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 will be 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 letters of recommendation that indicate the likelihood of success for meeting the program requirements and completing the MSIM degree.

Applications for the 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.

How to Apply

A complete application for the MSIM program includes the following:

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

  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. 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 set of transcripts. We will forward the original transcript to the Office of Admissions.

  6. GRE Scores - The three standard sections of the GRE, verbal, quantitative, and analytic are required for admission.

  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

  8. The bank statement (Affidavit of Support for Graduate International Students at for all international students to upload to the Graduate Portal.

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


For any additional questions regarding the program curriculum and/or the extension deadline for the application to the MSIM program, contact us 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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