I got my undergrad degree in Economics. However a few years after graduating I've realized what I really want to do is get a Ph. D in Physics.
Problem is I don't have any formal background in Physics besides an intro sequence. Also, my undergrad GPA (3.1) is not good, and I didn't have relationships with any professors so I don't have a good source for recs.
On the plus side my GRE scores are good - 790V/800M/960 Physics. I've done a lot of self-study in Physics and I've also taken a decent amount of math for Economics, roughly equivalent to a Math minor.
To improve my chances, I'm thinking about either: 1) taking a semester or two of post-bac Physics classes, 2) getting a complete second bachelor's in Physics, or 3) pursuing a Master's. I'm not the apathetic slacker I was in undergrad so I feel confident I can do much better academically & get to know some profs, as well as hopefully get some research experience.
What would be the best route to take? Is it possible for me to get into a decent Master's program (in Physics or a related field like Applied Math) with really lame recs + low GPA? My ultimate goal is just to attend a good program for my Physics Ph. D.
satyad18 wrote:Hai everyone...I'm Satya, doing final year B.tech in Electrical engg., India.
I want to do Master's & Ph.d in Theoretical Physics. I'm looking forward to admissions in Canada or US. I'm yet to write the GRE, Advanced GRE in Physics & TOEFL.
Please give your advices and comments...
A good GRE score is pretty much necessary, not sufficient. And no score would be sufficient anyway if you don't pass the TOEFL.kushraghav wrote:AND WOULD SUBECT GRE SCORE SUFFICIENT TO GET INTO TOP SCHOOLS
kushraghav wrote:HI GUYS i have just completed my b.e. in instrumentation and control engg.
i want to pursue a post graduate degree in physics (ms/phd)
however i have no research exp or papers
i am waiting to join a s/w company in 3 months
i was hoping to write a paper in mean time..i read a lot of physics articles and i have a fair idea of research in physics
i have been reading a book on fractal geometry and applications in physics
whatis ur advice guys..can u give some guidance on writing a paper
and i have heard survey papers are important in field of physics
would it carry the same weight as a normal publication ..
GIVE ME SOME ADVICE REGARDING PAPER PUBLICATION GUYS
ALSO IF I CANNOT PUBLISH A PAPER WOULD A EXCELLENT SUBJECT GRE SCORE COMPENSATE FOR THAT
WHAT UNIV CAN I GET ADMISSION INTO WITHOUT ANY PAPER OR PROJECTS BUT A GREAT GRE AND SUBJECT GRE SCORE( FOR MS..I KNOW FOR PHD A PAPER IS MUST)
PLZ GUYS HELP
Obviously it does not. Summarizing other peoples' research is not the same as doing your own research. At best it shows you would be capable of writing an essay in English, which means absolutely nothing.
1.) You have no background in physics
2.) You especially have no background in theoretical physics
3.) You have no research experience
4.) Your education is in a wholly unrelated field
Based on these four things I'd say your chances of success are minimal. You'd be well advised to either
a.) Go back to school and get either a B.S. or M.S. in physics while participating in research
b.) Give up and move on
c.) Apply to a low rank school with your current background and cross your fingers
kushraghav wrote:yes i want the truth...actually i always run from hard choices..but i would still try to write a paper by myself and prove everybody here wrong
navyfan112 wrote:I'm going into my last semester of my undergraduate degree (in history) and was wondering what classes would help me the most.
Calc I, Calc II, General Physics I, General Physics II, and Modern Physics I.
Currently, I plan on taking Modern Physics II, Nuclear Physics, and Optics next semester. I was wondering if I should take Classical Mechanics and/or Differential Equations instead of one of these. I want classes that will both show that I have some kind of physics experience and help prepare me for the PGRE.
Thanks for the help!
pqortic wrote:I strongly encourage you to take classical mechanics or E&M or differential equations instead of nuclear physics or optics. actually the courses you planned to take usually have prerequisites, say E&M for optics and quantum mechanics for nuclear. furthermore, classical mechanics is more basic so use your time and first take the more essential ones.
I have completed B.Tech. in Computer Science & Engineering in 2008.
I had 8.05/10 CGPA overall in the course.
Currently I'm working for last 1 year in one of the top IT services company in India.
However, I want to switch my field to research in theoretical/mathematical physics (like relativity, quantum mechanics & string theory).
Please suggest how i should approach this.
Thanks a lot in advance...
blackcat007 wrote: I am truly intrigued, why only Indians ask such questions?
cybergeek wrote:Thanks a lot for the links. I really appreciate your help.
But, I should make myself clear, that I do know that it is not easy to switch fields, and I do not hope of getting direct admission to a decent US university right now. I will take the proper steps to ensure that I do get in, in the future. For, I WILL move over to physics in one way or the other.
I plan to do prepare for a MS-PhD (Mathematics) course in the premier Indian Institutes like TIFR, IISc or IITs. And then gradually shift to Theoretical Physics. Do you think that this is a valid plan ?
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