Major in Mathematics (both pure and applied requirements fulfilled)

Major in Physics (Computational emphasis)

Minor in Computer Science

Minor in Chemistry.

Over the last 6+ years I've been employed full time as a Computer Engineer doing tangentially related work (Computer Modeling, Concept Development, Analysis [in the engineering sense not the Mathematics sense], lots of programming)

I would like to apply to the University of Minnesota (or other Universities near the Twin Cities) to pursue an MS in Mathematics part time while still being employed full-time, in Fall 2020. My employer would provide the legal limit of funding.

The problem, as you may have noticed, is that I have been out of University for quite some time. I did take the Subject GRE this October after deciding only a month earlier and scored a 590 (35th percentile). While I am personally proud of my score since I had little time to prepare, it is obviously fairly poor compared to other applicants.

**My questions are:**

1. Do I actually have reasonable chances of getting excepted?

2. If I were to apply would I be better off omitting my GRE score or providing it? I wonder if they place higher impact on this score for someone in my situation.

3. They require Letters of Recommendation. I have not been in contact with my Mathematics professors, would these be okay from high ranking people in my company?

4. The GRE officiant said that incorrect answers do

**NOT**take points off. I asked her to make sure this is what she said. All other references said that, in fact, you get -1/4 point for every incorrect answer. I did randomly fill in answers to questions I did not know or did not get to. Was she correct?

5. Have any of you been in a somewhat similar situation?

6. How difficult would it be to maintain decent grades while working full time?

Additional information for those interested:

I had a decent GPA 3.72/4.00 which was brought down significantly by my Chemistry minor (Organic Chemistry is the devil) and maintained As and ABs in my Mathematics and Physics courses.

I had done quite a bit of extracurriculars, including some undergraduate research in Math and Physics, Mathematical Modeling competitions, Math/Physics/Chemistry tutoring, Math Conferences, TA, etc..., as well as being a member of the Cross-Country team, University Choir, and was the Director of Philanthropy of my fraternity.

I was the Outstanding Junior in Mathematics at my university.

I was inducted to the Physics Honor Society.

I scored a positive on the Putnam Exam (exactly 1 point haha, which put me at the 60th percentile I believe).

I did take higher level math courses including Real Analysis I, Complex Analysis I, Graph Theory, Numerical Methods, PDE, Abstract Algebra I. However, it has obviously been a very long time since I've done a proof.