Financial Support Policies

Conditions for financial support

The following conditions apply to all forms of financial support provided by the university through the Department of Mathematics including fellowships, graduate assistantships, associate instructorships, and fee scholarships.

  1. Your grade point average in Indiana University coursework must not fall below 3.20.
  2. You must complete at least 9 credit hours per semester, including at least 6 credit hours of courses in Mathematics at the graduate level.
  3. The support of each graduate student in the Master's degree program will last for no more than 2 years. Some master's degree students are later admitted to the Ph.D. program based on an record of academic excellence. Such students normally receive a continuation of support.
  4. The support of a Ph.D. degree student who is making appropriate progress will be renewed each year without special permission for a total of at most 6 years of support.
  5. If you make appropriate progress, your support will be renewed each year without special permission for a total of at most 6 years of support.
  6. Our Ph.D. students must pass their Tier 1 exams in undergraduate Algebra and Analysis by the deadlines specified in their acceptance letter. The Department of Mathematics administers these exams during the week prior to the start of each semester. Entering students are strongly encouraged to study for this exam before they arrive in Bloomington. Past exams as well as syllabi are available online: Past Tier I Exams.
  7. You must pass your Tier 2 committee review by the end of your second year.
  8. You must pass your Tier 3 oral exam by the end of your third year.
  9. If your native language is not English, you must pass the TEPAIC exam by the end of your second year.
  10. You must complete the Graduate School requirement of 90 hours of coursework and all requirements for Ph.D. Candidacy by the end of your 5th year. (On completing the 90-hour and candidacy requirements, you may enroll in G901 for a very small flat fee and no fee scholarship is needed.)
  11. If you are supported by a graduate assistantship or an associate instructorship, then your work performance must meet departmental standards for responsibility, dependability, punctuality, and respect.

Learn more about graduate financial support