How to apply

We offer a PhD, a Master of Science degree, and a Master of Science or Arts in Teaching Mathematics degree, all allowing study in both pure and applied areas of Mathematics. This is a competitive program, with a minority of the applicants being offered admission to the department. Fulfillment of the criteria specified below is not in itself sufficient for admission. The applicants with the strongest academic records will be offered admission. Most of our successful applicants have a Bachelor’s degrees in mathematics or the equivalent and have taken year-long sequences in both abstract algebra and modern analysis.
Accepted students are typically offered departmental support, generally in the form of a Graduate Student Teaching Assistantship which comes with a stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance. Support for a doctoral students is customarily continued for four years as long as the student maintains good academic progress and fulfills their teaching responsibilities satisfactorily. For the past several years we have been able to fund an additional year. We expect to continue this policy as long as funds remain available.


The application deadline is February 1 for admission the following Fall (only applications for Fall semester are considered). A complete application consists of the following materials:

  1. Application form submitted through the Office of Admissions
  2. Statement of Purpose
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. Transcripts and (copies of) degree certificates of all post secondary work
  5. General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores
  6. GRE Math Subject Exam (recommended)
  7. TOEFL Score Report (for international applicants from non-English speaking countries)

Non-U.S. citizens will also need their resident alien numbers.
The Statement of Purpose required in the application carries great weight in the admissions decision. In this statement you should detail your mathematical experience and potential areas of interest. The required letters of recommendation are also extremely important and we ask that at least two come from instructors who can speak to your work in rigorous proof-based mathematics.
The Graduate School requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a grade point average (GPA) for the last 2 years of undergraduate studies of B (3.0/4.0) or higher for admission to the University of Florida. Exceptions to this requirement require recommendation by the department and approval by the Dean of the Graduate School.
The general GRE is required for all degree programs and the Math Subject GRE is recommended for PhD applicants. Successful applicants typically have GRE general scores of 310 and above. Please arrange to take these tests so that we can be assured of having your scores no later than February 1. The GRE and TOEFL scores should be sent directly from ETS to the Office of Admissions. The school code for GRE and TOEFL is 5812.
The application fee is

  • $30 by check with a cover memorandum attached to the check sent to
    UF Office of Admissions
    PO Box 114000 (201 Criser Hall)
    Gainesville, FL 32611-4000
  • $31.75 if paid online by credit card

International Applicants

The University of Florida requires that most foreign applicants must submit scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Test). The level of English competency required for admission is TOEFL scores of least 80 (BT), 550 (paper) or 213 (computer) or their equivalents in the other two English language tests, as well as a verbal GRE score of at least 320. The TOEFL/IELTS/MELAB requirement is waived for foreign students who have successfully completed at least one year at a college or university in the United States.
Graduate applicants from these countries are not required to submit TOEFL scores:
Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Montserrat, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, Virgin Islands, Zimbabwe.
Note: Puerto Rican students must submit TOEFL scores.
Florida law requires that international Teaching Assistants (students from countries in which English is not an official language) must obtain at least a 23 on the speaking part of the iBT TOEFL (if the TOEFL is required for the applicant) and a 45 on the SPEAK test given by the Academic Spoken English program of the University of Florida. The SPEAK test is given regularly and can be taken after students arrive on campus (and will have to be completed even by students that do not have to submit TOEFL scores for admission). These tests are not required for students supported by fellowships or research assistantships.
International students should note that the University requires transcripts both in the original language and in English translation, so a person with a BS and an MS with non-English transcripts and certificates must send 8 documents.

Contact for further help

If you have any questions for which you cannot find answers in these web pages, or need to
contact the Graduate Selection Committee, please send email to