The SDSU Mathematics and Statistics Department offers Master’s degrees in applied mathematics, mathematics, mathematics education, statistics and biostatistics. The applied mathematics program also offers two specializations: communications and dynamical systems. The Department plays a leading role in joint doctoral programs in Math & Science Education with the University of California-San Diego, and in Computational Science and Computational Statistics with Claremont Graduate University.

Research specialties of our faculty include Bayesian analysis, biological mathematics, biostatistics, climate mathematics and statistics, computational mathematics, coding theory, cryptography, differential equations, dynamical systems, graph theory, mathematics education, mathematical modeling, mathematical physics, number theory and algebra, signal/image processing, and statistical theory.

The SDSU Graduate Bulletin has complete information about admissions, application procedures, and degree requirements and courses, and is the final authority on a graduate matters. A summary of admission requirements and application procedures for master’s programs is below. Admissions information regarding our Joint Doctoral programs can be found here: Math & Science Education, Computational Science, Computational Statistics.

Admission Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and good standing at the last institution attended.
  2. A minimum GPA of 2.85 (3.0 for international coursework).
  3. GRE test scores (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing).  A minimum combined score of 300 is required.
  4. Proof of English proficiency via a TOEFL or IELTS exam, if baccalaureate instruction was not in English.

See the Admissions and Registration section of the Graduate Bulletin for complete details.

Application Procedure

Applying for admission to graduate programs requires three steps.

  1. Apply to the University through CALSTATE.EDU/APPLY
  2. Submit documentation to Graduate Admissions (official transcripts, GRE scores, and, if necessary TOEFL scores).
  3. Submit materials required by the program through Decision Desk

See the Graduate Admissions Website for full details and to initiate the application.

The information required by the Department in Decision Desk includes a basic profile, a list of institutions attended, your test scores, and a summary of your math and computer skills. There is also a form to download on which to list your mathematics and statistics courses. Complete the form and upload it to Decision Desk.

Students applying for a graduate teaching assistantship will also be asked to list courses they would like to teach, upload a form with teaching and tutoring experience, and upload a cv.

If the student meets General Admission Requirements, but has deficiencies in mathematics or statistics coursework, that student may be admitted to the program with status “conditional admit”. Upon acceptance to the program, specific recommendations will be made for classes to take in the first year of study, so that the student has a clear path to obtain “classified” standing by the end of the first year.


Fall Admission

CSU Mentor Application filling period October 1 – March 1

Document Submission Deadline April 1

Decision Desk deadline April 1

Students are not admitted for the Spring semester.

Financial Support

The Department offers several Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) each year. Most mathematics TAs teach 2 or 3 breakout sections of Pre-Calculus (Math 141), or Calculus I, II or III (Math 150, 151, 252). Statistics TAs usually lead a breakout tutorial for Elementary Statistics for Business (Stat 119A) or a lab for Statistical Principles and Practices (Stat 250). Each of these positions also includes grading and tutoring/office hours. Some advanced students in math and statistics have positions in higher level courses. Research assistantships are available to some continuing graduate students, depending upon faculty grant support. In the academic year 2015-2016, the Department is employing 20 Graduate Teaching Assistants from the mathematics division, 9 from the statistics division, and 5 from the mathematics education division. The Department is also employing 13 Graduate Teaching Assistants from its Joint Doctoral Programs.

Use Decision Desk to apply for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship.

rev: 08/31/2017