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.

All application materials should be received in the Department by January 15 to be assured priority consideration. If we receive applications before this date applicants will be eligible for an early interview decision.

There is no application fee. However, before a decision can be made regarding admission the following materials are required as part of your application:

    • Official Transcripts. Transcripts from all college-level institutions you attended, whether or not you received a degree there. You can upload your transcripts into your application, but official copies should be mailed to our department at the address below if you are admitted to our program.

    • Reference letters. You must submit contact information for at least three professional references who are willing to write you a letter of recommendation. At least one of these references should be from the college you most recently attended. Your reference writers will be asked to submit their letter to us directly (online or by postal mail if absolutely necessary).

    • GRE scores. We require a report for both the GRE General Test and the GRE Mathematics Subject Test. With the initial application, you can submit scanned copies of GRE General and Subject Test Scores. If you receive an offer of admission, you will then need to provide an official copy. (The institution Code for the GRE is 2074. Any one of these department codes can be used for GRE: 0702 Appl Math, 0703 Math, or 0799 Other Math Sciences.) Please be sure you take the tests early enough to ensure that the scores reach us by January. Applicants should inquire about test dates, testing center locations and availability well in advance of the deadline, as places in these centers tend to fill up quickly. Information on these examinations is available from the Graduate Record Examinations website.

    • TOEFL scores. With the initial application, you can submit a scanned copy of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if your native language is not English. If you receive an offer of admission, you will then need to provide an official copy. Students who received their entire undergraduate education in the United States, Canada, or the United Kingdom are not required to submit a TOEFL score. However note that all graduate students who teach need to obtain the ITA Language Certification from CMU's Intercultural Communication Center. It can be obtained either by obtaining a sufficiently high TOEFL Speaking score or by passing the ICC ITA test once at CMU.

      Information about TOEFL can be obtained from the TOEFL website. (Institution Code for TOEFL 2074. Department TOEFL code is 72 Math or 54 Applied Math.)

    • 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.

Application Materials Required:

Submit the following items online:

  • Curriculum Vitae (optional)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Scanned copy of your transcript(s)
  • Scanned copy of your General GRE results
  • Scanned copy of your Subject GRE results
  • Scanned copy of your TOEFL/IELTS results
  • Other relevant documents (papers, preprints, or anything else you think would help your application) (optional)
  • Three or More Reference Letters (to be submitted by the reference writers)