ElanMorin Posted September 26, 2011 Share Posted September 26, 2011 I am nearing completion of a masters program in a social science. I had begun the program with the intent of applying to PhD programs after completing the masters, but in the course of the program and my professional work in the last two years I have realized I'm much more interested in studying advanced statistics. So I am now looking at PhD programs in statistics. However, while I've taken a graduate sequence in research methods that included statistics, and have taken math through Calc III, I've found that most graduate programs in statistics require coursework in real analysis, mathematical statistics, and/or probability theory as a prerequisite for admission. My undergraduate degree is also in the social sciences. So I have two questions: 1.) First, is it totally unreasonable for me to expect a PhD program in statistics to admit me without having either a bachelors or masters degree in math or statistics. Has anyone here been admitted to a program with a similar background? 2.) Second, are there any available ways to take real analysis or other higher level mathematics classes online for a relatively low price? I'm fairly confident that I will do well in those classes if I take them and that will hopefully help my PhD application. But there don't seem to be any math classes offered online beyond Calc III, even at places like University of Illinois NetMath. I feel like there should be a way to take a Real Analysis class without shelling out $3000 for it, since its a pretty standard class that's offered at nearly every university. Any responses would be very helpful. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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