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Admission Requirements

Admission to the program requires an undergraduate major in mathematics or related field (such as computer science) which includes the equivalent of the following three key courses with a grade of B or higher: (1) MATH 374 (Linear Algebra), (2) MATH 430 (Foundations of Analysis), and (3) MATH 470 (Introduction to Abstract Algebra). Admission also requires a 2.5 grade point average in the last sixty (60) units attempted at the undergraduate level, and a 3.0 grade point average in the last thirty (30) units of the undergraduate major. Students who have deficiencies in admission requirements that can be removed by specified additional preparation may be admitted with conditionally classified graduate status, but the units earned to remove these deficiencies may not be used toward the Cal State San Marcos
Master of Science in Mathematics.

All applicants, regardless of citizenship, who do not possess a Bachelor’s Degree from a post-secondary institution or a country where English is the principal language, must take the combined Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and receive a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL and a minimum of 4.5 on the Test of Written
English (TWE) portion of the paper-based TOEFL or on the writing portion of the computer-based TOEFL.

  • Graduate Classified--Students who meet all admission requirements to enroll in a graduate degree program may be accepted as Graduate Classified. Classified graduate students will be required to fulfill all of the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards, including qualifying examinations, as the campus may prescribe.
  • Graduate Conditionally Classified--Students who do not meet all requirements to enroll in a graduate degree program may, nevertheless, be accepted as Conditionally Classified. This classification will be granted if, in the opinion of appropriate campus authority, the student can remedy any deficiencies by additional preparation.

All applicants, regardless of citizenship, who do not possess a Bachelor's Degree from a post-secondary institution or in a country where English is the principal language, must take the combined Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Written English (TWE) examination and receive a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL and a minimum 4.5 on the TWE.

International applicants should visit Graduate International Admissions for deadlines and requirements.  Please note that international applicants must also submit a departmental application.