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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Can I hide my bachelor and master degrees in CV when I apply for a PhD position?

I have 2 Bachelors degrees and 2 Masters degrees. They are in different subjects, not closely related. I am now planning to apply for a PhD program. Question: Do you think that I can only mention ...
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Withdrawal on Transcripts

I'm currently finishing up my masters degree and hoping to apply to quite a few good PhD programs. I've gotten perfect scores in all my classes thus far as a graduate student and as an undergraduate, ...
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Pursuing Master Degree related to E-Learning [on hold]

I have completed Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering (B.Tech, CSE),I have two years experience of working. One year as font programmer and the other year as E-Learning ...
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Does having a more successful professor write your letter of recommendation improve your chances of having your application accepted?

My question is about academic careers of a professor who would want to write a recommendation letter for someone. Some professors in my university have better academic career than others, for example ...
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Speech disabilites for PhD admission for international applicants

One of my Iranian friends wants to apply for a PhD program in computer science to a US university. He can't speak fluently even in our native language at all, but in the other side he has a relatively ...
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Advantages of IB courses vs AP classes [on hold]

My school life revolves around math, science and technology. I'm a programmer in my free time and can't get enough of computers. At the high school I'll be going to next year, though, technology ...
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Decline for and reapply next year? [duplicate]

I applied to a professional program that I had been striving for in my undergrad, at a top school, but I've since felt overwhelmed with how to pay for it and incurring so much debt. I think I should ...
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How to clarify that supervisor writing a reference is not related to me even though we have the same last name?

By chance, I have the same last name as one of the supervisors of a project I worked on. If I ask him to write me a recommendation letter, will the admission committee misconstrue that we are related ...
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What to do if professor comments on candidate's age in an admissions interview?

I'm 34. I received a degree in computer in 2008 and have been running a business ever since. Recently, I decided to apply for a postgraduate program in healthcare in January. To show that I was ...
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Effect of Low credit hours/ long undergrad on grad school

I am studying Computer Science as an undergrad and I have been doing a low number of credit hours per semester (less than 15, but still full time). Am I at a disadvantage when applying for grad ...
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Reapplying to a PhD program while attending another one

Let's say a person really wants to go to school X for his PhD, but he was not able to get admission in this round of applications. However, he has an offer from another school Y, where a person with ...
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Will writing MSC instead of MSc in an application count against me?

I am really stressing out over masters applications and I have realized I have stupidly made a minor error. Instead of writing MSc I wrote MSC and I was not consistent. Would the admissions tutor ...
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How are interactions with professors on postgraduate open days taken into account in admissions decisions?

I am applying for a masters in the UK and I attended an open day where I met various professors. I met with a professor who also happened to be the postgraduate admissions tutor. We spoke for a while ...
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Are US PhD admission offers binding?

So I have just accepted (via some online function on the website) an offer of PhD admission into a prestigious US university. I have also been in telephonic and email contact with staff at this ...
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Is it a mistake to fail to mention future career plans in an application for admission to an MSc in pure mathematics?

I am applying to various universities to study for an msc in maths or pure maths. After sending of my application I have realized that I have not mentioned anything in the way future career plans. ...
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How much weight does the tripos III carry for further PhD admissions?

I am planning on doing a tripos III this year in order to explore my interests and improve on a few bad grades in my undergraduate coursework. I would like to aim for a top 5 Math PhD program. I have ...
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I might not get any PhD offers this year. I would like to apply again , what can I do to maximize chances [duplicate]

I am a mathematics undergraduate. I would like to get into a top 10 PhD school and might not do so this year. I would like to apply again and want to do what whatever is necessary to maximize my ...
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What change should I make in my current resume before submitting it for Graduate school transfer application?

I will be completing my first semester at a Graduate school in 3 months and I have planned to take a transfer to another school in Fall semester. I need to update my current resume that I need to send ...
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Master's Degree Admission with a different Bachelor's specialization

I currently hold a bachelor's degree at Biomedical Engineering and I want to do a Master's Degree in Computer Science at California. Would that be a problem? Since I don't have a high GPA and the ...
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Will working after bachelors reduce my chances of getting into a PhD program?

I am an 'overseas' student in a university, currently pursuing a bachelor's degree. Although I am really interested in signing up for graduate school, I am bonded to work for at least three years as ...
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How to ensure that the acceptance letter received is real and not a mistake?

Recently a very popular name-brand university has been in the news for the wrong reasons. I quote from a national newspaper's article that it has "accidentally admitted 800 candidates ... only to ...
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Using Industry experience to recover from bad undergrad record [duplicate]

I graduated 2 years ago from a (frankly shitty) US state school with a 2.9 GPA and a Bachelor's of Arts in Computer science and no research experience. I am well aware that this is a very poor ...
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What can I learn at open-house events for PhD programs that would be difficult to learn through other channels prior to accepting an offer? [duplicate]

I have received a few offers for PhD programs in the US that I am interested in, and several of these have open-house events coming up in the next few weeks. I have been in contact with potential ...
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How to turn down an offer if you aren't sure where you're going yet?

I'm a PhD applicant. I recently got an offer from a school I will not be attending. The Professor that I spoke to politely asked that, if possible, I give an answer as soon I know if I'm attending ...
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How does a prospective applicant fail to qualify for RAship, but fit the bill for TAship?

I wish to know how the Graduate Admissions Committees for top Universities in the USA decide about awarding Teaching Assistantship to a prospective student. If one had preferred both 'RAship' and ...
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Does getting an offer from a U.S. phd program earlier than normal mean getting a relatively better offer?

As I browse the Internet, I observe that a U.S. phd program may send its offers to the applicants at different time points. However, does this difference imply the difference in favor? I mean, does ...
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How is it perceived to withdraw an application to grad school

I applied to a program that I had been striving for in my undergrad, at a top school, but I've since felt overwhelmed with the thought of going this year. I think I should have waited until I was ...
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Quality of English in a college recommendation letter

Does the quality of English in a letter of recommendation matter? Should it be really good or just average English with occasional mistakes suffice as long as the meaning is clear? Is a perfectly ...
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Email to potential advisor after submitting an application

I applied to graduate school in US about two months ago and I am still waiting for my result.I was thinking may be it is a good idea to email my potential advisor again and asked him/her whether ...
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How detailed should I be when describing what material was covered in prereqs on a masters application?

I am applying to a good quantitative program and they have a section where they want me to list what textbooks I used and what material was covered in certain prereqs for the program. How detailed ...
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How to interpret Italian grades for a grad school application

I am trying to help assess grad school applications this year but have little experience. In most cases I can work out a rough ranking but I find Italian university grades very hard to understand. ...
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What to look for when doing research for an institution-specific statement of purpose

I am applying for a taught MSc programme in software engineering. I understand that my SoP should be specific to the programme/institution I am applying to. However the guides I have read so far only ...
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Would a good AP Calculus exam score help for admission to mathematics graduate programs?

I have had a privilege of knowing what concerns the admission committee about my applicant's file for pure math degree. As of right now, the most significant concern expressed was my weak performance ...
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One Extra Semester - Benefits? Trouble Planning

I am a junior mathematics/philosophy double major looking to pursue mathematics into graduate school. Philosophy is a hobby which turned out to satisfy many degree requirements at first. Now, due to ...
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Is it acceptable to list unpublished papers in a PhD application for computer science?

I have a couple of papers that are works in progress or in the submission process. Can I list under my publications list (and clarify they are not yet published but on the road to it)?
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What to do when a recommender for an already-submitted PhD admissions application suddenly goes AWOL? [duplicate]

What does an applicant for admissions in a PhD program do if a recommender put down on an already-submitted application suddenly goes AWOL and does not submit his letter of recommendation? Would a ...
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Weaker chance of admit if classmate has already been admitted to graduate program?

One of my classmates just got accepted into the graduate program I also applied for. We both are strong candidates but she is a stronger one, hence the earlier acceptance. I was wondering if it ...
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Is control theory dead? What are some prospects of going into this field?

I have been applying to several graduate schools and one of my interest that I listed was control theory. However after doing some research on my own it seems that most of the graduates from this ...
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I am a PhD student and hate it here. How can I warn prospective students during admit weekend without ruining my reputation?

On the one hand, I want to warn students not to come to my program. On the other hand, I don't want to be "that guy," and I also don't want to tarnish the reputation of the specific people I worked ...
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Can someone continue her education in Germany if the first university degree is not recognized?

My sister is living in Saudi Arabia in a city that has very few limited education options for her. She has to stay there for certain circumstances and she can't leave for a different country. She has ...
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Disclosing consideration for funded Master's during PhD program admissions

As an undergraduate in the admissions process for a PhD program, should I disclose my status as a finalist for a separate and prestigious fellowship that would fund a Master's program? (I have already ...
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How important is relevant research for an undergrad? [duplicate]

I'm a student in electrical engineering, and my interests lie primarily in areas with a large overlap between physics and electrical engineering. I'm currently doing research with a professor of ...
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Do graduate schools read your undergraduate application?

If you apply to a university to be enrolled as an undergraduate, and are rejected, and then apply to the same university's graduate program, will they look at and/or take into consideration your ...
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How to respond to an unofficial PhD offer?

I applied to 10 schools and have heard formally from 3, 2 rejections, 1 admission. I just received an email from another school (a very good one) saying that they are seriously interested in me, but ...
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Can I get admission in Physics grad school having done my undergrad in mechanical engineering? [duplicate]

I am a mechanical engineering undergrad in a prestigious Indian university having good academic scores. I have self taught myself undergrad level physics and mathematics. I am planning to give the ...
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Alphabetical authorship order in high energy physics and graduate admissions

I would like to know how graduate admission committees at US Universities look at high energy physics publications in CV. Since the convention in high energy physics is to have authors in alphabetical ...
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Time difference between admission offers and rejections in US PhD Admissions?

Being that I am currently awaiting offers of admission/rejections for some of my PhD applications in the US, i regularly frequent the website http://thegradcafe.com, which, if you've never heard of ...
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When is the appropriate time to email professors as a prospective PhD student?

I think my research interests and experience are perfectly aligned with a professor. And I plan on applying to the department when the admissions open. But when is the right time to email the ...
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Which department does a professor in a joint appointment get his/her graduate students from

If someone is a professor of department A, however, s/he also affiliates with department B in a joint appointment. Which department does the professor in a joint appointment get his/her graduate ...
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How can you tell if a faculty or group is on decline? Am I being used?

I am currently deciding graduate school between several different groups in my school's engineering department. A few faculty in electronics, signal processing and control system has expressed ...