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Graduate Admissions and Support

To be admitted to any of the graduate programs in mathematics, a student must have an undergraduate degree and demonstrated competence in mathematics.

Admission Applications:

To apply for admission for a graduate program visit the Graduate School Application webpage.

If you have questions about the admissions process please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Ilya Timofeyev, or the Graduate Advisor, Ms. Neha Valji.


Application Deadlines:

Application deadlines depend on the program, intended starting semester (Fall, Spring, Summer) and whether the applicant is from the US or International (not a Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States).

  • Ph.D. with Teaching Assistantship (both US and International):
    April 1 (Fall)*, October 1 (Spring) 
    The first round of offers for the Fall is made before March 15th, therefore we strongly encourage complete applications before March 1st. Applications completed after March 1st will be considered during the second and third round of offers.
  • Ph.D. without support:
    Fall: May 1 (International), June 1 (US applicants),
    Spring: October 15th (International), November 1st (US applicants - Early Deadline
  • Mathematics, MS & Applied Mathematics, MS:
    Fall: May 1 (International), June 1 (US applicants),
    Spring: October 15th (International), November 1st (US applicants - Early Deadline)
  • Mathematics, MA (US applicants only):
    June 1st (Fall), November 1st (Spring- Early Deadline), May 1st (Summer)
  • Statistics & Data Science, MS (Fall only):
    May 1st (International), June 1st (US applicants)


Application Requirements:

To be considered for admission to the Department of Mathematics Graduate Program, the following is required. These materials should be uploaded directly at CollegeNet.

  • GRE (General) test score taken within the last 5 years.
  • Copies of degree diplomas and official transcripts from each college or university at which the applicant has been enrolled.
  • Three letters of reference, and one must be from a professional mathematician. We prefer that all reference letters are from professional mathematicians.
  • A resume that includes a description of any mathematical work that the applicant has done (including teaching) and any prizes or awards received.
  • A statement of "Interests and Goals" limited to one page. This may include topics such as motivation for entering or returning to graduate school, expectations for graduate training, mathematical preferences, research interests and career goals.


Additional Requirements for International Applicants:


Assistantships and Fellowships:

The Department of Mathematics provides a number of different types of financial assistance for graduate students. These include:

1. Teaching Assistantships (TA): Students are paid to tutor, conduct recitations and grade or similiar activities within the department as a Teaching Assistant. Teaching Assistantships are awarded primarily to Ph.D. students. All Ph.D. applications submitted before the corresponding deadline will be considered for TA support.

Every semester the department employs over 50 teaching assistants. These are graduate students in mathematics who usually either (a) tutor students in the Mathematics laboratory, (b) conduct recitations for Calculus classes or (c) grade various courses. Generally teaching assistants do not teach regular courses.

Teaching assistants receive a monthly salary and benefits for the 9-month academic year and a Doctoral Student Tuition Fellowship (DSTF) when allowed. A DSTF pays tuition and fees for 9 hours of courses each semester. Students wishing to register for more than 9 semester credit hours in a semester pay for these hours at the resident tuition rate. A DSTF can only be held for a total of five years for doctoral students.

2. Grader and Instructional Assistants (IA): A limited number of Grader and Instructional Assistant positions are awarded to Mathematics (M.S.) and Applied Mathematics (M.S.) students on a semester-by-semester basis. Mathematics (M.S.) and Applied Mathematics (M.S.) applicants who want to be considered for these positions should send their resumes and transcripts to Irina Perepelitsa.

  • Minimum Requirements:
    • 3.0 GPA or above
    • Deadline: June 31st for the Fall semester

3. Research Assistantships (RA): These positions are specifically geared toward Ph.D. students working on research projects. They are often funded by individual faculty members from research grants. RA support is intended primarily for continuing students already conducting research under the supervision of a faculty member.

4. Fellowships and Scholarships: These types of support provide a stipend and allow a student to concentrate on their courses and research work.

The Presidential Scholarship is typically awarded to new Ph.D. students. All Ph.D. applicants who apply for TA support are automatically considered for the Presidential Scholarship.

NSM also offers scholarships for students. Please access this NSM Scholarship page for more information.


5. Michael Friedberg Fellowship: Graduate students in the Ph.D., M.A., M.S., and Applied Mathematics (M.S.) programs are eligible to apply for Michael Friedberg Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded by the Graduate Studies Committee in the Department of Mathematics, University of Houston. This is a competitive fellowship which is awarded to students with a high academic standing and a strong teaching track record in the Department of Mathematics, University of Houston. The fellowship is open to both resident and nonresident full-time students. This fellowship can be used to cover a part of the tuition. The fellowship in the amount of $1,000 per semester is typically awarded to outstanding students who are also involved in teaching duties in the Department. The fellowship is renewable without limit. However, students must submit supporting documents to continue receiving the fellowship.

Minimum Requirements: 

  • 3.5 GPA or above
  • Full-time enrollment (minimum 9 credit hours)
  • Involvement with teaching in the Department of Mathematics, University of Houston

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: May 15th
  • Spring Semester: November 15th

To apply: send your resume and UH transcripts to the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Ilya Timofeyev. Your resume must include at least 2 teaching references from the Math Department, University of Houston.

To renew the fellowship: The fellowship will be automatically renewed without limits for students who satisfy the competitive renewal criteria.

  • 3.5 GPA or above
  • Grades B or higher in mathematical classes from the previous semester
  • Full-time enrollment (minimum 9 credit hours)
  • Involvment with teaching in the Department of Mathematics, University of Houston
  • Strong teaching references from the current semester
To renew the fellowship, students must submit updated teaching references from the current semester to the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Ilya Timofeyev by the application deadline above.