Entering a Masters program as a non-math major?

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Entering a Masters program as a non-math major?

Post by MrNormal » Thu Sep 24, 2015 11:31 pm

How difficult is it to get into a masters program in pure math if one is a non-math major? Does anyone know which masters programs are particularly friendly or unfriendly to non-math majors? I'm currently a philosophy major at a liberal arts college but by the time I graduate I should have completed Calc I,II,III, Proofs, Linear Algebra, Diff EQ's, Group Theory, Complex Variables, Real Analysis I, Ring Theory, and a Putnam Seminar (with all A's). My overall GPA is 3.43 but should go up by the time I graduate. I'll also be graduating in the Fall semester, so I'll have a semester in between to take more math courses as part of a post-bac program (I'd like to do this at UPenn). What are my chances? I'm just worried that I wont get accepted to any graduate programs because of my major. I'm willing to pay, so that's not an issue.

I'm willing to hear any tips you have to offer.

Thanks everyone.

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Re: Entering a Masters program as a non-math major?

Post by AMGMScrub » Fri Sep 25, 2015 12:07 am

I don't know too much about the masters program, but I'd say that the graduate programs (for your case) care about if you have the sufficient background to matriculate into their programs. This is just my opinion. Ask around as well. How many proof classes have you had? It seems that you listed linear algebra, but i'm assuming that it's just the computational version of Linear Algebra.

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