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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Why is it so hard to convince professors to write recommendation letters for me?

I am trying to shift graduate schools to change subjects and over the last year I have been studying the new subject in my current graduate school. I have good grades and in collaboration with a few ...
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What exact requirements are needed for a foreingn student to get into NUS (“National University of Singapore”) [on hold]

I know that it is difficult to get into NUS LAW program as a foreign student. But since I planned to live in Singapore after graduate, I sincerely want to get in to NUS. I am a Korean who wants to ...
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Low foreign GPA, High USA GPA for nurse anesthesia [on hold]

I have a foreign degree in laboratory science in which I didn't do so well. lost a parent, issues happened and I had some Fs and Cs and ended up with a 2.77GPA. Getting here, I started school all over ...
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Apply too many schools? Prof tired of sending out recommendation letter? [duplicate]

For grad school application (US univerisity), we need recommendation from prof. I guess the process is that system send out recommendation letter request to prof's email. Do you guys know how long ...
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Can anyone tell me the scope of B. Sc. Optometry & Orthoptics? [on hold]

I am new here. I just wants to know what is the scope of B. Sc. Optometry & Orthoptics? What kind of job i can do after completion of that degre?
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Information to be included in brochure about new undergraduate programme for admissions committees

I am a student from a new undergraduate programme with only one batch of graduates. The administration is planning to create and send an official brochure/document with information about the programme ...
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Ask for funding before or after applying

I finished my master in computer science about 2 years ago... And I just started to apply for PhD... I have received a prompt reply to one of my email and I really don't know what should I do!? here ...
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Is there any field in which applicants to PhD programs (in any part of the world) usually have publications?

We get occasional questions here from people who are applying to PhD programs, and are worried because they have no publications. This is puzzling to me, because most of my friends in PhD programs did ...
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Lack of letter of recommendation due to long-term research experience

I only have 2 research experiences, one of which lasted more than a year and is starting to look very promising for high impact factor publication (I'll be the second author though, and it's not ...
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What makes for a “strong” LoR for graduate application?

I searched this site and it seems that some individual cases were addressed, but is there any general guideline? For example, between a renowned professor who may barely fill up one page, and another ...
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Why do top universities prefer candidates with work experience for their MBA programmes?

Most top univerities in the world prefer candidates with work experience for their MBA programmes.Why so?
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What is a typical GPA for a maths undergrad applying to grad school? [closed]

I'm entering my 3rd year as a maths major, and I'm planning on applying to applied maths grad programs. Does anyone have any insight on how high a typical maths undergrad GPA is when applying to these ...
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Personal statement to apply for graduate school with a change in major

I live in Vietnam and did a Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance) from an Australian university, Vietnam campus. I am planning to apply for statistics for graduate study in the US. I have ...
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What supporting documents to send along grad school application?

when applying to grad schools most university portals allow applicants to upload additional documents; I would like to know how can applicants make use of this opportunity and add documents to alter ...
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GRE general and subjective ( edited ) [closed]

I am a Master's student in Mathematics @ IIT-Bombay, India (currently in my 2nd year). I am appearing for GRE (both general and Subjective). For GRE (general), this is what I have done so far: I ...
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What are universities' policies (if any) regarding bribery for admissions? [closed]

What are universities' policies regarding bribery for undergraduate or graduate admissions? A university would have to be able to distinguish between an applicant saying in an admissions essay, e.g., ...
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A private, third party wants to fully fund one's PhD studies. How would one mention this in an admissions essay?

If a private, third party wants to fully fund one's PhD studies, how would one mention this in an admissions essay?
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How early should one request a letter of recommendation for graduate school?

I will be applying to start graduate school in the U.S. next year during the Fall. Currently I am an undergraduate senior student and most programs require three letters of recommendation with the ...
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Contact Prof for Course-Based Master Admission?

I am interested in applying course-based master program in electrical engineering. Most of them are self-funded, 1~1.5 years in length, and don't require a thesis . I learnt that it is (usually) ...
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Will it improve my PhD applications if I take a gap year to work on research?

I was a philosophy major who took a bunch of graduate-level classes in linguistics and I wanted to apply to PhD programs in linguistics (in the United States). I had a writing sample in the philosophy ...
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What are some top CE/CS PhD programs you can quit halfway and still get a master's degree from it? [closed]

I'm an undergrad CS major at a state school trying to decide either to enter the software industry or grad school after graduation (I'm a sophomore but I'd like to plan ahead). It seems a master's ...
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How to list “Visiting Student” on my CV?

As a soon-to-graduate undergraduate student that is on his hunt for a M.Sc. program, I am making sure my CV is up to date. I would like to highlight the fact that I have attended a nearby university ...
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MS in USA with very LOW grades and 16 backlog (cleared) [duplicate]

I am very confused regarding getting admit for MS in USA , but my grads very low (6.1/10 cgpa) and i want to pursue MS in embedded system or VLSI . though i secured very low grads in my UG my passion ...
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In what engineering field can i study renewable energies in the USA? [closed]

I am applying for a scholarship at the USA in order to study renewable energies. For that I have to ask if it is considered as a subfield of electrical engineering or not in the US, because I can't ...
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How can I email a CS professor looking for Phd. students? [duplicate]

This year I will submit about 16 aplications to different universities for graduate studies at the US. However, I found that there are new professors looking for Phd. students. So as a foregin student ...
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Unconscious bias toward recommendation letters written by men?

This is an attempt to rescue a strongly down-voted question. Are there any studies investigating possible unconscious gender bias in evaluating recommendation letters? Specifically, is there any ...
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Graduate Admissions and Earlier Programs

I began an undergraduate program in subject A and because of circumstances outside of my control (receiving threats from someone with a history of violence against me), had to repeatedly withdraw from ...
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Contacting Potential PhD Supervisor: Including grades

I am starting to contact potential supervisors to do a PhD and I am wondering whether (and how) I should include my grades while contacting them. I am in the UK so there is no GPA standard (there is a ...
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Do Mathematics Grad schools in the US expect a research paper from a Masters Student for admission into a PhD Program?

I have recently joined a Masters program in Pure Mathematics in an Asian University. My course does not have a research component, only coursework like - Field Theory, Algebraic Topology, ...
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Jumping from an ABA to an MBA?

So, when I did my undergrad degrees in computer science (BA) and creative writing (BFA), I spent the whole time thinking "I'm going to be going into industry. I should take business classes." But ...
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Can I request references from people in the program I'm applying to?

Sorry if this is an obvious question. I earned a MS in psych, went and worked a few years, and I'm thinking I want to go back and finish out the degree, earn a PhD. More than one of my professors at ...
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How to improve graduate student recruitment at a small, good, but non-elite department?

I am a mathematics professor in a small, good but non-elite department in the US. Several of my colleagues and I would like to work to improve our recruitment of strong prospective Ph.D. students. We ...
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Applying for a PhD with good undergrad grades and poor masters grades [duplicate]

This post is similar to the ones here and here. My case is as follows: I come from a computer science background and I've good undergrad grades i.e. 4.75 on a 5 scale. I did my Masters next, by ...
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Is It OK for an academic to have broad research interests?

First of all I am a second year M.Sc. Student in Computer science, working on information networks and enjoy my research a lot. In my B.Sc. final Project I had worked on intrusion detection systems, ...
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I'm admitted to a PhD program in mathematics, but only achieved a pass (no distinction) in masters. Will this affect my reputation in the PhD program?

I'm a maths student who did his BSc at a top 10 university in England and got solid first. After this, I decided to go to Cambridge to do Part III of the Mathematical tripos (a Masters). This was a ...
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Include School Technical Project in CV for Grad Application

I am applying for Electrical engineering field graduate studies recently. In my school, I have done several technical projects. (I have already participated in some research project and put them under ...
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What to do with an application question when I honestly don't know my plans?

I'm an undergraduate currently applying for Fall 2016 Master's programs in Statistics (or sometimes Applied Statistics, depending on the program). One of my applications has this question: If ...
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What is difference between MS+PHD course and and integrated PHD course? [closed]

In the context of US Universities. There are MS+PhD courses as well as Integrated PhD courses.
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How do I transition from a Ph.D. in engineering to a career in medicine?

I am in a Ph.D. program in Engineering and I do probability, statistics and differential equations. My relevant previous works are: Modelling of blood flow, programming using DNA molecules. (But most ...
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Is it better to have just two good letters of recommendation, or two good letters and one bad letter, if three are expected?

Some universities say that "The minimum number of letters of recommendation are 2 but we highly encourage 3". If I know that I can get 2 good letters of recommendation but they "highly encourage 3", ...
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As a grad student how to approach a possible breakthrough research?

I am in this peculiar position whereby I started off my grad school in subject X and got very boring projects in it and eventually around my 3rd year I started studying a new subject Y (partly ...
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How do you keep focused on a long-term academic goal while working?

I'm a college graduate and now working as an EMT in the hopes of going to physician assistant school next year. While working, it's easy to get sidetracked by many different points of view. I don't ...
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Potential PhD supervisor expressed interest, then didn't follow up about meeting. Should I continue with admissions process or move on?

After a Skype conversation and several correspondences with an Irish professor, the professor wrote that he will take me as PhD student. Although we had agreed on which project to work on and we ...
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Can I apply for a PhD in the United States with a 3-year undergraduate degree from Italy?

I'm currently studying in Italy for an undergraduate degree which is 3 years long (standard BSc in Computer Science). Since I'm also U.S. citizen, I was thinking it would be interesting to perhaps ...
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Getting a reference from a PhD student

I am getting ready to apply to mathematics graduate programs this semester. As far as I know most school require 3 letters of reference. I've secured two letters but for my third letter I have a ...
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Path to US board certification for international medical doctor

I would like to get a board certification in order to practice is US as a doctor. I am graduating in October in Italy and I am aware that before getting a residency in US I should pass USMLE exams ...
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Issuing of CAS number without proof of completion of degree [closed]

I hail from Singapore and have applied for the Msc Insurance and Risk Management at City University London and have been offered a place provided I have evidence of the completion of my degree. ...
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How can I obtain an academic reference, if I have been out of college for a very long time?

I have completed my Master's degree 25+ years ago, and I decided to go back to college to further my education with a Doctorate degree. I fulfill all the requirements, except for the need to provide 2 ...
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How do math PhD admission committees view reading courses when your university doesn't offer graduate classes?

I go to a small liberal arts college most people haven't heard of, but I really want to get a PhD in math from a decent (top 20-ish) school. From what I can tell, many serious PhD applicants have a ...
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Would a masters in maths at a much lower ranked university be a good preparation for a masters course at a very top university?

I have finished my mathematics undergraduate degree in the UK at a low ranked university. I just missed out on a 2:2. I struggled with modules such as statistics and Operations research but excelled ...