Application And Admission Policies
The Graduate School of Arts and Science requires all applicants for degree programs to apply on-line using EMBARK. For further information, please go to the GSAS admissions web site to apply on-line.
International students applying on a non-degree basis cannot apply on line, but must submit a paper application. Instructions on non-degree applications are available online from the GSAS web site. The GSAS web site also has instructions and links to the most frequently asked questions and verification about receipt of applications.
The rules and regulations governing admissions to NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science must be met by all applicants seeking admission to graduate study in mathematics.
The following application deadlines apply for both American and foreign students:
- » Admission to the Ph.D. program - January 4.
- » Admission to M.S. programs except Mathematics in Finance - April 1 (Fall), November 1 (Spring), April 15 (Summer).
- » Admission to M.S. program in Mathematics in Finance -
February 8 (Fall, full-time only), August 1 (Fall, part-time
only), December 1 (Spring, part-time only).
- » Admission on a non-degree basis in Mathematics (to take up to four courses) - August 1 (Fall), December 1 (Spring).
- » Admission on a non-degree basis in Financial Mathematics (to take up to four courses) or to a Certificate in Financial Mathematics (to take up to eight courses) - August 1 (Fall), December 1 (Spring).
The following degree programs are offered by the Department of Mathematics:
- » Ph.D. in Mathematics;
- » Ph.D. in Ocean-Atmosphere Science and Mathematics;
- » M.S. in Mathematics;
- » M.S. in Scientific Computing;
- » M.S. in Mathematics in Finance.
- » Certificate in Mathematics in Finance.
The department also admits students on a non-degree basis, permitting them to take up to four courses. These applicants do not need to submit test scores or recommendation letters (but will later be required to do so if they apply to any degree program). They are expected to meet the same academic standards as matriculated students.
Many students are interested in just a few courses, have considered the M.S. programs too late to apply, or were not accepted. It is possible to apply as a non-degree, or non-matriculated student. Generally the non-degree option is used only by students who plan to study part-time and cannot be used by international students to obtain a student visa.International non-degree applicants cannot apply on line and must request an application from the Graduate School of Arts and Science (please visit the GSAS web site). Recommendation letters and GRE scores are not required for admission on a non-degree basis. The academic background required for non-degree admission is the same as the requirement for the master’s degrees, as these students will be taking the same courses as master’s degree students. Non-degree students are allowed to take up to four courses.
After completing four courses, students can apply for admission to the M.S. program in Mathematics. In a case of contiguous registration, no formal application to GSAS is required, but the student will have to provide the Department with three letters of recommendation and general GRE scores. If time has lapsed between non-degree study and applying for the M.S. program, a formal application will be required. Students should note that due to limited resources, admission to the M.S. in Mathematics in Finance program is not automatic after completing four courses with good grades.
Admission decisions are based on a careful review of the applicant's previous academic record, letters of recommendation, TOEFL (if applicable) and GRE scores, as well as other credentials, such as work experience or previous research projects. In the evaluation of applications, applicants should note the following:
- » Students with B.A./B.S. degrees may apply directly to the Ph.D. program.
- » The Department accepts Ph.D. applications only for full-time study.
- » Students applying for the Ph.D. program who do not qualify for it will automatically be considered for the M.S. program.
- » Applicants who were accepted into the M.S. program will be favorably considered for the Ph.D. program when they earn the grade of A on the Written Comprehensive Examination.
All applicants must have earned (or be about to complete) a B.A. or B.S. or the equivalent. They must have taken three semesters of college-level calculus, including one semester of advanced calculus or linear algebra or the equivalent. Students who do not have the advanced calculus course may be required to take the course G63.1002 Multivariable Calculus.
As previously emphasized, these are the very minimum requirements; additional undergraduate coursework in mathematics is desirable. Courses in analysis, linear algebra, complex variables, partial and ordinary differential equations, and probability theory are especially helpful.
Students who do not have some necessary mathematical preparation may be able to compensate by taking courses at Courant on a non-degree basis.