Loyola University Chicago

Mathematics and Statistics


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Academic Requirements for Admission

Applicants are expected to possess a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree from an accredited institution and to have earned a minimum of a “B” average in undergraduate course work. In addition, the following courses are minimum requirements for admission to Loyola’s graduate program in Mathematics:

The following courses are recommended prerequisites for admission to the graduate program in Mathematics; students can be admitted to the graduate program without these prerequisite courses, but such students will be urged to take them during their first semester at Loyola (see Degree Requirements below):

  • Abstract Algebra equivalent to MATH 313.
  • Introduction to Real Analysis I equivalent to MATH 351.

A student deficient in the above minimum course requirements may be admitted either conditionally or as a non-degree student depending on the deficiencies. Such students will be required to take coursework early in their graduate careers to rectify these deficiencies. These students will then be unconditionally admitted to the degree-seeking status if they demonstrate a consistent pattern of success in their coursework.

The General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission.

International applicants are expected to have earned a score of at least 550 on the TOEFL (paper) examination or 79 on the IBT examination or 6.5 on the IELTS examination.

Start the Application Process

The following items are required to apply: 

  1. Application Form. Start your application online by using our online application form.
  2. Personal Statement. We want to know your motivation for continuing your schooling, your career aspirations, and how you believe our program will help you meet your goals. This is submitted through the online application.
  3. Three Letters of Recommendation. With the exception of one letter, letters of recommendation should typically come from academic sources and should highlight the applicant's quantitative skills and achievements. Exceptions can be made for applicants who have been in the workplace for a number of years, but letters should always focus on quantitative expertise and/or promise.
  4. Official General Test scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  5. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. An applicant who attended an institution outside the US must submit an ECE transcript evaluation (general evaluation with grade average).

BS/MS 5-year Program

Students pursuing undergraduate studies in the Mathematics and Statistics Department at Loyola are strongly encouraged to apply for the five-year combined BS/MS degree. Learn more about our combined BS/MS programs.