How to Apply to a Graduate Program

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General Information

This page will discuss how to apply for admission and financial aid. For your information, the Department currently has financial support for up to 30 Graduate Teaching Assistants, and generally 5 - 10 new students are admitted with teaching assistantships each year. Stipends for the 2018-2019 academic year range from about $14,000 for M.S. students to about $18,500 for Ph.D. students. There are also usually a few research assistantships, funded from external grants. All graduate assistants receive a waiver of university tuition and most fees (excepting about $1200-$1500 in college tuition and fees each semester), and a supplementary medical insurance plan. Limited forms of other financial aid, such as half-time assistantships, partial tuition waivers and part-time employment at the Mathematics Department, are also available. However these normally require a substantial financial commitment on the part of the student, particularly for non-residents of the State.

The Department offers programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Students who have only an undergraduate degree should normally apply for the M.S. program. The Ph.D. program is intended for students who have an M.S. in mathematics or a substantially equivalent background. Some undergraduate programs outside the U.S., such as in Europe or China, often include substantial course work typically seen in the first year of graduate study, and students graduating from such programs can sometimes be offered provisional Ph.D. status with additional course work requirements. Students are invited to correspond directly with the Graduate Director for further information (see below) if they have questions about their qualifications for either of the programs.

The Application Process

WVU provides an online portal for submitting applications and transcripts, requesting online recommendations, and submitting supporting documents. This is available through the WVU graduate office website at Normally all applicants are considered for assistantship and other financial support unless they indicate they have their own funding. However students are admitted if they meet the academic qualifications, without regard to financial support, which is a separate decision.

Applications should be completed by February 15 to ensure full consideration for financial aid in the subsequent Fall semester. It is best to submit your application a month before to ensure it is complete and available for review by February 15. Applications from students who do not require financial aid are welcome at any time, subject to University processing deadlines. Students may apply to begin in the Spring semester, but we normally do not award assistantships

to new students who begin in the Spring, and course selections are limited since several key courses are year-long sequences that begin in the Fall.

We do not require the GRE Exams. If you have taken the Subject Test in Mathematics and wish to report that score, feel free to upload your score report when you apply. You may also include a personal statement.

Please note that a decision on admission can usually be made relatively quickly and is separate from decisions on financial aid, which are made at the department level. Decisions on financial aid may take longer and depend on the overall pool of applications and the availability of funds. Also be aware that processing times for international students can sometimes require several months.

If you have any questions, or for further information, please do not hesitate to contact us by mail, fax, phone, or e-mail.

Graduate Director
Department of Mathematics
West Virginia University
P.O. Box 6310
Morgantown, WV 26506

Phone: (304) 293-2011
Fax: (304) 293-3982