On strategies, procedures, and problems related to getting admitted to, or selecting students to be admitted to, a graduate degree program.

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Unofficial documents for admission process

I have applied few universities for the graduate admission (PhD in physics) in this fall. Maximum of the universities require all of the official documents for the admission and review process. ...
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Last minute master's application?

I've been gearing up to apply to grad school for some time now. Switching fields, working full time and other considerations mean that I keep pushing back my goal of applying. I have been ...
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Should I address my GPA declination in my personal statement?

Basically, my last two years GPA is much lower than my first two years: I got almost straight 4.0 in first two years but my junior year is a mess (one semester is 2.7) and my last semester GPA pump up ...
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Can I change my recommendation letter provider?

I wrote a few weeks ago about a conundrum I had with a professor regarding my recommendation letter for graduate studies in UIUC. I'm very grateful for everyone's responses, but I still have not ...
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Fraternity/Sorority and Graduate Application

I'm going to start applying to graduate schools (Masters and PhD) for Economics in a few months primarily in the US, but also to a few schools in Canada, Australia and the UK. During my time as an ...
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What to do with letter of recommendation if you left program unhappily?

I was forced to leave a STEM program after a fight over whether I could apply the NSF sponsored summer abroad fellowship. I was given a letter of resignation and 2 month of notice. The situation was ...
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Updating Paper Status after Applying to Graduate School

I heard back recently about my paper being accepted for publication. At the time of my applications to graduate schools I just wrote it was under review, should I attempt to update this status with ...
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Can a masters student apply for a second masters in the same field in another country? [duplicate]

If I have a masters degree in CS from a UK uni can I apply for a Masters in USA or germany? If I want to return to academia, is PhD my only option?
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Aiming for graduate school in applied math with weak math grades [duplicate]

I am close to finishing a degree in a combined program in computer science and physics, and I am thinking of applying to graduate school in environmental modelling, ideally with a strong mathematical ...
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Asking admission committee to confirm if they received my application and letters

I'm applying to a PhD program and the application isn't centralized or anything. I don't upload the required documents to a server, I just send them as emails attachments. Is it kosher to ask them to ...
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How should I ask for a modification in the admision procedure of a Master programme?

I am a Spanish student and I'm planning to do a Master abroad next year, concretely in France. I met all the requirements to get admitted into the Master but the procedure includes a final interview ...
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Reapplying to other programs in the same/similar field [closed]

I'm a 2nd-year doctoral student in applied statistics, with more than half of the course credits completed. I just need the master's thesis, comprehensive examination, and dissertation to get the ...
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Co-advising - how does it work?

I was wondering how co-advising works in graduate school, specifically: Is funding primarily provided by one advisor, or equally shared between two advisors? Does the student work on two separate ...
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GPA required to study in Germany and does the language matter [closed]

I graduated with a bachelor degree in IT and I want to apply for any information technology university in Germany. Would anyone know what is the minimal GPA for applying? Also, I know that it's free ...
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Asking a professor whether my application has been accepted or not

I applied to a university which has offered acceptance letters to a few students so far. What would be a polite way to ask my professor whether my application has been accepted or not by the review ...
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Shall I include a list of workshops and conferences attended during my UG in my 4 page CV?

I'm currently applying for US graduate programs (doctoral study in Molecular biology). I'm asked to submit a maximum of 3-4 page CV. I have participated in nearly 20 workshops and conferences in my 3 ...
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Asking a professor about his advisor

When searching for graduate schools, I've found Professor A of University X with whom I'm interested in working. I'm also interested in working with Professor A's advisor, Professor B, who is at ...
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What should be the contents of the “describe your undergraduate program” while applying for grad schools?

I've come across a university where I'm required to give details about my undergraduate program (including course transcripts). Nothing else has been mentioned about this submission. What should I ...
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Advisor unresponsive after agreeing to introduce me - What to do?

I asked a question over here about the best way to go about meeting a prospective PhD advisor (Prof X). It was mostly agreed that I should ask my current advisor (who knows Prof X) to introduce me. I ...
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Been working towards undergrad degree on and off, now finally found my passion and want to go for a PhD. What should I do?

I went to college right out of high school not really knowing what I wanted to study. I ended up with medical issues about two and a half years into my degree, lost motivation, and dropped out. After ...
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Eventual Career Objective [closed]

I am a Front-End Developer with several years of experience as well as I have my B.S. in Computer Science. I am doing research and pursuing my MS in Computer Science. However, I am somewhat struggling ...
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Grad school admissions- low GPA [duplicate]

I want to get a PhD in neuroscience. I started out as a bio major as an undergrad, but it really did not go well. I was depressed and dealing with a number of personal issues over the course of a few ...
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Do Europe committees care about my community service for GRE learners?

I have finished applying into US schools, and now I turn to other countries. Since I don't think that there is much different between US and Europe (more specifically, UK) in the requirements in the ...
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What does a taught Master's admission board consider important?

I am currently in my last semester of BS degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics. I am in the middle of applying for a number of taught Master's programmes in both the US and in Asia, most of ...
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What is the difference between statement of purpose and Personal statement? [duplicate]

Though this question might be risen before, I would like to get cleared in a perspective of biology graduate student. I am a Molecular Biology post graduate student, aspiring for doctoral study in a ...
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How can I show the admission board that I'm better than my academic record says

I'm a last year student of a degree in mathematics ( and another in physics) in Spain. I'm starting graduate education next year and I need some advices on how to improve my chances to get into ...
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What are the chances of admission in to Graduate School in USA after being informally interviewed by a Professor on Skype? [closed]

Two days ago I was interviewed by a Professor I mentioned in my Statement of Purpose for application of MS in CS in USA. It was for 10 minutes, this time had been predetermined by the school. The ...
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Is it possible to overcome poor undergrad performance with a masters at a much lower ranked institution?

I have browsed extensively on academia.se and generally understand from similar questions (e.g. Doing bad in undergraduate but good in a masters program and How does the admissions process work for ...
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How to reply to a potential PhD supervisor who asks if I have my own funding?

I have a Master in Computer Science and I am applying to some Canadian Universities for a PhD... After contacting to a supervisor, I got a positive reply, however he asked me: "Do you have your own ...
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What is the importance of a very tangentially related minor in grad school applications?

In an effort to keep this question generalizable, I'll try to be as vague as possible. I'm majoring in a softer science (getting a BA), while doing research in a much harder science which could be ...
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Would a Professor be responsive to a meeting request from a PhD student like this?

I am a graduate school applicant and am considering requesting a meeting with a professor while I'll be visiting a city near their university town. The current e-mail format I have in mind goes ...
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What can I do, if I don't like the proposed research subject by my potential supervisor?

I am supposed to be admitted to a M.A.Sc. graduate program in engineering at a reputable Canadian university. I am now communicating with my potential supervisor about the potential plans for my ...
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Is a short CV problematic?

I am currently an undergraduate student in mathematics, applying for graduate programs. To this end, I need to create a CV. I have no research experience, no scholarships/awards, no ...
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I got a C in a core class. Should I retake it?

I'm a 3rd year aerospace engineering undergrad with an inclination to pursue graduate studies in dynamics and control (ultimate goal of PhD). Until last semester, I had a lazy attitude towards my ...
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How to deal with post-high-school gap in CV?

I am currently finishing my undergraduate degree, and I am working on my CV for graduate school applications. After High School, I spent ~1.5 years traveling, mostly by myself, and with no notable ...
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What does recommended for acceptance mean?

I applied to a computer science PhD program and received an email saying the department admissions committee has recommended me for acceptance to the program. What does it mean "recommended"? Isn't it ...
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Should the PhD proposal be discussed and adjusted by supervisor and student before formal application?

Many social science departments in EU/UK recommend getting in touch with potential supervisors first before submitting a formal application which involves a proposal. Should the applicant approach ...
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Is the absence of complex analysis a significant disadvantage in math grad school application? [closed]

I am a junior math major considering math grad school, possibly in probability theory. Would the admission commitee of math grad schools view the absence of complex analysis as a significant ...
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Differences in the capitalization of my name

In my passport, my name is "SABBIR HASAN" because there was no option to write in smaller letters. I registered on the GRE with my name as "Sabbir Hasan", and I am also writing it this way on the ...
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Are 3 courses per semester too few if one of them is of graduate level? [closed]

I'm a senior undergraduate math major, planning to work for a year in industry and then ideally apply for PhD programs in Mathematics with a focus on algebra and logic/model theory. In the fall of my ...
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Chances of admission with a low GPA (details in the post) [duplicate]

I have been reading a lot of threads about the sub 3.0 GPA issue and I am worried about it, too. So here is a brief summary of my situation. I am Emre from Turkey, a senior studying Chemistry and ...
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Name spelling problem in recommendation letter

I have applied to several US universities for admission to the PhD program this fall, so I requested my professors to write recommendations for me. One of the professor wrote my name incorrectly. My ...
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Academic integrity problem in PhD proposal to reuse ideas/ self-plagiarize?

Is there any integrity/plagiarism issue if I use ideas I developed/argued in my master's essays and dissertation in the PhD proposal? Can I do this? What can I do to prevent potential problems? Edit: ...
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Professor didn't write a letter because I didn't waive my right to view it. How to let him know that I have changed this?

I'm applying to UIUC and have asked 3 of my professors to write me recommendation letters. One professor, who I discussed my application with before extensively, wrote back to me after I was done with ...
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Should I apply for a master's or PhD if changing to a related field — linguistics coming from B.A. in Spanish and Chinese?

So I applied to a linguistics PhD program my senior year of undergraduate studies in Chinese and Spanish. I wasn't accepted, and the university provided the explanation that essentially I didn't have ...
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What is the meaning of the official transcript?

I am going to apply for graduate admission in the US universities. Most of the universities require official transcript which must be sent from my institute with official envelope and seal. I went ...
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Including a non-relevant work experience in Statement of Purpose for higher studies abroad

After completing my undergraduate studies in Biotechnology, I switched to a career in Banking services where I have worked for a year. But now I would like to pursue higher studies abroad in ...
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Would it be a poor choice to focus on disability in both my personal history statement and diversity fellowship response?

I am working on my application to UC Davis. It requires a Personal History Statement separate from the Statement of Purpose. I've been through this process with UC Berkeley, and the prompts are almost ...
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Accused of cheating on masters final; afraid that appeal will bring retaliation (ruining PhD applications)

A friend of mine is finishing up a masters program and has applied to PhD programs around the nation last fall, as well as within the existing college. She had received several glowing letters of ...
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What counts the most for admission to a MSc : Erasmus programme or summer school / research programme? [closed]

I'm doing my bachelor degree in Physics in Italy and I'm strongly considering to continue my studies abroad (in Europe) after the degree. I don't know whether I should spend a period studying in a ...