Ok so I've finally decided to pursue obtaining a phd in applied math. Before I go into the questions that I have I should probably talk about my background. I recently graduated with a degree in econ./math. (it wasn't a double major). My overall g.p.a. isn't too bad (3.4) but my math grades are not so good (I received about a 2.0 in math classes taken at a major out of state university but got a 4.0 in the classes at a 2 year college). In my defense I've taken some of what I've heard as being "the hardest math and econ classes as an undergrad". Also during my senior year I had to deal with a few problems outside of school which really conflicted with my ability to learn, study, etc. I plan on taking about 7 more upperdivision undergrad math courses in order to help prepare myself for grad school not to mention boost my g.p.a. What I want to know is the following: 1. Can anyone give me an opinion as to how I would be looked at by an admission's commitee given my situation? 2. I keep hearing how difficult getting a math phd is. I believe with hard work, discipline, a love for the subject, and a strong will not to give up getting a phd is more than possible. But what do you all feel about the rigors of a mathematics grad program ? 3. Can anyone share with me any outside books I could possibly buy that would ease the transition to grad school? 4. What are the major steps I would need to take in order to even begin a phd program? Any thoughts or shared accounts about this subject is more than appreciated.