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Programs How Much do Rankings Matter? (Math PhD)

  1. Apr 3, 2012 #1
    Hi all,

    I'm trying to decide where to go for graduate school, and I'm wondering how much attention I should pay to the rankings. Is a top 10 significantly better than a top 20, 20 better than a 30, 30 better than 40 etc.

    My 5 - 10 year plan is a good post doc(s), and to at least try to end up at a research university. How important is the school you attend?

    How much do rankings matter for industry jobs?

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  3. Apr 3, 2012 #2
    First of all, what are you studying? How far do you plan to go (M.S., PhD, another professional degree such as an MBA, ME, etc.) ? I don't have all the answers, but more information would greatly help those that do :D

    EDIT: Sorry; missed the information you put into the title. In that case, what are your career goals? If you want to be a professor at one of those top universities, a PhD from a top university will be necessary. Just wanna teach high school math? Not so necessary.
  4. Apr 3, 2012 #3
    After a phd, I would like to get a good post doc, and then my goal would be to land a tenure track position at a top university (say an AMS group 1). To do this would I need a phd from a top 10, 20, 30 etc?
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