Admission requirements of the Mathematics Department

Ph.D. Program (with Professional-Option M.A. Track)

In addition to the Graduate School requirements, the minimum requirements for admission to this program are:

A.   A bachelor’s degree with a major in mathematics, or the equivalent.

B. Evidence that the student is likely to succeed. This must include three letters of recommendation from mathematicians (usually from present or former teachers). Other evidence submitted should include GRE scores and a personal background essay. The breadth and depth of mathematics courses taken, and performance, in these courses will also be carefully considered.

C. Non-native speakers of English must demonstrate an adequate command of the English language, as evidenced by an acceptable score on the TOEFL examination. A paper-based score of 550, computer-based score of 213, or an iBT-based score of 90 would be considered minimally satisfactory for this purpose. The TOEFL exam will be waived only for native speakers of English or, in rare cases, for students whose previous education was conducted almost entirely in English.

D. Acceptance by both the Department of Mathematics and the Graduate School.

 

The M.A. Program: Secondary Teacher Option

The Secondary Teacher Option is a 30 credit two-year, part-time program designed for secondary school mathematics teachers who are seeking permanent certification. The nine required courses in the program are given in the evenings and in the summer on a rotating basis; each required course is offered at least once every two and a half years.

In addition to the Graduate School requirements, the minimum requirements for admission to this program are:

A. A bachelor’s degree.

B. Two years of college-level mathematics, including one year of single variable calculus, one semester of linear algebra, and one additional semester of mathematics beyond single variable calculus.

C. Provisional New York State Certification for Teaching Mathematics, Grades 7-12.

D. A grade point average of at least 3.0 in all calculus and post-calculus mathematics courses.

E. Evidence that the student is likely to succeed: this usually consists of three letters of recommendation from former teachers or supervisors.

F. Acceptance by both the Department of Mathematics and the Graduate School.