Application and Admissions Process

Please note:  Consideration of COVID-19 Disruptions

The deadline to apply for admission into the CAM PhD program is January 7. Applications are only accepted for the fall semester. Begin the application process by creating an account on the Graduate School's application page. The online application is secure and can be immediately viewed by the CAM admissions committee upon submission. You can learn more about the application process and review additional guidelines on the Graduate School website.

Materials needed for application process:

  • You will be asked to enter typical application information such as nationality, GPA, schools attended, etc.
  • You will be required to upload an accurate unofficial transcript for each school you have attended. Please do not send official copies to the CAM office. Please note that there are only up to three fields for listing schools attended. If you attended more than three, you must upload those transcripts in the writing sample portion of the application.
  • If you have appropriate supplemental documents such as an undergraduate research paper, awards, etc., upload them in the writing sample portion of the application.
  • A statement of purpose is required and can be uploaded directly into the application.
  • At least three letters of recommendation are required. Additional letters are allowed. Recommenders may submit their letters online. Once an application is submitted, recommenders receive an automated email soliciting their letter (you will be prompted to provide their contact information before you submit your application). 
  • Submitting GRE scores is optional. The GRE subject test in mathematics is also not required, but it is particularly useful for applicants for whom math is a secondary field at the time of application. (The University code is 2098, if submitting scores.)
  • Official TOEFL scores are required from international applicants. The Graduate School's policy is that there are minimum scores for each section (a cumulative score is not an accurate measure of English proficiency and is not sufficient for an offer of admission):
    Writing – 20, Listening – 15, Reading – 20, Speaking – 22
    The TOEFL is not required of applicants who have studied full-time for two or more years at a college or university where English is the language of instruction and the college or university is located in a country where English the primary language. Applicants from countries where English is the primary language are also exempt. However, it is very important you check with the CAM program office or the Graduate School to determine if your country applies. For example, applicants from Anglophone Canada and New Zealand are exempt. Applicants from Nigeria, Singapore and the Quebec province of Canada are not exempt. The University code for reporting is 2098.
  • IELTS:  The Graduate School requires an overall band score of a 7.0 or higher on the IELTS. Please refer to their English Language Proficiency Policy for information about how to send your scores.
  • The Graduate School requires an application fee of $105. A fee waiver request will be considered if this fee presents a financial hardship. See Application Fees for instructions on how to submit a waiver request.
  • Applicants who are non-US citizens may be contacted via email 1-3 weeks after the application submission deadline to participate in a brief, conversational English video interview (no specialized knowledge necessary). Though not all non-US-citizen applicants will be required to participate in this interview, definite exceptions include citizens of Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
  • Cornell University expects all applicants to complete their application materials without the use of paid agents, credentials services, or other paid professional assistance. The use of such services violates University policy and may lead to the rejection of application materials, the revocation of an admissions offer, cancellation of admission, or involuntary withdrawal from the University.

CAM does not admit students for the spring semester. The admissions committee begins reviewing applications in mid-January and continues throughout February. Decisions are communicated to applicants until the end of March. CAM typically receives roughly 200 applications per year and has a 10-15% acceptance rate. All applicants are notified of the decision by email. Applicants offered admission will receive an admissions letter and a deadline for when they need to inform CAM about their enrollment decisions (usually April 15). When students respond that they will enroll at Cornell, they are sent an I-20 form, if applicable (international students).

Any questions, material, or correspondence may to be sent to
Center for Applied Mathematics
657 Frank H.T. Rhodes Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14583 USA