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February 2nd, 2015, 03:33 PM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Feb 2015 From: Dominican Republic Posts: 2 Thanks: 0  Preparing for belated career in pure mathematics
Hi, I wanted to know if anyone could afford me some tips on how to go back to mathematics after a long time and pursue it as a career. I'm 27 and I have a bachelor's degree in psychology. Considering my background is not on a related field, what would be the procedure to get accepted into the PhD program of a good American school, if it's not off the question? I've always been quite the math prodigy, and on these grounds I've already been accepted into the best local universities of my native Dominican Republic into their pure math master's program. I'm guessing I'd have to show the particular school I apply to that my math skills are up to the challenge. If it's a very good school, I'd most probably have to prepare for such a task. So, 1) any ideas on how to go through with such a procedure? And 2) if so, how should I prepare for it? What are very good schools looking for? Thanks. Last edited by skipjack; February 4th, 2015 at 03:10 PM. 
February 2nd, 2015, 04:17 PM  #2 
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 931 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms 
I wouldn't even apply to a PhD program. I'd apply to an undergrad program and get a (second) Bachelor's degree in math, and then assuming you do very well, use your good grades and GRE scores to the PhD program of your choice.

February 4th, 2015, 01:25 PM  #3 
Newbie Joined: Feb 2015 From: Dominican Republic Posts: 2 Thanks: 0 
Thank you very much. It seems like a very sound advice. Although I'm also considering taking the master's program I've been accepted into and then taking a good foreign PhD program. Again, thanks.

February 4th, 2015, 02:37 PM  #4 
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 931 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms  
April 7th, 2016, 10:53 PM  #5 
Senior Member Joined: Apr 2016 From: Australia Posts: 156 Thanks: 22 Math Focus: prime number theory 
If you parents are wealthy enough you can pay for a phd anywhere in the world ive sat down to presentations given by phd math students that I felt like laughing at the whole way through but they must have been given that opportunity somehow 

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