Overview
About the Program
Why Mathematics?
Admission Requirements & Criteria
Degrees & Options
When & How To Apply
FAQs
About the Program
The University of Washington Mathematics Department is one of the major research mathematics departments in the United States. It has an excellent research reputation, a strong, demanding program of graduate study in mathematics, and a full range of excellent undergraduate course offerings. The department consists of approximately 60 permanent faculty with research interests in virtually every area of mathematics. Students, faculty, and numerous visitors are encouraged to interact through a variety of courses, seminars, colloquiums, and in other less formal ways. The faculty have been supported in their research by the Sloan Foundation, National Science Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, National Security Agency, and other organizations.
RESOURCES & OPPORTUNITIES
seminars ♦ internships ♦ study abroad ♦ Washington Experimental Mathematics Lab (WXML) ♦ William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition ♦ Washington Directed Reading Program (WDRP)
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
Actuarial Club @ UW
Assoc. for Women in Mathematics Student Chapter – UW
University of Washington Math Club  facebook
Why Mathematics?
Mathematics is a foundational tool that's utilized in every discipline of science, engineering, industry, and technology.
If admitted to the Math major, your focus of study will be pure mathematics. You’ll solves problems, find facts, and answers questions that don't necessarily depend on the world around us, but on the rules of mathematics itself. As students continue their studies in math, they’ll transition from computational mathematics (i.e. calculus) to studying theories and proofs. Math 308, Matrix Algebra is typically a student's first introduction into theoretical math.
What can you do with a degree in mathematics?
Our majors graduate with proficiency in problem solving and strong analytical skills. By studying pure mathematics, they will become critical thinkers, which often involves:
 creative problem solving
 collaboration
 inductive & deductive reasoning
 objective observation
Employers value our UW alumni for their ability to argue logically and think abstractly. They are seeking candidates who can gather and analyze data, test conclusions, and present relevant and accurate information used to make datainformed decisions. https://math.washington.edu/careerplanning
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Actuary Secondary Teacher Data Analyst Finance Cryptography Computer Science/Software Bio technology Operations & Market Research 
SAMPLE ALUMNI EMPLOYERS
Amazon Web Services Boeing Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center Microsoft Seattle Public Schools Starbucks 
Admission Requirements & Criteria
A minimum 2.0 grade in each of the courses listed below and an overall minimum 2.50 GPA in all mathematics courses.
MATH 124*  MATH 134  
MATH 125*  OR  MATH 135 
MATH 126  MATH 136 
*Course equivalencies earned with AP / IB / ALevel exams can be used to meet the course requirements.
20202021 applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
 Performance in all mathematics courses as measured by GPA ; typically more recent MATH coursework will be weighted heavier
 Difficulty of math courses completed
 Frequency of incompletes or withdrawals
 Number of repeated courses
 Demonstrated interest in mathematics
Applicants can show their interest in mathematics by consistently taking one math course each quarter up until the time of application. In addition to the criteria listed above, a personal statement about your interest in mathematics will also help us evaluate your application.
Degrees & Options
We offer two types of degrees: a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts, with a total of 4 math options. Applicants will need to indicate which option they would like to be considered for; only one option can be selected per application quarter.
Bachelor of Arts Philosophy Option Bachelor of Science 
Degree Option Comparisons*
B.A. Philosophy 
B.A. Teacher Prep 
B.A. Standard 
Bachelor of Science 
45 MATH credits  4950 MATH credits  51 MATH credits  69 MATH credits 
two 400level MATH  two 400level MATH  three 400level MATH  six 400level MATH 
1620 credits in PHIL  7 credits in MATH, AMATH or STAT  five add'l upper division MATH 
six add'l upper division MATH 
*Refer to the Requirements & Graduation Planning Sheets for option descriptions, specific course requirements and restrictions : https://math.washington.edu/undergraduatedegreeoptions
When & How To Apply
Quarter of Enrollment 
Application Opens

Application Deadline 
Admission Decisions

WINTER  SEPTEMBER 1  SEPT 15, 2020 5pm PST  EARLY/MID  OCTOBER 
SPRING  JANUARY 1  JAN 15, 2021 5pm PST  EARLY/MID  FEBRUARY 
Math Major Application & Personal Statement Prompt:
https://math.washington.edu/undergraduateadmissions
If admitted, you must be enrolled and registered at the UW during your first quarter of enrollment to the major.
Students who plan to take a vacation quarter, that is take a quarter off, need to be mindful of when they apply to the Math Program. Students who plan to apply in September, must be enrolled at the UW during winter quarter. Students who plan to apply in January, you must be enroll at the UW during spring quarter.
The math major application is a relatively short Google form. We ask for basic personal information such as name, student number, and email address, and academic grades in some math classes. In addition to writing a short personal statement, students will be required to attach an unofficial copy of their UW transcript.
The personal statement, approximately half a page in length, should tell us something about you and why you are interested in applying to the major. For instance, students can share an interesting mathematical relevant experience in a class at UW, and how that impacted their academic and/or career goals. There is also an optional short paragraph. This paragraph is an opportunity for students to explain any extenuating circumstances or experiences that might misrepresent their potential as a math major.
FAQs
What are my chances of being admitted?
We cannot predict a student's chance of being admitted because there are several factors that affect the admission decision, such as the number of applicants applying and the number of students graduating.
Our advise to students who are applying to a competitive major  do the best you can, and also apply to your backup major. Students will have the opportunity to share any extenuating circumstances that negatively impacted their academic performance in the application.
What does a competitive applicant* look like?
 Math grades above a 3.0.
 Successfully completed 1 or more math courses beyond firstyear calculus; such as MATH 307, 308, 309, 324
 Demonstrated interest in the major by consistently enrolling in a math course each academic quarter, including the quarter of application.
 Good academic performance in most recent MATH courses; period of sustained success in math courses.
*The Math Program cannot assure admission to all competitive applicants.
Can I apply if I have a math grade below a 3.0?
The answer is yes, as long as you have an overall minimum 2.50 GPA in all mathematics courses. If applicable, we suggest that you explain any extenuating circumstances that impacted your academic performance in the application.
Should I repeat a math course?
We typically advise students not to repeat a math course. Instead, we recommend that students move onto the next advancedlevel course and focus on getting a better grade. Only if a student didn’t understand the majority of the course content, should they consider retaking a MATH course, and we strongly advise students to speak with a math advisor first.
Repeating a UW MATH Course: https://math.washington.edu/registrationinformation#repeatingacourse
Can students reapply?
Yes. Before a student reapplies, we suggest they speak with a Math advisor to discuss what they can possibly do to become a more competitive applicant.