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Frequently Asked Application Questions

  • Why are there two different application forms?

    The ApplyTexas application is overseen by the university's main Admissions Office. Students must submit the online ApplyTexas application in order to officially establish an application record at Texas A&M University. However, the main Admissions Office oversees applications for the entire university-- all departments, all programs. So during peak application times (November-May), they are very, very busy and it's not uncommon for there to be a lag time between when Admissions receives items and when they can get them processed into the applicant database for departments to view. This lag time can sometimes be several weeks. So we ask that students also complete our Departmental Preapplication form to provide us with some preliminary information while we wait on the main Admissions Office to get their materials entered into the applicant database for viewing.

  • Does everything need to be submitted all at once or can application materials be sent in batches?

    Ideally, it's best if all application materials can be submitted together at the same time but we realize that sometimes this is not possible. So students should submit as much as they can initially then follow up with any remaining items as they become available. Keep in mind that all items must show as received in AIS before students can access the Confirmation Page where they certify that their materials are true and accurate. Also please be aware that our Graduate Committee may not make a final decision on an application until it is entirely complete.

  • Can the GRE be waived?

    The general GRE exam cannot be waived. For some PhD applicants, taking the Math Subject GRE may present a genuine hardship (for example, in travel requirements to visit a testing center), and a waiver is possible. PhD applicants requesting such a waiver should do so via email to gstudies@math.tamu.edu. The GRE Subject test is not required for students applying to our MS program.

  • Is the GMAT accepted in place of the GRE?

    No, the Mathematics Department requires the general GRE for the graduate application.

  • Are there set scores or minimum course requirements to apply?

    Our university does require a minimum score of 80 IBT TOEFL, 6.0 on the IELTS or 53 on the PTE (for international applicants only), but other than that, there is not a set score that our Graduate Committee looks for. Test scores are just one part of the graduate application. The Graduate Committee also looks at GPA, transcripts, quality of undergraduate institution, the personal statement and letters of recommendation. They strive to get an overall picture of an applicant's ability to do graduate level mathematics. The majority of applicants to our program do have a bachelor's degree in mathematics but the Graduate Committee has admitted students from other fields as well. It just depends on how much mathematics the student has seen. At the bare minimum, students should have had advanced calculus, linear algebra and differential equations. However, just having these courses does not guarantee admittance. Most candidates accepted have also had at least 2 semesters of real analysis, 2 semesters of senior level algebra and 1 additional semester in another senior math course. It is a highly competitive process and applicants are ranked against one another.

  • Can applications be still be submitted after the application deadline has passed?

    The ApplyTexas site has an auto feature which prevents students from submitting an application for a particular semester if that semester's deadline has already passed. We typically receive 300-400 applications per academic year and it takes a while to go through them all. Any materials that are submitted after a semester's deadline can not be guaranteed to be processed and reviewed in time for that semester.Please note that the departmental application deadlines posted on our departmental application page take precedence over any deadlines posted at the ApplyTexas site.

  • Is there a separate application for financial assistance?

    No, there is not a separate application. All applicants are automatically considered for all departmental support that they would qualify for unless they designate in their application that they have their own funding (ie: a sponsored student with funding from a government or other source).

  • Does admittance guarantee financial assistance?

    Admittance means that the applicant was judged academically qualified to enter our program but does not always include financial assistance. Our department has a set number of positions available (the number of which varies from academic year to academic year) so not all students are able to be funded. The Graduate Committee does give preference to PhD applicants in awarding positions.

  • Can admittances be deferred?

    With approval from the degree granting unit providing admission (ie: the Mathematics Department), admission to graduate studies normally remains valid for one year from the term of acceptance. However, this does not include any financial support that may have been awarded for the initial semester of application. Students need to obtain approval from the Mathematics Graduate Office on any requests to postpone their admittance to a future semester.

  • What is the timetable for admission/support decisions?

    For students applying to a fall semester, the Graduate Committee will begin reviewing files in December and continue throughout the spring. First round offers are made about the middle of February. Depending on how many of the first round offers are declined, the Graduate Committee may go back to the remaining pool of applicants, re-rank them and make a second round of offers late in April. However, this is not something that can be guaranteed as it depends solely on a large number of the first round offers being declined. Either way, students will be notified by e-mail if they are being admitted, declined or being placed in a waiting pool of applicants for consideration for possible second round offers.