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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Low Tier Graduate School Suggestions for Applying For a Master's Degree in Computer Science in California [on hold]

I have pretty low~average scores in my GRE and GPA. I also have LOR's but they are pretty average. I have 6 months work experience(and still working). Basically, my overall stats on a scale of 1 to 10 ...
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How to write a good essay for phD application?

I have completed my Bachelors of Engineering and now I directly want to purse my phD in Computer Science. I have written essays for my Masters application before and I am familiar with the context of ...
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What is the impact of software development experience in a research lab on graduate admissions?

A little background I graduated with a bachelor's degree in computer science not too long ago. Unfortunately, I didn't understand the importance of formal research for grad admissions as an ...
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Math: Perception of only or mostly doing research in Master's for Ph.D. admission folks

Background: I'll be starting a 1.5 - 2 year master's program in mathematics this coming Fall in the US. Because of my non-degree graduate courses relevant to the program and my research interest, I ...
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How to strengthen application when applying for graduate admissions in a different field of study [duplicate]

Suppose I have completed a bachelor's degree in a field X, and I wish to pursue graduate studies in a field Y. I have not taken any formal courses in Y during my bachelor's studies. How do I prepare ...
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what to do when rejected by 11 universities for master's degree in Computer Science [on hold]

I am a 4th year engineering student studying in an Electronics Engineering bachelor's program in India. I am interested in pursuing a career in research in machine learning and computer vision. I ...
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What is better, “self study” or a “research internship”

I am a 4th year student in an bachelors in Electronics Engineering program in a university in India. I am plan to pursue a career as a researcher in Machine Learning and computer vision, and hence I ...
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Does being an older PhD applicant for U.S. universities mean there is less chance to be accepted with funding?

I have heard this myth many times and have decided to ask the question here. So, is there any truth to it? Does an older applicant, say, 10 years older than the typical undergraduate, with equally ...
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How much value is given to a recommendation letter written by a foreign professor? (Grad school/math)

I'm about to finish my undergraduate degree in mathematics in France, and expect to be close to the top of my class in a top university here. Next academic year, I will be studying for a master's at ...
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Contacting graduate professers

I am planning on applying for a MSc in applied mathematics next year and I thought of writing to several professors asking about research positions available and the chances of working with them. Some ...
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If I get an encouraging but noncommittal response from potential advisor, should I continue to pursue other potential advisors at this school?

Hoping someone can shed some light, or at least quell my worrying. Probably the latter. Anyways I emailed a professor with just an introductory email, I had read some of his work and would like to ...
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Recommendation letter and Deferring Application in the US Universities [closed]

In this fall 2016 I was offered a full Funding admission (PhD, Chemistry) from a university A. I applied a few other universities too. Some of them haven't given any decision but hey have taken all ...
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How to get assistantship, when I have no intention to stay for PhD?

I finished my masters in media studies in UK last year, and plan to apply for PhD later this year. At the moment, I'm trying to volunteer as / look for research assistant jobs to 'fill the CV gap', ...
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Does resigning from industry job before probation / 'CV gap' reflect badly in PhD application?

I finished my masters (UK) in media studies last year, and hope to apply for PhD this year. I recently resigned from an industry job at a large MNC during probation. It is an industry job which I ...
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List two interests or one on statement of purpose for admission to history graduate programs? [closed]

I am applying for grad school in history. Right now I'm at a lost with my SOP paper. I am interested in 2 things, Renaissance and American Industrial Revolution. Do I state both interest or just one?
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Neuroscience major problem [closed]

I'm currently a biology major student in a liberal art college, and minor in computer science. I'm really interested in human machine interaction and artificial intelligence. I found myself so ...
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What are universities asking for when they demand a “financial resource statement”?

I am applying for a Master program and one of the documents that I have to attach to my application is a "financial resource sworn statement". What is exactly meant by this? Is it usually enough if I ...
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Will experience in related fields help me get into my “dream” graduate program as a non-traditional student with some failures in my past?

If wanting to end up in a specific graduate program at one university, but having had failures along early paths, like college dropouts, mediocre to good GPA and GRE, having become an ...
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Completing German master's programs in less than allotted time

I'm considering applying to master's programs in mathematics over in Germany (e.g. Bonn, Berlin Mathematical School). The stated time for these programs is two years. Should I get accepted and ...
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Can a graduate student friend of mine help me get into a different grad program at the same school?

I have a friend who'll be attending a graduate program in Physics, at a school I would be interested in for when I am applying to grad schools. However, I'm a CS major, so I'd be applying for that. ...
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can you enlist the best math/stat courses finished before apply for PhD Statistics? [closed]

I have a masters in Economics (graduated 2010) w/ three econometrics courses and a math course that went up to introducing differential equations (very basic). Then I went ahead and started working in ...
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I regret declining a really good PhD offer. Can I ask if I can accept the offer after all?

I recently declined a really good PhD offer in the US for another offer from an American university and I'm terribly regretting it now. I made my decision on the 15th of April and it's past ...
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Does publishing books help with PhD admissions?

Say I have a deep knowledge of an advanced technical topic, and have written a book on such a topic. Though this book does not contain any original research ideas, it is a well written and thorough ...
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Math Research after undergraduate degree and before graduate school

I graduated with a bachelor's in math a few years ago and this year I've applied to several graduate programs and have been rejected. One of the graduate coordinators gave me some very helpful ...
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How to improve profile for graduate admissions in mathematics, when coming from a country where quality of math education is poor?

What should I do after BS Maths before applying to a well reputed institute for masters and PHD in maths, given that my BS was done from a less developed country where quality of math education is ...
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How do I best disclose the Incomplete grade in the application?

Background Story: I was studying mathematics abroad as an exchange student for a year at one of their top universities. The first semester was very stressfull for me, making me not able to complete ...
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How does funding at UK universities work?

The process for obtaining funding for graduate work in the UK seems much different than it is in the US. In particular, in the UK, funding decisions often come after offers of admission. What is the ...
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Consequence of declining an accepted offer after the universal deadline 15th April

This is my cousin's problem. In the first week of March he was offered a PhD offer (Upper Middle ranked School in USA) in Physics and he received his I-20 to get the visa.The admit was fully funded. ...
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How do you leverage a good transcript in PhD admissions?

A lot of the posts here are about getting a bad transcript through PhD applications - my question is the converse. I'm applying to engineering PhD programs and I have quite a good GPA (3.92/4.00), ...
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How can you identify which are the strongest PhD programs in particular subfields?

I'm an undergraduate student (United States) majoring in X, applying to PhD programs with a research focus in subfields Y and Z. I conjecture that the best universities for Y and the best ...
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I've been admitted to multiple PhD programs, how should I choose between them?

I've been admitted to more than one PhD program, and I'm having a very hard time making a decision. The programs I'm accepted to have advantages and disadvantages with respect to one another. How do ...
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Is it a red flag for a PhD program if their graduating students cannot find postdoc?

I got accepted to one of my top choice schools for a math Ph.D. However the graduate students there said in the past few years, the Ph.D.s before them (both pure and applied math) had quite a bit of ...
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UK: Must my PhD research related to my MPhil research?

Is this generally expected? It seems to me that most people develop something in their MPhil and then continue working on this field for the PhD. What would I do if I had a change of interest, and ...
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Impact of private home research in graduate application

Assuming non-excellent and only good credentials when leaving college, can you increase the chances (how much?) of admission to a public R1 university by doing low-budget but unique research projects ...
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Two applications to different departments at same uni. But: One professor is affiliated with both departments

I would like to apply for PhD programs in two different departments, but at the same uni. I am interested in both fields, but not in the overlap between the two. Generally, this shouldn't be a ...
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SOP for two programs, but in the same department?

Within my field, I have strong interests in two subfields. Those two subfields are quite different from another though. There is also no overlap between the two fields. (assume all of this) The ...
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Am I less likely to get into a masters in finance or economics with a bachelors in business administration than I would with a bachelors in finance?

I had always thought I have going for a bachelors in finance, but it turns out I am getting a bachelors in business administration with concentrations in finance & applied analytics. I plan on ...
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Masters in US or (Masters + MPhil) in UK

I am an engineering student studying in India, and I will complete my Bachelor's in Electronics Engineering in June. I am looking forward to pursue a career as a researcher in Machine Learning, Signal ...
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How conceivable is it to research independently while working in a non-research role in industry, to improve my profile for graduate admissions?

I'm toying with the idea of finishing my undergraduate degree and then entering industry for a short while. If I spent three years and earned enough, my thought is that I'd soften the burden on my ...
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When is the best time to ask for letters of reference?

When should one ask for letters recommendations of the people of one's choice? E.g. when applying for a PhD program, should you ask for two or three letters all at once or should one collect a letter ...
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Would several withdrawals (W) affect my chances at graduate school admission [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate math major and I have already had to drop two classes (one due to my mother being sick and other to do with an attendance policy). This semester I'm having trouble with my health ...
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Possible to accept GRE score and view it, but not report it to a university?

From what I've read from the ETS and other sources, after finishing a GRE exam the system will give you the option to keep your scores, before you actually know the score. If you decide to accept the ...
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An F grade (in a labor studies class) on the transcript will hurt my admission to mathematics grad school? [duplicate]

So, I'm a third year student studying mathematics. My goal has always been getting a PhD in math. I'm currently doing ok with my math (taking grad courses and stuff). However, as many other students, ...
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What is background check for the graduate admission processing?

I received an unofficial offer for graduate admission. The graduate director mentioned two steps which will be required to get the official admit. Background Checking Signing on the offer letter ...
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Can I contact graduate office regarding decision timeline (to know my application status)?

I am an applicant of Graduate program in Biological sciences of X University, USA. My application deadline was Dec 15, 2015 and I submitted application with required documents on time (PhD ...
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Accepting and then declining PhD offer,

I recently got accepted into PhD programs at University A,B,C, and D. I interviewed with Professor W at University A, Professor X at University B, Professor Y at University C, and Professor Z at ...
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Offering admission and then no response!

I have applied in a US university (let say it is A) in a natural science department for PhD admission. One weeks ago I emailed the graduate director to know my status because I received admission ...
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Compensating credential deficits for Master or PhD admission [duplicate]

If only almost meeting the formal requirement for entering a specific R1 graduate school in the US what can one do to compensate or make up for this lack? After all, one can't go back and repeat two ...
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How does a dropout influence one's later scientific career?

Dropping out/Take one's leave from college or Master school. It happens and the reasons are almost infinite. Assuming dropping out/leaving from college but still wanting to pursue the same career and ...
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What does Graduate school mean: Master, PhD, or both?

In the US one seldom reads about Master and much more about Graduate schools. I have the feeling that Graduate school can also mean doing a doctorate/pursuing a PhD degree; thus I am confused with the ...