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

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Are there online resources for finding information on M.S. programs that fit my criteria, without having to go through every school's website?

I'm looking for an M.S. in Computer Science and I found it difficult to properly navigate all the available degrees. I'm interested in a particular focus (computer graphics, not modelling and that ...
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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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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 to do if I can't find references about a listed project of my potential supervisor

I am currently preparing for my graduate school application. There is one professor whose research interest in general matches mine. He has listed several potential research projects for prospective ...
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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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Scholarships for master degree in pure mathematics

I have been searching for universities to study a master degree in pure mathematics in Europe or USA but I am a little concerned about the fees and the cost because I cannot afford that amount of ...
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Is it necessary to wear a white shirt inside the graduation gown for Masters degree graduation ceremony?

I have my graduation ceremony coming soon. The graduation dress usually consists of the gown, the hood and the mortar board. however the hand sleeves of the gown are a bit short and hence a full shirt ...
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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 test (admitted) grad students before hiring them in your lab

Recruiting "bad" PhD students who only become emotional, temporal, and financial drag is not good for anybody. I was listening to the recent freakonomics podcast episode, and thought it would be great ...
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Mistake in a PhD thesis

I've just defended my PhD in mathematics and started a postdoc. While working on an improvement of one of the results of my thesis, I realized that there are several minor mistakes and a big bug in a ...
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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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What does it indicate if a professor from other departments is included in applied math department?

Currently I am preparing for postgraduate application. My research interest is fluid mechanism. There are several professors whose research interests are similar to mine and all of them are included ...
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How can I put myself in the best position to get a postdoc in a different field?

Im a graduate student in my 3rd year studying theoretical plasma physics. I'd like to stay in academia but I think I would be better in an area of experimental physics where data analysis plays a more ...
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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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Advisable to visit other labs?

Is it advisable to do a short (2-3months) visit to a different lab at a different university while doing a PhD? I would think that it would be good for setting up collaborations, but would a PhD ...
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Graduate School vs. Work

I am a Senior on track to receive my B.S. in Computer Science this time next year. There are a lot of jobs I could do directly after graduation with just my B.S., but is it better to go to graduate ...
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Age and applying for colleges [duplicate]

American universities accept people over 19-20 years? It is more rigorous process of a person at that age? Can I apply at any age? If I have a reason why I have entered in a 'high' age? I'm 16, I'm ...
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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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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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Do graduate schools have more courses & less of a student-teacher ratio than undergraduate?

On average do grad schools offer more distinct courses than undergraduate schools? If that is the case, then it must mean there are more professors teaching in graduate schools. And common sense ...
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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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When can asking a question during lecture be offensive?

During my masters, I used to ask a lot of questions in class and during the lecture. Whenever I had a doubt I used to ask questions. It was my habit which my undergraduate teachers inculcated in me ...
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Preparing for Quals in Math [duplicate]

I will be starting graduate school next semester in mathematics and I have no idea how I am going to fare. My goal for this summer and I am slowly making progress is to go over topics in real ...
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Are Masters degrees from German universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen) eligible for PhD?

Are Masters degrees from German universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen) eligible for PhD? If I do a Masters in any of the German universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen), would I ...
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At the age of 27 is it worth shifting PhD. from strings to computer science?

Will the effort required to learn a completely new subject from scratch be outweighed by the better job prospects when one is looking for faculty positions?
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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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How can a graduate student most efficiently become an expert at his research topic? [closed]

Taught courses typically do not reach research level, so there is a significant gap in knowledge that has to be bridged by a graduate student in order to make meaningful contributions to their field. ...
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Etiquette/social norms for a grad student toward a faculty going on sabbatical

I took a class with a professor and really liked his teaching. Since then, we've had several conversations and I've gone to him for advice once. While I don't work with him and I don't know if he'd ...
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Getting a letter of recommendation from a new professor

I've read in multiple places that it is important that your recommenders be known to the admission committee. If I were to have a letter of recommendation from a professor who is quite new (Assistant ...
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Isn't the job prospect in theoretical/mathematical physics too bad to justify doing a PhD in it? [closed]

Almost every theoretical physicist (string theorists) that I meet tells me that it makes no sense to try do a PhD. in these subjects since there are simply no jobs available and things are only going ...
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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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Transferring from MS to PhD Program

I am starting a MS program next fall (in statistics). At the time, I had a personal circumstance that limited the schools to which I could apply, and this was the outcome. Those circumstances however ...
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Reusing figures from other articles in one's thesis

I obtained the rights to reuse some figures from other journal articles on my thesis from the publishing company. Is it sill a good idea to email the authors of the figures, do I need their OK before ...
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Who should pursue a Ph.D degree?

I am asking myself the question "Should I do PhD or should I leave academia and go for an industrial career?" My life-goal is being a professor. And I love to do research. PhD is surely a bite that ...
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Is there a university that has only graduate programs?

Is there any university in the United States (or Europe) fully committed to graduate programs (master and PhD)? Why this is not a common scheme? Why research universities are not interested in this ...
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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 switch from an M.A. to an M.S. program if my department allows me to choose?

I work in industry and am also attending a major U.S. university to get another master's degree, this one in Applied Math. When I entered the program, the department offered a Master of Arts (M.A.) ...
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Is it normal for math grad students to be required to take summer classes to work?

My mathematics department apparently gets pressured by the university to have more people take courses during the summer. We are also encouraged to take on TA responsibilities to make extra cash ...
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How to start an academic career after 5-6 years in industry, without an undergraduate degree?

As an undergraduate, I wasted a ridiculous amount of time due to a combination of being distracted by part-time work, lack of focus, not knowing what I wanted to do with my life, and just plain being ...
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PhD student leaving current program for reasons of safety. Recommendations for what to do next in terms of schools and catching up?

I am a PhD student who lost a year in school due to factors beyond my control. First, several non-school related issues made it difficult for me to focus on school. Then, a little later, I was ...
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How to handle an advisor who communicates badly and puts me in a bad position as a result?

I'm frequently put in an awkward position by my advisor: he communicates pretty badly (vague, doesn't give enough information, isn't clear with what he wants, references things that could mean many ...
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Asked to tutor in a class I am currently taking

I am in an accelerated Master's program in Engineering, we are taking a Statistics course. At this time the class is review for me (I have a B.S. in Mathematics), we are moving very fast though. One ...
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How does Faculty of Graduate Studies work? [duplicate]

Canadian universities have Faculty of Graduate Studies for supporting graduate programs and students. However, I do not under stand how it can operates without conflicting overlap with the technical ...
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How and what do I present at my PhD coursework

I am a PhD Student & started my research few months ago. My research involves creating a predictive model for protein-drug interaction using soft computing techniques .The topic was given to me by ...
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Going to math grad school with low GPA [duplicate]

I am a pure mathematics major and I want to do Ph.D in math, however I want to change to Applied math. I have a low 3.2 < GPA < 3.3 though. I have taken most of Pure math requirements, and ...
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Do graduate schools consider courses that are exclusive for one country?

In Norway, it is mandatory to do a course in philosophy named Examen Philosophicum. I got a B in this subject, and as such, it hurts my GPA. Do graduate schools (in mathematics) care the least bit ...
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Graduate courses as undergrad vs master's degree

I am roughly in the following situation (field: physics/mathematics, location: Europe): I have enough credits to finish my undergraduate degree this year if I want to. I can also choose to stay as an ...
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Getting into grad school with a low gpa [duplicate]

I'm new to these forums, but I thought I'd take a stab at asking about my situation. I have two BS degrees, one in electrical engineering and the other in physics. I'm wanting to go to grad school in ...
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How to best leverage resources offered at small undergraduate school to be a competitive applicant to top law or architecture + planning schools

I am currently a senior in high school, and will be attending Hamilton College in Clinton, New York next year. Though Hamilton does not have 'core curriculum' requirements and is a small liberal arts ...