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How to Apply

Competition for admission is keen. (MS)² is designed to work in tandem with the public school systems in an effort to better prepare students of color for future careers in the mathematics and the scientific fields.


To be eligible for admission, a candidate currently must be in the 9th grade in a U.S. public school, must complete one full year of algebra by June 2016, must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident and must have a demonstrated financial need. The program accepts applications from African-American and Hispanic/Latino students from Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Chicago; Cleveland; Fort Worth, Texas; Lawrence, Mass.; Louisville, Ky.; Memphis, Tenn.; New York City; and Washington, D.C. Native-American students may apply from any geographic area of the United States.

Application Process and Deadlines

  1. Download the 2016 (MS)2 Application Forms.pdf and Instructions.pdf here. (Pre-application no longer required.) It is recommended you save a copy of the Application Forms PDF to your desktop before typing into the forms to ensure your work is saved.
  2. Complete required Application Forms 1-8:
    • Biographical Information (Form 1)
    • Student Profile (Form 2)
    • Student Personal Statement (Form 3) 
    • School Report (Form 4, include school transcript and grades)
    • English Teacher Recommendation (Form 5, include a graded English assignment)
    • Math Teacher Recommendation (Form 6)
    • Science Teacher Recommendation (Form 7)
    • Financial Statement (Form 8, include income verification for each parent/guardian) 
  3. If your school is on a block schedule and you are not enrolled in one of the courses that requires a teacher recommendation, you may still apply. Contact the (MS)2 office for further information.

  4. Mail the completed Application Forms with supporting documentation (including income verification) on or before December 15, 2015.
  5. Once we receive all your required Application Forms, we will email you a link to an online math assessment that you must complete in order for your application to be considered.
  6. Finalists will be notified by email in mid-February.
    Finalists are invited for personal interviews in their local cities; parents and guardians are urged to attend. Admission will be based, in part, on the candidate's academic achievement to date, demonstration of a strong interest in science and mathematics, teacher recommendations, personal desire and motivation, and demonstrated financial need.
  7. Accepted scholars will be notified by email the first week of April.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the program contact our office by phone at 978-749-4402 or e-mail: