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Dismissed from my Graduate MA in Biology and want to get back [on hold]

I was dismissed from my Master of Arts in Biology from my University 3 semesters ago. I had poor grades, I was lazy and could have cared less. I was already on probation for the first 3 semesters ...
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Dropping out of grad school with F's: how will this affect job prospects?

I am currently getting ready to finish my first semester of a graduate program (was on track for Ph.D but that does not matter anymore). I made the decision to quit half way through the semester due ...
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MS in USA vs MBA in India? [on hold]

I am a graduate student from India. I obtained my bachelors degree in Electronics & Communications Engineering from a prestigious institute in India(National Institute of Technology) in 2013. From ...
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Are Master's becoming required for USA PhD programs?

In the USA, many universities enroll PhD students with BSc degree. I think this is the classical scheme, which remained in the US universities. In many countries, it is almost impossible to enroll in ...
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What is the difference of a BA/BS in Computer Science for obtaining a Ph.D?

I have looked around on Google, only to find zero answers. So, I hope someone could help me out with this. So, for someone aiming to get a PhD in Computer Science (AI), would it be possible to obtain ...
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“This is very interesting as a project” What is the next step to obtain PhD position?

I am submitting to several schools for PhD position in CS. I am following the advices about how to contact professors. One professor I sent to suggesting some idea about her previous research and ...
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Opinion on accepting a grad school offer after having already accepted another offer

I applied to graduate schools this year, and at the tail end of February, my first pick school sent me an email that to me, sounded like they had filled all the available TA positions. So naturally I ...
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Illness affected performance - but not that much?

In my second semester of sophomore year, I was moderately sick for most of the semester. It was not life-threatening, but I often could not attend class because I didn't feel well. As a result, I was ...
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Why do teachers and faculty oversimplify things? [closed]

I remember when I first went to college the teacher said: Remember when you were told at school that the earth is spherical? Well, they lied. I discovered then that the earth is not spherical . ...
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Where can I learn more about the differences between areas of chemistry at graduate level?

I'm a 3rd year undergraduate student studying chemistry, and I'm starting to think about grad school. I've enjoyed the different chem courses I've taken, so it's hard for me to pick a subcategory of ...
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Are Mathematics graduate programs open to admitting a student out of high school with graduate work?

During my high school career, I had the unique opportunity to take multiple mathematics courses at my local university, and after graduating, I took two graduate level math courses: Measure theory, ...
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Finishing a PhD while working at a community college

I'm a PhD student that just finished my first year in graduate school. The University I am at will only fund me if I work as a TA. There is a community college in the area which I have a long working ...
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How to find the list of universities running a specific program?

Is there any way/resource for finding the list of universities offering a specific degree? I want to find which universities have a specific program (both undergraduate and graduate). My target is ...
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Why do some professors have M.D. as well as/instead of a PhD?

I'm interested in stem cell, regenerative medicine, developmental biology, and genetics for reverse ageing. Since these topics are dealt with in one or both of medical school and school of science and ...
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Logic behind masters programs admissions

I'm 2 years out of undergrad and thinking about applying to some math graduate schools, specifically operations research and maybe financial engineering. I was a math major, with middling grades, and ...
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How can I better deal with position papers?

Here is some context, I am currently a graduate student in education but I come from an art background. Needless to say, writing papers is not something I've done on a regular basis since high school. ...
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Is it possible to complete a Physics Phd in less than 2 years?

First I have to say I am asking this question purely out of curiosity. Are there any proven strategies for pursuing significant PhD work and completing the entire program in under two years. Please ...
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How do I convince my professor to keep me as his student?

This is a continuation of my previous question, How to deal with advisor not thinking I am smart? It just so happens that when I asked my prof for feedback, he decided to just drop me. Obviously I ...
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How do you decide between two PhD offers?

I have two offers for graduate study within the UK and I am trying to make a balanced decision. My offers are: Four year doctoral training centre at University of Oxford (approx. £14k/year) Four ...
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Is it legal to withdraw a signed offer letter from grad school?

I am asking for my little cousin who is going to grad school this year. He has just signed an offer letter with school A, but just yesterday he got a better one from school B (may know school A ...
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How strong of an obligation does an advisor have to attend his/her Ph.D. students' graduation?

I will be graduating my first Ph.D. student this summer. My student is quite strong and has done good work, and I am quite proud of him! I do face one conundrum. He has expressed the hope that I ...
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I believe my advisor doesn't think I am smart. How should I deal with this?

My advisor is a brilliant new professor and my efforts don't seem to impress him. When I show him something in person, we always have a very careful intensive discussion for hours. But he does make ...
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How often do you get to “play with” scientific instruments?

I tend to learn and understand a subject to a much deeper extent if I am able to play around/experiment/mess with something that demonstrates the principles. I'm starting a Neuroscience PhD program ...
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What the benefits of summer school when working on masters degree?

I have recently started my graduate studies and I am still new to some of it. I always worked in the summer during my undergrad, but I've heard that working in the summer while working on a masters ...
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Doing Master's program at a university that is less reputable than the university where I did my Bachelor's program [duplicate]

I recently finished my Bachelor's degree program in Statistics and I am contemplating about attending grad school. The university I went for my undergraduate education is listed as one of the world's ...
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Value of (multiple) master's on the path to the PhD?

I'm a PhD student in computer science. At the end of the year I will finish my coursework and be awarded a master's degree. Due to the nature of my research (machine learning) I'm considering taking ...
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Problem of mentioning the department affiliated with PhD degrees

A newbie here :) I am currently a PhD student in a computer science program. My research interest is about quantum information science. Back then, I also got accepted into a Physics PhD program, but ...
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Reliable Rankings of US Universities?

I am aware of US News which publishes the rankings for US Universities every year. But somehow I feel that they try to emphasize more on private universities than public(state) universities. Also they ...
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How Math Heavy is Graduate Finance

This post concerns grad school options. I am undergraduate math major who is going to complete my studies soon. I am considering finance/financial engineering. How math heavy is the financial math ...
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What are some of the issues one should keep in mind while choosing between a fully funded offer and another with no funding?

I have been offered a place for a masters program in 2 places. One which is fully funded and another one where there is no aid that has been offered at the time of admission. I guess if the ...
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International Student Funding for Graduate Programs outside North America

I'm considering doing a masters or a PhD program outside of North America, in particular Europe or Australia. I had originally expected every graduate program to fund students the way North American ...
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How does laboratory funding and money management work in grad school?

there's something I've been curious about regarding the funding of labs in graduate schools. I imagine it's different in different schools, but there's probably a most common scenario. How is money ...
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Will my job have a negative impact on my profile as a graduate student applicant?

I am a final year B.Tech Electrical and Electronics Engineering student from India. I am interested in the field of Embedded Systems. As of now, I have been placed in an IT Division of a respected ...
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It's been one month since the graduate advisor (also the POI) said will get back to me regarding my grad application, should I send a follow up email?

It's been one month since the graduate advisor (also the POI) said will get back to me regarding my grad application, should I send a follow up email or should I just wait? He said in the last email ...
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Graduate training programs from other departments, how helpful are they?

I notice that there are quite a number of graduate training programs across departments in my university that encourage multidisciplinary researches. For my case, I am an EECS/ Computational Biology ...
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Help choosing the right PhD program [closed]

Does anyone have any opinions on PhD programs in Religion from the Graduate Theological Union at UC Berkeley vs. Claremont Graduate University? I realize the affiliation w/Cal would be helpful for ...
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Any masters program on AppliedMath/Physics/Engineering still open to the applicants at this time? [closed]

I am a senior math undergraduate who is applying for PhD Programs at US this year. Unfortunately all I have heard is rejection and I am now really being backed into the corner. I have some good ...
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Do A+ grades (as an undergrad) matter at all for graduate school?

If I get A+ grades then it will raise my GPA in my undergrad institution, as well as for Columbia which is where I want to go to graduate school for statistics. Should I try hard to get A+ grades or ...
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What is the best option between a Online CS-related MS programs or a MBA for a full-time worker? [closed]

My company will pay 8k per year for me to continue my education while I work full-time. I really miss academia, and I'm set on going to grad school. Right now I see only two options (considering ...
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How to stop feeling guilty about the unfinished work?

My biggest challenge as a PhD student is best summarized by the following from PHD Comics: "Piled Higher and Deeper" by Jorge Cham www.phdcomics.com A consequence of working in research is that the ...
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In what circumstances do departments permit graduate students to complete their program off campus?

I believe that the law could make better use of formal logic. I've been accepted into a good law school. After I graduate, I'd like to use part of my career to explore ways lawyers and the law could ...
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How many graduate-level courses should one take to maximize chances of getting into graduate school? (PhD)

This is somewhat similar in broad topic to an earlier question I've asked, but not the same. I intend on applying to interdisciplinary mathematical/computational science/engineering programs like ...
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If my college only allows me to pick one, which should it be: electrical engineering or mechanical engineering?

The Good: Some good colleges & universities like Harvard allow students to pick a secondary field of study alongside their main concentration; for e.g. I can pick Electrical Engineering and study ...
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My Plan to Get into a CS PhD Program

Some background: I graduated 3 years ago from a big state research university. I had an irrelevant sociology major and graduated with a 2.9 GPA mainly because I had no inclination that I would ever ...
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Going to gap a year before reapplying for CS phd. Any advice [closed]

I am applying for cs PHD this year but have only heard 4 rejections. 6 schools haven't replied, but I am very pessimistic right now. I am currently an undergrad, double majoring CS and MATH. General ...
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FAFSA for international students

I am Indian citizen, applying for Fall season graduate studies in the USA. Are international students like me eligible to apply for Federal aid(FAFSA)? Thanks in advance!
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What factors should one consider to choose a post-graduate school of Comparative Religion in Canada?

My brother has just completed Masters in Theology from Bangladesh. He has good grades and an IELTS score of 6.0. He wants to go to Canada for PhD purposes. What factors should one consider to choose ...
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United States PhD fast-track

I'm going to finish my undergraduate degree in June and from September I will follow a masters course in the UK. My field of interest is theoretical/mathematical physics. I had considered applying ...
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Can a student seek redress for the administration neglecting their paperwork?

(Breakdown of a larger issue - full story here) Following the (delayed) approval of my thesis paperwork by my professor, the review staff of my small (~20 grad students?) department took weeks to ...
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When can a professor refuse to sign off on a committee-approved thesis?

(Breakdown of a larger issue - full story here) I did a masters research project as part of a grant project my professor received. Her project was to redo a standard, widely design using a new ...