Students are selected on the basis of their portfolio. According to the entrance competition results a student may receive a discount for tuition. Portfolio must consist of:
- Application form (please read carefully How to Apply)
- CV, with mathematical component of the education emphasized (number and level of math courses taken, grades received). Certificates from Coursera or other MOOC platforms are accepted as evidence of academic achievements.
- Results of the standardized tests, such as GRE or the GMAT; other similar tests, with heavy mathematics component, may be accepted with permission of the Programme Director.
- If the native language of the applicant is not English, and undergraduate degree was not obtained from an English-language institution, then results of a test of English fluency, such as TOEFL, IELTS or an equivalent.
- Statement of purpose (approximately 1000 words, with an explanation how this Master’s program will benefit the student’s future career).
- At least two letters of recommendation from professional acquaintances, at least one of which must be from an academic. Letters of recommendation can be submitted directly to the programme manager or filled out online by invitation from the programme manager.
- Any additional academic evidence that may help the selection committee evaluate the candidate in the positive light, such as certificates of prior academic achievements, publications and conference presentations, participation in academic Olympiads.
- Evidence of extra-curricular activities, such as volunteerism and community service.
Each of the required portfolio elements is assigned a score by a team of evaluators according to predetermined standard rubrics. Since people with mathematical background are more likely to succeed in a math-based programme, students with more advanced mathematical background are given priority.
Without some mathematical background, successful completion of this program may be problematic. As the programme is open to all academic majors, students without background courses in calculus and linear algebra will be required to create an individual study plan, which will include MOOC courses in mathematics.
In addition, depending on the number of students who need introductory courses in mathematics, the programme may offer one or more intensive adaptive mathematical courses prior to the start of the program (an intensive 3-week mathematical seminar in August of each academic year). Specific courses and the adaptive school duration is to be determined at the end of the admission process, based on the number of students who need to be enrolled at such courses.
Also, each discipline offered by the programme will evaluate mathematical readiness of students for the course, and if necessary, optional adaptive lessons will be included at the beginning of each course, or offered to students for independent study as part of the course.