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Mathematics Frequently Asked Questions

Is the (general) GRE required for the graduate mathematics program?

Yes, students must take the GRE to be considered for the program.

Is there a minimum GRE score required?

No, we do not require a minimum score.

Is the mathematics subject GRE required?

No, the mathematics subject is not required.

Is TOEFL required for the graduate mathematics program?

Yes, if you are a graduate of a non-U.S. institution.

Is there a minimum TOEFL score required?

Yes, 580/237 – iBT scores will be reviewed based on section scores and total scores.

Can I apply without GRE/TOEFL, etc. scores and be accepted provisionally?

No, you must have completed the GRE/TOEFL at the time of application.

I am an applicant from a non-U.S. institution. Can I be awarded a teaching assistantship?

Yes, to teach at Drexel you must pass an examination of spoken English given by the University. For more information about testing services, visit the English Language Center.

Can I see copies of the old qualifying exams?

Can I apply using unofficial transcripts?

No, you must send an official copy of your transcript to the University.

I am a non-native speaker, but have an undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution. Do I need to take the examination of spoken English given by Drexel?

Yes. For more information about testing services, visit the English Language Center.

Who should I get my letters of recommendations from?

These letters should come from the professors who've taught your more advanced undergraduate courses or who you've had a research experience with. Letters from faculty who you've had for courses such as real analysis, abstract algebra or other advanced, proof-based courses are especially important.

What do you like to see in a personal statement?

It is useful for you to include a discussion of what you covered in your advanced courses, and what textbooks you used for them.

What research areas does Drexel have activity in?

Our department has research activity in algebraic geometry, analysis, partial differential equations, numerical analysis, representation theory, optics, geometry, combinatorics, probability and mathematical biology. You should examine the research areas of our faculty for more details. We currently do not have any faculty doing research in statistics.

How can I take the undergraduate courses at Drexel to prepare me for graduate school at Drexel?

If you cannot enroll as an undergraduate, you may apply to take graduate courses as a non-matriculated student in the Goodwin College of Professional Studies.

I don't have an undergraduate degree in mathematics. Does it make sense for me to apply to graduate school in mathematics?

No, not unless you have taken equivalent courses to those required for an undergraduate degree. Generally, this includes courses beyond the standard two years of calculus, a term of linear algebra, and such courses as real analysis, abstract algebra, complex variables, differential equations, and probability and statistics.

What are the time requirements for program completion?

Please see the policy on the Provost's webpage for their time completion requirements.

Are there extra summer teaching positions available?

Sometimes, but summer teaching positions cannot be guaranteed since the number of courses being offered is variable.

I was rejected from your program. Is it possible to find out why?

No, the admissions process is confidential. While we do understand that it might be helpful for you to know what led to our decision, you should bear in mind that a policy in which we did give such information could compromise the confidentiality of your letter writers.