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Department of Mathematics
Bryn Mawr College
Park Science Building

101 North Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899

Phone: 610-526-5348
FAX: 610-526-6575

Applying to the Mathematics Graduate Program

Overview:
Welcome to the Mathematics Graduate Program's application information page!  We're pleased that you are interested in applying!  On this page you will find detailed information about the application process along with helpful suggestions for a successful application.  We hope you will find this page helpful.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions at gradmath@brynmawr.edu. Further, additional, more general information can be found on the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) webpages. 

Application Checklist:

  • Online Application
    • Application Form
    • Personal Statement of Interest
    • List of mathematics courses taken
    • Optional Resume 
    • Official GRE General Test Scores (no ore than three years old)
  • Official Transcripts (from each college or university attended)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (preferably from mathematics professors)
  • Official TOEFL Scores, if your native language is not English
  • Application Fee of $50, unless waived

Everything not submitted online should be mailed to:
      Office of Admissions
      Benham - Gateway Building
      Bryn Mawr College
      101 North Merion Avenue
      Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899 USA. 
The application and all supporting documents should be submitted by the December prior to the fall or matriculation. See below for deadline information.

Application Details:
Begin by creating an account.  This will give you access to the application form that you can save and return to repeatedly, if you wish. (The application form is a general, used for a variety of programs at the College.) It will a also give you directions for uploading the additional required and optional documents.

Your personal statement of interest should tell us why you want to pursue an advanced degree in Mathematics, what led you to this decision and what you would like to do once you've completed your degree. If appropriate, let us know why you think that our program would be a good fit for you.

The list of mathematics courses should include all courses taken at the college level or above and include course titles and textbook names and authors.

You also have the option of submitting a resume, which is often an easy way to give us a more general picture of you and your background.

Letters of Recommendation:
Choose some faculty members who know your mathematical abilities well.  We find it useful to have letters from professors who have taught you in upper level mathematics courses or who have supervised an independent study or research project.  If you have participated in an REU or taken mathematics courses away from your home institution, consider asking for a letter from someone who oversaw these activities. 

Application Fee:
The application fee of $50 should be paid via check made out to "Bryn Mawr College".  Applicants who are McNair scholars, Mellon-Mays scholars, previous participants of the IAS Women & Mathematics Program, previous participants of the Carleton Summer Math Program or Fulbright nominees should self-identify themselves (by sending a note to the Admissions Office), and their fee will automatically be waived.  Applicants for whom paying the fee would present a hardship are encouraged to write to Graduate Dean Mary Osirim to request a waiver.  (Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Bryn Mawr College, 101 North Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899 USA). 

Deadlines:
We welcome applications to our graduate program at any time, but the best
time to apply is during the fall of the year before you want to begin your
studies at Bryn Mawr. All applications completed by the end of the year,
will be given equal consideration for both admission and financial support
for the following fall. (Late applications will be considered until the
final deadline of June 30th, but few applications completed after the end
of January are successful.)

Please see the GSAS Application Page for the most up to date deadlines.

Financial Support:
Virtually every offer of admission we make comes with an offer of financial support. (Please be clear in your application, if you do not want or need financial support.) The most common form of support is a Teaching Assistantship.  Students who could enhance the diversity of our program are also considered for a Dean's Fellowship. Students should also consider applying for the Doris Sill Carland Fellowship and the Marguerite N. Farley Fellowship.  (Our Research Fellowship is generally reserved for advanced students in our
program.)  At the present time, we are not permitted to offer financial support to applicants whose educational plans are to complete only the M.A. degree.

Visiting:
We welcome visits from prospective graduate students at any time. That
said, we strongly recommend visiting during the school year, sitting in
on a class, and meeting students currently in our program. To get
started, contact the Mathematics Graduate Chair at gradmath@brynmawr.edu.