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1answer
117 views

Does taking courses of various subjects matter in PhD admission?

I'm going to apply for PhD programs of biology or biomedical science. I understand that I need certain semesters of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and mathematics. Because I'm going to graduate in ...
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3answers
999 views

Difficult First Year in a PhD program [closed]

Because of the longish nature of the question - here is a TL;DR, and details will be provided below: I have a full-time job, and am a part-time PhD student who is experiencing tremendous struggles ...
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How do schools typically handle a request for short-term leave from a student?

A student at my college will graduate soon and go to the US to study full-time, on a visa. His family however, are planning an important event sometime in the middle of the semester, and they hope ...
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Reapplying for a PhD position at another institute after failing the qualifying exam

It's embarassing, I failed my quals (in PhD ECE). The school is going to give me a terminal masters (w.o. thesis). My gpa is also not that stellar (3.4+), from a mediocre school. But I have a strong ...
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2answers
799 views

What if I may not have research experience for math PhD application?

I am a master student of some engineering (other than EE/CS) in a decent US institution who will apply for a PhD in mathematics in Fall 2014 (possibly in PDE / applied analysis, but not sure). I ...
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3answers
223 views

How much flexibility does one have in selecting their PhD coursework in the first year?

For instance, if someone is working as a Phd in computer-science, but on a neuroscience related topic, she might need to take some neuroscience related courses. And some CS courses might not be any ...
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2answers
249 views

Learning new things after coursework duration of PhD

In STEM (In USA), the coursework duration of the PhD typically lasts about 1-2 years beyond that, students take 0 (or in certain cases, very few) courses in their subsequent PhD years. I work in ...
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1answer
394 views

Taking courses as a PhD student

Question: When I have a choice to take only one of two possible sequences: A theoretical one which aids my research and an applied one that aids my employability, which one should I opt for? (I must ...
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1answer
116 views

What resources do you use when developing a new course from scratch?

I am in the process of developing two new state-of-the-art graduate courses. In the past five years I have been heavily involved in these fields and will use my own research and research from other ...
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4answers
519 views

is it possible to complete a PhD in Industrial Engineering without any coursework? (US/Europe)

I completed my Masters' from Penn State University (US) last year in Industrial Engineering and I'm looking to enroll in a PhD. Here's the onion, I do not want to leave my full-time job to enroll in ...
6
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4answers
406 views

PhD in the US with an MSc from another country: coursework exemption?

I'm currently studying for an MSc in theoretical particle physics in Israel. After I finish it I would like to study for a PhD abroad. In the UK it seems that a PhD degree does not generally require ...
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206 views

How do grad schools design courses for potential students?

For graduate schools in STEM which take students with a Bachelor's degree (BS/BE/BTech etc.) and graduate them with an MS and/or PhD, what do they assume about the student's prerequisite knowledge ...
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2answers
271 views

Beginning PhD in related field without subject area expertise, will that be a problem?

I just finished an undergraduate degree in psychology, with a focus in biological sciences and pre-medicine courses. In looking at my options for graduate school, I've taken an interest in biomedical ...
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What is the difference between Ph. D programs with coursework and those without it?

I have been looking into PhD programs in the Engineering field, and I have found different types of programs, such as some with coursework, and others without any coursework. What is the practical ...