Graduate Program

Applying to Rochester

Thank you for your interest in the University of Rochester’s mathematics graduate program. Below is information on:

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Foundational Knowledge for Incoming Students

It is important the all incoming graduate students have a good foundation in the following areas:

Application Deadlines

Students are admitted only in September, and completed applications should be received by January 15.

Applicants should take the GRE general test and mathematics subject test in time for scores to arrive by January 15.

Either TOEFL or TSE scores are required of international students whose native language is not English. The minimum TOEFL scores required are: 100 (IBT) with minimum of 21 on speaking portion, 250 (computer-based) or 600 (paper-based).

Your GRE and TOEFL scores will be sent directly to the department.

To have TSE send your TOEFL results to the Arts, Sciences, and Engineering graduate program use school code 7267.

Financial Support

Graduate students in good standing are supported for at least four years. A fifth year of support is typically available for students who are making satisfactory progress in the program.

Most entering students are appointed teaching assistantships, which includes a full tuition waiver and a stipend of $18,000, depending on teaching duties. The stipend is awarded for nine months of work (10 hours of service per week). In addition, the mandatory student health fee is paid by the University.

Each teaching assistant is expected to hold three 50-minute recitations (all for the same course) per week. Undergraduates attend one of these recitations a week, in addition to the regular lectures given by a faculty member. During the recitation TAs answer questions and help students with homework problems.

In addition to this, duties include:

The math department also maintains a study hall for undergraduates who need extra tutoring. It is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays and is manned by our graduate students.

Each TA is expected to sign up for a one hour slot. The total time for all "duties" averages out to be about 10 hours per week. Textbooks and solution manuals used for the course are loaned to the TAs each semester.

If you are an incoming foreign student, you may be assigned as a grader (for 200-400 level courses) for one or two semesters. Your ability to speak English will be evaluated and if it is good, we will assign you a teaching assistant position. You will receive a stipend during this time.

Graduate students who become very good teaching assistants are eligible to apply for summer teaching positions (the pay is approximately $2800). Summer courses include:

Summer classes are small and are held for six weeks, four days a week. Summer research fellowships may also be available once a student begins research with a specific advisor.

Dean's Teaching Fellowships are given to advanced graduate students on a competitive basis. The criteria for selection include academic performance and a genuine commitment to teaching. A Dean's Teaching Fellow is given the opportunity to teach one regular course per semester in close consultation with faculty. The fellows receive a complementary stipend of $1,500 per semester.

Graduate Contact

After reviewing the information on our graduate program, if you have any additional questions, please contact Joan Robinson.