Department of Mathematics

Admission Requirements


Students who wish to apply for admission to the Master of Science in Industrial Mathematics (MSIM) program should

  • Have completed the mathematics or applied mathematics course normally required for the bachelor’s degree with a major in mathematics, statistics, economics, physics, or any science or engineering.
  • Have coursework at the senior level in mathematical analysis, linear algebra and differential equations.
  • Have some familiarity with mathematical software programs such as Mathematica, MATLAB, as well as some knowledge of programing languages.

Application is reviewed based on academic record that shows background for success in the program, and professional goal that would be furthered by the coursework and training in the program, as well as recommendations that indicate the likelihood of success for meeting the program requirements and completing the MSIM degree.

The deadline for applications is January 3 of the desired year of admission. Applications received by this date will receive full consideration for admission to the program. Applications are accepted for Fall Semester only.

How to Apply

Applications to the Master of Science in Industrial Mathematics (MSIM) must include:

  1. MSU Graduate Application at using the program code 3994.

  2. Application to the Department of Mathematics, which you complete by logging into the Graduate Portal at 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. 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. Official transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate), including diplomas and certificates. These are to be sent to our Department Graduate Studies Office directly from the school(s) which you attended.

    MSU requires all incoming admitted students pursuing degrees or who have earned degrees from universities in China to submit a verification report through the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) for their final bachelor degree transcripts. Please go to the CDGDC website at for more details. Our mailing address is:

    • Graduate Studies Office
    • Department of Mathematics
    • 619 Red Cedar Rd. Room C213
    • Michigan State University
    • East Lansing, MI 48824
  5. The bank statement (Affidavit of Support for Graduate International Students at for all international students to upload to the Graduate Portal. Please read the tuition page at for more details.

  6. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores for international students only if English is not their primary language. 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. Please read English Language Proficiency website at for more details.

  7. GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores. The three standard sections of the GRE, verbal, quantitative, and analytic are required for admission.

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



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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