Postby **gromov** » Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:20 pm

You will need to check the websites - generally it should be fine as long as you have a degree in a field related to mathematics.

However, you may be at a disadvantage in the admissions process if most of your coursework is computational in nature. Plus, you would need to write a convincing statement about wanting to pursue a pure math advanced degree.

Computational algebraic geometry can arguably be considered pure math, depending on what you mean by the word "computational"; if this means using extremely elementary theory to generate computations using a machine, that's probably less helpful. More helpful would be if you perform difficult computations in commutative algebra using the insights of algebraic geometry, etc, and use a computer as an aid. There are lots of schools with strong algebraic geometry doing things like this.

Your admission will depend on your strength of *pure* math program, letters of recommendation (very important in your case, since your background may be unique, and admissions must be especially sure of your having strong direction in pure mathematics), and if relevant, standardized testing (of course, consult the school websites for what is needed). If you come from a not so famous school, standardized testing is more important than it would otherwise have been, given you do not have the same widely recognized marker of competence relative to other backgrounds.