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Department of Mathematics

Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted to the Master of Science program in Mathematics:

  • You must first apply to the University through Cal State Apply.
  • You must have earned a Bachelor's degree, preferably in Mathematics.
  • In order to achieve classified standing (i.e., full admission), you should:
  • You are required to either: 
    (a) have completed, within the last five years, courses on:  upper division linear algebra, abstract algebra, and real analysis, all with at least a B and an average of 3.3; or
    (b) have taken the GRE Mathematics subject test. Applicants' GRE Mathematics subject test scores are expected to be at least 500.
  • If you lack the above preparation, you may be admitted conditionally. In this case, you will become classified after meeting additional requirements as set by the Graduate Coordinator. Coursework required to achieve classified status may not be applied towards credits for the graduate program.
  • You must also have two signed letters of recommendation, in letterhead, from faculty at your undergraduate institution sent directly to Dr. Oscar Vega (Graduate Coordinator) via email.
  • In addition to completing the application at Cal State Apply and sending two letters of recommendation to the Graduate Coordinator, you must also send to the appropriate admissions office your
    • GRE subject - official scores (if applicable), and
    • one official transcript for each college or university attended.

Domestic students send documents to:

Graduate Admissions Office 
5241 N. Maple Ave M/S TA51
Fresno, CA 93740

International students mail documents to:

California State University, Fresno
International Student Services & Programs (ISSP)
5150 N. Maple Ave. M/S JA56
Fresno, CA 93740 USA

If you are interested in our M.S. program then you should contact our graduate coordinator to discuss how the admission process works.

Admission Deadlines

For fall admission, complete consideration will be given to applications received by April 15. However, the mathematics department will continue to accept applications until June 1, provided space is available in the program. Students who wish to also apply for a Teaching Assistantship must submit their application by April 15.

To be considered for spring admission, complete applications should be received in the mathematics department by November 1. Please note that our ability to offer spring admissions is contingent on the state budget, so offers will not be made until the budget is determined.

BAMM! Scholarships

If you are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in any of the mathematical sciences, then you are eligible to apply for one of our BAMM! scholarships. Get more information about BAMM! here.