Required Application Materials


Description of Required Application Materials

Electronic Application submitted for one of the following:

  • Ph.D. in Mathematics

  • M.S in Mathematics

Checklist of Required Materials (PDF)

List of Advanced Mathematics Courses 

The School of Mathematics requires that you provide a list of the advanced mathematics courses you have taken to be uploaded in the Mathematics section of the application. The information provided by this list is in addition to the information on your transcripts.

  • Provide a table that lists the advanced mathematics courses you have taken. These are courses beyond calculus, introductory differential equations, and introductory linear algebra, etc. It is expected that applicants have had year-long courses in both abstract algebra and rigorous analysis. Applicants without this preparatory coursework are expected to have exceptional strength in other areas.
  • For each course list, the year and term taken, the final grade, the author and textbook used and which parts of the texts were covered. 
Course When Taken Grade  Textbook  Author Topics/Chapters covered
  • For each course list the texts used and which parts of them were covered. 
  • Clearly state the source and content of the listed coursework.
  • Include self-directed reading that was completed outside of formal coursework.

Transcripts from all Universities and Colleges attended.

Unofficial transcripts or academic records are to be uploaded directly to the Academic History section of the application. We ask that you not mail physical copies of your transcript to the department. Official transcripts are not a required application material.

If you are admitted and choose to matriculate you will be asked to submit official transcripts or academic records before enrolling at the University of Minnesota.

Proof of English language proficiency, for students for whom English is not their first language

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

The TOEFL iBT is the preferred examination of the School of Mathematics for accessing English Language Proficiency. The scores expected by the School of Mathematics are 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, as a majority of our funding offers come in the form of Teaching Assistantships. 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 will give us the best sense of you as a Mathematician. Choose from this list of prompts to craft this statement. These questions are not required. This list was created in consultation with the admissions committee. Upload in the Materials section of the application.

  • What is your mathematical background? Talk about:
    • how you came to the field of mathematics, 
    • what courses subject matter piqued your interest,
    • any mathematical research you have done, and 
    • *if you know the area of math you want to specialize in, discuss how you arrived at that.
  • 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?  
  • If you are applying to an M.S. 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.

*The School of Mathematics does 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.

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


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.

Three (3) Letters of Recommendation

Add 3 recommenders to the Recommendations section of the Application

  • Typically these recommenders are mathematicians with whom you've been involved in advanced coursework or research projects.
  • Only letters from those listed by the applicant on the application will be accepted. Letter writers will receive a notification from the application system with instructions on uploading their letters. If a recommender is having difficulties with the application system, they should reach out directly to Caitlin Knight at for assistance.

$75 Application Fee is required to submit the application

Description of Optional Application Materials

Publications and articles may be uploaded under the Other Materials section of the Materials tab of the application.

If you would like to be considered for nomination for a Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship, we recommend writing and including a Diversity Statement that is in line with the guidance given on the Fellowship website. 

Please do not submit 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.