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Admission Requirements

GPA: Students are generally expected to have a Bachelor's degree in mathematics or a related discipline, with a grade point average of at least 3.0 out of 4.0. Students with a grade point average of 2.75 will be considered for Conditional Admission (see below). For Doctoral admission, you must submit proof of your Master's degree with your transcripts.

GRE: Scores for the GRE are not required for admission, but if available, they are used in the decision-making process.

TOEFL: International applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and receive a score of over 525 on the written exam or 197 on the computer exam. The Test of Spoken English (TSE) is not required, but a good score on that test may increase the chance of obtaining financial aid.

RESUME: Your resume should include previous degrees in math, or related areas, as well as other educational interests. We are also interested in seeing your work experiences and any relevant research, publications, or conference participation. Please do not forget to include all of your contact information, including your email! If we have exciting news for you, we will want to know the best way to contact you!

PERSONAL STATEMENT: Our program requires that a written personal statement accompany the admission application. This is your chance to add any information that you feel may be missing from the forms that will help us to understand why you chose the field of mathematics. If you have a specific field of math that you would like to study in, or have experience in, this is a good way to tell us about your interests. It will help us to guide your studies as well as make informed decisions about your advisor and goals.

RECOMMENDATION LETTERS: To evaluate your application for admission, we require 3 recommendation letters to support your admission. These should be letters from people who know your academic potential for graduate school. For example, your advisor, a previous professor, someone you have done research with, etc. Work related letters are acceptable, but 2 of the letters should be academic recommendations. The recommendation letters should be mailed directly to Kent State, sealed and signed by the recommenders across the envelope flap to ensure confidentiality.

PRE-REQUISITE COURSES: Most MATH programs include the courses that we require for admission, while students in a related discipline may need to take one or two of these courses on their own before applying to our program. If you are unsure of the coursework that you have taken, you can compare it to our undergraduate math programs in the Kent State Undergraduate course catalog. The admissions office requires an official copy of your transcripts from other universities.

PROOF OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT: This is a form for international students (only) required by the international admissions department and must be completed before your admission application can be sent to us.

All paperwork can be sent directly to the addresses below:

U.S. Citizens:
Office of Graduate Program Services
Division of Research and Graduate Studies
Kent State University
PO Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001

International Students:
Office of Global Education
106 Van Campen Hall
625 Loop Road
PO Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001 USA

If you have questions on international admission, check out their FAQ page.


We offer Masters degrees in Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. We also offer a Masters for Secondary Teachers, however this program is currently being evaluated for improvements to make the program and its courses more friendly to teachers currently in a teaching position. In general, an applicant to our Masters programs should have a Bachelors degree in mathematics or a closely related discipline such as computational science. Your degree certificate should accompany your transcripts to the Admissions office.

CONDITIONAL Admission: Students who have met ALL BUT ONE OR TWO of these requirements, and who have a strong academic background, are sometimes granted a Conditional Admission after applying to our Master's program. A Conditional Admission admits them into the Master's program, subject to their completing the missing coursework (which does not count toward their Master's degree). However, students with a Conditional Admission can not receive a graduate appointment.

POST UNDERGRADUATE Admission: Students who have NOT MET MOST of these requirements might want to apply to Kent State as a Post-undergraduate Student, take these courses (and possibly their prerequisite courses as well), and then apply for admission to the Master's program at a later date. A post-undergraduate application form can be obtained through the Office of Admissions or you can apply online through the main Kent State webpage.

GUEST Graduate Admission: Information regarding guest admission for graduate courses can be found at the Research and Graduate Studies website. Please review their site for the most up to date information on this type of admission.

COMBINED Bachelor's Master's Program: Persons with outstanding undergraduate records or exemplary professional credentials may be eligible for a Combined Baccalaureate/Master’s admission early in their undergraduate studies. This allows them to count part of their undergraduate credits towards their Master's program. To find out more about this program go to the Kent State University catalog.  To download the application form, please visit the Graduate Studies Program Management page for more information.


We offer Doctoral degrees in Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. In general, an applicant to our Ph.D. program should have a Master's degree in mathematics or a closely related discipline such as computational science. Your degree certificate should accompany your transcripts to the Admissions office. Students with a Master's degree in computational science, physics or some other discipline should start in our Master's program and then switch to the Ph.D. program at a later date. At this time, we do not have a "direct" Ph.D. program that avoids the Master's degree.