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

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What are the major differences between PhD programs in mathematics and PhD programs in other STEM fields?

I am currently two years into a math PhD program at a mid-tier state school. I read a lot of advice about getting a STEM PhD on the Internet, but a lot of it seems very inapplicable to mathematics. I ...
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Can one or two spelling mistake in statement of purpose hurt your chance for graduate school?

I am wondering can spelling one or two wrong words in SOP hurt chance of getting accepted to graduate school? There might be a mistake about spelling one of my professor's name wrong.
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Energy ang power engineering to T-physics [on hold]

I am a sophomore majoring energy and power engineering in a college not too famous .But I became more interested in theoretical physics rather that what I learning now . I want to apply an US grad ...
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Is it advisable to have a master or PhD thesis topic in mind before entering graduate school?

This is a question that fascinates a lot of people prior to attending graduate school. The question whether one should already have chosen a thesis topic so that all efforts will be put on creating ...
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Should I be considering a Accelerated Master Program?

I'm a 3rd year undergrad in Mathematics and Chemistry. I find most of subjects I have encountered very interesting, like computer science, physics and my two majors. I try to be involved with projects ...
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Listing Latin Honor GPA while you are still undergraduate in your CV

I am wondering if my GPA is in the category of one of Latin honors like Cum Laude or Summa Cum Laude but I am still undergrad can I include Latin honors in CV while applying to graduate school? This ...
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(Math Grad School) Unconventional Profile - Advice for grad school? [on hold]

I'm looking for advice on schools, since my profile is a bit unconventional. TL;DR: I have high test scores, a low GPA, and one publication in a science journal that has been receiving a good amount ...
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Grad student protecing ideas in a research paper for futher development

I am working on a graduate school research paper in finance/accounting. My adviser is really excited about my paper and this professor is a prolific publisher. The paper has progressed enough to hand ...
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Highlighting sentences in the statement of purpose

I am under the impression that admissions officers are busy people and they have lots and lots of applications to review, especially in top schools. Because of this, it could happen that the some ...
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Why do graduate programs have comprehensive examinations (comps)? [duplicate]

I'm about to begin studying for the comprehensive examinations (comps) my masters program (Computer Information Systems) requires. I'm curious as to the point of even having them in the first place. ...
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Quality of mathematics/physics graduate programs in Europe compared to US [closed]

I'm from the US, but have been considering the possibility of doing my master's and possibly further education in Europe. I've lived in Europe, and my wife is from there (not the country(ies) I'm ...
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Is it ok to apply for more than one Phd student program? [duplicate]

I am really into going to PhD next year. I found some programmes that suits me, but I am asking myself, if I should apply on more programmes than one. The problem is, that I have a weak background in ...
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What to do if I only want to study master not PHD with a professor

I decided to study math after graduating from business department. I entered a 2-year taught program in the same university in Asia and used the time to take all the necessary courses. In the first ...
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Uninteresting research area and contacting potential supervisors

I've recently finished off my undergraduate degrees and am in the process of contacting various faculty members for MSc supervision. Recently I have been offered supervision at a research lab which I ...
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Should I include name of potential advisor on my statement of purpose (SOP)

I am currently writing my statement of purpose (SOP) for top graduate schools in engineering majors in US. I am wondering should I include name of my potential advisor on my SOP (Is it a good idea to ...
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How free are graduate students to choose research topics given their department?

I'm sort of foggy in general about how this works. If you are, say a a computer science graduate student, what kind of freedom do you have to pick a research topic that focuses more on something like ...
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How much do my career prospects suffer if I start a mathematics/CS PhD. at the age of 27?

I was doing a phd in a different subject and that was going nowhere and I lost interest in everything that I was doing. But I always loved mathematics and during the dark days of my 3rd of my (former) ...
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Is it worth getting an advanced degree even though I'm disabled and will never be able to work?

I have recently become disabled but always wanted to earn a Masters of Science in Computer Science but I will never be able to actually work again. Is the hard work and cost worth it?
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Global university ranking for graduates, not research

I work at a university that gives a small number of scholarships to PhD students to pay their fees and tuition. Currently, the decision for who to give these to is based on their undergraduate ...
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How to get interdisciplinary when your program isn't

When I was shopping for graduate schools, I was very interested in a particular subdiscipline of mathematical logic. I got into a pretty good state school, but now that I've been here for two years, I ...
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How to address being interested in two areas in statement of purpose

I am applying to graduate school in US. I am wondering how I can write statement of purpose If I am interested in both signal processing and communication system. Should I talk about why I am ...
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Computing + Mathematical Science PhD and MS/MA Programs [closed]

I am currently in my second undergraduate year studying Statistics. I have been recently involved in a research internship in my department which got me interested in attending Graduate School. I have ...
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Does the graduate admission committee automatically consider you for a Master's program if they don't accept you for their Ph.D program?

I am applying for Math Ph.D programs, some of the schools say in their websites that they'll consider one for their MS program if one is not accepted to their PhD program. I was wondering if all ...
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Is it standard for graduate students to get gifts for their advisors?

Is it standard for graduate students to give their advisors gifts around Christmas, like chocolates or bottles of wine? What about other important people, such as their thesis committee members, or ...
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What's the benefit of taking Teaching Assistant?

I am a first-year international master student in a US statistics department. I am offered a 10-hour teaching assistant appointment next semester. I am considering taking it. I have no idea how to ...
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Should I Postpone Graduate School?

I have a goal: It is to be a mathematical physicist (something like the type that would work on, say, the Amplituhedron). This goal is non-negotiable. From what I've read, it is difficult for a ...
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Does having external funding raise your chances of getting accepted ? ( Masters )

My UG university have awarded me a scholarship for master's degree ( I'm an international student ) the scholarship pays for all expenses of the master's degree for the whole duration of the study. I ...
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Is applying to 20 graduate schools too much?

I am applying to math graduate programs, have a list of schools of different range, but I am so worried about being accepted to a grad school, that am considering to apply to 20 schools. My ...
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Graduate schools with no test score cutoffs

I recently received my math subject gre scores and did extremely poor on it (620: 41 percentile). This was an absolute shock to me as I have been preparing for the test since summer but I want to make ...
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How to ask a professor to join a project in a way that leaves him a “graceful out”?

This is a follow up question to a previous question I have asked about co advising : professor will agree to be my thesis advisor but only if I can find a co-advisor . After sitting in on this ...
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Professor will agree to be my thesis advisor but only if I can find a co adviser, what does this really mean?

I am in my first year of my master's program in computer science. I have been sitting in on one professors lab meetings whose research I am really interested in when I asked him if he was comfortable ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Math - PhD or Master's + PhD?

I'm an undergrad and have been looking at my professors' CVs. While some of them went straight from earning their undergraduate degree to earning their PhD (which is what I was thinking of doing since ...
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Professor for a performance class is scheduling class time different than the class time listed in the catalog

I have a professor who is allotted 8 hours of time, 2 hours Monday/Friday and 4 hours Wednesday nights to rehearse the yearly opera. However, when we received the syllabus (halfway through the ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Can low score in GRE hurt the application with good GPA for top graduate school in US

I wonder can poor general GRE exam hurt an application with very strong GPA (about 3.9) and good letter of recommendations for getting an admission to top graduate schools in US? meaning that How ...
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How to find out where a College's Graduates are now?

I am looking at graduate schools and one of the things I would like to know about the schools I'm looking at is where recent graduates are now. I realize that contacting the colleges individually ...
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Funded Math Master's Programs [closed]

I am considering to go into master's math program before Ph.D. Are there any math master's programs in USA that are funded? Thanks
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Why B or B- is the minimum passing grade for most graduate courses in US?

I was recently told that in many schools in US (Maybe other countries too) the minimum grade for a graduate course is B or B-. Meaning that B is considered as a passing score. I would like to know is ...
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What is the recommender address and his/her title or position in graduate applications?

I was trying to fill out the graduate school application for graduate school. However in the "recommender info" part it asks me to enter the address, city, institute and title or position but I wonder ...
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Professor asked me for draft of letter of recommendation,what should I do? [duplicate]

I know there are a lot of discussions about this topic in this forum and I read all of them but my situation is slightly different. I took a class with my professor and I worked in his research lab ...
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Is it OK to name discrete research areas as your research interests in the statement of purpose?

I am planning to apply to a Chemistry graduate program and I am interested in both drug delivery and computational chemistry fields, which are not quite related to each other. I have backgrounds in ...
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What GPA is considered as Competitive for top five schools in Engineering in US

Some prestigious universities like Caltech, Stanford, MIT and Berkeley never disclose their information regarding their cut off major and cumulative GPA for M.Sc and PhD programs in engineering. I ...
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Letter of recommendation from professor who is not longer at your university

I am applying to graduate school in US for MS and Phd program. I wonder is it a good idea to ask for a letter of recommendation from someone that I took his course and I did amazing in his class and ...