Admissions information

We’re glad to see you’re interested in pursuing an M.S. or Ph.D. in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Nevada, Reno!

Here you will find general information on how to apply to the Mathematics or the Statistics and Data Science M.S. and Ph.D. programs, as well as a few tips for putting together a successful application. Please read through this information carefully, and don’t hesitate to reach out to our graduate program directors for more information:

The Department welcomes applicants from both U.S. institutions and abroad, and strives to provide a supportive atmosphere where students can grow as mathematicians, statisticians and researchers. We’re excited to see you in Reno!

Applying to the program

Applications to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics are submitted online through the Graduate School. The Graduate School will process the applications and then they will be provided to the department for the faculty to review. All applicants must meet the University-wide Graduate School admissions requirements in addition to the Department's graduate program admissions requirements.

Graduate School admissions information

For detailed information about the program-specific admissions requirements and other details, review the appropriate graduate program handbook.

Departmental admission requirements, Ph.D. programs

  1. Undergraduate/Graduate Transcripts from previous institutions (unofficial transcripts uploaded through the application portal are sufficient for admissions decisions, but then official transcripts must be sent to the Graduate School before admission is finalized)
  2. GRE (requirement waived for the Fall 2022 admissions cycle)
  3. TOEFL/IELTS (only required for international students)
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation
  5. Statement of Purpose
  6. Resume
  7. Do you request financial support? Graduate support in the form of a TA-ship (20h/week) is offered on a competitive basis to graduate students in good academic standing.
  8. GRE -- Mathematics Test scores are NOT required but are recommended.

Fall admissions deadline for Ph.D. programs

  • First Deadline: February 1st
  • Second Deadline: March 1st

Spring admissions deadlines for Ph.D. programs

  • First Deadline: October 1st
  • Second Deadline: November 1st

Admissions and funding offers will be made shortly after the first deadline. Applications received between the first and second deadline will be given full consideration, but funding will be contingent upon availability. Applications will not be accepted after the second deadline.

Ph.D. in Statistics and Data Science Graduate Handbook

Ph.D. In Mathematics Graduate Handbook

Departmental admission requirements, M.S. programs

  1. Undergraduate/Graduate Transcripts from previous institutions (unofficial transcripts uploaded through the application portal are sufficient for admissions decisions, but then official transcripts must be sent to the Graduate School before admission is finalized)
  2. GRE (requirement waived for the Fall 2022 admissions cycle)
  3. TOEFL (minimal scores: 550 for paper test, 79 for internet test ) or IELTS (6.5)
  4. Statement of Purpose
  5. Letters of Recommendation (at least one letter is required; 3 is recommended)

Admissions deadline for M.S. programs

Review of applications for Fall admission starts on March 1st, and review of applications for Spring admission starts on November 1st. Admission and funding decisions for most students are made in the weeks following the above application deadlines.

M.S. in Statistics and Data Science Graduate Handbook

M.S. in Mathematics Graduate Handbook

Meet our graduate program directors

Headshot of Chris Herald

Christopher Herald (Mathematics)

Phone: (775) 784-4647
Email: herald@unr.edu

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Ilya Zaliapin (Statistics and Data Science)

Phone: (775) 784-6077
Email: zal@unr.edu