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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 2021 academic year on October 1, 2020.

Despite disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the graduate group in Applied Math and Computational Science at the University of Pennsylvania will be accepting applications for the PhD and Masters programs for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. 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.  Undergraduate Mathematics course grades should mostly be As or A-s (or the equivalent). 

A written Preliminary Exam, which covers the foundational mathematics expected of all students, is given before the staart of the first year.  Students who do not pass are expected to take foundational courses as necessary to bring their knowledge to the level expected.  Ph.D students not passing the prelim at the start must pass at the end of the first year.  Masters students get one additional opportunity at the start of their second year.

Applications must be submitted  electronically.  More information about the application procedure is available here.

Because of the global COVID-19 pandemic, in our graduate admissions process this year:

            1) Students who have taken courses in Spring 2020 Pass/Fail rather than for a letter grade will not be penalized in any way.

            2) Subject GRE scores will not be required this year, and their absence will not be used to count against any applicant.

            3) General GRE exam scores are recommended.  Scores from a prior year are fine.  If the general GRE is not offered in your geographical region, the application can be submitted without it.

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.  It is even more important than usual this year that prospective applicants be clear about their intended area(s) of work and identify AMCS-affiliated faculty whose research is of interest to them.

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.