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What are some of the most useful Math courses to take for CS?
Hash_HofM posted a topic in Computer Science
Hi all, I'll be starting next year at a public R1 university with majors in Mathematics and Computer Science (and possibly a minor in Econ) with a number of math credits I earned through dual enrollment during high school (Calc 1, Calc 2, Calc 3, Diff Eq's, Intro to Analysis, and Modern Crypto). I've been reading through my university's course progression, prereq flowchart, etc and quickly realized that I am very much a fish out of water when it comes to selecting courses to take during my undergrad. Based on the little contact I've had with a departmental advisor, I'd be able to start on a Master's degree (albeit forced to) at my university for Math in my Junior/Senior years if I want to be able to continue to take graduate math classes beyond the 2 that my university allows for undergrads. My question is basically this, what Math/CS courses (undergraduate/graduate) do you all recommend I take in order to put myself in a good position for applying to top20 grad schools as a prospective math PhD? In terms of a future career, it'd be interesting to work as a research quant in a WSB. 
Hi, i am an international student in UCB double majoring in math and physics. I just took my first general GRE test with a verbal:159, and quantitative: 169 and wonder how competitive this score is for a grad school application, either a phd in physics or a master program in math? In other words, do I need to take the test again to boost my verbal score? Thanks!!!!
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Am I killing myself with potentially the wrong major? What do grad schools think about a degree from BC anyways?
Patrick McMahon posted a topic in Mathematics and Statistics
Hi. (Apologies, this is a little lengthy) So, I'm a sophomore at Boston College double majoring in Math and Music. I am having a really hard time deciding whether or not I really should keep the math major. The math classes here at BC are really hard and even though I pass, it's always by the skin of my teeth (C range). Such has been the sake for my science classes too. I am a really bad test taker; I have really bad testing anxiety such that I'm paralyzed with stress beforehand and the stress makes me sick because it compromises my immune system. I have extended time but it doesn't matter that much in the grand scheme of things. I also think that I am just not absorbing everything fast enough in time for the exams, which isn't surprising considering the amount of information I need to know for the rest of my classes. It's like putting a ton of water into one sink with a drain; the water can only drain out soo fast. So too is it the case with my absorption of knowledge I just don't have enough time. TRIGGER WARNING I have a history of anxiety and suicidal depression that almost forced me to drop out first semester freshman year but I was able to make it through but I'm still only keeping it at bay at this point. Yes, I see a therapist. Every Wednesday. I currently take 5 classes (2 math (a 200 course and 400 course), 1 chem, 1 philosophy, 1 music) and 1 lab for a total of 16 credits this semester (I don't know if thats normal; several of my friends at other schools only take 4 per semester and thats normal) and they are all sucking the life out of me because they are all an impossible amount of work to deal with together. The math and science especially have really hurt my GPA over the last two years; I currently have a 2.698 GPA and I don't foresee it getting any better after this semester, considering this has been my hardest semester in terms of content. I originally had intentions of getting a Ph.D in math because I really wanted to teach and do research, but now, given my difficulties, I'm starting to wonder if that's at all possible. I have music as a backup option and I could just drop math down to a minor, but I'm nervous about closing the door completely on the idea of grad school for math. But also, I could arguably go to grad school for music too, but I'd need to back off the math so that my GPA could raise. I totally think I'm capable of getting a Ph.D in math if I weren't devoting all the rest of my energy into soo many other commitments and classes. I've done really well in my music classes here at BC and would love it if I could teach (again, at the college level) and I sing in a choir that not only gets to travel to Europe every year, but that also performs with the Boston Pops Orchestra every year; I've done things with music I never could have imagined doing before and it makes me happy. So I have several questions: If I drop my math major to a minor, what do grad school prospects look like if I decide I want to get my doctorate in math one day? If I decided to keep the math major with music and assuming my GPA stays in roughly the same range, what are my chances of still getting into a good grad school with a degree from BC (Not looking for Ivy League level or even the tier beneath like BC; just something that's still got a good program for math)? If I keep math but decide I don't want to get a graduate math degree, what are my chances of getting into a decent school for music, again, assuming that my GPA stays roughly the same given the difficulty of math? What the heck can I even do right after college with a music degree and a minor in math? 
Do Masters decision usually come later than PhD?
092;2m3912 posted a question in Questions and Answers
Hi all, I applied to several Masters programs in mathematics. I searched on this site and it seems that many PhD applicants to the same schools have got their decisions. However I haven't received any email, and there is no message left in the applicant system either. I wonder if it is normal for Masters decision to come later than PhD? Or should I contact the department to know the status? Thank you in advance for your advice. 
Which is the better school going forward for a math PhD?
cdab posted a topic in Decisions, Decisions
Out of the top Canadian schools and the University of Michigan, where would be a better place in the long run to pursue a pure math PhD?
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Let me first start off by saying that I am not doing poorly in linear algebra because I don't understand it, rather there was a misunderstanding with my professor. I had my first linear algebra exam last Wednesday. I was up very late studying for the exam, however, at around 3 am I got super sick (it was something I ate). I was legit puking every 20 minutes, I couldn't make it to my morning exam. I don't have insurance so I didn't see a doctor and get a note. I went to the dean of students, and because of that my professor gave me an offer to replace my zero exam 1 grade with 2/3 of my final exam grade. ex. if I got an 100 on the final exam, my zero will be replaced with a 66. However, the exam averages in this professors class are in the low 70's, so going off of that I will either end up with a low B or C in the class, and thats assuming I score around 10 points above average for the rest of the exams. I currently have two W's on my transcript one in computer science from my second semester (retaking next semester) and one in actuarial science from my third semester (he curved the class so only the top 40% passed, also changed my major so I didn't need the class). I am currently in my fourth semester, so this means that if I drop this course I will have a W on my transcript for the third semester in a row. I think this creates a poor representation of who I am as a student, as it shows that I won't be able to handle a graduate school course load because I keep dropping one course every semester. I want to get into a good graduate school for economics. I am currently double majoring in math and econ. I am a transfer, My first semester at my new school was last semester, where I got a 3.3 GPA. I am trying to get this up by getting straight A's this semester and my last two years. If my GPA still isnt high enough, I would be willing to do an extra semester or two to take extra courses. Now, I do believe that I will get A's in all of my other courses, however, I think getting a 'W' in linear algebra will make this look not as impressive. I'm thinking about staying in the course, getting a B or C, and just retaking it over the summer online. The original grade will still be on my transcript, but it won't count towards my GPA. Would grad schools look past this? What should I do? This is such a terrible situation... :/

How rigorous and reputed is Stevens Institute of Technology for PhD in Financial Engineering?

Undergrad institution: Top university in Turkey Major: Economics GPA: 3.80(2nd place in my cohort) Relevant Courses: Functional Analysis(B+), Real Analysis (A), Measure Theory(A), Topology(A), Advanced Calculus(B+), Engineering Math I&II(Linear Algebra, Diff. Equations, Complex Analysis)(A,A), Probability and Stat(B+), Number Theory(B), Calculus I&II (A,A), Math for Econ(grad and undergrad level)(A,A), Game Theory(A), Advanced Economic Theory(A), Microeconomics Theory(grad level)(A), Econometrics(Regression Analysis)(A), Algorithms and Programming (B+), Intro to Computing(MatLab)(A), General Physics I&II (A, A) GRE Quantative: 168 GRE Math Subject: 980 Programs Applying: Master in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics in Europe Recommendation Letters: Professors of Real Analysis, Measure Theory and Functional Analysis Coding Experience: Java, Matlab, Python Research Interest: Game Theory, Networks and Graph Theory, Discrete Optimization Applying to: EPFL ETH Zurich Bonn TU Munich Ecole Polytecnique University of Amsterdam Concerns: very very few algebra course not math major taking reference from not grade A course I am currently graduated and enroll in a master in economics program. I am specialized in game theory. I think that having a master degree in math will be better for my Ph.D. studies. I want to be in Europe during my grad life. I would really appreciate any comments/advice on my list of schools and on any other programs I should consider. Am I aiming too high with no safeties? Am I competitive enough for those schools in my list? Is being Econ major really bad sign or a negative point for those programs? Has being enrolled in a master program negative impact on my application profile? Thank you in advance.

I need help solving my final question on this problem. Question 4. Section E and F. Can anyone give me some direction. Thanks MA 321_Exam 3_Spring 2018 CAROLINE WILCOX.xlsx
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Hi Everyone! Saw a very informative thread with some active discussion for Fall 17 (link above) so thought I should replicate it for Fall 18. Lets get to know each other better!
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Hi All, new here. Facing a dilemma, (and I apologize if this is the wrong section of the forum as I wasn't sure but I figured as it pertained to TAs I would try here). January 30th I was accepted to ASU Math PhD program, with no word on funding. Apparently, according to their website, that is how they do it. They accept people, then a few weeks later they go about offering TAs. It is now February 23rd, and I still have no word on a TA position. I have seen 5 or so people post on here in results that they have been accepted by the department as well, and none of them have heard anything about funding either. So I guess the question I have is, what do I do? I should say that I am going regardless of funding (it happens to be the top school on my list regardless), but the finances obviously makes a huge difference on whether I rack up more debt or can breathe safely. Has anyone had experience with this before? Any thoughts are appreciated. Thank you all so much in advance.

Do grad school admissions ever override dept acceptances?
NameTK posted a question in Questions and Answers
If you receive an acceptance letter into a Ph.D. program (in this case, math), including funding details, from the department chair, is there any chance you will still be denied admission by the graduate school admissions committee? The line in the letter reads: "This offer is contingent on your being accepted for regular admission into the Graduate School." Is that secondary acceptance just a formality, or do the grad schools sometimes override the particular dept/program to which you're applying? Thank you for any and all insights! 
Applying for Grad School after Previously Quitting?
txgrad1993 posted a question in Questions and Answers
Hi everyone, I was accepted into an excellent PhD program in Statistics in 2015 and I completed a full year of the program. At the end of the year, first years take a basic exam which determines their eligibility to continue on in the program. I took the exam and passed at the Master's level, not the PhD level. I was then informed I would have to retake several courses and needless to say I was depressed. I wasn't in the best place in my life during this time anyway and I made a poor decision to leave and search for a career as I had a great resume already from my undergrad in math. Well, life happened and I became extremely ill and bedridden due to pregnancy (sorry if this is TMI) but since then (summer 2016) I have been a full time mom. I'm now trying to take accountability of some of the decisions I've made in my life and I would really like to go back and get my PhD. I have always loved school and I have come a long way with my mental health/stability since then and feel confident in my decision to go back to grad school. That all being said, do you think that I have a shot in getting into another PhD program given the fact I left a program back in 2016 and have since not worked, not been in school, encountered a "slump" in my life, and just been taking on a mom role the past 2 years? Please offer any advice or general comments if you can. I hope this doesn't come across as too desperate but I would like to know what my chances are given my circumstances. 
Biomath programs  how to set myself up for success
frenchthellama posted a question in Questions and Answers
Not sure if this is the right place to post my question, but if there are any biomath/math/bio people hanging around your help would be very appreciated. I am a secondyear undergrad at a large state university trying to plan out a course of study that will prepare me well for graduate school for biomathematics. I am considering doing a doubledegree in math and biology. I am also involved in undergraduate research. I'm trying to make sure I take all the classes I need, and also that I graduate in a timely manner. I have heard that five years is ok as long as they don't think you're doing it to reduce your courseload (I'm not, but there's only so many STEM courses you can take in one quarter... ) What are some class recommendations that you have? How few credits is too few? 
Hi! Starting a new thread just in case. I have a bachelors in ECE from an international university, a Masters from UCSD in Signal and Image Processing and been working in the industry for close to 78 years in Video Compression and more recently in 3D Computer Vision. I want to apply for a PhD in AMATH(Applied Math) starting Fall 2019(mostly). I am aware that I need to take the GRE Math Subject Exam and the General GRE as well. I do not have any research papers so far. I did lots of high school math competitive exams(dont think they count anymore). I am only hoping to do well in Math Subject test to prove myself. How realistic are my chances of a PhD Admit in AMATH? Will my work experience cost me a lot? Anyone else in the same boat?
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Hey all, I'm applying to a mix of math and computer science PhD programs and took the October mGRE. I was wondering, since most computer science programs don't require it, what would be a high enough score to consider it a positive addition to my application? I got around the 75th percentile, which from what I can gather is just on the bottom end of what top math programs are looking for. I'm applying to some very competitive schools and don't want to put anything on my application that won't help.

Any people familiar with UTAustin CSEM PhD program?
lyzu posted a question in Questions and Answers
I skyped one of the professors there last month. Both sides were quite positive about the possibility of admission. However, I am still a little bit concerned about the graduation rate and the courses, since I do not consider myself having a strong math background. Both my BS and MS are in engineering and I have some experiences and basic courses in PDE. Wonder if this is enough for a start. Thanks. 
Hi everyone,Kindly advise on my chances of getting into the following MFE/Quantitative Finance programs:BaruchColumbiaCornellNYUUniversity of ChicagoGeorgia Institute of TechnologyMITUniversity of WashingtonBoston UniversityFordhamNYU TandonUCLAUSCNorth Carolina StateNorth Carolina at CharlotteRensselaerGender: M. Ethnic Background: White/European. American Citizen.Here are some of my accomplishments and skills:May 2017 BS Mathematics graduate, 3.35 GPA (courses in Calc 13, DiffEq, Real Analysis I&II, Complex Analysis, Probability Theory, Topology, Advanced Linear Algebra, and few actuary courses [FM, P, MLC]). Top 100 ranked from US News National University in New York.Full time work experience as a Pricing Analyst for an aviation engineering company. I've been there for 7 months already immediately after graduation and looking to stay for a year until I get in a FE program for fall 2018.Job summary: Develop integrated pricing models and cost analysis for aircraft component repair Forecast revenue/profit margins and present analyses and recommendations to executive management team Prepare business proposals, validate bills of material pricing, and leverage budget analysis to maximize revenue and mitigate risk GRE Score: Q: 166 (91 percentile), V: 153 (61 percentile), Writing: 4.5 (82 percentile).Financial representative internship at Northwestern Mutual during my undergrad.Letters of Rec: 1) Calculus 1 & 2 Teacher's Assistant. This professor, who is the director of calculus at the university I graduated from, is writing my recommendation letter. 2) My math professor for advanced probability/stats, and 2 actuary courses in MLC (part I and II). I did very well in his classes. B, A,A respectively in that order. 3) My former business development manager who was the previous pricing analyst as well and trained me. He now is in a different office for the same company; this left me to run the business development department on my own. I expect strong letters from all 3.Limited knowledge of C++, Python, and Access. Haven't formally learned programming but I plan on getting take Baruch's C++ for Financial Engineering pre MFE course for C++ certification before starting in the Fall. Working with the IT developer at my job to create a C++ program that predicts stock price volatility. He's doing the coding, I'm doing the math. Advanced Excel skills, as I use it heavily at my job every day. Private math tutor for Wyzant.com with over 95 hours of tutoring and 5/5 star rating for all levels of math up to calculus 1.Please let me know if you think my profile is strong enough to gain acceptance for certain schools based on my experience. If you have any more questions to evaluate my profile do not hesitate to ask. Thank you for your time and I appreciate your help.Transcending

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Prospective MS OR or Stat applicant Fall 2018  Profile eval + Advice
iceman007 posted a topic in Applied Sciences & Mathematics
Hey New gradcafe user and prospective MS applicant for an MS in Operations Research / Statistics / Management Science for Fall 2018. Please evaluate my profile and whether I'm being too ambitious/do I stand a chance here? Key features of my profile  Low undergrad GPA, high quant GRE score, related work ex Here's my profile followed by an initial university shortlist GRE 324  Q 166 (91st percentile) V 158 (80th percentile) (Might give again to offset low undergrad GPA) TOEFL  Yet to give Undergrad CGPA  6.3/10 from the National Institute of Technology Warangal in Mechanical Engg  Top 10 India for engineering Work Experience  3 years 1.5 years  Data Analyst for a Fortune 200 MNC (1 promotion) + 3 good projects  Quantitative Sales/Marketing analytics 1.5 years  Senior Analyst for a Loyalty Card company (jump in designation from previous org) Fair amount of projects on quantitative modelling work Research papers/Publications: None Certifications: 1. SAS certified base programmer 2. SAS certified statistical business analyst: Regression and Modelling 3. Machine Learning from Coursera Recommendations: 1. HOD from work  ex prof at a premier MBA school in India  Strong 2. Team Leader from previous org  Moderate 3. Professor from college  Moderate SOP structure: Considering that my weakest point is my undergrad GPA, I'll bring in a point about how I messed up the first year but post that my gpa has been increasing plus ever since starting work I've been really driven and talk about my projects as proof. Programs I'm looking to apply for: 1. Statistics (with electives from the CS department) 2. Operations Research Not applying for "Analytics" or "Data Science" masters because I feel such programs have breadth but seriously lack depth. Current university shortlist: 1. Columbia 2. University of Chicago 3. UCLA 4. Georgia Tech 5. University of Michigan 6. John Hopkins 7. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 8. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign 9. Duke 10. Cornell Questions: 1. What is my profile like? 2. How would you categorise the above universities considering my profile as Safe, Moderate, Ambitious and reasons for the same? 3. Thoughts on the SOP structure?
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Hey all, I didn't study a lot for the general gre because of a busy semester. Anyways, I ended up verbal153, quant157, aw4.5. So I'm pretty upset about my quant score. Should I retake the gre? I am planning on applying to master's programs in stats/applied math at UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UCI, and UCLA. I have a 4.0 GPA, two summers of research experience, three years of leadership experience with the math club at my school. Thanks, any input would be much appreciated.

Hey everyone, I am applying next fall to Econ PhDs, shooting for something in the top 15. I had a 3.8 in undergrad in International Affairs  although had a B+ in a Principles of Macro class, and I'm finishing up a Master's in Development Economics with a 3.9 including a few A+'s in upper level theory and econometrics classes. 95th percentile quant GREs. About 2 years of solid RA experience and an internship at a leading development research group. My math backround is as follows: A in Calc for Business and Economics (UG), As in several statistics courses (UG), A in Elementary Linear Algebra (UG), A in Introduction to Formal Methods (UG), A in Real Analysis (Graduate), A in Math for Economists (Graduate). I decided to take Calc III this semester despite never really going through the normal calc sequence to try to check the calc box for admissions committees, and the class is killing me!!! I think that there is a very small chance I'll get anything more than a C. My question is how much would a W hurt my application? Given time and money constraints I won't be able to take another calc class before its time to apply next fall. Thanks for any advice you have.

I'm a junior (pure) mathematics and physics double major and I have decided to pursue a masters degree in computer science upon graduation. One of the professors at CMU exposed me to Python during high school, and he basically planted the seed. Taking a course in computational physics last year reinvigorated my love for the computer science and programming, so here I am now! My general question is: what can I do to best set myself up when I start applying to schools next year? Here's some background (just so you know what credentials I have as of right now): 3.91 GPA I've been doing research in particle physics for about a year. Trying very hard to publish before I graduate. I will be doing an undergraduate thesis in physics based on this research My advisor (full professor, had him for two of my courses) thinks very highly of me and will write me a solid letter of recommendation 2 academic awards for physics 2 research fellowships I will be able to complete a computer science minor (and then some) before I graduate. What should I be doing to make my application more attractive? Projects? More coursework? Will my physics research be seen as favorable, or should work a computer science internship instead? Would it be bad if I got my letters of recommendation from math/physics professors and not computer science professors? These questions immediately come to mind, but there are many, many more questions to consider. Any advice at all would be helpful!

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Hello everyone, I recently took a diagnostic GRE practice test and scored a 156 on verbal and 154 on quant. I was wondering what the likely hood of getting above a 165 on both sections would be. Have any of you been able to increase your score more than 10 points per section? I will be taking the GRE on October 7th. Thank you
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How many points did you improve your GRE score? What did you start at and what did you finish with?