I notice there have been some similar questions, like Will turn down a graduate (Master's) program have effect on my application for the same program?. But my situation is a little bit different.

I once turned down a Master in statistics admission at University A and accept another Master in applied mathematics at University B. At that time, I think the Master program at University A focus more on the applied statistics but I want to learn more math and theoretical statistics to prepare for applying for statistics PhD program. So I accept the applied math master program at University B.

I plan to apply for statistics PhD program at University A this fall.

Question 1

Will I be put into a less favorable place compared to other applicants because of this?

Question 2

Should I mention that I once turned down the master's admission?

  • I don't know the answer, but I'm hoping that University A will be objective in their decision making and not play favorites. Best of luck!
    – Michael
    Commented Apr 12, 2017 at 1:50

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I think it would be highly unlikely that they would disadvantage you, unless you are applying to a truly small and petty department. The small part is really key here: for most departments of any size, you would likely be one among potentially dozens to hundreds of applicants. That they would even remember your name on a later admissions from an MS application would be unlikely, unless they already felt you were someone special (which wouldn't hurt you).

  • Thank you so much for your reply. But should I mention that I was once admitted but declined the admission in my personal statement?
    – Jason
    Commented Apr 12, 2017 at 17:57
  • @MasamiNagasawa No, I wouldn't do that.
    – Michael
    Commented Apr 13, 2017 at 15:42

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