Master’s Admissions

MS applicants are expected to be prepared to enter our 5000 level Mathematics courses. Typically this includes undergraduate coursework beyond calculus and introductory linear algebra in areas such as abstract algebra, real analysis, probability, graph theory, or topology.

Admissions statistics

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.

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We do not directly offer application fee waivers. 

Required application materials

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List of advanced Mathematics courses

List of advanced Mathematics courses

In the “Mathematics” section of the application, upload a table listing the advanced mathematics courses you have taken. Include any study you have completed outside of the classroom.

  • ​​These are courses beyond calculus, and introductory linear algebra. 
  • It is expected that applicants will be prepared to enter our 5&8000 level coursework. Typically this means year-long courses in both abstract algebra and rigorous analysis. 
Table format

Course

When taken

Grade

Textbook

Author

Topics/chapters covered

Transcripts

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.

Proof of English language proficiency

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.

Statements

Statements

Upload in the “Materials” section of the application.

Personal statement

Your personal statement that gives us the best sense of you as a Mathematician. The prompts below were developed by our admissions committee to give applicants a sense of what they are looking for in this statement. Using the prompts is not required.

If you are applying for one of our emphasis areas, Industrial and Applied Mathematics or Math Education, specify how your goals for furthering your education align with the emphasis you are applying to.

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; 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?
Recommended Diversity Statement

The School of Mathematics is committed to furthering the diversity in the larger field of mathematics. It is recommended that you include a statement about your experiences with diversity in the field including; 

  • 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?

Curriculum vitae (CV)

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

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.

Optional application materials

Optional application materials

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

Contact

Graduate Program Coordinator
mathgrad@umn.edu