Applicants must hold a baccalaureate or master's degree (not necessarily in mathematics) from an accredited college or university, or demonstrate completion of work equivalent to the baccalaureate or master's degree given at UC Denver, with at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA). Applicants to the doctoral program with a GPA in mathematics below 3.2 are unlikely to be accepted without strong supporting evidence. All applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Additionally, applicants are encouraged to take the GRE subject test in mathematics.
Students must also have 30 semester hours of 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
- differential equations
- discrete mathematics
Subject to approval by the Graduate Committee, students with prerequisite deficiencies (such as advanced calculus) may be admitted with the understanding that those deficiencies must be removecd after admission. In such cases, credits earned for deficiency course work cannot be applied to a graduate degree. Students who do not have the minimum GPA may be admitted to the MS program provisionally. Provisional students are ineligible for financial aid, teaching assistantships, and/or classification as doctoral students.
PhD students and exceptionally strong MS students are eligible to apply for Teaching Assistantships. 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.