Prometheus_1776 wrote:Hello everyone. I was looking for some advice regarding my admission decisions. Thanks a lot in advance.
My undergraduate degree (in mathematics) is from a more or less unknown international school. Given my background, I was pretty sure that I wouldn't be able to get into an Applied Math Phd program at a decent (top 30) US school. I HAVE been admitted to a couple of Phd Programs that are ranked ~40-50 in the US but nothing to write home about. Therefore, I decided to focus on a Master's Program with a thesis option, both to improve my Subject GRE score (currently pretty mediocre) and also to get some research experience and better LORs. As things currently stand, I have the following two options available to me:
1) ETH Applied Math Masters
2) UIUC Applied Math Masters
While neither program is funded, I want to mention that money for an MS program is NOT an issue for me. So, keeping all of this in mind, which program do you think is a better choice, given that my career goal is to get a doctorate from a top 30 school in the US in applied math?
Ooh that's a tough one. may i know which schools you refer to by phd programs ranked 40-50 in the US? I'm just curious what schools people consider as lower ranked and higher ranked.
in my honest opinion, since money is not a factor, i think uiuc would have a slight edge in that phd programs in the usa are more familiar with the caliber of the program at uiuc. i know that ETH is a very good school but the fact that it's outside the us MAY be a disadvantage. i'm not sure of this so better check it out with the rest.
i would also consider the environment. switzerland is somewhat boring in that most shops close by 6 or 7 pm on weekdays and closed on weekends. they prioritize spending time with families so you might want to consider this too if this matters or not.
but learning math from a european perspective is a plus. the chance to learn german would also be another plus. it just depends on your preferences i believe...
Gasquet wrote:As Masters programs in themselves, I would go for ETH without thinking twice.
But, since your ultimate goal is a PhD from a 'top' US school, I would say UIUC is a better option. US schools know UIUC better and they would be more familiar with the curriculum. More importantly, they would know the professors better. Getting a good recommendation from a professor they know can make even an average profile look great to them.
blaue000 wrote:If money does not matter, you can also consider the ms program in nyu. Application of this ms program have not passed yet. The advantage of this program is you can pick up as many phd courses as you want.
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