Graduate Program

Online Application

Please apply online at the SMU website for prospective graduate students. A complete application consists of

  • Transcripts
  • GRE Score
  • Recommendation Letters
  • A Statement of Purpose

Decisions regarding admission will only be made based on a submitted complete application. The GRE exam is required but the mathematics subject test is not (SMU's GRE code is 6660). International students applying from countries where English is not the native language are also required to provide scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Minimum requirements for admission to the graduate program in mathematics are 18 hours in college-level mathematics courses beyond first- and second year calculus (or equivalent coursework for international students). Courses in numerical methods, differential equations, physics and computer science are particularly helpful, as well as familiarity with computer programming.

To receive full consideration for financial support completed applications must be received by the priority deadline of January 15. Applications received after this deadline may be considered for any unfilled openings.
Applications to the PhD program receive a higher priority for financial support than applications to the MS program. Note an MS degree is not required to apply to the PhD program. Applicants to the PhD should explain their interest in research in computational and applied mathematics on their statement of purpose.

The Department of Mathematics generally starts new classes of graduate students in the fall semester. However, depending on budget constraints and student qualifications, we sometimes do start students in the spring semester. If you are interested in matriculating in the spring, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies before submitting your application to see if this is a possibility.

If you have any further questions about the M.S. or Ph.D. programs in Computational and Applied Mathematics, please contact the Mathematics Department.