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Application Guidelines

Guidelines for Applying for Graduate Study in Mathematics at Virginia Tech

In addition to the requirements found on the Graduate School application form, the Department of Mathematics requires three letters of recommendation.

It is helpful if the letters of recommendation are from instructors of upper-level mathematics courses or research mentors. These letters should specifically address your potential to synthesize mathematics and perform research at the graduate level. 

We don't require applicants to report GRE scores from the general test or subject test. Students who submit applications without GRE scores will be given equal consideration.

While it is very common that applicants haven't yet narrowed down their area of interest before joining our graduate program, many applicants have found some potential areas of interest to them. If you have identified areas you would like to explore further in our graduate program, please include these areas as well as our faculty members that might serve as mentors for your research, in your personal statement. You can find various research areas in which our faculty work, using the Research Areas link in the right column of this page.

The deadline to submit graduate program applications for the Fall 2022 term is January 1st. Applications will be accepted past this deadline, however department funding is limited and not guaranteed to applicants who apply after March 1st