FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: APPLYING TO GRAD SCHOOL IN MATHEMATICS AT UGA

Q. When do I apply?

Q. Do you ever admit students in Spring or Summer?

Q. What supplementary materials do I need to send along with my application, and where?

Q. What is your ETS institutional Code (for sending GRE & TOEFL scores)

Q. Do I need to take the Mathematics subject GRE?

Q. I missed the deadline to sign up for the Fall Math subject GRE tests. Will you still consider my application?

Q. What are your minimum required GRE scores?

Q. What are your minimum required TOEFL scores?

Q. How long are TOEFL scores valid?

Q. What should I write in my personal statement?

Q. What percentage of your graduate students receive financial support?

Q. What are the duties of a Teaching Assistant (TA)?

Q. Does my undergraduate degree need to be in Mathematics?

Q. What math courses should I have taken?

 

Q. When should I apply?

A. Almost all of our new students are admitted for Fall semester. (Most of our finishing students graduate in Spring or Summer, so Fall is when we have money coming available for assistantships. Also, many of our courses are geared to starting in the Fall.) For full consideration for assistantships, applications should be received by January 1.

 

Q. Do you ever admit students in Spring or Summer?

A. We occasionally admit a student for Spring semester, if some support money becomes available (such as when a current student unexpectedly graduates in December). Decisions on Spring admissions are made in November. We never admit students for Summer (but occasionally, a student admitted for Fall may begin in Summer to get a "head start").

 

Q. What supplementary materials do I need to send along with my application, and where?

A. Along with your online application to the UGA Graduate School, you need to submit (or have submitted on your behalf) the following:

  • 1 unofficial copy of your transcript/academic record from each institution you have attended (upload with application)
  • Official GRE General scores (verbal, quantitative, analytical writing), sent directly to the Graduate School by ETS
  • NEW: Mathematics Subject GRE sent directly to the Graduate School by ETS
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores, if required, sent directly to the Graduate School by ETS
  • 3 letters of recommendation, submitted electronically via the link provided to the recommenders by the Graduate School when you filed your online application
  • Personal statement, submitted with your online application or emailed to the Mathematics Department. Please be sure your name is on your personal statement
  • NEW: Department Supplemental Application / Background and Interest Form (must be submittted on line)
  • List of college math courses, textbook used (if known), grades received, and overall math GPA submitted with applicaiton or emailed to the Mathematics Department; see instructions.
  • NEW: Area of mathematics you are interested in studying (if known), and professors you are interested in working with or being contacted by (if any). Please include at the top of your Math Course List.

*Paper copies of all other additional supplementary materials should be mailed to the department.

 

Q. What is your ETS institutional Code (for sending GRE & TOEFL scores)

A. UGA Code is 5813

 

Q. Do I need to take the Mathematics subject GRE?

A. Yes, the Math subject GRE is required for all applicants (MA included). The subject GRE test is only given 3 times a year: October, November, and April. So plan ahead to take it in October or November. You may check the dates, locations and sign up on the ETS Subject Test website.

 

Q. I missed the deadline to sign up for the Fall Math subject GRE tests. Will you still consider my application?

A. Yes, incomplete applications (including those missing the Math subject GRE score) will be considered, but will be at a disadvantage compared to complete applications.

 

Q. What are your minimum required GRE scores?

A. We don't have minimum scores on the GRE. Our admissions decisions are made using a combination of factors, including GRE scores, GPA, mathematics coursework and grades, letters of recommendation, and your personal statement. No one factor is decisive. However, the middle 80% of our entering graduate students since Fall 2010 had GRE scores in the following ranges:

            Verbal: 144-164

            Quantitative: 161-166

            Combined V+Q: 304-328

            Mathematics Subject: 580-736

 

Q. What are your minimum required TOEFL scores?

A. The Graduate School requires a minimum internet-based TOEFL (iBT) score of 80, with at least 20 on each of the Speaking and Writing sections. On the older TOEFL tests, the minimums are: Paper-based, 550; Computer-based, 213.

International TA's who are required to submit TOEFL scores to enter UGA (generally, those whose native language is not English and who have not received a degree from an institution in a country where English is the primary language) must obtain a score of at least 24 on the iBT-Speaking test before they can be given classroom teaching responsibilities. Failure to meet this standard before the end of the second year of study is grounds for a reduction in TA support or an increase in non-teaching duties. Thus the Mathematics Department ordinarily expects only to admit non-native English speaking PhD applicants whose Speaking subscore is reasonably close to that threshold (i.e., 22 or higher). More details are on the UGA Center for Teaching and Learning webpage.

 

Q. How long are TOEFL scores valid?

A. TOEFL scores are accepted provided the exam has been taken within two years prior to the date of your application to the Graduate School. Applicants who have taken the older TOEFL tests are strongly encouraged to take the iBT, which is now offered world-wide. The iBT is offered infrequently in Athens, GA, and space is very limited for the test. The Mathematics Department and the Graduate School use the iBT scores to place international students in the correct level of English language skills/cultural orientation course when they arrive at UGA.

 

Q. What should I write in my personal statement?

A. Your personal statement could say why you want to go to graduate school in mathematics and why UGA in particular, what area of mathematics you're interested in and why, what your career goals are, what math courses you have liked in the past, what research groups (if any) you have participated in, etc.

 

Q. What percentage of your graduate students receive financial support?

A. All of our PhD candidates receive financial support, and approximately half of our Masters (including MAMS) students. Most of this support is in the form of Teaching Assistantships.

 

Q. What are the duties of a Teaching Assistant (TA)?

A. A typical first-year TA would do some combination of undergraduate grading, study hall, and leading calculus discussion sections. Second year TAs typically teach their own section of precalculus, combined with some grading and/or study hall. Later on, TAs usually teach their own calculus class, and advanced students sometimes grade for a graduate course. International students whose native language is not English usually postpone leading calculus discussion sections to their second year, and teaching their own course to the third year.

 

Q. Does my undergraduate degree need to be in Mathematics?

A. Not necessarily, but it should be in a closely-related field (such as physics).

 

Q. What math courses should I have taken?

A. A MAMS applicant should have had courses at least in multi-variable calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations; additional courses like advanced calculus or numerical analysis would be helpful. MA and PhD applicants should have taken courses roughly equivalent to a Mathematics undergraduate degree at University of Georgia, including at least two of abstract algebra, real analysis, and topology.