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

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What could I do to have a good chance of getting into a good cs grad school or a good grad school in general? [duplicate]

I graduated from stony brook university 2 years ago with a bs in computer science and a 2.85 gpa. I worked at a bulge bracket bank as a developer for 2 years and I realized that I would like to return ...
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How many papers should a Ph.D. student review for their professor per year?

My professor asks us on a frequent basis to review papers and get together, discuss their merit and come up with a review. This happens in bursts, where I may do 2 one week 2 another and then go for 3 ...
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Should I apply to Masters or Ph.D in Economics? [on hold]

I just graduated from college and am considering applying to graduate school in Economics/Financial Economics this fall. Before I go ahead in the application process, I would like to show you all my ...
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How many modules of coursework should a PhD student (math) take per semester?

On average, how many modules should a PhD (Mathematics) student take per semester? Is there a guideline or is it up to individual student? Some background: At my university we are required to ...
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Which colleges should be preferred for MIS in USA? [on hold]

I am software professional with 3 years of experience in SAP. I have a maters degree in Computer Applications (MCA). I am planning to go for MIS (Masters in information Systems) program from USA next ...
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How true is the stereotype that PhD graduates are overqualified?

I am a Masters student, and I think this is the only place in the whole internet that do not hold stereotyped negative attitude towards PhD recipients. From time to time,however, these sort of quotes ...
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Are PhD students allowed to extend their graduate studies to have a better chance at an academic job?

How long is this allowed for even after the student has completed graduation requirements?
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Are there any differences in how new vs. well-established professors select students?

For any professors out there, do you feel that there are any differences in how you selected and recruited students from the time when you were newly hired, to a well-established stage (i.e. after ...
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How can a US student (who does not hold UK citizenship) get a funded PhD in Engineering at Oxford/Cambridge?

Background. I was a previously an Engineering PhD student at a decent US university. Since I am a US citizen, obtaining funding for an engineering PhD was relatively easy. I now seek to enter a PhD ...
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How can a master thesis in STEM approach the level of a doctoral thesis?

Can someone shed some light on the subtle difference between a master thesis and a doctoral thesis so that a master student can arrange his or her research strategy geared to produce work at near the ...
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Can you gain admissions to a top UK Engineering PhD program with limited research?

Background. I completed both a BS and MS degree in Engineering, from a decent US University. My Masters GPA was 3.75/4.00. I have since left the program and began working. I want to enter a top UK ...
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When entire labs go to conferences [closed]

I'm an incoming graduate student to a program that does lab rotations, and have a bit of a stupid question... If during my rotation there is conference for which the entire lab goes to (likely to ...
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PhD Students research/annual assessment

Some departments do an annual assessment of their PhD students' progress. It includes questions about topics such as: being independent, writing skills, analysis skills, time devoted, reliability, ...
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Is there any view among academicians that an undergraduate degree is just a means to get to graduate school?

Is there any view among academicians that an undergraduate degree is just a means to get to graduate school? Does it really matter that much where you finish your bachelor’s degree? College ...
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Is it appropriate to email a professor asking for a possible summer project, through online correspondence?

I'm an international Masters student, aiming for a certain reasonably competitive pure math PhD program in the US next year. In Dan C's answer here, he suggests to try and get a recommendation letter ...
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Research statement for professional versus research master's programs

Are research statements evaluated differently for professional and research master's programs? If so, how do they differ? Further, I have read that admissions to research programs are more ...
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Biochemistry/Computer Science BS applying for top 10 Computer Science PhD

I am currently an undergraduate student at a large state university. I have good grades (>3.90 GPA) in Biochemistry and I am now adding computer science courses. I am doing equally well in those ...
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Has anyone had to switch to a different research/study focus to obtain an RA postion?

To give a bit of context: I got accepted to UIUC for the Fall 2015 semester to start my graduate studies in Mechanical Engineering. I've been interested in Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences as a ...
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What do I need to do to get a master's degree in neuroscience?

I am an international student in the U.S who recently got a B.A in architecture. I am currently looking for a full-time job in architecture to support myself. But my future plan is to study ...
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What are mathematics graduate schools looking for? [closed]

I'm just curious. I have a strong GPA, but I heard that's not enough. I was told that among a GRE score, schools actually place stronger emphasis on performance in 4 classes: a proofs/logic course, ...
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Is there an honors system in graduate schools?

Just like the Latin honors system in undergraduate programs, is there such a system for postgraduate degrees ?
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How can I obtain the necessary quantitative knowledge for admission to a masters in business analytics?

I intend to pursue a masters in business analytics in the United States. However, since this is a highly quantitative program, I doubt I will stand a chance to be admitted given that my undergraduate ...
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When do I become a graduate student?

I recently was accepted into a Ph.D. program to begin in the Fall---I receive my Bachelor's degree this weekend. I wanted to know when would it be considered acceptable to start calling myself a ...
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What should be the proper strategy to write in-course graduate assignments?

By class assignments, I mean the assignments given by the tutors in the middle of the semester that usually covers 40% of the total marks of a course. In case of Lab assignments, there comes no ...
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Should I use self-made animations in my scholarly presentations?

What do you think about the addition of animations to powerpoint presentations? I'm not talking about the generic animations that can be added to powerpoint slides, but the use of animated films to ...
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Are there any universities today that have a post-positivist or anti-positivist curriculum for political science?

Positivism is no doubt the most dominant approach in political science. The number of quantitative courses in political science is catching up with that of their qualitative counterparts. Given this ...
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Deferring Admission to reapply for some PhD programs next year

This question is related to one of my previous questions: Changing University in First year of Phd I just completed my senior year. I have been accepted to a grad school (say University X). I want ...
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Changing University in First year of Phd

I just completed my senior year. I have been accepted to a grad school (say University X). CASE A: I am quite familiar with the fact that one shouldn't change grad schools during a PhD. It is highly ...
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Meaning of the term “studies leading to a degree”

I am slightly confused about the meaning of the term "studies leading to a degree" in an application form. Does it mean only studies that lead to an actual degree, in which case incomplete studies ...
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What are some good books for studying research methodolgy [closed]

I am looking for some good books for "Research Methodology" common for general engineering subjects. It should cover fundamental things. This is for framing a syllabus
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Grad school, biology, funding?

I am a student of biology at a State school in New York (SUNY), and my school is very liberal arts focused, I am also a racial minority. I also have a poor GPA, 2.7ish currently, due to failings of a ...
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Can the GRE Sub in Psychology compensate for my low GPA? [duplicate]

I am a psychology student. My GPA is quite low: 3.6 for first 3 years but 2.8 for last 3 years ( I spent 6 years in undergrad because I transferred and lost 2 years of credits). However, I will have a ...
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Grad students/postdocs taking ideas with them, what's normal?

If a graduate student or postdoc develops or plays a large role in developing an idea (this could be anything from a new experimental method or new code for running simulations), what's supposed to ...
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What's more important in choosing a PhD program, advisor or institution?

In terms of judging a doctoral program--and possibly also relevant for postdoc-ships(?)--which is the more important consideration, who your advisor is or the institution at which you study? ...
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Will a publication in one subfield of my discipline help me get into graduate school in a different subfield?

I am a psychology undergrad student. I am currently working on a project that will be submitted for publication later this year. However, the project I am working on is in the sub-field of psychology ...
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Should my bachelor's degree match the graduate program that I am trying to get into?

I am an Italian undergraduate student of natural sciences, I would like to pursue a graduate program in the USA like a PhD or a MSc. Should I change my major in order to match the graduate program I ...
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Motivation for getting good grades in graduate school

Okay, so in grade school, in high school and also in college, a long face from my parents would scare me, so it would in most part act as an extra motivator for me to get good grades. In grad school ...
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Are three year degrees from India equivalent to Four years degree in the US?

Is a three years bachelors degree in Commerce and three years bachelors degree in Law from India termed to be equivalent to have a four years graduate degree from the US?
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How does hiking in Himalayas show academic promise, as an admission criterion?

I am a student from India and I have been reading a lot about graduate admissions in US lately. I have read in some article that an average(below average) applicant from the "maybe" pile is moved to ...
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Does engineering branch in India really doesn't matter for success? [closed]

I had just seen a post on quora that the branch doesn't really matter to be success. the post stated that if i need to choose between CS-branch(which i want) from tier-3 college and EE-Branch(which i ...
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Do professors change their impression of a previously bad student?

One of my friends (a math graduate student from my department) didn't work hard during his undergraduate studies, and his GPA was, naturally, low. He barely (and with some luck) got into grad school, ...
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Chances of research position in mathematics without going to a top graduate school?

I'm a student at a reasonably prestigious, but not top, graduate program in mathematics. I'm happy here- I really like the professors in my research group, and I feel like I'm a pretty good fit for ...
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How good do I actually have to be to get into a top graduate program from an average undergraduate program?

So, this is a question that I do not know much about. I might get called on not having done a ton of research on graduate school, but I am really curious about this. I am an undergraduate student of ...
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Is it normal for a PhD program to retract or delay financial offer for international student?

I am an international student and about a week ago emailed my top-choice PI about the current status of my PhD application (top-50 university in USA). He said, that he is going to offer me a position ...
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What GRE verbal score is needed for a non-native English speaker to get into math or applied math PhD programs in the USA? [duplicate]

I am an international student whose native language is not English. I am planning to apply for a Phd program in math or applied math in US in the future and general GRE test is a requirement. From ...
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Is it bad to apply to the same PhD program two years in a row?

I will be entering my first year of college next Fall. Even if most of my AP classes don't count for credit, I will probably be eligible to graduate after six 15–16 credit semesters. Though my desires ...
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Is it considered rude to enroll at a funded conference and then retract your enrollment?

For background, I am a mathematics graduate student. Now, it happens once in a while that I find an interesting conference/workshop which I would be happy to attend, but which I'm not sure about (for ...
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In places outside the US and Europe, how do I know if the standard is that one applies to a PhD program with a specific PhD advisor already in mind?

Suppose I want to apply to PhD programs at a university outside of the US and Europe. How do I know if most universities there follow what the US is doing or what Europe is doing? Elaboration: How ...
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Reapplying for a PhD with a Master's degree

I am a senior undergrad studying internationally and majoring in electronics. I applied to graduate physics programs in the US. I was able to get into some schools, but not the top ones. I have ...
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I have credits from three different graduate programs - can't i combine them into one degree? [closed]

I started seminary - 6 credits Elementary education - 12 credits Human Services - 9 credits Is there a single "degree" I can combine these into or a university that will accept all the credits to ...