Application Deadlines

Application review begins in December and most Graduate Teaching Assistantships are awarded by March 15th. Applications will be considered past these dates on a "space available" basis.

Optional Tests

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for the Mathematics Program, however it can help strengthen an application. These scores must be received directly from ETS. Verbal GRE scores for program applicants should be no lower than 152 for all applicants including International applicants. The institution code for Montana State University is 4488.

International Applicants

English proficiency scores with the following minimums: TOEFL (80; a score of 93 to qualify for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship), IELTS (level 7), or PTE (61), are required for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and are not from countries where English is the official language. This requirement is waived if the applicant has earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S. or if the student is from a country where the English proficiency score is waived.

Please see our International application process page for a list of countries where the english proficiency score is waived as well as more information on applying as an International student.

Additional Admission Requirements

For additional required admission documents please see program website or view list of requirements in the graduate application portal. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.


The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers a wide range of technical and research degrees and is a recognized leader of research in the mathematical sciences. Much of the research is conducted in collaboration with various science departments, university centers, and collaborators worldwide. The department conducts research in both pure and applied mathematics with emphases in dynamical systems theory, mathematical biology and applied and computational mathematics. Joint research also involves engineering and the biological sciences. Statistics research encompasses a broad range of theoretical and applied topics with several interdisciplinary opportunities including the environmental and ecological sciences. Mathematics education research takes an applied approach, addressing issues that surround mathematics teaching and learning with a focus on the development and ongoing support of K-12 mathematics teachers. Active research venues include content courses and field experiences for pre-service teachers, students and teachers in K-12 classrooms, professional development for in-service teachers, and online learning environments. The department provides unique opportunities for innovative instruction and cooperative research. With approximately 26 Ph.D. faculty and around 70 graduate students, the department is large enough to attract and retain the most capable faculty, but small enough to allow faculty and graduate students an intimate atmosphere for the easy exchange of ideas.