Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics and Statistics Graduate Program Frequently Asked Questions

Graduate Program Frequently Asked Questions

Applications are due April 1 in the Spring immediately preceding the Fall term in which you wish to begin the program.

Students may not begin the program in Spring or Summer terms; however, students may take up to 9 units through Open University and have the credit apply towards a master's degree.

Through Cal State Apply:

No. Neither GRE is required.

No, however, recommendation letters are taken into consideration.

Letter writers can submit their letters via Cal State Apply (after the applicant has provided the letter writer's email address) or via (regular) mail:

Graduate Coordinator
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
3801 W Temple Ave
Pomona, CA 91768

Yes. We offer a Graduate Assistant (GA) / Teaching Assistant (TA) training program. In their first semester GAs are instructed on teaching techniques. In subsequent semesters they become TAs and can be the primary instructors of lower-level math courses.

Applications for GA / TA positions that would begin in a Fall semester are due the previous Spring semester. Deadlines are set on a year-to-year basis.

No, unfortunately.

Our master’s students typically take between two and three years to complete their degree requirements.

Yes, but not all graduate courses count for each emphasis. Consult the Graduate Coordinator for further suggestions and information.

Ideally, grad students will have one full year to conduct research, do lots of reading, and do lots of writing with their advisors. Find an advisor a year before you plan to graduate.

It depends on your emphasis. Exam options are available for pure, applied, and statistics students only.

Students new to Cal Poly Pomona often have trouble enrolling because the courses taken at other universities are not immediately recognized. In this case, students should contact the instructors of the courses they would like to take.

Effective Spring 2020, students enrolled in 6 units or more of courses relevant to their degree program are considered to be full-time students.  See Policy 1453 for more details.

Yes! After successfully defending your thesis or passing both parts of your comprehensive exam, request that your thesis advisor (thesis option) or the Graduate Coordinator (exam option) submit a Report of Culminating Experience form on your behalf.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Graduate Coordinator.