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M.S. Admissions

The deadline for Fall 2022 entry applications is February 1, 2022. 

The Mathematics Department offers Master's degrees in

Note: Admissions for the Quantitative Finance & Risk Management Master's Degree programs differ from the other programs offered in the Mathematics department. Please visit the Quant admissions page for more information.

Master's Application Requirements

  1. Three Letters of Recommendation  (May submit up to 5 letters, but only 3 are required.)
  2. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  3. Academic Statement of Purpose (concise - no limit)
  4. Personal Statement (500 word limit)
  5. TOEFL or IELTS Exam (Non-native English speakers)
  6. GRE General/Subject Test (optional)
    *** GRE test results (either the General test or Math Subject test) are not a required part of the application. However, students who have taken the General and/or Math subject test and would like to submit their test results as part of their application are welcome to do so. In this case, an unofficial copy of test results may be submitted with the application to save on reporting fees. Official scores may be requested later if needed.

Application Timeline

The Mathematics Department's graduate programs only accept applications for Fall semesters.

General Requirements for Admission

A student must have completed a bachelor's degree at an accredited college or university in order to be considered for admission.

Admissions for the Quantitative Finance & Risk Management Master's Degree Programs  differ from the other programs offered in the Mathematics department. We are now accepting applications for this program; please visit the Quant admissions page for more information.

Applied & Interdisciplinary Mathematics (AIM) Master's Admission Requirements

We admit AIM Master's students from a variety of academic backgrounds. More information about admission requirements for the AIM Master's degree programs can be found here.

Mathematics Master's Admission Requirements

The undergraduate major need not be mathematics, but a student should have mastered material roughly equivalent to the undergraduate mathematics major at The University of Michigan including:

  • three semesters of calculus
  • one or two semesters of differential equations
  • one semester courses in modern algebra, linear algebra, geometry or topology
  • advanced calculus of one and several variables

In addition, a student should have completed at least three additional mathematics courses and at least two courses in related fields such as statistics, computer science, or the physical sciences. Students with strong records in less comprehensive programs will be considered for admission but if admitted should expect to spend the first one or two semesters in graduate school completing their undergraduate preparation in mathematics. 

Application Requirement Details

GRE, TOEFL, and IELTS Tests

  • GRE and GRE Math subject test scores are optional. Applicants are welcome to submit a GRE score if they wish, but applicants will not be at a disadvantage if they choose not to.
  • TOEFL or IELTS exam is required for students whose native language is not English
  • TOEFL and IELTS exams should not be older than two years as of the Admission Deadline.
  • Minimum TOEFL and IELTS scores must meet Rackham's requirements here.
  • TOEFL or IELTS Exemptions are only given per Rackham's rules here.
  • ETS school code for the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School is 1839

Letters of recommendation

Letters of recommendation play an especially crucial role in the admission process. At least three letters are required, and up to five may be submitted. Applicants should choose as recommenders people who know their strengths and weaknesses relevant to graduate study in mathematics. The most useful letters are those which list in some detail the accomplishments of the student and make direct comparisons with other students who have succeeded at major U.S. graduate schools. Foreign students already in the U.S. should submit letters from their U.S. institution, whenever possible. Please register your recommenders for the electronic Letters of Recommendation when using the Online Application.  Letters received after the application deadline will be accepted, but should be received within 1 week of that deadline.

Those students who will have completed a Master's degree in Mathematics by the time they begin studies at The University of Michigan must apply to the Ph.D. program. Others may apply to either program. It is possible, but not automatic, to move from one program to the other.

Academic Statement of Purpose

Focus your academic statement on your mathematical interests, research experience, published papers, math camps, teaching & tutoring experience etc. Be sure to mention any specific faculty with whom you wish to work.Personal Statement:Focus your personal statement on what makes you unique, any struggles you have experienced and overcome, and why you feel U-M Math is the right place for you.  Be sure to include any hardships you have experiencedand how you overcame them. These could be financial, familial, or personal.

Transcript Submission

The Mathematics Admissions Committee will review uploaded transcripts with university logos during the application process.  While these are considered "unofficial" transcripts because they have been opened from their original sealed envelopes, they are acceptable.  If an applicant receives an offer of admission, an official transcript in a sealed envelope will need to be mailed from the institution directly to the Rackham Graduate School.

Please submit your most current transcript with your online application by the due date.  If you would like the Admissions Committee to see your Fall term scores, you may email them to math-grad-office@umich.edu after the due date, and they will be included with your application. 

Note: All credentials submitted for admission consideration become the property of the University of Michigan and will not be returned in original or copy form.

Additional Information: Please visit the admissions page of the Rackham Graduate School for additional information regarding admission including: minimum graduate school requirements, residency, and application fees.   Unfortunately, application fee waivers are not available for international students.

Financial Support for Master's Students

Master's Programs

Most of our Master's programs do not offer any form of financial support. The one Master's program that offers full support is the Marjorie Lee Browne Scholars program.

After Admission

The department holds a welcome and orientation session the Monday of the week before classes begin.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the Department of Mathematics at (734) 615-3439. You can also e-mail us at: math-grad-admissions@umich.edu