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Going Back to Grad School After Being Away from Math

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( 4 months ago )

I graduated with a degree in Math-Computer Science(dual degree) from a college in the US in 2012, and have been working in the Software industry ever since. From 2012 to mid 2014 I was a software engineer and since then, I have been an operations engineer(maintaining servers and stuff).

Even though my degree is Math-CS, most of my major courses and electives are in math and I've been thinking about going back to school to get a master's in some discipline of math. But I worry about whether I'll be able to pick up the material in school after being away from the field for a few years. My question is should I be reviewing materials prior to attending grad school? (Such as calculus/Algebra/Real Analysis(by Rudin) etcetc). Should I know everything undergrad courses cover in Analysis/Algebra before thinking about going to grad school? I realized most syllabuses for grad school application says "One quarter in Analysis, One quarter in Algebra, One quarter in Linear Algebra" or something along that line, but I feel that may not be enough preparation.

If it helps, I am thinking about going to grad school to either do industry work/teach math and not necessarily to do research, so I am not thinking about a PhD at all.

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( 4 months ago )

I was undergrad math-physics and did compsci on the side. Afterwards i worked a CS job for 2 years and then applied to a math masters program with a similar goal. Having now completed it, I can say that it should be doable with little prior study (I never had analysis in undergrad) so I never even prepared for it in grad school. Though I prepared nothing outside of Calc 1/2/3 I did make it through, though I will admit that first year was trying as all heck.

If you want a smooth ride, I would strongly recommend an in depth review of Calc 1/2/3. A walkthrough of an undergrad analysis book ( try Rudin / bartle in order of decreasing difficulty) and a good review of linear algebra (Hoffman& Kunze or Strang) and maybe some kind of a review of some differential equations and youll be ahead of or caught up to a majority of the students entering the program.

Good luck, you have a lot of reading ahead of you :)

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