Prospective Graduate Student FAQ
How many students will you admit to the program in the fall?
We usually admit between 5 and 10 students each fall.
How many international students will you admit?
Almost half of our graduate students are international students.
How do I apply for financial aid?
Students accepted into the PhD program normally receive a full-tuition fellowship and a teaching assistantship.
Teaching assistants teach two recitation sections each semester (this typically amounts to a total of two 50-minute class meetings per week), and spend 2 hours each week in the Math Help Room.
What does the math department look for from an applicant?
Admissions and financial support are based on four major factors: mathematical course background, grades, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, and recommendation letters. The profiles below give an indication of our standards for admission. They are not rigid requirements, but are intended only as guidelines. An applicant may be successful if some of these guidelines are not satisfied, if there is additional strength in other areas. Conversely, an applicant who does meet these guidelines might not be offered admission. The decision process involves a careful assessment of the applicant’s likelihood of success in the graduate program, based on all evidence supplied by the applicant.
The typical applicant offered admission has:
- A mathematics background of at least 7 mathematics courses beyond calculus, including one year of real analysis and one year of abstract algebra, with most of the grades being A or the equivalent
- If the applicant is not a native English speaker, a TOEFL exam score of at least 600 on the paper-based test (or 250 on the CBT or 100 on the iBT).
I am an international student who is currently studying in the U.S. Do I need to submit a TOEFL score with my application?
If you completed or are completing a Bachelor’s degree from a university in an English-speaking country, you do not need to submit a TOEFL score. Students in English-speaking graduate programs who did not complete an undergraduate degree in an English-speaking country must submit a TOEFL score.
Can I receive a conditional acceptance to the PhD program?
The math department does not extend a conditional acceptance to the PhD program.
Do I have to take the GRE subject test?
Yes, the subject test is a requirement of the application.
Can I apply for an MA degree?
We only accept students into a PhD program. You must be a current JHU undergrad to apply to the BA/MA program.
Where should I send any paper documents that support my application?
Paper documents should be sent to:
The Johns Hopkins University
Graduate Affairs & Admissions Office
Shriver Hall 28
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
How long does it usually take to complete your program?
Most students complete their PhD in five or six years.
What role do the letters of recommendation play?
The letters of recommendation form an important part of the application and are considered carefully by the admissions committee.
Do you require that your official form be used for letters of recommendation?
The official form is a part of the online recommendation. Letters of recommendation are only accepted online.
Do you admit students to the program in the spring semester?
No. Students are admitted for the fall semester only.
What are the Institution and Department codes for the GRE and TOEFL?
The institution code is 5332 for both the GRE and TOEFL. The mathematics department code for the GRE is 0703, and for the TOEFL is 72.
Can I submit copies of GRE, TOEFL, or IELTS score reports with my application and avoid the fees ETS charges?
All test scores are accepted from the testing agencies only.