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Programs PHd in applied mathematics

  1. Oct 21, 2008 #1
    Hi guys....
    Just wanted to clarify a few doubts as to what i should do with myself in the future.

    I am a double major in Electrical n Computer system engg (ECSE) and Econometrics (Actuarial science) in Australia.
    I really enjoy maths especially math that we can apply to the real world to solve problems etc.

    I have been considering of pursuing a Phd in applied math in US after i graduate <hopefully in a good univ.>.

    My main questions are weather i would be allowed it be in a program in applied math when i have the background that i have. I mean that do they prefer math major for their grad program than people from my background.

    I have research experience as i am involved in UROP (Undergrad Research opportunity prog) in a project regrading computational biology. I have not got a publication yet but if all goes well then i should have one in the near future.

    How critical will that publication be as compared to my GRE socres?

    Any constructive inputs are welcomed
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  3. Oct 26, 2008 #2
    any views ppl?
  4. Oct 26, 2008 #3


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    Of course someone with a maths degree will be favoured over you, since they have all the prerequisite knowledge.

    I'd say, in this case, that your subject GRE will be crucial, since you need to show them that you have a firm understanding of background maths.
  5. Oct 28, 2008 #4

    This is not true, even though it sounds logical.

    In actual applied math programs (not just subsets of the math program) it is unusual to require the GRE math subject test. They are often looking for people with different backgrounds. I would estimate fully 3/5 of applied math phds got their undergrad in a different field (such as physics or EE). This is especially true if the background ties into the application you want to go into. This varies by program, so look around (a good start is the USNews applied math program rankings), and check the websites for specific details. Some are in the old mold of accepting only solid math majors, but these are getting few and far between.
  6. Oct 28, 2008 #5


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    What do you mean by an "actual applied mathematics" course?

    In order to be applied onto a mathematics phd program, you have to show ability in mathematics. If you don't have a degree in mathematics, then you'd better have taken a fair number of upper level mathematics courses.
  7. Oct 28, 2008 #6
    Perhaps things are done differently in UK...
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