Welcome prospective graduate students! The Math Department admits new graduate students to the Fall Semester only. The graduate admissions application for fall 2018 is now live


Online Application

Application Deadline: 8:59 PM (PT)/11:59 PM (ET)December 15, 2017.   Supplemental materials (letters of recommendation and test scores) should also be uploaded by this date.

Please do NOT send updated transcripts, publications, etc. after this deadline. 

The Graduate Division's Online Application will be available in early September at: Please read the information on Graduate Division requirements and information required to complete the application.

Copies and "unofficial" transcripts are accepted if the name of your institution and your name the transcript via the online application system.   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 recived online by 8:59 PM (PT)/11:59 PM (ET) December 15, 2017.


A Note on the GRE Exams

We require both the General GRE and 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 December 15th 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. Our departmental code is 0703. Additional information about the GRE exams, and how to register, can be obtained on the web at

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. Tests taken before June 2016 will not be accepted, even if your score was reported to Berkeley. 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.

The MA in Math

In recent years few MA students have been admitted from outside the university. A small number of pre-PhD students have been admitted. These are promising candidates whose preparation is not yet sufficient for PhD study, and who are initially admitted for the MA degrees. The progress of pre-PhD students is reviewed late in the Spring semester. Those deemed prepared are eligible to advance to the PhD program, by completing a routine Petition to Change Program, obtainable from the Graduate Assistant. Completion of the requirements for the MA is not required.



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


Email Math Graduate Admissions

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