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

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IQ and Probability of Success in Two Difficult Fields

I've had my IQ measured on multiple tests over the past several decades. The first time was in middle school and it was measured at 120. I guarantee you that I didn't care about the result when I took ...
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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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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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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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How good is the mathematics department of an institute 'X" if I want to apply there for a PhD? [closed]

I checked the publications of the top 7 institutes for mathematics in my country for the period of 2004-2014 (i.e. 11 years) for the following 6 journals: 1. Annals of mathematics 2. Inventiones ...
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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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Getting credit/ownership for improved software

I recently made some changes to a piece of (proprietary) code that my group uses which has made it two orders of magnitude faster. The code I updated wasn't mine and the original algorithm IP was ...
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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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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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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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What must an international graduate student do before arriving in the US?

I am an international student, and I am going to be doing an MS in Structure and Materials in Aeronautics at MIT. Before I arrive, what do I have to do?
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Potential Impact of Pass/Fail vs. Letter Grade in Elective Courses

The current grading system of my university allows graduate students to either receive a letter grade (A through F) or receive a Pass/Fail grade (where A-C is Pass) in any course offered. Each student ...
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Supercomputers and undergraduates?

Is it common for an undergraduate to run its thesis (evolutionary genomics) in a supercomputer? In my country, few supercomputers exist, but I'm not sure how it is for bachelors in the US or Europe. I ...
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Should a graduate application SOP focus on research interests?

I want to pursue a master's in Computer Networks with an interest to learn Software Defined Networking. For some of the universities that I have applied, I have summarized like 'I would love to go ...
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Apply for PhD in maths at the age of 35 [duplicate]

Is it possible to be accepted as a PhD student in mathematics and provided full scholarship at the age of 35? What about top-ranked US universities? Mathematics has the reputation of a field for young ...
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Funding during graduate study (phd, masters) in math in the US [closed]

I have some questions and concerns in mind: When somebody says a program is "funded", does that mean the money is conditional (whether he TAs or not) or unconditional? Or is it clarified in context? ...
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Postdoc without PhD?

I have never been to grad school, but I have several publications, in good journals, as well as planned future projects. Some very prominent experts know me and think well of my work. In this case, ...
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What's my chance of getting into a good math or statistics graduate program, if I don't have impressive grades the first three semesters of college [closed]

I'm a sophomore majoring in math and statistics at a large state university who has top 30 math programs. I really want to go to a very good math graduate program. However, my first three semester is ...
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Should I do a PhD or Master in Statistics for a career in Data Science?

I am a Mathematics student with a concentration in Applied and Computational Mathematics. I have done a Mathematics research project with a faculty member, which resulted in a co-authored paper being ...
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reapplying math graduate school as a grad with master degree in physics?

I am concurrently in a physics Ph.D. program which I personally do not like, as it does not offer the research I am interested. I am interested in mathematical physics and more rigorous approaches to ...
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Is it expected that a part-time masters student publish before transferring to a PhD?

After reading this question, I am curious as to the publication expectations for part-time students. I am a Mlitt Student (working full-time and studying part-time) and am in the process of switching ...
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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 mistakes in a statement of purpose hurt your chances 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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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? [closed]

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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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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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 ...