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 are letters of recommendation handled when they come from a member of the admissions committee?

I've asked three professors from the school I did my undergraduate studies at to write letters of recommendation for me. However, one of the schools I'm applying to is that same school. In other ...
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As an inexperienced/unknown recommendation letter writer, what should I do to make my letter stand out?

It is generally acknowledged that one should try to get recommendation letters (for grad school, jobs, etc.) from well-known experienced members of your field, if at all possible (for e.g. see some of ...
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Working Experiences Sections in application systems of doctoral programs?

I am applying to doctoral programs and I am not sure if it is necessary to fill out the sections for working experiences. The problem is that I have been always a full-time student up to now and, ...
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Intent behind Recommendation Letter requirement?

What is the inherent idea of having a recommendation letter/ "letter of reference" requirement in academia, especially while applying to grad schools? I understand that if the person giving the ...
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Is the Cambridge Certificate of English accepted in US?

According to CEF, CAE and CPE are the highest level possible. If I apply to some top US university/college, will they accept a certificate from Cambridge instead of TOEFL?
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How to answer a professor asking “what your masters work is about?” when my thesis is not in English?

I have contacted a professor, looking for a PhD position. He replied that my field is so near to his research field, and to consider my application; he needs to know more about my masters thesis. ...
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Is it OK to name discrete research areas as your research interests in the statement of purpose?

I am planning to apply to a Chemistry graduate program and I am interested in both drug delivery and computational chemistry fields, which are not quite related to each other. I have backgrounds in ...
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Grades in masters before PhD

I'm working on a masters in mathematical finance. I am going to make at least one B this semester at a program which is not highly regarded after having made very good grades in undergraduate school ...
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Profile Evaluation Please? [on hold]

I really appreciate your help! GRE: V:157 Q:166 AW:3.5 = 323+3.5 GPA:3.75/4.00 Major1: Electrical Engineering Major2: Physics both from UIUC Research: 1. networking related research in CS ...
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How much emphasis should be put on programming ability in a letter of recommendation for CS graduate studies?

I have a little computer science background. In one of my statistic courses we did significant data analysis with SAS and R coding. I'm getting this professor to write a LOR for me. He wants me to ...
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What GPA is considered as Competitive for top five schools in Engineering in US

Some prestigious universities like Caltech, Stanford, MIT and Berkeley never disclose their information regarding their cut off major and cumulative GPA for M.Sc and PhD programs in engineering. I ...
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Letter of recommendation from professor who is not longer at your university

I am applying to graduate school in US for MS and Phd program. I wonder is it a good idea to ask for a letter of recommendation from someone that I took his course and I did amazing in his class and ...
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Honor Listed in undergrad. Should it go on the CV for grad applications ?

I was placed on the "Honor list" by the university during my undergrad study several times. Students are placed according to their GPAs. My question, should this be mentioned in the awards and ...
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Would adding anecdotes in statement of purpose be necessary?

I am applying to phd programs in the US. In preparing for the statement of purpose, I consulted some native speakers. I was suggested to add some anecdotes in my statement. Nevertheless, after a ...
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Which among an LoR for startup work and a “good student” LoR, will be more effective?

I am applying for Master's program in CS. I have the following two alternatives: An LoR from a startup founder for significant and relevant work. The possible problem is that the entire team ...
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Impact of the visit weekend weather on the admitted graduates' grad school decision in the US

US universities typically organize visit weekends for newly admitted graduates, after which the latter confirm or refuse the offer. Is there any research/study/survey that looked at the impact of the ...
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If you have broad interests, should you describe a narrow research topic in statement of purpose anyways?

All the advice for writing a Statement of Purpose (otherwise referred to as 'Personal Statement') for graduate (Masters) on the internet usually pins it down to narrowing down your interest to ...
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Which factors should I seek when I am searching for a PhD supervisor? [duplicate]

As a masters graduate seeking for a PhD position, I look in the website of the universities to find an open position; also I look at the professor's webpage to see whether I have a research interest ...
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How can I show my potential in my mail to the professors?

I am hoping to continue my masters in machine learning or data mining. So as a part of the process I am mailing to professors. I have a decent GPA and GRE score. I have research experience in these ...
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How to email current students in graduate programs you're considering?

What is the right approach for sending emails to contact the graduate students in the graduate schools that we are applying to? Some questions to ask current graduate students are suggested in this ...
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is there any university that i can get admission in maters program for mechanical engineering with a 2.6 gpa in undegrad school? [closed]

I have recently completed my undergrad mechanical engineering program from Pakistan. I have done mechanical engineering. Now i want to get admission in a masters program. the problem is my GPA is shit ...
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Transitioning to a more prestigious school for Masters degree [duplicate]

I'm in my final year of my undergraduate, and have been preparing to get a masters degree over the last few years. If I hope to get into a more prestigious school from a significantly lesser one, what ...
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Does taking graduate course as an undergraduate increase chances of getting into graduate school?

I would like to know does it help if I take a graduate course related to my major in engineering as an undergraduate and do very well in it? will it increase my chance of getting to graduate school in ...
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Do I have a chance of getting into a math PhD program? [closed]

I am a pure math major, female. My school is considered one of the top 10 schools both worldwide and in USA in math. Here is a little about me. I moved to USA 6 years ago, studied in a community ...
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Is rejection the default decision for international applicants to PhD programs in the US?

I am applying to PhD programs in the US. I am wondering if there is a default decision imposed on international applicants. This question may sound ridiculous, but, I still ask here because I have ...
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Is it possible to get into a top-10 engineering graduate program without publications?

I would like to know if it is possible to get into top 10 engineering schools for MS/Phd program without any publications?
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How important is the GRE for top engineering schools in the US? [duplicate]

I am wondering how important is the general GRE exam for top 10 schools in the US in engineering? Do they use it as a factor to admit students or it can be only used for funding or none/both of them?
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Does doing an undergraduate semester exchange abroad improve chances of getting into top universities?

I am a math undergraduate student from India, from one of the IITs. I have an opportunity to go for a semester exchange at some Universities in Germany, France and Switzerland, for a single semester. ...
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Does a letter of recommendation from a postdoc who's been my instructor carry much weight?

In large universities, undergraduate students tend to receive instruction mostly from recent PhD graduates or post-doctoral fellows. This is especially true during the first two years, when students ...
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Is it suitable to merge the certificate of being a presenter into the paper presented at the conference? [closed]

I am not sure how to deal with a paper of mine presented at a conference and the corresponding proof of being a presenter. Since the conference does not have an English agenda nor an English post, I ...
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How long it takes for GRE score to be delivered to graduate school?

I would like to know how long it takes for a General computer based GRE score to be delivered to graduate school in US. Some graduate schools mention do not take GRE later than specific date so I am ...
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What tone to use when talking about oneself in statement of purpose?

In what manner should one speak in her statement of purpose for phd applications? Should she speak factually or slightly overly self-praising?
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Should I avoid using footnotes in a statement of purpose?

I intend to use some footnotes (in a restricted manner) in my statement of purpose for PhD applications, but I am not sure if doing so is suitable. Though I cannot see any reason against doing so, ...
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Does it look bad to have more letters of recommendation from undergrad than masters professors in PhD admissions?

I did my undergrad at university A, and my masters at university B. I am now applying to university C which requires 3 letters of recommendation. Naturally, my thesis advisor is one of them. I also ...
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Is it wise to use the paper reference numbers defined in CV in statement of purpose?

If in my CV I assign to each paper of mine exactly one number, say [1] On ...; [2] On ..., and if I want to introduce my works in my statement of purpose, then is it wise to use these paper reference ...
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Are there any scholarship for distance learning?

I wonder if there are any MSc Accelerated Degrees or any scholarship on it, something like university of people. And is it taken seriously? Computer Science. Politics. Arts. Public Policy. ...
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Is it difficult to get into graduate school for applied math with a computer science degree?

I'm a computer science student in my third year of undergrad. I've been taking math classes on the side and will have finished most of the applied math major by the time I graduate. I'm wondering how ...
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Do I need to attach the letter of acceptance of an accepted paper along with the paper itself to my CV for applications to phd programs?

In an application to a phd program, if I claim that some paper of mine is accepted and the paper has not yet been published, then should I attach the letter of acceptance along with the manuscript ...
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How is undergraduate Indian percentage converted to US 4.0 GPA by graduate schools? [duplicate]

I am applying for Fall, 2015 in PhD programs (Computer science). The admissions page of many universities I saw, demand an undergrad GPA of at least 3.0 and graduate GPA of at least 3.5 Now, I ...
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Which GPA (cumulative or major) is more important for graduate admissions in the US?

I live in US. In some applications it is asking to enter your cumulative and major GPA. However I am wondering which GPA is more important and which one is used for admittance famous graduate schools ...
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Am I able to change my GPA once I submit a graduate school application?

I am wondering if I apply to graduate school in US in fall and lets say the due date to submit the application is December 1 and fall quarter grades are posted two weeks after that. Now I am wondering ...
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Does a few years work in-between study hurt Physics PhD application to a top 20 US school?

All things being equal how would a good US graduate physics admissions weigh these paths. Scenario 1: 4 year Bachelor of Science. And then direct application to graduate school. Scenario 2: 4 year ...
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Does a PhD application decision letter give the reasons for the decision? Why or why not?

Out of curiosity, I am wondering if a PhD application decision letter gives the reasons for the decision? If yes, why? If not, why?
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Can I get a Master's in Economics with a Bachelor's in Mathematics?

I am going to receive a Bachelor's of Science in Applied Mathematics soon. I found out facilitating medical environments is what I found interesting after volunteering at a hospital for two years and ...
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Question for Master's

Let me preface this question by saying I've looked for answers but found nothing clear that would resolve it. I'm graduating from a Computer Engineering bachelors in April and I intend to do a ...
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Changing graduate schools after a semester

I am stuck in a somewhat unusual situation. I am enrolled in a graduate program (masters) in my country in the field of my choice. My college has a good undergraduate program but, as I've come to ...
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Can I have a PhD in mathematics or physics after having a bachelor degree in medicine?

Can I have a PhD in mathematics or physics after having a bachelor degree in medicine provided that I score high in GRE physics or math? I have had zero coursework in math or physics but I am not ...
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Will a recommendation letter such as that written for John F. Nash be convincing?

I noticed in the book "A Beautiful Mind", by Sylvia Nasar, that a recommendation letter, for PhD applications, written for John F. Nash runs as follows: This man is a genius. Then, out of curiosity, ...
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Should I apply again to the same research group where I used to work and haven't got any PhD offer from the professor?

Approximately a couple of years ago I was working in a Computer Science project abroad. The task was to implement a software analysis tool with the collaboration of a professor, and if all went well ...
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How to gain admissions to graduate school with postgrad diploma, but no degree?

At the age of 21 I entered an (UK) M.Sc./Postgraduate Diploma Programme in Software Engineering. I entered without an Undergraduate degree based upon modules I undertook in a distance learning ...