College of Science

Prospective Students

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via

Recommendation letters are not required, but they can strengthen an application. Letters can be emailed directly to the Coordinator of the Mathematics & Statistics Department Graduate Program, Dr. John Rock, or mailed to the following address:

Graduate Coordinator 
Department of Mathematics & Statistics
Cal Poly Pomona
3801 W. Temple Avenue
Pomona CA 91768

Application Deadline

  • Fall 2018 - April 1, 2018
  • Winter 2018, Spring 2018, and Summer 2018 - Applications not accepted

Although applications are not accepted for Winter and Spring of 2018, students may take up to 13 units through Open University and have the credit apply to a master's degree.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree program in Mathematics comparable to that offered at this university or a baccalaureate degree in a related field with at least 20 quarter units of upper-division courses in Mathematics. Students whose undergraduate degree is in a field other than Mathematics will generally find it necessary to follow a program of additional preparation before undertaking graduate work in Mathematics.

Required for admission as an unconditional graduate student in Mathematics are a grade point average of at least 3.0 in upper-division Mathematics courses and completion of the following courses (or their equivalents) with a grade of C or better is required: MAT 314, MAT 315, MAT 417, MAT 418 and MAT 428.

Each application will be considered by the departmental graduate committee and recommended for admission on the basis of all evidence applicable to the student's admission. An applicant not meeting the minimum standards of the department may be admitted as a conditional student, if space is available. Students must comply with the conditions of admittance within the time stipulated.

Note that recommendation letters, the General GRE, and the Subject GRE in Mathematics are NOT required for admission. However, strong letters of support and significant GRE scores will strengthen an application.

Basic Degree Requirements

Regardless of the chosen emphasis, graduate students must complete 45 units worth of courses as described in the graduate portion of the university catalog. The Statistics and Mathematics Education emphases further require a thesis (thus, 40 units of courses and 5 units for preparation of the thesis). The Pure and Applied Mathematics emphases offer an option of either completing a thesis (thus, 40 units of courses and 5 units for preparation of the thesis) or completing a Comprehensive Exam (thus, 44 units of courses and 1 unit for preparation of taking the exam). For details, consult graduate portion of the University Catalog (PDF).

How to Prepare

All students in the graduate program must successfully complete MAT 511 (Real Analysis I). Consequently, it is in an applicant's best interest to have completed upper-division undergraduate Mathematics courses equivalent to MAT 310 (Basic Set Theory and Logic), MAT 314 (Intermediate Analysis I), and MAT 315 (Intermediate Analysis II).

For descriptions of courses offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, see the University Catalog.

To be prepared for our graduate program, it is recommended that students complete at least the following courses (or their equivalents), based on choice of emphasis:

  • Pure Mathematics: MAT 314, MAT 315, MAT 417, MAT 418 and MAT 428.
  • Applied Mathematics: MAT 314, MAT 315, MAT 401, and MAT 431.
  • Statistics: MAT 314, MAT 315, STA 241, and STA 326 or STA 341.
  • Mathematics Education: MAT 314, MAT 315, MAT 417, MAT 418 and MAT 428.

Note: Completion of the above courses is not required for admission to the program, but it is recommended.

Work experience and undergraduate course work may be taken into account by the Graduate Committee for credit towards the admission of an applicant.