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Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission to full graduate status, an applicant must have a bachelor's degree in mathematics or a closely related field, a minimum overall QPA of 3.0 (relative to a possible maximum of 4.0) in all undergraduate subjects, and a minimum QPA of 3.25 in the mathematics curriculum. It is desirable that the applicant's undergraduate background include courses in calculus, linear and abstract algebra, differential equations, and real and complex analysis. It is also strongly suggested that applicants provide their scores on the GRE General Test and, if possible, on the GRE Subject Test in mathematics.

How to Apply

Before applying, please read the descriptions of the graduate programs. Please also refer to the admission requirements.

All applicants to the program must apply online. We are not permitted to accept hardcopy applications.

The deadline for consideration for admission and financial aid for graduate
applications is January 15 for the following fall semester.

  • $50 check or payment voucher if you chose to pay your application fee by credit card
  • Official GRE scores from ETS are optional but strongly recommended.
  • Students will be required to upload copies of their undergraduate transcripts and when applicable graduate transcripts.  Certified transcripts and translations of all undergraduate and graduate study will be required at the time of matriculation (upon arrival prior to registration).  Admissions will be contingent upon submission of official transcripts certifying the receipt of the baccalaureate degree.
  • Three letters of recommendation from evaluators who can address your potential for success in a graduate program in the mtathematical sciences. The referee should use one of the following forms: DOC or PDF. Evaluators have the option of submitting the letters online.
  • A statement of purpose (intellectual and professional goals and a short essay on why you want to study in this department).

International Applicants

  • Submission of the TOEFL or IELTS is a University requirement for all applicants whose native language is not English (even if English has been the medium of instruction in your courses). The required minimum TOEFL score of 90 (with at least a score of 22 in all of the four sections of speaking, listening, reading and writing) will be required for applicants. The required minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in each of its four sections) will be required for applicants. TOEFL scores submitted must not be more than two years old (only applicants who have recently received a degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States are exempt from submission of the TOEFL). An official copy of the test score must be sent directly from ETS or IELTS The institution code number for the University of Pittsburgh is 2927. Personal copies of test scores are not acceptable.
  • Non-U.S. citizens: International Graduate Student Supplemental Application Forms Academic Year 2016-2017. This form is required for international admittance if departmental recommendation for admission is offered.
  • The University of Pittsburgh has an office that provides guidance in issues such as the application process and immigration. Read more about the Office of International Services at, or call 412-624-7120.
  • Additional information for international applicants is also available.

If you are having ETS send documents directly, you will need the correct codes. The code for the University of Pittsburgh is 2927. The code for GRE scores for the Department of Mathematics is 0703 and the code for the TOEFL score is 72.

Mail applications materials (including transcripts) to the department at the following address:

Graduate Admissions Committee
Department of Mathematics
301 Thackery Hall
139 University Place
Pittsburgh, PA  15260

Financial Aid


Teaching assistants and teaching fellows (PhD students only) normally conduct six hours of undergraduate recitation and laboratory sections per week, hold office hours, and do some grading. In return, they receive tuition remission, a living stipend, and healthcare benefits. The current (2014-15) two-term total value of a teaching assistantship is $17,130; teaching fellowship, $17,800.

Research assistantships are given by faculty members who hold research grants that include money for graduate student assistants. Therefore, duties and stipends vary. However, students receive the same tuition remission and healthcare benefits as teaching assistants. A research assistantship currently has a two-term total value in excess of $16,785.

Mellon fellowships (PhD students only) are University fellowships that offer tuition remission and living stipends. Mellon fellows have no duties other than those imposed by their academic programs of study. Exceptionally strong second- and third-year students are encouraged to apply for these fellowships. The current two-term total value of a Mellon fellowship (2014-2015) is $21,150.

Contact Us

The Dietrich School of
Arts and Sciences
301 Thackeray Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-624-8375
Fax: 412-624-8397


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