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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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Searching for open source literature management software [duplicate]

I recently started my PhD and now try to find a convenient software for managing my literature research. What I want it to be able to do is: Let me highlight PDFs Add notes to PDFs Add tags to my ...
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Is it a good idea to write a PhD proposal about Islamic State when I haven't studied Islam much? [on hold]

I finished my MA a year ago, but haven't applied for a PhD yet (something I'm doing now). I've studied religion and politics before, including topics like postcolonial theory, violence, ...
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How to make a mathematical text more concise?

My PhD thesis has 175 pages A4 and I shall provide also a compilation that will summarize the main results on 20 pages A5. My thesis contains algorithms and theorems examining their properties. After ...
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Grad School Admissions [on hold]

How will I fair in the admissions process for a biology PhD without including a subject test score (did really poorly)
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Is it a good idea for an international student to use his master's thesis preprint as his writing sample?

I am applying to doctoral programs in the US. I would like to use my master's thesis preprint as my writing sample because it was written in English and is in the field on which I intend to ...
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Can I get into a good university for my MS with a GPA of 3.4? [on hold]

I am a student from a reputed institute of India. I want to pursue research in my field of interest. The immediate important thing that I need to do is get a MS in a good university. But my GPA is ...
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Pursue new PHD program

I was dismissed from vet school because a few professors felt I was not professional. I completed almost 4 years before this decision was made. I have tried to reapply but they won't take me back. ...
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Are there any universities in US/Europe which will give PhD in Engineering in 3-4 years?

I know that PhD is not like other degrees which ends in a span of 2-4 years. Also, one cannot control the span of the program which entirely depends on topic and guides. But I heard from some where ...
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Any disadvantage to multiple applications?

I am considering applying for PhD programs in CS. I've been reading about the process, reading the sorts of things that programs want and I would say that I am an OK (but not stellar) applicant. For ...
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Cumulative versus monographic dissertation

I am in the beginning of my phd studies in computer science. Specifically, I am in the area of machine learning and linked data. I have talked with my professor about these both types of ...
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What score in GRE Math Subject Test is good enough for CS graduate school? [closed]

I would like to pursue PhD degree in a good level CS school, like Vanderbilt or Brown University. In April, I took the GRE Math Subject Test, results were not very impressive though - I only got 710 ...
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How were people able to graduate with a PhD at a such young age in the past?

When I read up the bibliography of the mathematicians and scientists in the early 19th to 20th century, I am always shocked at how they were able to graduate university with PhD(s) at such a young ...
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Is it possibly considered weakness in my statement of purpose if I mention that I would like specific people to advise my PhD programme?

I'm writing a statement of purpose for my PhD applications and in some cases I'd be very happy if any person from a certain group (say the Algebra Group) would take me as his/her student. Could this ...
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How should I reply and thank a potential supervisor's email?

This is a mail I received from my potential supervisor who is willing to supervise my PhD study. I want to thank him for the email. Dear XXX, I would like to know how it goes with your ...
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Will a PhD in Computational Linguistics make me overqualified for industry jobs? [duplicate]

I will soon finish my Master's in Computational Linguistics at a German university (probably with a very good grade and a strong CV). I am currently considering pursuing a PhD, but I'm worried that ...
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Is it ok to call professor in this situation?

I had a telephone conversation with a proposed PhD supervisor last Monday and he agreed that he will double-check my research proposal before I submit it. Then I emailed him the proposal. However, I ...
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How do advisors typically apply pressure on PhD students to get work done?

I tend to get much work done when some external force (a teacher) applies pressure. Skills such as speed reading and rapid writing come to me only while working under pressure. Also, sometimes the ...
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How to tell my co-advisor I am leaving for PhD?

I am doing my master's and I am considering doing my PhD at a different institution. I asked my advisor for reference and he was fine with it. My co-advisor insisted on me staying. I tried to talk him ...
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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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Was it a mistake to act more interested in a potential advisor's work than I actually am

I am a prospective PhD student who is applying to several schools. A couple months ago I spoke with an advisor from a school I was somewhat interested in. We talked for quite a while, and he seemed ...
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PhD, research and sense of failure [closed]

I'm a PhD student in Physics at the end of the second year (in the country I'm studying, normally students finish their thesis in about 3 years). For my MSc I analysed data collected in an X-ray ...
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Is computational physics PhD a marketable skill? [closed]

Now I'm a 2nd year masters student of computational physics (Bc. - Physics) in Poland. I'm interested in doing a PhD in computational physics in the US, and I have a question about it: is it ...
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What is a “very good higher education degree” when applying for a German PhD?

I plan to do a PhD in Germany. I have read some material that said that: "The most important formal qualification for being able to do a doctorate in Germany is a very good higher education ...
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What are the career options after a PhD in Neuroscience? [closed]

I have an MD and I secured an admission for PhD degree in Neuroscience. I know the stipend is less, but research is something which I am very interested in and I am good at technical stuffs ...
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Pros and Cons of Enrolling in coursework units during a PhD

In my university PhDs are assessed purely on dissertation, there is no coursework component or oral defence or anything else (this is not unusual for Australia, as I understand). There are no units ...
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How can i justify my choice of projects in my Research Statement, when I'm not very experienced in it?

i am applying for a PHD position and the projects that i'm interested in are in metal matrix nano composites but the problem i'm having is that i don't have much experience in metal matrix composites, ...
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What is the difference between a thesis and a dissertation?

I have seen some sites that distinguish a dissertation as what is written as the requirements of a doctoral degree. Others that distinguish a thesis as a document written for the fulfillment of any ...
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Interdisciplinary PhDs?

Is there such a thing as an interdisciplinary PhD, where the student chooses the fields, courses, etc.? If so, which U.S. universities offer such a thing?
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Is it possible to find a PhD position in social sciences without having letters of recommendation?

I am a European scholar. I would like to do a PhD dissertation in USA on an original and unpopular subject from a social science standpoint. I would like to empirically investigate the subject, which ...
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PhD supervisor is not willing to co-supervise?

I started my PhD two years ago on a specific problem. The problem is to study a given computer science structure from one specific perspective. My current advisor is an expert in that perspective and ...
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Can I study myself and take the PhD quals in math *without* being a math PhD/masters student yet? [closed]

I'm an undergrad but wondering if it's possible to jump queue. Don't worry about my ability. Is the option possible? I want to "fly into a window" into maths grad studies because my GPA has been ...
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Is there a potential problem where supervisor is close to someone working in similar area?

Is there a potential problem when an academic supervises a Ph.D. student in a very specific area in which someone close to them is also active and working (and supervising Ph.D. students who are ...
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Is there typically a pre-screening process for doctoral admissions in the US?

I am applying to doctoral programs in the US and I am wondering: is it common for applications to be filtered before they reach the hiring committee? In the typical selection and admissions ...
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Dual-citizenship financial aid status in the United Kingdom?

I am a EU-African dual citizen living in Africa. From what I understand since I haven’t been living for the last 3 years in Europe, I am subject to international tuition fees and most financial aid ...
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Do the results of evaluating cutting-edge methods in an industrial setting constitute new knowledge?

For example, suppose a new programming language is invented and some research regarding it is published, containing small, "toy" examples of its application. Suppose then that someone else takes this ...
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Behavioral finance PhD multi-departmental, which field to apply to?

I am interested in behavioral finance, but could tackle it from various perspectives. I assume that it would be easier to enter through some departments than others, and shouldn’t matter much in the ...
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How is employment experience considered in PhD funding decisions in the United Kingdom?

My question is about the extent to which one's employment experience can enhance or detract from a PhD application. I received a BSc in Biochem in 2010, worked for 3 years in software sales and just ...
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Is it a good idea for a nonnative English speaker to have native speakers help make the English in statement of purpose perfect?

I am applying to doctoral programs in the US. Since I am not an English native speaker, I am wondering if it is okay to have native speakers help make my English perfect in my statement of purpose? ...
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Should I explain to the graduate admission committee why I am older than most prospective PhD students?

Firstly, I know that there are plenty of questions here like this one but hopefully this is not a duplicate. I was born and grown up in Iran and belong to a religious minority (Bahai faith). As you ...
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Can I publish a paper on my PhD work without informing my old supervisor?

I was a PhD student and working on a paper. My adviser told me that he could not support me anymore so I left him. Now I am wondering if I could publish that paper on my own. There were 3 other ...
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My supervisor does not believe my abilities

I am a third year PhD student, I have got a problem with my supervisor, that I think I cannot continue working with him. My problem is that he keeps insisting this fact that I need to switch from PhD ...
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What is the value to a student of a professor offering to supervise their PhD?

I am currently getting my M.A.T. in secondary mathematics. As a part of my degree, I take graduate level math courses. I am currently in a PhD level math class, and the instructor of this course has ...
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How important is the statement of purpose in a PhD application for admission to a top school in the US?

According to this MIT statement of purpose guideline, the statement of purpose seems to be an important part of a PhD application. However, I have also heard that, in the case of MIT, the statement of ...
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What do one have to feel after quitting PhD after 4years? [closed]

I worked for my PhD for years. Till 3 years, I was fine with my progress. But suddenly my progress dropped. Guides told me to quit, since they don't want me to stay for more time(funding issues). Now ...
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PhD admissions - Contacting multiple profs from the same university

Presently, I am writing to potential PhD guides in US universities. There are two professors from the same department who work on topics that cannot be considered closely related, but I would be happy ...
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When applying for a PhD is it worth mentioning awards received for achievement in final year high school exams?

I am in the process of applying for a PhD at the univerity where I am currently completing my undergraduate. The application has a section for awards. I don't have anything to show for my time as a ...
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How can one differentiate between Dr. (PhD) and Dr. (MD)?

Reading the question posted here left me with a more general question: Given the professional title and name: Dr. (First Name)(Last Name), is there some way to differentiate between the holder of a ...
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How should someone with a German PhD be addressed in the UK?

This question has been discussed several times but there doesn't seem to be a clear answer for my particular situation. I have a Dr.rer.nat from Germany but currently I am working for an institute in ...
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How likely is it that PhD application is not reviewed by professors if TOEFL minimum isn't met?

I am applying to doctoral programs and I have a worry about the application. Since I found that my TOEFL score does not meet the minimal requirement set by a school that I am applying to, I am ...