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 show grad schools self-study effort? [duplicate]

I'm a physics undergraduate who's going into their junior year, and this summer I unfortunately wasn't able to secure any funding for research, and so I am instead self-studying Spivak's Calculus on ...
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arXiv Papers vs. Peer Reviewed Papers; How Does Admission Committee Evaluate?

I'm going to apply for PhD at a top university in US. I have two peer reviewed papers already published and 2 unpublished papers. The last two are ready, but I do not have time to submit them to be ...
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How desperate is too desperate when it comes to contacting supervisor?

I am trying to create a solid basis for applying for a highly competitive PhD position in the field of CS. I am now getting as much research experience as I can by doing internships in academia and ...
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Is it harder to get into PhD programs for some disciplines compared to others?

Anecdotally it seems much harder to get into a good math program than a computer science program. How true is that? Are there any statistics available on the selectivity of different disciplines?
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Prospects after studying MS in Computer Sc from Sweden? [on hold]

Got admitted Masters in Computer Science & Engineering. but no scholarship. IT Experience say 3 to 8 years in International IT Organizations a.Is it really worth to spend 30,00,000 to 35,00,000 ...
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How can a US student (who does not hold UK citizenship) get a funded PhD in Engineering at Oxford/Cambridge?

Background. I was a previously an Engineering PhD student at a decent US university. Since I am a US citizen, obtaining funding for an engineering PhD was relatively easy. I now seek to enter a PhD ...
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Numbers of offers handed out [on hold]

Lets say a university accepts 20/ 30 people and approximately 100 people apply. How many people would offers have likely to been extended to? I was having a discussion with someone and they suggested ...
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How does a standalone honours degree work?

I'm currently trying to apply for a PhD position, but am unable to meet the entry requirements. My (potential) supervisor has advised me to undertake an honours year to meet the requirements. I ...
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Low GPA, any chance of grad school for math? [duplicate]

I have a cummulative 3.5 GPA from a top 20 school but a 3.1 GPA in my math classes. In particular I got a BC in linear algebra and a C in abstract algebra. My goal was always to go to graduate school ...
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I am able to self-fund a PhD, how can I use this when applying?

Some candidates have the personal or family resources to self-fund their graduate studies, or already know that they are willing to take on debt for them (disregard whether this is a good idea, which ...
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Difficulty being admitted to good PhD programs [duplicate]

Since last September I have been working hard on my applications, applied to multiple good CS departments yet none of them even wait-listed me, all rejected me, I have also got rejected informally by ...
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Can you gain admissions to a top UK Engineering PhD program with limited research?

Background. I completed both a BS and MS degree in Engineering, from a decent US University. My Masters GPA was 3.75/4.00. I have since left the program and began working. I want to enter a top UK ...
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Should I ask a letter of recommendation from a prof who I rarely see?

I'm applying to grad school this fall for math PhD programs and I need to figure out who to ask for letters of rec. I'm doing a summer reading course which is technically under a professor, but since ...
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Is there any view among academicians that an undergraduate degree is just a means to get to graduate school?

Is there any view among academicians that an undergraduate degree is just a means to get to graduate school? Does it really matter that much where you finish your bachelor’s degree? College ...
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How to show graduate schools my strong self study background?

I'm taking some time off between my undergraduate and graduate studies. I've definitely kept up the practice of my field during this time through self-study. My question relates to how I can show this ...
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Research statement for professional versus research master's programs

Are research statements evaluated differently for professional and research master's programs? If so, how do they differ? Further, I have read that admissions to research programs are more ...
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Does a student who graduated from a lower-ranking school in a developing country be admitted to a graduate school in a western country?

Most colleges in developing countries are sub-par by western academic standards. In one developing country, for example, professors are not obliged by law or by their institutions to pursue a doctoral ...
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A professor is happy to supervise me. Does that mean my formal application will be accepted?

I am worried since, in fact, I do not meet the minimum grade requirements for a PhD admission of the school. But the supervisor says they are happy to offer me a funded PhD. Note : this is in the UK.
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Website for admission results?

Is there any website/forum where people post their application results? For instance a website where people write the name of university they applied for, their GPAs, their GRE/TOEFL scores, their ...
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PhD Spring Admission

Is there any university in the US offers PhD admission for the Spring? I'm trying to apply for the Cell and Molecular Biology at any university in the US
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Should I put a “technician” pseudo-internship on my resume for biology grad school?

I completed a pseudo-internship-like experience offered by one of my undergraduate professors this semester. The job title was "biology technician," but my jobs were more geared towards learning than ...
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Biochemistry/Computer Science BS applying for top 10 Computer Science PhD

I am currently an undergraduate student at a large state university. I have good grades (>3.90 GPA) in Biochemistry and I am now adding computer science courses. I am doing equally well in those ...
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What are mathematics graduate schools looking for? [closed]

I'm just curious. I have a strong GPA, but I heard that's not enough. I was told that among a GRE score, schools actually place stronger emphasis on performance in 4 classes: a proofs/logic course, ...
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How can I obtain the necessary quantitative knowledge for admission to a masters in business analytics?

I intend to pursue a masters in business analytics in the United States. However, since this is a highly quantitative program, I doubt I will stand a chance to be admitted given that my undergraduate ...
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Will a low GPA in my current master affect application for second masters degree? [closed]

I'm currently doing my M.Tech in India. A course I chose hastily and have little passion for. Consequently a low GPA. My Bachelor CGPA is 7.3. I have a GRE score of 300 and TOEFL 104. I need a change ...
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What effects (if any) do audited undergraduate courses have on graduate admissions?

I'm an engineering undergraduate, and my university doesn't require me to take any math courses past the standard calculus sequence and differential equations. The field I am interested in entering in ...
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Online recommendation for an applicant who is not the recommender's student

My recommender and I know each other through scientific discussions and collaborations. I have never been his student. He told me that in the online recommendation form they asked him some questions ...
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Is it common for prestigious universities to contact you after you dropped out to see whether you wish to enroll again?

Many months ago, I had to drop out from a prestigious university. Lately, the university contacted me and asked me if I were considering enrolling once again, and said that if yes, I should do so ...
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Converting a degree program to a non degree one

Is it possible to convert a degree program into a non degree program? For example if someone has started a degree program and is not able to complete it, or decided not to complete it, can he/she ...
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Fear of Grad School Admission [duplicate]

This is my first post on this forum and to be honest, I am freaking out a little bit. I would like explain a little bit of my situation and let you all know what my dreams are. I greatly appreciate ...
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Difference between UK honors and pass degree from Indian degrees

I am from India and we have two different degrees. One would be honors and other would be pass. I graduated with a Bsc(pass) degree. Now this degree included studying Physics, Mathematics and Computer ...
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How to frame early university troubles related to mental illness when applying for masters program after more recent successes at university?

Years ago I had a really rough few years of college, inability to focus, tons of stress, manic episodes etc. Instead of going into the drama of it all, the bottom line here is that during those years ...
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Is it possible to get into neuroscience PhD program without any research experience? [duplicate]

A little bit of background. I did my undergraduate degree in medicine i.e. MBBS. I was always inclined towards academia and research, so I went for masters in human anatomy from UK (it was a taught ...
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What does a PhD application rejection mean for other applications?

If you applied to several PhD projects, all in the same "level" of university prestige. Could a refusal from one of these applications be interpreted as a inadequacy for the rest?. Could it mean the ...
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How many PhD programs does the average STEM applicant apply to in Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)?

I was wondering if there are data on the number of applications that people make to PhD programs in Europe (Ger, At, CH). My guess is that it depends on the area/field, in particular I am looking for ...
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PhD application denial - Is it usual to ask reasons/recommendations?

I got a denial to a PhD application I sent. The mail basically stated that they had picked another candidate and wished me luck. I am doing my master in a German university and I applied to another ...
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Deferring Admission to reapply for some PhD programs next year

This question is related to one of my previous questions: Changing University in First year of Phd I just completed my senior year. I have been accepted to a grad school (say University X). I want ...
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How should I write an email asking about the status of my PhD application? [closed]

I applied for a PhD position. As part of the admission process, the professor requested two letters of recommendation, which have been sent. I was then asked to wait a week, but now two weeks have ...
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Changing University in First year of Phd

I just completed my senior year. I have been accepted to a grad school (say University X). CASE A: I am quite familiar with the fact that one shouldn't change grad schools during a PhD. It is highly ...
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Grad school, biology, funding?

I am a student of biology at a State school in New York (SUNY), and my school is very liberal arts focused, I am also a racial minority. I also have a poor GPA, 2.7ish currently, due to failings of a ...
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What are my chances of being accepted in a Ph.D. program with poor M.Sc. grades?

I'm currently studying for a computer science Masters degree in a top UK university and I wish to pursue a career in academia by getting a Ph.D. degree. I got perfect coursework grades, however, I ...
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How should I thank this person who wrote a letter of rec for me (but to a different school than the one I'm attending?)

I've poked around the answers here and I think my situation is unusual enough to warrant a new question. In short, I applied to graduate programs for this fall, and I did the rounds asking my ...
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Enough for Grad School? [duplicate]

I just finished my 3rd year in a combined pure/applied math program at a Canadian university. I have been leaning towards pure math, but I'm not sure if I'll have done enough to go to grad school for ...
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Graduate school admission with a degree in a different field

Can I be admitted to graduate school in a different field from my degree? Specific cases include: If I've taken plenty of advanced courses in field X in the process of completing a degree in ...
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What is the admissions process for top UK graduate programs? What is a considered competitve resume/application?

I'm considering applying to a few top UK universities for a PhD in Engineering, for the 2016 year. I would really like to attend a strong program, namely, Imperial, Cambridge, or Oxford. ...
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How conditional are conditional offers [closed]

I've already accepted an offer from my dream school for a phD program and already set up rotations with professors. I was accepted on a conditional offer though and am now 0.4% below the average they ...
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Can the GRE Sub in Psychology compensate for my low GPA? [duplicate]

I am a psychology student. My GPA is quite low: 3.6 for first 3 years but 2.8 for last 3 years ( I spent 6 years in undergrad because I transferred and lost 2 years of credits). However, I will have a ...
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Can someone who got GPA 3.7 apply for high ranked university with assistanship? [duplicate]

I'm undergraduate civil engineering, and I'm planning for master degree. My GPA is 3.7, and I didn't do GRE yet. However, I have strong research interest and I have some publications. Do you believe ...
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Mentioning Professors in math PhD applications

When applying to grad school, is it a good idea to mention professors you want to work with? For example, "I am applying to this program because University X has leading experts in the field Y, such ...
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Will a publication in one subfield of my discipline help me get into graduate school in a different subfield?

I am a psychology undergrad student. I am currently working on a project that will be submitted for publication later this year. However, the project I am working on is in the sub-field of psychology ...