# Frequently Asked Questions

### Ph.D. Program

1. What research areas do you have?
2. What is the stipend range and benefits?
3. What strengthens my application?
4. What is considered to be a competitive GRE score for admission?
5. Do I need to take the subject GRE exam in mathematics to apply?
6. Do I need a Master's degree before applying to the Ph.D. program?
7. Do you accept students who only want to get a Master's degree at Baylor?
8. How long is the Ph.D. degree program?
9. Will I be teaching a class as part of my stipend duties?
10. Does Baylor pay for health insurance?
11. How do I find out about housing?
12. How many exams will I need to take?
13. Do I get my own private office?
14. Does Baylor pay for me to attend math conferences?
15. What resources for professional development and graduate life are there?
16. What TOEFL and verbal GRE scores do nonresidents need?
### Undergraduate Program

1. How do I know if I need to take the ALEKS?
2. How can I sign up for a closed class?
3. How do I sign up for an appointment to take the ALEKS?
4. How do I get advised for a Mathematics Major or Minor?
5. How do I get an override for prerequisite waiver?
6. How do I get approval to transfer in classes from another institution?
7. What is a degree petition and how is this form used?

### Ph.D. Program

**1. What research areas do you have?**

We have seven active research clusters: algebra, analysis, differential equations, mathematical physics, numerical analysis (PDE's and linear algebra), representation theory, and topology.

**2. What is the stipend range and benefits?**

In terms of financial aid, all accepted students receive a Graduate Assistantship consisting of a stipend of $24,000 for 12 months, full tuition remission, a 50% subsidy in general student fees, annual travel funding for conferences, and an 80% subsidy for student health insurance. Exceptional students are eligible for up to $8,000 of additional stipend enhancement, bringing the total possible stipend to $32,000. Many of our students receive some enhancement money.

**3. What strengthens my application?**

Some important areas that strengthen an application include very high GRE scores, excellent letters of recommendation, and success in many proof based courses--beginning with real analysis and abstract algebra.

**4. What is considered to be a competitive GRE score for admission? **

Typical successful applicants have a least an 85 percentile Quantitative score on the GRE. For nonnative speakers who hope to eventually teach, we prefer to see at least a 50 percentile Verbal score on the GRE and at least a 90 on the TOEFL. However, students who have graduated from a US university are not required to submit a TOEFL.

**5. Do I need to take the subject GRE exam in mathematics to apply?**

Only the quantitative and verbal parts are required. The subject test is not required.

**6. Do I need a Master's degree before applying to the Ph.D. program? **

No. The majority of our PhD. students enter the program with only their undergraduate mathematics degree. Some choose to get a MS along the way.

**7. Do you accept students who only want to get a Master's degree at Baylor?**

No.

**8. How long is the Ph.D. degree program?**

Some of our students complete a PhD. degree in 4 years, though most stay 5. Some choose to stay 6 years in order to publish more papers.

**9. Will I be teaching a class as part of my stipend duties? **

From the second year on, students typically teach one undergraduate class per semester. Student teachers are assigned an individual faculty teaching mentor.

**10. Does Baylor pay for health insurance? **

Please see the Health Benefits at the Graduate School page.

**11. How do I find out about housing? **

See the following web pages for a description of housing options near campus:
off campus housing
and
graduate student housing.

**12. How many exams will I need to take?**

Students must pass a Qualifying Exam in two of the four year-long core areas (abstract algebra, applied mathematics, real variables, and topology). The Qualifying Exam is meant to certify competency over a whole year-long core area of mathematics.

Students must also pass a Preliminary Examination administered by a Preliminary Exam Committee of at least two people headed and chosen by the student's dissertation advisor. The Preliminary Exam is meant to certify beginning competency in the student's area of specialization.

**13. Do I get my own private office?**

Most of our student have their own private office. Here are typical pictures: offices.

**14. Does Baylor pay for me to attend math conferences?**

Yes--two a year! See here.

**15. What resources for professional development and graduate life are there?**

Tons--click
here.

**16. What TOEFL and verbal GRE scores do nonresidents need?**

Typically, for nonnative speakers, we like to see at least a 154 on the verbal part of the GRE and at least a 90 on the TOEFL.

However, students who have graduated from a US university are not required to submit a TOEFL.

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### Undergraduate Program

**1. How do I know if I need to take the ALEKS?**

If you plan to take MTH 1320 or MTH 1321 at Baylor you must take The ALEKS test for both courses, unless you have previously approved credit, or AB credit for Calculus I.

**2. How can I sign up for a closed class?**

Go to BearWeb and sign up on the wait list. This is the only way to get into a closed case. This is not a guarantee that you will get in that section.

More Information: https://www.baylor.edu/registrar/index.php?id=94468

**3. How do I sign up for an appointment to take the ALEKS?**

The ALEKS is now online and proctored. Go to the link below to sign up. Read the instructions very carefully as there are two passcodes you will need.
https://www.baylor.edu/math/index.php?id=937172

**4. How do I get advised for a Mathematics Major or Minor? **

Our Mathematic advisors are: Dr. Brian Raines, Dr. Ronald Morgan, Dr. Robert Kirby, Dr. Markus Hunziker & Dr. David Ryden. You may call or email any of these professors for an appointment.

**5. How do I get an override for prerequisite waiver? **

Please be sure you have written permission from a professor before requesting an override. Call or email sonny_seyler@baylor.edu

**6. How do I get approval to transfer in classes from another institution? **

Go to the Equivalent Course Tool system (ECT). You can just type in ECT in the Baylor search engine and it will take you there.
Pre-approved courses are listed. If your course is not listed at the college you want to attend, then you will need to submit the information online that is asked for.
The exception to this is foreign courses which are not on the list. If you are still having issues, please email your detailed syllabus to John_M_Davis@baylor.edu, our undergraduate director.

**7. What is a degree petition and how is this form used?**

A degree petition lets you substitute one class for another in your major field of study. This is not the form you use to transfer a class to Baylor as an equivalent course.

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