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Brandeis University's Department of Mathematics combines the informality and flexibility of a small department with the intellectual vigor of a faculty whose research accomplishments have placed it among the top departments in the country. The result is an active dialogue among all members of the department and a general air of living, creative mathematics. Our coursework gives students a broad foundation in modern pure mathematics. An essential part of the program consists of seminars on a variety of topics of current interest in which mathematicians from greater Boston often participate. In addition, the Brandeis-Harvard-MIT-Northeastern Mathematics Colloquium gives the student an opportunity to hear the current work of eminent mathematicians from all over the world.


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Application Deadlines

  • PhD: January 15
  • MA/MS: Rolling through April 1; application review begins January 15.
  • Postbaccalaureate: Fall deadline: Rolling through April 1; application review begins January 15. Spring deadline: November 1.

Application Requirements

To apply for all programs, you need to submit:

  • An online application

  • An application fee

  • Transcripts from all universities and colleges attended must be uploaded to your application; do not mail official transcripts to our office. For more information, visit Frequently Asked Questions.

  • Letters of recommendation, submitted electronically: PhD applications require three letters of recommendation; MA and MS applications require two letters of recommendation (but three are recommended); postbaccalaureate applications require one letter of recommendation (but two are recommended).

  • curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé, which should include your educational history, employment experience, and other relevant information.

  • statement of purpose: PhD and master’s applicants should indicate their reasons for undertaking graduate study. In addition, they should describe their qualifications for the academic program and their objectives in undertaking this program. Postbaccalaureate applicants should write about their reasons for undertaking the program, describe their background in mathematics, and explain how this program will help them achieve their goals.

  • Standardized Tests: Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general and subject tests are recommended, but not required. Our GRE institution code is 3092 (please note: this institution code only applies to GRE scores). MyBest™ scores from ETS will not be accepted.

  • Coursework Questions: PhD and master's applicants should also be prepared to provide course titles and grades for any classes they may have taken in algebra, topology, real analysis, and/or complex analysis. 
  • International applicants should visit our International Students page to determine if official results from an English language proficiency exam are also required.

For a more comprehensive description of application requirements, please visit Frequently Asked Questions.

The Stuff of Genius

Karen Uhlenbeck

In 2019, Karen Uhlenbeck, PhD'68, became the first woman to win the Abel Prize for Mathematics. Uhlenbeck was awarded an honorary degree by Brandeis in 2008. The Abel prize, which is given out by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, is one of the most prestigious awards in mathematics. The prize recognizes Uhlenbeck “for her pioneering achievements in geometric partial differential equations, gauge theory and integrable systems, and for the fundamental impact of her work on analysis, geometry and mathematical physics.”