Department of Mathematics

Van Vleck Hall, 480 Lincoln Drive, Madison, WI

Applying for MA-FAS

Thank you for your interest in the Master of Arts - Foundation of Advanced Studies (MA-FAS) Program at the Department of Mathematics.

The MA-FAS program helps prepare students for competitive Ph.D. level graduate programs and will enhance their chances for admittance to high-quality graduate schools. This Master’s program option is structured so that students with basic preparation from their undergraduate institutions can complete it in no more than two years. Applicants will have earned an undergraduate degree in Mathematics or a related field with a strong mathematical component.

Admitting Term:

We admit students in the Fall and Spring semester.


The deadline to submit your application for Fall admission is February 15th.
The deadline to submit all supporting application materials for Fall admission is March 1st.

The deadline to submit your application for Spring admission is October 15th.
The deadline to submit all supporting application materials for Spring admission is November 1st.

Required Application Materials

To be uploaded as pdfs to the Graduate School application

* The deadline in the Graduate School application system is the old date 12/15, and we are not able to update it now. Please ignore the 12/15 deadline. The new deadline for Fall term admission is 2/15. 

  1. Transcript: Transcripts from each institution attended. An unofficial transcript is acceptable for the initial review. If you are recommended for admission, the Graduate School will require official transcripts. Additional information about international degrees is on the Graduate School website.
  2. In a list or table format, state all advanced mathematics courses you have completed, are currently enrolled in, or intend to take. For each course give the name of the school where you took it, the course number, the title, description, books used, and the grade you received (for completed courses). If you have more than 20 courses, please include ONLY the most advanced courses.
  3. Statement of reason for graduate study
  4. CV/Resume

To be requested through the application:

  1. Letters of Recommendation. Three letters of recommendation that address the question of mathematical promise. These letters should be from mathematics faculty, or other faculty familiar with the demands of graduate work in mathematics.

To be sent by ETS directly to the Graduate School using institution code 1846 (and no department code):

  1. (if applicable)English proficiency exam scores
  2. (Optional) GRE is not required for the MA program

VISP Students Only:

Please follow the instructions below to complete your application to the MA-FAS program:

  1. Start a new application and click “Create an Account” to set up an application ID.
  2. Select the Mathematics MA Foundations of Advanced Studies degree as the program to which you are applying.
  3. Unofficial transcript (request through your Student Center).
  4. Statement/CV/Coursework: Upload a PDF stating “Not required for this application.”
  5. Letters of Recommendation: Not required. Enter the following:
    1. Xin Cui-Dowling 608-262-0099
    2. Tullia Dymarz 608-263-5686
    3. Tonghai Yang 608-263-4219
  6. Optional documents:
    1. If you have any documents (such as TOEFL scores) that have changed since your application to the VISP program, do submit them. [Note: You are technically exempt from showing English proficiency.]
    2. Qualifying exam letter, only if you have passed.
  7. Application fee: $81. ($75 application fee plus $6 international document processing fee)


To review the status of your submitted application,sign into MyUW with your netID. Any requests for information or changes in your status will be emailed to you or noted in MyUW.

If you have any questions about the above requirements, please see theFrequently Asked Questions (FAQ)page. If you have any further questions, please

Program Name

Master of Arts – Foundations of Advanced Studies

Typical Minimum Admission Requirements (beyondGS minimum)

Linear Algebra (Math 341or equivalent)
Analysis I (Math 521or equivalent)
Modern Algebra I (Math 541or equivalent)


Allowed to work 108 hours per semester

Tuition Remission

Not eligible

Health Insurance

Eligible to have the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)

Degree Requirements


Fall Admission - Last week of August: - Mandatory Orientation

Spring Admission – First week of January – Mandatory Orientation

Decisions Sent By

Fall Admission-April 1

Spring Admission-December 1

Additional Degree?

Eligible to apply to the Ph.D. program

UW-Madison Department of Mathematics
Van Vleck Hall
480 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI  53706

(608) 263-3054

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