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

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How can I best determine if a masters program is of high quality?

I'm about to start my master in mathematics next year. I'm having a lot of trouble determining how some of the options available to me compare. They are all not very wel known programs, and I don't ...
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Language requirements for postgraduate studies in UK and Canada?

Universities are autonomous institutions with independent requirements and decision making procedures, on the other hand there must be some widely recognized standards. What is the most recognized ...
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How to prepare and succeed in graduate school (nutritional sciences)?

I just got accepted into a combined MS in nutritional sciences/dietetic internship program and started to think about how I can prepare myself before actually starting the program. This is actually a ...
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Masters in Web related domain [on hold]

I have planned for Masters, but very much confused in courses, I am interested in Web related technologies like web security or web development, javascript, jquery etc. I want to go for full time ...
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Do I stand a chance in US universities? How can I ask for so many recommendation letters? [closed]

I'm a fresh graduate with a bachelor degree in electrical and electronic engineering, currently aiming to study in the US for my masters degree. I am an international graduate from an accredited ...
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What do I need to do as a potential mature student in the UK?

Please bear with me in this question despite its length. I'm only putting so much detail in it because I want to be thorough, as this is an important subject to me. I'll explain my situation first ...
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Lost my passion and interest in what I used to love [closed]

Story: Great MSc Computer Science student lost interest in what he used to love ------ PAST ------ Since I was a kid, I was really passionate about the things I love. I was always ahead of my ...
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Difference between paper and master thesis presentation

I am facing my Master thesis presentation (in Europe), and have read the excellent article by Matt Might on technical presentations. Most of his points seem very logical to me (avoid too much ...
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Is it ethical to accept masters admission from two different countries?

I have obtained admission from a well reputed university X from lets say Country A, and I also accepted their offer. Now I have also applied to another university Y, from country B, but which still ...
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help, I don't want to fail this class [closed]

I am almost finishing my master program in one month, however, I have a big project due tomorrow which is half of grade of a class, I try to work on it for past 2 weeks, and i need some guidances from ...
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What should I focus on before starting a research internship?

I am a MS student. Recently I changed my topic and started working in quantum computation. I am working on consequences of closed timelike curves. I was given a problem by my guide on the same topic. ...
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Dropping a Masters program right before practicum to enter another Master program. Possible? Frowned upon?

When I finished my undergrad, I decided to go into teaching, and I always figured that my preference was secondary school. A huge part of the reason for not wanting to teach elementary was that I ...
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How do I find all relevant masters programs? [closed]

I'm at my last semester of my bachelors degree right now (studying physics and mathematics), and I'm looking for a place to do my masters next year. I found a few good options in my own country and ...
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is a 6 years Biology Degree comparable to a Master's Degree?

I live in Argentina and we don't have the Bachelor/Master's division. I've studied 6 years of a Biology Degree. Most of my subjects had Lab practices besides the theory/calculus part so my total ...
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Which Master's is right for me? [closed]

Schools: University College London: Master of Science, Telecommunications with Business (1 year) University of Melbourne: Master of Engineering, Telecommunications (1 year) Oxford University: Master ...
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How long do I study on my own before applying to math grad school?

I'm one of those who realized near the end of their Bachelor's in Business Mgmt that they really really love math. I'm interested in research in pure, theoretical math. I am confident in my ability to ...
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Why are some non-thesis MS or MA programs just called M?

I heard of some master's degrees that are just M instead of MS or MA like Master of Mathematics or Master of Psychology. Apparently, this is due to it being non-thesis. However, I met people who ...
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What's the point of a MSc if I can just enroll in a PhD program?

I am thinking about doing a PhD as I am quite interested in research, I really enjoy trying to figure problems out myself and having to find and understand the necessary information I need for my next ...
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How important are independent undergrad projects in grad school applications for CS?

This may be a particularly specific question, but I am at a point where I can choose to take additional mathematics courses in the final year of my degree to strengthen my transcript for grad school ...
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Do I need second master's degree or not?

I finished master's degree in "System analysis and management" (Engeenering). I have Bachelor's in Computer Science. Can I enroll to PhD in Computer Science now and change field research? Or me need ...
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Is it possible transfer from a MS program into a PhD program within the same school?

I recently enrolled in a 2-year MS in HCI program. My BS was in Computer Science. Now, looking at my career goals and opportunities, I am wondering if it would be possible at all to email my ...
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I won't be applying for master's programs until next year. Should I start studying for the GRE now? [closed]

I'm an undergraduate in mathematics, and won't be finishing my Bachelor's degree until next Spring or next Fall (2016). I plan on applying for a master's program before possibly moving onto a PhD (if ...
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Is it acceptable to ask a professor who is not your supervisor to give you M.S. thesis topic?

I'm currently a M.S. student. My supervisor give me freedom to choose thesis topic. Since it is so hard for me, I decide to ask another professors whom I consider to be their PhD candidates in future. ...
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Contact potential thesis advisor with no topic in mind

Is it okay to contact potential advisor if you have no specific topic in mind about your dissertation? I wanted to pursue graphics for masters, its a bit difficult narrowing it down. Is it okay to ask ...
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Is it normal to be stopped from doing experiments for months due to “equipment malfunctioning” during masters?

I am currently doing a medical science research masters with a difficult supervisor. Due to two incidents of equipment malfunctions (equipment that I am using), I was stopped from doing any ...
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How to write a good paper review? [duplicate]

I just started my Masters in computer science, and I started working on a research project with one of my professors last term as a part of a class project for his class. In relation to that project, ...
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Can I do a masters [closed]

I am an electrical and electronical engineering student and my last year. I expect my GPA at 2.2. Can I do a master at USA on electrical engineering or MBA? I know my GPA is low but maybe I can ...
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How marketable is a BS in Economics for different Masters degrees?

I'm currently an undergraduate Economics student with minors in both business and mathematics. As I look towards my future, I'm trying to see what options I have and ultimately make the best decision. ...
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PhD dissertation different from master thesis; What might I be able to do about methodology?

I understand that it's possible, thankfully, to have your dissertation in a different topic from your master's thesis, but I seem to have a problem (see below). Do you know any other problems might I ...
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Is there a maximum duration for an MS in Germany, and are there allowances for medical leave?

Does someone here know how many years at the maximum one can take to finish MSc degree in Mathematics in Germany ? My friend enrolled for three semesters on regular basis but due to his mental ...
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Is it possible to study masters in fine arts with bachelors in business? [closed]

My bachelors degree was Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA), but now I want to do my masters in visual communication or masters in fine arts is that possible?
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Switching to linguistics from computer science – financial aid [closed]

I’m a computer-science undergrad and will be graduating in one year’s time, with (most likely) a little over an A – average in a 4-year BSc. I would like to pursue a masters in linguistics (focusing ...
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Does job experience matter for graduate school admission?

I was planning on applying to US colleges for masters and recently I got shortlisted for this job at an Indian startup (I don't think they have anything major out in the market). They are working on ...
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Accepted into university for MS in CS but rejected by professor for research

I got accepted into a top 10 school for CS (Computer Science) but I was rejected by a professor with whom I wanted to work with. No feedback after resume submission, just "I found another student." If ...
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Can people with a 3 year bachelors from India apply for a MS degree in computer sciences in US universities?

Most of the US universities only accept 16 years of formal education. So do I need to get a Msc from India and then apply? Or can I get myself enrolled in a US university and then complete 16 years ...
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Supervisor announced he's going to present my work without asking permission, how can I get credited without damaging my career?

Short: My master thesis supervisor want to present my findings at a conference. He did not ask me for permission, just informed me he will do so, how should I react? Long: My supervisor early on said ...
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Can I apply for MS in software engineering in USA from a non CSE background?

Can I apply for MS in software engineering in USA from a non CSE background? If so, then which universities generally accept with such condition? And how can I make my chances better?
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What are the pros and cons of being co-supervised?

Are there any advantages or disadvantages in having two supervisors instead of one? Why would a graduate student want to do this or avoid this? The context is in an MA where students usually have one ...
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How common is a MSc fail / pass / merit / distinction [closed]

Does anyone know what percent of masters students in the UK achieve a distinction? Or how many get 70+? Or how many get an A? IIRC an undergraduate 1st is about 1/10 undergraduate students - UK wide. ...
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Is regional accreditation important for a masters degree?

My understanding is that a regionally accredited school is important for getting into other schools, such as when applying for a masters program. But considering a masters program is typically the end ...
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How to integrate a paper where I am third author, but did a lot of work, into my master's thesis?

I am writing my thesis currently and I want to include papers that I am included on as an author. I will have a couple papers where I am 1st author, but there is one where I am third but did a lot of ...
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How bad is a B+ for master's application?

I have had at-least two to three B+ in each semester of engineering but in third year when I feel sick I ended up getting 4 to 5 B+ in the two semesters of third year. Some of them in core papers like ...
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Master thesis: should I say that some results are a novelty in the field?

I am nearly at the end of my master thesis and, according to my research, the last part of it deals with something that has not been treated before in any paper/book I have found. To make things ...
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Is it wrong to leave Ph.D program after MS?

I have applied to multiple graduate schools and have been offered two GTA positions. Both included full tuition waivers and similar work loads. The primary difference is one is for a MS program and ...
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Going to a lower ranked institution for a Master's degree. Bad idea? [closed]

I am a graduate (Aug 2012 graduate) in Mechanical Engineering from NTU, Singapore. I have been working in the R&D department of a well known machinery manufacturer since my graduation and see ...
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About Appliying for MSc Program [closed]

I want to work on a specific topic that I find interesting. So, I need to have an advisor who works on this field. How should I apply for something like that? Should I firstly find a professor, or is ...
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How would one fail a master thesis defense?

So I have to defend my master thesis in computer science in two weeks. It's in Germany and the thesis is 30 credits. I'm wondering what could make someone fail his defense? In my thesis I mainly ...
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Are you allowed to copy text from your Master's thesis into your PhD thesis?

I wrote a Master's thesis a couple of years ago (which is available to view from my University's online service; so it's out there) and am now doing a PhD. Some passages from my Master's thesis is ...
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What is a 'Master's by Research'?

Someone has stated that they have a 'Master's by research'. Does this mean that their entire degree was awarded based on their thesis work? Or does it mean that they took requisite courses, but also ...