Graduate Admission and Application

Admission requirements for the Ph.D. Program

(in either Mathematics or Statistics)

In order to gain admission to the  interdisciplinary Ph.D. program with Mathematics as the coordinating discipline, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Minimum requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies. This information may be found under the Prospective Students tab on the School of Graduate Studies website.
  2. At least a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Statistics, or related field from an accredited college or university. A bachelor’s degree in another subject will suffice, provided that the applicant has successfully completed at least three Mathematics courses beyond Calculus I, II, and III.
  3. An overall grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale during the Bachelor’s program, or an overall GPA of at least 3.0 on all post-Bachelor’s work.
  4. Be recommended for admission by the doctoral faculty review groups in both Mathematics and the co-discipline.
  5. One can find a list of possible co-disciplines on the iPh.D. Studies at UMKC page.

Admission requirements for the M.S. Programs

(in either Mathematics or Statistics)

  • The applicant must meet the minimum requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies. This information may be found under the Prospective Students tab on the School of Graduate Studies website.
  • Applicants need to hold a bachelors’ degree from an accredited college or university, with a satisfactory GPA.
  •  If the applicant’s degree is not in Mathematics or Statistics (or equivalent), then the applicant must have taken Calculus I, II, and III and at least three other Mathematics or Statistics classes beyond Calculus III, with satisfactory grades.
  •  Applicants need to include with their application materials a valid GRE general test score and a one page narrative outlining educational goals. Optional letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the department Principal Graduate Advisor.
  •  International applicants need to satisfy the requirements of the International Students Affairs Office, including those on TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Applicants who want to apply for a GTA position in the department need to fill out the GTA Application Form  and have three letters of recommendation, accompanied by the “Evaluation of fitness for graduate studies” form sent directly to the department Principal Graduate Advisor.

General Application Information

  • It is highly recommended that you contact us, before applying for a graduate degree. For PhD in Mathematics or Statistics, please contact the Interdisciplinary PhD Coordinator. For MS in Mathematics or Statistics, please contact the Principal Graduate Advisor. Check the Academic Advising page for details of contact.
  • For applicants to one of the graduate programs in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics who aim to enter the program in either the Summer or Fall semester, the priority deadline is March 15 for both domestic and international applicants.
  • For applicants who aim to enter the program in the Spring semester, the priority deadline is October 15 for both domestic and international applications.
  • Domestic applicants need to follow the application instructions of the Admissions Office.  International applicants need to follow the application instructions of theInternational Student Affairs Office (ISAO).

Application Information for the M.S. Program

(in either Mathematics or Statistics)

  1.  A complete application for the M.S. program consists of, at a minimum,
    1. A set of official transcripts from the applicant’s undergraduate university.
    2. A one-page statement detailing the applicant’s educational plans.
    3. International students need to submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores, unless exempt, and satisfy the requirements set forward by the International Students Affairs Office.
    4. The applicant may also send the following optional materials:
      1. Three letters of reference.  If the applicant chooses to have reference letters sent in support of their application, these letters are to be sent directly to the Principal Graduate Advisor.
      2. A valid GRE score.  Note: A valid general GRE score will be required for all applicants for admission in the Spring 2016 semester or later.
    5. Application materials are to be sent to:
      1. For Domestic applications:
        Office of Admissions
        Administrative Center, Room 120
        5100 Rockhill Road
        University of Missouri—Kansas City
        Kansas City, MO 64110, USA
        Phone: (816) 235-1111
      2. For International applications:
        International Student Affairs Office
        University of Missouri—Kansas City
        5235 Rockhill Road
        Kansas City, MO 64110, USA
        Phone: (816) 235-1113

Application Information for the iPh.D. Program

  1. A complete application consists of the following materials:
    1. A set of all official transcripts from work completed at colleges and/or universities
    2. A one-page statement detailing the student’s educational plans
    3. A valid GRE score
    4. Three letters of reference
    5. International applicants must submit documentation of their Test of English as a Foreign Language score if they have studied less than two years full time in a U.S. academic program or a comparable program in an English-speaking country. The applicant must have attained a score of at least 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 80 on the internet-based test.
  2. Application Materials are to be sent to:
    1. For Domestic Applicants, send application materials to:
      School of Graduate Studies
      Administrative Center, Room 300F
      University of Missouri—Kansas City
      5100 Rockhill Road
      Kansas City, MO 64110-2499, USA
      Phone: (816) 235-1111
    2. For International Applicants, send original application materials to:
      International Student Affairs Office
      University of Missouri—Kansas City
      5235 Rockhill Road
      Kansas City, MO 64110, USA
      Phone: (816) 235-1113
      In addition, send copies of application materials to:
      iPh.D. Coordinator
      Department of Mathematics and Statistics
      Haag Hall, Room 206
      University of Missouri—Kansas City
      5100 Rockhill Road
      Kansas City, MO 64110, USA
      Phone: (816) 235-1641

Applying for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA)

  1. The applicant must first apply for admission to the M.S. or iPh.D. program.
  2. The primary GTA application deadline for applicants wishing to begin in the Fall semester is February 15 for both international and domestic applications.
  3. The primary GTA application deadline for applicants wishing to begin in the Spring semester is October 1 for both international and domestic applications.
  4. The applicant must submit the following materials:
    1. A departmental GTA Application Form.
    2. Three letters of recommendation. Please give a copy of the Evaluation of Fitness for Graduate Studies to all those writing recommendations and have them attach it to their letters.
  5. Please send your GTA application along with your M.S. or iPh.D. application to the same address. In addition, please send a copy of the GTA application to the Department Principal Graduate Advisor:
    Graduate Advisor
    Department of Mathematics and Statistics
    Haag Hall, Room 206
    University of Missouri—Kansas City
    5100 Rockhill Road
    Kansas City, MO 64110, USA
    Phone: (816) 235-1641
  6. Duties of the GTA
    1. Must be seeking a graduate degree in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
    2. Work 20 hours per week during the semester through some combination of teaching and tutoring.
    3. Enroll in a minimum of 6 hours of mathematics or statistics courses for graduate credit each semester.
    4. Further information:
      1. GTA appointment pays a monthly stipend.
      2. GTA appointment pays in-state educational fees for the first 6 credit hours of the Fall and Spring semesters.
      3. Out-of-State fee status is waived for students who are not Missouri residents.