Regarding graduate admissions, its dynamics, details and problems.

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Does taking courses of various subjects matter in PhD admission?

I'm going to apply for PhD programs of biology or biomedical science. I understand that I need certain semesters of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and mathematics. Because I'm going to graduate in ...
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Order of taking courses

I take my courses in a very specific sequence which I believe maximizes my learning potential and enjoyment. Unfortunately, that means that some key 'checkbox' courses I am to take might be put off ...
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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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Opinion on accepting a grad school offer after having already accepted another offer

I applied to graduate schools this year, and at the tail end of February, my first pick school sent me an email that to me, sounded like they had filled all the available TA positions. So naturally I ...
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Illness affected performance - but not that much?

In my second semester of sophomore year, I was moderately sick for most of the semester. It was not life-threatening, but I often could not attend class because I didn't feel well. As a result, I was ...
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Given only one possible appointment for masters application interview with no possibility to renegotiate date: Is this a red flag or normal?

Background: I applied for several masters programs this season (taking into account the advice given on this site) and have received a request for a telephone/Skype interview with one of the German ...
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Does rigor/thoroughness of undergraduate program matter (for graduate/PhD applications)?

I am an undergraduate at a large public research university in the US, finishing my second year. I have done some theorycrafting around my graduation course requirements, and I have realized that it ...
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Are Mathematics graduate programs open to admitting a student out of high school with graduate work?

During my high school career, I had the unique opportunity to take multiple mathematics courses at my local university, and after graduating, I took two graduate level math courses: Measure theory, ...
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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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Eligibility for a PhD in Business Administration program

I am looking into PhD in Business program at various universities in North America, and I realized that many of those programs require their candidates to have "a Master's degree". If I have a ...
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Which undergraduate research experience will help more for graduate admissions in mathematics?

I was recently offered a six-month undergraduate thesis at two places. Let us call them A and B. I am looking to apply abroad for my Masters in pure math next year. Hence, recommendations are ...
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What happens to the application materials sent/submitted with graduate school applications in US after admissions decisions are made?

After the admission decisions are announced, accepted students made their decision, and the list of next year's graduate class is determined, what do graduate schools and respective departments in US ...
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Logic behind masters programs admissions

I'm 2 years out of undergrad and thinking about applying to some math graduate schools, specifically operations research and maybe financial engineering. I was a math major, with middling grades, and ...
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Hosting a graduate student on a campus visit

A prospective graduate student is coming to visit a program and does not have a place to stay. As is sometimes the case, the program is not funding a hotel for the student and it seems likely that it ...
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Is it legal to withdraw a signed offer letter from grad school?

I am asking for my little cousin who is going to grad school this year. He has just signed an offer letter with school A, but just yesterday he got a better one from school B (may know school A ...
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Can I be admitted into a PhD program with non-thesis MS degree?

If I do a non-thesis MS program in statistics, will I be eligible for an admission in to a PhD program in Statistics later in my life? The MS program I am looking into is a non-thesis program but I ...
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Implications of being accepted without funding?

I was accepted into Ohio State University CS PhD without funding. I have heard that people who can show their capability may get funding after getting into the program. Is this understanding correct? ...
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Mentioning accepted conference papers that were not presented

If I have a paper accepted in a known conference of my field but am not able to present it at the the conference due to certain factors, should this be mentioned on my Master's application? Also, ...
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Is it a bad idea to do research with multiple different professors at the same time?

I am set on going to graduate school in computational science, specifically computational molecular biology and biochemistry. I am from a CS/Math background however and intend on applying to ...
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References for Ph.D. admission application

I completed my B.A. in 2005 and my M.Ed. in 2010. I'm now looking at going back to school to do a Ph.D., but I'm not sure what to do about the references required for my applications. I'm still able ...
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Do admissions care how close a TOEFL score is to the minimum?

I work with some students who will attend graduate school in the US. The schools they are applying for list minimum required TOEFL scores. Some have just reached the minimum scores required for ...
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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 ...
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Do grad schools need an official transcript from universities where I was an exchange student for only one semester?

I am a European non-EU student that went on an Erasmus exchange for one semester in the UK during my third year. Now, two and a half years later, I am applying to grad schools in the US, and the ...
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What would I need to show to change fields and get into a physics PhD program?

I've been working as a software engineer for a few years now, and have a bachelor's in computer science and math. My interest and knowledge in physics has been growing since I graduated, but I never ...
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Are TOEFL requirements waived for foreigners with US bachelors degrees?

I notice that perhaps most US graduate programs require non-native English speakers to get a certain mark on the TOEFL. Is this requirement typically waived for students who completed their bachelors ...
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Issues with PhD qualifying exam fairness and transparency; Objective opinions wanted

I apologize for the length of this post but I feel it is necessary to accurately convey the severity of the situation. I greatly appreciate those who take the time to offer advice. I am a prospective ...
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Reliable Rankings of US Universities?

I am aware of US News which publishes the rankings for US Universities every year. But somehow I feel that they try to emphasize more on private universities than public(state) universities. Also they ...
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What are some of the issues one should keep in mind while choosing between a fully funded offer and another with no funding?

I have been offered a place for a masters program in 2 places. One which is fully funded and another one where there is no aid that has been offered at the time of admission. I guess if the ...
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Will my job have a negative impact on my profile as a graduate student applicant?

I am a final year B.Tech Electrical and Electronics Engineering student from India. I am interested in the field of Embedded Systems. As of now, I have been placed in an IT Division of a respected ...
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how to express my thought to my supervisor without being disrespectful?

I applied to a not-so-well-recognized university for my PhD studies. The reason behind it was that one of my undergraduate professors moved to that university for some financial benefits. I have been ...
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A PhD student without an adviser

I joined "X" university (US) for my PhD to work with a specific adviser (Y). For 3 years, I prepared my background to work in Y's area (through education and research exp.). But now Y says that, "I am ...
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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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It's been one month since the graduate advisor (also the POI) said will get back to me regarding my grad application, should I send a follow up email?

It's been one month since the graduate advisor (also the POI) said will get back to me regarding my grad application, should I send a follow up email or should I just wait? He said in the last email ...
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Writing a research proposal in mathematics for graduate school

My question is about research proposal, I want to apply for a PhD program which requires writing a research proposal. What exactly should I write for the methodology section of a research proposal in ...
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Help choosing the right PhD program [closed]

Does anyone have any opinions on PhD programs in Religion from the Graduate Theological Union at UC Berkeley vs. Claremont Graduate University? I realize the affiliation w/Cal would be helpful for ...
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Any masters program on AppliedMath/Physics/Engineering still open to the applicants at this time? [closed]

I am a senior math undergraduate who is applying for PhD Programs at US this year. Unfortunately all I have heard is rejection and I am now really being backed into the corner. I have some good ...
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Do A+ grades (as an undergrad) matter at all for graduate school?

If I get A+ grades then it will raise my GPA in my undergrad institution, as well as for Columbia which is where I want to go to graduate school for statistics. Should I try hard to get A+ grades or ...
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Math subject GRE to fill gaps in undergraduate education for PhD application

BACKGROUND: I'm beginning a computer science MS program this summer. My undergrad background is a 2.9 in non-related sociology sub-category. The last time I took an actual math class was AP Calculus ...
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If I have an academic dismissal from a school should I ever go back there?

As a 19 year old I had to withdraw from a university because of depression. However, at the time, one professor refused to let me withdraw and gave me an F. On the strength of that grade I was ...
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Applying for PhD while enrolled elsewhere

Im getting rejections from my phd applications and it is rather difficult - emotionally. So, I am doing a 2+3 programme in a non-US country at the moment and I will finish my masters in 4 months or ...
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How can an undergrad from a country with little 'international' research improve his chances of being accepted into a top PhD program?

I am in my senior year of studying electrical engineering in an african university. I intend to apply to grad schools(Ph.D) a year after graduation, possibly to the top EE programs in the US (MIT, ...
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Benefits of doing Part III at Cambridge (Pure Math) for US PhD applications

I applied to various US Pure Mathematics PhD programs for entry this fall and the responses from my top preferences were not favorable, though some of my lower preferences were. I also have an offer ...
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How many graduate-level courses should one take to maximize chances of getting into graduate school? (PhD)

This is somewhat similar in broad topic to an earlier question I've asked, but not the same. I intend on applying to interdisciplinary mathematical/computational science/engineering programs like ...
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Can a Computer Science Post Baccalaureate Student get Graduate Assistantships?

Recently, I have been going around university websites to find a good post baccalaureate computer science programs. Most of them cost around $45k for living and tuition. Well, I was wondering is there ...
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Going to gap a year before reapplying for CS phd. Any advice [closed]

I am applying for cs PHD this year but have only heard 4 rejections. 6 schools haven't replied, but I am very pessimistic right now. I am currently an undergrad, double majoring CS and MATH. General ...
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Taking higher level theoretical mathematics vs taking less math and more courses in application areas?

I intend to go to graduate school for applied/computational mathematics, specifically a program like this https://icme.stanford.edu/. At this point, I'm trying to decide whether to take graduate level ...
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How can I complete the prerequisites for Masters in Computer Science on my own?

My Background: I am an EE graduate, working in a Software Company from last 2+ years as an Application Developer(Java & J2EE). Recently I started thinking of going back to college and do my ...
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Is it ethical to apply different criteria for graduate admissions based on country of undergraduate study?

We have undertaken a small statistical study of M.S. students in our department, including their application information and their eventual performance in our program. The goal is to develop criteria ...
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Are Canadian applicants favored in graduate admissions or funding for Canadian graduate programs?

I'm not sure if this question is off-topic here, but I have applied to some Canadian master's economics programs as an international student along with my Canadian classmates. Even though I have a ...
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Getting into math ten years after a BA in English

I got a BA in English at a pretty good school, spent the next 10 years in a fruitless pursuit of screenwriting with a day job in a legal department, and now that I'm sick of all that, I'd like to do ...