Questions related to school of higher learning, especially for Master's degree or Ph. D.

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When is the right time to tell my advisor that I plan on leaving my PhD program?

I've previously asked a question on this forum about leaving grad school and moving to a new field. I'm a chemistry PhD student in my (now) second year. I've decided to leave my PhD program because my ...
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How to set up lab rotation when commencing a PhD?

I'll be starting a science PhD program in the fall, and I'm required to do at least three lab rotations. I haven't received any instructions from the program as to when and how I should secure a spot ...
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graduate student credit for work on a paper

I am a graduate student with a question about credit for work that I did. I contributed design, data collection, analysis and writing for a paper for which I am almost certainly not being credited as ...
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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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Master's program advice

A little background on my question. I recently gradated with my BS in Computer Information Systems and am looking to pursue a Master's program. I am also married with 3 children. I am looking for ...
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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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Arizona State Masters of Science in Psychology vs Domiguez Hills Master of arts in Clinical Psychology? [on hold]

I was accepted into two Master programs. I ultimately want to get my Ph. D and open my open practice in child psychology. I received my BA at ASU already, so i know a little about that program but not ...
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Grants to pay for housing, etc. for Master degree in Italy [on hold]

I am Levis from Monrovia Liberia West Africa. I had been awarded school fees waiver at Calabria university in Italy. 2015/ 2016 school year will start in October this year. I am seriously in need of ...
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Question about leaving supervisor

My supervisor is going to leave to work at another university before I finish my thesis. I'm not sure how this process works. Will this cause problems with me graduating?
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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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one year masters in computer science or software engineering [closed]

Which universities in US it is possible to complete MS in computer science or software engineering with one year of full time study? (Spring, Summer and Fall) My goal is to finish quickly and get a ...
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Do PhD advisors allow students to collaborate with faculty from other institutions?

I would like to know if PhD advisors allow students to collaborate with professors from other institutions in a major way. The context for me here is that I will be joining a Top-50 institution for a ...
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Can I accept two federal fellowships simultaneously and defer one?

I recently received both an NSF and an NDSEG fellowship. I see that I am not allowed to accept funding from both fellowships, but I wonder if it is possible to do something like: accept both, put the ...
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Decision between working at a national lab or starting graduate studies [closed]

To give some background: I accepted an offer to go to UIUC in the Fall 2015 semester to start my graduate studies program in Mechanical Engineering. I've been looking for potential professors to work ...
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Transferring to a Top-10 PhD program in Theoretical Physics from a Top-50 program in US for better job prospects in Academia? [duplicate]

I will be soon joining a Top-50 school for a PhD in High Energy Theory. They have some very good professors who have published top quality journal articles in their area of expertise (even with some ...
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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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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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Master's degree in science is generally not free in US, CANADA, UK, OZ, NZ? (Tuition)

I had the impression that in general, PhD programs are the only really "free" ones in higher education in those typically high cost English-speaking countries that they charge no tuition, pay you to ...
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Graduate Level Mathematics in Australia [closed]

I am looking to do a master's in Australia and I have an eye on two programs. One is the Master of mathematical sciences at Australian national university and Master's in Math and stat at University ...
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Finishing the physics graduate curriculum as undergrad

I am a year ahead of my physics curriculum, but I plan to stay as an undergrad for the 4th year to increase my chances at top graduate schools in physics. In this 4th year, I will take all the ...
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Good job to prepare before going to grad school?

I have about one free year before I go to grad school and I would like to go to work. I live with my family (I'm Asian by the way) and so gaining experience is my priority, not salary. What job will ...
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Are My Interests More Suited for PhD in CS or Mathematics? [closed]

So let me give a little info of who I am and what my interests are. I just graduated with a BA in Mathematics, concentrating almost exclusively in pure math courses (favoring analysis, algebra, ...
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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 ...
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Undergraduate vs. Graduate Research

Brief Context: I am a high school student having difficulty choosing between two undergraduate programs. My goal is to eventually work with quantum computing (computer science+physics) at the ...
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US grad school rankings based on graduate students' satisfaction

Is there any US grad school ranking based on graduate students' satisfaction? (satisfaction while in grad school of after graduation) If department-specific I am mostly interested in computer science ...
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Age vs career in natural science [duplicate]

Due to my country's education (we finish high school later than other countries), a year off, doing master's degree, I am finding myself in my first year of PhD in States being 26 years old, ...
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Which differences are there between Math PhD programs in the US and in the UK regarding admission, funding, and reputation?

I'm an American citizen and a Junior at a US institution and I've recently been compiling a list of graduate schools to apply to. I'm mostly interested in differential geometry and geometric analysis. ...
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What is the proper way to judge the quality of education of a university?

Why do Russian and Israeli universities score low in various world rankings? In this question, most of the answers more or less stated that, rankings of universities available on the net are kind ...
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What specialization in Computer Science is closely related to front end development? [closed]

I'm a front end developer with 3 years of experience. I'm working with HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and JavaScript frameworks. My under graduate in not Computer Science. Now, I want to pursue my Master's ...
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Doctoral statistics programs rankings question (based on US News&World Report list)

I was recently reviewing the 2014 rankings of US statistics doctoral programs compiled by the US News and World Report and I noticed that a few of the schools were listed twice. I assume that the ...
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How do I avoid or get past the post-orals slump?

I just passed my comprehensive oral exam. I took a week off and have spent the better part of another week trying to build motivation to get back to work. Now I have about a dozen things I could do ...
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Can I apply for a masters' if I already have one? (USA/Canada) [duplicate]

I am planning to apply for another Masters' degree in CS in USA or Canada. But, the thing is I already have one masters' degree. Well, the reason I want to apply for another Masters' degree is because ...
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May a PhD be more practical than theoretical?

I'm thinking about pursue my studies and doing a PhD in information technology. My problem is that I would like to create something new (== write code), and focus my thesis on how this new technology ...
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How many papers should a Ph.D. student review for their professor per year?

My professor asks us on a frequent basis to review papers and get together, discuss their merit and come up with a review. This happens in bursts, where I may do 2 one week 2 another and then go for 3 ...
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How many modules of coursework should a PhD student (math) take per semester?

On average, how many modules should a PhD (Mathematics) student take per semester? Is there a guideline or is it up to individual student? Some background: At my university we are required to ...
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How true is the stereotype that PhD graduates are overqualified?

I am a Masters student, and I think this is the only place in the whole internet that do not hold stereotyped negative attitude towards PhD recipients. From time to time,however, these sort of quotes ...
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Are PhD students allowed to extend their graduate studies to have a better chance at an academic job?

How long is this allowed for even after the student has completed graduation requirements?
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Are there any differences in how new vs. well-established professors select students?

For any professors out there, do you feel that there are any differences in how you selected and recruited students from the time when you were newly hired, to a well-established stage (i.e. after ...
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How can a US student (who does not hold UK citizenship) get a funded PhD in Engineering at Oxford/Cambridge?

Background. I was a previously an Engineering PhD student at a decent US university. Since I am a US citizen, obtaining funding for an engineering PhD was relatively easy. I now seek to enter a PhD ...
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How can a master thesis in STEM approach the level of a doctoral thesis?

Can someone shed some light on the subtle difference between a master thesis and a doctoral thesis so that a master student can arrange his or her research strategy geared to produce work at near the ...
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Can you gain admissions to a top UK Engineering PhD program with limited research?

Background. I completed both a BS and MS degree in Engineering, from a decent US University. My Masters GPA was 3.75/4.00. I have since left the program and began working. I want to enter a top UK ...
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PhD Students research/annual assessment

Some departments do an annual assessment of their PhD students' progress. It includes questions about topics such as: being independent, writing skills, analysis skills, time devoted, reliability, ...
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Is there any view among academicians that an undergraduate degree is just a means to get to graduate school?

Is there any view among academicians that an undergraduate degree is just a means to get to graduate school? Does it really matter that much where you finish your bachelor’s degree? College ...
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Is it appropriate to email a professor asking for a possible summer project, through online correspondence?

I'm an international Masters student, aiming for a certain reasonably competitive pure math PhD program in the US next year. In Dan C's answer here, he suggests to try and get a recommendation letter ...
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Research statement for professional versus research master's programs

Are research statements evaluated differently for professional and research master's programs? If so, how do they differ? Further, I have read that admissions to research programs are more ...
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Biochemistry/Computer Science BS applying for top 10 Computer Science PhD

I am currently an undergraduate student at a large state university. I have good grades (>3.90 GPA) in Biochemistry and I am now adding computer science courses. I am doing equally well in those ...
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Has anyone had to switch to a different research/study focus to obtain an RA postion?

To give a bit of context: I got accepted to UIUC for the Fall 2015 semester to start my graduate studies in Mechanical Engineering. I've been interested in Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences as a ...
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What do I need to do to get a master's degree in neuroscience?

I am an international student in the U.S who recently got a B.A in architecture. I am currently looking for a full-time job in architecture to support myself. But my future plan is to study ...
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What are mathematics graduate schools looking for? [closed]

I'm just curious. I have a strong GPA, but I heard that's not enough. I was told that among a GRE score, schools actually place stronger emphasis on performance in 4 classes: a proofs/logic course, ...
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Is there an honors system in graduate schools?

Just like the Latin honors system in undergraduate programs, is there such a system for postgraduate degrees ?