Auditing a course. Is it helpful for application?
Auditing a course. Is it helpful for application?
Hello!
As I mentioned in another post, I only applied to one program and got rejected from it this year .
I come from a physics background and so as far as math his concerned, I took the standard calculus sequence, linear algebra, differential equations, and an upper division linear algebra course (textbook "Linear Algebra Done right" an awesome book!). In addition, I took two "mathematical methods" course as an undergrad which include special functions and PDEs.
I would like to move to switch to applied math. Although I have all the prerequisites to get to the program, I feel that I can be more competitive if I take some pure math courses this year. However, I don't want to spend $$ on tuition!
Anybody knows if auditing courses is taken seriously by graduate schools?
Also, is programming considered a plus in applied math graduate programs?
Thanks in advance!
As I mentioned in another post, I only applied to one program and got rejected from it this year .
I come from a physics background and so as far as math his concerned, I took the standard calculus sequence, linear algebra, differential equations, and an upper division linear algebra course (textbook "Linear Algebra Done right" an awesome book!). In addition, I took two "mathematical methods" course as an undergrad which include special functions and PDEs.
I would like to move to switch to applied math. Although I have all the prerequisites to get to the program, I feel that I can be more competitive if I take some pure math courses this year. However, I don't want to spend $$ on tuition!
Anybody knows if auditing courses is taken seriously by graduate schools?
Also, is programming considered a plus in applied math graduate programs?
Thanks in advance!
Re: Auditing a course. Is it helpful for application?
1. No. Unless you received official grades or the university officially knowledge your participation for the course.
2. Programming is a plus only if you can prove you can do it. E.g. a certificate, a formal course or a research project.
2. Programming is a plus only if you can prove you can do it. E.g. a certificate, a formal course or a research project.
Re: Auditing a course. Is it helpful for application?
I couldn't disagree more, I've audited several classes that I mentioned in my SOPto my benefit I was told.Legendre wrote:1. No. Unless you received official grades or the university officially knowledge your participation for the course.
2. Programming is a plus only if you can prove you can do it. E.g. a certificate, a formal course or a research project.
Re: Auditing a course. Is it helpful for application?
The problem is that anyone can claim they audited a bunch of classes. There is no way to prove that the student wasn't lying or if the student actually paid attention to the classes.abstruse wrote: I couldn't disagree more, I've audited several classes that I mentioned in my SOPto my benefit I was told.
IMHO while it would be nice to state on your SOP, it is unlikely to be of significant value since there is no way to verify these claims.
Re: Auditing a course. Is it helpful for application?
Thanks to both of you for your input. Yes, I realize that it is not as valuable as taking a course the formal/traditional way, but, it is better than nothing.Legendre wrote:The problem is that anyone can claim they audited a bunch of classes. There is no way to prove that the student wasn't lying or if the student actually paid attention to the classes.abstruse wrote: I couldn't disagree more, I've audited several classes that I mentioned in my SOPto my benefit I was told.
IMHO while it would be nice to state on your SOP, it is unlikely to be of significant value since there is no way to verify these claims.
By the way, are there online courses that one can enroll in and take over the summer (for free)? The thing for me is that I must have new 'stuff' in my application in order to enhance my chances for next year.
Re: Auditing a course. Is it helpful for application?
You should try your best to get research experience. In fact, you should have started finding research experience months ago in preparation for reapplication (and to improve your research skills if your application was successful).sabq wrote: Thanks to both of you for your input. Yes, I realize that it is not as valuable as taking a course the formal/traditional way, but, it is better than nothing.
By the way, are there online courses that one can enroll in and take over the summer (for free)? The thing for me is that I must have new 'stuff' in my application in order to enhance my chances for next year.
Auditing a bunch of courses is pretty much equal to nothing simply because there is no proof that you actually audited them.
Re: Auditing a course. Is it helpful for application?
Well, with whom do I do research? I have already graduated. Doing research on my own is probably like auditing courses, isn't it?
I found the site coursera.org where one can enroll in courses online, do homework and exams, and at the end get a certificate from the professor. I have just enrolled in a sevenweek course called "Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp" by Prof. Brian Caffo from Johns Hopkins University. I will see how it goes.
I found the site coursera.org where one can enroll in courses online, do homework and exams, and at the end get a certificate from the professor. I have just enrolled in a sevenweek course called "Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp" by Prof. Brian Caffo from Johns Hopkins University. I will see how it goes.

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Re: Auditing a course. Is it helpful for application?
You can ask the professor(s) to write an evaluation of your performance in the class. You can also make a copy of your tests/quizzes/homework/etc. I have been sitting in a lot of classes at another university because my university does not even have analysis classes. I think it worked for me because I was waitlisted at an Ivy school and accepted two good programs with full funding.sabq wrote:Hello!
Anybody knows if auditing courses is taken seriously by graduate schools?
Re: Auditing a course. Is it helpful for application?
Do research with professors or postdocs.sabq wrote:Well, with whom do I do research? I have already graduated. Doing research on my own is probably like auditing courses, isn't it?
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