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 Scores: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores We do not use the GRE scores, neither the general nor the math subject, as part of the evaluation of applications to our graduate programs. Please do not submit them.

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.