Graduate Admission Overview


Autumn 2023 Application Deadline:    

5 December 2022*

Application open on October 1st

View our Graduate Program Prospectus (with Faculty Research List) [pdf] in order to find more detailed information about our mathematics degree programs and our graduate faculty. 

The Department of Mathematics PhD program accepts applications for Autumn Semester admission only. Our application opens on October 1st each year for applications to begin the program the following fall. There are two categories of applicants: Regular Applicants and Standby Applicants. Please see below for details.

The MAQRM (actuarial science) program accepts applications for both Autumn and Spring Semester admission. The Spring Semester MAQRM application opens on September 1st. The international student application deadline for Spring 2023 admission is 15 October 2022. The domestic student application deadline for Spring 2023 admission is 24 November 2022. Please note that ALL application materials must be received by these deadlines, including test scores and letters of recommendation. The application deadlines for Autumn Semester MAQRM admission are the same as those for our other graduate programs.

Regular Applicants: In order to have a competitive opportunity for maximum funding by the department and/or the OSU Graduate School, both domestic and international applicants must have their online application submitted by December 5.

*Standby Applicants: Prospective students may submit applications beyond the December 5 deadline date, however there is no guarantee that they will be reviewed by the Graduate Recruitment Committee (GRC). The deadline for Standby Applicants is 28 January 2023. Standby applications are reviewed on a space-available basis only.

Application Fee: The Ohio State University charges a non-refundable 60 USD fee for domestic applicants and 70 USD fee for international applicants. PhD program applicants who have financial needs may apply to have their application fee waived via our department's fee waiver request form. Please note that the waiver request must be completed prior to submitting the graduate program application and no later than 30 November 2022.

NOTE: Documents such as transcripts, TOEFL scores, and letters of recommendation can and often do arrive beyond the regular deadline; however, the GRC can only make decisions based upon complete applications. We realize some documents will come after the deadline, but try to get them here as soon as possible. All documents are to be submitted electronically via Graduate Admissions as per the Application Instructions.

PhD students are required to arrive 4 weeks prior to the beginning of the Autumn Semester in order to participate in the preparatory Headstart Training Program. Exceptions can be made only for students who are offered university fellowships.

Current or former Ohio State graduate students should contact us for additional application instructions. We require the same documents from an OSU graduate student as from any other applicant, except that there is no need to provide an Ohio State transcript. 

We will not admit new students to the Master of Mathematical Sciences (MMS) Degree for Autumn 2023.  MMS admissions are suspended until further notice.


GRE Scores

Update for Autumn 2023

GRE scores are not required or expected for PhD applicants for Autumn 2023. Our admissions committee will generally not consider GRE scores in its reviews of applications. Score submissions through official websites will be disabled. In exceptional cases, however, students have the option to self-report scores that may be used by our committee in special circumstances. See application instructions for further details.


All admitted PhD students are offered a teaching associateship during the academic year. Graduate Teaching Associateships (GTA) are renewable assuming satisfactory academic progress. Incoming students with strong academic records and test scores may be selected for university fellowships, which include full support without teaching duties. In addition, continuing students may apply for several types of semester-long departmental fellowships and travel support. Summer support is currently offered to the majority of students requesting it. All Graduate Associateships and Fellowships come with a competitive stipend, full tuition waiver, and health insurance subsidy. See the Financial Support page for more details.

MAQRM students are not supported by this process and must provide or obtain their own funding. Financial aid inquiries can be directed to OSU's Office of Student Financial Aid.

Admission Process and Numbers

We typically receive between 350 and 400 applications for the PhD program each year, and our recruitment target for an incoming class is usually around 16-27 new PhDs. The process typically starts with a pre-screening of the files by the chairs of the recruitment committee based on basic data such as performance in critical courses, general background, test scores, and brief inspections of letters. The graduate recruitment committee then reviews about 150 files in greater depth, split over several rounds and groups. This review typically leads to the admission of around 70-80 students to the PhD program, as well as an ordered wait list issued sometime in March.

For MAQRM we anticipate admitting approximately 20-30 students this year, though this number may vary based on the size and qualifications of the applicant pool.


Screening of regular applications will begin shortly after the December deadline. Our Graduate Admissions Committee will consider applicants from all backgrounds and evaluate them on academic merit and the documents provided. We expect to make a first round of admissions offers in early January with a second round of admissions following in mid-February. At that time we also hope to upgrade some financial offers to previous admitted students and create a wait-list that we will maintain until April 15. 

Please ensure that you have submitted all application documents to Ohio State Graduate & Professional Admissions electronically as per their instructions. Your application status can be checked on at Graduate Admissions under the Quick Links. It may show as incomplete if any required documents are missing. Please follow up with your recommendation letter writers, as in some cases they may not have received your electronic letter request.

Finally, please be aware that information about admission results on public forums (such as Grad Cafe and are often not reliable and postings there may be entirely fabricated. If you have questions about where we are in our admissions cycle please feel free to contact is directly.  

Commitment to Diversity

The OSU Department of Mathematics is committed to recruiting a diverse student body and providing an inclusive and supportive community for students of every race, gender, religion, ethnicity, national origin, and sexual orientation. We are also committed to providing an accessible education for students with disabilities.

Information on support resources and multicultural organizations for graduate students can be found on our College's Diversity in Graduate Studies site. The Ohio State Math Department Diversity and Departmental Climate Committee has also published a statement of the goals and values they actively promote within our community.

Are you a Hispanic/Latinx, African American/Black, or American Indian/Native applicant? If so, we strongly encourage you to apply for the GEM Fellowship and Discovery Scholars Program. Please note the mid-November application deadline.

Information on accommodations for students with disabilities can be found via our Student Life Disability Services office.


Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Mathematics (MA 102)
The Ohio State University
231 W. 18th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210
United States of America                

Phone: (614) 292-6274
Fax: (614) 292-1479

Email: Grad Info (for prospective applicants and other inquiries)

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