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Admission Requirements

This page summarizes our admission requirements. There are some further requirements for international applicants.

Admission Requirements for US Residents

Admission to the Mathematics Department at the University of Oregon is a competitive process. We choose the best applicants based on your overall college GPA (grade point average), your transcripts, your general and subject GRE scores, and the information contained in your letters of recommendation. In a typical year, we admit 15-20 new students, the majority of which are supported by Graduate Teaching Fellowships. If in doubt, we recommend that you apply initially to the Doctoral degree program, rather than the Master’s degree program, since it is easy to switch from the pre-PhD program to the Master’s program but not vice versa.

The minimum requirement to be considered for admission is a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or its equivalent from a foreign institution, and an overall GPA of 3.0 (B) in your most recent two years of study. To have a realistic chance of completing a graduate degree program in mathematics, you should have received grades of at least 3.5 (A-/B+) in most of your mathematics courses. Your undergraduate degree does not have to be as a math major, though it usually is. In particular, we expect applicants to have taken at least one year of upper-division mathematics courses (the more the better!). At the very least, every entering mathematics graduate student should be thoroughly familiar with the following subjects:

  • Multivariable Calculus (to a level comparable to our math 281/2 course);
  • Differential Equations (to a level comparable to our math 256 course);
  • Basic Analysis (to a level comparable to our math 315 course);
  • Abstract Linear Algebra (to a level comparable to our math 441 course).

For more information about the University’s requirements for admission to graduate school, see the Graduate School’s 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 in exactly the same way as US students. There are however a few extra requirements before you can be admitted. Further information about these requirements can be found on the Graduate School’s International Applicants web page.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination is required from all international applicants unless one of the specific exceptions stated below is met. No waivers from this English proficiency examination requirement may be given. The Department of Mathematics requires a score of at least 600 on the paper based test or 100 on the internet based test (with at least a 26 in the speaking section) for admission. The following are exempt from the proof of English language proficiency:

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.

Non-native speakers of English who wish to be considered for Graduate Teaching Fellowships must also submit a score for the Test of Spoken English (TSE) or the Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK). The TSE is available at many TOEFL testing sites. You need a score of at least 50 on one of these tests. If you are able to take the new internet based TOEFL this does now include a TSE component so in that case you do not need to take the TSE separately. You should submit your TSE score to the Department of Mathematics along with the rest of your application documents, since this is an important factor when we decide to award Graduate Teaching Fellowships.