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The 2024-2025 application clycle runs from October 1, 2023 - January 4th, 2024 at 8:59 pm pacific time. DEADLINES WILL NOT BE EXTENDED FOR ANY REASON
Applicatioon Fee Waivers: The Mathematics Department will provide up to 30 application fee waivers to applicants in need on a first-come, first-served basis:
ALL applicants are eligible to apply for a fee waiver and we encourage you to submit the request if you have a need. Note: The Mathematics PhD program will consider requests on a case by case basis.
*NOTE: if you have applied, and received, a fee waiver for a past application cycle, we are unlikely to grant one for this application cycle.
Questions relating to the evaluation of application files should be directed to: Gina Hernan - Graduate Program Coordinator/Advisor at

Preparation for Graduate Work

In order to be prepared for the master’s or Ph.D. program, it is recommended to have a B.A. or B.S. in mathematics. Having taken more than the bare minimum of required upper-division classes in the mathematics major will be most helpful.

Admission to the Graduate Program

Applications to the graduate program can be submitted through the Graduate Division. The deadline is usually during the first half of January. Admission is decided by a faculty committee and is based on a combination of factors including: GRE scores (because of COVID19 GRE scores are not required for this admissions cycle), letters of recommendation, GPA, and classes taken.

More information is available on the graduate admissions website

Financial Support

The Mathematics Department is strongly committed to the financial support of graduate students who are making good progress toward either the master's or the Ph.D. degree. For the purpose of financial support, a student’s progress is measured against the degree programs and timetables.

A teaching assistantship (TA) is the most common form of financial support for graduate students in good academic standing. TA appointments are usually made at 50 percent time (an assigned workload of approximately 220 hours for the quarter). Teaching assistants are under the supervision of the faculty member responsible for the course.

All students are strongly urged to complete a Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) each year by the start of fall quarter to determine eligibility for need-based awards. Students are also encouraged to apply for support from the Financial Aid Office as well as from the Mathematics Department.

No need-based fellowship can be awarded to a student who does not have a current FAFSA on file. Students facing special financial hardship are urged to make this known to the department in a timely manner.

The Mathematics Department will do everything in its power to ensure that all students in good standing are granted sufficient financial aid to continue their study of mathematics.

Graduate Program Contacts

Longzhi Lin, Graduate Vice Chair | 831-459-4180

Gina Hernan, Graduate Advisor and Program Coordinator