I am in my late 20s from India. After my high school, I completed my bachelor degree in engineering, specifically in textile engineering and later, my masters degree in statistics-cum-operations research.

Both the above-mentioned degrees are from Indian institutes.

But I want to pursue at least one degree from abroad universities. Also, I would like to acquire a solid foundation in pure mathematics. Although I have studied Linear algebra, Multi-variable calculus, Differential equations, Integral equations, Numerical methods, higher order integration, Infinite series, Complex Analysis (analytic functions and contour integral, etc), Vector algebra and calculus, probability and statistics, etc. I don’t have sufficient knowledge in abstract algebra (like in group theory, ring theory), topology, measure theory, functional analysis, etc.

To pursue a master’s degree in maths-oriented discipline, universities typically ask for a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. That’s why I am keen on pursuing a bachelor degree in mathematics through regular full-time mode.

I am ruling out the possibility of doing in India through regular full-time mode because there are many age-related restrictions in Indian universities. The only possibility is through correspondence courses (distance-learning) which i am not very keen on.

By abroad, I mean universities in USA, Canada, Australia, New-Zealand, UK and in Europe (Like Germany, Czech Republic, etc.).

Please inform what are the chances of universities admitting international mature candidates for a bachelor degree in mathematics and that also, taking into account the high school scores, and other previously studied degree scores. Also please inform, which such universities are present that admits such candidates.

  • Just go learn it. Do it on your own if you have to. Or sit in on classes / pay to audit. If you want a degree for it, go straight to the masters and explain how you know what you know. I wouldn't go back to undergrad except for fun. Maybe it's different in India, but in the US it's expensive. – Chris Rackauckas Oct 5 '17 at 17:08
  • In Germany, there are no age restrictions but you need to prove advanced German language skills to be admitted to undergraduate studies. Many universities also limit the number of applicants and there's an admissions system mostly based on high school grades, but it might penalize people who already have a degree. French universities, due to a historical quirk, give out bachelors based only on 3rd year grades. With sufficient french skills and other prerequisites, you might be able to sign up for a mathematics L3 and acquire an undergraduate degree in one year. – nengel Oct 6 '17 at 5:29
  • @nengel I don't know french. By L3 Mathematics, you mean the three year honors mathematics course? how can i earn the degree in one year? I have to complete all the 3-year formality as an international student, right? Do you know of french universities where bachelor degree courses are taught in english? – sonny Oct 7 '17 at 17:35
  • @ChrisRackauckas, Is it true that some US universities don't admit candidates in their MS Programs if they already have done one MS Program in a related discipline, outside US? – sonny Oct 7 '17 at 17:39
  • No, MS programs are willing to admit tons of things because you're paying. – Chris Rackauckas Oct 7 '17 at 17:49

Age is not an issue in the U.S.

But I would apply directly to a master's or PhD program.

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