Hey guys,

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