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

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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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What is the best option I should choose for my education level? [on hold]

I'm try to apply for DV lottery, but I'm not sure about the educational qualifications section. I have completed my primary & secondary education and I have passed GCE O/L and GCE A/L exams as ...
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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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Profile Evaluation Please? [on hold]

I really appreciate your help! GRE: V:157 Q:166 AW:3.5 = 323+3.5 GPA:3.75/4.00 Major1: Electrical Engineering Major2: Physics both from UIUC Research: 1. networking related research in CS ...
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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 ...
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Importance of grades as a graduate student in math

I'm in my first year as a grad student in math at a large university in the US. For the moment I'm just taking classes, all of which have weekly problem sets which take a ton of time to complete in ...
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Can someone give me advice on how to prepare for grad school/a career in genetic data analysis/applied math? [closed]

I have an undergraduate degree in mathematics, and I've been out of college for a little over a year, working in data analytics for a large company. However, my real passion/dream job would be to use ...
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Do I have a chance of getting into a math PhD program? [closed]

I am a pure math major, female. My school is considered one of the top 10 schools both worldwide and in USA in math. Here is a little about me. I moved to USA 6 years ago, studied in a community ...
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What is the etiquette for using empty desks in a communal grad student office?

I will soon be visiting a friend who is a graduate student. She works in a communal office with around 50 other desks (which are mostly occupied by other grad students). Is it appropriate for me to ...
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How to apply for graduate school fellowship

In some graduate school applications it asks enter the name of fellowship or scholarship you have applied to,but I am wondering how to know what fellowship is available for each university and how to ...
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Am I able to change my GPA once I submit a graduate school application?

I am wondering if I apply to graduate school in US in fall and lets say the due date to submit the application is December 1 and fall quarter grades are posted two weeks after that. Now I am wondering ...
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What is the best way to appeal an unfair qualifier exam decision?

Recently, I took the PhD qualifier exams for my department. In my dept. there are 3 exams, each covering a subfield (say subfield A, B, and C). First you are given an hour to work through several ...
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Is it a good idea to get a masters in neuroscience before applying for a PhD? (international student here) [duplicate]

I'm in desperate need of some advice. I'm a senior year Biochemistry student from Pakistan and am hoping to pursue graduate studies in Neuroscience. I want to apply to University of Cambridge for ...
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What would be the potential consequences of offering to fund your own graduate degree?

I am aware that being funded by a grant greatly improves your chances of receiving a master's degree, however, hypothetically what would be the potential consequences of offering to fund your own? If ...
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Can I get a Master's in Economics with a Bachelor's in Mathematics?

I am going to receive a Bachelor's of Science in Applied Mathematics soon. I found out facilitating medical environments is what I found interesting after volunteering at a hospital for two years and ...
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Changing graduate schools after a semester

I am stuck in a somewhat unusual situation. I am enrolled in a graduate program (masters) in my country in the field of my choice. My college has a good undergraduate program but, as I've come to ...
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Do grades obtained after applying to a graduate school matter?

Suppose one submits his/her application to a graduate school this November and grades for the ongoing semester are due after that. Do these grades, received after submitting the application, matter in ...
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Choosing PhD advisor in a field different from your undergrad research?

I am applying to grad schools now, in physics dept. I have been doing my undergrad research on high energy and astrophysics. But recently I have started to gain a lot of interest in condensed matter ...
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Does it matter from whom we receive a letter of recommendation?

I am wondering is it important who is writing our letter of recommendation? I mean, does it matter whether the faculty is assistant professor or distinguished professor?
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Can I challenge my course grade if co-instructors gave us different syllabi with different grading schemes?

Summary: I am a STEM graduate student taking a soon-ending class that was divided into 3 parts each under different professors, Alice, Bob and Carol. There is a conflict in the syllabuses (plural). ...
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If enrolled in Ms-PhD, do I have flexibility not to progress beyond MS?

I'm looking to do a graduate course in computer science in the US and was particularly attracted to several non-terminal MS CS programs, which you'd enroll as a PhD student, but acquire the MS en ...
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In teaching, what are the advantages of using slides over doing board work?

At my university, most lecturers and professors use slides in teaching. This is true for most engineering, mathematics and science courses. I am more comfortable with doing the board work and then ...
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Not waiving the right to see letter of recommendation [duplicate]

I would like to know is it bad and unethical if I do not waive my right to see the letter of recommendation written by the professors? Should I talk to the professor before to see whether they are OK ...
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What background is necessary to do research in computational linguistics?

I'm getting ready to enter graduate school, and I would like to do PhD-level research in computational linguistics and natural language processing. I know that these two fields are very ...
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Can I ask a lecturer for letter of recommendation

I wonder can I ask a lecturer who I took his course and I did amazing in his class for a letter of recommendation? The reason why I am asking is because lecturers are not usually doing research and ...
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What is the format of Statment of Purpose

I am really confused by format of statement of purpose. I mean should it be single-spaced,double space or 1.5 space ? how many pages should it be maximum? and most importantly what things should be ...
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Can I take a year off during a masters program?

I am a second year part-time masters degree student at NYU, with a full time job. My life is pretty simple and boring in NY. I was looking for opportunities, and yesterday it happened. I was accepted ...
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What are preferred academic background for PhD in Operations Management?

What are the preferred academic backgrounds for PhD programs in Operations Management? Would a Master's degree in Survey Methodology/Survey Research be considered suitable?
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What is the purpose of dissertation embargo periods?

I just heard about "dissertation embargoes". My institution recommends that every graduating student place an embargo on their dissertation. What is a dissertation embargo, and what is its purpose?
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Which is preferable, to go to graduate school at same school as undergrad or to go to a lower-ranked school?

I've heard from people that generally, it's a bad idea to go to the same school as your undergrad to get your graduate education. However, in the situation that you get into only your undergrad ...
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Restoring self confidence - possible? [duplicate]

I am having a personal crisis and I thought maybe I should ask for some guidance in this forum. I have been in grad school in 4 years, failed qualifiers once passed at second attempt. I am dedicated ...
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How to change to Mathematics PhD program following M.S. in Computer Science?

I wonder if anyone can give me some advice about how a computer science graduate shifts career to mathematics? I'm currently doing a Master's degree in computer science and i was thinking about doing ...
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Is it possible to restart a PhD due to issues with supervisor (and should I do it)?

I am a PhD student in Europe and I am in the state of permanent crisis because of my PhD supervisor. He is a very nice person, who is very active with public engagement, very successful at grant ...
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Are Identical Make-up Exams Fair?

I recently took an exam, and our professor told us that we should submit our question sheets since 2 other students in our class are going to take a make-up exam. We were also told that we were not ...
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Is a second bachelors degree worth it? [duplicate]

I'm about to finish up a BA in linguistics and am looking at some interdisciplinary options for grad school (specifically in cognitive science). I have a competitive GPA in my last two academic ...
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How to mitigate bad grade in research on PhD application?

I've just finished my fourth year (out of 5) of biology studies in one of European universities. I have some experience in research and my grades are quite ok (in US scale it would be 3.75, which ...
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Doing master's / PhD in Electrical engineering or physics after a bachelor's degree in biology [duplicate]

I have a bachelor degree in biology but I want to change careers and study Electrical engineering or physics . Can I do this without having to do a bachelor's degree again ? How should I go if I want ...
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How to engage interdisciplinary professors in forming an MS thesis committee and project?

I am sort of stuck in a quagmire. I am just starting out in a 2 yr bio-manufacturing program, which has a thesis component. I was looking to add a minor from an interdisciplinary department ...
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Statistics Master's Degree VS Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Statistics

I recently graduated with the Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics from my University. I really like studying Statistics and during my final year in my undergraduate program I was thinking of ...
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What is the proper etiquette for requesting speakers from industry for an academic seminar?

I am in a program that has a seminar class where the students are strongly encouraged to get people to come and present. I was wondering if anyone else ever had to find speakers and if so had a sample ...
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How can I remain motivated while studying for comprehensive exams

At my university, the M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Computer Science have comprehensive exams. The exams retest the student on topics from designated core courses. The exams are separate from the ...
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Why do graduate student contracts state “RAs shall work no more than 20 hours per week?”

I recently signed a graduate student contract. I had outside funding for some time but recently became a normal research assistant (RA) again, so must have missed a contradictory clause when I signed ...
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What are the career prospects of doing a theoretical computer science PhD.?

I am a 27 year old (ex-)physics graduate student and I am quitting this graduate program to enter a new PhD. program in theoretical CS. As for mathematics background - I have always been interested in ...
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Explaining switch of research interests in Statement of Purpose

For most of my Masters studies, I worked in the area of Quantum computation and wrote my thesis on that. But following that, I lost my interest and switched to Computer Vision and worked as an intern ...
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Is the minimum GPA required for Graduate school a cut-off criteria or a general guideline?

I am a senior year undergrad student from a prestigious institute in India. I intend to pursue a PhD after graduating. While researching universities, I stumbled upon the fact that many of the top ...
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Is it advisable to start graduate school with a dependent family? [duplicate]

I am an Electrical Engineering undergrad at one of the better engineering schools in the US. Now I have some background I want to explain, and I'll try to keep it brief. Back during high school I was ...
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Should I do a dual Ph.D.?

So there are already some good questions on the topic of double doctorates: Is doing two PHDs a good path? When does one go for a double doctorate? I'm looking for some advice specific to my ...
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Should I challenge the GRE requirement for a doctoral program in education (in the U.S.)?

I'm just starting to investigate doctoral programs in education in the United States, and I'm considering how to handle the GRE requirement: Hardline Activism: submit my incomplete application with ...
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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 ...