Mathematics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
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The Mathematics programme at National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE) aims at training professional researchers in mathematical sciences and experts in mathematical education. Students will be prepared for Ph.D. qualifying tests in Algebra, Topology and Analysis, have own research agenda and experience and have teaching experience at university level.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The M.Sc. Mathematics at National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE) takes two full years of study. All M.Sc. students complete their Individual Plans of Study (IPS). The IPS includes some mandatory items. However, most courses are student chosen (students can choose from a certain number of special topics courses and a certain number of research seminars). A course project must be completed by the end of the first year. By the end of their course of study, students are required to submit a Master’s thesis. A presentation of thesis results, in the form of a seminar, is required. Every M.Sc. student has a faculty advisor, who supervises the course project and the Master’s thesis.

Further Opportunities

The Faculty of Mathematics has a 3-year Ph.D. programme that is free for everybody. Students who wish to enter this programme are required to pass an entrance exam.

International Ph.D. programmes in Mathematics are also offered by the Institute of Information Transmission Problems and the Steklov Mathematical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (both institutes in Moscow). They are focused on fundamental and applied research.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Mathematical methods of Science
  • Graduate students seminar
  • Complex analysis
  • Ordinary differential equations
  • Introduction to probability
  • Stochastic dynamics and ergodic theory
  • Functional analysis
  • Equations of mathematical physics
  • Partial differential equations and distributions
  • Introduction to dynamical systems
  • Analysis of several complex variables
  • Integrable systems
For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Academic Requirements

Application requirements:
  • Application form
  • CV
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Academic transcripts
  • List of course projects in mathematics or physical sciences (optional)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Scan of English proficiency exam results (IELTS or TOEFL)
  • Results from English proficiency exams (IELTS or TOEFL) *Native English speakers and graduates from English-taught programmes are exempt.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 3680 International
  • EUR 3680 EU/EEA
  • 260 000 RUB/ year


Government Scholarships

International students can apply to study at HSE for free through full-tuition scholarships. This merit-based scholarship will completely waive all tuition fees for select full-degree Bachelor's and Master's programmes at HSE. In addition to free study, international students awarded government scholarships can also live at HSE dormitories for a heavily discounted rate.

Applicants should first apply to the programmes they wish to enter and indicate on their application forms whether they would like to apply for scholarships. They are then invited to apply for scholarships after they have been accepted into the programmes that they wish to join.

To apply for a scholarship, please complete the scholarship application form and submit it with the required supporting documents to

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If you have not already submitted the following documents as part of your application package, please also include the following documents:

Applications and supplements must be either in English or Russian.

  • Completed and signed application form in English with a photo in the upper right-hand corner (3x4 cm, color or black-and-white)
  • Letter of motivation describing why you chose the program and your professional aspirations (1 page maximum)
  • Scan of most recent diploma. If your diploma is not in English or Russian, you must also submit a translation into either language
  • Two letters of recommendation in English or Russian (at least one from someone familiar with your academic work and following HSE Letter of Recommendation Guidelines)
  • Resume (CV), including awards, publications, etc. (if applicable)

If you have not yet received your bachelor’s diploma at the time of submission, you can send an official academic transcript (with grades) that reflects the entire period that you have studied at that institution.

Please send all of the above to

Application period: February 1 – May 15, 2015
We encourage you to apply as early as possible, after you have been accepted to a HSE programme.

How it works

First apply to the Bachelor's or Master's programme that you wish to enroll in. If an applicant is accepted, they are then encouraged to apply for a scholarship. Scholarship applications are processed on a rolling basis and can be submitted at any time before May 15, 2015. Within two weeks of your submission, we will send an acknowledgment of receipt. If you do not hear from us within two weeks of sending, please contact us.


Application submissions: rolling (starting February 1, 2015)

Application deadline: May 15, 2015

Decisions released: end of May 2015

Acceptance of scholarship due: June 15, 2015

*Master's programmes in European Business, Global Business, International Business, International Economic Law, and International Relations in Eurasia, as well as Bachelor's programmes through the International College of Economics and Finance, are not eligible for this scholarship.

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