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What are the admission requirements to the Department of Mathematical Sciences?​

  • The GRE General Test and one GRE Subject Test, though the Subject Test need not be in Mathematics (typically for students interested in AppliedMathematics).

  • The Department considers your GPA and transcriptfrom all prior institutions, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, andother experiences, honors and qualifications found in your CV andpersonal statement. Of particular interest is your performance incalculus, linear algebra and advanced undergraduate or beginninggraduate courses, such as analysis/advanced calculus, abstract algebra, differential equations or others. We are also interested in evidence ofresearch potential.

  • International applicants need to pass theTOEFL (minimum 100, with at least 20 in each section) or IELTS (minimum7.5, with at least 6.5 in each section) language test, unless they have apostsecondary degree from an institution in an English-speakingcountry.​

How long are TOEFL scores valid?

2 years.

When are admission decisions made?

The Graduate Committee typically begins making decisions after January 15 for the fall semester and after November 15 for the spring semester. We typically start sending out offers about a month later.​

Does your program accept Conditional admittance?

Yes. Please contact Nigel Caplan at: nacaplan@udel.edu.​

I'd like to schedule a visit to the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Whom may I contact?

Please email the Graduate Coordinator Pam Irwin (irwin@udel.edu)​.

Where do I find the Application to Graduate Studies in Mathematical Sciences?

To begin, continue, or check the status of, your application, please see UD's Graduate College website​.

What is the deadline for my application to be received?

Fall semester - January 15

Spring semester - November 15

Students not requesting funding may apply up until July 1st.​

Do I need a MS degree to apply for a PhD degree?

No.

What is the minimum GRE score?

The Graduate Committee prefers a minimum of 290 (Verbal + Analytical).​

Is the GRE Subject test required?

Yes but it is not required that it be in Math.

Will my application be considered without the GRE Subject test?

Yes. However an applicant who has similar credentials otherwise and a goodscore on the test might have an advantage over you.​

What are the minimum language requirements?​

If you are from a country where English is not the primary language, you must take either the TOEFL or the IELTS exam. Applicants must score at least:

600 on the paper-based TOEFL exam, or 100 on the TOEFL iBT, with a minimum score of 20 in each section, or 7.5 on the IELTS with a minimum score of 6.0 in each subsection.

These scores can be waived under certain circumstances​.​ Please view the Graduate College website for more details (under TOEFL/IELTS Test Scores)​.​​

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