Prospective Graduate Students


Autumn 2018 Application Deadline*:     17 December 2017

Application Fee: Only Five Dollars ($5)

($5 application fee is for PhD and MMS applicants only. For MAQRM 
applicants, standard university admission fees apply).

Link to our Graduate Program Prospectus [pdf] in order to find more detailed information about our mathematics degree programs and our graduate faculty. Click on the picture to download our poster.

The Department of Mathematics PhD and MMS programs accept applications for Autumn Semester admission only. The application system will open on October 1st each year for applications to begin the program the following year. 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 application system will open on September 1st for applications to begin the program the following January. The international student application deadline for Spring Semester MAQRM admission is November 10. The domestic student application deadline for Spring Semester MAQRM admission is December 1. 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 Graduate School, both domestic and international applicants must have their online application submitted by the deadline listed above.

*Standby Applicants: Prospective students may submit applications beyond the regular deadline date listed above, however there is no guarantee that they will be reviewed by the Graduate Recruitment Committee (GRC). The deadline for Standby Applicants is 29 January 2018. Standby applications are reviewed on a space-available basis only.

NOTE: Documents such as transcripts, test scores (GRE and TOEFL/IELTS), 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. 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.

We will accept recommendation letters emailed by the recommender as long as they utilize the Graduate & Professional Admissions process listed on their website: email a signed reference letter on business letterhead along with a completed Graduate School Reference Form to

Current or former Ohio State graduate students may apply by submitting an Application for Transfer of Graduate Program form through GradForms instead of submitting the regular application for admission (see Graduate Admissions for details). The Mathematics Department will require the same documents from an OSU graduate student as any other applicant, except that there is no need to provide an Ohio State transcript. As always, electronic documents are preferred.


All admitted PhD or MMS students are offered a teaching associateship during the academic year. Graduate Teaching Associateships (GTA) continue assuming satisfactory academic progress. Incoming students with strong records, as well as students from underrepresented groups, may be selected for university fellowships for the first and dissertation years, 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, please see the MAQRM page.


Screening of Regular applications will begin shortly after the December deadline. The Math Department Graduate Recruitment Committee will consider applicants from all backgrounds and evaluate them entirely on academic merit and the documents provided. We expect to be able to make most of our admission offers by mid-March. 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 Graduate Admissions under the Quick Links. It may show as incomplete if any required documents are missing. This is normal as we must review each applicant's documents as they arrive and certify them. Please do follow up with your recommendation letter writers as in some cases they may not have received your electronic letter request.

Admission Process and Numbers

We typically receive between 250 and 300 applications for the PhD program each year and our recruitment target for an incoming class is usually around 15-25 new PhDs. The process typically starts with a pre-screening of the files by the chair 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 100-120 files in greater depth split over two rounds, one in mid-January and another about a month later. This review typically leads to the admission of around 70-80 students to the PhD program, as well as an ordered wait list issued some time later in March.

For the MMS program, we typically aim for 5 to 6 recruits for each track. The number of admissions is usually only slightly higher as acceptance rates tend to be higher. Admission decisions for the MMS usually follow those for the PhD. 

For MAQRM we anticipate admitting approximately 12-15 students this year.

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 student organizations for diverse graduate students can be found on our college's Diversity in Graduate Studies site. We also encourage eligible students to apply for the Diversity Scholars Program. Information on accommodations for students with disabilities can be found via our Student Life Disability Services office.


Erin Anthony, M.A.
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

Grad Info (for prospective applicants and other inquiries)
Grad Office (for students currently in our program)

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