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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 low score in GRE hurt the application with good GPA for top graduate school in US

I wonder can poor general GRE exam hurt an application with very strong GPA (about 3.9) and good letter of recommendations for getting an admission to top graduate schools in US? meaning that How ...
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Undergraduate transcript for graduate addmission

If your undergraduate degree transcript shows that you failed one subject, and in the other you barely passed but still you have a good WAM (say 85) or GPA (say 6.5 out of 7), would those two subjects ...
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Profile for PhD in Theoretical Computer Science [on hold]

I am a under graduate student in Mathematics in one of the prestigious institutes in my country. When I was in my Sophomore years I came across the profile of a PhD candidate which was quite ...
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PhD admissions - Contacting multiple profs from the same university

Presently, I am writing to potential PhD guides in US universities. There are two professors from the same department who work on topics that cannot be considered closely related, but I would be happy ...
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When applying for a PhD is it worth mentioning awards received for achievement in final year high school exams?

I am in the process of applying for a PhD at the univerity where I am currently completing my undergraduate. The application has a section for awards. I don't have anything to show for my time as a ...
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How likely is it that PhD application is not reviewed by professors if TOEFL minimum isn't met?

I am applying to doctoral programs and I have a worry about the application. Since I found that my TOEFL score does not meet the minimal requirement set by a school that I am applying to, I am ...
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Advice for stats phd applicant: Ways to overcome an imperfect GPA [on hold]

For those of you familiar with admissions criteria for phd programs in statistics, what are some ways to overcome an imperfect GPA? (I've included below my own background, in case someone wants to ...
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What are the chances of admission to a PhD in the UK with a low GPA? Can other things compensate? [on hold]

How much does GPA weight in the admission process and can a low GPA be compensated by other factors such as: - years of research experience - publications in the submitted/review stage at the time of ...
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Mentioning slipshod undergrad research or not in top graduate school applications?

I am recently writing my statement of purpose (or research statement, if you prefer this) for my graduate school applications (in the field of EECS). I have two conference publications, paper_A in one ...
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What is minimum GPA for getting PhD in Germany?

I'm in the last year of my MSc in computer engineering and I want to apply for a PhD in Germany. I have a reasonable resume and have a published paper and my master GPA is 16.5/20, but my bachelor GPA ...
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how do you verify your knowledge in a subject area for grad school admission while you have not been enrolled in regular class?

If you want to apply for graduate school in computer science , you have to show that you have the prerequisite background knowledge . What are the available options ? Can I take a challenge test for ...
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When listing faculty that I'm interested in, would it be a good idea to list faculty that are in a related department?

I am currently applying to a M.S. Statistics program and have an easy first choice (whom I will refer to as "A") for someone with whom I would like to work. At this particular university I am applying ...
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Advice for applying to graduate school [on hold]

I am in my final year doing Bachelor of Electrical engineering / Bachelor of Math (double degrees) here in Australia. My current GPA is 6.7 (out of 7) and my WAM (weighted average mark) is 90. Since ...
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Would graduate committee be more favorable to a barely passed grad course or no grad course at all while undergrad

I recently completely messed up a graduate level class I'm taking. There is little hope that I will get a reasonably good grade out of this course, therefore I'm contemplating dropping it. Even I ...
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Saying that you will do something in the near future in CV and statement of purpose when applying for grad school.

I am applying for PhD and In my statement of purpose I said that I have submitted a paper for a certain conference and that I will submit another one to a top conference once I have completed doing ...
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If I know how many questions I attempted/got wrong on GRE Math Subject test, can I estimate my score?

I gave my Mathematics GRE Subject test yesterday ( 170 minutes). I attempted 42 out of 66 questions and feel I could do more if I had some more time. I lost time solving some questions. Of the ...
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Recommendations for CS Masters application [duplicate]

I'm unfamiliar with the cycle for Master's degree applications, and am beginning to explore it now. It would be nice if someone could provide a general overview of what the application cycle entails. ...
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What are the acceptance rates at various CS masters degree programs?

I'm an undergraduate student at a top CS school who is looking to apply for my Master's soon (in about a year or so). I am applying to my school's 5 year masters program as a backup, but I would ...
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What is the recommender address and his/her title or position in graduate applications?

I was trying to fill out the graduate school application for graduate school. However in the "recommender info" part it asks me to enter the address, city, institute and title or position but I wonder ...
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Professor asked me for draft of letter of recommendation,what should I do? [duplicate]

I know there are a lot of discussions about this topic in this forum and I read all of them but my situation is slightly different. I took a class with my professor and I worked in his research lab ...
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Where can I register for a cheap or free online or distance Ph.D. program?

Is it possible do to an online or distance Ph.D. program at all? If so, are there ones that are cheap or free?
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How are letters of recommendation handled when they come from a member of the admissions committee?

I've asked three professors from the school I did my undergraduate studies at to write letters of recommendation for me. However, one of the schools I'm applying to is that same school. In other ...
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As an inexperienced/unknown recommendation letter writer, what should I do to make my letter stand out?

It is generally acknowledged that one should try to get recommendation letters (for grad school, jobs, etc.) from well-known experienced members of your field, if at all possible (for e.g. see some of ...
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Working Experiences Sections in application systems of doctoral programs?

I am applying to doctoral programs and I am not sure if it is necessary to fill out the sections for working experiences. The problem is that I have been always a full-time student up to now and, ...
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Intent behind Recommendation Letter requirement?

What is the inherent idea of having a recommendation letter/ "letter of reference" requirement in academia, especially while applying to grad schools? I understand that if the person giving the ...
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Is the Cambridge Certificate of English accepted in US?

According to CEF, CAE and CPE are the highest level possible. If I apply to some top US university/college, will they accept a certificate from Cambridge instead of TOEFL?
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How to answer a professor asking “what your masters work is about?” when my thesis is not in English?

I have contacted a professor, looking for a PhD position. He replied that my field is so near to his research field, and to consider my application; he needs to know more about my masters thesis. ...
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Is it OK to name discrete research areas as your research interests in the statement of purpose?

I am planning to apply to a Chemistry graduate program and I am interested in both drug delivery and computational chemistry fields, which are not quite related to each other. I have backgrounds in ...
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Grades in masters before PhD

I'm working on a masters in mathematical finance. I am going to make at least one B this semester at a program which is not highly regarded after having made very good grades in undergraduate school ...
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How much emphasis should be put on programming ability in a letter of recommendation for CS graduate studies?

I have a little computer science background. In one of my statistic courses we did significant data analysis with SAS and R coding. I'm getting this professor to write a LOR for me. He wants me to ...
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What GPA is considered as Competitive for top five schools in Engineering in US

Some prestigious universities like Caltech, Stanford, MIT and Berkeley never disclose their information regarding their cut off major and cumulative GPA for M.Sc and PhD programs in engineering. I ...
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Letter of recommendation from professor who is not longer at your university

I am applying to graduate school in US for MS and Phd program. I wonder is it a good idea to ask for a letter of recommendation from someone that I took his course and I did amazing in his class and ...
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Honor Listed in undergrad. Should it go on the CV for grad applications ?

I was placed on the "Honor list" by the university during my undergrad study several times. Students are placed according to their GPAs. My question, should this be mentioned in the awards and ...
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Would adding anecdotes in statement of purpose be necessary?

I am applying to phd programs in the US. In preparing for the statement of purpose, I consulted some native speakers. I was suggested to add some anecdotes in my statement. Nevertheless, after a ...
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Which among an LoR for startup work and a “good student” LoR, will be more effective?

I am applying for Master's program in CS. I have the following two alternatives: An LoR from a startup founder for significant and relevant work. The possible problem is that the entire team ...
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Impact of the visit weekend weather on the admitted graduates' grad school decision in the US

US universities typically organize visit weekends for newly admitted graduates, after which the latter confirm or refuse the offer. Is there any research/study/survey that looked at the impact of the ...
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If you have broad interests, should you describe a narrow research topic in statement of purpose anyways?

All the advice for writing a Statement of Purpose (otherwise referred to as 'Personal Statement') for graduate (Masters) on the internet usually pins it down to narrowing down your interest to ...
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How can I show my potential in my mail to the professors?

I am hoping to continue my masters in machine learning or data mining. So as a part of the process I am mailing to professors. I have a decent GPA and GRE score. I have research experience in these ...
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How to email current students in graduate programs you're considering?

What is the right approach for sending emails to contact the graduate students in the graduate schools that we are applying to? Some questions to ask current graduate students are suggested in this ...
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Transitioning to a more prestigious school for Masters degree [duplicate]

I'm in my final year of my undergraduate, and have been preparing to get a masters degree over the last few years. If I hope to get into a more prestigious school from a significantly lesser one, what ...
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Does taking graduate course as an undergraduate increase chances of getting into graduate school?

I would like to know does it help if I take a graduate course related to my major in engineering as an undergraduate and do very well in it? will it increase my chance of getting to graduate school in ...
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Do I have a chance of getting into a math PhD program? [closed]

I am a pure math major, female. My school is considered one of the top 10 schools both worldwide and in USA in math. Here is a little about me. I moved to USA 6 years ago, studied in a community ...
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Is rejection the default decision for international applicants to PhD programs in the US?

I am applying to PhD programs in the US. I am wondering if there is a default decision imposed on international applicants. This question may sound ridiculous, but, I still ask here because I have ...
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Is it possible to get into a top-10 engineering graduate program without publications?

I would like to know if it is possible to get into top 10 engineering schools for MS/Phd program without any publications?
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How important is the GRE for top engineering schools in the US? [duplicate]

I am wondering how important is the general GRE exam for top 10 schools in the US in engineering? Do they use it as a factor to admit students or it can be only used for funding or none/both of them?
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Does doing an undergraduate semester exchange abroad improve chances of getting into top universities?

I am a math undergraduate student from India, from one of the IITs. I have an opportunity to go for a semester exchange at some Universities in Germany, France and Switzerland, for a single semester. ...
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Does a letter of recommendation from a postdoc who's been my instructor carry much weight?

In large universities, undergraduate students tend to receive instruction mostly from recent PhD graduates or post-doctoral fellows. This is especially true during the first two years, when students ...
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Is it suitable to merge the certificate of being a presenter into the paper presented at the conference? [closed]

I am not sure how to deal with a paper of mine presented at a conference and the corresponding proof of being a presenter. Since the conference does not have an English agenda nor an English post, I ...
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How long it takes for GRE score to be delivered to graduate school?

I would like to know how long it takes for a General computer based GRE score to be delivered to graduate school in US. Some graduate schools mention do not take GRE later than specific date so I am ...
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What tone to use when talking about oneself in statement of purpose?

In what manner should one speak in her statement of purpose for phd applications? Should she speak factually or slightly overly self-praising?