Mathematics, MA
Accelerated Program

The Master of Arts in Mathematics degree is designed to increase mathematical knowledge beyond the traditional bachelor degree in order to prepare students for careers requiring sophisticated mathematical skills.

The structure of the master’s degree programs in the School of Mathematical & Statistical Sciences allows enough flexibility for a wide range of plans of study.  Note: Funding is primarily reserved for PhD students.

For a complete list of the research projects at the School of Mathematical & Statistical Sciences go to Research.

Applicants must submit the Graduate College online application. Minimum background for consideration of admission to the master's program includes:

  • a bachelors degree in mathematics or a closely related area
  • at least a 3.00 GPA (4.0 scale) overall and in Mathematics courses
  • mainly A's and B's in advanced mathematics courses
  • competitive in an applicant pool as evidenced by course work in linear algebra (equivalent to ASU course MAT 342 or MAT 343) and advanced calculus (equivalent to ASU course MAT 371)
  • the general GRE is required

Students choose between a Thesis or No-Thesis option.

Thesis Option

30 hours of graduate coursework, 6 hours of which must by 599 Thesis
Qualifier Exam Requirement (choose one sequence from the following list)

  • Algebra: MAT 543 and MAT 544
  • Applied Mathematics: two (2) of the following APM core courses: APM 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 506 (with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 on both courses)
  • Discrete Mathematics: MAT 512 and MAT 513
  • Geometry & Topology: MAT 501 and 502 (currently MAT 598)
  • Real Analysis: MAT 570 and MAT 571
  • Statistics & Probability: STP 501 and STP 502
  • Mathematics Education: RUME I and II (currently MTE 598’s)
  • Defense of Thesis


No-Thesis Option

30 hours of graduate coursework
Qualifier Exam Requirement (choose two sequences from the following list)

  • Algebra: MAT 543 and MAT 544
  • Applied Mathematics: four (4) of the following six APM core courses (with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 on all four courses):
    • Differential Equations APM 501/502
    • Applied Analysis APM 503/504 - cannot be take together with MAT 570/571
    • Numerical Analysis APM 505/506
  • Discrete Mathematics: MAT 512 and MAT 513
  • Geometry & Topology: MAT 501 and 502 (currently MAT 598)
  • Mathematics Education: RUME I and II (currently MTE 598’s)
  • Real Analysis: MAT 570 and MAT 571
  • Statistics & Probability: STP 501 and STP 502 (currently STP 598’s)


Colloquium/Distinguished Lecture Series

All MA graduate students must attend 75% of the Colloquium/Distinguished Lecture Series for two semesters of their graduate program. A sign-in sheet will be at every colloquium/DLS; if you do not sign in, your attendance will not be counted. This is a non-credit but required item for the degree.


The application deadline for our master's degree program is July 1. Applications are accepted for fall admission only.

We recommend you submit your application well in advance to allow time for all documents to arrive and be processed, ensuring you have a complete application by the July 1 deadline. Applications still considered incomplete by the School of Mathematical & Statistical Sciences after July 1 will likely not be evaluated by the graduate review committee in time to be considered for admission for that current year. International applicants may want to allow an additional 4-6 weeks for I-20 and visa processing and should pay careful attention to the I-20/DS-2019 important deadlines.

See Graduate Admissions for additional information on non-refundable application fees and the late processing fee.

Application Evaluation

The requirements for each degree are listed on this website, and each applicant is evaluated not only on test scores and grades, but their personal statement and letters of recommendation. Only completed applications submitted through the on-line process will be reviewed.

We receive many inquiries asking for a pre-evaluation to see if an applicant would be eligible to apply or make suggestions on their credentials. Unfortunately we are not able to review any application information sent to us.

Required Application Items

You can apply online to the graduate program and can check your application status with Graduate Admissions by using MyASU. Your privacy is protected by the use of an ASURITE User ID and password. If you are new to ASU, your ASURITE User ID and instructions for its activation can be found on your application acknowledgement letter. If you need the application materials mailed to you, contact the Graduate Admissions office.

The following items are required before an application is considered complete and ready for review by the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences. All application materials, with the exception of official transcripts, should be submitted online to Graduate Admissions.

  • Submit your on-line application to Graduate Admissions.
  • Submit the appropriate application fee to Graduate Admissions.
  • Send official transcripts to Graduate Admissions from all institutions you have attended.
  • International students must submit an official TOEFL score to Graduate Education. See Graduate Admissions for English Proficiency Requirements. If you are applying for support as a TA by the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 100 (IBT) is required.
  • Submit official GRE test scores (general scores only; we do not require the subject test). The ASU Institution code is 4007.
  • Three letters of recommendation. You will be asked to submit the names and email addresses of three (3) references when you complete the Graduate Admissions application online.
  • If you are applying for support as a TA/RA, indicate this information on your online application. No additional form is required. Priority for funding will be for students in one of our PhD degree programs, with limited funding available for MA degree seeking students.
  • Submit a statement of purpose that specifically addresses your research interests and goals for graduate school. This should be uploaded during the online application process.

Academic Integrity

The highest standards of academic integrity and compliance with the university’s Student Code of Conduct are expected of all graduate students in academic coursework and research activities. The failure of any graduate student to uphold these standards may result in serious consequences including suspension or expulsion from the university and/or other sanctions as specified in the academic integrity policies of individual colleges as well as the university.

Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating, fabrication of data, tampering, plagiarism, or aiding and/or facilitating such activities. At the graduate level, it is expected that students are familiar with these issues and that each student assumes personal responsibility in their work.

Application Status

Due to the number of applications we receive, you will not be notified by the school until a decision has been made on your application. You are encouraged to check your application status on MyASU or e-mail Include your name and ASU ID number on all correspondence to the school.

Plan of Study

Every graduate student must fill out a plan of study (iPOS) prior to completing 50% of the required credit hours in their program. The iPOS must be approved by a three member supervisory committee and the graduate director. All graduate plans of study are filed using MyASU.  Once you have submitted the iPOS, your advisor will need to email their approval of your iPOS to

Bachelor of Science/Master of Arts joint degree program

For more information on the master’s programs, contact the graduate director at

If I send my application information in via email, can I receive a pre-evaluation to see if I am eligible to apply?

We receive many inquiries and applications; therefore, we are not able to review your scores to determine your eligibility to apply or make suggestions on your credentials. The requirements for each degree are listed on our website, and each applicant is evaluated not only on test scores and grades, but their personal statement and letters of recommendation. Only completed applications will be reviewed.

What semesters are applications accepted?

Our School only accepts applications for the fall semesters.

When do applications need to be submitted?

If you are requesting funding from the School, all application materials must be received by January 1. We will continue to accept application materials until July 1 for that current semester. International applicants should be mindful of the deadlines for issuing I-20/DS-2019 documents. Note: Funding is primarily reserved for PhD students.

Do all supporting application materials need to be submitted and received by the application deadline?

Supporting materials can be submitted after the deadline; however, preference for funding requests is given to students whose applications are completed by the deadline.

What are the prerequisites for the degree programs?

All of the School's degree programs require that you have completed a Bachelor of Science in mathematics or a related field and that you have successfully completed both Linear Algebra (ASU equivalent of MAT 342) and Advanced Calculus (ASU equivalent of MAT 371) with a grade of B or better prior to admission.

Is a Master’s degree required to apply for the PhD program?

Domestic students applying to the PhD program must have completed a Bachelor of Science in mathematics or a related field. Due to the differences in the international education system, all international applicants must confirm that their degree(s) will meet the Graduate Admissions requirements.

Is the subject GRE test required?

The general GRE test is required for all graduate programs; however, the subject test is not required.

What is the minimum acceptable TOEFL score?

The minimum acceptable TOEFL score required for admission by the ASU Graduate Admissions is 80 (iBT). If you are requesting TA funding the School requires a minimum score of 100 (iBT).

See the English Proficiency requirements on the ASU Graduate Admissions website.

Can IELTS scores be used for English Proficiency?

Yes, the IELTS is accepted at ASU for the English Proficiency requirement. See the English Proficiency webpage.

Do I have to submit TOEFL scores if I have been attending school in the United States?

Visit the Graduate Admissions' policies and requirements on English Proficiency.

Do I need to request that ETS send my official GRE and TOEFL scores?

Yes, we cannot make a final recommendation on your application until we have received the official test scores from ETS. Copies are not accepted and should not be mailed to the School.

Where should I have my official documents sent?

All official application materials should be sent to ASU Graduate Admissions:

To expedite the processing of your application, please write your application reference number on all documents and envelopes submitted to ASU. Materials submitted without your application reference number will delay the processing of your application.

If sending by U.S. Mail:
Arizona State University
Graduate Admission Services
PO Box 870112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112

If sending by FedEx, DHL or UPS:
Graduate Admission Services
Arizona State University
1151 S. Forest Avenue, #SSV112
Tempe, AZ  85287-0112

Where can I find the form for recommendation letters?

There is no form for recommendation letters. They are submitted electronically. You will enter the recommender information on the online application and an email will be sent to each recommender requesting an electronic letter submission for your application.

My recommender will only complete a paper recommendation, where can he/she send it?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept letters of recommendation on paper; all letters must be submitted electronically using our system.

What if my recommender needs the email request resent?

If your recommender needs the email resent you can log in to MyASU and resend the email to your recommender.

Which faculty are actively recruiting students for research assistantships? Can I contact them directly?

Faculty research requirements change constantly and we are unable to provide a list of actively recruiting faculty. Faculty do have access to view all incoming applicants and typically notify our office or contact the student themselves if a strong applicant shows an interest in their research and has been accepted into the program.

You can view the different research areas and faculty in our Research section of our website. Faculty will often discuss research projects by email with enthusiastic applicants.

What kind of financial support is available through the School?

Eligible applicants who are admitted into the program have the opportunity to apply for a teaching assistantship. See our financial support section for additional information. Note: Funding is primarily reserved for PhD students.

Is there a funding application which must be completed?

No, the information required for the application is included in the online Graduate Admissions application.

How can I check the status of my application?

Log in to MyASU. Your log in information is located in the application confirmation email sent to you from the Graduate College. If you have difficulties logging in contact their office at

When will a decision be made on my application?

Our Graduate Review Committee is continuously reviewing applications to all Graduate Programs and strives to return admission decisions within two weeks of a completed application.

Where can I find information about the Graduate Admissions application and how do I contact their office if I have a question?

General information regarding the online application form can be found on the ASU Graduate Admissions website and their office can be contacted via email at

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Mathematics, MA
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