Mathematics and Statistics Graduate Program Frequently Asked Questions
- When is the application deadline?
- How do I apply?
- Are either the Subject or General GRE required?
- Are recommendation letters required?
- How should recommendation letters be submitted?
- Are TA positions available?
- How do I apply for a GA / TA position?
- Are tuition waivers available for GAs / TAs?
- How long does it take to finish a master’s degree?
- Can I switch from one emphasis to another?
- When should I try to find a thesis advisor?
- Can I take a Comprehensive Exam instead of writing a thesis?
- I can’t enroll in classes!
- How many units are required for full-time status?
- Am I missing anything?
- Fall: April 1st
- Winter, Spring, and Summer: applications are not accepted
Students may take as many as 9 units through Open University and have the credit apply towards a master's degree.
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 CoordinatorDepartment of Mathematics and Statistics3801 W Temple AvePomona, 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.
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.
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.