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Information for Prospective Graduate Students


Applications of Admissions and Financial Support

Application for admission to graduate program and application for financial support are two separate processes.

  • Applications for admission to graduate programs in the Department of Mathematics are considered at any time.  
  • The Applications for financial support from the Department of Mathematics should be completed by February 15 to be guaranteed full consideration.

1. Admission Application:

To Apply for Admission to any Graduate Program in the Department of Mathematics: Required documents for every program are:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Official Transcripts
  • TOEFL (for international students)

Minimum TOEFL for international students: 550 PBT, 79 IBT, 6.5 IELTS, 53 PTE, 5 IB or 77 MELAB. Further detail is available in the Application Guidelines for International Students. For the list of countries that are exempted from the TOEFL requirement, please go to TOEFL Exempt Countries List.

For submission of online application for admission, visit the College of Graduate Studies Website HERE


For questions about Graduate Admissions:


Note that it takes the College of Graduate Studies up to 4 weeks to process an application and forward it to the Department of Mathematics.  Please plan accordingly so that your application material is received before the department application deadlines (admission deadline is June 1.  Financial support deadline is February 15).


2. Financial Support Application:

Additional Required Documents by the Mathematics Department for the Admission and Financial Support Applications.

  • For Ph.D.  in Mathematical Sciences (required for both admission and financial support applications):
    • General GRE
    • Three letters of reference
  • For M.A. in Mathematics and M.S. in Applied Statistics and Analytics applicants (required for financial support applications):
    • General GRE
    • Three letters of reference
  • For Graduate Certificate in Data Mining and Graduate Certificate in Actuarial Science applicants (required for financial support applications):
    • Three letters of reference


Procedure of submitting the required additional documents for financial support to the Department of Mathematics

  • Complete the form: Mathematics Graduate Program Application (WordDoc or Fillable ​PDF​) and e-mail the completed form as an attachment to Graduate Committee ( with the subject line on the email: Graduate Program Financial Support Application by (last name, first name).
  • Arrange for the GRE Exam Agency to send the official copy of the GRE scores directly to the Department of Mathematics.  The institution code for Central Michigan University is 1106 and the department code is 0703
  • Arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to Graduate Committee at with the subject line on the email: Letter of Recommendation for (last name, first name).


Deadline for the departmental financial support application is February 15 to be guaranteed full consideration.

Admission Requirements

Applicants with a Bachelor's degree must have successfully completed 20 semester hours of mathematics including Multivariate Calculus (equivalent to MTH 233), Abstract Algebra (equivalent to MTH 523), and Advanced Calculus (equivalent to MTH 532). A minimum GPA of 2.7 overall (or 3.0 in the final sixty semester hours of graded coursework toward the bachelor's degree) and 3.0 in mathematics is required.

Applicants with a Master's degrees in mathematics equivalent to the M .A. degree at Central Michigan University must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their graduate work.

Applicants for M.S. in Applied Statistics and Analytics must have successfully completed 12 semester hours of mathematics and/or statistics, including Calculus II or equivalent, one course in linear algebra and one course in statistics or probability.

For detailed information about different graduate programs and admission requirements in the Department of Mathematics, please see the 

International students must demonstrate competency in English by either satisfactory completion of a baccalaureate or graduate degree in which the language of instruction was English or a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  

For more information for international students, please see:

Office of International Affairs


Graduate Assistantships

As a graduate student, you'll have opportunities to apply for financial assistance through graduate assistantships offered by Department of Mathematics.

For more information, visit the Graduate Assistantship Page of the Mathematics Department.


Contact Us

​To get answers to your questions and learn more about how you can benefit from the graduate programs within the Department of Mathematics at CMU, contact:


Department of Mathematics
Central Michigan University
Pearce Hall 214
Mt. Pleasant, MI  48859
Phone: 989-774-3596
Fax: 989-774-2414

Dr. Thomas Gilsdorf
Department Chairperson