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I have completed my Bachelor's degree (3 years) in Mathematics and pursuing MSc(2 years). Currently I am in final year and expect to obtain MSc degree in next May.

I am willing to do my PhD (in Mathematics) in USA.

I have something to clarify.Please help me.

From the information obtained from my seniors and friends, I found that most of the USA institutions ask for GRE and TOEFL score.

But are there universities of USA which do not need GRE and/or TOEFL score for admission in Phd in Mathematics?

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I do not know why you want to avoid those tests, but I do know that those tests are generally just score "good enough" requirements. Furthermore, I'm willing to bet that most of the places you would want to do your PhD in the USA require the GRE; you would be severely limiting your opportunities. You can apply to both types of schools, but only submit the GRE to the schools that require it. –  Neo Jun 13 at 15:12
Shopping questions are not allowed on SE sites, I have therefore removed the parts of your question asking for lists of universities. –  ff524 Jun 14 at 19:40
The only time I have heard of a US university waiving the TOEFL requirement is for students who completed their undergraduate studies in the US (I believe there is usually a minimum number of years the candidates had to have been in the US enrolled in the undergraduate program) –  Aru Ray Jun 14 at 19:44

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The truth of the matter is that while you may find many schools that do not require the GRE, virtually every US school is going to require either the TOEFL or a similar test such as the IELTS.

The reason for this is that one of the important criteria for admission to most US graduate programs is the ability to do coursework and interact with fellow graduate students and faculty in their lingua franca, which in the US is English. Consequently, schools need to ensure that the students they accept have a certain level of proficiency in English before they enroll. (A number of grad school admissions officers have mentioned that they blacklisted candidates from certain countries because of problems related to fraud—candidates would hire other people to conduct telephone interviews with universities in the US, and the actual candidate would come with hardly any English whatsoever.)

So, for most schools, you will find it a requirement to be able to speak the dominant language of instruction—and not just in the United States. (For instance, all students at our university must show the ability to speak either German or English, depending on the program to which they apply.)

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Avoiding the tests is a false economy. If your English skills aren't good enough to pass the test, you're unlikely to do well in an English-language graduate program. I've known a few cases where students' language ability isn't up to scratch, and it never ends well. –  avid Jun 13 at 22:59
The ability to speak English fluently is also tied to funding. Most mathematics PhD students in the US are funded by teaching assistantships. But many universities, especially public universes like mine, require a certain minimal provable level of English proficiency to be allowed in front of any classroom. –  JeffE Jun 13 at 23:48

I think you should change your strategy for choosing a doctoral program. That is, determine which programs would provide you with the best training for the work you want to do. It might (probably will) involve these standardized test scores. You run the risk of narrowing your choices by starting with these types of requirements.

Also, you stated that you are "willing to do my PhD." Your decision for doing a PhD should be motivated by your ultimate career trajectory. I think you should clarify this career trajectory (i.e., Why do you want to do a PhD? Because it will prepare me for ...). Then, you should find a PhD program that would be best suited to help you establish this career trajectory. You don't want to get into a PhD program that is inappropriately matched with your trajectory, even though they don't require GRE and TOEFL scores. If you have scores that are not competitive, then it would be a good idea to focus on improving those scores.

Bottom line is you want good training.

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