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UofL Mathematics Graduate Study -  Application Instructions & Frequently Asked Questions

The University of Louisville Department of Mathematics is a research oriented department that prides itself on delivering first-rate graduate instruction. There are a broad range of courses and ample opportunities to interact with faculty. The Department also maintains an active colloquium series with talks given by visiting mathematicians, statisticians and scientists.

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Complete applications require the following:

1. Complete application form along with paid application fee.

2. Cover letter to math department including any information you believe will help process your application. Please indicate in this letter whether you are interested in a GTA position, for example.

3. Transcripts (an official copy for each undergraduate institution attended. UofL transcripts are automatically submitted).

4. Letters of recommendation (at least two, preferably three).

5. Recent (within three years) GRE scores (only the general exam is required) .

6. All applicants for whom English is a second language must also submit official TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 213 or higher on the computer-based test, or 550 or higher on the paper-based test for verification of English proficiency.  English proficiency can also be met by submitting official IELTS scores of at least 6.5 overall band score from the academic module exam.

For full consideration please submit complete applications by...

Spring admission deadline: November 1st.
Fall admission deadline: March 1st.

Late applications will be considered.

For answers to many Frequently Asked Questions about applying to our graduate program:

Some of the most common questions:

How can I check the status of my application?
The status of your application can be checked online via ULink, found at
ULink (University of Louisville Information Network) is a University website that integrates a number of
student services including the offices of Student Financial Aid, Registrar, and Bursar. Once you have
logged in, click student services and then view my graduate application status.
How will I be notified when a decision has been made?
We will try to send an official letter of admission via regular mail or email, but you should check the status of your application on ULink to determine whether a decision has been made. Typically, you will receive official notification 4-6 weeks after the program's application deadline.  So, for fall admission for example, sometime in mid-March or early April our graduate committee will notify applicants of the results of their review.  While this may be frustrating, the reason for this timing is that the University of Louisville adheres to the
   "April 15 Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees, and Assistants"
which states that students are under no obligation to respond to offers before April 15th so that they can weigh all of their offers at once.  See this site, for example, for more details:
How do I apply for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA)?
Include a cover letter with your application and indicate whether you would like to be considered for a GTA. These assistantships are awarded by the department to the most competitive applicants that have expressed interest. Naturally variable funding restricts the number of available assistantships. The Graduate Teaching Assistantships include healthcare coverage (for more details of the health coverage visit Teaching Assistants receive tuition remission and are required to enroll in at least nine credit hours of graduate course work each regular semester.
Are GRE scores required? Where do I send them? Is the GRE Math Subject Test required?
The general Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required. Test registration and information about the exam can be found at Please instruct the Educational Testing Service to forward test results to:

University of Louisville
Office of Graduate Admissions
105 Houchens Bldg
Louisville, Kentucky, 40292

The University of Louisville institution code for score reporting is 1838. The GRE Math Subject Test is optional.
Official transcripts showing ALL degrees awarded and ALL undergraduate and graduate work completed at EVERY accredited college/university previously attended must be furnished by the degree-seeking applicant. Students that submit transcripts with degrees "in progress" may be admitted "PROVISIONALLY".  In this case they must submit final transcripts (before the end of their first semester at UofL) showing the successful completion of these degrees.

All transcripts that are not in English must be translated verbatim into English and must be notarized. International applicants please have transcripts evaluated by a credential evaluation service such as World Education Services ( or Educational Credential Evaluators (

How do I apply to the dual Masters of Science (MS) in Biostatistics-Decision Science and Ph.D. in Applied and Industrial Mathematics?
Dual degrees in Biostatistics-Decision Science and Applied and Industrial Mathematics are offered by the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Public Health and Information Sciences. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a Ph. in Applied and Industrial Mathematics and an MS in Biostatistics-Decision Science.

To be admitted to this dual degree program, students are required to apply to and be accepted by both the Department of Mathematics and the Biostatistics-Decision Science Program. Please include letters with applications to both the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics stating the intent to take advantage of the dual degree program, and stating interest in the Biostatistics or the Decision Science concentration. Students must also submit, to each program, all materials (e.g. GRE scores, transcipts, etc) necessary to complete respective applications.

Institutional Accreditation:

The University of Louisville is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, bachelor, master, specialist, doctoral, and first-professional degrees (D.M.D., J.D., M.D.). Individuals who wish to contact the Commission on Colleges regarding the accreditation status of the university may write the Commission at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call (404) 679-4500. See Accreditation Confirmation Letter for more Information.

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