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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Admission for MS in CS [on hold]

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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Challenging High Schools in USA? [on hold]

I am interested in pursuing my high school education in USA. I don't have any guardians living in USA but there are some schools like this which accept such students. The main reason behind migration ...
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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? [on hold]

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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Is it feasible to switch track from Bioinformatics in Masters to Neuroscience in PhD [on hold]

I would soon enroll in a Masters program that has a Bioinformatics specialization track. However I want to pursue for Neuroscience. Unfortunately my graduate school do not have a Neuroscience ...
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How can I find an adviser for my PhD study? [on hold]

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 ...
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What is common in most PhD application procedures in the UK?

I am almost done with my master's degree in mathematical finance. I'm done with thesis and have one course left to take. I am taking it in a 3rd world country and am interested in applying for a PhD ...
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PhD dissertation different from master thesis; What might I be able to do about methodology?

I understand that it's possible, thankfully, to have your dissertation in a different topic from your master's thesis, but I seem to have a problem (see below). Do you know any other problems might I ...
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Graduate Studies in Mathematics in Canada [closed]

As the title suggests, I want to know that what are the best Universities in Canada for Graduate Studies in Pure Mathematics? In particular, what about University of Waterloo and University of British ...
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Academic Amnesty-vs-Transferring: how does each affect graduate school admission?

I entered college back in 1994 and was academically dismissed in 1999, and needless to say my transcript is atrocious. I only require a few semesters to graduate and I am planning to go back to get my ...
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What is the typical PhD application procedure in the US? [duplicate]

I am nearly finished with my master in mathematical finance. I have finished my thesis and have one course left to take. I am finishing it in a third world country and am interested in pursuing a PhD ...
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With a background in mathematical finance and desire to apply for a mathematics PhD in another field, do I need a second master's?

Pardon the dumb question if ever. I notice similar questions all sound like "can I get a second master's?" but mine is "do I need?" I am nearly finished with my master in mathematical finance. I have ...
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Can a graduate student with deficiencies get an assistantship for the needed undergraduate courses?

I see many graduate program informational pages listed by various schools. Many of them require specific undergraduate degrees, but also have discretionary exceptions for those without them. Most ...
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What are the chances of getting into a PhD program in math after other pursuits in life?

I have a very unusual profile for a PhD program applicant. I worked a few years in business after college and have recently completed a J.D. I did not have much research experience in college except ...
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Does job experience matter for graduate school admission?

I was planning on applying to US colleges for masters and recently I got shortlisted for this job at an Indian startup (I don't think they have anything major out in the market). They are working on ...
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Should I apply for a PhD position with required programming skills which I do not have?

I did my master's thesis last month and have seen one excellent PhD position in my field. The title and the project description was very close to my master's thesis. My master's thesis relates to one ...
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What is expected from a business PhD applicant straight from undergrad? [closed]

I plan to do a PhD in Business (Strategy) at HKU or HKUST preferably. Since by the application deadline I will not hold my 3rd year final grades, I'm a bit worried how I can demonstrate a good ...