Queries related to a master's degree, sometimes referred to as a post-graduate degree.

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How bad does it look if I asked the director of graduate studies if I can change my program of study from pure to applied math after admission?

Although I am primarily interested in studying pure math, for certain personal reasons, I had to ask such a question. What I fear now is the mismatch that'll be noticed between my Personal Statement, ...
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i have completed My B.E in ECE and have work experience 1 year [on hold]

i have completed My B.E in ECE and have work experience 1 year and very much interested in programing languages like .net, php html, CSS, javascript. what will be right higher education to prefer can ...
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Is it realistic to apply to a Master at MIT, Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, Stanford with a Bachelor of a German Fachhochschule? [on hold]

I am a 31 year old German Bachelor-student in his 5th semester in a University of Applied Sciences, studying in Business Information Systems. The total time for receiving the Bachelor is 7 semesters. ...
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What is the best way to find an external examiner for an MSc (e-government)

I am an advisor trying to find an external examiner for my student for an MSc (area: e-government). Currently the thesis is at the proposal stage (which also needs to be assessed by an external ...
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Are there differences between SM, MS, MSc, MSci degrees?

I have a Master of Science degree from the EECS department at MIT. From the website it is pretty clear they call it an SM degree. I think many US universities refer to a Master of Science degree as an ...
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Would completing a masters in South Korea provide opportunities to study or work in North America? [on hold]

I'm a Science and System Engineer from Central america and I have 3 years of experience in the field of Microsoft technologies, I recently got a scholarship to study abroad in South Korea. The ...
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Applying to Swiss grad school from America: Advice?

I'm a math major in US and I'm interested in applying to EPFL in Switzerland for master's in computational sciences and engineering. I have asked around my university for advice but nobody knows ...
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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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Terrible grade in undergraduate research project, how will this affect graduate admissions?

I have graduated this year with a second class first division. In addition, I ranked sixth. However, the problem is that I scored a D+ in my undergrad research project. Now I am aiming to pursue a ...
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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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Financial resources for M.Sc. students in the U.S. universities

Most universities in the US provide financial aid to Ph.D. students. When the universities accept a student they inform him/her what are they offering (scholarship, stipend as TA, etc.). What is the ...
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Recommendation letter from a PhD-to-be?

I am applying for Master programs in Educational and Clinical Psychology. And I am in the process of choosing people for writing my recommendation letters. I have a BA in Psychology and I wasn't much ...
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Do community college transfer students have a disadvantage when it comes to graduate school admissions?

I spent a year at a community college working in industry straight out of high school. I recently got into a top cs program and will be attending starting spring 2015. However, the school only gave me ...
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What are options for a mechanical engineering student in pure physics?

I am a student of mechanical engineering in IIT Rooekee, India.I am more interested in pure Physics.I want to know what are scopes for me in pure Physics after my BTech.I mean what will be procedures ...
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Data scientist considering going back for masters in CS

I've been working as a data scientist for the past two years and have realized what I enjoy most is the CS aspect of the job. My day to day work is mostly in Python and Java, where I do the bulk of ...
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Is it possible to get a master's in speech language pathology online or part-time?

I am currently looking into a possible career change as a speech language pathologist. Is it possible to get a masters in SLP online? Or are there any part time programs that would allow me time for ...
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What major is beneficial for a long-term career goal in medical robotics/ robotics/ artificial intelligence?

I have done my undergraduate degree in a Indian university in electronics and communication engineering and have done a job in one of my field of interest medical image processing and I worked in ...
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Advice for conflict with team in a Masters course led by two professors

I would like some advice about a conflict I am having in a graduate course taught by two professors. I am pursuing a Masters (MS) degree in Finance and for the capstone course in the program, each ...
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Letter of recommendation from employer for MS in U.S. universities

Is a letter of recommendation from an employer required to be on the official letter head of the company? Also is it okay if I give the recommender's personal email?
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Suggestions for Working with Uncooperative / apathetic teammates [duplicate]

I am getting very frustrated / angry in working with my research teammates on a capstone course project in my Masters program. The project we are working is fairly complex and includes a good amount ...
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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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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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How important are pure math grades for applied math graduate schools?

I'm an applied math/econ major in the U.S. and am looking into pursuing a masters degree in applied math. This term curiosity got the best of me and I decided to take abstract algebra and I am not ...
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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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How to apply for a Master thesis abroad

I am enrolled in a Master's program (Computational Science and Engineering) in Germany and currently I am looking for a Master's Thesis abroad, preferably in the US or in Canada. Unfortunately, I am ...
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Who to ask for a reference for scholarship application?

I am a first year master student applying to a research scholarship, and I am having trouble choosing who to ask for a reference. In my program, there is a rotation period in which students rotate ...
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Is it evident whether I am a masters student or a PhD student just by looking at my transcript?

After I finished the first year in a PhD program, considering that I took the same courses that masters students in the same school take, is there a way other institutions can tell if I am a masters ...
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B.Sc. CS and then MSc in Business Management and then a MBA - advantageous?

I'm currently doing a Dual Study. I's a German concept where you are 3 month at the university and then 3 month working full-time at the company in different positions which you can choose by your ...
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Can students from Materials science background apply for sports engineering?

I wish to apply for a MSc degree in sports engineering. But I'm from a Materials science background and don't have a bachelors degree in sports engineering. What are the chances that I can get ...
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In a statement of purpose, should the focus be on compulsory courses or optional ones?

While writing a statement of purpose, oriented towards a particular course in a particular institution, should the focus be more on the compulsory course or the optional modules one opts for?
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Graduate schools that do not require transcripts from incomplete degree

I only know of Virginia tech where it says that do not send transcripts from any institute where you enrolled in classes but did not earn a degree. Does anyone over here know of other universities ...
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Is it advisable to use formal citations in a statement of purpose?

In my statement of purpose, I am using certain arguments by scholars of my field (IR). Will it be advisable to use referencing, or might it be to my disadvantage as an unnecessary attempt to boast on ...
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Reputation of 1 Year Master's in Comp. Sc. in the UK

I'm currently studying for my Bachelor's degree in Computer Science in Germany. I've noticed that UK Master's programs, even at such prestigious universities as Oxford or Edinburgh, only offer 1 year ...
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Is it better to add a transcript of a non-completed degree for a master's degree admission?

Im getting my degree this year (in june presumably) in physics. And while I was getting it I was at the same time getting a degree in mathematics. (By degree I mean completing undergraduate studies in ...
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What to do when you spend several months working on an idea that fails in a masters thesis?

How shall a masters student deal with the complete failure to meet the expected results when working on a master's thesis? For example, in the field of machine learning a masters student might spend ...
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Is getting a second masters in a different technical field worthwhile?

If a person has a degree in one technical field and sees and opportunity to obtain another from an even higher ranked university in a field that has great synergy with where they are now, is it worth ...
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Staying on the MEng or risk BSc + MSc application

The situation: I am in one of the top engineering schools in London and I am currently on an MEng. The issue: However I found a couple of courses from 3rd year not very interesting and at the same ...
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Funded Math Master's Programs [closed]

I am considering to go into master's math program before Ph.D. Are there any math master's programs in USA that are funded? Thanks
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Would it be acceptable to report a professor for poor teaching / attitude in a Masters graduate course?

I would like some advice about a specific professor in my program of study. I seriously feel that this professor has a problem teaching graduate students. On more than one instance, class was let out ...
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What is the relationship between credits and course hours?

Why can courses at the same department have an apparent disproportionality between credits and hours? For example at my French university my department offers a 12 credit course with 48 hours of ...
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Do any academic institutions publish objective surveys of alumni satisfaction?

Having seen some questions asking about the costs/risks/benefits of doing a PhD I wonder if any academic teaching organisations actually contact their students after graduation and seek structured ...
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If I don't participate in research in first couple of years of PhD , how much am I losing?

I completed my MS in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and was planning to do an PhD in Operations Research. But after first few weeks in program , I decided it was not what I wanted to do in long term ...
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Is there any difference between one-year MScs and two-years MScs?

I am currently intending to apply for a master degree in Health/Clinical Psychology. I would like to ask if there is any difference in terms of qualification between an one-year MSc and a two-year ...
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Recommendations for CS Masters application [duplicate]

I'm unfamiliar with the cycle for Master's degree applications, and am beginning to explore it now. It would be nice if someone could provide a general overview of what the application cycle entails. ...
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What are the acceptance rates at various CS masters degree programs?

I'm an undergraduate student at a top CS school who is looking to apply for my Master's soon (in about a year or so). I am applying to my school's 5 year masters program as a backup, but I would ...
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Where can I search for scholarships (for Game Design) in USA and Europe?

I'm from Ecuador, South America, and I'm looking for scholarships programs with organizations, so I can go to a Master degree. I'm looking for new options because here in Ecuador they give you some ...
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Is it realistic to deal with a huge undocumented code base for master's project?

I'm currently pursuing a Master's degree in a STEM field and working on a thesis. For my master's thesis, my advisor suggested I expand the code of the group's software and add new features to it. ...
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How to professionally quit a student job?

I'm a CS master student in a German university currently writing my thesis. Three months ago I saw an ad from a PhD student in the group where I'm doing my thesis asking for a student assistant (HiWi) ...
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If I get an HND then a BSc, can I then go and specialise in any area for my Masters?

I am currently in an apprenticeship for Software Development; however, I want to change my future career after doing a job as a Software Developer. I would like to know if I would be able to go and ...