### Question about school selection and competitiveness - pure math

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**Sat Apr 25, 2020 8:31 am**My background is unconventional. I graduated with B.Eng computer engineering with a math minor. I have a year of real analysis, abstract algebra and linear algebra at introductory level. My results are okay, 4.76/5 overall and so far all A's in maths, except an A- in discrete maths in freshman year. I don't know if that will change though as I am taking exams in a few days and I feel inadequately prepared... but that's irrelevant.

I will be doing a Msc in pure math at my home institution, which is well-known in Singapore. It will take a number of years (2 or 3).

I am worried if it will be very difficult for me to be admitted to a top 50 US PhD institution for math, just because I don't have a perfectly matching background for Bachelor's. I am fretting about this because admission results seem really CRUELLL in the recent years even for ppl with Math Major, good GPA, etc. I am concerned about ranking because I want an academic career, and my home institution is really particular about ranking (which might be an issue a few years down the road if I start looking for academia jobs).

I'm interested in set theory, category theory, homotopy type theory. My home institution has 1 prof in set theory but no people in category theory or type theory. The schools I'm interested in going are:

UCB/UCLA/JHU/U Illinois Chicago/CMU/Notre Dame/UC Irvine

Bonn/U Darmstadt/U Helsinki/Paris Diderot/U Warsaw(?)

As an international applicant I don't really know the "market trend" in the US, but I feel it is going to be tough as I look around.

My questions are:

1. How competitive is it to get into US top-50 for pure math? Will it be very difficult for people like me without a Bachelor's in math?

2. Any suggestions to more good European schools in my interest area?

3. Could someone share his/her knowledge on U Warsaw? Or schools in Poland in general (I heard Poland is great for mathematical logic but I don't know if that's true.)

4. Any other specific advice is appreciated

Cheers.

I will be doing a Msc in pure math at my home institution, which is well-known in Singapore. It will take a number of years (2 or 3).

I am worried if it will be very difficult for me to be admitted to a top 50 US PhD institution for math, just because I don't have a perfectly matching background for Bachelor's. I am fretting about this because admission results seem really CRUELLL in the recent years even for ppl with Math Major, good GPA, etc. I am concerned about ranking because I want an academic career, and my home institution is really particular about ranking (which might be an issue a few years down the road if I start looking for academia jobs).

I'm interested in set theory, category theory, homotopy type theory. My home institution has 1 prof in set theory but no people in category theory or type theory. The schools I'm interested in going are:

UCB/UCLA/JHU/U Illinois Chicago/CMU/Notre Dame/UC Irvine

Bonn/U Darmstadt/U Helsinki/Paris Diderot/U Warsaw(?)

As an international applicant I don't really know the "market trend" in the US, but I feel it is going to be tough as I look around.

My questions are:

1. How competitive is it to get into US top-50 for pure math? Will it be very difficult for people like me without a Bachelor's in math?

2. Any suggestions to more good European schools in my interest area?

3. Could someone share his/her knowledge on U Warsaw? Or schools in Poland in general (I heard Poland is great for mathematical logic but I don't know if that's true.)

4. Any other specific advice is appreciated

Cheers.