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Graduate Mathematics Program (GMP)

In the Graduate Mathematics Program (GMP), you'll collaborate with top mathematicians and statisticians in the country, solving problems critical to the success of our missions. You'll have the opportunity to learn and develop cryptomathematical theory and to apply the theory to operational problems. GMP participants work together on problems involving mathematics, statistical, data analysis, cryptology and communications technology. Students document their work in technical papers which are internally published at the agency. State-of-the-art computing resources are available.

About the Program

The GMP is a highly competitive program for exceptional graduate mathematics and statistics students. It is a 12-week paid work assignment that runs from the end of May through the middle of August. This program provides students with the opportunity to work directly with NSA mathematicians and statisticians on mission-critical problems and experience the excitement of the NSA mathematics community first-hand.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted August 1st - October 31st each year.


Students are paid a salary commensurate with their education level.


  • Receive annual and sick leave, and paid federal holidays.
  • Participation in agency-wide extracurricular programs.
  • Students who attend schools in excess of 75 miles from Ft. Meade, MD are eligible for a round trip airfare ticket to and from school or mileage reimbursement up to the cost of a government-issued airline ticket.
  • Daily transportation to and from work is not provided. Students participating in the program are highly encouraged to bring a vehicle. Carpooling with other students MAY be available but is NOT guaranteed.
  • Subsidized housing accommodations are available upon request if school is located in excess of 75 miles from NSA main HQs campus.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a mathematics or statistics graduate program where he or she has demonstrated superior mathematical or statistical aptitude and problem-solving skills. Evidence of successful work on an independent project in pure or applied mathematics, statistics, or computer science, is desirable. Applicants may be at any stage in their graduate careers and working, or intending to work, in any area of mathematics or statistics. Computer programming experience is desirable. Other majors with either a minor in math or strong math curriculum may apply.
  • Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between November and March

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online on or before October 31st. Applications received after the deadline, as well as incomplete packages, will not be considered.

To submit a resume online during open season, click any "Apply Online" link. Under "Basic Job Search," type in keywords "Graduate Mathematics Program" and click on "Search." Select "Graduate Mathematics Program" and click "Apply Now." Follow the directions as prompted.

To be considered, you must submit a complete application package that includes:

  • Resume
  • At least two letters of recommendation from faculty members who can speak directly to his or her mathematics or statistics background
  • Transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended through current academic year, to include transferred credits


Transcripts may be issued directly by the Registrar, or issued to you by the Registrar, then sent with your application materials. Only originals via post, photocopies of originals via post, scanned copies of originals via email (PDF format only), or fax copies of originals will be accepted. Should you choose to fax your transcripts, please make clean photocopies first, then fax the photocopies, as the security features can render faxes of actual transcripts unreadable. If your Registrar is capable of directly sending electronic transcripts, please have them sent directly to you and then email the transcript as an attachment. Please do not send html transcripts accessible via a website or text versions thereof.

IMPORTANT: When applying online, you may only submit your resume. Please see job posting between August 1st and October 31st for the email and postal addresses to send transcripts and letters of recommendation.

**Applications are not complete without the requested documentation. If you have applied to multiple positions, you MUST follow the instructions on each posting and send your requested documents to each program separately. Documents (including transcripts) will NOT be shared between programs.


If you have questions about the Graduate Mathematics Program, please contact us at 1-866-NSA-HIRE. You may also e-mail or call (410) 854-4726

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Date Posted: Jan 15, 2009 | Last Modified: Aug 27, 2015 | Last Reviewed: Aug 27, 2015