Doctoral Admissions

PhD applicants are expected to have completed coursework in abstract algebra, analysis, and topology as well as their immediate prerequisites of linear algebra, advanced calculus, and differential equations.

Admissions statistics

Tuition and funding

  • The PhD program is fully funded.
  • Most of our students are funded through graduate assistantships, typically in the form of a teaching assistantship.
  • Funding offers are renewable for up to six years. 

Tuition and benefits

GRE scores

We neither require nor use the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score as part of the admissions process.

How to apply

Apply online using the Graduate School admissions system to create and complete the application. All application materials must be submitted through the electronic system.

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Application fee waivers

  • We do not directly offer application fee waivers. 
  • We encourage domestic applicants to apply through the FreeApp program offered by the Big Ten Academic Alliance. 
  • Applicants who are members of the Math Alliance and are participating in the F-GAP program should contact the Graduate Program Coordinator (mathgrad@umn.edu) with a copy of their letter to have the associated fee waiver applied.

    Required application materials

    1

    List of advanced Mathematics courses 

    In the “Mathematics” section of the application, upload a table listing the advanced mathematics courses you have taken. The information in this list is in addition to the information on your transcripts.

    • ​​These are courses beyond calculus, introductory differential equations, and introductory linear algebra, etc. 
    • It is expected that applicants have had yearlong courses in both abstract algebra and rigorous analysis. Applicants without this preparatory coursework are expected to have exceptional strength in other areas.
    • Include self-directed reading that was completed outside of formal coursework.

    Table format

    Course

    When taken

    Grade

    Textbook

    Author

    Topics/chapters covered

    2

    Transcripts

    Upload unofficial transcripts or academic records in the “Academic History” section of the application. 

    • We are looking for transcripts from institutions where degree-seeking coursework has been completed. 
    • Official transcripts are not required. If you are admitted and choose to matriculate you will be asked to submit official records before enrolling at the University of Minnesota.
    3

    Proof of English language proficiency

    International applicants must provide proof of English language proficiency unless coursework has been completed in a designated country. Domestic applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency.

    Unofficial test scores are to be uploaded in the “Test Scores” section of the application. 

    • The TOEFL iBT is the preferred examination for assessing English Language Proficiency. 
    • We expect scores to be in line with the minimum scores for admission found on the Graduate School's website with a preference for a speaking score of at least 23. 
    • Official TOEFL scores must be sent electronically from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the University of Minnesota. The ETS institution code for the Twin Cities and Rochester campuses is 6874.
    4

    Personal statement

    Write a personal statement that gives us the best sense of you as a Mathematician. The prompts below are not required, although they were developed in consultation with the admissions committee.

    Upload in the “Materials” section of the application.

    Prompts

    • What is your mathematical background? Talk about the following:
      • How you came to the field of mathematics.
      • What course's subject matter piqued your interest.
      • Any mathematical research you have done.
      • If you know the area of math you want to specialize in, discuss how you arrived at that (Note: We do not expect applicants to our graduate programs to have specific research interests upon admission. Our students typically develop their research interests as they complete their introductory coursework).
    • Why are you applying to the University of Minnesota?
    • Why do you want to continue your Education in Mathematics?
    • Have you done any outreach work in Mathematics?
    • Have you done any justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion work in Mathematics? OR Have you done any work in Mathematics for/with disadvantaged or underrepresented people/communities?  

    Other statements are not required, and will be considered if submitted.

    5

    Curriculum vitae (CV)

    A CV is a detailed document that highlights your professional and academic history. Please include: 

    • Work experience
    • Achievements and awards
    • Scholarships or grants you’ve earned
    • Coursework
    • Research projects and publications of your work 

    Upload in the “Materials” section of the application.

    6

    Three letters of recommendation

    • Add three recommenders to the “Recommendations” section of the Application. Typically these recommenders are mathematicians you've been involved with in advanced coursework or research projects.
    • Only letters from those listed by the applicant on the application will be accepted. 

    Letter writers will receive an email from the application system (gradappinfo@umn.edu) with instructions on uploading their letters. If recommenders have difficulty with the application system, they should reach out to the Graduate Program Coordinator (mathgrad@umn.edu) for assistance.

    7

    Optional application materials

    • Publications and articles may be uploaded under the "Other Materials" section of the "Materials" tab of the application.
    • We recommend writing and including a Diversity Statement in line with the guidance given on the Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship website, if applicable to your experience. If you would like to be considered for this Fellowship competition, please indicate this in your Diversity Statement.

    Contact

    Graduate Program Coordinator
    mathgrad@umn.edu