I am currently looking at the Part III tripos with an eye on maybe doing it 2019/2020.

I did natural sciences bsc at a Russel group uni where I took increasingly more mathematics modules, these modules are the same as what the mathematicians take. However, I feel I have great gaps in my mathematics, I probably took about half the modules the mathematicians took.

Most glaringly I have no experience in complex analysis, algebra, metric spaces.

I scored well averaging about 80 (Is this enough to get in?), and took the mathematical physics modules in my last year.

Would I struggle with big gaps in my knowledge, I was thinking I could self-study the year before 2018/2019, to fill these gaps. I would probably be looking to take the mathematical physics modules of the tripos.

I would want to do well, so would that be impossible, unless I self-studied for 9 months solidly before? And even then would it be impossible.

Obviously I would rather work for a year (I have a job offer, but it is not what I would like to be doing) than self-study maths, but I think I would get eaten alive without some greater mathematical background.

Perhaps this is an unrealistic dream.

Anyway I’d appreciate any thoughts/dose of reality from people who have done the course.


Whilst applying for a part-time graduate degree, I only stated my most recent graduate degree in the application (completed a year ago). I thought (possibly incorrectly) that I need only state the most recent and relevant information.

I did not state my earlier graduate degree (obtained 12 years ago) and undergraduate degree, received over 15 years ago.

I subsequently interviewed with the programme director regarding my application and I’m awaiting a decision on the outcome. During the interview call, there were no questions raised about the education information in my application?

How can I mitigate this situation? Should I call the department and supply the omitted information?

I am an international student. I received several offers, but I am interested in two options:

1) Option A: It is my top choice. However, it gave me only partial tuition, so I will need external sources of funding. The resolution of these sources is going to be in June (federal funds), several months after the April 15th deadline.
2) Option B: It gave full tuition and a monthly living stipend. I am very grateful to the university.

For both programs, I have until April 15 to accept offers. I have been reading about April 15 Resolution and it has complicated me to make a decision. Since both schools gave me financial aid, I think there is a problem in there about accepting an offer concerning financial aid. As far as I understand, in Option A, if I pay my deposit fee I accept their financial aid. Nevertheless, to attend Option A I will necessarily need external funding. If I don’t receive it, I will not be able to attend Option A.

I already have an opportunity to study a graduate program in US (Option B). I would not like to be in the scenario of rejecting a good and safe opportunity and not have external funding, that would mean not to attend graduate studies this year. I would love to go to Option A, but I am restricted to external factors as funding.

Is there any advise you could give me in this situation?

This question already has an answer here:

Is there some kind of academic norm that says “when I reject an applicant, I don’t want anything to do with him?”

edit: If a professor is reading this, personal experience from himself and colleagues will be really helpful!

A large number of US schools I applied to have put me on their waitlist, and since I also applied to a few programs in other Europe that release their decisions later, I still need more time to make my decision. (Especially because I’ve been put on the waitlist for the best graduate school in the world (or at least US) in my field, so it would be painful to accept a different offer, and then receive an offer from them that I cannot accept!)

I started receiving offers just this week, which is only a few days to the April 15th deadline, and I have at most 2 weeks to decide. That being said, I understand that there are other people on the waitlist, and I think the grad schools may say it’s not possible to get an extension. But another problem I have for making the decision, is that I’m in a super-stressful situation for my finals now, and with all grad school stuff, the psychological pressure is high and I really believe I might make a bad decision in this situation.

Is that (the stress and pressure) a good reason to ask for at least a few days more time for making the decision (so I’ll be done with my exams and have a couple of days to make decision in a more relaxed condition), or is that too personal to explain to grad school and not acceptable?

I am a Junior at Yale University and I am planning on applying to grad school next year.

I am most interested in going to grad school for economics even though my major is mathematics (I will also likely have an economics minor). I was just wondering if having a degree in math instead of Econ will hinder my degree in any way.

Also relevant stats:

GPA: 3.8/4.0 (upper echelons of my class)…worst Econ grade A-

GRE Quant: 169 (97th)

GRE Verbal: 165 (95th)

GRE subject test in mathematics: 690 (it’s like 65th percentile or something)

I am planning on having one recommendation from an Econ professor and the other two from math faculty. I have also done research in mathematical finance (pretty minor) and combinatorial game theory (hope to get published soon).

So what do you guys think, do I have a shot at top Econ grad school programs (Stanford, MIT, Harvard, UC Berkley, etc.) or should I stick to math?

I am an undergraduate pure maths major looking to attend graduate school in pure mathematics.
At my first college, I had a fairly traumatic first semester that led to, among other things, a C grade in Calculus I.
Throughout the next two semesters, I received A grades in all of my math classes, and transferred schools (so that the Calculus I grade in my older school still shows up on a transcript, but it does not factor in my cumulative GPA at my new school). This includes A grades in upper division analysis and algebra. My current cumulative GPA at my new school is 3.85.

How will my poor grade in Calculus I reflect on my admissions into top universities for graduate school?

Thank you.

Can I be admitted to graduate school in a different field from my degree? Specific cases include:

  1. If I’ve taken plenty of advanced courses in field X in the process of completing a degree in another field, can I apply to graduate school in X?

  2. What if I haven’t taken many courses in X, but I have acquired a good grasp of X through self-study or working in a related field?

  3. What if I’ve never studied X, but I have done very well in an unrelated field? Could I be admitted to graduate school in X on the basis of general intellectual promise, and then make up the missing background after enrollment?

Note that this question is an attempt to provide a comprehensive answer, to avoid the need for a profusion of field-specific questions on this topic (see the associated meta question). Please feel free to edit the question or answer to improve them.

A master’s program that I want to apply to is asking for two letters of recommendation. I can get one of them, because I am very close with a professor that I’m doing a research project for, and I’m doing a good job in it.

But the second letter might be a problem. Basically, I have other professors and instructors to choose from, but none of them know me as well as the professor mentioned above. In their classes, I did well, but I wasn’t top of the class.

There is one lab instructor that I had, and I always did very well in his lab (I’m good with hands-on work), but I don’t know if he remembers me. He would always give me a bunch of extra credit for the lab reports.

Another professor I was thinking of asking is a statistics professor. I’m thinking he might be willing because at the beginning of his class, I was struggling, and failed the first midterm, but I studied and improved greatly in the end. I finished that class with a 3.5.

So my question is, how can you ask for a recommendation letter from a professor that doesn’t know you all that well? I’ve seen others do it, but it always seems like they are the students who either did very well in their classes, or who have a much closer relationship with the professor.

Also, I’m on a time limit, as the masters application is due in about one month.

Any help would be appreciated.

I am currently a third year undergraduate at a good university studying computer science. I am planning to apply to top graduate schools when I finish my undergrad and I need a bit of advice.

In the first two and half (5 semesters) of my studies, I took the most challenging CS/Math courses in my university and did very well in them (GPA 4.11/4.30). I also joined two research groups and have 2 publications where I am the first author, published in reputable journals. I also have a very good relationship with my 2 research advisors.

Now in my sixth semester, I decided to go on an exchange semester and things just started crumbling. First of all, I couldn’t integrate well in the culture and I was left very lonely with no new friends in the area. My Girlfriend of 5 years broke up with me, my mother got into a car accident which affected her health, and I started taking depression medication due to that. I also gained a lot of weight which lead to some health problems. Needless to say, this term is coming to an end and I can’t wait to leave this place. I am going to probably fail 2/4 courses, and in the remaining ones, I will barely pass. I am expecting a 2.0 GPA at best.

Now I know this won’t go unnoticed by graduate school admissions. I am just wondering what steps can I take as of now to document all of this so that I can justify the poor performance in the exchange semester during my graduate application?