Anecdotally it seems much harder to get into a good math program than a computer science program. How true is that? Are there any statistics available on the selectivity of different disciplines?

  • It's true. I don't know about any statistics, but surely the ratio between the number of applicants and the number of available, possibly funded, places is one main factor that determines the difficulty in entering a PhD program. May 25, 2015 at 5:52

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Statistics might be hard to come by, but you can always checks the requirements of the Phds on the webiste of universities.

In my alma mater (Canada), two were particularly easy to enter: psychology and semiotics. You could start them directly after a simple bachelor degree, you did not have to go trough a Master beforehand and, the teachers would try to entice you to do one. Anybody could do one even with relatively bad grades.

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