Tagged Questions

On strategies, procedures, and problems related to getting admitted to, or selecting students to be admitted to, a graduate degree program.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

6
votes
3answers
441 views

Accepting a “good but not great” recommendation for graduate school

I'm applying for graduate school in a hard science this year, and most things on my application are pretty good so far. Regarding letters however, there is a point of confusion. I know two of my ...
0
votes
1answer
75 views

Is there any formal format for statement of purpose?

I'm about to submit my application for various PhD programs and I was wondering how should I format my statement of purpose. Should it be addressed like a formal letter? Just contain my name and say ...
1
vote
0answers
38 views

Using a paper under review as writing sample for PhD application [duplicate]

I am submitting a PhD application, for which I am required to include a writing sample; either a publication or a class report. I don’t have publications but I have a submitted paper authored by me ...
5
votes
0answers
163 views

Do I have any chance to apply to a graduate school after a bad junior year?

I am a senior at a top 15 public university in the states and planning to apply for graduate school in mathematics. Having been a top 100 Putnam performer and won a couple of medals at IMO in my high ...
6
votes
2answers
267 views

Does it look bad if letter of recommendation comes from an emeritus professor?

I wonder is it a good idea to ask for a letter of recommendation from a emeritus professor who I took his course and knows me well? I was wondering is it bad to get a letter from someone who is not ...
1
vote
2answers
182 views

Consideration for MS if PhD rejected

I am a undergraduate student interested in doing my higher studies in USA. I am tempted to apply for PhD program offered by the colleges but I am skeptical of my selection due to high competition. So, ...
0
votes
0answers
100 views

What do I do if my passport does not have surname? [on hold]

Surname field is blank in passport,my full name was in my given name so will that be a problem while applying for study visa to Australia?
2
votes
1answer
176 views

Can I get a scholarship from graduate school in physics if my GPA below 3?

I'm fresh physics graduated student from University of Jordan -Middle East-, My GPA is below 3, so Can I get a scholarship from graduate school in physics at -US- if my GPA below 3, If yes what is the ...
2
votes
1answer
51 views

How to rate my level of proficiency in statement for graduate application

I am completing a computer science-related graduate application for a highly competitive school in the US that has an optional section for a "skills statement." In paraphased form, here it is: The ...
7
votes
1answer
518 views

If I've decided to go to Grad. School for Mathematics… a little late?

Two questions following a bit of background: I'm currently a 4th year Physics/Mathematics major to graduate in the spring, and I'm beginning my applications for Grad. school. My goal is ...
4
votes
2answers
140 views

How much information is too much for a statement of purpose?

I've read a lot on what to include and not to include in a personal statement. I have some short specific in that regard. At my core, I think I want a PhD more than anything because I want to deeply ...
3
votes
1answer
74 views

For applications where prospective students upload transcripts, is there a preference between scanned official vs unofficial transcripts?

It is my understanding that most graduate schools will want you to mail them a sealed transcript if accepted, but my question is about the application process. I thought that I could upload an ...
4
votes
1answer
162 views

Where to find grad school acceptance rates?

I've been searching (without luck) for the kind of information that was very easy to find when I was applying to undergrad; namely, information such as acceptance rates and median GRE scores of ...
1
vote
2answers
104 views

How very high reading/listening but low speaking/writing TOEFL scores are usually judged on graduate admission?

Can you please let me know how following TOEFL scores are usually judged on graduate (mainly master) admission if a) minimum requirement is 100 and b) minimum total requirement is 80 and minimum ...
7
votes
1answer
173 views

Was it a mistake to act more interested in a potential advisor's work than I actually am

I am a prospective PhD student who is applying to several schools. A couple months ago I spoke with an advisor from a school I was somewhat interested in. We talked for quite a while, and he seemed ...
4
votes
4answers
315 views

Graduate school without full funding

I am told, by both a professor at my US undergraduate school and here at Stack Academia (for example, at Implications of being accepted without funding?), that I should not accept an offer from a US ...
0
votes
0answers
41 views

Can students from Materials science background apply for sports engineering?

I wish to apply for a MSc degree in sports engineering. But I'm from a Materials science background and don't have a bachelors degree in sports engineering. What are the chances that I can get ...
6
votes
3answers
304 views

Should I mention in statement of purpose that my undergrad degree is in a different field because my parents wanted me to do it?

Is it okay to mention in my statement of purpose for admission to grad school in math, that my undergraduate major is engineering because my parents wanted me to do it? I was initially wrote my ...
2
votes
2answers
176 views

Letter to a potential PhD supervisor (mathematics)

I am finishing my Master's in mathematics in Germany and I'd like to apply for a PhD in Europe, preferably in the UK. Most departments recommend that students get in touch with potential supervisors ...
2
votes
1answer
88 views

Is it appropriate to ask for more than one recommendation letter from the same person [duplicate]

I will be applying for Ph.D programs in mathematics and hence I'll be needing letters of recommendation from my professors. There are two or three professors with whom I have a lot of academic ...
2
votes
1answer
66 views

How can i justify my choice of projects in my Research Statement, when I'm not very experienced in it?

i am applying for a PHD position and the projects that i'm interested in are in metal matrix nano composites but the problem i'm having is that i don't have much experience in metal matrix composites, ...
-2
votes
1answer
60 views

How many chances do an student have to take part in IIT exams? [closed]

As question sounds, I want to know the number of chances a person have to take part in IIT Examination?
0
votes
1answer
164 views

Does one page LOR hurt my chance of getting to graduate school

I recently asked from the professor whom I have done research with him and I also did great in his class for LOR. He agreed to write a positive letter of recommendation for me however when I talked to ...
3
votes
1answer
166 views

Dinner with prospective adviser and students tomorrow, advice please

I'm applying to doctoral programs right now and I'm having dinner tomorrow night with a professor and three of his grad students. I'm very hopeful to join this lab. I've spoken with the professor ...
1
vote
0answers
88 views

In a statement of purpose, should the focus be on compulsory courses or optional ones?

While writing a statement of purpose, oriented towards a particular course in a particular institution, should the focus be more on the compulsory course or the optional modules one opts for?
2
votes
1answer
116 views

If the status of a paper under review changes, should schools I applied to be notified?

I am applying to doctoral programs in the US. I have a paper currently under review, and, it seems that the status will remain under review after I submit my application packages. My question is: If ...
0
votes
2answers
68 views

Is it advisable to use formal citations in a statement of purpose?

In my statement of purpose, I am using certain arguments by scholars of my field (IR). Will it be advisable to use referencing, or might it be to my disadvantage as an unnecessary attempt to boast on ...
0
votes
0answers
55 views

Should I list all of my scientific writings and technical reports (including those written for coursework) on my resume?

I am an undergrad preparing my resume for grad school application. During my undergrad I have done many projects, including a few real research projects and also those for courses as final projects, ...
5
votes
1answer
490 views

As an undergraduate, should I have done research on all of my research interests listed in my resume?

I am an undergraduate student, writing my resume for application to grad school. During my undergrad I have done research on some topics through internships and research projects. However, there are ...
3
votes
1answer
77 views

How broad should the research Interests of an undergraduate applying for grad school be?

I'm an undergraduate student applying to grad school. In my Research Interests section in my CV (or somewhere else), I wonder how broad should my interests be. For example, I have worked on topics ...
0
votes
1answer
86 views

Internship to Grad School

Last year I did a year long Quantum Chemistry internship at a very prestigious university. Towards the end of my internship I met another principle investigator from the same institution and got ...
2
votes
2answers
126 views

Is it better to add a transcript of a non-completed degree for a master's degree admission?

Im getting my degree this year (in june presumably) in physics. And while I was getting it I was at the same time getting a degree in mathematics. (By degree I mean completing undergraduate studies in ...
0
votes
4answers
106 views

Can people in western countries do graduation and post graduation in two completely different fields? [duplicate]

It might be possible here in India too, I haven't researched on it, but in one movie I have seen the guy is studying mathematics in MIT but his future plan was to study medicine at Harvard. I kept ...
-4
votes
1answer
150 views

What to do if a manuscript under review at an Elsevier journal has no time stamp but intended as a writing sample? [closed]

I am applying to doctoral programs in the US, and I have a paper under review (passed the handling editor's review) at an Elsevier journal. I want to use this paper as my writing sample. But I found ...
1
vote
1answer
111 views

Required items for undergraduate's CV who is applying to grad school

There are many guides for writing an academic CV available online, but nearly all of them are not clearly addressing undergraduates who are applying to graduate school. This group obviously need to ...
2
votes
3answers
88 views

Fine to put as an appendix to my statement of purpose the paragraph explaining the gaps in my transcripts?

I am applying to doctoral programs in the US, and, because I have two breaks in my studies as what shown in my transcripts, I want to find somewhere to explain these. But I am concerned with that if ...
1
vote
1answer
158 views

Can I get into a top 50 school with a bachelors degree from an unknown state college? [duplicate]

I went to a relatively unknown state college for my Bachelor's degree. I've been working in the field for about 5 years now, but I'm interested in going back for a PhD. Would it be nearly ...
0
votes
3answers
156 views

Is it safe to give all the papers mentioned in my statement of purpose in my writing samples?

I am applying to US doctoral programs. I have decided to mention especially four papers in my statement of purpose, so I have to present them in my writing samples. As a consequence, my writing ...
2
votes
0answers
37 views

Can a student be admitted to masters programme even if his/her English level is lower than the minimum requirements? [duplicate]

Recently, I just won a scholarship from my government for pursuing a master's degree in some Canadian universities. I checked the minimum requirements for the English level and I noticed that almost ...
7
votes
4answers
2k views

Good idea to name the keynote speaker of a local conference at which my paper was accepted to be presented?

I am applying to doctoral programs in the US, and I am wondering: Is it advisable to name the keynote speaker of the local conference where I presented a paper recently? The keynote speaker is a ...
2
votes
0answers
142 views

Is there typically a pre-screening process for doctoral admissions in the US?

I am applying to doctoral programs in the US and I am wondering: is it common for applications to be filtered before they reach the hiring committee? In the typical selection and admissions ...
0
votes
0answers
44 views

Getting into a MA or PhD (psych) program with a weak gpa due to recently resolved medical issues? Does work experience replace a weak gpa?

I have been attending a university in my home state for 6 years. My gpa at the end of this semester is on track to be 2.6 overall. My first four years of courses are not representative of my ...
-2
votes
1answer
83 views

Behavioral finance PhD multi-departmental, which field to apply to?

I am interested in behavioral finance, but could tackle it from various perspectives. I assume that it would be easier to enter through some departments than others, and shouldn’t matter much in the ...
3
votes
2answers
306 views

delaying Phd application to publish in order to get accepted at a better university, a valid strategy?

Is it better to wait a couple of years and publish in order to get to a prefered program or go to any program that would accept me? Sorry in advance for the length of this document. It is in part ...
5
votes
1answer
254 views

Is it possible for a grad school applicant to cancel a letter of recommendation once it is submitted?

I asked my professor to send a letter of recommendation for me because I worked for him and I did great in his course. He submitted his LOR and I receive the confirmation email from the graduate ...
3
votes
1answer
128 views

How will an application for graduate admissions be affected if psychological issues prevent student from getting strong recommendations?

What if a student is unable to or has difficulty getting strong recommendation letters (for graduate admissions in mathematics) due to psychological factors, such as autism? Will graduate schools ...
-2
votes
1answer
79 views

Is it possible to be admitted to an astrophysics graduate program with a finance background?

Does anyone know if any of the US universities (or European universities that teach classes in english) enrol students into their Masters program for Astronomy/Astrophysics without having a science ...
18
votes
5answers
2k views

Is it a good idea for a nonnative English speaker to have native speakers help make the English in statement of purpose perfect?

I am applying to doctoral programs in the US. Since I am not an English native speaker, I am wondering if it is okay to have native speakers help make my English perfect in my statement of purpose? ...
61
votes
5answers
6k views

Should I explain to the graduate admission committee why I am older than most prospective PhD students?

Firstly, I know that there are plenty of questions here like this one but hopefully this is not a duplicate. I was born and grown up in Iran and belong to a religious minority (Bahai faith). As you ...
7
votes
4answers
711 views

How important is the statement of purpose in a PhD application for admission to a top school in the US?

According to this MIT statement of purpose guideline, the statement of purpose seems to be an important part of a PhD application. However, I have also heard that, in the case of MIT, the statement of ...