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Is it possible to do a Master's in Mathematics after a Bachelor's in Economics?

I'm currently an Economics student in my second year (only just begun).I've come to realise that I'd like to study mathematics further (pure or applied) since I'm missing the subject ever since school ...
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Which career path to take? Directly applying for MS Chem. Eng or finding a job? [on hold]

I'm a fourth year chemical engineering student from Middle East expected to graduate in Spring 2015. I wish to settle in US, hence I am very confused whether I should apply for grad school right now ...
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Have applied to, and been rejected from, a number of PhD positions; are they really so difficult to get?

I am a student who graduated with a Master from a German university in April this year, majored in materials science, willing to further pursue a PHD degree in a European university (or possibly a ...
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To choose which Masters program to attend, should I favor institution or specialization?

I am an Electronics & Communication Engineer and I want to pursue a masters degree. After completing the degree, I would like to work in industry with zero inclination towards a PhD. I am ...
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Applying for masters again, will the application be evaluated on the basis of undergraduate/Bachelors or the most recent postgraduate grades [duplicate]

Applying for masters but have a previous uncompleted masters on my profile. Will that grades from that masters be factored in when the admission committee evaluates my application. What if i have very ...
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Will an incomplete masters hurt my chances of admission in new graduate school.? [duplicate]

I took admission in part time masters after I graduated while also doing a full time job. But I soon found it very difficult to manage full time job with my studies. The reason was that the the ...
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Is it ethical for a graduate student to provide juniors with paid graduate school application guidance?

I have several friends, all graduate students at decent universities, who are providing paid graduate school application guidance services, where they help the future graduate applicants stand better ...
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confusion in deciding what to choose information technology or computer science [closed]

I had just completed Intermediate and unable to decide what is better for me it or cs. i am good in programing (Information practices). But after reading more about cs and it now i am confused. I ...
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What's my chances of getting into a PhD program? [duplicate]

I'm from India and have a bachelor's as well a masters degree in mathematics from a top university in the country. My undergrad GPA is just 7.32/10, which is close to the median in my class but my ...
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Interpretation of “GRE subject test is required, but your application will be considered anyway”

In the US, many PhD programs require applications to submit the results of one of the GRE subject tests. For example, almost every (serious) PhD program in mathematics that I've seen requires it. ...
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For a master-degree student, how influential a role do publications play in his phd applications?

I am a prospective student for phd programs in STEM. In my field F of study I have published a paper (unique author) in a journal included in the international F society, a paper (with a classmate of ...
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What to do when an advisor asks you to draft your recommendation? [duplicate]

A friend of mine is applying to graduate schools, and his research advisor asked him to write the recommendation and he would sign it as his own. It doesn't seem possible for my friend to write a ...
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How to transition from MBA in Finance to PhD in Financial Economics?

I want to pursue a PhD in Financial Economics in USA/Canada. I am a software engineer and going to Canada to pursue an MBA in Finance in September from an average public university. I have studied a ...
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In what countries is it possible to enter a life science PhD program directly after a Bachelor's? [closed]

I would like to know which countries allow admission to a PhD program directly after finishing a Bachelor's (Life Science), without requiring an intervening Master's degree? And if you go directly ...
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Entering academia as a high school dropout

I have a strong desire and determination to contribute to society by expanding the knowledge in my field of interest, but I feel that I am failing to get into a position to fulfill this dream. This is ...
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How do I pitch an application to a CS selection committee when wanting to transfer from a physics PhD?

How prudent is it to state that I am disinterested in continuing a physics PhD. because I don't have access to the topics in physics that interest me? Given that I have a "A" in 2 advanced graduate ...
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Department code for TOEFL

I'm thinking about applying for some US physics graduate programs. In the graduate admission procedure about where to send the TOEFL scores, I've often read the sentence "use the institution code ...
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What is considered a good GPA for studies in Germany

Coming from a different schooling/grading system, I have very little feeling about what actually is considered a good grade for studies in Germany. Here the passing grades are given in the range of ...
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Is it appropriate for a prospective PhD student to contact phd students at a target school?

I am a prospective phd student. I wish to know if it is fine to contact the phd students of my target schools? If answering this question requires more information, please feel free to state that.
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Chance of getting into thesis-oriented applied math master program on fluid mechanism and atmosphere ocean science with only math background

I have asked the same question on physics and math stack exchange, but they suggested me to post it again here. Should any information need clarification, please let me know. I am a student with only ...
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Will graduating a semester early hurt applications to grad schools?

I am a math major who will be a senior next year and hope to graduate a semester early for financial reasons. During my semester off, I plan to continue my (mostly trivial) research in algebra and ...
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Does diversity in undergraduate research topics look bad on my graduate school application?

I have done 5 different projects in my undergraduate course and all of them are from different areas/fields. My project work during High school is from a different area still. The reason of working in ...
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How much research experience or publications are required to get into a good PhD program in USA

I am an international student(south Asia) who has recently completed his 4th semester in CS. My current CGPA is 3.2 (social science courses in my freshmen year messed it up) and Major GPA of 3.6. ...
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Two year gap after BTech and Applying for MS, mention in SOP? [duplicate]

I completed BTech in 2010. Started working on 8th Aug 2012. Now applying for MS. Do I need to mention the gap in my Statement of Purpose (SOP)?
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What does it take to get into top math PhD programs?

What are the key components of strong applications to the very top math grad schools such as Harvard, Princeton, MIT, etc? What does it take to get into such a grad program?
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I have career gap after bachelors degree and irrelevant work experience. How do I write SOP for MS admission in US?

I pursued a Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communication Engineering stream and I completed the course in 2010. I was jobless for more than a year so I did a 3 months course in Java. Im Sun ...
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Are decisions made on GPA grades overrated? [closed]

Assuming that the my questions might not reflect the real motivation behind it, I'll provide further information here. Looking to different job applications, be it in academia or industry, GPA is ...
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Who is a research student?

I've heard that some universities offer a non-degree program called research student, what i want to know: Why do students usually apply as a research student? Do research students work on things ...
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Applying to a second MSci/PhD with a PhD

After completing a PhD in Particle Physics I left academia and have been working in industry for a few years now. However, during that time I've become more and more interested in Pure Math, to the ...
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Applying for Masters Degree with academic integrity violation on record

I am a junior college student that goes to a top 6 CS school. I will be graduating a year early and am starting to think about whether or not I want to get my Master's degree. However I have an ...
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Should I apply for a MA or a PHD(in mathematics) after undergraduate study? [duplicate]

I am entering my 4th year undergraduate BS math program next month. I am certain I will want to do a PhD program eventually but I am not sure if I should do a MA before it. I have decent ...
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Does engineering undergrad performance matter for masters in management admission?

In Masters in Management (MSc Mgmt/MIM) admissions, how much weight is generally given by the Adcom to the applicant's undergrad performance, especially if it's an unrelated one like engineering? ...
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Do schools/departments ever evaluate their own admissions process?

I'm curious as to whether or not any departments ever attempt to evaluate their own admissions decisions. It seems quite plausible to do for any college or graduate program, but I've never heard of it ...
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What are the important factors I must consider while applying to a CS program for an MS after majoring as a mechanical engineer in my undergrad?

I have a master's in mechanical engineering from a pretty decent college in my country with a GPA of 7.9/10. I'd like to know what constitutes a good application to a Master's program in CS (ML, to be ...
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Showing interest / Applying for Phd position that has just opened, before finishing Master studies

Currently I am working towards Master in Computer Science degree, hoping to be done by the end of the year. Last month a new professor moved to our University and now there are open Phd positions in ...
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Does undergrad score matter very much when applying for a second Masters?

When applying for a second Masters, does one's undergrad score hold a lot of importance or does it get discounted in favor of better score in Master's? Adding more information: I have a BS in ...
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How does one go about doing a Ph.D. in Europe as an American?

I'm entering my senior year of college in the US and I'm starting to consider my options for graduate school next year. My field is kind of blurry, in that I have certain research areas that I'm ...
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Applying to PhD programs; do I need to include transcripts from unrelated master's degree program?

I'm interested in pursuing a PhD in a particular humanities field and I feel that my undergraduate GPA is strong enough for me to get into such a program at a top school. However, my path to deciding ...
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Are there US universities that do not need GRE and TOEFL score for admission in Phd in Mathematics?

I have completed my Bachelor's degree (3 years) in Mathematics and pursuing MSc(2 years). Currently I am in final year and expect to obtain MSc degree in next May. I am willing to do my PhD (in ...
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Applying to graduate school in an unrelated field after a year working in unrelated job?

I'm in a predicament. I majored in Computer Science as an undergraduate at a top university, and landed a job straight out of college at a web development firm. After a year of working at said ...
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Applied to two MS programs, but one wants a decision before the other has made a decision

I applied to two graduate schools (both for an MS). "University A" gave me an admissions decision already. Upon reading their admissions letter, I have to make a decision within one week (it's ...
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Expelled from undergrad university for poor academic performance, can I go back there (years later) for Masters?

I want to obtain a masters degree at a certain top university (in Canada). However, I was kicked out of the department due to my bad performance. Repeated attempts at getting back in were ...
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Why do admissions committees consider the Statement of Purpose to be important?

Why do admissions committees consider the Statement of Purpose to be important? Anyone with a command of English should be able to write a Statement of Purpose, in principle, so it seems a poor way to ...
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How to decide what writing sample to include in a phd application?

I'm finishing my MA in about a month and I'm thinking of applying to a Phd program in the US (political science). My GPA is as high as it gets and my recommendation letters will be great but I'm ...
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How can I find a PhD position to work on a highly specific idea of my own?

I know exactly what I would like to research within my field, however, the ideas are too specific and indeed one of my feedbacks for the reject of one of my PhD applications based on my personal ...
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How to increase my chance for being admitted to a PhD if my MSc is in a different topic? [duplicate]

I have a MSc degree in Computer Science from a well known university, but the problem is that my degree is, for example in Computer Graphics. Now I would like to study PhD in computer Science, but ...
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Is the signature track on coursera useful for MS admissions?

I read through the forum and the opinion seems to be that doing a MOOC is equivalent of reading a book on that subject. This is largely because of that you can cheat through a MOOC. So what if I ...
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Masters Admissions and Academic Dishonesty

The summer before my last year of undergrad I committed academic dishonesty in one of my summer classes. I received a sanction of a course grade of 0 and a notation on my transcript until I graduate, ...
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What relevance do law school grades have on admission to a Master's degree in economics?

I am currently a rising 2L law student who passed up an opportunity to do a joint JD/MS in Economics. I didn't think I was adequately prepared to take on the Economics degree, though. (Not enough math ...
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Should I use recommendation letter from young professor I worked with or well-known professor I met in class?

I'm choosing reference writers for my math PhD application this year, and need to decide between the 2 following professors: Professor X is a young professor with whom I took measure theory and did ...