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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Do graduate admission committees perform a first phase filtering based on GPA?

I heard from some sources that some applications are discarded before the professors in the committee even looked at it, based on GPA. How true is this? How do they equalize GPAs from different ...
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Retaking GRE general exam [on hold]

I did my GRE General recently, but on the test day I wasn't on the best of my health, so I couldn't perform well. In fact, I ended the exam early and came. I got verbal 148 and quantitative 161. I ...
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how to earn a masters degree [on hold]

I want to find out if i can GET admission to study MA PROGRAM in CONFLICT RESOLUTION SKILLS
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Will flat earth society membership affect my graduate school application?

Just to be clear: no, I don't believe in the flat earth theory. However, a few years ago, I thought that the flat earth society forum is a good place to practice my debating skills and to have fun. ...
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Do you think I am a PhD material? [on hold]

I designed robots, worked on projects for many years. I even started to build things while I was in high school. During my undergraduate, I involved with meaningful research, worked as a research ...
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What is expected in a masters thesis of a mathematics student?

What is the level of work expected in the masters thesis of a student of maths? I know some people's works are worthy of publications while some involve only studying some topic in detail from a book ...
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Did I choose my modules unwisely? [on hold]

I would like to apply to grad school soon. I have a BA and am currently doing my MA. Throughout both my BA & my MA I chose whatever I found interesting. I am worried that this will look bad if ...
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Should I disclose academic misconduct on a grad application?

I am applying to a master's programs right now and am in a bind. My professor accused me of academic misconduct in one of my undergraduate classes. After I submitted my assignment I had asked a ...
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GPA is slightly below what's required for conditional admissions offer, what are my options?

I've received a conditional offer from Australia National University (ANU). To accept this offer I must have an average of 85% in my current undergraduate program, but I found that my final average is ...
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Having a retired professor write my letter of recommendation, [duplicate]

One of my math professors (in a U.S. university) retired this semester. He was one person that I had planned on asking to write my letters of recommendation this coming fall semester, when I send out ...
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Applying to graduate program - propose research project?

I am a rising fourth year chemical engineering student applying to graduate programs in statistical mechanics (condensed matter and biological physics) this fall. I have been working on research ...
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Does a low GPA affect my chances of getting into a top US masters program if I also have work experience?

I am a software engineer and unfortunately I have a low undergrad GPA (2.2). I wanted to get into a graduate program (MS) in the US as an international student specially in (Machine Learining/AI). ...
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Will already having a masters degree make it harder to get funding for a second masters in Europe?

If a person who already has M.Sc degree (from the university outside of Europe) wants to enter European university for another M.Sc degree, would having M.Sc degree be a hindrance for getting a ...
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Mention of Open problems in statement of purpose

I graduated with a first class honors in dual degrees (bachelor of electrical engineering and mathematics) from Australia and would like to study for a phd in USA. One of my dreams is to work on a ...
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What can I do to increase my chances of getting accepted to a mathematics graduate program at a prestigious US university? [duplicate]

I was a relatively good student in high school, and being the valedictorian of my class I had a good chance of getting into a prestigious university for my undergrad. Even tough I have always remained ...
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Letter of recommendation from REU professor

When applying to graduate programs in computer science, what are the pros/cons of having the professor who advised your project in an NSF REU in computer science write one of the required letters of ...
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Did a masters in order to make up for my BA marks. But I did worse. What now? A second MA?

The title says it all. One thing to mention though, is that I am not too bad - I have B+ marks. Another thing to mention is that a lot of my doing bad had to do with mental health and family in war. ...
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What are some good ways to figure out one's interests in mathematics, before applying to PhD programs?

Are there mathematics seminars to attend in the summer, or do they typically only occur during the academic year? I am referring to American universities. An idea I had last night was to YouTube ...
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Bare bones undergrad coursework, lack of experience in highly competitive subfield [duplicate]

I finished my 3rd year at a US public research university; however, since I switched majors 2.5 years into my studies (engineering to physics), I still have 2 more years to go. Because of this, I will ...
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How should one decide whether to study logic in a math or philosophy department?

In particular, besides the more obvious fact that your courses and qualifying exams are going to be in different fields, are there any subtler reasons to prefer one department over another? Some ...
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What to write in first mail to a role-model researcher for PhD position? [duplicate]

I have been following a researcher since last three years and have read all most all of his research papers (whichever is freely available). At the same time, I have been continuously upgrading my ...
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When to use professional e-mail address during PhD application

When corresponding with administrators and/or academics regarding graduate school/PhD applications, are there any guidelines about which e-mail address to use (personal vs. professional)? In the ...
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Are you limited to the interests of the professors or your advisor during graduate research?

I am applying to school for a degree in food science and am looking at potential schools and advisers. I've stumbled upon a particular subset of food science that I really want to get into, but only ...
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What are the differences between a PhD in Statistics and a PhD in Applied Math?

Both types of programs will have predominantly undergraduate / master's level mathematics majors, both programs' students will likely take courses in measure-theoretic probability theory (so that ...
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which option should i prefer Thesis vs Non-thesis for MS in CS? [closed]

I've got admission for MS in Computer Science in a US university. Which option is better Non-thesis or thesis ? How do I decide which one I should take ?
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How many math PhD spots are offered each year by the top 50 US programs?

I'm trying to estimate how many math PhD offers are awarded each year in the United States, say at the top 50 schools, if that constraint helps. (I'm interested in departments called "math," not ...
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Is research experience or GPA more important when applying to MSCS programs

It seems that for PhD programs the research is more important but, which is more important for masters programs?
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Specialisation MS in US after a Conversion MSc in UK [duplicate]

I am a 4th year electronics engineering student, and I will be completing my bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering in June. I intend to apply to MS in Computer science programs in US for the ...
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How to list conferences on a CV?

I am an undergraduate student in math. I have attended a few conferences/workshops and was wondering what is the best way to distinguish between the following on my CV: conferences/workshops with ...
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How faculty might assess a PhD applicant who already has a PhD degree?

What concerns/worries a potential PhD supervisor might have when he/she sees an application from someone who already has a PhD and applying for the second one? The fields of study are distantly ...
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How to turn down an offer of graduate admission that I previously accepted [duplicate]

I applied for graduate admission to Canadian universities for Fall 2016 entry. One of the graduate programs offered me admission in early February and furthermore offered me a prestigious scholarship ...
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What's the impact of former university's transcript on PhD application?

I'm a junior majoring in chemistry and have a plan for applying Ph.D. after graduation. My current GPA is not distinct, just 3.65 out of 4 (Many people say 3.7 is competitive while 3.6 is like average ...
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What should I do with requests to be my PhD student?

Putting aside the issue of obviously automated inquiries, what should I do with personalized emails I receive from students asking to be my PhD student? Assume that I know the student is not going to ...
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Can dysfunctional graduate admissions processes be improved?

I am an assistant professor at a lower-tier research university. Recently I learned that my university and department have a dysfunctional system for reading and evaluating applications to our Ph.D. ...
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When applying to a Phd in Physics or Math , do grades in unrelated courses I took have any effect on my admission?

I'm currently studying (Undergraduate) Physics in a University where, regardless of their department, every student must take some English, Turkish and History courses, which I don't want to attend. ...
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A pattern of retakes for transfer admissions [closed]

NOTE:I put this under graduate-admissions because there is no transfer-admissions and I lack the proper reputation to make it I'm currently going to a community college, more specifically, HVCC. I ...
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Appropriate to mention using a lab's dataset when seeking grad student position in that lab?

I'm in the scenario where I'm approaching my final year of undergrad and am looking for a potential advisor for grad school; I've done my research on their research, including reading through several ...
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Research plan - 'meaning and features of research'

I'm writing a research plan for my master's degree and have a field named 'features', with the description 'meaning and features of your research'. What information is supposed to go here? Here is a ...
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An assessment system to indicate the outcome of completing an online course

I am a 4th year Electronics engineering student studying in India. I applied to Master's of Science in computer science programs (I wish to change fields) offered by 11 universities in the US, but my ...
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Masters admission while still enrolled on another course

I am a little concerned and need your help. I am applying for a master program abroad. However, I am enrolled in another master program and still have two semesters to finish. I am not sure what to ...
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Is a graduate pathway program likely to help for admission to a masters in another field? Is it better than MOOCs or an internship for this purpose?

I am a 4th year Electronics engineering student studying in India. I applied to Master's of Science in computer science programs (I wish to change fields) offered by 11 universities in the US, but my ...
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Questionable content in student's theses

If having some questionable aspects in the thesis - like not elaborated and rather simple theoretical models -, that did not influence the whole work and results, but might still arise the thought ...
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How is Study Abroad regarded by PhD admissions committees?

Does study abroad help enhance a PhD candidate's profile or does it not carry much weight at all? Let's say I took "regular" coursework while on study abroad for a semester, like a core course and ...
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Error in transcript of records?

I'm studying in Polish language. One of my courses was named "Metody otrzymywania nanomateriałów". Which roughly translates into "Methods for obtaining nanomaterials". However in my official ...
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Possibility of skipping lower level prerequisites for graduate math application? [closed]

I am a non-traditional student interested in entering a graduate program in statistics or applied mathematics (to study probability / complex systems modeling). I have an undergraduate degree in a ...
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Do you necessarily need to wait one year before attending a PhD in the US?

I see many LinkedIn profiles from Ivy League graduates that start a Ph.D. program only a few months after they get their Bachelor's (assuming that they graduate early in the summer). Given that ...
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As an undergraduate, how risky is it to aim for academia? [closed]

I have just finished my first year at University, and after a slight tweak to my major (two very similar degrees) I'm ready to start my second year of computer science in September. At this point, is ...
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How to follow up with a professor on graduate school admissions decision

I applied for graduate admission to a couple of schools and a professor from one of the schools asked me two weeks ago if I was still interested in graduate studies at his university. I mentioned ...
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Importance of Math Subject GRE

I will be applying for a PhD program for mathematics this year. When graduate schools are considering applications, how much weight does a GRE score carry compared to research experience and grades ...
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How Computer Engineering related to “major field”, “specialized interest” and “kind of program”?

I'm in the process of filling the Fulbright program's application for visiting graduate students. The program gives merit-based grants for international educational exchange, in this case - grant to ...