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

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To teach English at the college level, is there an advantage to having a masters in English vs Education?

I'm currently in my second year of teaching English at the secondary level, and I'm wondering if it's better to pursue a Master's in English (I have a Bachelor's in English Lit.) or Education. Is ...
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Is it possible to get admitted to a MS program with funding if I have a poor GPA but good GRE scores?

Many university in North America or in Europe offer fundings for masters program . But it only for those students who have a good CGPA in undergraduate examination .I have completed my bachelor ...
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What majors study both computer and maths?

I would like to apply for a Master degree. I'm looking for a major that study both Computer and Maths. Can anyone tell me what such major are?
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Use paper as master’s thesis or sign up to a “direct” PhD program (and use the paper for this)?

I’m currently a computer science (and mathematics) B.Sc and M.Sc student in my third year (since I started my B.Sc). At the second year of my B.Sc studies, I have started to work on research (in ...
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Is it possible for an international masters student to get into teaching role in US Universities on completion

I am from india. I have a strong desire to pursue Masters in Computer Science in USA. I enjoy academia. However, i am sure that i do not want to pursue Phd and also not attracted towards an IT Career. ...
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Are the Master Program & Certificates I am about to embark on relevant to my career & academic plan?

I have a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering, I'm 27 and I currently work for a leading world organization. However my heart is somewhere else. I aspire to be a scientist, so a masters and a PhD are ...
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Quit PhD for another MS? [closed]

I've been bothered by this question for a long time...And I must talk this with my advisor these days before the coming deadline of my another interested Master program. Although I've almost decided ...
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MSc Programme without a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma

I'm currently applying to an MSc programme at Imperial College London but at the bottom of the page for each of the programmes I am considering, it states the following: "A Postgraduate Certificate ...
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What are possible avenues for financial support for masters in CS? [closed]

i am working in software development in dot net shops from last five or six years approximately, now i decided to do ms , phd and the get turing award, how i can remove these problems in my way, 1) ...
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Can I do a PhD without MSc?

I am currently an undergraduate student in Turkey. I will graduate from genetics department and I would like to do a PhD without MSc in abroad. However my GPA sucks ( probably it will be 2.5 or 2.6 ...
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Intend to apply to PhD programs but getting some bad grades in masters. Should I quit and start a new masters? [closed]

I am a Master's student and have finished one semester out of four semesters. I have got C grade for twice but my goal is doing PhD in the US. Shall I quit the program and restart a new Master's or ...
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Do Master of Research (MRes) programs include coursework, or are they 100% research?

Do Master of Research (MRes) programs include coursework, or are they 100% research?
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Master of Research (MRes) schools in the U.S.?

Are there brick-and-mortar or online schools that confer Master of Research (MRes)-type degrees in the U.S.?
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Is it a good idea to mention previous rejection and subsequent improvement in motivation letter?

I am applying to a Master's degree in Finland. Last year I applied to the same programme and unfortunately I was not accepted. While I am writing my motivation letter I wonder if it would be a good ...
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Leaving a Master's Degree Early for a Doctorate Degree?

I am currently enrolled in my fourth semester of my master's degree program in psychology and this should be my final semester. Due to issues stemming from myself and my relationship with my mentor, ...
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Will it be a bad move for Master's to do summer internship in industry when trying to pursue a PhD program?

Currently, I am in second semester of Master's program in Computer Science and Engineering. Even though I am yet undecided, I lean a little bit more towards pursuing PhD program rather than getting ...
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With some programming but no formal CS background, to develop fundamental CS knowledge should I get an MS or BS?

I have 3 years of experience as a programmer now. I have worked on some drivers in the automotive domain and some medical applications. Since I do not have a computer science background, I was ...
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Is an MS in computer science helpful in improving programming skills?

I attained my bachelors degree in computer engineering in January 2014. I was not a prolific programmer as an undergrad, instead focusing on my other coursework and in general completing my degree. ...
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Writing the Absolute and Relative Average in an Application Form

In the application form of a master's degree program I'm applying for, I've stumbled upon this: Please indicate both the absolute and the relative average of your previous degree. What does this ...
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How do you prepare for a meeting with a potential masters thesis advisor?

I want to do a thesis masters with a specific teacher in the field of Antennas. I am supposed to meet with him to discuss about this in 2 weeks. I am undergraduate in electrical engineering graduating ...
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What challenges to expect for admission to Masters/PhD in computer science and engineering after chemical engineering undergrad?

I am a Chemical Engineering undergrad, and interested in pursuing a Masters in Artificial Intelligence and/or Machine Learning. I have taken a few courses in the CSE department as a part of my minor ...
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References on how often finances are cited as a barrier to graduate study

I am looking for some pointers to research that addresses the question: How frequently do students who have earned undergraduate degrees cite financial barriers as a major reason influencing their ...
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Is there some quantifiable difference between those who seek master's degrees and those who seek doctorates? [closed]

Is there some quantifiable difference between those who seek master's degrees and those who seek doctorates? If there is, does the difference justify the current distinction between the two? The ...
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To work in statistics for industry and research centers, is a masters sufficient or is there a major advantage to having a PhD?

So I am inquiring general tips from experienced individuals of academia and industry. I am a recent graduate from a top university with B.S. in math. I had goals of doing PhD in stats, but recently ...
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Should I mention that I am interested in developing bioinformatics tools in my SOP for a “Software Development/Engineering” Master's program?

The program I am applying for is "Software Engineering/Development" master's program, I am really interested in this field of study, and I have already mentioned in my SOP that I wish to follow the ...
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Consequences of applying for two (or more) programs in one university

Is it alright to apply for two different programs in one university (and in some cases programs within one department) at the same time? I wonder whether that would affect the decision of the ...
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Is it OK to have many graphs, tables, and images in a masters thesis?

I am writing my master thesis. In my document I have lots of tables. images and graph. Is this have a bad effect on any academic person when want to evaluate my thesis. I ask this question because I ...
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Mentioning courses taken on coursera.org in the statement of purpose

Is it of any value to mention a course one is following on www.coursera.org, in a SOP? For instance, if I have a Bachelor of Computer Science and want to apply for a Geoinformatics Master program, ...
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Is it appropriate to mention personal lessons learned in the defense presentation?

I have to defend my master's thesis in the field of computer science in about one week. Of course I will put the main focus of the presentation on the thesis itself, i.e. the research question, the ...
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Which US universities publish cohort ranking - position in class?

For example when you take the GRE you get the percentile score, is there such statistics and how is it called? Do US publish such data or does it have to be asked specifically? For example you are in ...
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Should I mention my goal of expanding my family business in my MS statement of purpose?

I am applying for MS in Industrial Engineering. Do you think it is safe to mention that I have a family business which I would like to expand with the aid of IE? Or will it be useless for their ...
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Russian MSc programs in mathematics taught in English

I was asked if in Russia (in particular in Moscow) there are MSc programs in mathematics taught entirely in English. As I don't know the answer, I post the question here hoping that it is suitable for ...
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What's a “methodological approach” for research (Master's thesis)?

I'm going to apply for a Master's program. Although I'm not going to change my general field of study, I'm going to change my 'track' (from Information Technology to Geoinformatics). In the ...
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Lost Interest in Electrical Engineering. Still have a Math degree to complete. What to do? [closed]

I just finished my 5th semester of a compact, dual degree (MS in mathematics and BE in electrical and electronics engineering) course from BITS Pilani, India. It's hitting me really hard now that I ...
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Do I need research experience to be admitted to a highly ranked mathematical physics master's?

I am a third year student doing my bachelors in both physics and mathematics at a German university. Since I am really interested in theoretical physics and mathematics I am thinking about doing a ...
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Is it possible to get into a good masters program in computer science with a 3-3.5 GPA?

I'm currently a third-year student at UC Berkeley studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. I'm still on the fence regarding whether or not I want to pursue a ...
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What to write in application letter to address poor grades in Greek and Latin for classical archeology masters application?

I am planning on applying to a Masters program in classical archaeology. BUT I have a B average in Greek and Latin combined. However, I feel confident in my abilities and that because I had to work ...
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Decision and PhD. Take a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity or pursue a life dream [closed]

Young male student soon to receive an Engineering Degree unsure about the next steps to follow. Undecided whether to go for a PhD directly or do a Master studies first (if he goes for the Master, he ...
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(Master's Degree) What are they 'precisely' looking for in a Statement of Purpose, and does a SOP matter when one has excellent GPA?

(N.b. All my questions are concerning applying for a Master's degree) I have read a lot of websites, articles, extracts from different books about the Statement of Purpose (Motivation Letter). I'm ...
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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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Is it realistic to apply to a Master at MIT, Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, Stanford with a Bachelor of a German Fachhochschule? [closed]

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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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 ...