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Graduate Applications and Admissions

Please read all the information below before applying. When you are ready to apply you can go directly to the Apply Online web site.

General Information

  1. Prerequisites for admission
  2. Application materials
  3. Application fee
  4. The admission process
  5. Admission as a provisional student
  6. Deadlines (both for the fall and spring semesters)
  7. Financial support
  8. Scholarship opportunities

Additional Information for International Students

  1. GPA for international students with a different grade system
  2. English language requirements
  3. Visas
  4. Housing, health insurance, introductory orientation, and other links

General Information

  1. Prerequisites for admission

    The prerequisites for admission to our graduate program are:
     - an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a program of study in mathematics;
     - a record of achievement that shows strong promise of success in graduate school; and
     - coursework in abstract algebra, linear algebra, and advanced calculus or introduction to analysis (comparable to KU's MATH 500558, and 590.)

    It is also beneficial to have some preparation in probability/statistics or numerical analysis (comparable to MATH 627/628 and 581). Although not required, we also recommend that you take introductory courses in complex analysis, differential equations, and/or topology (comparable to MATH 646 and 647).

  2. Application materials

    The department has suspended the General GRE application requirement for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 admission. Applicants may submit GRE scores, but it is no longer a requirement. The Department does not require the Mathematics Subject GRE. However, applicants may submit their score if they wish.

    The following materials must be submitted online:

    • Transcript from each college or university the applicant has attended,
    • Applicant's résumé/curriculum vitae,
    • A list of textbooks used in the applicant's mathematics courses beyond calculus (please include authors),
    • A statement of purpose indicating the applicant's mathematical preferences and interests, and
    • Three letters of recommendation, submitted directly by the recommenders.
    • In addition, international applicants need to fulfill the University’s English language requirements.

    Non-Degree Seeking. Students who are interested in enrolling in graduate level coursework in the Department of Mathematics without formal admission to a graduate program at KU are encouraged to apply as a non-degree-seeking student. Those choosing this option will need to upload their past transcript(s), other application materials are not required.

    Questions? Please contact:

    Kate Pleskac
    Graduate Academic Advisor
    kate.pleskac@ku.edu

  3. Application fee

    For domestic students, the fee is $65. For international students, the fee is $85. If non-degree seeking, the fee is $30. Unfortunately this fee cannot be waived.

  4. Admission process

    All applications should be submitted online. In general, graduate students are admitted in the fall semester. Our program and course sequences are designed with that in mind. The Graduate Committee of the Department of Mathematics evaluates the candidates and makes recommendations to the Graduate School regarding admission. The number of students admitted into the program changes from year to year and admissions are made on a competitive basis. We consider candidates only after all application materials have been received.

    There are no additional application forms for financial support; students are considered for support based on merit.

    Most PhD students accepted to the program receive an offer of financial support as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA). Nevertheless, the number of GTA positions available is limited and sometimes we cannot offer GTAs to all the students we admit.

    Although the admission process continues until the deadlines stated below we start making GTA offers by early February.

    Students with extremely strong mathematics background may be admitted in the spring semester. The admission procedure is otherwise the same as for the fall semester. It is much more difficult to get a GTA in the spring semester, since most are awarded in the fall.

  5. Admission as a provisional student

    Rarely, students with promising academic records who have not completed a full undergraduate mathematics major may be admitted provisionally. Provisional students will remain on provisional status until they have completed their first nine hours of qualifying enrollment and achieved a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. For additional details, see Provisional Admission in the College. Graduate students admitted provisionally are not eligible to be GTAs. In addition, provisional admission is not available for international students seeking F-1 visa status.

  6. Deadlines for applications

    For Spring 2021 applications, all materials should be received by October 15, 2020.  

    For Fall 2021 applications, all materials should be received by January 31, 2021 to ensure full consideration for admission and financial support. 

    Certain competitive university fellowships, such as the Self Graduate Fellowship (SGF), have earlier deadlines. The Graduate Committee selects SGF nominees based on applications received by December 31, 2020.  

    All fall semester admissions decisions for international students will be made by May 1, 2021 (to allow time to process visa applications). Domestic students who wish to apply for fall admission after May 1 should first consult the Graduate Admissions Director.

  7. Financial support

    Most Ph.D. students are awarded graduate teaching assistantships (GTAs). These are half-time positions (20 hours/week). Most GTAs teach calculus; some teach pre-calculus. A GTA position includes tuition and fees, and an initial nine-month salary of about $18,371. International students must meet additional English language requirements to qualify for GTA positions; see below.

    The Department ordinarily does not award GTA positions to students in the M.A. program.

    Graduate research assistantships (GRAs) are very limited and usually attached to externally funded research projects of faculty members in the department. GRAs are generally awarded to Ph.D. candidates who are ready to be involved in research work.

    The following links provide additional information about GTA positions, benefits, and resources:

  8. Scholarship opportunities

    The Department and University offer several additional opportunities for financial support for PhD students.

    The Self Graduate Fellowship supports exceptional Ph.D. students in a number of areas, including mathematics, who demonstrate the promise to make significant contributions to their fields of study and society as a whole. Departments nominate applicants who have a record of academic excellence and who fit the Self Graduate Fellow Profile. 2020-2021 Self Graduate Fellows receive a stipend of $32,000 per year for four years and participate in the distinctive Fellow Development Program. The program is limited to US citizens.


Additional Information for International Students

  1.  GPA for international students with a different grade system

    Please use the following GPA calculator to determine your GPA if your transcript has a grade/point system different from the one used in the US. To assist the Admissions Committee, you can list your converted GPA on your CV and where applicable on the online applicaton. Graduate Admissions confirms GPA estimates using this same GPA calculator. 

  1. English language requirements

    The University of Kansas requires proof of English proficiency for all international students and domestic non-native English speakers. These requirements cannot be waived under any circumstances. The minimum required scores are determined by the Graduate School and may be found here.

    In addition, the Board of Regents policy on spoken English competency for graduate teaching assistants requires that non-native speakers of English demonstrate English proficiency by obtaining a minimum score of 50 on the SPEAK or TSE, a 22 on the speaking portion of the TOEFL, or an 8 on the IELTS.

    All standardized test scores should be sent directly to KU, using Institutional code 6871 and Department code 0703. We cannot accept scores sent directly by applicants.

  2. Visas

    Once we have your completed (satisfactory) application, including your TOEFL or IELTS scores, and a recommendation for admission as student is made, the department will determine whether we can also offer you a GTA position. If so, the University will then mail you a letter confirming your admission to graduate study, and the Mathematics Department will send you separately an I-20 (immigration) form confirming your GTA appointment and your ability to support yourself financially in the United States.

    If the Mathematics Department cannot offer you a GTA position, and you still want to come, you must provide proof (in the form of certified bank statements) of your ability to support yourself financially for a full year in order to obtain an I-20 form.

    Once you receive your I-20, contact the nearest US Embassy or Consulate to apply for the visa and to arrange an interview. In most cases, you will be granted an F-1 visa at the interview. If something goes wrong, get in touch with us immediately and we will try to help.

    The University of Kansas does not have any restrictions on the number of students who can be admitted from any particular country

  3.  Health insurance, introductory orientation, etc...

    Information about health insurance can be found at http://iss.ku.edu/mandatory-health-insurance.

    International Student Services (ISS) maintains a comprehensive web site. You will find therein further instructions about the different types of visas and other matters of interest to international students.

    International Student Services runs a mandatory 5-day orientation session before classes start in the fall. Please see the ISS Orientation page for dates and to register. This is an excellent way to become familiar with how things work in the US.


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