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Department of Mathematics Graduate Admissions, Assistantships, and Fellowships

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Wayne State University Graduate Admissions
(please do not use the online application process)

Wayne State University Assistantships and Fellowships

Graduate Teaching Assistantships Forms

Graduate Teaching Assistantship Application (pink form)

Report on Candidate Form (green form)

Both forms are in PDF format.


Thank you for your expression of interest in the Graduate Program in the Department of Mathematics. Enclosed are the application forms and some additional information about the University and our program.

A graduate admission is required when applying for a teaching assistantship or a fellowship. Applications for teaching assistantships (fellowships) and graduate admissions are handled separately. Please review the Graduate Applicant Checklist for the situation (Domestic, Canadian, or International) that pertains to you. If you have additional questions regarding general admissions, please go to

Otherwise, you should do the following to apply for a teaching assistantship:

1. Go to and follow the admissions process as outlined.

2. Send the following forms and all supporting documents directly to

Department of Mathematics
Wayne State University
656 W. Kirby
1150 Faculty/Administration Bldg.
Detroit, MI 48202 USA

a) Graduate Teaching Assistantship Application form (pink form).

b) Official transcripts of your graduate and undergraduate college grades. The transcript must bear the official seal/stamp of the issuing institutions. If English is not your native language, submit official transcripts in your native language and a certified English translation of the transcript.

c) Report on Candidate (green form). Ask three persons (who you have indicated on your pink application form) to write education references and send them directly to us.

d) TOEFL score. If English is not your native language, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and have your scores sent to the Mathematics Department. A Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required, but sending a good GRE score could help your application.

e) Other supporting documents. If you have any supporting documents that may help your application, such as copies of your publications, by all means, send them to us.

After Graduate Admissions knows that you have enough financial support (for example, assistantships, fellowships, scholarships, housing allowances, support from your family or friends, or your own money) and after you are admitted, an I-20 form or an IAP-66 form will be sent to you from the Office of International Students and Scholars.

The department will review your application for a teaching assistantship after all necessary transcripts and letters of reference have been received. We normally begin making offers in early March, and most are made before the end of May. Occasionally we have positions that open in January, and we begin making offers for these positions around August. Late applications, however, will be accepted as long as openings remain.

If you receive an Assistantship you will be expected to teach an average of six hours per week over the academic year and to devote the non-teaching portion of your time to serious mathematical studies.

Top students have a higher chance of winning fellowships after being here at least one year, but occasionally a new student wins one. Each Rumble Fellow will have complete financial support, no teaching responsibilities and a housing allowance that provides a partial rent subsidy, usually for residence in modern high-rise apartments on the Wayne State campus. Several housing allowances will be awarded to exceptional new Ph.D. students who are teaching assistants. For foreign students, a housing allowance counts as a form of support when eligibility for a visa is determined.

For the 2007-2008 academic year, the minimum stipend we offer will be at least $15,747 plus free tuition (up to ten credit hours per semester under contract) plus free health, dental, and vision insurance. Those with a master's degree, teaching experience, or exceptional potential will be offered more, and some housing allowances will be offered.

FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT RESIDENTS OR CITIZENS OF THE U.S. The process of obtaining a passport (from your government) and a visa (from the U.S. consulate) can take months. The office for Graduate Admissions will send you the IAP-66 or the I-20 form (required so you can apply for a F-1 or J-1 visa) only after we have received your “Statement of Financial Support” form. I must return this form before you have been notified that we have offered you a teaching assistantship. When completing the form, assume a teaching assistantship stipend of at least $15,747, $16,527 for full-time tuition, and $4,034 for health insurance (these count towards the amount of financial support you must demonstrate is available to you each year). Any documents showing financial support from sources other than Wayne State University should be sent to Graduate Admissions. The Mathematics Department will send notice of the actual stipend (as well as any additional financial support) directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Returning the “Statement of Financial Support” form now could add almost a month to the time you will have to obtain a passport and a visa.

I look forward to hearing from you and would be pleased to answer any questions you might have.

Dr. C.J. Rhee
Graduate Recruitment Committee
Department of Mathematics
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202 USA

Tiana Fluker
Graduate Secretary
Department of Mathematics
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202 USA