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Questions tagged [graduate-admissions]

On strategies, procedures, and problems related to getting admitted to, or selecting students to be admitted to, a graduate degree program. Please click on “info” before asking a question.

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How do I choose my research area?

Choosing your research area Relevant and adding to that. I am planning to pursue a PhD (currently at masters) and have many research interests. Some of my interests are more attainable and my ...
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CS graduate admissions in the UK - International students [on hold]

In addition to language and academic requirements, what are the most valuable pieces of advice you can give to a Syrian student who wants to apply, a year from now, for MPhil in Advanced Computer ...
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I have solid projects but the papers have not been published yet. How can I mention this in my SOP?

I have a few solid projects, however I have not yet been able to write papers on them. I am in my final year of Computer Science & Engineering. How can I tell them that I have done useful work ...
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How much does the ranking of your Master's program/school matter when applying to PhD programs?

I'm applying for research-based Masters in Oceanography. So far, I've lined up advisors at University of Massachusetts (an intercampus program), South Florida, Georgia, and New Hampshire. According ...
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what to do in 2 year gap before CS PhD [on hold]

I am currently an undergraduate student in computer science, rising senior. I have had extensive research experiences throughout college at competitive universities and research companies (but no ...
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Computer Science - final year project of undergraduate degree (individual vs teamwork)

I'm in the final year of my undergraduate degree in Artificial Intelligence. Thus, I have to choose between individual project or teamwork. In both cases, I believe that I can do well. However, I'm ...
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Mentioning Subject GPA on SOP

I'm a Korean student applying to math graduate schools this year. I'm mainly applying to American universities but I will also be applying to some schools in UK and Europe. I wanted to know if it ...
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Interested in research, not in coursework

I am in the last semester of my undergraduate degree in computer science. I plan to apply for masters and PhD positions thereafter. I did not have a good classroom experience in my bachelor's ...
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Can an application for a PhD after an undergraduate program be considered for MS if the profile fits it better?

I am applying for a PhD under a professor whose interests strongly match with mine and I don't want to lose an opportunity to work with her. My profile is not so strong for a PhD as compared to a ...
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Should I mention a professor's name in my SOP for MSc if the professor is only taking PhDs?

Some facts: I am applying for a Master's program in Computer Science at a university in US. My research interests exactly match with the professor's. I am applying to the university because of the ...
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How do I think clearly about applying to grad school?

Tl;dr: I have serious issues with self-confidence and indecision that have already negatively affected my academic career and that persist despite significant improvement. What strategies can I use ...
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Professor Matters for Independent Study?

From what I understand, independent studies are important if you want to get into a good graduate school. But does it matter who you’re doing the independent study under?
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International Medical student who wants to do a math phd

I am a medical student at the number one ranked university in the MENA region (AUB). I have been interested in the mathematics of bio-imaging and a lot of my research deals with this field. I am ...
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Will low grades for a minor on my trascript affect my chances of getting into grad school? [duplicate]

So, I started out as an Information Technology major and now decided to pursue Psychology. I wanted to also pursue a minor in Computer Science instead because I am 1 class away from a minor. I am ...
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PhD application question: “Why do you want to join my research group?”

Whenever somebody asks me "why are you interested in joining my research group", I find myself helpless. What are the usual points or aspects I should talk about in reply of this question?
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Is it OK to use bullet points in the statement of purpose for graduate school applications?

Is it OK to use bullet points in the statement of purpose for graduate school applications? I'm applying for a PhD program in physical science. I want to organize some information in a bullet points ...
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Is it okay to change the research area of interest that I specified in my statement of intent after submitting an application for a PhD program?

I had submitted my application to the PhD program in Statistics, and in my statement of intent I specified that I would like to do a PhD research in Computational Biostatistics. I am in a Master's ...
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What does “area of physics or chemistry” mean in a graduate application?

On the application form (for Max Planck institute), there is a section which says "Please write a short summary of the area of physics or chemistry you find most interesting". I am not sure what do ...
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Applying to MPhil in Advanced Computer Science at the University of Cambridge

Is participating in the international competitive programming contests and achieving an excellence degree graduation compensation for the low rank of your university when you apply to MPhil in ...
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Applying to theoretical physics Masters in Europe while not having a physics undergraduate degree

I intend to apply to European Master programs in theoretical physics. I don't have an undergraduate degree in physics. My question is : Is an undergrad degree in physics absolutely required for ...
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I feel like I'm in a wrong place, should I quit my PhD?

I started a PhD program recently. I never had any doubts about the fact that I want to do a PhD and I still don't doubt it for a moment. I love working in the area of my interest, but it seems like ...
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Does it look bad if I email multiple professors in the same department at once?

I'm currently in the process of applying to grad schools, and I'm emailing profs whose work I find interesting. I always read a bit of their work, and then customize both, the email I send them, and ...
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How to get enrolled into a PhD program without a reference letter from a PI with whom you have worked for 2 years?

Right after I graduated by BSc degree in Chemistry, I joined the group of a professor as a research-assistant who was willing to work with me for a few publications before I could be admitted since I ...
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Applying for a math PhD with a terrible undergraduate record [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand where I should be looking at for graduate programs, or if I even have a shot at getting accepted anywhere based upon my academic history. I went to one of the five best ...
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Applying deferment after offered admission for second time

I am a university lecturer (say university A) that has been offered admission to university B's PhD program. This university B is a well-known university in Asia..and I have to say that this is truly ...
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Is it a good idea to include my professor who left academia as a reference in my PhD application?

I contacted my professor to ask for a recommendation letter and I knew from him that he left my institution and asked me to use another e-mail address for him in the recommendation which is a Gmail. ...
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Should I take the GRE physics subject test for a chemistry PhD?

I plan on applying to top chemistry graduate programs (MIT, Caltech etc.) I took the Chemistry subject test, score isn't in yet but I think it's with high expected value (because I knew everything) ...
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How substitutable is Statistics for Mathematics in graduate admissions? [closed]

In some undergraduate programs, "Statistics" courses (including probability) are listed under the "Math" department. In others, they are "cross listed" with Math courses. And in some others, they are ...
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how to get into ms programme without a bachelor degree? [duplicate]

I don't have a bachelor degree but I am good at studies. I was wondering if I could get into MS by publishing research papers. I am interested in Math and Computer Science.
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How is the quality of a paper evaluated for application purposes?

Suppose a situation when two students trying to apply for a PhD position in pure mathematics and they both have same GPA, same Rec.Letters, etc except for their published papers. Let both applicants ...
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How should I address my mediocre (at best) GPA in my Statement of Purpose [applying for MS in Engineering]? [duplicate]

I have a 3.18 undergraduate GPA, which isn't great for the schools I want to get into (I'll be applying to top 20 engineering schools for computer engineering). I was pretty blind to this at the time, ...
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Offering of a grad class rescinded for incomprehensible reason

A course came up that I was interested in (C*algebras). It's a grad class but was offered to a select group of undergrads including myself. I accepted the offer but then once the class started I ...
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How detailed should PhD proposal component of a PhD application be? [closed]

Some of the PhD positions I'm applying for (all in Europe, mostly UK, Germany, and Switzerland), require a research proposal as a mandatory part of the application. I'm confused about what exactly ...
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How to find a masters/phd program and supervisor?

I just graduated from university and got a job in my field. I made it to the dean list every year, completed an honours program with a thesis, and had a 3.689 overall GPA (Higher in math, similar in ...
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Order of experiences in Statement of Purpose

I'm a freshly graduated undergrad and I'm currently writing my Statement of Purpose for PhD programs in either Electrical and Computer Engineering or Computer Science and have three experiences that I'...
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What should I reply to graduate office?

I have applied for a PhD position with scholarship where the assessment is still going on(I will get the result on November). I have only applied in the projects where a bachelor degree is the minimum ...
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Can I pursue my Master's degree from top public universities in USA with a 3 year Bachelor's degree from India? [duplicate]

Can I pursue my master's degree in USA's top public universities with a 3 year bachelor's degree from India?
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Admission for a PhD position in a Sweden university

I am a first year BSc student in pure mathematics. I like to continue my PhD studies in Sweden, directly after BSc or otherwise after having MSc. Unfortunately, not only free education for ...
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Inquiry about reference of dropout of grad school

I studied briefly for a master's degree in economics at Boise State University, USA. After 4 weeks of first semester, I decided to drop all of my enrolled course because this program is not right for ...
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Should I send this e-mail to my instructor who is also my supervisor? [duplicate]

I am very mad about my grade and I prepared this letter. could you pls give me a piece of advice about how to write and complain about the grade? I really do not know what to write. I really want to ...
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How to make a complaint about grades? [closed]

My professor announced the grades. He told us in each part what grades we had. My oral presentation for the project was way better than other students. But he just gave me 89 for oral and gave others ...
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My university's policy is to consider only the most recent grade for a failed course that has been retaken, how should I declare my GPA?

Suppose that I am submitting my application form for admission to a PhD program in USA/Canada. When I am asked to declare my GPA, should I declare it the same original way that my university has ...
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Can I submit only my undergraduate transcript for a second-master application? [duplicate]

I am currently applying for my second master programs. I earned my undergraduate degree majoring in mathematics at USC and my first graduate degree majoring in statistics at Cornell. I performed ...
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Can I mention multiple faculty members in my SOP?

I'm applying for PhD and thesis masters programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering. In one of the schools, there is a specific faculty member I'm extremely interested in working with. However, ...
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How can I build a competitive application for a PhD? [closed]

Thank you all in advance! I have the intention to apply for a PhD within the next year to start in Fall 2019. I have an undergraduate degree in Finance and was selected best finance student of the ...
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Emailing professors: Guidelines on choosing papers

Barry Rountree, Computer Scientist, LLNL of Quora claims 80% hit rate for the following e-mail template: (I emphasize a phrase in bold.) Here’s your email: Dear Dr. Q, I would like to schedule a ...
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Taking an extra semester to raise GPA [duplicate]

I'm not sure if this is the place to ask about graduate admission, so please let me know if the question is off-topic. I'm currently in my senior year doing my undergraduate degree. I recently made ...
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Effect of a guest semester in graduate school admissions in Mathematics?

I go to an Asian undergraduate school. It is probably the third best place to do undergraduate mathematics in my country. Which means it is basically unknown to graduate admissions committees in top 6 ...
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GRE Math Subject Scores [duplicate]

What would be recommended GRE math subject test score for a Canadian applying to a top 20 US school PhD program in pure math? Does prestige of your undergraduate school matter at all? Would a low ...
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What's the admission criteria of a mathematics master program (especially in Europe)? [closed]

My question is about the admission criteria of a mathematics master program. I am at my final year of undergraduate study, and I am going to apply to a mathematics master program (especially in UK and ...