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What GPA is considered as Competitive for top five schools in Engineering in US

Some prestigious universities like Caltech, Stanford, MIT and Berkeley never disclose their information regarding their cut off major and cumulative GPA for M.Sc and PhD programs in engineering. I ...
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Would adding anecdotes in statement of purpose be necessary?

I am applying to phd programs in the US. In preparing for the statement of purpose, I consulted some native speakers. I was suggested to add some anecdotes in my statement. Nevertheless, after a ...
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Should I avoid using footnotes in a statement of purpose?

I intend to use some footnotes (in a restricted manner) in my statement of purpose for PhD applications, but I am not sure if doing so is suitable. Though I cannot see any reason against doing so, ...
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Do I need to attach the letter of acceptance of an accepted paper along with the paper itself to my CV for applications to phd programs?

In an application to a phd program, if I claim that some paper of mine is accepted and the paper has not yet been published, then should I attach the letter of acceptance along with the manuscript ...
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Changing graduate schools after a semester

I am stuck in a somewhat unusual situation. I am enrolled in a graduate program (masters) in my country in the field of my choice. My college has a good undergraduate program but, as I've come to ...
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Should I apply again to the same research group where I used to work and haven't got any PhD offer from the professor?

Approximately a couple of years ago I was working in a Computer Science project abroad. The task was to implement a software analysis tool with the collaboration of a professor, and if all went well ...
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For writing samples, is it necessary to provide an English translation of a conference paper written and presented in my native language?

I have a paper, written in my native language, presented in a conference. If I want to use it as a writing sample in the applications to phd programs in the US, should I provide an English translation ...
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Is mentioning submission rejections in SOP wise?

I kind of want to mention in my SOP that I have been through rejections many times so as to hint the reader that I have a more mature mentality to persevere when I am a professional researcher. But, a ...
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Is it advisable to apply to more than one PhD program?

Is it good to apply for more than one PhD program and accept ( the best case, obviously ) the most interesting/best paid/best outlooks one?
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207 views

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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301 views

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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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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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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169 views

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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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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469 views

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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802 views

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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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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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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249 views

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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389 views

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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347 views

“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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399 views

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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372 views

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 ...
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Where can I find referral for my post-graduate application?

I'm currently in the midst applying to do my Master's degree in a university in UK. It is a distance learning course and I am a full-time working professional. The application requires me to name 2 ...
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199 views

Switch PhD program: how to contact possible PhD advisors when already enrolled in PhD program?

Say a student is enrolled in a PhD program in the US and is in the first or 2nd year and has not started his/her thesis work but has only done coursework. The student has always been in the same lab ...
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281 views

Funded PhD position chances for international students in Austria

In the midst of my quest for potential countries to find a funded Ph.D position in computer science, I came across Austria. However, my initial impression was there is no big chances for international ...
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How to prepare for a meeting regarding a Ph.D. program I'm wait listed on?

I am on the waiting list for a Ph.D. program I applied to. I sent an email indicating that the program in question is my top choice and that I am interested in discussing my qualifications. In reply ...
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Is the any special CV format for PhD applicants in Germany?

I want to pursue my PhD program in Germany. Is there any special format for academic CV to for applying there?
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First email in PhD application

First, I must mention that I found this, this and this are helpful. Yet, I am looking for more precise answer for the points below. I am looking forward to apply for PhD in Computer Science this year ...
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What to write in appeal for a rejected PhD application?

I have applied for PhD scholarship in Computer science at a European university. My master is from Malaysia. Unfortunately, my application has not been selected (only 9 has been chosen among 116 ...
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How do I deal with graduate school rejection from an university that I considered easy to get into?

Things you should know: It was not a dream school. It was considered "safe/moderate" i.e. the kind of students who get in have more or less similar profiles like mine. From graduate school student ...
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A quick question about deadline extensions

I'm applying for several summer schools, workshops, and travel funds. I've also applied for a few fellowships. Almost all of these have extended their deadlines for application submission and/or ...
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Applying to a graduate program in molecular and cell biology

I'm a medical school graduate student. However, I wish to apply for a PhD program in molecular and cell biology, I'm interested in understanding the interactions within and between cells at molecular ...
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Can I submit application on the deadline?

If grad schools says the deadline is Jan. 15th, do I have to submit application before Jan. 15th? Or I can still submit on Jan. 15th?
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Can I mention professors' names in the statement of purpose?

For PhD applications, I have mentioned that I am interested in some research areas. Besides, I am thinking about mentioning some professors' names, so that it shows I have read their websites and I am ...
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In statement of purpose, good to mention about learning from some professor's lecture notes and books?

In statement of purpose for applying to a PhD program, is it good to mention about learning from some professor's lecture notes and books (not papers, because don't get to read them yet), and finding ...
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Meaning of “delocalized campus”

While filling a PhD application for a European university, I came across a field that needed to be filled. The field - to be filled by 'Yes or No' - asked if my master's or bachelor's universities ...
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How to write research description essay in PhD application

I am currently trying to apply for a PhD position in a university. For the completion of application I have to write two essays: Statement of motivation Description of research area (with vacant phd ...
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Should I mention a “math depression” I went through in my letter of motivation?

I am a master student in mathematics studying in Europe and I am applying to several graduate schools in the USA. They aren't all Top 10 in these dubious rankings, but I am applying to Harvard, ...
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I just submitted my PhD applications. What do I do now?

I just submitted my applications to all the grad schools I am considering. Is there anything I can do during the wait to help my application?
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Graduate studies online application time of submission

During graduate studies online application submission period, is there any preference given for an applicant if he/she submits his application at the beginning of that period compared with someone who ...
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Optional essays

If you can upload a writing sample or a second statement of purpose in a university online application, and the department I am applying for doesn't require these two essays, would I get extra ...
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Can we mention our own idea of a project in the letter to a professor during grad applications?

I am applying to 6 universities for MS and I have short-listed 2 professors from each university whose field of interest is nearly the same to that of mine. Along with mentioning my interest in their ...
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Pure vs Applied maths, and combinatorics, in American universities

I'm in my last year of an undergraduate degree in pure maths, doing my thesis on probabilistic combinatorics. In Australia (at least at my university), Hungarian-style combinatorics is classified as ...
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Are grad school acceptance rates skewed?

Take grad schools for instance. Their acceptance rate is 8%, or seems to be so. Basically, suppose you have 100 randomly selected across the USA grad school applicants. 50 don't know what to do with ...
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Applying to physics grad schools in Canada - am I aiming too high?

So I'm in the start of the process of applying to grad school in Canada for a Masters in experimental physics, and am kind of overwhelmed and wondering about some things: I'm not from Canada and ...
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Should a CV for a fellowship application ever include test scores?

I did quite well on my GREs -- perfect scores on all three sections of the general test, and a result in the 98th percentile on the relevant subject GRE test. I'm applying for Ph.D. programs in a STEM ...
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List Unrelated Degree on Application

I am currently in the process of applying for PhDs. My question is whether it is frowned upon to have done a degree in a subject completely unrelated to my main studies. I just completed two masters ...
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Who gets accepted to top universities to do a PhD (STEM fields)?

I would like to ask what are some general requirements, level of know-how, etc. that students must fulfil/have to get accepted in the top universities? I'm particularly interested in the STEM fields. ...