Graduate Admissions

While the graduate student applicant is expected to have a strong undergraduate background in mathematics, a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics is not required for admission.

—MA: Undergraduate degree, in general a grade-point average above 3.0 (based on a 4.0 system) is required.
—PhD: Undergraduate degree, in general a grade-point average above 3.0 (based on a 4.0 system) is required.

Apply to UB using the  Online Graduate Application. Note that there is no form for recommendation letters: please ask those writing to use their own school letterhead. All items are uploaded to the application.

Deadlines: All application materials MUST BE in by January 15 for Fall admission with financial consideration.  The final admission deadline for Fall is April 30 and July 30 for Spring admission. For the Fall semester there will be other waves of review with possible consideration for financial assistance as more applications are completed.

Graduate Application

UB Requirements: Transcripts and Proof of Degree, in English, certified. Unofficial transcripts showing all coursework must be uploaded to the on-line application for review purposes. For international applicants, proof of degree conferral will need to be provided once you get here. Please bring official transcripts that show degree conferred and the date of conferral. Domestic applicants will have to have all official transcripts sent to the department that show the degree is conferred no later than three weeks prior to the start of the semester admitted. Also note that any transfer coursework transcripts used toward the degree must also be sent no later than three weeks prior to the start of the semester admitted as well.

Official TOEFL scores (English Language Proficiency)
Foreign applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a recent Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score. Official copies are requested to be sent to the University. The department can no longer verify any scores by phone.

Only the Institutional Test is accepted; an official report from E.T.S. is required for an I-20. UB's Institutional Test Code is 2925; TOEFL code for Math is 72. Note: test scores that are more than two years old, based on the beginning of the academic year, not the date of application, will not be accepted. Also accepted in place of the TOEFL scores are: IELTS score accepted: 6.5; PTE score accepted: 55.

A minimum official score of 550 on the paper-based or 213 on the computer-based exam and minimum IBT 79 is required to register for academic study. You may upload a photocopy of your results though the official scores are required.

A score between 500-549 (paper) or between 173 and 210 (computer) requires satisfactory completion of the UB Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) before academic registration. Your score determines the length of time needed for study (6-week or 12-week summer or full semester). IELI will issue an I-20, valid for the study of English only, after your acceptance into its program. You may not register for course work while attending IELI. There is no financial assistance for the study of English.

Official GRE scores are required; both general and subject. The GRE institutional code is 2925 and the department is Mathematics code 0703, 0702, or 0701 only. Subject test is required for consideration of financial assistance. You may upload a photocopy of your results, though the official scores are required.

Recommendation Letters: three letters of recommendation are also required. Generally they are from former employers or former professors. Once you fill out an application the recommenders are e-mailed instructions on how they have to upload the recommendation letter.

Financial Documentation (approximately U.S. $39,035/applicant, $7,000/spouse, $5,000/child - per year) required of all international applicants.

These figures are subject to change without notice. To show financial documentation, the following forms are needed:

1. The Financial Statement Form is available on-line at the International Admissions webpage. Just arrow down to the Graduate Students Standard Form and click on it. Indicate in the boxes provided, the amount available for each year of study (MA-two years; PhD-three years). You and your sponsor, if applicable, must sign and date the form.

2. Upload either proof of financial support or an affidavit of support: To show financial support submit an official bank statement, or a certified copy verifying that you or your sponsor have the first year's funds on deposit. Proof of liquid assets will also be accepted. Please indicate the value in US dollar equivalent. For an affidavit of support form you need the original or certified copies also in U.S. dollars. Upload an official bank statement verifying funds on deposit. All documents (Financial Statement form, affidavits of support, and bank statements) must be dated within one year of enrollment at UB. Bring all original financial documents with you to present to UB International Admissions when you arrive here.

Visa/Passport: International applicants should note that a copy of your passport is required to process your application. If you are currently in the country, then a copy of the visa is also required. Domestic applicants must also provide a passport or other proof of citizenship for final processing as well. All these items need to be uploaded to the application.

Application Fee: The application fee is $75 in U.S. funds as of December 1, 2006. Please pay the application fee on-line as you finish your application. This fee will not be waived.

Deadlines: Applications are accepted anytime. To ensure full consideration for funding, apply by January 15 for Fall semester admission; and, September 15 for Spring semester admission. Applications need to have all documents and official test scores. All materials are uploaded directly to the application.

International Student Admission: Please see the UB Graduate School, Information for International Students.