Carnegie Mellon University

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University invites applications to our graduate program in Mathematics. To be admitted to this program applicants must document competence equivalent to graduation from a recognized U.S. four-year college, university or institute of technology.

There is no application fee. All application materials should be received by January 8 to be assured of full consideration.

The following materials are required or optional (as indicated) as part of your application:

    • Transcripts. You must submit transcripts from every college-level institution you attended, regardless of whether degrees were granted. Transcripts that are not in English should be submitted together with English translations. It is acceptable to submit an unofficial transcript with your application. An official transcript would be required later should you be accepted into the program.

    • Reference letters. You must submit contact information for at least three academic references. At least one reference must be from the college you attended most recently. Your references will be asked to submit their letters of recommendation directly through this website.

    • GRE score. We do not collect scores for the GRE General Test. The GRE Mathematics Subject Test is recommended but not required. Your application would receive full consideration without a score. You may submit an unofficial score with your application. If so, the official test report would be required later should you be accepted into the program.

    • Language Proficiency Test Scores (non-native English speakers). We accept scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Duolingo English Test (DET). The minimum acceptable scores for admission are cumulative TOEFL score 84/120, IELTS 6.5, or DET 105/160. However it is recommended that you have the cumulative TOEFL score 100/120, IELTS 7.5, or DET 120/160. If you receive an offer of admission, you will need to provide an official score. Note that non-native English speakers who teach must obtain the ITA Language Certification from CMU's Intercultural Communication Center Student Academic Success Center. It can be obtained either by achieving a sufficiently high TOEFL Speaking score (26/30) or by passing the ICC ITA test once at CMU.

    • Curriculum Vitae (optional)

    • Statement of Purpose. Your statement of purpose should describe your mathematical background, previous research experience and your primary areas of interest for your future work. Typical statements of purpose are about one or two pages long.

    • Other relevant materials (papers, preprints, or anything else you think would help your application) (optional)


Statement of Assurance

Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap or disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, ancestry, belief, veteran status, or genetic information. Furthermore, Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate and is required not to discriminate in violation of federal, state, or local laws or executive orders.

Inquiries concerning the application of and compliance with this statement should be directed to the university ombudsman, by telephone 412-268-1018, or by email