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Duluth, MN 55812-3000

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Entrance Requirements and Procedures

An undergraduate degree in mathematics, statistics (or a related field, such as computer science), or its foreign equivalent is the normal prerequisite to admission. However, a student with a degree in any major and with a substantial background in mathematics or statistics is encouraged to apply. An applicant who lacks certain lower-level prerequisites for graduate level courses may make up these deficiencies while enrolled in the program. Because the program involves broad and often interdisciplinary programs of study with a wide variety of emphases, the strength of an applicant's general background plays an important role in the admissions process. If you have questions, you can contact Director of Graduate Studies or the Graduate School through or at the following address:

Graduate School
University of Minnesota Duluth
10 University Drive
Duluth, MN 55812-2496

Application for Admission materials consist of

  • Online application. More information about the application process is provided by the Graduate School here and here.
  • Transcripts. Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application. Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts, there is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review.

    If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material.
  • Application fee of $95 for international students and $75 for domestic students (see details).
  • Scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination are required. We receive them electronically, if you specify UMD as one of the recipients when you take the test. The Duluth campus GRE institutional code is 6873. It is also a good idea to upload and/or self-report your scores as part of your online application. We do not require the GRE Math Subject Test.
  • Letters of recommendation from three people who are familiar with your education/professional background. Request forms for the letter are part of the online application. Please note that you can submit your application even when your letters have not been submitted yet.
  • Statement on career objectives and motivation. It is a part of the online application.
  • Applicants interested in applying for a graduate assistantship or graduate school fellowship must indicate it in the Financial Support section of the online application and identify what type of support they are applying for (most typically it would be the Graduate Teaching Assistantship).
  • Applicants interested in Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Recruiting Fellowship should contact Director of Graduate Studies by December 1. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for nomination.

Materials that are part of Program Supplementary Information of the online application are not requested. However, if you wish to supply some of them (i.e., Description of research or work experience, Other credentials, or other), you may do so.

Special Application Requirements

  • Applicants whose native language is not English (see exceptions) should submit official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Specify the University of Minnesota, Duluth code 6873 when requesting that the scores be sent to the Graduate School. The operational standard for admission to the Graduate School is a score of at least 79 on the Internet based TOEFL with section scores of 21 on writing and 19 on reading (550 on the paper based TOEFL). You may not be eligible immediately for a TA appointment if your speaking score is below 23. It that case you may be required to take an additional language training.
  • Applicants from foreign countries must (after admission) submit an International Financial Certification Statement, as provided by the Graduate School here.

For additional information on assistantships, fellowships and ways to fund graduate school, please see scholarships and financial aid.

Deadlines: Students applying for financial aid should have all application materials submitted on or before February 15; late applications will be considered if resources are available. Hard deadline for applicants seeking to enroll during the Fall Semester is May 20.

For initial enrollment in the Spring Semester, the deadline is November 1. There are usually a very limited number of GTA positions available in the spring. Therefore, application for financial aid should be submitted as soon as possible. Printable overview of dates and links (pdf).

Information about admission deferral can be found here. Information about readmission to the graduate program after not being formally registered for some time is here and the official policy is here, and about a transfer from another UMD program can be found here. Notice that any graduate credits earned at UMD or any other institution expire after seven years (or after five years if you started your study in 2013 or later). That means that you can only use the credit towards meeting the graduation requirements within seven (or five) years since you started a particular course.

You can start your graduate studies even if you are at most 7 credits (and at most 2 courses) short of your undergraduate degree. For specific instructions, look here.

Additional useful information for international student can be found at International Student Services web.

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