Admission Policies

Application Procedure

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. 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.

  • All applicants must have an accredited baccalaureate degree or its equivalent.  Applicants in their last semester of undergraduate study must graduate before they begin their graduate work at NYU.
  • An official transcript from all previously attended institutions (undergraduate, graduate, and continuing educational programs) must be uploaded using the online application system.
  • A student must provide three letters of  recommendation (except non-degree).  It is strongly recommended that at least two of these letters be from faculty with whom the applicant took a mathematics or  other science course. Letters must be submitted using the online application system.
  • General GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores are required of all applicants (except non-degree); applicants for the Ph.D. program must also provide the subject GRE score, preferably in mathematics, but accepted in other relevant sciences.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must submit a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score; scores of  less than 600 (250 for the computer-based test; 100 for the internet-based test) are generally not recommended for admission.  This requirement may be waived  for an applicant with an accredited degree from an institution where English was the language of instruction. IELTS scores are not accepted by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in place of the TOEFL.
  • List  code 2596 for the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science in your request to the Educational Testing Service for forwarding official GRE and TOEFL scores. The departmental code for the GRE is 0703; for the TOEFL it is 72.


Application Deadlines

The following application deadlines apply for both American and foreign students:

  • Admission to the Ph.D. program - January 4


Degree Programs

The following Ph.D.-level programs are offered by the Department of Mathematics:

  • Ph.D. in Mathematics
  • Ph.D. in Ocean-Atmosphere Science and Mathematics


Admission Criteria

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 can indicate in their application if they would like to be considered for the M.S. program if they are not admitted to the Ph.D. program.


Undergraduate Background

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 MATH-GA 1002 Multivariable Analysis.

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.