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.

Now we are still accepting late applications for the Master of Science in Industrial Mathematics (MSIM) program and please contact us at for discussion. 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. The Mathematics Department requires a current CV/Resume, Academic Statement and Personal Statement be included or uploaded within this MSU Graduate Application.
  3. Three letters of recommendation are also required, and these are included in the application also.
  4. Within the application you will select Math as your intended major and you will be asked Math Supplemental questions. Within these questions should contain the Math and Statistics Classes you have (or will have) taken at the Junior, Senior, or Graduate level.
  5. Official transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate), including diplomas and certificate are also required. 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 General Scores are required - 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 sub-score below 19 for reading, listening, and speaking; no writing sub-score 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.

You may enquire about waiving of the MSU application fee by contacting the Graduate Office (

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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