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Applied Mathematics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #4 (BCR) Berkeley, CA, United States
The Department of Mathematics offers 2 PhD degrees, one in Mathematics and one in Applied Mathematics. Applicants for admission to either PhD program are expected to have preparation comparable to the undergraduate major at Berkeley in Mathematics or in Applied Mathematics.
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  • Applicants for admission are considered by the Department's Graduate Admissions and Appointments Committees. The number of students that can be admitted each year is determined by the Graduate Division and by departmental resources. In making admissions decisions, the Committee considers, among other things, grades in mathematics courses, level of mathematical preparation, letters of recommendation, and GRE scores.
  • Experience has shown that the score on the Mathematics Subject GRE is a partial indicator of preparation for Berkeley's PhD program. A score below the 80th percentile suggests inadequate preparation and must be balanced by other evidence if a favorable admission decision is to be reached.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    The deadline for fall 2020 admission will be announced summer 2019.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • During the first year in the PhD. program, the student must enroll in at least 4 courses. At least 2 of these must be graduate courses in mathematics. Exceptions can be granted by the student's Graduate Advisor.
  • The Preliminary Examination consists of 6 hours of written work given over a two-day period. Most of the examination covers material, mainly in analysis and algebra, that should be part of a well-prepared student's undergraduate training. The Preliminary Examination is offered twice a year---during the week before classes start in both the Fall and Spring Semesters. A student may repeat the examination twice. 
  • A student who does not pass the Preliminary Examination within 13 months of the date of entry into the PhD program will not be permitted to remain in the program past the third semester. In exceptional cases, a fourth try may be granted upon appeal to Committee Omega.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency. This requirement applies to applicants from Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East, Israel, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, most European countries, and non-English-speaking countries in Africa.
  • Both the General GRE and the Mathematics Subject GRE exams are required. You should take both tests no later than October. The Educational Testing Service will send your scores to the institutions you specify when you take the exams. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33958 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    33958 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    18856 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9428 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Berkeley

  • 1750 - 2820 USD/month
    Living Costs

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