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 GTA position?
- Are tuition waivers available for GTAs?
- 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!
- Am I missing anything?
- Fall: April 1st
- Winter, Spring, and Summer: applications are not accepted
Students may take as much as 13 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 email or (regular) mail:Graduate Coordinator3801 W Temple AvePomona, CA 91768
Yes. They are actually called GTAs (Graduate Teaching Associates) and they are primary instructors of lower-level math courses.
Applications for GTA positions that would begin in a Winter quarter are due the previous Spring quarter. 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 and applied 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! The last document students need to sign is the Report of Culminating Experience. You can’t graduate without it! Bring it with you when you defend your thesis and make sure you get all the signatures you need.