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Post-Baccalaureate Program

Do you wish you had taken more mathematics in college? Would you like to strengthen your quantitative and problem-solving skills?

The Post-Baccalaureate Program is intended for students with a bachelor’s degree (in any field) who would like to expand or deepen their mathematical skills for use in the workplace or in preparation for graduate programs in mathematics, science or social science. The program is flexible and can accommodate students with a wide range of backgrounds and goals. Students are expected to have strong skills in (high-school level) algebra and to have taken a full year of calculus before entering the program. Students may begin the Post-Baccalaureate program in either the fall or spring semester.

Curriculum. The program consists of three mathematics courses in each of two semesters. These must include two core requirements: linear algebra (MATH 15a) and multivariable calculus (MATH 20a). The remaining courses will be selected from a wide range of electives in consultation with an advisor. Students who have taken linear algebra and/or multivariable calculus prior to entering the program may substitute additional electives for these two courses. At most one cross-listed course may be used to fulfill the elective requirements.

Typical programs. Students will select courses to fit their background and their goals in consultation with an adviser. A description of courses may be found in the Online Brandeis University Bulletin.

A typical program for students with a bachelor’s degree in another field who wish to expand their quantitative skills might consist of:

  • Fall term: MATH 15a, MATH 20a, MATH 36a
  • Spring term: MATH 36b and two additional electives
  • Suggested electives: MATH 23b, 28a, 28b, 35a, 37a, 56a, any cross-listed course (at most one)
A typical program for students with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or science who are preparing for graduate school might consist of:
  • Fall term: MATH 30a, MATH 40a, one elective
  • Spring term: MATH 30b or 40b, two electives
  • Suggested electives: MATH 32a, 34a, 36a, 36b, 37a, 38a, 39a, 45a, any 100-level course

Transfer and Undergraduate Credits. All students are required to take six courses to complete the program. Courses taken prior to entering the program may be used to determine appropriate placement and selection of electives, but will not count toward completion of the six-course requirement.

Applications. Information on how to apply may be found on the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website.