
What are the
degree requirements for admission to the Mathematics graduate program?

Most of the applicants to
this program are expecting the B.S. or B.A. degree to be awarded by
their undergraduate institution after admission to this graduate
program has been offered. Note that an official transcript documenting
the award of an undergraduate degree is required prior to enrollment in
the graduate program at Caltech.



What degrees
are offered in Mathematics?

Entering graduate students are admitted
directly to the Ph.D. program, since the Institute does not offer a
regular program in mathematics leading to the master’s degree. A
master’s degree may be awarded in exceptional circumstances either as a
terminal degree or preliminary to the Ph.D. Sufficiently advanced
undergraduates may be admitted to graduate standing to pursue a
master’s degree simultaneously with the bachelor’s program.
The recipient of a
master’s degree will be expected to take 135 units in advanced
mathematics (numbered 110 and higher). Unless the student has placed
out of some of them, these must include Math 110, 120, and 151 (the
basic courses in analysis, algebra, and geometry). Reading and/or
research courses may only be included in this 135 units if approved by
the executive officer for mathematics.
The general Institute
requirements specify that the recipient of a master’s degree must have
taken at least 135 units of graduate work as a graduate student at the
Institute, including at least 81 units of advanced graduate work in
mathematics. This advanced
work is interpreted as
work with a course number greater than 109 and may include a master’s
thesis.


