A student planning to pursue graduate study in mathematics should develop a program of study that provides both variety of experience and a strong background in fundamental areas. The core courses for either pure or applied mathematics are:

- MATH 333 Complex Analysis
- MATH 501 Introduction to Algebraic Structures I (taken no later than the junior year)
- MATH 502 Introduction to Algebraic Structures II (taken no later than the junior year)
- MATH 531 Basic Analysis I or MATH 532 Basic Analysis II (taken no later than the junior year)

Recommended courses are:

Students interested in applied mathematics should consider:

- MATH 451S Nonlinear Ordinary Differential Equations
- MATH 453 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations
- MATH 230 Probability
- MATH 342D Statistics
- MATH 361S Mathematical Numerical Analysis
- MATH 476S Seminar in Mathematical Modeling
- MATH 581 Mathematical Finance
- MATH 541 Applied Stochastic Processes
- MATH 561Scientific Computing

Advanced students are encouraged to take standard graduate level courses (numbered 555 and above) in their senior (and occasionally in their junior) years. In particular, the following are recommended:

Graduate programs usually expect that applicants will take the Graduate Record Examination Subject Test in mathematics. The test emphasizes linear algebra, abstract algebra, and advanced calculus, but also includes questions about complex analysis, topology, combinatorics, probability, statistics, number theory, and algorithmic processes.