Mathematics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
The Mathematics programme which is offered by the 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.


The M.Sc. Mathematics programme which is offered by the 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.

Applicants can expect to:
  • Learn from leading experts in Mathematics and Mathematical Physics
  • Take advantage of a great variety of mathematical events happening in Moscow, a world famous mathematical center
  • Choose to combine our M.Sc. programme with international M.Sc. or integrated graduate programmes
  • Take advantage of our student exchange programmes with universities in Europe and Japan
  • Choose from a wide range of special topics courses and research seminars
  • Continue their research in our Ph.D. programme or in any international Ph.D. programme in Mathematics (This year our first class of six M.Sc. students entered their second year and already they have received offers from the Universities Princeton, Bonn, Hanover and Nice )
  • Benefit from a uniquely stimulating, dynamic and supportive learning environment
  • Discover the rich and fascinating cultural life of Moscow
  • Apply for Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships
  • Apply for travel grants
Career Opportunities

Majority of our “Mathematics” program graduates plan an academic career and continue their education at PhD level. They were invited to Mathematics PhD programmes at such universities as HSE, Princeton, MIT, Columbia, Stony Brook, Michigan - Ann Arbor, Leiden, and Nice, among others.

Programme Structure

Courses Included
  • Algebra and Arithmetics
  • Geometry and Topology
  • Advanced Calculus
  • Functional Analysis 
  • Combinatorics 
  • Topology
  • Mathematical Methods of Science
  • Research Seminars 
  • 30 special topics courses
  • More than 20 Math in Moscow courses
  • Skoltech University courses
For more information, please visit the programme website.


The Faculty of Mathematics has over 130 members, including 15 invited speakers of the International Congress of Mathematicians. The main research areas are: algebraic geometry, geometric and algebraic topology, differential equations, ergodic theory, dynamical systems, representation theory, functional analysis, mathematical and theoretical physics.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

To apply for the Master of Science programme in Mathematics candidates must have or expect (by the end of August) a Bachelor of Science diploma (or equivalent) in Mathematics, Theoretical Physics, Computer Science or related fields. They are expected to have a strong interest in pure mathematics or mathematical physics and a record of extra-curricular activities in this field.

Other required documents:
  • List of documents required:
  • Application form
  • Resume/CV
  • Letter of motivation (1-2 pages)
  • Scans of diplomas and academic transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one from someone familiar with your academic work)
  • Scan of English proficiency exam results (IELTS or TOEFL) 

            Tuition Fee

            • International Applies to you

              4495 EUR/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 4495 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
            • National Applies to you

              4495 EUR/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 4495 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
            We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
            • 320 000 RUB / year

            Living costs for Moscow

            • 21000 - 50000 RUB/month
              Living Costs

            The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


            A limited number of tuition waivers (“funded positions”) are available for outstanding international candidates applying on or before February 28 this year. 

            All students will be offered accommodation in a university residence for a nominal fee (ca. 1000 Russian roubles per month). The best students will also be offered an Excellence scholarship of ca. 20000 Russian rubles per month.

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