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Application Information for PhD programs

The following items are required to apply to the Graduate Program of Mathematics:
  • GraduateCAS application. Applicants create an account in the applicant portal and select their program of interest. They must fill out all four quandrants of the application: Personal Information, Academic History, Supporting Information and Program Materials. Applicants can access a Help Center for guidance on completing the application and submitting it. Applicants can also track the status of their application in GraduateCAS under the Check Status link at the top of their application dashboard. Peak application period is December-March, so applicants are strongly encouraged to make note of our departmental deadlines and apply early.
  • Official transcripts and degree statements from every senior-level institution of higher education attended (transcripts from community colleges are not required). For review purposes, you may upload unofficial copies of your transcripts into the GraduateCAS system. If your Social Security Number is printed on the transcript, you must black it out prior to uploading.
    For international applicants: transcripts must be in native language of the institution and also include an official English translation
  • Math Subject GRE scores taken within 5 years of the date your application is received. (Exceptions to the GRE subject test requirement are decided on a case by case basis by the associate head of graduate programs.) The scores must be reported directly from ETS. Our institution code is 6003. A departmental code is not needed. For applications to the PhD program, General GRE scores are not required.
  • If native language is not English: TOEFL iBT or TOEFL Essentials(MyBest TOEFL scores are not accepted), or IELTS (in person test only, the online IELTS Indicator test is not accepted) scores taken within the last 2 years of the date application was received. They must be directly reported from their respective testing centers. Our institution code is 6003; the departmental code is not necessary. To be eligible for admittance consideration, our university requires international students must have achieved at least the following minimum scores on the indicated tests (unless they qualify for a waiver): TOEFL iBT: 80 OR TOEFL Essentials: 8.5 OR IELTS: 6.0. Texas A&M will only waive the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE if the student scores at least 146 on the verbal portion of the general GRE OR if the student has completed a bachelor's degree with all years of attendance at a US institution (having just an MS from a US institution is not sufficient). International students supported on assistantships need to become English Certified (this is a higher level than just English Proficiency which is required for admittance consideration) preferably before the start of their first semester or no later than the end of their first semester of enrollment. Students can become certified prior to enrollment by achieving any one of the following scores on the speaking sections of the indicated tests: TOEFL iBT: 26 - 30; TOEFL Essentials: 10.5; IELTS: 8.0. Students who are not certified prior to enrollment can obtain certification by scoring 80 or better on the English Language Proficiency Exam (ELPE), administered by Testing Services at Texas A&M University. (More information about the ELPE can be found at the web site
  • 3 letters of recommendation. These letters must be submitted by the recommenders themselves. They can not be completed or submitted by the applicant. Within GraduateCAS, in the Recommendations section, applicants click Create Recommendation Request then enter in their recommenders information , the date the letter is needed by and click save to submit. The system will send the recommenders the recommendation request with information on how to submit their letters electronically to GraduateCAS. Additional details on this process can be found at Help Center for Texas A&M Program Materials. Recommendations need to come from individuals who can attest to the applicant's mathematical abilities.
  • Application fee: $89.00 for U.S. applicants, $114.00 for international applicants. The application fee is non-refundable.


The GraduateCAS application, personal statement, resume, transcripts, test scores and letters of recommendation must be submitted through the GraduateCAS system (applicants should contact the main Admissions Office directly if they have questions or concerns about any of these items). Applicants should be sure to read through these Application FAQs. Also, due to the high volume of applications made to our program, it is not possible for our department to do spot checks for receipt of items upon request. For receipt of the GraduateCAS application, official transcripts, letters of recommendation and test scores, applicants should use the Check Status Link at the top of their application dashboard within GraduateCAS to track their application. If our Graduate Committee has questions as they begin their review of files, we will e-mail applicants at that point.


Full consideration will be given to applications received by the Departmental Application Deadlines (These take precedence over any deadlines posted at the GraduateCAS Site. Late applications are accepted but the candidates should contact before starting). The majority of admittances into our PhD program are for the fall semester-- PhD admittances for spring are very limited.

Application must be received by
Fall (Sept.-Dec.)
December 15
Spring (Jan.-May) August 15