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 2021 admission is now open,

The deadline for the fall 2021 admissions cycle is December 15th, 2020 at 8:59 pm Pacific Standard Time.
 Please do NOT send updated transcripts, publications, etc. after this deadline. Applications will not be updated after the deadline with transcripts showing fall 2020 grades. Letter writers are still able to upload letters of recommendation via the Slate submission links, but there is no guarantee that the committee will have them available for review since the application deadline has passed. 

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 the admissions deadline. 


A Note on the GRE Exams

**UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the General GRE and Mathematics Subject GRE exams are not required for the Fall 2021 graduate admissions application. You may still submit GRE scores; however, an absence of GRE scores will not negatively impact your application.

For those who are able 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


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 2019 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

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.  



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