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Admission Requirements for the Master's Degree in Applied Mathematics

The Graduate Program


If you were a former graduate student and are needing to apply for readmission, follow the instructions here. ​​​

All applicants must establish adequate preparation for graduate studies in Mathematics and Statistical Sciences as demonstrated by at least one of the following:


A baccalaureate or master's degree (not necessarily in mathematics) from an accredited college or university or completion of work equivalent to the baccalaureate or master's degree given at CU Denver with at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA).

or

Sufficiently high performance on the GRE subject test in mathematics, or completion of at least 12 credit hours of graduate-level mathematical coursework.


In addition, students must have taken 30 semester hours of undergraduate mathematics, at least 24 of which are upper division courses with a grade of B- or better. These courses must include:

  • two semesters of advanced calculus or real analysis (or equivalent)
  • one semester of linear algebra
  • one semester of one of the following:
        • abstract algebra
        • or differential equations
        • or discrete mathematics
        • or probability

Subject to approval by the Graduate Committee, students who do not satisfy all of the above admission requirements may be admitted as a provisional degree student with the understanding that deficiencies must be removed within one year of entry into the program. Undergraduate credits earned for deficiency coursework cannot be applied to a graduate degree. 

By University policy, International students must provide financial documentation and certified English translations of all records and references not in English. By graduate school rules, applicants whose native language is not English must satisfy the English language requirement in one of the following ways:


Submit scores from the Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL, iBT) or from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).   The minimum acceptable scores can be found under "English Proficiency Testing" at this link http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/InternationalPrograms/OIA/admissions/apply/application/graduate/Pages/default.aspx​

Complete a baccalaureate or graduate-level degree at an accredited college or university where the language of instruction and the national language is English.

Complete at least 2 semesters (minimum of 30 credits) at an accredited college or university in the United States as a full-time student with a "B" average (3.0 GPA) or higher.


International students are required to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.

Additional requirements and documentation may also be required by the Office of International Education.   For details and procedures, students should consult the Office of International Affairs 


A complete application packet includes two official transcripts, at least three letters of recommendation, GRE scores, your online application, and application fee. All information should be received by the Graduate Committee of the Department of Mathematical & Statistical Sciences by the following target dates to be guaranteed full consideration. The application and letters of recommendation should be submitted online through the university application system. International students should submit their applications one month prior to these target dates:

Target Dates for MS Program

April 1 for the following summer or fall semester

Nov. 1

for the following spring semester


Applications received after the target dates may still be considered for admission, depending on space availability.

In general, the department does not offer Teaching Assistantships to MS students. However, if you are also applying for a Teaching Assistantship, your application deadline is earlier than stated above. The deadline to apply for admission and a TA position for the fall semester is February 1 instead of April 1, and October 1 instead of November 1 for the spring semester.

To be considered for a Teaching Assistantship​, the application packet must be accompanied by a letter indicating interest in an assistantship and citing prior teaching or tutoring experience. At least one letter of recommendation should address the applicant's teaching potential. When the Graduate Committee considers requests for teaching assistants, the primary criterion that is used is academic excellence. Other factors that may be considered include ability to teach lower division mathematics courses, quality of faculty recommendations, and outside employment. The candidate cannot be employed off-campus while holding an assistantship.

Applications for domestic and international students are accepted online only at:

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If you do not see the term you want available, you can apply anyway and let us know - we may be able to move your application.