How to apply

Apply online via the UI Graduate and Professional Admissions website.

After you submit your application, you will receive email instructions on how to establish your HawkID and password in order to access your Admissions Profile on MyUI, our online portal for students. All supporting materials can and should be uploaded through your Admissions Profile. If your academic program requires letters of recommendation, you will be asked to provide the contact information of your recommenders on your profile. The recommender will then receive an email from the Office of Admissions instructing them on how to upload a recommendation letter and/or recommendation form.

Applicants for admission to the graduate program must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College and the department offering the degree program (review the General Catalog for departmental requirements). See the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College on the Graduate College website for additional information.

You will be required to submit:

  • Supplemental Information
  •  Unofficial academic records/transcripts
  • For international students: your TOEFL or IELTS Test scores
    • If you do not have a degree from an English-speaking country
  • Coursework information
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation must also be completed and submitted usually by your present or former professors.

Important deadlines

Application deadline: Jan. 15 (for all programs)

We generally admit graduate students for the PhD degree and for the fall semester only. We admit a very low number of graduate students for the MS degree (typically one per year). 

We begin consideration for admission and financial support on Jan. 15 for the following fall session. Offers of admission and teaching assistantships are usually sent out from February through May.

Requirements for admission

Applicants for the fall semester whose application materials are received by Jan. 15. 

Admission and financial decisions are based on:

  • Courses taken
  • Grade-point average (GPA)
  • Academic goals
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores.

Applicants should have at least a BA or BS in Mathematics, or equivalent. We usually expect an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.20 for admission to the Master's degree program and 3.40 for admission to the PhD program. 

We are aware, however, that there are differences in grading systems and severity from school to school. We consider all the evidence available, and for this reason it is to your advantage to submit as complete an application as possible. While we encourage submission of the GRE General Test scores and/or GRE Subject Test in mathematics score (if they are available), we do not require them.

Most teaching assistantships are awarded for the academic year, beginning with the fall session (late August). Very few are available beginning in the spring, and they are usually given to continuing students rather than new ones. Thus students requesting financial support should apply for admission for the fall session. 

The TOEFL scores are used to predict the ability of a student to function effectively in courses taught in English and to work effectively in English as a teaching assistant (TA).

To be considered for admission:

  • TOEFL score of 95 (iBT) for MS applicants
  • TOEFL score of 100 (iBT) for PhD applicants

Those are not cut-off values, we have some flexibility. However, admission will not be granted for TOEFL scores lower than 81 (iBT). Students whose first language is not English but who will have a degree from a U.S. institution or other English-speaking country, generally need not submit a TOEFL score.


Laurent Jay

Laurent Jay

AMCS Program Director
A portrait of Xiaoyi Zhang

Xiaoyi Zhang

Director of Graduate Study (Associate Chair)