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Does one need a master's in math before taking a PhD in pure math?

I finished bachelor's in mathematical finance and am nearly finished with master's in mathematical finance (I am already done with thesis), and I plan to pursue a PhD not in mathematical finance but ...
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What could/do applicants usually ask professors, and how does this reflect in a statement of purpose?

When applying for PhD programs (or MPhil or MS) that require only a statement of purpose and not a research proposal, I was advised to first check if some faculty members (or is one good enough?) in ...
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With a background in mathematical finance and desire to apply for a mathematics PhD in another field, do I need a second master's?

Pardon the dumb question if ever. I notice similar questions all sound like "can I get a second master's?" but mine is "do I need?" I am nearly finished with my master in mathematical finance. I have ...
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Is a PhD degree from a European university considered equally valuable as one from the US?

I earned my PhD in continental Europe. Except going to a few conferences outside Europe, my network, collaborations and events were all in Europe so I was pretty much living in a European bubble. I am ...
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Does one need a master's in math before taking a PhD in math in Europe?

This question is a variation of my earlier questions. Okay so in the US, I guess one does not need a master's in math before pursuing a PhD in math since the US apparently usually assumes only a ...
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Is taking a year or so off between master's and PhD to self-study or do independent research a common practice in Europe?

So from my previous questions and from what I heard, I found out (iirc) that people who apply for a PhD in the US make a personal statement or statement of purpose while those in the UK, and I infer ...
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Math PhD application process

I expect to be graduating with a maths BSc (with an honours year, in Australia) in the not-too-distant future. I’d like to pursue a PhD in pure maths, with the view of becoming a research ...
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European student trying to get a clear picture of US PhD system

I am born and educated in a northern European country. After I graduate I want to continue doing research within the topics I am passionate about. Much of the research I am interested in happens in ...
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What kind of PhD proposals should I read?

I am finishing up my master's in mathematical finance and am hoping to pursue a PhD in stochastic analysis. I was given a sample PhD proposal from an education office that helps people apply for ...
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In places outside the US and Europe, how do I know if the standard is that one applies to a PhD program with a specific PhD advisor already in mind?

Suppose I want to apply to PhD programs at a university outside of the US and Europe. How do I know if most universities there follow what the US is doing or what Europe is doing? Elaboration: How ...