General Information

APPLY ANYTIME - Applications for our graduate programs may be reviewed year-round.

Incoming students should expect to follow a typical  semester progression.  Typically incoming students begin their program in the fall semester; it is rare that agraduate student begins a program mid academic year.

Graduate Application Form

Application information and link to the online form are at the bottom of this page.  Prospective students are encouraged to follow Steps 1 - 3 outlined on this page before submitting the full graduate application.

Before You Apply

Learn about admission requirements for your program of interest by browsing its page.  Follow the link from our list of graduate programs  in the department.

Frequently Asked Questions

Check the FAQs page to find answers to many common questions concerning the application process.

Status of Application

To check the status of your application, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator.


Graduate Application Timelines

Step 1: Know the timelines

Application Submission Timeline

Application pool for the upcoming academic year closes on January 15 of the current academic year. Review of applications begins after this date.

Application Decisions

Decision notifications to applicants seeking fall semester admission will begin in late January.

Priority Deadline: 

December 15

Applications completed by December 15 will be given full consideration for university scholarship programs. 

Scholarships, Fellowships & Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) apply only to

Mathematics MS, PhD

Statistics MS, PhD 

Math Ed PhD

GTA Awards

Typically made by April 15 

Program Descriptions and Admission Requirements

Step 2: Be sure you satisfy admission requirements

Potential applicants are encouraged to browse the admission requirements and program descriptions using the links below prior to submitting an application.

M.S. in Data Science

M.S. in Mathematics

M.S. in Mathematics - Education Option

M.S. in Statistics

Ph.D. in Mathematics

Ph.D. in Mathematics - Education Emphasis

Ph.D. in Statistics

Certificate in Applied Statistics

Application with MSU's Graduate School

Step 3: Graduate Application

All applicants must complete the (online) Graduate Application Form

  • Link to Graduate Application Form  
  • Application Fee is $70.00.  This fee cannot be waived.
  • GRE scores are not required, and they will not be considered as part of the application process.

Required documentation for the graduate application


3 letters of recommendation are required from individuals qualified to assess the applicant's ability and potential to succeed as a graduate student.  Typically current or former teachers, academic advisors, research advisors or employers submit these letters.

Personal statement that includes the applicant's academic background, research experience and interests, the applicant's future academic goals and how the program aligns with those interests and aspirations. 

Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

Complete list of all relevant course work post Calculus II, including textbook title, author and chapters covered.


International Applicants require additional documentation. 

  • Please refer to The Graduate School's website regarding these application requirements. 
  • Although a B.S. degree with First Class Honors is not explicitly required for admission by some of our graduate programs, applications with the First Class honours designation are much more likely to be offered admission. 

Questions?  Please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator