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There are many questions available on this forum on whether age plays a role in phd admission. My question is a little more specific to someone who is studying for a Masters degree from a top 3 university in Canada and is from theoretical high-energy/cosmology.

I am a 27 year old Physics Masters student and I have completed one year of my Masters degree in theoretical high-energy/cosmology from one of the top universities in Canada.

I would like to apply for PhD admission to the top 20 universities in the US.

Is my age a factor that will weigh down my application?

marked as duplicate by ff524 Jul 25 '16 at 1:39

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  • When I got my PhD in engineering I was 29. At the same semester, my dept. (top 40 US) admitted 5 gentlemen into the PhD program. Three of them were in the 24-26 range, one was 34 and the last one was about 40 years old. Back to your question, I do not think that it plays a LARGE rule (legally or ethically it should not), but as always, each person (aka prof) has preferences and see things differently. – The Guy Jul 25 '16 at 1:39
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    I don't think we need to rehash all the answers in the age tag for every individual PhD applicant. Do you have any reason to believe the answers there don't apply to your particular situation? – ff524 Jul 25 '16 at 1:40
  • @ The Fire Guy I understand that each prof has his/her own preferences, but your answer was very helpful. – user22613 Jul 25 '16 at 1:46
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    If you are 57 years old, yes, it may be a problem. You are only 27 years old, I don't understand why you're worried. – scaaahu Jul 25 '16 at 2:46