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 bachelor's degrees (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 the Graduate Advising Head. 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. A description of courses may be found in the Brandeis University Bulletin.

Typical Programs

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Students with Bachelor's Degrees in Mathematics or Science

A typical program for students with bachelor's degrees in mathematics or science who are preparing for graduate school might consist of:

  • Fall term: MATH 15a, MATH 20a, one elective  

  • Spring term: MATH 20b or 15b, two electives

  • Suggested electives:  36a, 36b, 37a, 39a, any 100-level course

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Students with Bachelor's Degrees in Another Field

A typical program for students with bachelor's degrees 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)

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.