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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Can an international student gain admission to medical school in the USA?

I have been an international student in the US for quite a few years now (since 11th grade, 4 years to be exact), and I have always been interested in studying medicine in order to become a doctor. ...
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In a research statement for PhD admissions, should I start with the context, or directly with the idea for my research?

I'm applying for a PhD in engineering and I was asked by the advisor I have chosen to write down a short program (~10 pages) about the "research" I will conduct if I get into the PhD program. The ...
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Should I put my résumé on LinkedIn when applying for a PhD?

When I apply to a university for acceptance to their PhD program, I send my résumé with the application. When I want to apply for a job outside of academia, I also send my résumé to them. In both ...
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What are preferred academic background for PhD in Operations Management?

What are the preferred academic backgrounds for PhD programs in Operations Management? Would a Master's degree in Survey Methodology/Survey Research be considered suitable?
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What to do to supplement low grades to study Masters in Europe, Oceania and RSA?

To study in the USA, low grades can be supplemented by GRE or GMAT. What to do to supplement low grades to study in Europe{UK, Germany, France, Scandinavia}, Oceania and South Africa?
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Does a bad grade in one course (with otherwise OK record) affect graduate admissions?

I'm currently an M. Phil student in Math and I failed a course last semester because I was not able to hand in a home work assignment (which was worth 40% of my grade) on time (I was 30 minutes late). ...
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Should one avoid erudite vocabulary in statement of purpose?

I am not a psychology major. I came across this paper that shows that using erudite vocabulary will not do one good. What makes me want to ask here is a case study in the paper. Long story short, a ...
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How would a Coursera specialization be regarded in graduate admissions? [duplicate]

I'm looking at applying for a biology graduate program. Currently I have an environmental management degree and I've been in the IT field since graduation 5 years ago. I know I have quite a bit of ...
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Is someone with a masters in CS eligible to apply to a CS masters program in another country?

I've completed my Masters in Computer Science in India. Here we've had no specialization as such and the subjects assigned have been as per University rules. Now I feel the need to specialize in my ...
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What to do after succeeding in a master's program: Get a PhD from the same university, or go abroad? [closed]

I succeeded in the master's program I attended. I have now two accepted papers, and two more in preparation. I feel the accepted papers are not particularly good but most students in the program do ...
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Should I email a potential supervisor who agreed to support me?

I am applying for a PhD at a certain university that requires the student to provide and evidence of support from a potential supervisor before submitting the application. After mailing some ...
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CSU Eastbay Construction Management MS [closed]

I was told that CSU East Bay does not provide MS in Construction Management if you apply in winter quarter (from Jan-March), but only during spring quarter. Can anyone please tell if this is true or ...
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What to write in email to potential PhD advisor?

I would like to apply for following PhD studies in the Nordic countries, particularly in the field of Computer Science. The problem that I found is that it says in the admission procedure that "before ...
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Is it possible to get admission to masters for theoretical physics with a bachelors in electronics engineering? [duplicate]

Can I get into masters for theoretical physics without having a bachelors in physics or maths? I have a bachelors in electronics engineering, and I can get a recommendation from the physics department ...
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How are international graduate applicants perceived by universities in the US?

I've always wondered how professors and admission committees in the US think about international applicants for doctoral programs in the US. Skills: Why are international applicants selected over (I ...
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What, if any, roads are open to graduate schools for athletes with borderline grades?

My understanding is that colleges with sports programs will admit students with "low end" but not "off the charts low" grades if the respective sports teams want them. By this, I mean grades just ...
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Emailing professor too early has any impact?

I was just wondering when should we start contacting professor of grad school for admission. Does contacting professor too early cause any impact? like, professor gets irritated and never reply back ...
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How do CS graduate school admissions weigh an unrelated master?

I am a Computer Science graduate living at a developing country and I have two options to choose, Option I: Pursue CS masters at a reputable, but not leading, national university with a limited ...
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What matters most for Grad school admissions ? Practical grades or Theory grades?

My college separates theory and practical grades. I have poor grades in theory like I scores around 60 ~ 80 in most of my theory grades. But except two practical exams in which I scored between 80 to ...
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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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What should be emphasised in a statement of purpose when applying for STEM PhD programs in the United States?

This question might be more suitable for they who are or were application reviewers of STEM ph.D. programs in U.S. universities. I want to know what kinds of s.o.p. do catch reviewers' attention? ...
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Undergraduate research in mathematics

I am a European student applying for a PhD in mathematics in the US. Browsing the internet, I have come across quite a lot of American PhD applicants claiming that they have several years of research ...
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Should I mention that I have a Bipolar disorder in my statement of purpose?

Should I mention that I have Bipolar disorder in my statement of purpose and ask my lecturers to mention it in their letters of recommendation(I am doubtful that they will) ? BPD was a critical ...
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Will preparing for the mathematics GRE help me towards my goal of doing research in applied mathematics?

I did my graduation in electronics engineering from India, and an M.Sc. that concentrated on certain "sub-specializations" (communication, DSP and control engineering) from a UK university. I was ...
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how do I get in to political science Masters/Phd in a decent university with bad grades but good work experience? [duplicate]

I am from India. I have MBA degree with 2.5 GPA and my high school and college grades also not good either. This is largely because of my disinterest in the subjects I studied rather than pursuing my ...
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Convert from Egyptian % grading to German grading system [duplicate]

can any one help me to convert 68.08 % Egyptian grading which is a (B) in US grading to German Grading system?
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How can I identify research opportunities I am qualified for, and position myself as a competitive candidate, in a different field from my degree?

I currently have a BSc. in Environmental Science and would like to go back for a biology focused PhD in the next few years. I keep seeing the recommendation that having a good research fit will be ...
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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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Is it advisable (or even possible) to get a second masters in a similar field from a higher-ranked instution?

In May, I will graduate with a Master's Degree in Mathematics from a school ranked #201 in the U.S (for undergraduate education). It is unranked in graduate school rankings (for my program). I am ...
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How to mitigate bad grade in research on PhD application?

I've just finished my fourth year (out of 5) of biology studies in one of European universities. I have some experience in research and my grades are quite ok (in US scale it would be 3.75, which ...
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Doing master's / PhD in Electrical engineering or physics after a bachelor's degree in biology [duplicate]

I have a bachelor degree in biology but I want to change careers and study Electrical engineering or physics . Can I do this without having to do a bachelor's degree again ? How should I go if I want ...
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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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Double major versus independent study

I'm currently an undergraduate pure mathematics major and am definitely interested in graduate school. I'm curious whether a double major in computer science or independent study every semester in ...
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Would it be unethical to take a full time job and quit 8 months later if I get accepted for a PhD program?

I am applying this winter for graduate school and I will finish undergrad this winter as well. Would it be unethical to take a full-time position with the intention to quit soon until I know whether I ...
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How to contact a PI when I have been out of the system for a while?

I want to do a biology/biotech related PhD in Germany, I have an MSc in the field and some good ideas about what I'd like to research (biofilms and/or synthetic biology, those really excite me) but in ...
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Is it difficult to get admission to a phd in stem cell biology in Europe?

I am looking for a phd position in stem cell biology and have been trying very hard for the last 6 months in Germany or any European country. I have tried to contact many professors via mail but have ...
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Criteria for choosing undergraduate school to prepare for graduate study: “focus on undergrads” & “extensive rigorous curriculum” mutually exclusive?

I'm trying to figure out which undergraduate colleges are most conducive to graduate school applications, but it seems to me that (with few notable exceptions) my two main criteria that lead to this ...
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Studying Abroad - do they need my high school transcript/diploma?

I'm thinking about studying in Germany next year at a university. I am a US citizen. I have completed a 2 year Associate's degree program at a trade school (LA College of Music) and also finished my ...
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Which transcripts do I have to submit for grad aplication

Every grad school requires to submit transcripts from all undergrad and grad instatutions applicant attended including studying abroad. Personally I confused with one case. I entered first University ...
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Is there any option to defer the admission if accepted at a grad school? [duplicate]

I'm a sophomore in masters in chemical engineering and I wanted to apply to grad schools in USA and Canada for PhD. The thing is, my program here for masters is not time bound. It may take me between ...
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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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How handicapped am I in graduate admissions if I graduated from a lower tier university?

Due to a combination of factors, I ended up going for my undergraduate studies to a relatively unknown university that was close to me geographically. Let's say that I have a relatively standard ...
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How to improve chances of graduate admission following major, long-term burnout?

So my first post didn't fare too well with this crowd. Let me try again. Because I did not get into any of the schools I actually wanted to attend, I lost my drive to continue getting good grades ...
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Transitioning from languages to neuroscience/cognitive science for PhD, how to increase chances of success?

I have background in languages (BA in English Literature and Teaching in China, MA Conference Interpreting in Manchester, UK) and I am eager to do a PhD in cognitive science in the UK. During my MA ...
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Should I apply for PhD program this year after one semester of research experience, or wait another year?

I am doing BS Computer Science. I will be starting my final year in August and my CGPA is 3.05. I don't have any research experience yet but I am pretty sure that I want to get a PhD degree. Will 3-4 ...
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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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Is it possible to do a Master's in Mathematics after a Bachelor's in Economics?

I'm currently an Economics student in my second year (only just begun).I've come to realise that I'd like to study mathematics further (pure or applied) since I'm missing the subject ever since school ...
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Have applied to, and been rejected from, a number of PhD positions; are they really so difficult to get?

I am a student who graduated with a Master from a German university in April this year, majored in materials science, willing to further pursue a PHD degree in a European university (or possibly a ...
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To choose which Masters program to attend, should I favor institution or specialization?

I am an Electronics & Communication Engineer and I want to pursue a masters degree. After completing the degree, I would like to work in industry with zero inclination towards a PhD. I am ...
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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 ...