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Math Recruitment Poster 2013-2014

Application Deadline:  15 December 2015

The Department of Mathematics accepts applications for Autumn semester admissions ONLY. There are two categories of applicants: Regular Applicants and Standby Applicants. Department of Mathematics Graduate Programs file in .pdf file format Math Graduate Program Poster.

Regular Applicants: In order to have a competitive opportunity for maximum funding by the department and/or the Graduate School, 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 date listed above, however there is no guarantee they will be reviewed by the Graduate Recruitment Committee (GRC). The deadline for Standby Applicants is 29 January 2016. Standby applications are reviewed on a space-available basis only.

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. All documents are to be submitted electronically via the 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.

Current or former OSU graduate students apply directly to the Mathematics Department as re-admissions to OSU Graduate School is generally not required (see the Graduate Admissions for details). The Mathematics Department will require the same documents from an OSU graduate student as any other applicant except there is no need to provide an OSU 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.


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 merits and the documents provided. We expect to be able to make the bulk of our admission offers by mid-March. Please ensure that you have submitted all application documents to OSU Graduate & Professional Admissions electronically as per their instructions. Please do not inquire as to the status of your application until the beginning of March. We will contact you if you are selected. Your application status can be checked on Graduate Admissions under the Quick Links. It may show incomplete due to certain document types missing. This is normal as we must review each applicants' documents as they arrive and certify them. Often your letters of recommendation do not get to us on time or the recommender never got your electronic request. That is one area we do ask you to check on. The letters are quite important, and they can be sent by mail by your recommender.

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 or slightly below 20. The process typically starts with a pre-screening 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 110 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 60 students to the PhD program, as well as an ordered wait list issued some time later in March.

For the MMS program we typically target 4 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. 


Roman Nitze
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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