Application Instructions for the Graduate Program

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If you have a GPA averaged over all your post high-school studies of 3.0 (A = 4.0) or higher, you are eligible to apply. A significant background in mathematics is expected, although a degree in mathematics is not required.

To start a new application you will first need to create an account. The following information is required:

  • Valid email address
  • First and last name
  • Birthdate

The account creation process confirms the email address and will send you a temporary PIN. Once an account record has been created and confirmed, an application can be initiated.

After submitting your online application and paying your application fee, begin submitting the required supporting materials to complete your application.

You may check the status of your application at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete, or check on updates.



Requirements for U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Applicants

  • Pay the $60 non-refundable application fee. The fee cannot be waived and must be paid before your application will be processed.

  • Statement of Purpose

  • The GRE General test or the GRE Mathematics Subject test is required. Scores must be reported directly from ETS to Colorado State University using the institution code of 4075. GRE scores generally take 3 - 4 weeks to be reported by ETS; therefore, please order your scores as early as possible.

  • Official transcripts - Contact all previous institutions you have attended (undergraduate and graduate) to request official transcripts be sent directly to Colorado State University using the institution code of 4075.  Transcripts are required for any college coursework taken during high school if college credit was earned. Colorado State University transcripts are not required. Hard copy official transcripts should be sent to the Office of Admissions at:

    Graduate Admissions
    Colorado State University
    Office of Admissions
    1062 Campus Delivery
    Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

  • 3 Letters of Recommendation – Provide the name and email addresses for your three recommenders. They will receive an email from CSU that contains instructions on how to upload a letter of recommendation for you.

    There is no standard form or format for recommendation letters, so they should provide a letter with the format of their choosing.

Requirements for International Applicants

  • Pay the $70 non-refundable application fee. The fee cannot be waived and must be paid before your application will be processed.

  • The GRE General test or the GRE Mathematics Subject test is required. Scores must be reported directly from ETS to Colorado State University using the institution code of 4075. GRE scores generally take 3 - 4 weeks to be reported by ETS; therefore, please order your scores as early as possible.

  • One official transcripts or mark sheets and any certificates, diplomas, or degrees from each college or university attended are required regardless of the length of attendance, including courses in progress. Final records will be required upon completion of the course or degree. ALL records submitted must be in the native language; any credentials written in languages other than English MUST be accompanied by a certified English translation. Colorado State University transcripts are not required.

    Contact all previous institutions you have attended (undergraduate and graduate) to request official transcripts be sent directly to Colorado State University using the institution code of 4075. Hard copy official transcripts should be sent to the Office of Admissions at:
  • Graduate Admissions
    Colorado State University
    Office of Admissions
    1062 Campus Delivery
    Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

  • 3 Letters of Recommendation – Provide the name and email addresses for your three recommenders. They will receive an email from CSU that contains instructions on how to upload a letter of recommendation for you.

    There is no standard form or format for recommendation letters, so they should provide a letter with the format of their choosing.

  • English Proficiency - TOEFL or IELTS. Request that ETS and/or IELTS report your scores directly to Colorado State University using the institution code of 4075. Photocopies will not be accepted. TOEFL scores generally take 3 - 4 weeks to be reported by ETS. Therefore, please order your scores as early as possible. Applicants are exempted from the TOEFL or IELTS requirement if the official language of their country is English, or they have recently earned a degree at an American University. The Mathematics Department does not award conditional admissions for a low English proficiency score. Minimum scores are as follows:


  • TOEFL - Computer Based - 213, Paper Based - 550, Internet Based - 80

    IELTS - 6.5

Deadlines


A complete application includes all supporting documents described above. All components of the application are considered by the Graduate Committee in order to competitively award Graduate Teaching Assistantships. If any supporting document arrives late, this may reduce an applicant’s chances for receiving such an award.

General deadlines for the receipt of a complete application (including all supporting documents) are listed below.   

    Term
    Admission Only
    Admission and Financial Support
    Fall
    April 1
    February 1
    Spring
    September 1
    No assistantships awarded spring semester

Once Your Application is Complete

Your application will be reviewed by the Graduate Committee once all the required documents are received. You will receive notification if required documents have not arrived, and also when your application file is complete.

The Graduate Committee will recommend admission or denial of admission to the Graduate School.  The Graduate School will notify you of the final admission decision.

If you have any questions about your application status please send an email to grad_program@math.colostate.edu