Thank you for your interest in the Applied Mathematics/Mathematics PhD Programs! The Math Department admits new graduate students to the Fall Semester only. The graduate admissions application for Fall 2024 admission is available as of Wednesday, September 13th, 2023. The deadline to apply is Monday, December 11th, 2023, at 8:59pm Pacific Time. Access the Graduate Division's Online Application. Please read the information on Graduate Division requirements and information required to complete the application.
Copies and "unofficial" transcripts are accepted via the online application system if the name of your institution and your name are on the transcript. Please do not mail original transcripts for the review process.
We require three letters of recommendation, which should be submitted online. We do not accept mailed letters of recommendation. Letters should be received online by the admissions deadline.
To learn more about the program, here is a recording of a recent presentation we held at the 2022 Graduate Diversity Admissions Fair.
Admission to the Ph.D. Program
The Department of Mathematics offers 2 Ph.D. degrees, one in Mathematics and one in Applied Mathematics. Applicants for admission to either Ph.D. program are expected to have preparation comparable to the undergraduate major at Berkeley in Mathematics or in Applied Mathematics. These majors consist of 2 full years of lower-division work (covering calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, and multivariable calculus), followed by 8 one-semester courses including real analysis, complex analysis, abstract algebra, and linear algebra. These eight courses may include some mathematically based courses offered by other departments (e.g., Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, or Economics).
Applicants for admission are considered by the department's Graduate Admissions Committee. The number of students that can be admitted each year is determined by the Graduate Division. In making admissions decisions, the committee conducts a comprehensive review taking into consideration letters of recommendation, level of mathematics preparation, performance in courses, broader impacts (community contributions), research experience, etc.
A Note on the GRE Exams
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the GRE exams will be optional for the Fall 2024 graduate admissions application. You may still submit GRE scores; however, an absence of GRE scores will not negatively impact your application.
For those who choose to take the General GRE and/or the Mathematics Subject GRE exams: to ensure timely reception of official score reports, we recommend you take both exams no later than October; official score reports are due by the admissions deadline. The Educational Testing Service will send your scores to the institutions you specify when you take the exams, please consult their website to see how long it takes for ETS to transmit score reports to institutions. Additional information about the GRE exams, and how to register, can be obtained on the web.
A Note on GPAs
If your undergraduate institution does not use a 4-point grading scale please do not convert your GPA to match the 4.0 scale. Instead, leave the section blank, or write in 0.00. The faculty review committee will be able to see your true academic performance from your uploaded unofficial transcripts. For the "Advanced GPA," our program does not require a GPA calculation spreadsheet.
All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency. Please refer to the Graduate Division's admissions page for information on the English language requirement.
For international applicants, we are pleased to offer a limited number of need based fee waivers each year to eligible applicants. The waiver is available in the program page of the online application and must be submitted by December 1st.
The M.A. in Math
The Department of Mathematics no longer accepts applications for the Master's in Mathematics Program. If you are interested in graduate study at UC Berkeley, please apply for the Applied Mathematics or Mathematics Ph.D. program. The MA application is only available to current Ph.D. students at Berkeley interested in a simultaneous MA in Mathematics.
We expect to make final decisions by the end of February or mid-March.