I am really interested in applying to PhD programs in Applied Mathematics. However, I am concerned that my lack of upper-level math courses and poor undergraduate GPA might make it difficult for me to find a program to be accepted to. I also have 5 withdrawals on my transcript from when I flirted with majoring in Biology.

With these black marks on my transcript, is it realistic for me to apply to solid Applied Math PhD programs? I have been looking closely at Applied Math programs such as UT Austin, CU Boulder, and Stony Brook. Am I totally off base with targeting these schools? If not, would these be considered reaches or targets for me? Lastly, would self-teaching the topics on the mGRE and attaining a high score on that test be very beneficial for these programs? Or will a high mGRE score not be enough to offset my poor GPA?

Thank you in advance for your help!

I've listed out my profile below:

**Undergrad Institution:**Fordham University

**Major(s):**Math & Computer Science Joint Major

**Minor(s):**

**GPA:**3.32

**Relevant courses:**CS I (A-), CS II (A), Discrete Structures (A), Programming for Math & Science (A), Data Structures (A), Data Mining (A), Calc I (A), Calc II (A), Calc III (B-), Calc IV (A-), Discrete Math (B+), Computer Algorithms (B+), Linear Algebra (B), Machine Learning (A-), Theory of Computation (A-), Differential Geometry (B-), Numerical Analysis (F)

**Type of Student:**Domestic White Male

**Graduate Institution (MS degree):**Fordham University - Gabelli School of Business

**Major(s):**Applied Statistics

**Minor(s):**

**GPA:**(in progress - anticipating 3.8+ GPA based on how this semester has gone so far)

**Relevant courses:**Statistical Theory I, Statistical Theory II, Applied Regression Analysis, Hierarchical Linear Models, Bayesian Analysis, Real Analysis, Numerical Analysis (retaking this course), Statistical Computation

**Type of Student:**Domestic White Male

**GRE Revised General Test:**

**Q:**165 (88%)

**V:**163 (93%)

**W:**5.0 (92%)

**GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:**

**M:**N/A; haven't taken yet

**Program Applying:**Applied Math