Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Mathematics

Note: This is a program for one academic year. Not an REU

The Department of Mathematics at Iowa State University will be offering a Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Mathematics starting with the 2018-2019 academic year.

The Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Mathematics is a program that offers students who have received a Bachelor’s degrees one year of training and preparation for entering a PhD program in Mathematics. The main goal of the program is to prepare students to be successful in graduate studies in mathematics and to experience graduate school. The program provides a path to study in both pure and applied mathematics. The program provides a means for those trained in pure mathematics to transition to applied mathematics, in addition to strengthening the background for those continuing in either specialty

In this program students will take 4 courses, serve as teaching assistants in undergraduate courses, get ample mentoring from the department’s faculty and graduate students, attend conferences, and receive professional development to aid in applying to graduate programs (or jobs, if appropriate).


Applicants must submit an application, transcripts, a personal statement, and at least 2 letters of recommendation. Underrepresented minorities, women, veterans, and nontraditional students who want to go back to school are encouraged to apply.

Apply online at You will need to fill out the Application PDF.

The review of applications will start on March 9 and will continue until all slots are filled.

Personal Statement

Part of the application is a personal statement. It would be helpful for us if your statement includes answers to the following questions.

Certificate Requirements


A listing of all courses offered by the math department are at The postbaccalaureate students will generally take specially designed courses, that serve also gradate students and advanced undergraduate students.

Students will get individual help with choosing the right classes based on their skills and goals before the semester begins.

Classes planned for the first year of the program:

Classes to be introduced later:


Participants will be assigned mentors from faculty as well as from graduate students. A special section of MATH 591 will offered for postbaccalaureate students. The seminar will include preparation of materials for application to grad school, preparation for GRE exams, panels with graduate students and other professional development activities.

Teaching and Funding

Postbaccalaureate graduate students will be funded by teaching assistantships. Hence the students will lead recitations in classes such as calculus. The duties will usually include running two to three recitations per week, holding office hours, grading quizzes and exams, and proctoring exams.

The teaching assistantships come with some coverage of tuition and they provide sufficient support to cover living expenses in Ames.

Other Opportunities

The students in the program will participate in usual departmental life. That means attending seminars, colloquia, and other events organized in the department. We have applied for financial support for student travel to conferences. Students may also participate in EDGE or MOCA.

Frequently Asked Questions

These are questions asked by some participants.


If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Michael Young or Bernard Lidicky

PS: The website is still under construction and more info will appear eventually. If you have some particular question, just let us know.