Admission Form

Recomendation Letters


Application and Selection Process

The graduate programs in Applied Mathematics are open to anyone with an undergraduate university degree. Students can apply for Masters (MSc. - 2 years) or Doctorate (PhD - 4 years) programs.

For candidates with a strong scientific background, a masters degree is not required to enroll in our doctorate program.

20 positions are open on each level and semester, and applications may be submitted twice a year:

(i) From the 15th of March to the 31st of May, to start in August of the same year

(ii) From the 15th of August to the 31st of October, to start in March of the next year

However, applications may be accepted outside these dates, depending on availability.

Applicants will be selected based on a set of documents presented to a selection committee. These compromise:

(1) Fully filled application form 

(2) Official identification document (Passport)

(3) Transcripts of previous undergraduate and graduate degrees

(4) Copy of previous main scientific research results, in full or with extended abstracts, such as publications, masters thesis, undergraduate monograph.

(5) Curriculum Vitae (or Brazilian Lattes

(6) At least 2 letters of recommendation, preferably with mathematics academic background (see template for letters in

(7) An explanatory text in English, Spanish or Portuguese, with at most 5 pages, describing your academic experiences, research projects and interests.

Applicants from latin america are encouraged to undertake the Extramuros examination ( The test is strongly recommended for candidates without a strong academic record or coming from other areas. This examination for masters candidates encompasses questions about Analysis and Topology, Linear Algebra and Algebra, but questions about Algebra will not be subject of evaluation.

These documents should be sent in pdf format to JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING and JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING, or delivered in paper to:

Instituto de Matemática e Estatística da USP, Serviço de Pós-Graduação

Rua do Matão, 1010, bloco B, sala 27, Butantã

São Paulo - SP, CEP: 05508-090. 

Candidates are encouraged to contact an advisor of the program beforehand. This is not required, and if an advisor is not indicated in the form, an advisor will be selected by the committee based on research interests and availability.  Please refer to the research areas and advisors of the program in (

Results will be published online at at most on the 30th of June for applicants to start in August, and 15th of December for candidates to start in March.

Previous knowledge of Portuguese is not required, but is recommended, particularly for Master applicants, since most basic level classes are held in Portuguese.