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Program Prerequisites

General Program Prerequisites

  • Baccalaureate in Mathematics or a related field from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0 (A=4.0) for the final 60 semester hours of undergraduate study
  • Minimum of 20 semester credit hours of undergraduate work in mathematics beyond calculus, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (A=4.0)
  • The GRE General exam is required and the subject exam is highly recommended but not required for all applicants, except MST. These scores are considered competitively among applicants. Report scores via ETS to institutional code 1851.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic work.
  • Personal statement
  • English Competency Test Score Requirements (institutional code 1851):
    • UIC Required TOEFL score for Teaching Assistants of 100 on the Internet-based test (ibT), including a minimum ibT Speaking subscore of 23; or IELTS Band score of 7 with a Speaking subscore of 7. Report scores via ETS to institutional code 1851.
    • Minimum TOEFL score for all international applicants of 100 on the Internet-based test (ibT), with minimum subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20 and Writing 21; or IELTS Band score of 7 with four subscores of 7.

Program Specific Prerequisites:

PhD in Mathematics:

  • BS or BA in Mathematics or related field. Applicants should complete coursework related to their research field of interest as outlined below for the various MS in Mathematics concentrations.

MS in Mathematics with concentration in Pure Mathematics:

  • Linear Algebra (MATH 320 or equivalent)
  • Abstract Algebra (MATH 330 or equivalent)
  • One year of analysis (MATH 313 plus MATH 410 or MATH 414, or equivalent)

MS in Mathematics with concentration in Applied Mathematics:

  • Differential Equations (MATH 220 or equivalent)
  • Linear Algebra (MATH 310 or MATH 320, or equivalent)
  • One year of Analysis (MATH 313 plus MATH 410 or MATH 414, or equivalent)

MS in Mathematics with concentration in Mathematical Computer Science:

  • Data Structures (MCS 360 or equivalent) or Symbolic Computation (MCS 320 or equivalent)
  • Discrete Mathematics (MCS 361 or equivalent)
  • Linear Algebra (MATH 310 or MATH 320, or equivalent)
  • Experience in programming and computing: The successful applicant will show proficiency in all requirements above, either through coursework or relevant work experience.

MS in Statistics:

  • Calculus and multivariable calculus (MATH 180, MATH 181, and MATH 210, or equivalent)
  • Linear Algebra (MATH 310 or equivalent)
  • Analysis I (MATH 313)
  • A probability or statistics course (STAT 381 or equivalent)

Math Education Program Prerequisites

DA in Mathematics:

MST program (Elementary School Option):

MST program (Secondary School Option):