Admission to the Graduate Program in Mathematical Sciences
We seek incoming students with excellent promise for research in
one of the areas represented by Jacobs faculty.
Masters phase or PhD phase?
Our program is an integrated PhD program. We admit students with a
Bachelor degree into the Masters phase of the program and students
with a Masters degree into either the Masters phase of the program
or directly into the PhD phase. Your application should state
clearly which of the phases you wish to enter into.
- If you hold only a Bachelor degree or equivalent, the choice is
- If you already hold the equivalent of a Masters degree and wish
to enter the Masters phase of our program, your statement of
purpose should clearly explain the reason (e.g. change of field,
non-equivalence between the Masters in your country and the Masters
degree at Jacobs).
- If you wish to enter the PhD phase of our program, you need to
identify a member of the faculty with whom you wish to work. Unless
you apply in response to a specific externally advertised PhD
position, you will need to apply for funds in parallel (see below).
Financial support from Jacobs University will only be granted in
Your application to our graduate program must contain the following
- Curriculum vitae
- University transcripts and degree
Documents in languages other than English or German should be
accompanied by an English translation.
- Statement of purpose
The statement of purpose is a very important part of your
application. It should, in addition to any other information you
may want to provide, contain an indication of interest in one or
more particular research fields and make a case how your background
and personal abilities match with your goals.
- Samples of academic work
- Two academic letters of recommendation. If possible,
recommenders should use the Jacobs recommendation form.
Recommenders may choose to send their letters directly to us.
- Proof of English language proficiency
- GRE test scores
Though not required, GRE test scores are a major component of the
decision making process. This is particularly true if your home
institution and recommenders are likely not to be personally known
to program faculty and in the absence of serious, preferably
peer-reviewed academic work.
- Jacobs University application form
You must complete the online
The graduate program offers a limited number of stipends for
students in the Masters phase. Students already working on their
PhD are typically supported through their research group or through
- The application for financial aid is part of the official
application form package. Students beyond the Masters phase will
typically not be considered for financial aid.
- All applicants, in particular those wishing to enter the
program in the PhD phase and do not apply in response to an
externally advertised PhD position, are advised to simulatenously
apply for external funding, in coordination with a member of
faculty in their field of interest.
More information can be found at