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 December 20 to be assured of full consideration.

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

    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Purpose
      Your statement of purpose should describe your mathematical background and interests, previous research experiences, as well as directions and goals you would like to pursue for your graduate studies. Information about your background or activities that helps identify your potential to grow and achieve will also be considered. Typical statements of purpose are about one or two pages long.
    • Transcripts
      You need to submit transcripts from undergraduate and graduate programs you attended. Transcripts that are not in English should be submitted together with English translations. You may submit an unofficial transcript with your application; in this case official transcripts will be required later should you be accepted into the program.
    • Reference letters
      You must submit contact information for at least three academic references. Your references will be directly asked to submit their letters of recommendation through this website.
    • Subject GRE score (optional)
      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 86/120, IELTS 6.5, or DET 110/160. However, it is recommended that you have the cumulative TOEFL score 100/120, IELTS 7.5, or DET 120/160. Test scores should be no more than 2 years old. If you are a non-native English speaker, you need to provide a score even if you attended a U.S. undergraduate institution. If you receive an offer of admission, you will need to provide an official score.

      Once enrolled, non-native English speakers must obtain the ITA Language Certification from CMU's Student Academic Success Center. It can be obtained either by achieving a sufficiently high TOEFL Speaking score (26/30) or by passing the ITA test once at CMU.


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 Office for Institutional Equity and Title IX, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, telephone 412-268-7125.

Obtain general information about Carnegie Mellon University by calling 412-268-2000.