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Graduate Program FAQ


The 2016/2017 UCR Mathematics Graduate Handbook
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Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions ♦ Application ProcessGraduate Records ExaminationsProgram RequirementsFinancial Aid & AssistantshipsTeaching AssistantshipInternational StudentsGraduation ♦

 

Admissions - Questions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application Process - Questions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graduate Records Examinations - Questions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Program Requirements - Questions

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Aid and Assistantships - Questions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching Assistantship - Questions

 

 

 

 

 

International Students - Questions

 

♦♦IMPORTANT INFORMATION for International Students about fees, forms, requirements, exams and more can be found through this link. PLEASE READ♦♦

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graduation - Questions

 

 

 

Admissions - Answers

 

How do I apply?

UCR's application for Graduate admissions is online: https://gradsis.ucr.edu/gradsis/GSIS_LOGIN.Login_student

 

 

 

Can I submit a paper application?

No, all of UCR's Graduate admission applications are done online. This allows for quicker processing and status updates.

 

 

 

What are the application deadlines?

Quarter:Domestic Applicants
US Citizens and
US Permanent Residents
Foreign Applicants
Non-Immigrant/Visa Students
Fall quarter (term begins September):
Admission & Fellowship Consideration

January 5th


Applications received after January 5 will be considered for financial support if funding remains available.

Some programs are able to accommodate additional applicants with financial support after this date. Please consult the specific program webpage for more information.

January 5th

Fall quarter (term begins September): Admission Only - no financial support

September 1st

Programs may set earlier deadlines for both admission and financial award consideration; please check with the individual program for verification.

May 1st

Programs may set earlier deadlines for both admission and financial award consideration; please check with the individual program for verification.

Winter quarter, admission only
(term begins January)

November 15th

July 1st

Spring quarter, admission only
(term begins April)

March 1st

October 1st

♦♦♦♦ It cannot be stressed enough that applicants should apply by the Jan. 5th deadline for the Fall Quarter. Doing so greatly boosts the applicant's chances of receiving support packages such as Teaching Assistantships and Fellowships. Do not wait to submit everything at once -- Every individual component (transcripts, statement of purpose, etc.) can be submitted separately. But all parts must be in by the final deadline date for the respective quarter to which the student is applying. ♦♦♦♦

More information on the graduate division deadlines can be found here: http://graduate.ucr.edu/app_deadlines.html

Additional important dates are also available through this link: http://graduate.ucr.edu/

 

 

 

Is it necessary to have a master's degree before applying to the Ph.D. program?

No, it is not necessary. You may apply directly the Ph.D. program without first having a Masters degree.

 

 

 

Do you offer Spring Quarter admissions into the graduate program?

Yes, but to be considered for fellowships, Fall Quarter applications are highly recommended.

 

 

 

"Can I have my application fee waived?"

Normally the application fee is a requirement of the Graduate School Division. If you have any questions about the fee, please contact or see the Graduate School Division website for more information. But the Mathematics Department has a Graduate Admissions Application Waiver Request Form.

 

 

 

"Can I pay my application fees with a check?"

No, since the application is done online, fees must also be paid online.

 

 

How many letters of recommendation do I need to submit?

A minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation must be submitted.

 

 

 

 

What is the department looking for in letters recommendation?

The letters must indicate something about the readiness of the prospective graduate student's ability to succeed in a graduate program.

 

 

 

I graduated from a university several years ago and have since been working. Can I submit a letter of recommendation from my supervisor?

Letters from supervisors and professors in areas closely related to mathematics may suffice.

 

 

 

What is the minimum GPA required to be considered a candidate for the graduate program?

The minimum GPA required is a 3.20 GPA.

 

 

 

Are there any exams I need to complete before I apply to the graduate program and, if so, what scores do I need?

The General GRE must be taken by all applicants. International Students must also take the TOEFL. Follow the links to see the minimum scores required for each test.

 

 

 

May I apply to more than one graduate program in the same department?

No, applicants should focus their efforts toward obtaining admission into only one graduate program in the same department.

 

 

 

May I apply to more than one graduate program if the programs to which I am applying are offered by different departments?

Yes, but keep in mind that the final decision of which program best suits the student's needs/goals is up to him or her.

 

 

 

  How much does graduate school cost at UCR?

Please see the http://classes.ucr.edu/fees/index.htm page for detailed information about enrollment fees.

 

 

 

"Are my grades good enough to get into the Mathematics grad program?"

The minimum GPA required is a 3.20 GPA, but please contact our Grad Advisor for Prospective Students, Professor David Rush with questions.

 

 

 

"What are the 'right' classes to take before I apply to the graduate program?"

It is recommended that students take Advanced Algebra or Advanced Calculus, but please contact our Grad Advisor for Prospective Students, Professor Qi Zhang with questions.

 

 

 

"What is graduate school like?"

Please see the Graduate Division Academic Preparation & Outreach page and other links on the Graduate Division page to get information on the workings, feel and flow of UCR's graduate programs.

 

 

 

"What is TA-ing like?"

Visit the http://www.tadp.ucr.edu/ to get a better idea about the TA-ing experience at UCR.

 

 

Application Process - Answers

 

What kind of background do I need to have a chance at admission into a UCR graduate program?

To be promoted to graduate status, one must have a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution. The applying student's bachelor's degree should appropriately fit with the graduate program he or she is applying to -- in this case, mathematics (FYI: Statistics is in different department at UCR). When applying to a graduate program at UCR, the program completed by the student to earn his or her bachelor's degree must have been gained through the completion of a program equivalent both in distribution of academic subject matter and scholarship achievement comparable to that offered at the University of California Riverside.

Because the number of applicants ALWAYS  exceeds the number of applicants that can be accepted and accommodated, simply satisfying the minimal standards will not guarantee admission into a UCR graduate program.

Also, because professions need a diverse membership and because the educational experience is enhanced by a diverse student body, UCR views as a high priority the enrollment of men and women from different backgrounds and from different demographic and ethnic groups.

 

 

 

What kind of degree can I earn attending UCR Mathematics Department's graduate program?

The department offers degrees of Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy in mathematics.

Core concentrations include:

•  Algebra

•  Complex Analysis

•  Real Analysis

• Topology

• Partial/Ordinary Differential Equations

 

 

 

 

Are there any standardized tests that must be taken before an application can be reviewed?

Yes, the GRE is not only a requirement for the graduate program. GRE scores are also taken into consideration when determining an applicant's eligibility for fellowships offered outside the department. For international applicants, the TOEFL is a requirement. The information on minimum scores for the GRE and the TOEFL can be found through these links: GRE  -  TOEFL.

 

 

 

 

Besides the GRE -- and the TOEFL for international applicants -- what else must be submitted for an application to be considered?

A student's GPA, GRE scores, three (3) letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, research experience and other relevant background information will all be measured and evaluated by the department to determine the eligibility of applicants for the graduate program.

 

 

If I am accepted into the graduate program, when will I be notified by the department?

Students will be notified of their admission into the program ASAP. On average, most students will hear from the department in late February or early March for admission to the Fall Quarter.

 

 

 

 

Graduate Records Examinations - Answers

 

Do I have to take the GRE before I apply to the graduate program?

Yes, applicants need to take the GRE before their application will be considered.

 

 

 

What are the minimum GRE scores accepted?

Official GRE General Exam scores: Minimum Score Required: 301-305 (department code 0703) - (School Code: 4839).

 

 

 

Is taking the Math Subject GRE a requirement for applying to UCR's Mathematics Department's graduate program?

No, the Math Subject GRE is not a requirement, but if taken, it may be evaluated by the department in its decision making process. Scoring well on the Math Subject GRE can only strengthen an applicants eligibility for the program.

 

 

 

"I am an international applicant. Do I need to take any additional exams?"

The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) must be taken before applying.

 

 

 

What is the minimum TOEFL score accepted?

TOEFL score (if applicable) - Minimum score of 550 or 213 for the computer-based version, or 80 on the internet-based version of the exam.

 

 

 

"I have not taken the GRE exam yet. Will that negatively affect my application?"

Yes, if you have not taken the GRE exam by the time you have applied, your application will not be considered for the graduate program.

 

 

 

"I took the GRE exam five years ago. Are those GRE results still valid if I use them with my graduate program application?"

Yes, the score is still valid •IF• the five year time period does not end •BEFORE• a student •BEGINS• the graduate program. If the five year mark comes during the application process, before the student begins the graduate program, then those scores would not be valid and the applying student should retake the GRE and use the most current score.

 

 

 

Program Requirements - Answers

 

What are the requirements for a Ph.D. Degree -- how many classes do I have to take -- are there exams required?

Ph.D. in Mathematics

The requirements for our Ph.D. are:

  1. Pass the introductory course sequences in four (4) of five (5) core areas:
    1. Algebra (Math 201 A - B - C)
    2. Complex Analysis (Math 210 A - B)
    3. Real Analysis (Math 209 A - B - C)
    4. Topology (Math 205 A - B - C)
    5. Partial/Ordinary Differential Equations (Math 207 A - B - C)
  2. Pass four (4) written qualifying examinations chosen from the course sequences (Algebra, Complex Analysis, Real Analysis, Topology and Partial/Ordinary Differential Equations). Students must pass three (3) of the exams with Ph.D. level grade "A", and one (1) exam with a Master's degree level grade "B" or better. Only two attempts are allowed for each exam.
  3. Pass four (4) courses in mathematics numbered between Math 211 and 259
  4. Pass the Oral Qualifying Examination (to advance to candidacy).
  5. Complete research for the required Ph.D. Dissertation.
  6. Pass the final oral defense of your Ph.D. Dissertation.

 

 

 

How long does is generally take to complete the Ph.D. Degree program?

The normative time for completion of the Ph.D. degree requirements (for non-International students) is 15 quarters or five years. A sample time-line looks like this:

• Year 1: Emphasis is on the completion of two (2) core sequences.

• Year 2: Emphasis is on the completion of the remaining core sequences and 1-2 written qualifying exams.

• Year 3: Concentrates of completion of remaining written qualifying exams, the 4 advanced graduate courses and finding faculty advisors to work with.

• Year 4: Focuses on any remaining advanced courses and reading/research in preparation for, as well as completing the oral qualifying examination.

• Year 5: Devoted primarily to research and to the completion of the Dissertation although students continue to participate in graduate seminars and may take additional coursework during this period.

 

 

 

What are the requirements for a Masters Degree (M.A. or M.S. in Mathematics or M.S. in Applied Mathematics) -- how many classes do I have to take -- are there exams required?

M.A. or M.S. in Mathematics

The requirements for the M.A. or M.S. in Mathematics are:

  1. Complete 36 course units numbered between Math 110 and 189 (upper-level courses), or between Math 200 and 210 (graduate-level core areas). At least 18 units must be from courses numbered between Math 200 and 210.
  2. Complete two (2) of the four (4) pure math course sequences with a grade of "C" or better in each course and a GPA of at least 3.0 in each chosen sequence. Students may choose from the following four core areas:
    1. Algebra (Math 201 A - B - C)
    2. Complex Analysis (Math 210 A - B)
    3. Real Analysis (Math 209 A - B - C)
    4. Topology (Math 205 A - B - C)
  3. As a substitute for one (1) or more course sequence, pass the corresponding written qualifying examination with a Master's level grade "B" or better fulfills that course sequence requirement.

The requirements of #1 and #2 (listed above) constitute the comprehensive final examination requirement for the degree.

M.S. in Applied Mathematics

The requirements for the M.S. in Applied Mathematics are:

  1. Complete 36 course units numbered between Math 110 and 189 (upper-level courses), or between Math 200 and 210 (graduate-level core areas). At least 18 units must be from courses numbered between Math 200 and 210.
  2. Complete two (2) core sequences (Real Analysis, Partial/Ordinary Differential Equations) with a grade of "C" or better in each course and a GPA of at least 3.0 in each chosen sequence. Students must complete the following core areas:
    1. Real Analysis (Math 209 A - B - C)
    2. Partial/Ordinary Differential Equations (Math 207 A - B - C)
  3. As a substitute for one or more course sequence, pass the corresponding written qualifying examination with a Master's level grade "B" or better fulfills that course sequence requirement.

The requirements of #1 and #2 (listed above) constitute the comprehensive final examination requirement for the degree.

 

 

 

 

Financial Aid and Assistantships - Answers

 

 

What types of financial assistance are available?

Financial support in the form of teaching assistantships and research assistantships is provided to attract excellent full-time students to our programs and to maintain them over a normal period of study.

The mains sources of graduate student support in the Mathematics program are Teach Assistantships (TA-ing) and Graduate Student Research Assistantships obtained through research grants awarded to the faculty. Students who enter the Ph.D. program with strong undergraduate records are automatically considered for fellowships. Support for continuing students is available through a variety of fellowships and grants from a number of university, state, and federal sources. Students in good academic standing while making acceptable progress in the Ph.D. program are typically supported by the program.

 Beyond department support, campus-wide fellowships and traineeships are available to students with outstanding scholastic records (GRE scores greater than 1200 and a GPA greater than 3.5). These campus wide financial opportunities are competitively awarded, so completing one's application early means there is a greater overall amount of funds available to be awarded.

 

What are the grade requirements to keep a scholarship/fellowship?

A 3.5 GPA must be maintained to keep awarded scholarships/fellowships.

 

 

 

What are the grade requirements to keep a Teaching Assistantship (TA-ing position)?

A 3.0 GPA must be maintained to keep a Teaching Assistantship.

 

 

 

"How do I apply for a Teaching Assistantship or Tuition Scholarship?"

Students applying to the graduate program are automatically evaluated to see which types of financial support they qualify for -- but there is no guarantee that a student accepted into the program will receive financial support.

 

 

 

 

Teaching Assistantship - Answers

 

Is there any training required to be a TA?

The Department of Mathematics has developed its own TA training and course, MATH 02, which has been approved by Graduate Division and TADP. MATH 302 replaces the prep workshops that are required by TADP.

Failure to enroll and participate in MATH 302 as a Teaching Assistantship may impact consideration for future teaching appointments.

 

 

 

"If I have a Teaching Assistantship position, when do I get paid -- in other words, when is payday?"

TA's are paid on the first of every month. If the first of a month falls on a weekend or holiday, TA's will be paid the last working day before the weekend or holiday.

 

 

 

"As a TA, will I have a supervisor or any kind of support?"

The department has its own TA Mentors that serve as a valuable resource for new TA's. TA Mentors meet with their mentees on a regular basis and are available to answer questions and offer feedback. The TA Mentors observe their mentees and offer suggestions on improving techniques in the classroom, in preparation for and adjustment to the graduate program.

Also, TA's are exclusively represented by the United Auto Workers. Please see the Union web-site for information and the current contract. www.uaw.org  

 

 

 

International Students - Answers

 

What are the application deadlines for International applicants?

The deadlines are the same for International and Domestic applicants:

Quarter:Domestic Applicants
US Citizens and
US Permanent Residents
Foreign Applicants
Non-Immigrant/Visa Students
Fall quarter (term begins September):
Admission & Fellowship Consideration

January 5th


Applications received after January 5 will be considered for financial support if funding remains available.

Some programs are able to accommodate additional applicants with financial support after this date. Please consult the specific program webpage for more information.

January 5th

Fall quarter (term begins September): Admission Only - no financial support

September 1st

Programs may set earlier deadlines for both admission and financial award consideration; please check with the individual program for verification.

May 1st

Programs may set earlier deadlines for both admission and financial award consideration; please check with the individual program for verification.

Winter quarter, admission only
(term begins January)

November 15th

July 1st

Spring quarter, admission only
(term begins April)

March 1st

October 1st

♦♦♦♦ It cannot be stressed enough that applicants should apply by the first deadline date for the Fall Quarter. Doing so greatly boosts the applicant's chances in receiving support packages such as Teaching Assistantships and Fellowships. Do not wait to submit everything at once -- Every individual component (transcripts, statement of purpose, etc.) can be submitted as separately. But all parts must be put in by the final deadline date for the respective quarter to which the student is applying.♦♦♦♦

More information on the graduate division deadlines can be found here: http://graduate.ucr.edu/app_deadlines.html

Look for additional important dates are also available through this link: http://graduate.ucr.edu/

 

 

 

Is there a foreign language requirement I must complete before I can be considered for the graduate program?

Since the graduate program is part of a larger academic community, heavy amounts of communication are necessary. Therefore, The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) must be taken before applying.

 

 

 

What is the minimum TOEFL score required when applying to the graduate program?

TOEFL score (if applicable) - Minimum score of 550 or 213 for the computer-based version of the exam or 80 on the internet-based version of the exam.

 

 

 

Are there any special deadlines for International students?

Normative time to advance to candidacy for international Ph.D. students is before the 7th quarter. This means that if an international student arrives in Fall 2009, the student must complete all written and oral exams and have advanced to candidacy before Fall 2011. Failure to advance to candidacy within this time frame will result in students having to pay their own Non-Resident Tuition fee until they have advanced.

Also, International students will be expected to start taking exams in the first quarter that they arrive. They have only six quarters to complete these exams and advance to candidacy in order to stay within the normative time. Failure to do so will result in additional NRT Fees to be paid by the student. It is advisable to use the online resources located at http://www.graduate.ucr.edu .

 

 

Graduation - Answers

 

 

What steps must I follow to graduate and what forms must I complete?

As far as classes and examinations, the basic run down of the Ph.D. program can be found here, and the Masters program rundown can be seen here.

Evaluations of academic progress for all graduate students are carried out each Spring Quarter by the Graduate Student Advisor for Enrolled Students. The evaluation provides feedback on academic performance and progress, teaching performance and incorporates suggestions for the upcoming year. Students are notified in writing of the results of the annual evaluation, and copies are forwarded to the Graduate Division.

Forms such as Notice of Intent to Complete a Ph.D. and more can be found on the Graduate Division forms page.


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