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Fall 2017 New Student Information

If your permanent address, phone number, or email address has changed since you were admitted, you must update https://www.my.ucla.edu and notify Maida Bassili. Email is an official form of communication in UCLA Mathematics and most communications to students from the Graduate Office use this medium. Please make sure to check your Math email account daily.


New Student Mini-Orientation will be held the first day of the "Boot Camp" Summer Program, Monday, August 7, 2017 from 8:30-10:00 AM in Math Sciences 6620.  Continental Breakfast will be served. Students who arrive late or do not attend the Boot Camp should meet with Maida Bassili and/or Martha Contreras in MS 6356 when they arrive on campus.

Summer Program (August 7 - September 8, 2017)

The Mathematics Department offers a summer program for all entering graduate students:  summer “boot camp” courses are taught August 7 through September 8, followed by one day of preparation and study, Saturday, September 10, leading to the Basic Exam which will be given on Monday, September 11, 2017.

The boot camp covers the material for the Basic Exam. It consists of two main courses, linear algebra and analysis, which are carefully coordinated. Topics in Applied Math relevant to the Basic syllabus may also be presented. The lectures are Monday-Thursday 10:00-12:00 in Franz 2258A and 2:00-4:00 in Boelter 3400, with analysis in the morning and linear algebra in the afternoon.  Discussion sessions with the teaching assistant are on Fridays and include problem solving and practice exams.

The instructors for 2017 are Professors Jim Ralston (Analysis) and Robert Greene (Linear Algebra).

All students who attend the program must take the Basic Exam.

Texts for Summer 2017 Boot Camp:


Analysis I and Analysis II, by T. Tao

Linear Algebra:  

Linear Algebra, by P. Petersen


Books are available at the UCLA Bookstore.


Enrollment & Registration


Students will be assigned a faculty advisor to assist with course selection. Course enrollment typically occurs beginning-to-late September. Enrollment is on-line through my.ucla. Faculty Advisers must approve the study plan by signing a form that will be provided. Students are expected to follow the guidelines for first year study given in the Graduate Handbook. In particular first year students have to take two of the core sequences, unless the number is reduced by passing one or more of the Area Exams on entry.


Billing statements will be ready on September 1. Please log in to your BAR account to view your statement. Your statement should show fees due (approximate amounts $ 5,542.46 in−state fees plus $ $ 5,034.00 non-resident tuition).  Fall fees are due on September 20, and your fees will then be subtracted from the credits on your statement.  If there are any discrepancies please let Maida know immediately.​

Qualifying Exams

Students participating in the summer “boot camp” are required to take the Basic exam on Monday, September 11 2017. This is an exam on undergraduate material and is normally taken and passed on entry. You may also take Area Qualifying Exams, to be given Tuesday, September 12 - Thursday, September 14, 2017, but should only do so if you have prepared adequately for the exams. To sign-up for a qualifying exam, please see Martha in MS 6356 or email her by Friday, September 1 , 2017. If you have questions regarding qualifying exams, please contact the Graduate Vice-Chair, Michael Hitrik.

Information on the Basic exam and other qualifying exams can be found on the math department website www.math.ucla.edu/grad/handbook/hbqex.html.

University and Department Training in Fall

All incoming student must take the university’s academic integrity and harassment prevention training in the fall quarter of their first year. Information on the dates and sign-up procedure will be given in the summer.

In addition participation in fall quarter TA training is mandatory for all incoming PhD students who will be teaching at any period in 2017-2018. This applies to even those not TA-ing in the fall quarter, and those with prior teaching experience. There are no exceptions. This training is offered in the fall quarter only.

TA training includes:

  • The university’s TA Conference is scheduled for Monday, September 25 See http://www.oid.ucla.edu/content/ta-conference for information and registration.
  • The department's intensive training for TAs, is on Tuesday, September 26, 2016 10:00am - 5:00pm and Wednesday, September 27, 2016 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Lunch, cookies, plus coffee/tea will be served on Tuesday, and cookies plus coffee/tea will be served on Wednesday.
  • Enrollment and attendance in Math 495, Teaching College Mathematics, in the fall quarter, which continues the training throughout the quarter.

All three components are mandatory. Students who do not complete TA training are ineligible for Math Department TA-ships.

Master degree students who want to TA must also participate in the TA training.


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