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Mathematics & Statistics

Applying to the Graduate Program in Mathematics

Admissions Requirements

Students seeking admission to the M.A. Program in Mathematics at the University of South Florida should satisfy the following requirements:

  • A Bachelor's degree or equivalent in mathematical sciences or a related area
  • Minimum score of 155 on the Quantitative portion of the GRE General Test. The Department recommends a score of 158 or higher on the Quantitative portion of the GRE General Test. The Department also considers Verbal and Analytical Writing scores when assessing an applicant's potential for success in the Graduate Program.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) in undergraduate Mathematics courses and, specifically, in the following courses (or their equivalents):
    1. Elementary Abstract Algebra
    2. Bridge to Abstract Mathematics
    3. Intermediate Analysis

Students seeking admission to the Ph.D. Program in Mathematics at the University of South Florida should satisfy the following additional requirements:

  • Either:
    • A Master's degree or equivalent in mathematical sciences or a related area; or
    • A Bachelor's degree or equivalent in mathematical sciences or a related area with a strong record of undergraduate/graduate mathematics courses (including the three courses cited above)
  • Minimum score of 155 on the Quantitative portion of the GRE General Test. The Department recommends a score of 158 or higher on the Quantitative portion of the GRE General Test. The Department also considers Verbal and Analytical Writing scores when assessing an applicant's potential for success in the Graduate Program.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 (on a scale of 4.0) in graduate and/or upper-level undergraduate Mathematics courses (specifically, in the three courses cited above)

Note: At the discretion of the Graduate Admissions Committee, Ph.D. applicants may be recommended for admission to the Master's Program provisionally. The Graduate Admissions Committee may also provisionally admit applicants from other majors to the Master's Program if they meet the GPA requirement.

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 Program Coordinator, Jacqueline Lee, for details.

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines for international applicants and teaching assistants are:

  • Fall term: June 1st
  • Spring term: August 1st

Application deadlines for US citizens and US permanent residents who do not seek financial assistance are:

  • Fall term: February 15th
  • Spring term: October 1st

Graduate Application and Supplementary Application Forms

Applicants should apply either to the USF Graduate School or International Graduate Admissions:

  1. Applications to the USF Graduate School are online: USF Graduate Admissions Application.
  2. International students should apply to International Graduate Admissions.

Upload the following department forms with the USF Graduate Admissions online application (above):

  1. Application form for Graduate Study in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. THE ONLINE AND DEPARTMENT APPLICATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Please submit both applications or your admissions file will be incomplete. Click on the links above for access.
  2. Application form for Graduate Teaching Assistantship (if applying for a Teaching Assistantship).
  3. 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.

Applications will be evaluated based on the following 5 elements:

  • Potential for original research work
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Grades on mathematics-related coursework
  • Standardized test scores
  • Statement of purpose and evidence of prior accomplishments

Evidence for potential in original research may be represented, e.g., by preprints of publications, Honors or Masters theses, or specific information included in the letters of recommendations. 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.

Please note:

  • Completed forms for items (1) and (2) should be uploaded with your VZ online Admissions application (under “MY WORKSPACE”, then “MY DOCUMENTS”).
  • Request three (3) Letters of Recommendation by e-mail with your VZ Application. Please see Number 3 above for requirements. Instructions for uploading letters are sent to the recommenders with your request.
  • Upload copies of all transcripts for the department's review. Official transcripts of your undergraduate and graduate (if any) degrees should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. While admission decisions can be made on unofficial documents, students who are offered admission to USF are required to submit official transcripts and test scores to the Office of Admissions at the following address. Failure to do so may result in registration holds if official documents are not received in a timely fashion.
  • The Office of Admissions mailing address is:

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

  • Uploading all documents with the Office of Admissions online Application is preferred. If you experience problems, you may contact the Office of Admissions at 813-974-3350. When your application is complete with all required documents, please inform the department's Graduate Coordinator, Jacqueline Lee.

  1. For international students, submitting official passing English speaking scores is a University requirement. Please see this website: Office of Graduate Studies, University Admissions Criteria and Policies.
  2. For reporting GRE and/or English test scores, the institution code for USF is 5828. See your respective program's webpage for GRE requirements.

Applicants may also wish to consult the Application Checklist.