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 to get into graduate school in USA with low gpa [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate outside USA that is going to obtain my bachelor degree by June next year and I want to pursue my phD study in Molecular Cell Biology UC Berkeley . Sadly, my gpa is just almost ...
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Likeliness of admission to Part 3 Cambridge Tripos in Pure Maths [on hold]

What is the likeliness of getting admission to Part 3 of the Cambridge Maths Tripos? What is the likelihood of getting a scholarship if you're not a home student? I am currently a third-year undergrad ...
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Is it necessary to include transcripts from the university I attended for a year, but transferred out of, in PhD application? [duplicate]

I am not sure about the necessity of including some detail in my application documents. Here is the situation. After my graduation from senior high school, I was enrolled in a local university. After ...
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Is volunteer lab work a good practice?

I met a professor last year through an online search and expressed my interests to his research and his advanced lab technique, in which I lack of experience. I also asked for a PhD opportunity ...
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Can I submit my mark sheets as academic transcripts?

I have not yet received my academic transcripts from my University and the application deadline for a PhD program that I am interested in is already near, and I won't be receiving my transcripts ...
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Are there any restrictions on applying to the same graduate school in two consecutive years?

I have the following dilemma: I am finishing my Master's degree in pure mathematics this academic year (summer 2015) and I hoped to apply to a PhD program (US schools) starting from September 2015. ...
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Applying to grad school for mathematics with low GPA, but reluctant to bring up the health issues that caused it

I'm currently a 3rd year undergrad majoring in math/physics. I was admitted to my university through an honors program due to outstanding high school achievement (my university is a large public one, ...
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Does deferring admissions to PhD affect future (post-PhD) career path?

I'm currently in my final year of undergraduate study, and will be applying to physics PhD programs (for condensed matter theory) soon. Without going into details, I am convinced that deferring my ...
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Will US graduate schools accept me retaking a GRE subject test in the spring?

I just took the GRE Mathematics exam and I think I didn't do very well. I answered only 39 of the 66 questions due to lack of time (I knew I could answer a lot more but it would take some time to do ...
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Trauma affected my grades while in undergrad, how will it affect me getting into graduate school?

I was traumatized by an abusive relationship. While in the relationship, my grades were affected. Out of the relationship, I chose to stay in school and struggle with my studies instead of medically ...
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A level as entry requirement to PGCE program

I would love to pursue Maths teaching but I am unsure whether I would be accepted onto the programmes and whether I should complete an A Level in Maths with a view to apply for PGCE or Schools Direct ...
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When applying to graduate school, is it a good idea to email professors to express interest in joining their research labs?

I live in US and I am applying to graduate school.I wonder if it is a good idea to send an email to graduate school professors and mention that you like their research and would like to join their ...
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PhD in GIS after Bachelor Degree in Computer Science

I have Bachelor Degree in Computer Science & Engineering, having experience in GIS area. now I am planning for PhD in GIS, I searched many US university for PhD(GIS) Programme but all programmes ...
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Why are recommendation letters crucial for scholarships or graduate admissions?

I saw a question asking how to write recommendation letters and I wonder why this is so important? Why are recommendation letters crucial for scholarship applications for studying in Masters or ...
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Is it ok for one of your letters of recommendation to come from someone in the department/program to which you are applying?

[See title.] It seems ok, but one might consider it unfair in some sense? I just wanted to make sure this is acceptable. (I am specifically talking about graduate school applications.) Edit: I ...
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Should you mention your ranking in specific courses in statement of purpose?

I would like to know if it is good to talk about your outstanding ranking in important courses in your statement of purpose. For example, is it good to say I took "Quantum physics" in the second ...
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How to judge the reputation of a potential advisor or research group for good quality research for PhD?

I am planning my PhD and am applying to various labs and professors. I am getting positive responses, but I am having trouble making a decision as to which lab to go for. How can I judge the quality ...
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How much do letters of recommendation help in a statistics PhD program application?

I am an undergraduate mathematics student who is looking to apply to a Statistics PhD program. I asked a few professors how much letter of recommendation help a student get in to a PhD program and I ...
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Do publications in machine learning help for admissions into a statistics PhD program?

I am an undergraduate mathematics student who is looking to apply to a Statistics Phd program. I am published, however, my publication is in applied machine learning. While the paper does not contain ...
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How would a collective recommendation letter from co-workers be perceived for admissions to MFA requiring work experience?

I am planning to apply to an MFA program in product design, and one of the admissions requirements is having at least 1 year of work experience. My office is structured pretty horizontally (so, ...
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How do graduate schools evaluate GPA?

I am wondering how graduate schools like Stanford, Berkeley, Caltech, and MIT evaluate the GPA? Because you can boost your GPA by taking easy classes and in the application it only says enter your ...
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help needed for contacting a supervisor for PhD

I have done my Masters research in Microbial ecology. I am interested in stem cell research but I belong to a developing country where we don't have cutting edge research opportunities to gain hand-on ...
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Are PhD students enrolled or hired?

In most universities, PhD students are literally students similar to master students. Fellowships and scholarships only support them financially, but officially they are students. Some European ...
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Found an error in a paper I presented at a student engineering conference. Should/can I talk about it in my MS applications?

Some background information: Found an error in a paper that I already presented at a student engineering conference; what should I do now? I am inclined to talk about the paper because I was awarded ...
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Can an international student gain admission to medical school in the USA?

I have been an international student in the US for quite a few years now (since 11th grade, 4 years to be exact), and I have always been interested in studying medicine in order to become a doctor. ...
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In a research statement for PhD admissions, should I start with the context, or directly with the idea for my research?

I'm applying for a PhD in engineering and I was asked by the advisor I have chosen to write down a short program (~10 pages) about the "research" I will conduct if I get into the PhD program. The ...
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Should I put my résumé on LinkedIn when applying for a PhD?

When I apply to a university for acceptance to their PhD program, I send my résumé with the application. When I want to apply for a job outside of academia, I also send my résumé to them. In both ...
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What are preferred academic background for PhD in Operations Management?

What are the preferred academic backgrounds for PhD programs in Operations Management? Would a Master's degree in Survey Methodology/Survey Research be considered suitable?
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What can you do to supplement low grades for admission into masters programs that don't use GRE or GMAT?

To study in the USA, low grades can be supplemented by GRE or GMAT. What can you do to supplement low grades to study in Europe (UK, Germany, France, Scandinavia), Oceania and South Africa?
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Does a bad grade in one course (with otherwise OK record) affect graduate admissions?

I'm currently an M. Phil student in Math and I failed a course last semester because I was not able to hand in a home work assignment (which was worth 40% of my grade) on time (I was 30 minutes late). ...
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Should one avoid erudite vocabulary in statement of purpose?

I am not a psychology major. I came across this paper that shows that using erudite vocabulary will not do one good. What makes me want to ask here is a case study in the paper. Long story short, a ...
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How would a Coursera specialization be regarded in graduate admissions? [duplicate]

I'm looking at applying for a biology graduate program. Currently I have an environmental management degree and I've been in the IT field since graduation 5 years ago. I know I have quite a bit of ...
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Is someone with a masters in CS eligible to apply to a CS masters program in another country?

I've completed my Masters in Computer Science in India. Here we've had no specialization as such and the subjects assigned have been as per University rules. Now I feel the need to specialize in my ...
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Should I email a potential supervisor who agreed to support me?

I am applying for a PhD at a certain university that requires the student to provide and evidence of support from a potential supervisor before submitting the application. After mailing some ...
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What to write in email to potential PhD advisor?

I would like to apply for following PhD studies in the Nordic countries, particularly in the field of Computer Science. The problem that I found is that it says in the admission procedure that "before ...
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Is it possible to get admission to masters for theoretical physics with a bachelors in electronics engineering? [duplicate]

Can I get into masters for theoretical physics without having a bachelors in physics or maths? I have a bachelors in electronics engineering, and I can get a recommendation from the physics department ...
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How are international graduate applicants perceived by universities in the US?

I've always wondered how professors and admission committees in the US think about international applicants for doctoral programs in the US. Skills: Why are international applicants selected over (I ...
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What, if any, roads are open to graduate schools for athletes with borderline grades?

My understanding is that colleges with sports programs will admit students with "low end" but not "off the charts low" grades if the respective sports teams want them. By this, I mean grades just ...
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Emailing professor too early has any impact?

I was just wondering when should we start contacting professor of grad school for admission. Does contacting professor too early cause any impact? like, professor gets irritated and never reply back ...
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How do CS graduate school admissions weigh an unrelated master?

I am a Computer Science graduate living at a developing country and I have two options to choose, Option I: Pursue CS masters at a reputable, but not leading, national university with a limited ...
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What matters most for Grad school admissions ? Practical grades or Theory grades?

My college separates theory and practical grades. I have poor grades in theory like I scores around 60 ~ 80 in most of my theory grades. But except two practical exams in which I scored between 80 to ...
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Is it advisable to apply to more than one PhD program?

Is it good to apply for more than one PhD program and accept ( the best case, obviously ) the most interesting/best paid/best outlooks one?
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What should be emphasised in a statement of purpose when applying for STEM PhD programs in the United States?

This question might be more suitable for they who are or were application reviewers of STEM ph.D. programs in U.S. universities. I want to know what kinds of s.o.p. do catch reviewers' attention? ...
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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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Convert from Egyptian % grading to German grading system [duplicate]

can any one help me to convert 68.08 % Egyptian grading which is a (B) in US grading to German Grading system?
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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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What makes a standout profile for applying to a top-ten ranked CS masters in the US?

I'm currently an undergrad student, will complete it next 3 months, I was thinking that, what makes an undergrad profile different and stand out of crowd? To be more specific: what does it take for ...