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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Is it advisable to talk about “learning things I don't know in the field” as one of the plans for future in statement of intent?

I am going to have a slight change in my field of study which is acceptable by the faculty I'm applying in for Master's. But because of this difference, I assume, I probably know less about the field ...
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Does doing poorly in a course hurt my chances of getting into grad school?

I'm a chemistry major and I've developed a strong interest in some areas of physical chemistry and I do really well in physics and math courses. However, Organic Chemistry has really hit my GPA pretty ...
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Given my contradicting profile, what class of US colleges for masters in Computer Science and Engineering do I stand a chance for? [on hold]

This is my profile: Bachelor's in CSE, 12 backlogs, CGPA: 6.58, Took an extra 1.5 years. But, worked on a no. of solo projects and solo authored 4 IEEE papers, making journal appearances and winning ...
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Is it reasonable and ethical to apply for two PhD positions with two different professors at the same faculty and the same institution?

Note: I saw this link, however I'm hoping to get wider range of opinions to help me make my decisions. Problem statement: I sent an enquiry email to professor A of faculty X at university Y. Today, I ...
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I am re-taking the 4th semester. How does that look in the eyes of a graduate school admission committee?

I finished first year undergraduate studies at the home university and continued the second year (accepted directly into second year) at a top university in the field in Europe. It all started nice ...
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Can a professor influence the graduate admissions committee if he or she is interested in a particular student?

I've had a promising Skype interview with a great professor from a top-level university in US. Our research interests are closely related and he encouraged me to apply BUT he says that all decisions ...
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Should I disclose my mental illness and medication in a PhD position interview?

While I was doing my PhD in my previous position I was diagnosed with a mental illness. I started medication however as a result I could not concentrate very well and it made me quit my previous ...
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Is my GPA good enough for top-tier graduate schools? [duplicate]

I'm currently an undergraduate and have a cGPA of about 3.6 in Mathematics. I worry that it's not good enough to land me a place at some of the best graduate schools such as UCB, Princeton and MIT. I ...
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Choosing Engineering Msc program: Broader field or more specific field? Also does Uni rank really matter? [on hold]

I plan to pursue my master degree in EU and currently still mulling over which program is the best for me: TU Delft (Netherlands) Msc. Mech. Eng, Control Eng Track RWTH Aachen (Germany) Msc. ...
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Following up with professor after PhD rejection

I met briefly with a professor last year and showed him a poster of my work which was not good at that time (It was some sort of a presentation in which we show our work and research). Then I decided ...
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Are there any IB schools that have scholarships for foreign students? [closed]

Are there any IB schools that offer scholarships for international students
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What is common in most PhD application procedures in the UK?

I am almost done with my master's degree in mathematical finance. I'm done with thesis and have one course left to take. I am taking it in a 3rd world country and am interested in applying for a PhD ...
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PhD dissertation different from master thesis; What might I be able to do about methodology?

I understand that it's possible, thankfully, to have your dissertation in a different topic from your master's thesis, but I seem to have a problem (see below). Do you know any other problems might I ...
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Graduate Studies in Mathematics in Canada [closed]

As the title suggests, I want to know that what are the best Universities in Canada for Graduate Studies in Pure Mathematics? In particular, what about University of Waterloo and University of British ...
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Academic Amnesty-vs-Transferring: how does each affect graduate school admission?

I entered college back in 1994 and was academically dismissed in 1999, and needless to say my transcript is atrocious. I only require a few semesters to graduate and I am planning to go back to get my ...
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What is the typical PhD application procedure in the US? [duplicate]

I am nearly finished with my master in mathematical finance. I have finished my thesis and have one course left to take. I am finishing it in a third world country and am interested in pursuing a PhD ...
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With a background in mathematical finance and desire to apply for a mathematics PhD in another field, do I need a second master's?

Pardon the dumb question if ever. I notice similar questions all sound like "can I get a second master's?" but mine is "do I need?" I am nearly finished with my master in mathematical finance. I have ...
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Waiting for decisions - MS in CS Fall 2015 [closed]

I applied to UIC, SUNY Stony & Northeastern 2-3 months back and still haven't got any update from them. Have you guys got any reply?
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Can a graduate student with deficiencies get an assistantship for the needed undergraduate courses?

I see many graduate program informational pages listed by various schools. Many of them require specific undergraduate degrees, but also have discretionary exceptions for those without them. Most ...
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What are the chances of getting into a PhD program in math after other pursuits in life?

I have a very unusual profile for a PhD program applicant. I worked a few years in business after college and have recently completed a J.D. I did not have much research experience in college except ...
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Struggling to find a foundation in mathematics worth 90 Ects points [closed]

I'm a 2:1 university graduate in computer science, and I'm thinking about doing postgraduate studies. The thing is that many of the degree schemes require at least 90 ECTS credits in mathematics as a ...
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Does job experience matter for graduate school admission?

I was planning on applying to US colleges for masters and recently I got shortlisted for this job at an Indian startup (I don't think they have anything major out in the market). They are working on ...
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Should I apply for a PhD position with required programming skills which I do not have?

I did my master's thesis last month and have seen one excellent PhD position in my field. The title and the project description was very close to my master's thesis. My master's thesis relates to one ...
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What is expected from a business PhD applicant straight from undergrad? [closed]

I plan to do a PhD in Business (Strategy) at HKU or HKUST preferably. Since by the application deadline I will not hold my 3rd year final grades, I'm a bit worried how I can demonstrate a good ...
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What other research fields like this exist? [closed]

I wish to pursue a PhD in a field which is related to humans somehow (anthropology, archaeology, humanities, biotechnology, medical research, anything which helps humanity) where I can apply my CS ...
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Can people with a 3 year bachelors from India apply for a MS degree in computer sciences in US universities?

Most of the US universities only accept 16 years of formal education. So do I need to get a Msc from India and then apply? Or can I get myself enrolled in a US university and then complete 16 years ...
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How should I contact the Professor again?

I have applied to a university for Research Masters. Following application, I contacted the Professor I had listed on my application and told him about my research and profile. He asked me to send him ...
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Is it unwise to start a Ms/PhD program without a stipend - will it upset professors if I leave with a masters to apply to funded programs?

I was recently notified that I was accepted to a Ms/PhD program with a full tuition scholarship but I am waitlisted for receiving a Stipend. I don't currently have the best credentials so I don't ...
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How to respond to exploding PhD job offer in Europe

A few days back I had a second interview with a European university on a project that I really liked. I have also another offer from a Canadian university and am still waiting for 5 other universities ...
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How should I list the conferences and courses I attend as an undergrad student to my CV?

This is not really a duplicate of this question: Should I list conferences I attended on my CV? I just finish my bachelor and trying to apply to a grad school. Of course, my CV is weak and strong ...
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What to do in the summer if math REUs reject me? Should I still apply to grad school?

This past fall/winter I applied to 16 of the pure math summer REU programs listed by the AMS here, and haven't been accepted by any so far. Five have rejected me, and the fact that none of the other ...
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How bad is a B+ for master's application?

I have had at-least two to three B+ in each semester of engineering but in third year when I feel sick I ended up getting 4 to 5 B+ in the two semesters of third year. Some of them in core papers like ...
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When applying for a phd, does a hiring committee cares about winning in various programming/data-mining contests?

When applying to a computer science PhD position in US, does it make sense to mention various significant achievements (finishing in top 5% percent) in programming/data-mining contests (topcoder, ...
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Going to a lower ranked institution for a Master's degree. Bad idea? [closed]

I am a graduate (Aug 2012 graduate) in Mechanical Engineering from NTU, Singapore. I have been working in the R&D department of a well known machinery manufacturer since my graduation and see ...
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Is it ethically unsound to accept a graduate admission offer then later withdraw?

Note: Similar questions exist on ASE but those pertain to funded programs. I have been admitted to an outstanding MS program and waitlisted for admission to another outstanding MS program. Both are ...
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About Appliying for MSc Program [closed]

I want to work on a specific topic that I find interesting. So, I need to have an advisor who works on this field. How should I apply for something like that? Should I firstly find a professor, or is ...
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Are professors generally straight forward about admission decisions?

I had applied for a PhD to some colleges in the US, and am waiting for admission results. A professor at a college that I am hoping I am accepted at has responded to my queries of "Is my application ...
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Are there non-English speaking countries to give graduate admissions by considering GRE score but don't require applicants to have TOEFL or IELTS? [closed]

I am from India with Masters degree in math. I want to do PhD outside India. Is there any University of non English speaking country to give admission by considering GRE score but don't want TOEFL or ...
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Will uploading a half completed paper to Arxiv hurt my chances of getting admitted to a grad school?

I worked on a independent research project during my free time in college. Nobody guided me and nobody assisted me. I developed a algorithm for a problem and I tried it out on few data-sets and ...
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What percentage of applicants on a wait list for masters program generally get accepted?

My application has been put on the wait list at my top choice institution (unfunded masters, about 10% acceptance rate). The Department said they may not be able to let me know the final decision ...
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Undergraduate and Masters degrees in the UK before PhD. Why do they last so little time? [duplicate]

I am quite baffled by the undergraduate studies in the UK as well with their graduate studies. In Argentina (where I am from) and in other countries like Spain and Greece (as well as in Equador for ...
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No reply from potential supervisor of my dreams: is it OK to try meeting them in person?

After much research at many universities, I have found a supervisor whose research perfectly matches my research interests. I believe that I have truly found a good match...and believe that I would ...
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How do I turn the acceptance offer down gently?

I am from a developing country and finished my BA in February 2011. I was a very good student and my university is one of the best in my country (It is in TimesHE top 200 global list so its prestige ...
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What do I do if my part-time master's program is changed to full-time?

I am stuck in an unusual situation. I was admitted to a part-time master's program. The classes were supposed to be held in the evening and the expected degree duration was 6 years. After only one ...
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TA-ship requirement for funded international applicants

As I have read from other questions in this SE site, for all international students who apply in PhD program, it is required that to be TA for that department they have applied to. And in the other ...
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How to stand out in math graduate school admissions

In less than a year from now I'll be applying to pure math PhD programs. I'm going to have a competitive application. I'm attending a well regarded school and will no doubt get good reccomendations; I ...
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How can international students improve chances of getting into top US/UK schools

I graduated last year from my university which is located in a developing country. It is the top university in the country but relatively unknown to the outside world. I graduated from CS at the top ...
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Is “I don't have enough funding” the most popular phrase used as hint for rejection

From communicating with fellow peers, it seems that whenever a professor rejects a student for graduate entrance, he or she will say something along the line of "sorry there isn't enough funding" or ...
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Rejecting a PhD offer after having accepted it. Advice?

I have accepted a PhD offer from a very good university to do a project very close to my interests. I have told the project supervisor I accept it. In the meanwhile I have managed to secure a PhD ...
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Can I pursue a Master's in the USA in software engineering after a Bachelor's in IT in Nepal?

Can I do a Master's in software engineering in the USA, because I've done a Bachelor's in information technology in Nepal? Software engineering and information technology are different majors, so ...