Master’s Admissions

MS applicants are expected to have completed coursework in linear algebra, advanced calculus, and differential equations. Applicants should be ready for higher-level courses in analysis and algebra.

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Tuition and funding

The MS programs are unfunded with the exception of the MS with an emphasis in Math Education. We recommend that applicants interested in a funded program apply to the MS program at University of Minnesota Duluth.

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.


We do not directly offer application fee waivers. 

Required application materials


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.
  • Include self-directed reading that was completed outside of formal coursework.

Table format

Course When taken Grade Textbook Author Topics/chapters covered


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.

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.

Personal statement

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

Upload in the “Materials” section of the application.

If you are applying to an MS with Emphasis in Industrial Applied Mathematics Program or the Master's Degree with Emphasis in Mathematics Education Program please specify the program in the first line of this statement.


  • 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; 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.


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 these in the “Materials” section of the application.


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 ( with instructions on uploading their letters.  If recommenders have difficulty with the application system, they should reach out to the Graduate Program Coordinator ( for assistance.

Optional application materials

  • Publications and articles may be uploaded under the “Other Materials” section of the application’s “Materials” tab.
  • 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.


Graduate Program Coordinator