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I am doing B.Sc (Hons.) Mathematics from University of Delhi, India. The duration of the course is three years. I am looking forward to get a MS or a MS + Ph.D. from the states in Pure or Applied Mathematics. So far,I know that validity of degree is subject to course and University. Do the following Universities consider a 3 year undergrad for their MS or a MS + Ph.D. in Maths?

  1. MIT
  2. Stanford
  3. Harvard
  4. Ivy leagues

P.S : I know I can get a MS in India and then apply for a Ph.D. from the states.But I would like to know about this so as to plan accordingly.

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  • Have you contacted those universities and asked them?
    – Michael
    Sep 25 '17 at 18:30
  • Ya. I did so. I am just waiting for a reply from maths dept. of MIT. Meanwhile I thought to inquire about it from here.
    – yasir
    Sep 25 '17 at 18:39
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According to MIT:

Graduate student applicants, who are not citizens or permanent residents of the US, must have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a college, university, or technical institute of acceptable standing.

Therefore, if your undergraduate degree is a legitimate degree, then yes, you can apply for those programs. However, it does not guarantee acceptance.

I'd imagine the same applies to just about any graduate program in the US.

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  • The fact the Bachelor's degree of US is of 4 years while a typical Indian one is of 3 years brings the confusion. Some of them do some of them don't. If someone belongs to these universities could help, that will be really nice.
    – yasir
    Sep 25 '17 at 18:41
  • I don't think length of study matters that much. A Bachelors degree is a Bachelors degree (assuming it's legitimate). I got my Bachelors in less than 4 years and it's just as legitimate as someone who spent 7 years getting their's.
    – Michael
    Sep 25 '17 at 18:43
  • It does. Many of them require basic 16 years of education (10+2+4) for graduate admissions.
    – yasir
    Sep 25 '17 at 18:56
  • That's interesting. I don't think I've seen that before. Not really fair for child geniuses then (not me).
    – Michael
    Sep 25 '17 at 18:57
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    @yasir What do your three numbers represent? I would spell mine out as 13+3: public school and then college. Sep 25 '17 at 21:12

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