The Penn AMCS Graduate Program is an interdisciplinary program that offers training in advanced mathematics and its applications to problems in empirical science, medicine and engineering. We offer both the Masters and PhD degrees.
We will begin accepting applications for the Fall 2020 academic year on October 1, 2019.
We welcome applications from interested and dedicated students who have done substantial work in mathematics, and/or its applications of superior quality as undergraduates. Applicants for admission are expected to have a mathematical background that is comparable to an undergraduate mathematics major. All applicants are expected to take courses, beyond calculus, in mathematical analysis (2 semesters), linear algebra (1 semesters), probability (1 semesters), and complex analysis (1 semesters). In general, the more advanced mathematics you have studied the better. While we are willing to consider applications from students in applied fields, with less complete mathematical preparation, we need to have solid evidence of your aptitude for work in advanced mathematics. The latter students will be expected to bring their mathematical competency up to the required level in their first year of graduate study. PhD students are expected to pass the the Written Preliminary Exam, which covers the foundational mathematics expected of all students, by the end of the first year. Masters students get one additional opportunity. Undergraduate Mathematics course grades should mostly be As or A-s (or the equivalent).
All applicants for the PhD program must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE): both the General test and the Advanced Mathematics Subject Test. Be sure to take the Advanced Mathematics Subject test in time for us to receive your score by January 1. In order for us to receive your scores on time you will need to take the Advanced Mathematics Subject Test on or before the October test date. Masters applicants must take the general GRE and are strongly encouraged to take the Advanced Math subject test as well.
Applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
The GRE and English language exams should be taken early enough for the scores to be received at Penn in time to be considered by the Admissions Committee. Note that it can take a month or more after taking the exam before the score is reported, and that advanced registration is required for these tests. To see that we receive your standardized test scores: for the GRE, use the institution code 2926. For the TOEFL the institution code is 2926, and the Department code is 72.
Applicants are considered on the basis of their courses, grades, letters of recommendation, test scores (basic and advanced GRE, TOEFL, and TSE), and other supporting material. Letters of recommendation should preferably be from mathematics professors, or faculty from another scientific discipline, who know the applicant well, and who can comment on the applicant's abilities, accomplishments, and potential for research in applied mathematics and computational science.
Applicants are required to submit a personal statement with their application. This personal statement should address the applicant's specific interest in AMCS as well as how the applicant's interests align with the research interests of the AMCS faculty. Applicants should mention specific AMCS faculty members whose research is of interest to them. This personal statement will serve as a writing sample; no additional writing sample is required.
Applicants should indicate the final degree that they hope to be awarded from the Penn AMCS Graduate Program (either M.A., or Ph.D.). Students who intend to obtain an M.A. on the way to a Ph.D. at Penn should indicate that they intend to get a PhD. Masters students are not generally eligible to receive financial aid.