Department of Mathematics

Graduate Admission Procedure

The Departmental deadline for applications to the PhD programs in mathematics and applied mathematics is January 20 of the desired year of admission. Applications received by this date will receive full consideration for admission to the program. Applicants who wish to be considered for merit based College and University fellowships must apply by December 1 of the prior year.

Applications for the Master of Science in Industrial Mathematics (MSIM) program are required to be completed by January 20, 2022 for early admission, or contact us at if submitting an application later. For more information about the MSIM program, follow the link at the side of the page.

A complete application includes the following:

  1. MSU Graduate Application at
  2. Application to the Department of Mathematics, which you complete by logging into using your applicant ID and password issued when you completed the MSU Graduate Application.
  3. Three letters of recommendation are required and these are included in the Graduate Portal also. There is a place for you to list the name and email of your recommenders and they will be contacted and asked to upload a letter for you.
  4. Download and fill out the Math / STT Courses form. This form should contain the Math and Statistics Classes you have (or will have) taken at the Junior, Senior, or Graduate level. You can download the form here . Once you have it downloaded, fill it out and upload it through the Graduate Portal. If you need to list more courses please use an additional form.
  5. Official transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate), including diplomas and certificates. These are to be sent to our Department directly from the school(s) which you attended.

    Our address is:

    Graduate Office
    Department of Mathematics
    619 Red Cedar Rd. Room C213
    Michigan State University
    East Lansing, MI 48824

    There is no need to send more than one transcript. We will forward the original transcript to the Office of Admissions.
  6. GRE Scores - The GRE subject test in mathematics is strongly recommended but not required.
  7. TOEFL Scores (International Students Only) - Applicants for whom English is not their primary language are required to submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores. TOEFL scores must meet the University minimum requirements: no subscore below 19 for reading, listening, and speaking; no writing subscore below 22; with a minimum total score of 80. For more details see: LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY.pdf

Applications are accepted for Fall Semester only. We do not accept applications for Spring or Summer Semester.

Applications are accepted for the PhD program or for the Masters program in Industrial Math. only. We do not accept applications for the Masters program in mathematics or applied mathematics. These programs are restricted to students in PhD programs at MSU.

Applications to the Ph.D. program from US citizens and lawful permanent residents with GRE Mathematics subject test score in the upper 50th percentile are eligible to have the MSU application fee waived. Please contact the Graduate Office ( directly before submitting your application.

You will be able to check your application status through the Graduate Portal found at

For any questions that you might have please email


Doctoral Degrees in Mathematics

  1. Ph.D. Degree in Mathematics
  2. Ph.D. Degree in Applied Mathematics
  3. Dual Ph.D. Degree

The Master's Degree in Mathematics

  1. Master of Science Degree in Industrial Mathematics
  2. Master of Science Degree in Mathematics*
  3. Master of Science Degree with Concentration in Applied Mathematics*
  4. Master of Arts for Teachers Degree**

* These degrees are open only to students currently enrolled in a PhD program at MSU

** This program is currently being revised.


Department of Mathematics
Michigan State University
619 Red Cedar Road
C212 Wells Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone: (517) 353-0844
Fax: (517) 432-1562

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