Applications for all Mathematics in Finance programs at NYU Courant are handled by the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) and will only be reviewed once all required materials have been received by the Department of Mathematics.

Please note that, for non-degree programs, only domestic applicants and international applications with an H1B Visa are permitted to apply online. Please visit the GSAS non-degree and visiting student instruction page to learn more.


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Admission to the Master of Science in Mathematics in Finance program is competitive. The courses require a high level of mathematical ability and focused preparation, so it’s important to completely and accurately represent your background, aptitudes, and interests on your application. Detailed application guidelines are provided below. Please follow them closely to help avoid confusion and prevent misunderstandings. 


After you’ve fully submitted your application, you can track its status on the status page or via the application checklist. If any questions arise, you can email Graduate Enrollment services for answers. You can also review answers to frequently asked questions at the bottom of this page.

  • Fully completed application (online application required)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (submitted online)
  • One (1) official academic transcript from each post-secondary institution attended (uploaded as part of the online application)
  • Official GRE scores (Note: GMAT scores are not accepted)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for international students (not required if previous degree(s) were earned at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction)
  • Video submission (instructions provided below)
  • CV / resume 

Note: After an application is submitted, we will not accept updated grades, resumes, or research or work experience.

  • Fully completed application
    • If you are a US citizen or permanent resident, or an international student with an H1B Visa, you should apply for non-degree study by using the online application. If you are not a US citizen or permanent resident, or are an international student who does not hold an H1B Visa, please visit the GSAS non-degree instructions page for further guidance.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • One (1) official academic transcript from each post secondary institution you attended 
  • CV / resume

Application to the MS in Mathematics in Finance dual-degree program is limited to first-year, full-time MS in Mathematics in Finance students. Students who meet this criteria and wish to apply must complete the NYU Dual Degree Application by the MS application deadline.

To learn more about application requirements specific to the MS dual-degree program, please visit the NYU Stern dual degree application page.

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All application materials, including test results, must be received by GSAS by the dates provided below. It can take four weeks to receive official GRE results, so plan accordingly. The GSAS code for TOEFL and GRE scores is: 2596. We may be able to begin reviewing applications that include unofficial scores or transcripts, but we won’t be able to complete the review until we’ve received official scores and transcripts.

  • Full-Time: February 8
    Full-time students are accepted for fall admission only and are encouraged to submit their applications before the deadline date.
  • Part-Time: August 1 for Fall, December 1 for Spring
  • Non Degree: August 1 for Fall, December 1 for Spring
  • MS in Mathematics in Finance/MBA Deadlines: February 15



Official notification of admission will be made by the Graduate Enrollment Service at GSAS. Please do not email the program to inquire about admission unless you have a response deadline from another program to which you applied. Due to the large number of applications we receive, it may take several weeks from the time of our decisions before all admitted students have received their official notification letter.


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Pay close attention to these suggestions to ensure your application is as strong as possible.

Make sure you’ve answered all questions and the application is complete.

Please follow the guidelines below, not the general instructions on the application. Be concise. Your statement of purpose should be no longer than two double-spaced pages or one single-spaced page. 

  • Share your views on the financial industry, including why you’re interested in it and what aspects of it excite you most.
  • Explain why you’ve decided to pursue an advanced degree in quantitative finance and why you’re interested in Mathematics in Finance at NYU Courant. Describe your background as it relates to your career plans and goals. Why do you feel that quantitative finance is the ideal field for you? If quantitative finance represents a change in your career path, share the reasons you’ve decided to pivot in this new direction. 
  • As clearly as you can, share your career plans and goals. This could range from “a career somewhere in the financial industry” to “running a desk and trading exotic emerging credit derivatives at BNP in London using my language skills and knowledge of Latin American markets.” 
  • Share the steps you’ve taken to learn about the financial industry and prepare for the Mathematics in Finance program at NYU Courant.
  • Please feel free to provide any additional information that will help us better understand you, your background and goals, and your application.

The most impactful letters of recommendation come from individuals who have personally witnessed your mathematical talent in challenging situations. Generally, these individuals are instructors of advanced courses that are specifically mathematical or heavily quantitative, such as science, engineering, or economics courses. 

Your talent for, and preparation in, mathematics is perhaps the most important consideration for admission to the program. This talent and preparation could be represented by straightforward mathematics courses, or by highly mathematical courses in engineering, economics, or the sciences. Full-time applicants are encouraged to submit at least one letter that describes their academic mathematical abilities and at least one letter that describes their computer science and/or programming academic work. If you have significant work experience, a letter from your manager that describes your technical accomplishments would be appreciated. Only submit more than three (3) letters of recommendation if the additional letters provide significant new information. Two things to keep in mind:

  1. Letters of recommendation are not character references. As such, please refrain from asking for letters from individuals who do not have first-person insight into your mathematical and technical abilities. 
  2. Never write letters of recommendation yourself. You might provide your recommenders with a resume, transcript, or a few details about yourself, but under no circumstances should you ever write a letter of recommendation yourself.

We require official scores from the general GRE test, but we also encourage applicants to submit official scores from Subject GRE tests in mathematics, physics, or other highly quantitative disciplines. We may waive the GRE requirement for applicants who hold a highly quantitative  PhD. Please email GSAS admissions to request PhD waiver instructions.

The institution code for NYU GSAS is: 2596. You will need this for both the GRE and TOEFL tests.

The department code is: 99. You will only need this for the TOEFL test.

Full-time applicants are required to submit a short video statement along with their application. Our preliminary screening of applicants utilizes both your written statement of purpose and your video submission. Your video will be evaluated for its content, not its technical quality. Please see below for video guidelines.

  • Your video should be no longer than five (5) minutes.
  • In your video, please respond to one of the following prompts:
    • Describe a challenging experience or project and explain its relevance to your prospective career in quantitative finance. 
    • If your career goals involve a particular type of quantitative finance, share what type of quantitative finance that is and why it suits you.

Please submit a professional quality resume, suggested formats for which can be found online. For your work experience, please provide the firm and division where you worked, your dates of employment, the location of the firm, and a brief overview of your activities there. Please include major non-academic and non-technical activities as well, such as military service, performing arts, or community service along with dates and locations. Lastly, please provide your educational background, including institutions, dates of attendance, and details of your degree(s), concentration(s), awards, GPA, thesis title, etc.

For non-degree study, please enter the following department and field of study codes on the paper application: Non-Degree Study: MATF MAF



Start by reviewing the answers to these frequently asked questions. If you still have a question, send us an email:

It depends on which program you’re applying to. Full-time applicants are not required to have work experience, though it can be helpful in finding a job after graduation. Part-time and Non-Degree applicants are required to have work experience in order to apply.

No. You are only permitted to apply to one NYU Courant program at a time. However, you are permitted to apply to multiple programs if they are at different NYU schools. Learn more about this GSAS policy.

No. We do not have a required minimum GPA or GRE score, but please remember that the program is competitive. Most accepted students achieve quantitative GRE scores above the 90th percentile.

The TOEFL is not required if you have an undergraduate or more advanced degree from an English-speaking university.

No. We do not accept applications for financial assistance. However, some students may be eligible for financial support through GSAS. Additionally, Mathematics in Finance students are occasionally hired as graders, but these positions cannot be arranged in advance and do not offer tuition remission.

Yes. Applicants who are not accepted can reapply up to two (2) additional times.

The non-refundable application fee is $150.


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