Iowa State Math Postbac Program

The Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Mathematics at Iowa State University was started in the fall of 2018. This program 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 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 four graduate 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). In the first year of the program, there were 6 students. This year, the program has 8 students. Applications to the program, with no fee, are accepted at The review of applications will start on March 15th. More information available at