graduate program

Application and admission

All applicants are required to supply GRE scores, academic transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement. The program does not have minimum scores on the GRE, but the quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, and analytical writing scores are all considered in the context of the other application material. For admission to graduate study at VCU, the Graduate School requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. In cases where the undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, additional factors, including performance in the last 60 hours of course work, may be weighted more heavily in the admissions assessment. For students with earned graduate degrees from accredited institutions, the graduate GPA may be the primary basis for consideration. The three letters of recommendation must come from instructors or professional references in the applicant’s intended field of study. The personal statement must address the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate education in the planned course of study at VCU.

International applicants must provide evidence of proficiency in the English language prior to admission and/or full-time enrollment in the university. An applicant may satisfy university English proficiency requirements by obtaining a satisfactory score on the TOEFL. The program requires a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (Internet-based).

Application process

Information about applying to all graduate programs at VCU, including the Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences, can be found at the Graduate School website.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents apply through the VCU Graduate School.
     • Visit VCU Graduate Admissions for more information on the application process.
     • Click here to submit an electronic application that is also available on the VCU Graduate Admissions website.

International students must apply through the Global Education Office.
     • Visit VCU International Admissions for specific admissions requirements for international applicants.
     • Click here for information on the application process and to download the required forms.

Admission requirements

Admissions requirements for this program are listed in the VCU Graduate Bulletin. VCU also has admission requirements for all graduate students. All students in Mathematical Sciences are required to have completed the 30 required undergraduate credits in mathematics, statistics, or operations research, including calculus I and II, multivariate calculus, linear algebra, probability and statistics, before they can be admitted. If less than 6 credits short of this requirement, the student can be provisionally admitted with a requirement to complete the remaining courses with a grade of B or better prior to or concurrent with taking other courses in the program.