Regarding graduate admissions, its dynamics, details and problems.

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Statement of purpose organization (500-word limit) [on hold]

The SOP question mainly asks about why I am interested in the graduate program and my research interests. It is hard limited 500 words, though; it's almost 600 words now including an introduction and ...
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Which universities should I apply to, I am interested in doing an MS in Computer Science from Germany starting in fall 2015? [on hold]

I have the following profile: - B.Tech(9.18): top 10% of batch, no publications, best B.Tech Project - GRE: 329(Q-170 V-159 AWA: awaiting) - IELTS(7.5, with L-8 R-9 W-6 S-7) - 2 years experience ...
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Undergraduate research in mathematics

I am a European student applying for a PhD in mathematics in the US. Browsing the internet, I have come across quite a lot of American PhD applicants claiming that they have several years of research ...
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Should I mention that I have a Bipolar disorder in my statement of purpose?

Should I mention that I have Bipolar disorder in my statement of purpose and ask my lecturers to mention it in their letters of recommendation(I am doubtful that they will) ? BPD was a critical ...
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Will preparing for the mathematics GRE help me towards my goal of doing research in applied mathematics?

I did my graduation in electronics engineering from India, and an M.Sc. that concentrated on certain "sub-specializations" (communication, DSP and control engineering) from a UK university. I was ...
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how do I get in to political science Masters/Phd in a decent university with bad grades but good work experience? [duplicate]

I am from India. I have MBA degree with 2.5 GPA and my high school and college grades also not good either. This is largely because of my disinterest in the subjects I studied rather than pursuing my ...
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How can I identify research opportunities I am qualified for, and position myself as a competitive candidate, in a different field from my degree?

I currently have a BSc. in Environmental Science and would like to go back for a biology focused PhD in the next few years. I keep seeing the recommendation that having a good research fit will be ...
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How to mitigate bad grade in research on PhD application?

I've just finished my fourth year (out of 5) of biology studies in one of European universities. I have some experience in research and my grades are quite ok (in US scale it would be 3.75, which ...
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Doing master's / PhD in Electrical engineering or physics after a bachelor's degree in biology [duplicate]

I have a bachelor degree in biology but I want to change careers and study Electrical engineering or physics . Can I do this without having to do a bachelor's degree again ? How should I go if I want ...
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Knowledge required for PhD

I am a senior undergraduate computer science student from a 250-300 ranked university. I am planning on contacting a professor to ask for supervision but my knowledge of the topic is fairly limited ...
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first mailing to a advisor/ supervisor . Can any one give me an example please? [closed]

I am very much interested in research from my childhood. Now i selected some professors of some university for giving them mail. But i am very much confused to send them my first mail. You can say , i ...
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What are early decision and early action admissions? [closed]

I heard like there is a thing like early decision where you can apply to only one school I guess, but I didn't really understand how that works so can someone please clarify the difference between the ...
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Double major versus independent study

I'm currently an undergraduate pure mathematics major and am definitely interested in graduate school. I'm curious whether a double major in computer science or independent study every semester in ...
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Would it be unethical to take a full time job and quit 8 months later if I get accepted for a PhD program?

I am applying this winter for graduate school and I will finish undergrad this winter as well. Would it be unethical to take a full-time position with the intention to quit soon until I know whether I ...
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Is it difficult to get admission to a phd in stem cell biology in Europe?

I am looking for a phd position in stem cell biology and have been trying very hard for the last 6 months in Germany or any European country. I have tried to contact many professors via mail but have ...
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Criteria for choosing undergraduate school to prepare for graduate study: “focus on undergrads” & “extensive rigorous curriculum” mutually exclusive?

I'm trying to figure out which undergraduate colleges are most conducive to graduate school applications, but it seems to me that (with few notable exceptions) my two main criteria that lead to this ...
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Which transcripts do I have to submit for grad aplication

Every grad school requires to submit transcripts from all undergrad and grad instatutions applicant attended including studying abroad. Personally I confused with one case. I entered first University ...
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Is there any option to defer the admission if accepted at a grad school? [duplicate]

I'm a sophomore in masters in chemical engineering and I wanted to apply to grad schools in USA and Canada for PhD. The thing is, my program here for masters is not time bound. It may take me between ...
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Is the minimum GPA required for Graduate school a cut-off criteria or a general guideline?

I am a senior year undergrad student from a prestigious institute in India. I intend to pursue a PhD after graduating. While researching universities, I stumbled upon the fact that many of the top ...
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How handicapped am I in graduate admissions if I graduated from a lower tier university?

Due to a combination of factors, I ended up going for my undergraduate studies to a relatively unknown university that was close to me geographically. Let's say that I have a relatively standard ...
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Transitioning from languages to neuroscience/cognitive science

I have background in languages (BA in English Literature and Teaching in China, MA Conference Interpreting in Manchester, UK) and I am eager to do a PhD in cognitive science in the UK. During my MA ...
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Should I apply for PhD program this year after one semester of research experience, or wait another year?

I am doing BS Computer Science. I will be starting my final year in August and my CGPA is 3.05. I don't have any research experience yet but I am pretty sure that I want to get a PhD degree. Will 3-4 ...
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Should I challenge the GRE requirement for a doctoral program in education (in the U.S.)?

I'm just starting to investigate doctoral programs in education in the United States, and I'm considering how to handle the GRE requirement: Hardline Activism: submit my incomplete application with ...
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Is it possible to do a Master's in Mathematics after a Bachelor's in Economics?

I'm currently an Economics student in my second year (only just begun).I've come to realise that I'd like to study mathematics further (pure or applied) since I'm missing the subject ever since school ...
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Have applied to, and been rejected from, a number of PhD positions; are they really so difficult to get?

I am a student who graduated with a Master from a German university in April this year, majored in materials science, willing to further pursue a PHD degree in a European university (or possibly a ...
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To choose which Masters program to attend, should I favor institution or specialization?

I am an Electronics & Communication Engineer and I want to pursue a masters degree. After completing the degree, I would like to work in industry with zero inclination towards a PhD. I am ...
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Applying for masters again, will the application be evaluated on the basis of undergraduate/Bachelors or the most recent postgraduate grades [duplicate]

Applying for masters but have a previous uncompleted masters on my profile. Will that grades from that masters be factored in when the admission committee evaluates my application. What if i have very ...
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Will an incomplete masters hurt my chances of admission in new graduate school.? [duplicate]

I took admission in part time masters after I graduated while also doing a full time job. But I soon found it very difficult to manage full time job with my studies. The reason was that the the ...
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Is it ethical for a graduate student to provide juniors with paid graduate school application guidance?

I have several friends, all graduate students at decent universities, who are providing paid graduate school application guidance services, where they help the future graduate applicants stand better ...
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Interpretation of “GRE subject test is required, but your application will be considered anyway”

In the US, many PhD programs require applications to submit the results of one of the GRE subject tests. For example, almost every (serious) PhD program in mathematics that I've seen requires it. ...
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For a master-degree student, how influential a role do publications play in his phd applications?

I am a prospective student for phd programs in STEM. In my field F of study I have published a paper (unique author) in a journal included in the international F society, a paper (with a classmate of ...
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What to do when an advisor asks you to draft your recommendation? [duplicate]

A friend of mine is applying to graduate schools, and his research advisor asked him to write the recommendation and he would sign it as his own. It doesn't seem possible for my friend to write a ...
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How to transition from MBA in Finance to PhD in Financial Economics?

I want to pursue a PhD in Financial Economics in USA/Canada. I am a software engineer and going to Canada to pursue an MBA in Finance in September from an average public university. I have studied a ...
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In what countries is it possible to enter a life science PhD program directly after a Bachelor's? [closed]

I would like to know which countries allow admission to a PhD program directly after finishing a Bachelor's (Life Science), without requiring an intervening Master's degree? And if you go directly ...
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Entering academia as a high school dropout

I have a strong desire and determination to contribute to society by expanding the knowledge in my field of interest, but I feel that I am failing to get into a position to fulfill this dream. This is ...
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Department code for TOEFL

I'm thinking about applying for some US physics graduate programs. In the graduate admission procedure about where to send the TOEFL scores, I've often read the sentence "use the institution code ...
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What is considered a good GPA for studies in Germany

Coming from a different schooling/grading system, I have very little feeling about what actually is considered a good grade for studies in Germany. Here the passing grades are given in the range of ...
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Is it appropriate for a prospective PhD student to contact phd students at a target school?

I am a prospective phd student. I wish to know if it is fine to contact the phd students of my target schools? If answering this question requires more information, please feel free to state that.
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Chance of getting into thesis-oriented applied math master program on fluid mechanism and atmosphere ocean science with only math background

I have asked the same question on physics and math stack exchange, but they suggested me to post it again here. Should any information need clarification, please let me know. I am a student with only ...
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Will graduating a semester early hurt applications to grad schools?

I am a math major who will be a senior next year and hope to graduate a semester early for financial reasons. During my semester off, I plan to continue my (mostly trivial) research in algebra and ...
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Does diversity in undergraduate research topics look bad on my graduate school application?

I have done 5 different projects in my undergraduate course and all of them are from different areas/fields. My project work during High school is from a different area still. The reason of working in ...
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How much research experience or publications are required to get into a good PhD program in USA

I am an international student(south Asia) who has recently completed his 4th semester in CS. My current CGPA is 3.2 (social science courses in my freshmen year messed it up) and Major GPA of 3.6. ...
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Two year gap after BTech and Applying for MS, mention in SOP? [duplicate]

I completed BTech in 2010. Started working on 8th Aug 2012. Now applying for MS. Do I need to mention the gap in my Statement of Purpose (SOP)?
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What does it take to get into top math PhD programs?

What are the key components of strong applications to the very top math grad schools such as Harvard, Princeton, MIT, etc? What does it take to get into such a grad program?
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I have career gap after bachelors degree and irrelevant work experience. How do I write SOP for MS admission in US?

I pursued a Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communication Engineering stream and I completed the course in 2010. I was jobless for more than a year so I did a 3 months course in Java. Im Sun ...
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Are decisions made on GPA grades overrated? [closed]

Assuming that the my questions might not reflect the real motivation behind it, I'll provide further information here. Looking to different job applications, be it in academia or industry, GPA is ...
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Who is a research student?

I've heard that some universities offer a non-degree program called research student, what i want to know: Why do students usually apply as a research student? Do research students work on things ...
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Applying to a second MSci/PhD with a PhD

After completing a PhD in Particle Physics I left academia and have been working in industry for a few years now. However, during that time I've become more and more interested in Pure Math, to the ...
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Applying for Masters Degree with academic integrity violation on record

I am a junior college student that goes to a top 6 CS school. I will be graduating a year early and am starting to think about whether or not I want to get my Master's degree. However I have an ...
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Should I apply for a MA or a PHD(in mathematics) after undergraduate study? [duplicate]

I am entering my 4th year undergraduate BS math program next month. I am certain I will want to do a PhD program eventually but I am not sure if I should do a MA before it. I have decent ...