# Admissions

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 2023 admission will open in mid-September.**Access the Graduate Division's Online Application here: http://grad.berkeley.edu/admissions/index.shtml.
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.

**Admission to the PhD Program**

The Department of Mathematics offers 2 PhD degrees, one in Mathematics and one in Applied Mathematics. Applicants for admission to either PhD 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 2023 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 at http://www.GRE.org.

**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.

**International Students**

All applicants from countries in which the official language is not
English are required to submit official evidence of English language
proficiency. This requirement applies to applicants from Bangladesh,
Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East, Israel, the
People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, most
European countries, and non-English-speaking countries in Africa.

If you have completed at least one year of full-time academic course
work with grades of B or better in residence at a U.S. university, you
do not need to take a standardized test. Instead, you must submit an
official transcript from the U.S. university.

We will only accept TOEFL tests administered by the Educational Testing
Service and sent to us directly by the TOEFL office. The institution code for Berkeley is **4833**.
You may submit a photocopy of the Examinee’s Score Report for review
purposes only, but this is not a substitute for an official score
report.

For purposes of admission, your most recent score must be at least 90
for the Internet-based test (iBT). Students wishing to be appointed as
teaching assistants in their first year should have a score of 26 on the speaking section of
the iBT.

Please refer to the Graduate Division's admissions page for information on the English language requirement: https://grad.berkeley.edu/admissions/steps-to-apply/requirements/#panel-roficiency1-3

For international applicants, we are pleased to offer a limited number of need based fee waivers each year to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis. All waivers for the Fall 2022 cycle have been offered and we are not able to consider additional waiver requests.

**The MA 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 Cal please apply for the Applied Math or Math PhD program. The MA application is only available to current Ph.D. students at Berkeley interested in a simultaneous MA in Mathematics.

**Decisions **

We expect to make final decisions by the end of February or mid-March.** **

**Email Math Graduate Admissions**

After reading the above material and our FAQ page, if you have further questions on admission to our program you can send an email to grads-math [at] berkeley [dot] edu.