The Math Department accepts students interested in pursuing a PhD in pure or applied mathematics, and students interested in a Master's degree in actuarial science. We do not offer part-time study options or admissions as a non-degree seeker. All students admitted to the PhD program are offered financial support.
Admission to the Math Department is highly competitive. In recent years, we have seen almost 400 students per year apply to be among an incoming class of usually no more than fifteen students.
The Department's Graduate Admissions Committee will consider the following factors in arriving at its decision concerning the admission of an applicant:
- Undergraduate academic record, especially performance in upper-division, conceptually oriented mathematics classes;
- Performance in prior graduate mathematics courses (if applicable);
- Letters of recommendation;
- The contents of the personal statement, especially as they relate to the intellectual preparedness of the applicant to undertake graduate studies in mathematics or to special circumstances in an applicant's background that might indicate the potential for success in a graduate mathematics program;
- Undergraduate research experience;
- Performance on the GRE (general and subject); and
- Performance on the TOEFL (if applicable).
To be competitive, a candidate usually needs a program of coursework like the following (this is only a guideline; and it is possible, particularly for students in applied mathematics, to be competitive with more varied backgrounds):
- A standard set of introductory undergraduate courses would include the calculus sequence, linear algebra, and differential equations.
- A solid set of advanced undergraduate courses would include two semesters of proof-based analysis, two semesters of proof-based abstract algebra, and at least one of topology.
- A variety of other classes, like complex analysis or probability or differential geometry help with breadth.
- The best predictor of success in any graduate program is success in one or more introductory graduate courses.
If you are accepted for admission to our graduate program, you will automatically be considered for financial assistance; so no separate application for financial assistance is required.
In special circumstances, we also consider students applying for admission without financial support from us. If you do not need financial assistance because you expect external funding from another source, and would like to be considered for admission without support, you should indicate this clearly in your statement of purpose, including the source and amount of funding you expect to receive. Applicants claiming external support should not in general expect to be offered financial assistance by the math department, and may be asked to provide proof of external funding before admissions decisions are made.
Students interested in statistics should apply to the Division of Statistics. Students interested in a Master's degree in math education may be interested in applying to the Science and Mathematics Education Program offered in the College of Education.
Applications are now open and the deadline for applying for Fall 2018 is December 15, 2017. If all required materials are not received by the deadline, then we cannot make a decision. Materials received after the application deadline are not guarenteed to receive full consideration. Applications are accepted for Fall semester only. Math Department offices will close December 22, 2017 and will reopen January 2, 2018. Between these dates, there will be no responses to inquiries made to the Math Department. Starting January 2, inquiries will be addressed in the order in which they were received.
Applicants must submit the official online application, official transcripts, test scores, and processing fees to the Graduate and International Admissions Center. Please visit the GIAC website for specific and detailed instructions regarding the application process. After reviewing GIAC and Math Department instructions on how to apply, please complete the ApplyTexas online application.
Regarding transcripts sent to GIAC:
You will upload a scan of your official transcript(s) after you have submitted your application for admission and paid the application fee. After you have submitted your application you will receive an email that contains a link to the Status Check web page where you will be able to upload your transcript.
Please do not mail official transcripts to GIAC or to the Math Department. When a student is admitted to our program, GIAC will ask that official paper transcripts be mailed or delivered in person.
The following items are also required by the Math Department :
o General GRE and Subject GRE. The Mathematics Subject GRE score must be submitted along with the General test score. Official scores are reported directly to UT Austin (GIAC) when you select our University code. Applications received without the Mathematics Subject GRE score will be accepted, but we cannot guarantee that they will receive equal consideration. GRE Subject scores are also expected for applicants to the Master's program in Actuarial Science. If your official scores are only available after the December 15 deadline, we recommend you obtain your scores on the ETS website and self report these in a separate document. Please title this document “General GRE and/or Subject GRE Scores”, and upload it as a “miscellaneous document” via your Status Check page. For more information on test scores, please see this page: https://gradschool.utexas.edu/how-to-apply
o Statement of purpose - 1-2 pages describing your research area of interest, listing any publications, and descriptions of previous or current research work. If you maintain a personal website or mathematics blog and you would like to share this with us, please include the URL in this document. Will be submitted via your Status Check page after submission of the ApplyTexas form.
o Three letters of recommendation - must be submitted via the UT Austin recommendation system.
o Resume - include any awards, honors or other important items you wish to highlight. Will be submitted via your Status Check page after submission of the ApplyTexas form.
o Other Documents - Although not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit samples of your publications, thesis, research notes, etc. to support your application Please submit these items as a “miscellaneous document” via your Status Check page.
o TOEFL - (International students only) Please submit per the instructions above for the GRE. IELTS scores may not be substituted for TOEFL scores. If you have not yet received your official test results, self-report your test score(s) in a separate document and title this as “TOEFL Scores”, and upload as a “miscellaneous document” via your Status Check page.
After you have submitted the ApplyTexas application, it will take approximately one to two business days to load into UT's system. When GIAC receives your application you will receive an email with your UT EID and password. Your UT EID is an identifier that UT Austin uses for applicants and students. Do not create an additional UT EID. You must use the one assigned to you after you submit your application. If you are a previous or current student of UT Austin, you should use your existing UT EID.
CHECKING YOUR APPLICATION STATUS
It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure application materials are submitted and received. Notification of admission decisions will be made via email. The basic timeline for the Mathematics Admissions Committee is outlined below:
December 15 – applications due, 12 Midnight.
January – Admissions Committee begins reviewing applications.
February – mid-March – Graduate Adviser sends offers to candidates. If you do not receive an offer during this time, it does not mean you application is not going to be considered. We maintain a waitlist and we continue to make offers until the April 15 deadline. In general, the majority of our offers are extended during the time period of mid-February through mid-March. Additional questions regarding applications can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Application status information will not be given via the telephone.
Additional application information for international students:
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all international students whose native country's primary language is not English. International students must be able to speak fluent English in order to receive support as a Mathematics graduate student. We expect international students to score at least 109 on the internet-based test, as well as pass an oral English assessment exam to be administered after your arrival at UT Austin. If you do not have these minimum TOEFL scores your chances of acceptance are small. Please review the information on test scores on GIAC’s website for detailed information. We do not accept IELTS in lieu of TOEFL scores. To see if you qualify for a TOEFL exam waiver, please see this page: https://gradschool.utexas.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/international-students
If you expect to receive fellowship or scholarship assistance from a government agency in your home country, please mention this in your Statement of Purpose.
Additional application information regarding changes of major:
The Math Department will consider requests for transfers from other departments within UT Austin. Current students wishing to apply to Mathematics should complete the GIAC Change of Major application form after obtaining the approval of the Graduate Adviser.
Council of Graduate Schools Resolution (renewed October 2009 by most U.S. universities)
Acceptance of an offer of financial support (such as a graduate scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, or assistantship) for the next academic year by a prospective or enrolled graduate student completes an agreement that both student and graduate school expect to honor.
Students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15; earlier deadlines for acceptance of such offers violate the intent of the Resolution. In those instances in which a student accepts an offer before April 15, and subsequently desires to withdraw that acceptance, the student may submit in writing a resignation of the appointment at any time through April 15. However, an acceptance given or left in force after April 15 commits the student not to accept another offer without first obtaining a written release from the institution to which a commitment has been made. Similarly, an offer by an institution after April 15 is conditional on presentation by the student of the written release from any previously accepted offer.
For questions about the Department of Mathematics graduate program, application procedures, please contact the Graduate Coordinator: