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Mathematics & Statistics

Applying to the Graduate Program in Mathematics

  Admissions Requirements (Masters Degree in Mathematics)

Those seeking admission to the Masters (M.A.) program in Mathematics must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions), as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • A Bachelors degree or equivalent in the mathematical sciences or related area.
  • At least a 55th percentile Quantitative score on the GRE; Verbal and Analytic Writing scores on the GRE are also considered.
  • At least a 3.00 GPA in undergraduate math courses, and specifically in the following courses or their equivalents:
    • Bridge to Abstract Mathematics;
    • Elementary Abstract Algebra; and
    • Intermediate Analysis.
  • Three letters of recommendation which meet the requirements set forth in the section below entitled: Considerations of the Admissions Committee.
  • A completed departmental application form, including a statement of goals.
  • A completed departmental graduate teaching assistantship application form (if such a position is desired).

The Graduate Admissions Committee may provisionally admit applicants from other majors to the Master's Program if they meet the GPA requirement.


  Admissions Requirements (Doctoral Degree in Mathematics, Pure and Applied Concentration)

Those seeking admission to the Doctoral (Ph.D.) program in Mathematics must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions), as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • A degree relevant to prospective concentration. Either
    • a Master's degree or equivalent in the mathematical sciences/statistics or a related area; or
    • a Bachelors degree or equivalent in the mathematical sciences/statistics or a related area with a strong record of undergraduate/graduate courses related to prospective concentration.
  • At least a 55th percentile Quantitative score on the GRE; Verbal and Analytic Writing scores on the GRE are also considered.
  • At least a 3.50 GPA in graduate and/or upper level undergraduate mathematics/statistics courses.
  • Three letters of recommendation which meet the requirements set forth in the section below entitled: Considerations of the Admissions Committee.
  • A completed departmental application form, including a statement of goals.
  • A completed departmental graduate teaching assistantship application form (if such a position is desired).

Applicants to the Doctoral program may be offered admission to the Masters program and move to the Doctoral program after establishing a record of success in graduate courses.


  University Langauge Requirements

For international students, submitting official passing English speaking scores is a University requirement. Please see Office of Graduate Studies, University Admissions Criteria and Policies. The institution code for USF is 5828.


  Statistics

The department also offers an MA in Statistics and a Mathematics Ph.D. with a Concentration in Statistics. Students interested in pursuing graduate studies in statistics should our statistics application information page.


  Considerations of the Admissions Committee

Applications will be evaluated based on the following 5 elements:

  1. Potential for original research work
    Evidence can be presented by
    • preprints of publications
    • Honors or Masters theses
    • specific information included in the letters of recommendation and the statement of purpose.
  2. Letters of recommendation
    3 RECOMMENDATION LETTERS ARE REQUIRED FROM QUALIFIED RECOMMENDERS; at least two (2) of the recommenders should be College or University-level Mathematics Professors, who either taught the applicant in advanced mathematical coursework (beyond the calculus sequence), or who supervised the applicant on a research project of a mathematical nature. Letters should be substantial, and should address mathematical abilities and potential for success in the field of interest.
  3. Grades on mathematics-related coursework
    Particular emphasis is placed on
    • Bridge to Abstract Mathematics;
    • Elementary Abstract Algebra; and
    • Intermediate Analysis,
    as these courses provide both a crucial body of knowledge and the opportunity to develop mathematical maturity. However, the applicant's record as a whole will be considered.
  4. Standardized test scores
  5. Statement of purpose and evidence of prior accomplishments
    The statement of purpose provides the opportunity for the applicant to identify the areas of mathematics (and related faculty) in which they would be interested to focus their graduate research activity, as well as any prior achievements relevant for the admissions committee review.


  Departmental Priority Application Deadlines

Departmental priority application deadlines for all applications (for both the Masters and Doctoral programs, for both domestic and international applicants, and for teaching assistantships) are:

  • Fall term: February 1st
  • Spring term: October 1st

Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. Applications received after the Priority Deadline, but before the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space-available basis. See the University Office of Admissions website for final deadlines. All supporting materials (test scores, transcripts, etc.) must be received by the stated deadline. Any supporting materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.


  University International Application Deadlines

The University deadlines for international applications to the Masters program are

  • Fall term: June 1st
  • Spring term: September 15th

The University deadlines for international applications to the Ph.D. program are

  • Fall term: February 15th
  • Spring term: September 15th

International applications received by these deadlines but after departmental priority deadlines will receive maximum consideration for admissions, but may be placed on a waiting list for teaching assistantships.


  University Sponsored Fellowships Application Deadlines

The University of South Florida offers three highly competitive graduate fellowships for new students who wish to begin a Doctoral program in the fall.

The Department may nominate one qualified applicant to each for further consideration. Due to early University deadlines, the departmental application deadline for consideration is January 7th. Students must also identify themselves to the Graduate Admissions Director at as meeting the requirements for consideration by this date.

See our funding page for other funding opportunities.


  Graduate Application Links

Applicants can learn more about the application process at USF Graduate Admissions Website.

Applicants must apply online via the VZcollege system to either the USF Graduate School or International Graduate Admissions:

Download, complete, and upload to the VZcollege system (under “MY WORKSPACE”, then “MY DOCUMENTS”) the following departmental forms:

  1. Application form for Graduate Study in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
  2. Application form for Graduate Teaching Assistantship (if applying for a Teaching Assistantship).

THE ONLINE AND DEPARTMENT APPLICATIONS ARE BOTH REQUIRED or your admissions file will be incomplete. The Department cannot view your application until it is complete.

When your application is complete with all required documents, please inform the department's Graduate Coordinator at .


  Comments on the Online Application Process

  • You will provide the names and e-mail address of the authors of your letters of recommendation. The VZcollege system will send instructions for uploading letters to the recommenders with your request.
  • Transcripts are not required from former USF degree-seeking students. All transcripts must be in English or accompanied by a certified translation.
  • Admission decisions can be made on unofficial documents. To satisfy deadline requirements, applicants should upload copies of all transcripts and GRE and/or English test scores with their application. However, students who are offered admission to USF will be required to submit official transcripts and test scores to the Office of Admissions (address below). Failure to do so may result in registration holds if official documents are not received in a timely fashion.

  Office of Admissions

If you experience problems, you may contact the Office of Admissions at 813-974-3350.
The Office of Admissions prefers that all documents be uploaded through the online application. However, documents such as official transcripts should be sent to the Office of Admissions at

University of South Florida
Admissions
4202 East Fowler Avenue, SVC 1036
Tampa, FL 33620-6900

For reporting GRE and/or English test scores, the institution code for USF is 5828.


  Application Checklist

Your application to the Mathematics Graduate Program will be complete if the following items are submitted:

Completed online Application to Graduate Studies at USF.

Transcripts from institution(s) which have granted the applicant a degree:
     Copies uploaded for the department's review and 1 original mailed to the Office of Admissions.

Test Scores — GRE and TOEFL (international applicants only). The institution code for USF is 5828.

Three recommendation letters, requested with your online application and uploaded by the letter writers.

Departmental application form uploaded with your online Admissions application.

Teaching Assistanship application uploaded with your online Admissions application
     (if interested in a fellowship or a teaching assistantship).

Contact the Graduate Coordinator at when your application is complete with all required documents.


  Campus Visits

Students interested in our Ph.D. program are welcome to visit our campus to learn more about the Program. Interested students should contact the Graduate Coordinator at for details.