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Is it unusual to apply for a degree without finishing your current one?

Consider the following situation: a student has started a bachelor's/master's/PhD at a lesser-known university program but feels that he would benefit from a more prestigious institution with better ...
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What makes a standout profile for applying to a top-ten ranked CS masters in the US?

I'm currently an undergrad student, will complete it next 3 months, I was thinking that, what makes an undergrad profile different and stand out of crowd? To be more specific: what does it take for ...
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Applying Phd position before completing M.Sc [closed]

I am pursuing my M.Sc.(final year) in geology. A Phd position has opened in an university and I am going to complete my M.Sc. in 2015. I just contacted with the concerned Prof and he told me to submit ...
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Knowledge required for PhD

I am a senior undergraduate computer science student from a 250-300 ranked university. I am planning on contacting a professor to ask for supervision but my knowledge of the topic is fairly limited ...
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Are there any drawbacks in adding hyperlinks in PhD application email?

I'm writing an application email to a professor for a PhD program. One dilemma that I have is whether I should add hyperlinks and if there are any problems in doing that. Consider the imaginary ...
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Can personal projects that required reading other's research make up for lack of my own?

I graduated from my undergrad program last December. My grades and GRE scores are good but my school is relatively unknown. I don't really have research in the sense that I haven't published ...
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Low ranking university with fund VS Unsure opportunity at a higher ranking one

Two years ago, I completed my bachelor degree with highest honor ranking 1st of my class in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department in my university in Egypt. Since then I have been working ...
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Is the minimum GPA required for Graduate school a cut-off criteria or a general guideline?

I am a senior year undergrad student from a prestigious institute in India. I intend to pursue a PhD after graduating. While researching universities, I stumbled upon the fact that many of the top ...
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Differences between cover letter and research plan?

I want to apply for a PhD positions and it says to include the following: a cover letter Research plan – this should be a personal statement motivating why you are applying for this position I ...
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Should I challenge the GRE requirement for a doctoral program in education (in the U.S.)?

I'm just starting to investigate doctoral programs in education in the United States, and I'm considering how to handle the GRE requirement: Hardline Activism: submit my incomplete application with ...
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Fellowships of smaller amount to support your main postdoctoral fellowship

I'm not sure how relevant to this site my question is. I apologize if it's not, and would appreciate suggestions for other sites where I can ask the same. I've a certain postdoctoral scholarship for ...
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Writing CV's for a “summer school” course

I would like to apply to a week-long master's course offered by a university in another country. The only thing they require for the application is a CV. Since I have no significant experience in the ...
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Applying for masters again, will the application be evaluated on the basis of undergraduate/Bachelors or the most recent postgraduate grades [duplicate]

Applying for masters but have a previous uncompleted masters on my profile. Will that grades from that masters be factored in when the admission committee evaluates my application. What if i have very ...
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Is being a volunteer useful for academic prospective

Is being a maths "tutor" volunteer at sites like MATHNERDS useful in terms of "good impression" for future academic prospectives?
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Admission process to British universities (in particular, Oxford and Cambridge) [closed]

Can you clearly outline how the application process for a MSc (that is, after having gained a 3-years degree) in the UK (with particular attention to Oxford and Cambridge) works? The subject is ...
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Entering academia as a high school dropout

I have a strong desire and determination to contribute to society by expanding the knowledge in my field of interest, but I feel that I am failing to get into a position to fulfill this dream. This is ...
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How would it look like from reviewers' point of view if one submits off-topic works for application to phd programs?

By a scientific work I mean any work of mine that either belongs to my field or belongs to some related fields of my field. A work that is not a scientific work is called off-topic. Since I ...
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Should I provide an opinion on a graduate school candidate without being asked by the candidate?

I've been contacted by email by another professor at a different institution, who is assessing a student for graduate school entry, for an informal opinion about the student's suitability. The student ...
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Is it a bad idea to express my personal feelings about the subject when writing email to a professor for PhD application?

I'm looking for PhD positions and I just recently came across an option in Germany. These guys are working on a subject that is very really truly interesting for me. I want to write to the head of the ...
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Why does a university not require me to send proof of high school degree?

I'm applying to a online Bachelor of arts degree at a very well established university in the United States. However, I'm almost through the application process and at no point did they require an ...
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Filling “Educational Status” in GRE subject test application form

I am going to apply for a GRE subject test (Mathematics). The application process is going to start in this July. I want a suggestion regarding online filling of the application form. One item in ...
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Apply for PhD positions with only one (or no) reference (letter of recommendation)

After applying for a number of PhD positions I ended up with a surprisingly high rejection rate, and as little as 3 acceptances. Waiting for a positive answer from other labs (which I liked a lot ...
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If I have dropped out of a Masters can I then go on to do a PhD?

I attended a masters program in IT and completed everything except for my capstone. Its been almost 7 years since I started and 5 years since I moved out of college. I now want to apply for a Ph.D. ...
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How do selection committees ensure that they won't steal an applicant's ideas as presented in his/her research statement?

Academic job applications usually require the submission of a research statement, which describes not only the applicant's research experience, but also future direction of their work. As such, it may ...
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Showing interest / Applying for Phd position that has just opened, before finishing Master studies

Currently I am working towards Master in Computer Science degree, hoping to be done by the end of the year. Last month a new professor moved to our University and now there are open Phd positions in ...
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Applying to PhD programs; do I need to include transcripts from unrelated master's degree program?

I'm interested in pursuing a PhD in a particular humanities field and I feel that my undergraduate GPA is strong enough for me to get into such a program at a top school. However, my path to deciding ...
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Expelled from undergrad university for poor academic performance, can I go back there (years later) for Masters?

I want to obtain a masters degree at a certain top university (in Canada). However, I was kicked out of the department due to my bad performance. Repeated attempts at getting back in were ...
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Apply for PhD before finishing my Master's degree

I am now in the middle of my master's degree and I plan to graduate in August 2015. I currently study in Germany and for most engineering students here it is common to finish the five-year program (3 ...
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PhD student leaving current program for reasons of safety. Recommendations for what to do next in terms of schools and catching up?

I am a PhD student who lost a year in school due to factors beyond my control. First, several non-school related issues made it difficult for me to focus on school. Then, a little later, I was ...
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Postdoctoral applications - informal enquires

I have seen many Postdoctoral advertisements where they mention that an informal inquiry can be made to a PI. What are the kind of questions that can be asked? Should we attach our CV and mention our ...
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Degree program changed before attending graduate school

I studied Bioinformatics at the undergraduate level but since I was short of one of the degree requirements and I had already been accepted to a graduate program, my university decided to re-name my ...
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Is hiding publications in CV a good idea?

Here's my story: I study computer science. When I started my master's degree, I had good research ideas and I wanted to publish them immideately (I now realize being in a hurry is the worst thing I ...
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Stay put or enter the US application process

I am an American who came to Europe last fall to do an MS which would complement my BA, since the field of study for my BA was different than my current one. My original plan was to apply to PhD ...
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How can I improve my chances of receiving PhD funding (UK, Anthropology)?

I have been accepted to UCL and Oxford for a PhD in anthropology, however I have not been offered funding for either position. I am considering reapplying next year and I would like to know how I can ...
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What does “informal application letter” mean?

For an application to a Master programme, I am asked to send: a description of my study motivation on 2 pages an informal application letter What does "informal application letter" mean? Is it ...
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Should I publish findings not from my field? [duplicate]

I have some findings (new but nothing ground-breaking) from my master thesis in the field of A which I could publish if I spent more time on the topic. However, my PhD and future specialization is ...
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Academic 'rehabilitation' after poor undergraduate results

I'm an undergraduate studying Mathematics & Philosophy in the UK, about to sit my third-year exams. My course is structured as a three-year self-contained BA and a fourth year 'integrated masters' ...
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How to explain why I want to go to a summer school?

I want to go to a summer school in biomathematics for undergraduate level, and they ask to give some sort of explanatory of why do I want to attend. I've never done this before, so I have no idea what ...
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Should I send my mediocre test scores if it's not compulsory to do so?

I want to apply for a scholarship, but my TOEFL score is 81 and I think it is not good enough. Sending language proficiency scores is not compulsory for scholarship application but it is encouraged. I ...
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mentioning MOOC's I took in my scholarship application

I'm preparing my application for a master degree scholarship, would it help to put the MOOC's I took in the application, I earned five MOOC certificates and expecting another two in the near future.
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Will dismissal from one graduate school affect me applying to another?

I was dismissed from my Masters program due to bad grades. I also have a mention in my records that say that I might have used last years homework. I did not copy and they had no proof that I copied ...
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How can I move from chemical engineering into drug discovery?

My situation is as follows: I have already obtained a master in chemical engineering and my thesis is about drug delivery. I would like to continue my graduate study for a PhD, but as time goes by, I ...
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Lodging an objection to a decision to reject my Master application

I'm currently writing an objection to a decision to reject my Master application. The decision is made by Admission office, not by Admission Board or Committee. All members of the Admission office ...
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“This is very interesting as a project” What is the next step to obtain PhD position?

I am submitting to several schools for PhD position in CS. I am following the advices about how to contact professors. One professor I sent to suggesting some idea about her previous research and ...
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What is the likelihood of a PhD admission if a professor agrees to supervise?

A very nervous potential PhD student here! Long story short, I have been applying to quite a few bioinformatics PhD programs in the US and been rejected from most of them. I did my masters in the ...
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My Supervisors are not helping in writing recommendations letters

Maybe they are helping and I am the one who does not know how things really work and that's why I am seeking help here. I am about to finish my Master in Computer science (waiting for the oral ...
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First-year PhD student with weak CV/Resume; how to stand out in fellowship competitions?

I am a first year PhD in a large Social Sciences program at an American public institution. My CV is very weak as I am not yet published. I have research assistantship experience and teaching ...
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Should you hide that you are already enrolled elsewhere when applying for another PhD?

I plan to re-apply for a PhD in the US next year, but meanwhile, I decided to enroll in a PhD in my home country I read the similar post: Applying for PhD while enrolled elsewhere However, I am ...
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Complete financial statement as the part of scholarship application

I'm applying for a scholarship whose application consists of a financial statement, in which I have to breakdown my income and expenditure to show how I manage my money. As the scholarship aims to ...
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How do I make a bad semester not look bad during my scholarship application?

I am applying to the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, and they require a transcript. Now, I have a problem with my grades, in that I had good grades until my final year, where a combination of ...