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 can I switch from an MBA to a Masters program in a different subject?

I am an international student currently enrolled in a MBA program. This is my first semester here and I want to transfer to a different program in a different college. I have a 3-year BSC (Honors) in ...
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graduate admission in theoretical physics [duplicate]

i have graduated on electrical Engineering with I want to get graduate fund on theoretical physics at u.s universities. I know it's too hard for me. Can you people please let me know how higher scores ...
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How does hiking in Himalayas show academic promise, as an admission criterion?

I am a student from India and I have been reading a lot about graduate admissions in US lately. I have read in some article that an average(below average) applicant from the "maybe" pile is moved to ...
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Do résumés written in LaTeX show more promise when applying to graduate schools?

I am a computer science student from India. I noticed that most of the résumés and thesis papers etc. I see are written in LaTeX. If I write my résumé in Word (say) rather than LaTeX, will it have a ...
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How good do I actually have to be to get into a top graduate program from an average undergraduate program?

So, this is a question that I do not know much about. I might get called on not having done a ton of research on graduate school, but I am really curious about this. I am an undergraduate student of ...
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Is it normal for a PhD program to retract or delay financial offer for international student?

I am an international student and about a week ago emailed my top-choice PI about the current status of my PhD application (top-50 university in USA). He said, that he is going to offer me a position ...
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Does one need a bachelor's in Math, if not a master's, before taking a PhD in Math in the US?

This is actually just a revision of this question in relation to this answer. I ask "Does one need a master's in Math before taking a PhD in Math in the US?" Chris C's answer suggests that in the ...
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Should I ask for a confirmation of my interview if I answered late to the invitation?

I have been short listed to be interviewed for admission to graduate school. A couple of days ago, I received an e-mail with four possible time slots, but I coudln't answer immediately because of a ...
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How can I go about graduate school admissions? Lack of coursework, poor GPA [duplicate]

I'm an undergraduate in their penultimate year in the US, although for financial reasons I am thinking of graduating next month instead of next year. For a long time, I've wanted to go into academia: ...
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How to know if I'm prepared for chemistry grad school with my BA? [closed]

I'm currently a junior chemistry major at a small liberal arts college, interested in astrochemistry. After reading this question about math preparation, I am extremely concerned that I am not ...
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What GRE verbal score is needed for a non-native English speaker to get into math or applied math PhD programs in the USA? [duplicate]

I am an international student whose native language is not English. I am planning to apply for a Phd program in math or applied math in US in the future and general GRE test is a requirement. From ...
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Is it bad to apply to the same PhD program two years in a row?

I will be entering my first year of college next Fall. Even if most of my AP classes don't count for credit, I will probably be eligible to graduate after six 15–16 credit semesters. Though my desires ...
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Admission for MS in CS [closed]

I am an Indian male seeking admission for MS in Computer Science. My academics according to indian education system is 86% in Class 10, 81% in class 12 and 69.9% in Btech (Computer Science). After ...
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Reapplying for a PhD with a Master's degree

I am a senior undergrad studying internationally and majoring in electronics. I applied to graduate physics programs in the US. I was able to get into some schools, but not the top ones. I have ...
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How do graduate schools feel about a student not accepting an offer?

I'm sure it's common for students to reject 1-2 recommendations for admission to a graduate school, because they often apply to several places and sometimes they get accepted in more than one place. ...
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How common and expected is it to have published papers or patents as a Master student in Europe?

I am writing my master's thesis and applying for PhD programs in Europe, where Master studies are usually composed of mostly coursework and voluntary research projects. I do not think it is very ...
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Sending several PhD applications to professors in the same university?

I am looking to apply for PhD programs at university XX. My background is in chemical engineering and biotechnology. Said university XX has a very ample offer on these areas and there are several ...
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Will it be possible to get admission into a PhD program in the US without having a publication in my name? [duplicate]

I have a master's degree (M. Tech.) in my name from India. Unfortunately, I don't have a publication in my name. I believe I have the potential to do research but was unable to get a publication ...
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PhD programs that miss admission decision deadlines

I'm sure I already know the answer to this question, but I feel compelled to ask. With the passing of midnight a couple hours ago, the April 15 deadline to accept/decline offers from graduate schools ...
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What I should write to a professor to decline a PhD offer, while I have accepted it months ago?

In Dec. last year, I got admitted to CUHK as a PhD student, and have chosen my 'future advisor', with whom I had been emailing for several months. Three months later, I recieved HKPFS (Hong Kong PhD ...
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Using harry potter in my Statement of Purpose

Can I use an occurrence in Harry Potter as a simile in my Statement of Purpose? I'm applying to an Ivy League university.
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I want to transition from Mathematics to Computer Science for a PhD. Will post-baccalaureate studies in Computer Science help me?

In order to better understand my questions it is best to provide some context to them. Background: I completed a B.Sc. degree in pure mathematics several years ago. I kept in contact with my letters ...
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Are the contents of discussion between a University and a student private or is it public?

So, I have the opportunity to reject an offer from a University in US. As a follow up email I was asked which university did I choose and what was the reason behind it. I can simply ignore the follow ...
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Phd at same uni as MSc, possible offer but would like to change topic/group if possible

I need some advice on how to diplomatically handle this situation: I will submit my master's thesis in a few weeks, and I am pretty sure that I want to do a PhD afterwards. Research is what I want to ...
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Do I stand a chance in US universities? How can I ask for so many recommendation letters? [closed]

I'm a fresh graduate with a bachelor degree in electrical and electronic engineering, currently aiming to study in the US for my masters degree. I am an international graduate from an accredited ...
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How serious should I regard the “compliments” in an email denying my application?

A school, whose PhD program I applied to, denied my application with words such as "Your record is strong, but...". I am kind of confused. Is such a reply simply a "polite" way to decline a person? ...
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Is it ethical to accept masters admission from two different countries?

I have obtained admission from a well reputed university X from lets say Country A, and I also accepted their offer. Now I have also applied to another university Y, from country B, but which still ...
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How can I find an adviser for my PhD study? [closed]

I'm a phd student in applied mathematics and software developer in a university. I have completed my Msc thesis about numerical solutions of stiff differential equations via implicit Runge-Kutta ...
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Is it legal to accept a later offer (e.g came after 15 April), despite having previously accepted an offer from a university before 15 April?

I have received a really good graduate admission offer from a reputed university in USA but without any funding offer. As I have to accept their admission offer by 15 April 2015 and since I haven't ...
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is a 6 years Biology Degree comparable to a Master's Degree?

I live in Argentina and we don't have the Bachelor/Master's division. I've studied 6 years of a Biology Degree. Most of my subjects had Lab practices besides the theory/calculus part so my total ...
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Non-traditional graduate student?

Back in the early 90s I got a Secondary Education degree with double-majors in English and Mathematics. I went on to get an MFA in Poetry from a well-respected department. But I never got a book ...
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Using the same letters of Recommendation from previous admission cycle

My question is geared toward Math PhD programs, but perhaps I will broaden it a bit, so it serve useful for future questions. Hypothetically, if you applied to a graduate program and didn't get in a ...
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Doing PhD in math/physics after obtaining a bachelor degree in an unrelated field

I want to do a PhD in mathematics (Specializing in algebraic topology or algebraic geometry ) or mathematical physics (String theory). I have a bachelor degree in a totally different field (medicine). ...
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How important are independent undergrad projects in grad school applications for CS?

This may be a particularly specific question, but I am at a point where I can choose to take additional mathematics courses in the final year of my degree to strengthen my transcript for grad school ...
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Do I need second master's degree or not?

I finished master's degree in "System analysis and management" (Engeenering). I have Bachelor's in Computer Science. Can I enroll to PhD in Computer Science now and change field research? Or me need ...
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Letters of Recommendation - Duration Etiquette

I finished my undergraduate degree in mathematics about two years ago, and started a master's program last year. Now that I am about half way through the MS program, I am convinced that I want to get ...
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Does one need a master's in Math before taking a PhD in Math?

I finished bachelor's in mathematical finance and am nearly finished with master's in mathematical finance (I am already done with thesis), and I plan to pursue a PhD not in mathematical finance but ...
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What kind of PhD proposals should I read?

I am finishing up my master's in mathematical finance and am hoping to pursue a PhD in stochastic analysis. I was given a sample PhD proposal from an education office that helps people apply for ...
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Ph.D. in engineering after Ph.D. in mathematics [closed]

I want to start soon with a Ph.D. in mathematics, though I'm not sure, that long-term I want to stay in mathematics. But I know that I'm going to like doing mathematics full-time right now and invest ...
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Applying to thesis-based and coursework-based program of the same university?

I don't know if that's the case for all universities in the world or not, but those universities I'm applying to, have two types of Master's for each field, one has a thesis, better for people who ...
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Is a Graduate Performance Diploma considered an academic degree for purposes of PhD admissions or faculty job search?

This question might be appropriate for music SE but I am looking for more academic views. I know of Associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. Inside of these are different fields. I have ...
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Is it advisable to talk about “learning things I don't know in the field” as one of the plans for future in statement of intent?

I am going to have a slight change in my field of study which is acceptable by the faculty I'm applying in for Master's. But because of this difference, I assume, I probably know less about the field ...
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Does doing poorly in a course hurt my chances of getting into grad school?

I'm a chemistry major and I've developed a strong interest in some areas of physical chemistry (and physics) and I do really well in physics and math courses. However, Organic Chemistry has really hit ...
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Is it reasonable and ethical to apply for two PhD positions with two different professors at the same faculty and the same institution?

Note: I saw this link, however I'm hoping to get wider range of opinions to help me make my decisions. Problem statement: I sent an enquiry email to professor A of faculty X at university Y. Today, I ...
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I am re-taking the 4th semester. How does that look in the eyes of a graduate school admission committee?

I finished first year undergraduate studies at the home university and continued the second year (accepted directly into second year) at a top university in the field in Europe. It all started nice ...
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Can a professor influence the graduate admissions committee if he or she is interested in a particular student?

I've had a promising Skype interview with a great professor from a top-level university in US. Our research interests are closely related and he encouraged me to apply BUT he says that all decisions ...
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Should I disclose my mental illness and medication in a PhD position interview?

While I was doing my PhD in my previous position I was diagnosed with a mental illness. I started medication however as a result I could not concentrate very well and it made me quit my previous ...
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Is my GPA good enough for top-tier graduate schools? [duplicate]

I'm currently an undergraduate and have a cGPA of about 3.6 in Mathematics. I worry that it's not good enough to land me a place at some of the best graduate schools such as UCB, Princeton and MIT. I ...
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Following up with professor after PhD rejection

I met briefly with a professor last year and showed him a poster of my work which was not good at that time (It was some sort of a presentation in which we show our work and research). Then I decided ...