Fall 2023 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 Yim Neang. 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.


The New Students Orientation is scheduled on Monday, August 7, 2023, at 8:30 am in the Mathematics Lounge 6620 MS. Breakfast will be served at 8:00 am.

Bootcamp Summer Program (August 7 – September 15, 2023)

The Mathematics Department offers a summer program for all entering graduate students: summer “boot camp” courses are taught from August 7 through September 15, leading to the Basic Exam which will be on Monday, September 18, 2023 (subject to change).

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 MTWF 10:00-12:00 pm and 2:00-4:00 pm with Analysis in the morning and Linear Algebra in the afternoon. 

The instructors for 2023 are Tyler Arant and Richard Wong.

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

Texts for Summer 2023 Boot Camp:


Rudin, Walter. “Principles of Real Analysis. Mathematics Series.” (1976).

Pugh, Charles Chapman, and C. C. Pugh. Real mathematical analysis. Vol. 2011. New York/Heidelberg/Berlin: Springer, 2002.

Tao, Terence. Analysis I—II

Linear Algebra:  

Linear Algebra, by P. Petersen

Linear Algebra Done Right by Sheldon Axler is an optional reference.


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 should be ready on August 24, 2023. Please log in to your BAR account to view your statement. Your statement should show fees due (approximate amounts $6,617.27 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 Yim and Helen know immediately.​

Qualifying Exams

Students participating in the summer “boot camp” are required to take the Basic exam on Monday, September 18, 2023 (subject to change). 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 19 -Thursday, September 21, 2023 (subject to change), but should only do so if you have prepared adequately for the exams. To sign-up for a qualifying exam, please email Helen Chung by Friday, September 1, 2023. If you have questions regarding qualifying exams, please contact the Graduate Vice-Chair, Inwon Kim.

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 2023-2024. 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 September 18-22.
  • The department’s intensive training for TAs is TBD.
  • 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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