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Mathematics Degree FAQs

What are the GRE requirements for a PhD or a master's degree in math?

Students must take the GRE to be considered for the graduate mathematics program. The PhD Math program GRE requirements are the same as the master’s program requirements.

Is there a minimum score for GRE math requirements?

No, we do not require a minimum GRE math score.

How long does it take to obtain a math graduate degree?

The time limit to complete the Master’s degree in Mathematics is two years and the PhD is five years.

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 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.

Can I apply for a master's in math without a math undergraduate degree?

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.


To learn more about our graduate Math degrees, read about the MS in Math or the PhD Math program.

Ready to start your journey toward a degree in mathematics? Apply for a Math degree, or visit campus to get firsthand information about a Drexel education. Contact the Department of Mathematics at for more information.