We accept applications from prospective graduate students from national and international undergraduate and masters programs, with degrees mostly (but not exclusively) in mathematical sciences.

Before You Apply:

Ensure you meet the minimum academic requirements.

A four-year baccalaureate degree with a cumulative B average GPA on the most recent baccalaureate or any subsequent graduate degree, plus all academic work completed after the most recent graduation. (See exceptions and details at the Graduate School website.)

Know the deadlines and review dates.

  • Applications are due January 1st, 2018. To be considered for University-wide fellowships and/or for an assistantship, you are encouraged to have all requested application materials sent by this date.

  • Review of complete applications begins in January. Only complete applications are evaluated.

  • First assistantship offers can be made as early as February, and fellowship offers can be made as early as January.

  • We abide by the Council of Graduate Schools resolution regarding the April 15 commitment deadline for offers of financial support.

  • Application review and assistantship offers continue until all Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) positions are filled. Opportunities do sometimes arise after the normal period.

Send your questions to us!

If you have questions on any part of the application process, see our FAQs. Also feel free to email us at gradinfo@math.oregonstate.edu, or contact us by phone at (541) 737-5113.

How to Apply:

Start the Graduate School Online Application. The following documents are required to complete your application:

1. Online application.

  • Please completely fill out the Graduate School's online application. Answers to questions on funding requested, academic tracks, and potential mentors are particularly helpful and may be requested if the application does not list these responses.

2. Transcripts of all graded undergraduate and graduate academic work.

  • Official transcripts are preferred; but during the application process, unofficial or official transcripts are accepted. See this FAQ response for specific transcript requirements. As noted in the online application system, all uploaded documents are unofficial.

3. Statement of purpose.

  • In your statement of purpose, explain why you want to study mathematics at OSU and what fields of mathematics interest you.

  • This can be submitted in the provided text box or uploaded as a separate document.

4. CV or resume. Upload this in the Document Upload section of the online application.

5. A list of upper-division mathematics courses taken.

  • This should include brief course descriptions and textbooks used for all upper-division (junior, senior, or graduate) classes.

6. Three letters of recommendation.

  • Letters should be solicited from individuals who have firsthand knowledge of your mathematical ability and background.

  • The online application system automatically sends an emailed request for recommendation. Mailed recommendations should be sent only in the event that a recommender does not have access to email. Mailed letters should be accompanied with the following signed form: Recommendation Form

7. GRE scores.

  • Applicants are required to submit GRE general scores, and strongly encouraged to submit GRE subject exam scores. This applies especially to applicants seeking an assistantship and to international applicants.

  • GRE test scores are reported directly to the university (institution code 004586, use department code 0000) if you list us as a recipient with the ETS. Scores should be sent so that they will arrive before the January 1st deadline.

  • We can accept photocopies or PDF copies of GRE reports; but if there is any concern about score validity, we reserve the right to request official scores.

For International Students only:

  • Provide to the Graduate School a score report on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Note: The Graduate School's English proficiency requirements for admission are listed here: English proficiency requirements. International students seeking a graduate teaching assistantship should have a TOEFL score above 95 with a subscore of at least 22 on the Speaking section.

After You Apply:

See our FAQs for answers to other questions. Feel free to contact the Graduate Coordinator at any time throughout the process for further inquiries about graduate studies in Mathematics at Oregon State University or the application process.