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Admissions Requirements

Admission to the Mathematics Department at the University of Oregon is a competitive process. In a typical year, we admit 10-15 new students to the doctoral degree program, the majority of whom are supported by Graduate Teaching Fellowships.  We only accept applications to the doctoral degree program. Note that the degree program starts in the fall, thus we only accept applications to fall term.

To be considered for admission, you must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree or expect to attain one by the end of summer 2020.
  • Complete our online application.

We also recommend that you take the GRE general and math subject tests.  For information on subject test dates, visit the ETS website:  https://www.ets.org/gre/subject/about/content/mathematics

To have a realistic chance of completing a graduate degree program in mathematics, you should have:

  • Grades of at least 3.5 (A-/B+) in most of your mathematics courses.
  • A bachelor’s degree with a major in math or at least one year of upper-division mathematics courses. (A math major is standard but not required.)
  • Thorough familiarity with basic analysis and abstract linear algebra.

For more information about the Graduate School’s admission requirements, please see their Graduate Admissions web page.

Additional Requirements for International Students

We strongly encourage international students to apply to our program!  International students are usually supported by Graduate Teaching Fellowships.  However, in addition to the items listed above, international students must meet English language requirements.

TOEFL Examination / English Language Proficiency

All international applicants must submit valid Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS examination scores to demonstrate English language proficiency. Minimum acceptable scores are:

  • TOEFL Paper based test: 600
  • TOEFL Internet based test: 100, with at least 26 on the speaking section
  • IELTS exam: 7.0 overall band score

The only exception to the TOEFL/IELTS requirement is for international students who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited U.S. institution or from an institution in the following countries: Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.

Spoken English Test

To qualify for a Graduate Teaching Fellowship, non-native speakers of English must demonstrate competence in spoken English by submitting one of the following acceptable tests and scores

  • Test of Spoken English (TSE) – minimum score of 50
  • Internet-based (iBT) TOEFL Speaking – minimum score of 26
  • Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK) – minimum score of 50

Further information about admission requirements for International Students can be found on the Graduate School’s International Applicants web page.