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)
(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 (http://www.provaextramuros.org.br). 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.
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.
Results will be published online at https://www.ime.usp.br/pos-aplicada/ingresso/ 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.
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
1) Who can apply to the Graduate Programs in Applied Mathematics?
In principle, all applicant with a valid undergraduate certificate, in any area, can apply for Masters or Doctorate programs. It is not necessary to have a Masters degree in order to apply for the Doctorate program.
2) Do I need to know Portuguese to apply?
No, but although must courses are taught in portuguese, special arrangements can be made.
3) Is it necessary to have a research project or an advisor in order to apply?
No. An idea for a research topic helps, but it is not necessary.
4) If accepted, will I have a scholarship?
You can be accepted with or without a scholarship. We have a limited number of scholarships that are given based on the merit of the application. Advisors can apply for outside sources of funding (such as FAPESP).
5) Can I have an advisor from outside of the Department of Applied Mathematics?
Only professors enrolled in our program can advise masters and doctorate students. There are some professors from outside of the department enrolled.
6) Which are the courses available?
Please consult our list of courses and the courses scheduled to be taught in the next semester. Students may undertake courses from any postgraduate program from the university, in accordance with the advisor.