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Graduate Study

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 (see website above or for more instructions):

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.

Ph.D. in Applied and Industrial Mathematics

   Starting in Fall 2002, the Department of Mathematics began offering a Ph.D. degree in applied and industrial mathematics. This program offers a blend of advanced mathematical and statistical knowledge with the experience to apply that knowledge. Students completing the program have a unique perspective from which they can see the whole of mathematics integrated with applied and industrial needs.  A broad and rigorous mathematical core combined with customized application electives and an industrial internship prepares students with life-long career skills in teaching, research and industry. Many of our graduates have followed industrial careers working at companies like Aegon, Fifth-Third Bank, Humana, Mercer and WellPoint; others have pursued academic careers as faculty for regional colleges and universities such as Bellarmine University, Centre College, Manchester University, Marion College, University of Louisville Department of Biostatistics, and the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Master of Arts

   The Master of Arts degree at the University of Louisville offers intensive training in mathematics, statistics, and actuarial mathematics.  The program emphasizes applications in research and industry, with flexibility to focus on a wide range of topics.  Up to twelve of the thirty hours of course work required for the degree may be taken in an approved minor, such as computer science, physics or secondary education. An industrial internship is a unique option available to integrate into a student's program.  Graduates have pursued careers in industry, government, and academia as teachers, mathematicians, actuaries, statisticians, systems analysts, and faculty at the secondary or junior college level.

Interdisciplinary Opportunities

   Both the Ph.D. and M.A. degrees allow a student to design a program of study containing subjects from outside the Department of Mathematics. In this way, classes from areas such as biostatistics, physics and engineering can be part of the program. Arrangements can also be made for interdisciplinary M.S. degrees.

Actuarial Science

   The Department offers courses and review sessions on the material required for most of the examinations leading to an Associateship of the Society of Actuaries. These courses can be taken as part of a degree program or on a post-baccalaureate basis. Internships with a local insurance company are also available.

Financial Aid

   The Department offers Graduate Teaching Assistantships that 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. From time to time Research Assistantships supported by research grants to faculty are also available.

   First year Teaching Assistants are responsible for meeting six hours weekly with recitations of a combined-section course for which a professor has primary instructional responsibility. The Teaching Assistant serves as a discussion leader and administers and grades quizzes from the recitation meetings as well as helping to proctor and grade the major exams.

   Second year students receive an enhanced stipend and normally teach two sections of a three-credit-hour course in which they have primary responsibility for lecturing, testing and assigning grades. Second year assistantships are ordinarily available to any first year Teaching Assistants who have made satisfactory progress toward their degrees.

   Assistantships are normally awarded in April, but late applications will be considered, if positions are still available.


   The University of Louisville library system has holdings of about 1.2 million volumes and has subscriptions to over 200 mathematics journals.

   The University of Louisville Computer Center is equipped with a variety of computers ranging from microcomputer labs and UNIX-based RISC workstations to a large IBM mainframe. Students use these computer facilities as an aid in learning such mathematics as statistics and numerical analysis. The Department has two microcomputer labs and many scattered workstations connected to the University TCP/IP network and the Internet.

The University of Louisville and the Community

   More than 22,000 students attend eleven schools, colleges, and divisions on three park-like campuses. U of L offers graduate, professional, baccalaureate, and associate degrees, as well as certificates, in over 170 fields of study through 11 schools and colleges.

   A member of the state system of higher education since 1970, the University of Louisville traces its history to 1798, when the state legislature endowed public land for the Jefferson Seminary, a small liberal arts school. The University of Louisville is the oldest university west of the Allegheny Mountains.

   The University of Louisville is in Louisville, the largest metropolitan area in the state. Louisville is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby and the Louisville Slugger.

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