Application Guidelines


Guidelines for Applying for Graduate Study in Mathematics at Virginia Tech

In addition to the requirements found on the Graduate School application form, the Department of Mathematics requires three letters of recommendation and the GRE (general test).

It is helpful if the letters of recommendation are from instructors of upper-level mathematics courses or research mentors. These letters should specifically address your potential to synthesize mathematics and perform research at the graduate level. 

Although the GRE mathematics subject test is not required, we do consider these scores if they are sent to us. 

While it is very common that applicants haven't yet narrowed down their area of interest before joining our graduate program, many applicants have found some potential areas of interest to them. If you have identified areas you would like to explore further in our graduate program, please include these areas as well as our faculty members that might serve as mentors for your research, in your personal statement.

The deadline to submit graduate program applications for the Fall 2020 term is January 1st. Applications will be accepted past this deadline, however department funding is limited and not guaranteed to applicants who apply after March 1st