial need. To be considered for a fee waiver, please start your application at our application portal. Please, upload your personal statement, your resume, and your transcripts (unofficial transcripts are OK for this purpose). You can do this without having to pay the application fee. Once all the above materials are received, please send the fee waiver request by email to the Graduate Chair. In your email please include the reason for requesting the fee waiver. For best consideration, please submit your application fee waiver requests by December 1. You will be informed about our decision before December 15. After December 1, the fee waiver requests will continue to be considered on a rolling basis.