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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Right time to start applying for PhD - Germany

I am a computer science student and am currently doing my Master Thesis in Germany. I am in the second month of the six month duration for the Master Thesis. I wish to pursue a PhD after Masters and I ...
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Transferring to a PhD program I had been previously admitted to

I will be beginning my PhD (in a field that's halfway between social sciences and humanities) in the fall. During my application cycle, I was admitted to all three of my top choice programs, and was ...
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What are the most common prerequisites demanded by Promotionsausschüssen (German PhD boards)?

Reading the German universities' regulations on doctoral programs, one often comes to paragraphs about sanctions that can be demanded by the PhD board (Promotionsausschuss) as perquisites before they ...
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Contacting A Professor for Master of Science (Thesis)

I want to know whether or not the professors are generally interested to supervise students in their M.Sc. (Thesis) program. How many students they may supervise? Do professors insist that we know ...
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What does graduated mean in the Netherlands?

I have been admitted to a Master in the Netherlands, but my diploma will be awarded after the enroloment date there. However, the university says they can process my admission if I send them an ...
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Does a long period in an MSc program look bad on a CV?

I'm an MSc student in (pure) math. Based on CV's I've seen of professors and post-docs in the field, it seems that almost all of them graduated in about 2 years. Where I study (let's say, medium-level ...
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About PhD in Biology in Germany [on hold]

I want to ask about the PhD in Biology in Germany. Currently, I am doing MSc. in Biotech. and I have completed my graduation in B Sc.(Hons.) Microbiology. So, I want to pursue for my PhD in the same ...
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Is taking a year or so off between master's and PhD to do independent research a common practice in Europe?

So from my previous questions and from what I heard, I found out (iirc) that people who apply for a PhD in the US make a personal statement or statement of purpose while those in the UK, and I infer ...
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Does one need a master's in math before taking a PhD in math in Europe?

This question is a variation of my earlier questions. Okay so in the US, I guess one does not need a master's in math before pursuing a PhD in math since the US apparently usually assumes only a ...
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What are the trending areas these days to follow a PhD in Statistics? [closed]

I'm thinking of doing a PhD in Statistics, but I can't find a proper area to do my PhD. If anyone can tell me what are the trending areas in Statistics PhD these days, will be very helpful Thank You. ...
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Show accepted (but not published) paper to potential advisor

It is time for me to apply for graduate studies. I am wondering, if I have a paper accepted at a journal or conference, is it OK for me to show this accepted paper to others (such as potential ...
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Grad school GPA and Phd [duplicate]

How much can your grad school GPA affect your chances of getting into a Phd Program? Some of my teachers suggested that your motivation to be a researcher is what matters the most, but i am still ...
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Time taken by department to offer the admission decision

How much time does it take for getting the admission decision after all the required documents are submitted at a university that offers admissions on Rolling Basis? I had my application and all ...
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How important is the masters GPA for PhD admission? [duplicate]

I am studying MS in Mechanical Engineering in a university in the US. I have an ambition to go to one of the top thirty US grad schools for my PhD. The school I am enrolled for my MS ranks in between ...
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How to “keep in touch” with a potential advisor?

I contacted a professor by email in order to introduce myself to him and ask for a research position in his group at some point in the future. He expressed interest in me, but, when we finished our ...
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Deferred admission but funding not guaranteed

I received an offer from a top US school for PhD this March and accepted their offer. Due to some family circumstances, I would not be able to join the program this year. I am an international ...
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Research fellowship after undergrad helps with PhD admissions?

Does taking a year off, to work as a junior research fellow or as a research intern, immediately after one's undergrad help with admission to a better MS (research track, not professional) /PhD ...
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I had an internship with the professor I'm applying for. Is it possible to ask for a recommendation letter?

I talked to a professor in a top US university and he asked me to apply but he said finally admission committee decides. If I go to his lab for a summer internship, is it OK to ask for a ...
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How can I emphasize my interest towards PhD with no real research experience?

I am 23, I have a Russian diploma in Computer Science and I am interested in getting into PhD in Computer Science in the US. But after reading this post and some google search I realized that I have ...
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I have a MSc degree, want to apply for PhD degree. Should I submit my BSc transcript during admission?

I have a BSc and an MSc degree on Computer Science. My BSc CGPA was too low. I somehow got accepted to an MSc degree(two years) and got 4.00 CGPA. I think I am good at my field. Now I want to apply ...
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Computer Science MS from Mathematics Bachelors [duplicate]

I'm about to graduate with a BS in Mathematics (minor in Computer Science) from a not-very-recognized school (University of Houston)(~60s in Math, ~90s in CS according to US News). My overall gpa is ...
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Academically dismissed from grad school but want to reapply [duplicate]

Back in the Fall of 2013, I attended a masters program straight out of college. Turned out to be extremely overwhelming relocating to NYC, living on my own and starting grad school. I knew I was in ...
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I am interested in graduate studies, but I was dismissed from my undergraduate program for poor grades. Where do I go from here?

I've had a tumultuous undergraduate experience, to say the least. After being suspended freshman year, being re-admitted in the Spring of 2014, and a rough 2014-2015 academic year, I've been dismissed ...
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Is it unwise to get a recommendation for philosophy phd apps from a professor you had relatively early in college?

I will be applying to philosophy phd programs after completing my BA in philosophy and while completing a one year masters program (immediately after college) in philosophy. I impressed a certain ...
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Would it harm my PhD application if a female professor writes me a reference?

Given that the people making the real decision are most likely male, would it be detrimental to my application if my main reference was written by a female professor? I don't want them to think I ...
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Postgraduate with a third

Context: Graduate has a third in their undergraduate degree from a world leading university on a notoriously difficult course (Cambridge mathematics BA) and wants to apply for postgraduate study ...
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You must have a relevant Bachelor's degree to get into European grad schools in sciences? [closed]

Using Bio-sciences as an example, below seems to be the norm for admission prerequisites. US grad school in Bio-sciences: Have taken Bio 1 & 2, Chem 1 & 2, Physics 1 & 2 + some upper ...
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Would it hurt if I mention somewhere in my application package to a phd program that I applied to the same program?

I applied to a phd program last year and was not offered anything. This year, I would like to take a shot at that school once more. I thus wonder if it would do me good or bad or neither for me to ...
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Undergraduate research in math, but no research paper, will this hurt me in graduate admissions?

I will be applying for admission into graduate school in Fall 2016. I did research with a professor last summer in mathematical biology. I have presented that research at a two conferences and have ...
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Why would a grad school not want me to defer admission?

I have been accepted to a fairly competitive online computer science-related graduate program (in the US). It is a part-time program geared toward working professionals. During the application ...
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What form should evidence of a directed study take on a graduate application?

I'm planning to send out some applications to a few moderately prestigious Masters programs this fall. I have a lot of research experience, a good GPA, and strong recommendations, but the field I am ...
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Grad Application: Research Experience without Letter of Recommendation

I am in the process of applying for graduate school, and I have some past research experience during summer. I am not planning to get a letter of recommendation from the supervisor whom I worked with ...
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How is an LOR presented when applying for grad school?

I am going to apply for grad school starting this December. I have heard that an LOR is pretty essential in the process. I have a few professors I can approach. But my question is: how do you present ...
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Grad school in science that takes non-scientific applicants?

If you are going for a humanities grad degree, either scientific or humanities undergrad could get in as long as they get good GRE score (I think.) Not the case for scientific graduate studies, as ...
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What if my professor writes me a negative LOR, in order to keep me working with him?

I am a undergrad student, and I am currently conducting summer research under a professor. During our last meeting, I have revealed that I wish to go to school A for my graduate study. But my prof ...
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How can I legally avoid submitting a transcript to Phd programs in America or the UK

Background: Five years ago, I obtained a Master's Degree from a top 10 American university in the Social Sciences. I was a novice in academia, only one year post completing my Bachelor's degree, and ...
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Realistic odds of acceptance into a top 10 bioengineering program from an average public university [duplicate]

Essentially, I want to know if I'm suffering from imposter syndrome, or if I really am unlikely to be accepted to a top 10 PhD program in bioengineering. I go to a relatively average public ...
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How helpful is it for PhD admissions to be second author of a paper in a recognised journal?

I recently submitted a paper to a fairly well-known journal and it got accepted. I'm listed as the second author. I'm a master's student. How much prestige is associated with this if I apply for a ...
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3.8 GPA, but 3 Fs and 1 D on transcript

So here's a funny thing: I have 3 Fs and 1 D on my transcript, but my GPA is ~3.8, which is "high" because I double majored in math and computer science. The reason for those 4 bad grades is that I ...
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Humanities for people with poor preparation?

As someone in a math-heavy field, the advice one is generally given if one's preparation for potentially going into graduate school is poor boils down to the following: Do better in a class that ...
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What should I do to make it to a top-ranked graduate program given my current situation? [duplicate]

I am from an elite non-IIT school in India (one of BITS Pilani/IIIT Hyderabad/NSIT/DTU). I've just finished my third year, and after taking courses from AI and ML related fields, I realized I am ...
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What is the relative importance of the parts of my application? [duplicate]

I'm thinking of applying to American universities for a Ph.D in Maths and I'm currently studying in the UK. I was wondering how important each of the pieces of the application are, which I believe ...
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Asking for Special Treatment/ Annoying Professors [closed]

I am thinking about suggesting to a professor I do security work or an RAship for a Graduate Assistantship (if I am accepted). However I know their use for graduate students is to grade papers and ...
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Doing MS in CS from low ranked university versus applying again next year? [closed]

I have done my undergrad in electronics from India and want to do a masters in computer science. My initial goal was to do it from a good university but I got rejected from all the ones that I ...
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Can one get admitted on a MSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering without holding same bachelors degree? [closed]

I am a student from Greece, studying Rural and Surveying Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) which is a 5-year minimum diploma involving 61 courses and a thesis (300 ...
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How can I list Massive Open Online Courses on my CV, or should I? [duplicate]

I'm an undergrad, who is planning on applying for grad schools next year. My hope is to get into one of the more competitive programs for Economics in the US--I'm also in the US now. I'm working on a ...
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CS Master's admission after academic dishonesty [closed]

I got a B.S. in Math several years ago. I'm applying for CS MS this fall, but I still need some coursework before admission. I spent the past year at College X as a non-degree student. I did well last ...
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Are all math majors expected to get a perfect score on quantitative reasoning?

I just took the revised GRE general test. As a math major preparing to apply to math PhD programs, it was kind of surprising to see that my quantitative reasoning score was just 167, whereas my verbal ...
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Can a good GRE score offset poor academic records? [duplicate]

I am a student in computer engineering. My academic record has not been good at all, averaging at 55%. I do want to study for an MS degree. I took GRE and scored 315 and am wondering if it can help me ...
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Course Requirements for Mathematics and Applied Mathematics Phd admission

I am a student from Sri Lanka, and I have just finished my degree. Because of the rules of my University ( My program was a direct intake for Mathematical Finance specialization, and despite this I ...