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PhD - switching to another school that previously accepted you

I am doing a PhD in social sciences, currently finishing the coursework part, at one of the middle-ranked universities in the US. Because of some peculiarities in the program and the school (specific ...
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Translated letter of recommendation from employer

I live and work full time in the United States. I will be applying to graduate school in France through CampusFrance. All documents, apparently including letters of recommendation, are to be ...
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Mentioning possible PhD personal investigators in graduate application w/o being asked to do so?

My title is pretty self-explanatory, but I was wondering how it looks to mention specific researchers to work with in graduate school via my personal statement/s. I'm applying to PhD programs in ...
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Writing multiple areas of interest in SOP

So first let me introduce myself. I am planning to apply for masters in mathematics in this year. I am student of bsc. 3rd year of Mathematics. Although my initial interest was to study about ...
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How do US grad schools interpret international GPAs?

I am an international student looking to apply for a PhD in mathematics in mainly the USA. My current university uses a 10 point scale for GPA but most of the universities I've seen, in the US seem to ...
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Handling several acceptance letters from different schools

If an institution tells you, look here is an admission offer, and you should let’s know if you accept it or reject it by the day after tomorrow. Meanwhile, you are still waiting for a word from other ...
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Applying for a PhD with professor X, when my prior research is in a different field?

In an ideal scenario, I’d like to do my (computer science) PhD at university U. I completely lack the credentials, and my MS work is in one of those areas where ~10 people in the world are capable of ...
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Not meeting the min. GRE requirement [on hold]

If I do not meet the min. GRE score requirement, shall I apply to the school anyway?
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Why should a P.I be motivated to write a strong LOR even if that means losing a undergraduate from his/her lab?

Suppose, you are the head of a lab, and there is a particular undergraduate in your lab that you want them to continue their studies in your lab while continuing their graduate studies in the current ...
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Sending more than three letters of recommendation to neuroscience PhD application

I am currently a rising undergraduate senior who plans to attend graduate school after I finish this last year. I want to work toward a PhD in neuroscience. I know this question is commonly asked, ...
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How can I (masters in mathematics) prepare for an admission for PhD in economics? [closed]

I finished my master’s in mathematics a year ago from ETH Zurich. Now I want to do a PhD in economics, preferably at a top graduate school. My questions are: Would admission committee give minus ...
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NSF GRFP Application for a Rising Undergraduate Senior

Prefacing this, I am currently a rising undergraduate senior who plans to attend graduate school after I finish this last year. I want to work toward a PhD in neuroscience. Over the past year, I have ...
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Likelihood of Being Accepted for Aero Eng MSc without Bachelor's [closed]

In short, I am autistic and it took some time for me to be ready to adjust to a college environment. Engineering, particularly aerospace, has long been a special interest of mine and I believe my ...
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Will time in a non-emergency medical transport driving job help a med school application? [closed]

As a driver at a non-emergency medical transport company, it’s a person’s job to complete the process of moving patients in walkers and wheelchairs from place to place. This occasionally entails ...
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Is it okay to get a letter of recommendation from my employer who is a scientist but not an Ph,D?

I've worked for 3 years in the same field which I'm going to apply in. And my boss belongs to the same field too. He completed his M.tech. I am taking three LOR's. Two from qualified Ph.D professors ...
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Approaching a PhD program with background in a different field [closed]

I am currently in the first few years of my undergraduate career completing a major in Computer Science. Although I do not enjoy the subject, I fully plan to see this degree to completion because it ...
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Getting into a US PhD programme for math after an Indian MS [closed]

I studied math as an undergrad in India, and after two years away from the field, have decided to come back to it. I am interested in learning more about pure mathematics, and am interested in the ...
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Justifying past dropping out in statement of purpose letter

I was a PhD student for 2-years. during this time, I did not get along with my adviser, who was psychologically abusive towards me. He left me no chance but to drop out because the situation was ...
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Took GRE two times, same scores with minor differences - worth sending both?

I took the GRE for the 2nd time recently and unfortunately, after 4 months of studying (again for the 2nd summer in a row), received the exact same score overall as my score last summer. Last summer, ...
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Early submission of graduate school application

I may have a reason to submit my application as much as three months before the deadline. I am wondering if this would significantly hinder the odds of admission?
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Why does the Discipline of the Bachelor Degree matter for most Non-US Architecture Master Programs but not for US Architecture Master Programs?

After some research, I've noticed that in the US it's mostly possible to apply for M.Arch programs regardless of the Bachelor discipline while outside the US a Bachelor in Architecture is required. ...
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Low GPA Letter of Explanation

I have decided to go back to college and have to write a Low GPA Letter of Explanation. Who is going to be evaluation this and how is this graded? I understand that everyone's reason is different, ...
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Double degree in mathematics and computer science for PhD admissions [closed]

Long story short, I'm really interested in machine learning research and aim to get into a top CS PhD program. I recently got admitted to the best CS program (5 year bsc+msc) in my country but it is ...
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Long Gap in Masters and Undergraduate degrees how to apply for PhD in CS

I have a long gap I completed my engineering in Information Technology then MBA in IT without gap from a good place but again I realized the place is not known to world much.Though there was a tough ...
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complete all graduation requirement but delay in degree award [closed]

I have received the phd progrom admission offer with TA fellowship, which will start in 2019 Fall semester. For undergrad degree, I tried to graduate in this summer and I finished all the requirements....
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What is the possibility of being rejected by Graduate school if a professor has already acclaimed to give me a RA offer [closed]

I have passed several loops of evaluation by a professor, who would like to be my future advisor. He told me that he made his final decision on me and was pleased to offer me a RA position in his lab. ...
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No GRE offered in my country and I cannot really afford traveling elsewhere

Would there be any hope in applying to a doctoral STEM program (geared toward EE) in the US without the GRE? Simply put, there are no test centers offering the GRE in my country, for this year and ...
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What are acceptable “relationships with referees”?

I am applying for grad school and need to give referees, and their relationship with me. I am not sure how to phrase things. My referees are: in my previous job, in-direct supervisor, who I had ...
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Will medical institutions reject an applicant based on being 28 years of age?

As I've contemplated the future over the past year, I have returned over and over again to the idea of becoming a doctor -- specifically, a neurosurgeon. However, I recognize that as a 28 year old ...
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Why do universities offer full fund positions to international student? [duplicate]

Many top universities in north America accept international ph.d. students and pay their tuitions, insurnace and other funds. To get visa, international students should convince the officer that they ...
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Getting into an engineering or physics graduate program with a C in Calculus 1 and 2

I am a physics major in my second year. I do well in Physics, but math is my weak point. I struggle through it, I understand it, but my grades are poor. I am interested in studying specifically ...
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Explaining poor grades in application?

I am applying to a Masters Program at a top university. I already have a Bachelors and a Masters degree, in addition to work experience. I have strong letters of recommendation and my Masters degree ...
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I regret declining a PhD offer and accepting another PhD offer. What should I do?

I got offers from school A and B, both of the schools are in the States. I made my decision in mid-April and deferred my offer for one-year master program in the UK. I turned down PhD offer from ...
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Getting a Phd abroad: is there any chance? [closed]

I am Earth Sciences major with post-graduate studies (Master) in the field of Geophysics/Seismology from Greece. In the last couple of months i am trying to find a PhD opportunity abroad in order to ...
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Should my math teacher talk about my grades in his letter of recommendation?

I did really well at school except for the final exams where I got terrible grades. Thoughout the years, my grades were above average but I got terrible grades in my finals(which count for 50% in my ...
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What to do if you cannot secure undergraduate research supervisor's graduate school recommendation [duplicate]

What do I do if my research supervisor cannot provide a recommendation for graduate school since he me to stay in his lab for a PhD and I want to apply to Masters programs at other universities? Is it ...
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Which is the more competitive path to grad school for mathematics? [closed]

I am an undergraduate student studying mathematics at a well regarded university in the United States and am wondering which of these two (for the sake of simplicity, I recognize it's not so simple in ...
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Best path for a PhD in CS from a top school? [closed]

In short, I recently got admitted to a computer science and engineering programme at the KTH royal institute of technology which basically is a Bsc. in CS + Msc. in one of a dozen choosable related ...
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Is start-up experience relevant to PhD applications?

I am a recent graduate in engineering, and I will be applying to graduate schools in the US (Ph.D.) and Europe (MSc) next year. I have some research experience- 3 conference papers, research role at a ...
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Letter of Rec from Lab PI/Brother [duplicate]

I am a college student considering applying to PhD programs both in the US and internationally. Currently I research in a lab affiliated with a top US university and run by my older brother, an ...
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Is getting admission as a foreigner to a PhD program through a position within a research project of a principal investigator mostly hopeless?

There are generally two kinds of ways to get admitted to a PhD program in Europe or some other places—one is through a calling for PhD applications by a research institute, a university department or ...
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Interview with potential supervisor for graduate program. Should I keep contacting other potential professors?

I applied for winter 2020 entry. The applications open in September but I was recommended to contact potential supervisors ahead of time. I emailed my CV, transcript and quick background about myself ...
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MS CS with thesis after online MS CS

Due to some family conditions during my undergrad days, I could not focus completely on my studies. As a result, I have a mediocre GPA (2.7-3.0). In order to overcome this, I have decided to enroll ...
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Top CS PhD programs, do I stand a chance? [closed]

I'm an American EE/CompE undergrad at a mid tier(top 200) smaller state school with a 3.96 GPA. I am the first person in my family to attend college, so you can imagine that getting advice on grad ...
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Which Universities admit CS graduates for their theoretical physics course? [closed]

Hello am currently an undergraduate student. My major is CSE. But I am very much interested to do my masters and then PhD in theoretical physics/mathematical physics. Is there any university that ...
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What would be the grad program for studying Paralegal in the US? [closed]

What would be the grad program for studying Paralegal in the US?
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Where to get a certified “graduate level course work”?

I'm interested in applying for a certain PHD. However in the requirments they are asking for graduate-level course work. I don't understand this exact terminology as I didn't found any course labeled ...
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Does it matter how long ago you took a course for graduate school admissions

This might be a strange question, but I was curious how much weight goes into when you took a course. I took some math courses 4-5 years ago and did well in them. Will the fact that I took courses ...
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How many published papers should you have when applying to PhD programs? [duplicate]

I'm thinking about applying to PhD programs focused on Deep Learning and Theoretical Neuroscience this fall, and quite frankly I feel like I'm not good enough. I just started doing research in the ...
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“Write your future plans with less than 51 words”: what is the purpose of this question?

I'm an undergrad who is applying a scholarship for Phd. I have already sent heck a lot of documents ranging from my academic background, letter of purpose, research statement etc.; it took more than ...