Applying to Grad School
You're considering getting a graduate degree in math. That's absolutely lovely! The application process can be intimidating and confusing. We're here to help you through it. Here you'll find tons of resources to help you every step of the way.
It's best to start preparing for the application process in the spring of your junior year. Getting ready involves writing essays, taking standardized test, asking professors for letters of recomendation, and filling out a lot of forms. Keep in mind, if you love math and want to go to grad school, you should apply. There is a program out there for you. For information on what math grad school is like, including stipends and benefits, and an overview timeline, see our Why Grad School page.
- October: NSF GRFP due
- December: Most grad program applications due
- January-March: Decisions released
- April: Deadline to choose a program
- April: NSF decisions released
- Letters of Recommendation (typically three)
- Personal Statement
- GRE (general and subject)
- IELTS/TOEFL scores
- Fee (may be waived)
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If you're still unsure if math graduate school is right for you, you can check out our Why Grad School page. Most of the information below is geared towards PhD programs in the US. If you're thinking about applying internationally, sign up for a mentor. You might also be considering getting a masters, instead of a PhD, or spending some time in industry before applying. There are many different paths to grad school, and you can learn more about other options here.
- MIT Career Services.. Information on applying to graduate school in any field.
- UC Irvine Math.. Information on applying specifically to math graduate school. Includes a good year-by-year guide.
- AMS Math Grad School Listings. A resource for finding math graduate programs.
- MIT Math: Preparing for Grad School A short overview and some FAQ.