College of Science

Mathematics and Statistics Graduate Program Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When is the application deadline?
  2. How do I apply?
  3. Are either the Subject or General GRE required?
  4. Are recommendation letters required?
  5. How should recommendation letters be submitted?
  6. Are TA positions available?
  7. How do I apply for a GTA position?
  8. Are tuition waivers available for GTAs?
  9. How long does it take to finish a master’s degree? 
  10. Can I switch from one emphasis to another?
  11. When should I try to find a thesis advisor?
  12. Can I take a Comprehensive Exam instead of writing a thesis?
  13. I can’t enroll in classes!
  14. Am I missing anything?

1. When is the application deadline?
  • 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.

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2. How do I apply?
Through Cal State Apply: https://www.calstate.edu/apply

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3. Are either the Subject or General GRE required?

No. Neither GRE is required.

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4. Are recommendation letters required?

No, however, recommendation letters are taken into consideration.

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5. How should recommendation letters be submitted?

Letter writers can submit their letters via email or (regular) mail:

Graduate Coordinator
3801 W Temple Ave
Pomona, CA 91768

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6. Are TA positions available?

Yes. They are actually called GTAs (Graduate Teaching Associates) and they are primary instructors of lower-level math courses.

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7. How do I apply for a GTA position?

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.

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8. Are tuition waivers available for GTAs?

No, unfortunately.

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9. How long does it take to finish a master’s degree? 

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

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10. Can I switch from one emphasis to another?

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

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11. When should I try to find a thesis advisor?

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.

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12. Can I take a Comprehensive Exam instead of writing a thesis?

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

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13. I can’t enroll in classes!

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.

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14. Am I missing anything?

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.

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