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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What's the benefit of taking Teaching Assistant?

I am a first-year international master student in a US statistics department. I am offered a 10-hour teaching assistant appointment next semester. I am considering taking it. I have no idea how to ...
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Should I Postpone Graduate School?

I have a goal: It is to be a mathematical physicist (something like the type that would work on, say, the Amplituhedron). This goal is non-negotiable. From what I've read, it is difficult for a ...
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Are practical experiences as valuable as academic research experiences?

I'm a non-U.S undergraduate Computer Science student and I want to get admission from an eminent U.S university for M.Sc./PHD. In my experiences, there are lots of practical records. From about 10 ...
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What happens if my GRE scores arrive after the deadline?

There is a possibility that my GRE scores will reach the admission office 2 or 3 days after the specified deadline- Although the university will only start taking decision in April- Will my ...
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Does having external funding raise your chances of getting accepted ? ( Masters )

My UG university have awarded me a scholarship for master's degree ( I'm an international student ) the scholarship pays for all expenses of the master's degree for the whole duration of the study. I ...
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Is applying to 20 graduate schools too much?

I am applying to math graduate programs, have a list of schools of different range, but I am so worried about being accepted to a grad school, that am considering to apply to 20 schools. My ...
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Difference between official and unofficial transcripts

What is the difference between the official and the unofficial transcripts that are required for graduate studies? I assume that both documents should be in English (if you study in a foreign ...
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Deadline for digital and physical copies of documents for graduate studies

I am applying for graduate studies to U.S. universities. Some files require to be uploaded in a digital form and also sent by mail. I do not understand whether the deadline is for the digital upload ...
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Grad School Admissions [on hold]

How will I fair in the admissions process for a biology PhD without including a subject test score (did really poorly)
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Graduate schools with no test score cutoffs

I recently received my math subject gre scores and did extremely poor on it (620: 41 percentile). This was an absolute shock to me as I have been preparing for the test since summer but I want to make ...
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Is it a good idea for an international student to use his master's thesis preprint as his writing sample?

I am applying to doctoral programs in the US. I would like to use my master's thesis preprint as my writing sample because it was written in English and is in the field on which I intend to ...
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Should I report a 48th percentile math GRE subject exam score for programs where it's optional?

I recently received my Mathematics GRE subject test score of 650 ( 48%). I know this score is miserable but in my country, I have the option to retake the GRE next year October only. Assuming ...
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How important are pure math grades for applied math graduate schools?

I'm an applied math/econ major in the U.S. and am looking into pursuing a masters degree in applied math. This term curiosity got the best of me and I decided to take abstract algebra and I am not ...
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How much detail about mental health issues should one include in “Special Circumstances” section of graduate school applications?

This question is inspired by answers and comments to the question "Should a postdoc talk about his depression with his mentor?" on this website. Suppose that an applicant to a graduate program ...
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Should I include having taken free online courses without credit or certificate in an application for a master's programme?

I just finished my Bachelor in Psychology and the master's programmes I am interested in pursuing require some experience with at least one programming language. Of course, at no point in my studies ...
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Accepting a “good but not great” recommendation for graduate school

I'm applying for graduate school in a hard science this year, and most things on my application are pretty good so far. Regarding letters however, there is a point of confusion. I know two of my ...
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Is there any formal format for statement of purpose?

I'm about to submit my application for various PhD programs and I was wondering how should I format my statement of purpose. Should it be addressed like a formal letter? Just contain my name and say ...
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Using a paper under review as writing sample for PhD application [duplicate]

I am submitting a PhD application, for which I am required to include a writing sample; either a publication or a class report. I don’t have publications but I have a submitted paper authored by me ...
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Do I have any chance to apply to a graduate school after a bad junior year?

I am a senior at a top 15 public university in the states and planning to apply for graduate school in mathematics. Having been a top 100 Putnam performer and won a couple of medals at IMO in my high ...
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Does it look bad if letter of recommendation comes from an emeritus professor?

I wonder is it a good idea to ask for a letter of recommendation from a emeritus professor who I took his course and knows me well? I was wondering is it bad to get a letter from someone who is not ...
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Consideration for MS if PhD rejected

I am a undergraduate student interested in doing my higher studies in USA. I am tempted to apply for PhD program offered by the colleges but I am skeptical of my selection due to high competition. So, ...
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Can I get a scholarship from graduate school in physics if my GPA below 3?

I'm fresh physics graduated student from University of Jordan -Middle East-, My GPA is below 3, so Can I get a scholarship from graduate school in physics at -US- if my GPA below 3, If yes what is the ...
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How to rate my level of proficiency in statement for graduate application

I am completing a computer science-related graduate application for a highly competitive school in the US that has an optional section for a "skills statement." In paraphased form, here it is: The ...
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If I've decided to go to Grad. School for Mathematics… a little late?

Two questions following a bit of background: I'm currently a 4th year Physics/Mathematics major to graduate in the spring, and I'm beginning my applications for Grad. school. My goal is ...
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How much information is too much for a statement of purpose?

I've read a lot on what to include and not to include in a personal statement. I have some short specific in that regard. At my core, I think I want a PhD more than anything because I want to deeply ...
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For applications where prospective students upload transcripts, is there a preference between scanned official vs unofficial transcripts?

It is my understanding that most graduate schools will want you to mail them a sealed transcript if accepted, but my question is about the application process. I thought that I could upload an ...
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Where to find grad school acceptance rates?

I've been searching (without luck) for the kind of information that was very easy to find when I was applying to undergrad; namely, information such as acceptance rates and median GRE scores of ...
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How very high reading/listening but low speaking/writing TOEFL scores are usually judged on graduate admission?

Can you please let me know how following TOEFL scores are usually judged on graduate (mainly master) admission if a) minimum requirement is 100 and b) minimum total requirement is 80 and minimum ...
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Was it a mistake to act more interested in a potential advisor's work than I actually am

I am a prospective PhD student who is applying to several schools. A couple months ago I spoke with an advisor from a school I was somewhat interested in. We talked for quite a while, and he seemed ...
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Graduate school without full funding

I am told, by both a professor at my US undergraduate school and here at Stack Academia (for example, at Implications of being accepted without funding?), that I should not accept an offer from a US ...
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Can students from Materials science background apply for sports engineering?

I wish to apply for a MSc degree in sports engineering. But I'm from a Materials science background and don't have a bachelors degree in sports engineering. What are the chances that I can get ...
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Should I mention in statement of purpose that my undergrad degree is in a different field because my parents wanted me to do it?

Is it okay to mention in my statement of purpose for admission to grad school in math, that my undergraduate major is engineering because my parents wanted me to do it? I was initially wrote my ...
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Letter to a potential PhD supervisor (mathematics)

I am finishing my Master's in mathematics in Germany and I'd like to apply for a PhD in Europe, preferably in the UK. Most departments recommend that students get in touch with potential supervisors ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for more than one recommendation letter from the same person [duplicate]

I will be applying for Ph.D programs in mathematics and hence I'll be needing letters of recommendation from my professors. There are two or three professors with whom I have a lot of academic ...
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How can i justify my choice of projects in my Research Statement, when I'm not very experienced in it?

i am applying for a PHD position and the projects that i'm interested in are in metal matrix nano composites but the problem i'm having is that i don't have much experience in metal matrix composites, ...
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How many chances do an student have to take part in IIT exams? [closed]

As question sounds, I want to know the number of chances a person have to take part in IIT Examination?
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Does one page LOR hurt my chance of getting to graduate school

I recently asked from the professor whom I have done research with him and I also did great in his class for LOR. He agreed to write a positive letter of recommendation for me however when I talked to ...
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Dinner with prospective adviser and students tomorrow, advice please

I'm applying to doctoral programs right now and I'm having dinner tomorrow night with a professor and three of his grad students. I'm very hopeful to join this lab. I've spoken with the professor ...
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In a statement of purpose, should the focus be on compulsory courses or optional ones?

While writing a statement of purpose, oriented towards a particular course in a particular institution, should the focus be more on the compulsory course or the optional modules one opts for?
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If the status of a paper under review changes, should schools I applied to be notified?

I am applying to doctoral programs in the US. I have a paper currently under review, and, it seems that the status will remain under review after I submit my application packages. My question is: If ...
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Is it advisable to use formal citations in a statement of purpose?

In my statement of purpose, I am using certain arguments by scholars of my field (IR). Will it be advisable to use referencing, or might it be to my disadvantage as an unnecessary attempt to boast on ...
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Should I list all of my scientific writings and technical reports (including those written for coursework) on my resume?

I am an undergrad preparing my resume for grad school application. During my undergrad I have done many projects, including a few real research projects and also those for courses as final projects, ...
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As an undergraduate, should I have done research on all of my research interests listed in my resume?

I am an undergraduate student, writing my resume for application to grad school. During my undergrad I have done research on some topics through internships and research projects. However, there are ...
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How broad should the research Interests of an undergraduate applying for grad school be?

I'm an undergraduate student applying to grad school. In my Research Interests section in my CV (or somewhere else), I wonder how broad should my interests be. For example, I have worked on topics ...
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Internship to Grad School

Last year I did a year long Quantum Chemistry internship at a very prestigious university. Towards the end of my internship I met another principle investigator from the same institution and got ...
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Is it better to add a transcript of a non-completed degree for a master's degree admission?

Im getting my degree this year (in june presumably) in physics. And while I was getting it I was at the same time getting a degree in mathematics. (By degree I mean completing undergraduate studies in ...
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Can people in western countries do graduation and post graduation in two completely different fields? [duplicate]

It might be possible here in India too, I haven't researched on it, but in one movie I have seen the guy is studying mathematics in MIT but his future plan was to study medicine at Harvard. I kept ...
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What to do if a manuscript under review at an Elsevier journal has no time stamp but intended as a writing sample? [closed]

I am applying to doctoral programs in the US, and I have a paper under review (passed the handling editor's review) at an Elsevier journal. I want to use this paper as my writing sample. But I found ...
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Required items for undergraduate's CV who is applying to grad school

There are many guides for writing an academic CV available online, but nearly all of them are not clearly addressing undergraduates who are applying to graduate school. This group obviously need to ...
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Fine to put as an appendix to my statement of purpose the paragraph explaining the gaps in my transcripts?

I am applying to doctoral programs in the US, and, because I have two breaks in my studies as what shown in my transcripts, I want to find somewhere to explain these. But I am concerned with that if ...