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 the CS PhD. criteria like of NYU vs NorthWestern? [on hold]

Like if you get in one is it likely that you would get through the other? Are the two places comparable in terms of their criteria for selection?
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Is a 7.5 undergrad and 9.0 grad gpa from a top Indian school good enough into a reputed PhD program in the US? [on hold]

I've an undergrad GPA of 7.5 (with math GPA about same) and a grad GPA of around 9 (it's 9.07 at present) from a top Indian college? Is this competitive enough for a reputed PhD program in the US? My ...
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How much are local (same state or country) applicants favored in PhD admissions?

How protectionistic are PhD admissions? Here, protectionism means to favor residents of the country (or state) the university is in, as far as PhD admissions are concerned. Usually, protectionism ...
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What grades do I have? [duplicate]

In a two months I will have a bachelors degree from a German University with an degree average (Notendurchschnitt) of 1.8 or 1.9 . My programme uses ECTS Credit Points. I am in the process of applying ...
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Graduate school applicant visiting a department he has applied to - advantageous?

I've applied to several graduate schools in the US for a physics PhD. As I currently have some free time, I'm willing to travel around and visit graduate schools that I've applied to. My current ...
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How to approach PhD admissions after leaving previous PhD because my advisor tried to force me to manipulate data

I started my PhD in one of the very well renowned institutes in Germany. Unfortunately, in the middle I was forced very much to manipulate the data. I was extremely upset and did not know what to do. ...
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PhD in Education - How competitive is it and what are admissions committees looking for?

I currently have applications into several top tier education programs. I am a bit worried about my chances. I have about 7 years working in education, a unrelated masters and a masters in ...
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Do graduate admission committees include persons from outside the field?

I am applying for a master's programme in Computer Science in the UK. In my application I am using the term "penetration tester". Can I assume that everyone in the committee knows what that means? ...
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During college I was in an accident, changed majors & took a tough schedule, my GPA is low & no recs from a prof, is grad school still an option?

I was in an accident during college, and I graduated with a low GPA (just under 3.0 or so). I switched majors to Math and while I did well in some classes, in general i was a B/C student or so. I ...
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Should I inform Grad schools about being accepted to other programs?

I applied to several Grad schools and recently got a letter of acceptance from one of them. Should I inform the other schools about being accepted? Will it improve my chances with them or just create ...
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What is important in a job description?

I am applying for a masters programme in Computer Science in the UK. In the application I am asked to provide a description of any jobs I had so far. What is important in such a job description, ...
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what factors affect your admission in PhD in Biological Sciences [duplicate]

I am a student with both Master's and Bachelor's degree in Biotechnology with a good aggregate. But, i have a low GRE score of 295. My TOEFL score is 107 along with a research project going on. What ...
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How to deal with Educational Testing Service (ETS) inefficiency and awful post-exam service?

I took the TOEFL test more than three months ago (outside US). Well before my deadlines. But I haven't received the paper scores yet and I shall mail them to the admission committees as an obligatory ...
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MSc Programme without a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma

I'm currently applying to an MSc programme at Imperial College London but at the bottom of the page for each of the programmes I am considering, it states the following: "A Postgraduate Certificate ...
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How long does PhD Application Process take in the UK?

I submitted my application with a supervisor's name fora UK university last week. I plan to apply for a scbolarship after getting an offer. The scholarship application deadline is in March. I would ...
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Intend to apply to PhD programs but getting some bad grades in masters. Should I quit and start a new masters? [closed]

I am a Master's student and have finished one semester out of four semesters. I have got C grade for twice but my goal is doing PhD in the US. Shall I quit the program and restart a new Master's or ...
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Why can't friends or family members write recommendation letters for graduate admissions?

When browsing their web sites, I noticed that apart from those listed academic requirements by different universities, they all require at least two reference letters from applicants, but they did not ...
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Is it a good idea to mention previous rejection and subsequent improvement in motivation letter?

I am applying to a Master's degree in Finland. Last year I applied to the same programme and unfortunately I was not accepted. While I am writing my motivation letter I wonder if it would be a good ...
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value of non-MBA Masters program in Marketing/Communications - offered by prestigious university? [closed]

My employer has identified me as a hi-potential employee and would like to sponsor me for a postgraduate course (any non-MBA Masters program). While my part time studies will be paid for, the catch is ...
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Leaving a Master's Degree Early for a Doctorate Degree?

I am currently enrolled in my fourth semester of my master's degree program in psychology and this should be my final semester. Due to issues stemming from myself and my relationship with my mentor, ...
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Already a doctor but not satisfied! [duplicate]

I know someone who has already finished his PhD but he is not really satisfied, and he wants to apply for another PhD program abroad his home country; do you think he may have chances to be accepted ...
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Are MOOCs a good way to show grad schools that I've gained proficiency in a field which is not my major? [duplicate]

I'm an undergraduate computer science major with a specialization in networks and communication looking at a masters in molecular genetics. In addition to a GRE biochemistry and molecular biology ...
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What factors determine acceptance to top graduate program in Engineering?

Question that is really bothering me is what are the important factors for admission to top five engineering graduate school? I searched in different forums and saw people got accepted to PhD program ...
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Do I have a chance? [closed]

I am going to be applying for graduate school (M.S.) for Fall 2016 in Computer Science this year. So I want to see if anyone has any insights or comments or advise for my profile since it's not the ...
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What do I need other than a good GRE subject test score to get a masters in biotechnology? [closed]

I'm a computer science major specializing in networks and communication. I'm looking at genetics,molecular biology or pharmacology as choices and not computational biology.
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What is the career prospect of a Computer Science graduate doing Ph. D. in Physics [closed]

I am a Computer Science graduate from India. I don't have any college level formal training in Physics. However, I have studied college level Physics on my own and have one paper published in a ...
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Should I block my facebook account?

I am applying to a course in Quantitative Finance in a prestigious university in Europe. I am wondering if it may be the case to block my facebook account; I don't want the commission to look at my ...
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Should I let my recommendation letter writers know that I didn't submit my application in the end?

I feel guilty and not sure of if I should inform my recommenders of this issue. A school I intended to apply has received the reference letters from all my recommenders, but as the deadline was ...
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What should I do when getting a C in a core graduate course as an undergraduate planning to apply for grad school in applied math?

I'm a third year undergraduate student planning to apply for graduate school in applied math. I have done REU in applied math and had one conference paper. I had decent grades in my undergraduate math ...
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Interview for pure math graduate program

I will have an interview for my graduate school application in the coming days. I don't have much research experience but I am taking a few graduate courses which are related with the potential ...
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In PhD admissions, if a correspondence is opened with a prospective student, is it common for a professor to just stop replying?

If a prospective student contacts a professor about his/her work or group and the professor engages (asking for more info, acknowledging the student's existence ;-), etc), is it common for the replies ...
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Will it be a bad move for Master's to do summer internship in industry when trying to pursue a PhD program?

Currently, I am in second semester of Master's program in Computer Science and Engineering. Even though I am yet undecided, I lean a little bit more towards pursuing PhD program rather than getting ...
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How to handle off-topic questions during an interview for a PhD/academic position?

While offering an answer to another question on this site (this one if you're interested), I was reminded of a particularly challenging experience that occurred during my interview process that might ...
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Can an emotional letter of motivation be harmful in a PhD application?

Today some of my friends were discussing a motivation letter. One friend's application was rejected. One reason his friends find out is that the letter of motivation is very emotional. So I was ...
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Is there a standard medical fitness certificate format for applicants to European universities?

I am from Southeast Asia and am applying to a university in Europe for a scholarship for a post graduate degree in management. The university is asking for a medical fitness certificate as part of ...
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Should I mention being enrolled in distance course currently as a backup option in application form?

I am currently enrolled in a distance masters's course in my country as a backup. I will be only applying to some really very competitive schools. If I don't make it through those schools I will apply ...
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Does writing a book improve your chance for getting scholarship for applying PhD abroad?

As you know there are many candidates competing for winning the scholarship for their PhD program, specially the ones who are applying abroad. So, having better skills likely spell to overcome the ...
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Statement of Purpose for master program, area of intersts

I am currently revising my statement of purpose for several applied math master program. I wounder if I should mention some specific area of interests or specific name of faculty? The problem with me ...
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attendance date of my BS and MS course

I have completed my graduation from Bangladesh. And i am applying for graduation study at USA. All of the universities mentioned to write the attendance date of my BS and MS course. But there are not ...
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Philippine grade equivalent in the UK grading system

My GPA for my bachelor's degree here in the Philippines is 1.4259 (equivalent to magna cum laude). In the UK system, to which honors class will it belong?
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Is university teaching better than high school teaching experience in applying for teaching-funded PhDs?

When applying for graduate assistantships or part-time teaching for grad school scholarships, is university teaching necessarily better than highschool teaching experience? if so, by how much? ...
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Can I send math subject GRE scores to programs that do not require them?

I'm applying math graduate program and know that some program reads "gre math subject is not required". Does that mean I can't send gre subject score to them? And if I also want to apply cs program, ...
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What challenges to expect for admission to Masters/PhD in computer science and engineering after chemical engineering undergrad?

I am a Chemical Engineering undergrad, and interested in pursuing a Masters in Artificial Intelligence and/or Machine Learning. I have taken a few courses in the CSE department as a part of my minor ...
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Writing the GPA in the application form, even though the studies have not finished yet

In the application form of the master's program that I'm applying for, I'm obligated to write my GPA, and I cannot leave it blank, as the form cannot be submitted in that case. I still have one more ...
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Should funding be listed under “distinctions and honours” on a PhD application?

In one of my Ph.D. applications, there's a section where I must "List any academic distinctions or honours or paricipation in olympiads etc." I don't know exactly what this means. Would this ...
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How can someone from a developing country study pure mathematics/theoretical physics at a university abroad?

The quality of university level education in developing countries (North Africa in my case) is mediocre at best, especially in the sciences (my interests lie primarily in mathematics). I've found that ...
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MSc in mathematics from MChem?

I was wondering is it possible to study an MSc in applied mathematics with a background of a masters in chemistry? I have an absolute passion for mathematics and would love the opportunity to study a ...
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Applying to a PhD in Machine Learning without much knowledge of the subject

Lets suppose that I see an open PhD position in the field of Machine Learning, area whose I have only some very basic or general knowledge, but that I am willing to learn more about it. I wonder what ...
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Can I submit an unofficial TOEFL score report if the official one won't be received by the university before the deadline?

It's been 8 days since my TOEFL scores were sent to me by ETS and I chose for them to be sent directly to the university I am applying. However, the official score reports won't be sent there before ...