Enrollment in Graduate Level Courses

We encourage undergraduates with demonstrated excellence in rigorous math courses, and a passion for further study in a specific subject, to apply for permission to enroll in graduate courses. The policies and procedures for doing so are outlined here.

Students accepted into the Bachelor’s-Master’s track for mathematics should contact the graduate math program (grad_math@nyu.edu) with their graduate course requests.  All other undergraduates should complete the Graduate Math Course Registration Request Form, linked below, after carefully reading the following information.

Eligibility to request enrollment in graduate courses  

In order to qualify for enrollment in any graduate level math course, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Enrolled at NYU New York, or NYU Abu Dhabi visiting New York, at the time the course is offered
    • This form is not for NYU Shanghai students visitng New York
    • NYU Shanghai students must contact NYU Global Programs for assistance with registering for graduate Math courses at the Courant Institute
  2. Pursuing a major degree program in or jointly in mathematics
  3. Completion of MATH-UA 325 Analysis or equivalent with a grade of A, or MATH-UA 328 Honors Analysis I or equivalent with a grade of A- or higher
  4. Maintaining a math major GPA of 3.65 or higher
  5. Junior standing or above at the time the course is offered

(Students can find their major GPA in the Academic Requirements Report in their Albert Student Center drop down menu. The major GPA will be located at the bottom of the Math Major Requirements section.)

Students who do not meet the requirements on this page and would like to petition to enroll in a graduate course should still complete the Graduate Math Course Registration Request Form, and must complete the "Special Permission Request" box at the end of the form.

Procedures for requesting permission and enrollment

  • Students should submit the request form once for each course requested. Students should not submit the request form twice for the same course.
  • While waiting for their request(s) to be evaluated, students are advised to enroll in undergraduate course selection(s) first, which can later be swapped for any approved graduate courses.
  • Requests will be evaluated by the Vice Chair for Undergraduate Affairs.
  • Students should receive a follow-up email within ten (10) university business days (normally two weeks) of completing the form. Students may follow up by email if they have not heard about their request by then.
  • For Fall 2024 enrollment, math graduate courses are being restricted to graduate students only until Monday, August 19. Undergraduate students who are approved for a graduate course will not be able to register until after this date, pending available seats.

General course enrollment policies

  • Students are normally granted permission to enroll in one graduate course in their first semester of receiving permission, and a maximum of two in subsequent semesters.
  • MATH-GA courses do not count towards the Restricted/Advanced Electives portion of the Math Major
  • MATH-GA courses do not count towards the four required honors level courses of the honors math program. The four honors level courses must be MATH-UA Honors courses.
  • DS-GA courses do not count towards the Joint Mathematics & Computer Science and the Joint Mathematics & Economics majors.
  • This process should not be seen as a “back door” to a master’s program.  Students interested in completing a large number of graduate courses should apply for the bachelor’s-master’s track.
  • All math graduate courses carry 3 credits, while undergraduate courses carry 4.  Undergraduates taking graduate courses should take care to earn 128 credits prior to their anticipated graduation date.

Specific course policies and prerequisites

  • “Core” master’s courses such as MATH-GA 1410–20 Introduction to Mathematical Analysis I–II, MATH-GA 2110 Linear Algebra I, MATH-GA 2050 Elements of Discrete Mathematics, etc., are generally off limits to undergraduates
  • Advanced Ph.D. courses designated as “Advanced Topics” are generally off limits to undergraduates
  • The number of seats available to undergraduates in a specific graduate course may be limited.  Permissions are granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Certain courses require additional permission from faculty instructors or overseers.
  • Students should not seek permission from faculty instructors to override an unfavorable decision from the department.

A complete list of graduate math courses available to undergraduate students and their prerequisites is available below:

Prerequisites listed are in addition to the general eligibility requirements, and are satisfied by course work or experience, not by undirected self-study. Students who would like to petition to enroll in a course that is not listed can do so by choosing the "Other" course option on the request form.

Descriptions of graduate math courses and current graduate course offerings are available online:

Additional Information

Any questions regarding the Graduate Math Course Registration Request Form, or the process of requesting graduate math course enrollment, should be directed to undergrad@math.nyu.edu.

Enrollment Request Form

Click here to complete the Graduate Math Course Registration Request Form

* Please note that you must be logged into your NYU email account in order to access the form