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     research and teaching appointments


Assistantships are an important source of support for Berkely graduate students, though their availability varies from department to department. Appointments of both graduate student instructors and graduate student researchers are made through the departments. Departments sometimes offer teaching or research appointments at the time of admission. If you are interested in such an appointment and do not receive an offer with admission, contact the chair of the department.

If, as a first-year student, you cannot be appointed in your department, you should inquire about positions in an allied program or department and about the possibility of an appointment in subsequent years.


       Admission Criteria


Berkeley offers admission to applicants who appear to have the highest potential for graduate study and who, with the benefit of a graduate education, are most likely to contribute substantially to their academic or professional fields through teaching, research, or professional practice.

The minimum graduate admission requirements are: (1) a bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution; (2) enough undergraduate training to do graduate work in your chosen field; and (3) a satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum GPA (grade point average) of 3.0. Satisfying minimal standards, however, does not guarantee your admission, since the number of qualified applicants far exceeds the number of places available. As a result, many well-qualified applicants cannot be accomodated.

Admission decisions are based on a number of factors, including your academic degrees and record, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, tesr scores, and relevant work experience. We also consider the appropriateness of your goals to the degree program in which you are interested and to the research interests of its faculty.

Because the professions need a diverse membership and because the educational experience is enhanced by a diverse student body, Berkeley views as a high priority the enrollment of men and women from different backgrounds and demographic groups.

The university actively seeks to increase the enrollment of international applicants. If you have received or are a candidate for a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an institution outside the United States, the following information applies to you.

All applicants are required to submit official records from each academic institution attended after secondary school. Official records are original documents issued by the institution which bear the original stamp or raised, embossed seal of the issuing institution and the stamped or signed signature of the appropriate authorizing official.

Applicants from Russia, Baltic and Former Soviet Republics are required to submit the following records: (1) Diploma certificate accompanied by the Diploma’s addendum or appendix, a grade report, or academic records listing the institution attended, dates of attendance, field of specialization, courses completed, marks received, and state examinations passed. (2)  Records must be in the original language or Russian issued by the institution and accompanied by certified translations. Photocopies of academic records must be properly certified. The Graduate Division may verify the authenticity of academic records or letters of recommendation with the issuing institution or faculty member.

All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign language (TOEFL) and receive a score of at least 570.


The following graduate and postgraduate courses in engineering and sciences are offered at Berkeley:


Applied Mathematics                      Ph.D

Applied Science and Technology        M.S., Ph.D.

Business Administration                 M.B.A., M. S.

Chemical Engineering                      M.S., Ph.D.

Computer Science                      M.S., Ph.D.

Civil Engineering                        M.S., Ph.D.

Economics                            M. A., Ph.D.

Education                             M. A., Ed. D., Ph.D.

Electrical Engineering 

and Computer Sciences                  M.S., M. Eng., Ph.D., D.Eng.

Industrial Engineering

and Operations Research         M.S., M. Eng., Ph.D., D.Eng.

Linguistics                                  M.A., Ph.D

Materials Science

and Mineral Engneering                  M.S., M. Eng., Ph.D., D.Eng.

Mechanical Engineering                 M.S., M. Eng., Ph.D., D.Eng.

Nuclear Engineering                 M.S., M. Eng., Ph.D., D.Eng.

Mathematics                              M. A., Ph.D.

Philosophy                                 M. A., Ph.D

Physics                                       M. A., Ph.D.

Political Science                         M. A., Ph.D

Psychology                                M. A., Ph.D

Sociology                             M. A., Ph.D


Discussion Questions

Does the idea of studying at Berkely or any other foreign university seem attractive to you? Why?

Do you think you can qualify for the requirements to be enrolled?

What degree and in what field would you like to earn at Berkeley?

What difficulties and obstacles can you encounter if you make up your mind to study abroad?


Graduate Study

Louisiana State University


The Department of Mathematics


Louisiana State University , founded in 1860, has an enrollment  of  approximately 25,000 students (over 4,000 graduate students) and some 1,300 faculty members. It is classified as a Research University.

The faculty of the Department of Mathematics is engaged in research in most branches of pure mathematics and also in some applied fields. There are 48 graduate faculty members, and they were trained at many of the world’s foremost institutions. Much of their research is supported by the National Science Foundation and other state and federal agencies. They work in algebra and number theory, algebraic geometry, algebraic and differential topology and knot theory, analysis and applied mathematics, combinatorics and graph theory, control theory, ergodic theory, functional analysis, harmonic analysis, Lie groups and representation theory, partial and stochastic differential equations, probability, and semi groups.  Most of our 70 graduate students, who come from all over the United States and from many foreign countries, are working towards Ph.D.’s in the fields represented by the faculty. Our graduates, are faculty members at many fine universities and colleges in the United States and abroad. Our excellent ratio of students to faculty helps us to provide close personal guidance for each student, including an individually tailored curriculum. There are many advanced seminars each semester for graduate students and faculty. Conferences in many areas of active research are held here. Every third or fourth year LSU hosts the Southeastern International Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory, and Computing. A highlight of each year is the Porcelli Lectures (a memorial series established in memory of Pasquale Porcelli, a former faculty member) which is presented by an internationally prominent mathematician.