Application Process

Mathematics & Statistics Department


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Students with any degree and a strong background in math or stats are encouraged to apply.

Entrance Requirements and Procedures

An undergraduate degree in mathematics, statistics (or a related field, such as computer science), or its foreign equivalent is the normal prerequisite to admission.

An applicant who lacks certain lower-level prerequisites for graduate level courses may make up these deficiencies while enrolled in the program. Because the program involves broad and often interdisciplinary programs of study with a wide variety of emphases, the strength of an applicant's general background plays an important role in the admissions process.

If you have questions, you can contact our Director of Graduate Studies umdmathstat_dgs@d.umn.edu or the Graduate School through umdgrad@d.umn.edu or at the following address:

Graduate School
University of Minnesota Duluth
218-726-7523
431 Darland Administration Building

Application Details

  • Transcripts. Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application. Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts, there is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review. If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material.
  • Application fee of $95 for international students and $75 for domestic students (see details). 
  • Scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination are required. We receive them electronically, if you specify UMD as one of the recipients when you take the test. The Duluth campus GRE institutional code is 6873. It is also a good idea to upload and/or self-report your scores as part of your online application. We do not require the GRE Math Subject Test.
  • Letters of recommendation from three people who are familiar with your education/professional background. Request forms for the letter are part of the online application. Please note that you can submit your application even when your letters have not been submitted yet.
  • Personal Statement. It is a part of the online application (Statement #1).
  • Applicants interested in applying for a graduate assistantship or graduate school fellowship must indicate it in the Financial Support section of the online application and identify what type of support they are applying for (most typically it would be the Graduate Teaching Assistantship).

Materials that are part of Program Supplementary Information of the online application are not requested. However, if you wish to supply some of them (i.e., Description of research or work experience, Other credentials, or other), you may do so.

Financial Assistance

Application for financial assistance is distinct from application for admission into the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics. However, all materials supporting an application for financial assistance are to be uploaded in the Program Supplementary Information section of the online application.

The current salary for a typical half-time level is over $15,000 for 9 months. In addition, teaching assistants at the half-time level receive a full waiver of tuition and health insurance benefits. All students including teaching assistants are still responsible for some fees, which are not covered by the waiver. The Department also provides summer support to students working on their research topics. For more information about teaching assistantships please read our GTA Guidelines and GTA Reappointment Policy or check out the Graduate School website. An estimate of living costs and expenses can be found here. Questions can be sent to umdmathstat_dgs@d.umn.edu

Each year the Graduate School awards an extremely small number of fellowships to new students who will enter the University's graduate program the following Fall semester. These one-year fellowships provide a stipend plus tuition for the academic year. Candidates are nominated by our Program in February. Thus, students wishing to be considered for nomination must have all application materials to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics by January 15.

To apply for financial assistance, the applicants must indicate it in the Financial Support section of the online application and identify what type of support they are applying for (most typically it would be the Graduate Teaching Assistantship).

Additional supporting materials and copies of test scores can also be uploaded at an applicant's discretion.

Additional information on fellowships can be found here - Graduate School Fellowship.

Applicants interested in Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Recruiting Fellowship should complete their application by December 1. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for nomination.

Deadlines: Students can apply for financial aid at any time. Those wishing to enter the program in the Fall semester should have all application materials submitted by February 15; late applications will be considered if resources are available. For initial enrollment in the Spring Semester, the deadline is November 1. There are usually a very limited number of GTA positions available in the spring. Therefore, application for financial aid should be submitted as soon as possible.

Special Application Requirements

  • Applicants whose native language is not English (see exceptions) should submit official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Specify the University of Minnesota, Duluth code 6873 when requesting that the scores be sent to the Graduate School. The operational standard for admission to the Graduate School is a score of at least 79 on the Internet based TOEFL with section scores of 21 on writing and 19 on reading (550 on the paper based TOEFL). You may not be eligible immediately for a TA appointment if your speaking score is below 28. It that case you may be required to take an additional language training.

For additional information on assistantships, fellowships and ways to fund graduate school, please see scholarships and financial aid.

Deadlines

Students applying for financial aid should have all application materials submitted on or before January 25; late applications will be considered if resources are available. Hard deadline for applicants seeking to enroll during the Fall Semester is April 20.

For initial enrollment in the Spring Semester, the deadline is November 1. There are usually a very limited number of GTA positions available in the spring. Therefore, application for financial aid should be submitted as soon as possible. 

Deferral or Readmission

Any graduate credits earned at UMD or any other institution expire after seven years (or after five years if you started your study in 2013 or later). That means you can only use the credit towards meeting the graduation requirements within seven (or five) years since you started a particular course.

You can start your graduate studies even if you are at most 7 credits (and at most 2 courses) short of your undergraduate degree.

Additional useful information for international student can be found at International Student Services web.