berkbelt wrote:I have Master's in both Math and Physics. I do not know what your physics program was like, but if it was anything like mine, it alone gives you very little math knowledge.
Ramanujan wrote:Hi guys,
I'm an international student presently in a Physics PhD program at a top 60 school. I plan to quit with a masters degree and apply to some math programs as my interests have changed. At this moment, I have no idea but to rely on your help. Could you please give me some idea as to how feasible this transition could be? I haven't taken mathGRE exam, but I do have substantial knowledge in areas of mathematics. Could someone provide some insights into this matter and maybe give some names of universities that don't require the mathGRE.
mathfreak wrote:Why don't you talk with math professors of your own university? I think it will be easier switch departments with in an university than getting admission somewhere else. The transition is possible, but for that you'll need LORs from mathematicians, and good gpa in pure math courses.
klob wrote:My advice is stick with your Ph.D program in physics. It doesn't sound for me that your are really knowing what mathematical physics is, since you don't know a professor in this area who could recommend you.
You got already something many people are dreaming of: being accepted in a Ph.D. program. So don't throw all of this away just because you think at the moment there could be something even nicer .
I think it will be very hard for you to switch. People will think if you already started a Ph.D. in physics and now want to switch, why can you be serious about doing a Ph.D. in mathematical physics now? The chance could be too high for them that you want to leave again, after you realized that mathematical physics is not like you thought it is.
I also studied both, (theoretical) Physics and Mathematical Physics, both Master. Both are very different. If you think about mathematical physics, think more of mathematics which you apply to an area which is not too far away from physics. But it doesn't have really something to do with physics. The spectrum of non-linear Schrödinger operators would be an example. You don't use physics, just math.
Are you doing Theoretical or Experimental Physics?
Ramanujan wrote:mathfreak wrote:Why don't you talk with math professors of your own university? I think it will be easier switch departments with in an university than getting admission somewhere else. The transition is possible, but for that you'll need LORs from mathematicians, and good gpa in pure math courses.
I have actually. But they don't do much work on mathematical physics, which is now my area of interest. I don't have any recommend er who is a mathematician. My profs who can recommend me are Particle Theorists.
Any schools that don't require mathGRE where I could possibly look into?
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