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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How do Statistics Ph.D. programs evaluate candidates with Mathematics background? [on hold]

I am a Mathematics student with a concentration in Applied & Computational Math. My goal is to become a Data Scientist, and from my research I believe the best path to that goal is a Ph.D. in ...
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reapplying math graduate school as a grad with master degree in physics?

I am concurrently in a physics Ph.D. program which I personally do not like, as it does not offer the research I am interested. I am interested in mathematical physics and more rigorous approaches to ...
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How bad does it look if I asked the director of graduate studies if I can change my program of study from pure to applied math after admission?

Although I am primarily interested in studying pure math, for certain personal reasons, I had to ask such a question. What I fear now is the mismatch that'll be noticed between my Personal Statement, ...
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Can one or two spelling mistakes in a statement of purpose hurt your chances for graduate school?

I am wondering can spelling one or two wrong words in SOP hurt chance of getting accepted to graduate school? There might be a mistake about spelling one of my professor's name wrong.
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Thoughts on Student with Bad Grades in Easy Courses and Better Grades in hard courses

I have a fairly weird transcript. I took two harder upper-year courses at the second-year of my undergraduate degree. I spent a lot of time working on these courses because I was fascinated by the ...
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Energy ang power engineering to T-physics [on hold]

I am a sophomore majoring energy and power engineering in a college not too famous .But I became more interested in theoretical physics rather that what I learning now . I want to apply an US grad ...
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Wildly Varying Scores on GMAT and GRE - Should I Send Both?

I am applying now to PhD programs in various management related fields (quantitative marketing and finance) and took both the GMAT and GRE back in October. My score, specifically in the quantitative ...
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Is it advisable to have a master or PhD thesis topic in mind before entering graduate school?

This is a question that fascinates a lot of people prior to attending graduate school. The question whether one should already have chosen a thesis topic so that all efforts will be put on creating ...
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Why is the CV needed for graduate application

Why do graduate schools ask for a CV to be included in the application? Do they look for anything else besides publications and work experience?
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Letter of recommendation from PhD candidate [duplicate]

I might be repeating the question but my case is a little different. I've worked with a doctoral candidate who's not from 'my' university. We have worked on a research and published together. I am ...
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What can I do one day before admissions deadline, if I believe my recommendation letter writer will not submit in time?

One of my professors this term promised to write me a recommendation letter for grad school. However, tomorrow is the deadline and her letter is not on the application website. She really liked me, so ...
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Listing Latin Honor GPA while you are still undergraduate in your CV

I am wondering if my GPA is in the category of one of Latin honors like Cum Laude or Summa Cum Laude but I am still undergrad can I include Latin honors in CV while applying to graduate school? This ...
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(Math Grad School) Unconventional Profile - Advice for grad school? [closed]

I'm looking for advice on schools, since my profile is a bit unconventional. TL;DR: I have high test scores, a low GPA, and one publication in a science journal that has been receiving a good amount ...
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Highlighting sentences in the statement of purpose

I am under the impression that admissions officers are busy people and they have lots and lots of applications to review, especially in top schools. Because of this, it could happen that the some ...
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Can a single bad letter of recommendation ruin my chances of getting admitted to grad school?

I am dealing with one very mercurial professor and I had a bit of an incident with him. I think I might have offended him slightly (I told him about the deadline to submit a letter of recommendation ...
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Can I add dropbox links to my resume for Graduate School Applications

I am applying for Masters in ECE, since setting up a personal website at short notice is impossible,I wanted to provide dropbox links in my CV. For example: Worst Outgoing Student Award ...
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How much will a U (unsatisfactory) grade in a non-major course in my first semester affect my grad school chances?

I have received a U (unsatisfied, incorrectly submitted work) as a final grade in a single credit course that is part of an honors college program during my first semester in college. Will this ...
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Applying to Swiss grad school from America: Advice?

I'm a math major in US and I'm interested in applying to EPFL in Switzerland for master's in computational sciences and engineering. I have asked around my university for advice but nobody knows ...
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What universities are recognized by USA universities?

I just completed my bachelor of Electrical engineering with first class honors at The University of Western Sydney. I am now thinking of doing a phd in one of the good universities in the USA. When I ...
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Inquiry regarding Ph.D admission through Open University in India [closed]

I am working as an Asst. Professot in one of the leading Management institute. I want to pursue the Ph.D in management, so I have lots of options to complete doctorate degree. But I want to complete ...
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Should I ask for generic reference letter?

As I see I should apply for multiple PhD programs, because it is difficult to get in. Some programs require reference letter from professors or supervisors. I don’t believe that profesors have time ...
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Writing a research statement in mathematics without having any research experience

It's pretty common that European universities ask for a Research Statement when applying to a Ph.D. The problem is that at my home university, where I did my B.Sc. and I'm currently doing my M.S., I ...
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Terrible grade in undergraduate research project, how will this affect graduate admissions?

I have graduated this year with a second class first division. In addition, I ranked sixth. However, the problem is that I scored a D+ in my undergrad research project. Now I am aiming to pursue a ...
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How to show the accreditation of a university abroad

I live in the U.S but got my undergrad from a university in another country. Now I have applied for Masters in the U.S and the department of graduate studies have requested this information from me, ...
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Gre sub math score is low…Should I send to schools that strongly recommend ? [duplicate]

I got pretty bad Gre sub score,which is 51%. I am applying a couple of graduate programs in math, but most of them are masters. So should I send my Gre sub score to those who strongly recommend it ...
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Why do many PhD programs have a higher average physics GRE score for international students than US students?

Browsing various PhD admissions programs, I consistently find that there is a higher expectation of international students on the physics GRE for admission. For example, at UT Austin, the average ...
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Protocol for writing a recommendation letter for someone you only know on a personal basis

I am a graduate student. A close friend of mine is applying to post graduate research position and has asked me to provide a recommendation for her. I have never written a formal recommendation letter ...
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Financial resources for M.Sc. students in the U.S. universities

Most universities in the US provide financial aid to Ph.D. students. When the universities accept a student they inform him/her what are they offering (scholarship, stipend as TA, etc.). What is the ...
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Uninteresting research area and contacting potential supervisors

I've recently finished off my undergraduate degrees and am in the process of contacting various faculty members for MSc supervision. Recently I have been offered supervision at a research lab which I ...
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When a PhD program asks for academic transcripts, are they referring to university-level transcripts only or also earlier transcripts?

I have some questions regarding graduate admission (PHD) in us university. The guidelines stated on the maximum university websites are that they require academic transcripts. My question is ...
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Should I include name of potential advisor on my statement of purpose (SOP)

I am currently writing my statement of purpose (SOP) for top graduate schools in engineering majors in US. I am wondering should I include name of my potential advisor on my SOP (Is it a good idea to ...
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Can good grades alone get me into grad school?

I'm interested in going to grad school for a master's in computer science (I'm also applying to a MS/MBA program at a few schools). I have a 3.8 GPA from a highly regarded school, 99th percentile GRE ...
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Do community college transfer students have a disadvantage when it comes to graduate school admissions?

I spent a year at a community college working in industry straight out of high school. I recently got into a top cs program and will be attending starting spring 2015. However, the school only gave me ...
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Not approved for admission for failing two courses [closed]

I recently applied to a university in the middle east for the Master's program in computer science. It's a "world-class" university but with a very nasty staff and faculty and with some really ...
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What should go in a diversity statement if I believe I have had no relevant experiences?

So I am completing the application for UCSB, and they ask me to write a Personal Achievements/Contributions Statement, however, I feel I have nothing to say, since I have never experienced anything ...
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Is it possible to acquire a letter of recommendation without meeting face to face?

Of course it is not a good idea, preferably one would meet up with the professor to make the agreement. In my case, I've talked to the prof for a year, and then went off work for a year, now I need a ...
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Completing premed requirements after Bachelors

I'm thinking about applying to medical schools in the USA. Many medical schools require a two-year course in chemistry including organic chemistry and a year long course in biology, as well as ...
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Is it necessary to double major with math to be considered for theor. physics grad school?

So here is my situation. I'm an undergraduate physics major right now (second-year) at a moderately-good university. I've experienced a bit of analysis and algebra (and almost nothing in topology, ...
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Research faculty I would like to work with not in my department

I'm currently in the process of applying to graduate schools for admission into a graduate program in Computer Science. However, in a particular university that I would like to apply to, labs dealing ...
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How will my background (good and bad) affect my chances for grad school?

I'd like your opinion on my situation, please. I went to college (Rhode Island College) straight from high school in 1999 as an education major and just couldn't get my act together. I wasn't ready, ...
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Can I be admitted to a graduate program in Computer Science with relevant work experience, but academic background in Electronic Engineering?

As mentioned, I have an undergraduate degree in Electronic Engineering but my work experience (>3 years) is in server-side software development including development of horizontally scalable and ...
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A potential supervisor didn't respond to my email. It's been a week, does this mean he's not interested?

A week ago I contacted a potential supervisor with shared interests. He answered back on the same day, positively reflecting his will to cooperate and support my application. I replied to him on the ...
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Importance of having a “connection” while applying to PhD

I am applying for a PhD to top schools in engineering. Whenever I talk to my peers I hear the word 'connection' very often. I started thinking that it is almost impossible to be admitted to these ...
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Is being an honors student really worth it?

This is a something I'm really concerned about. I am an undergraduate physics major, and I've been in the honors program at my university for a little while now, and that means certain things. I must ...
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The ranking of undergraduate university [duplicate]

A friend of mine did his undergraduate studies in the University of Western Sydney in Australia. This university is only 25 years old and is ranked in the top 100 universities under the age of 50 ...
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What can I do when my transcripts have mistakes?

My transcripts contain a mistake on the grade I took for a course. I applied before two months to change me the grade but the process is slow. Until now nothing has changed and I need to apply for ...
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How does a low quantitative score on GRE general exam affect admissions to mathematics PhD programs?

I am applying to pure math grad school for Ph.D. this fall (usually top 20-25). I just took my GRE test and found out that my Quantitative score for General GRE is 156. I am not sure about the ...
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How common are interviews for Computer Science PhD programs?

I am applying for admission to several CS PhD programs (in the US), and I am just wondering how common it is for schools to request interviews with the candidates. I will be out of the country for ...
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What do admission committees look for in a diversity essay?

I'm sitting here with my friend, who is in the process of applying to graduate school. She's come across a prompt that looks like this: If you are a member of a community that has historically ...
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How to address being interested in two areas in statement of purpose

I am applying to graduate school in US. I am wondering how I can write statement of purpose If I am interested in both signal processing and communication system. Should I talk about why I am ...