Graduate Certificate in Mathematics

The aim of this certificate program is to strengthen the mathematical backgrounds of students so that our graduates are well positioned to pursue further study in a variety of quantitative fields. This program is ideal, for instance, for those planning to apply to top graduate programs in economics or finance and who wish they had taken more math during their undergraduate years. It is also ideal for those who want to pursue graduate study in mathematics but do not yet have sufficient background.

Four graduate level courses make up the program. If it is appropriate academically and fits a student's career goals, the department may approve variations on the Program Requirements. For instance, in place of one of the standard options, we may accept a different course in mathematics or in a related field (e.g., statistics).

The courses that make up this program are part of our regular graduate offerings. As much as possible, the department will schedule these courses around the lunch hour or after 5 p.m. for the convenience of those in the program.

Admission Requirements

  • BA or BS degree from an accredited institution
  • Math 2233 (Multi-Variable Calculus) and Math 2184 (Linear Algebra I), or equivalent course work

Material For Admission

  • GW graduate application form,
  • Official copies of all undergraduate transcripts,

  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 or one letter of recommendation from a professor in a quantitative field,

  • $75 application fee.

NOTE: Neither GRE scores nor statements of purpose will be required. TOEFL requirements will follow GW policy. In the event that an applicant’s GPA is above 3.0, a letter of recommendation is not required. An applicant whose GPA is below 3.0 will not be rejected automatically. However, a letter of recommendation is not sufficient for admission. The transcripts must demonstrate that the applicant is academically prepared for the program. The Department’s Graduate Committee reviews all applications and makes the admission’s decision on a case by case basis.

A transcript is required from each college and university attended, regardless of whether or not a degree program was completed. Copies of transcripts must be uploaded to the online application.  We will request official transcripts only if you are admitted.  If academic records are in a language other than English, please upload the English translation only.

When filling out an application, applicants with a GPA 3.0 or above should enter their name into the name fields of the recommendation form. For Statement of Purpose, applicants can respond by entering NOT REQUIRED

Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall admission is July 15. The application deadline for Spring admission is November 15. Applications received after the above dates will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

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