Advice for your application

We are delighted that you are considering Duke Math for your graduate work.  To ensure that your application is submitted and reviewed successfully, read the How to Apply page carefully.  As you prepare your dossier, keep the following items in mind:

  • The letters of recommendation are one of the most influencial components of your application: they provide reviewers valuable perspective on your mathematical work to date, and your potential for PhD thesis work.  Form relationships with faculty, so that they get to know you and your work; this will help your letter writers write strong letters.
  • Take advanced/reading courses, and if possible take part in an REU, or similar research experience.   A strong letter of recommendation from a research supervisor can be very influencial.
  • Writing a good letter takes time, and you might be surprised by how busy your letter writers are: give them at least a month.  A week before the letter is due, send a follow-up email reminding your writers of the due date(s).
  • The personal statement is also important.  It should summarize your mathematical background and explain why Duke Math is a good fit for you.  It is generally beneficial to keep it under two pages.