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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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Is using the relatives’ friend’s recommendation inappropriate?

When applying for my postgraduate position, I browsed my future advisor’s web page in detail and surprisingly found that one of my relatives’ friend co-authored a paper with him. Then we reached out ...
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Accepted to PhD program but declined, but now want to return 3 years later

I got accepted to a PhD program at a university 3 years ago, sent an offer and everything but declined. Now I have secided I want to return. Is there any possibility of being admitted again without ...
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Do graduate school admissions ask for major GPA?

I want to go to Caltech or Princeton for astrophysics. My undergrad transcript doesn't show major GPA, btw.
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How to politely respond to generic emails requesting a PhD/job in my lab? Without wasting too much time

As I transition to faculty, I have increasingly gotten requests from people who want to do PhD's with me or want postdocs in my lab. Often these emails are extremely generic and don't suggest they ...
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An ex-student of my future supervisor is accusing the lab of fraud. How does this affect me?

I start my master's degree in this lab in September. After accepting my offer I found out that an ex-PhD student has been spreading rumors that the supervisor is publishing fraudulent data, going back ...
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What GPA do I need to have a chance at getting into Harvard's CS PhD program? [on hold]

By the end of my undergraduate at the University of Utah I will have a year and a half of research and a GPA of about 3.8 overall.
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Is it wise for an undergraduate to contact a professor they would like to work under for a PhD program

Would it be wise to ask my current undergraduate research advisor to put me in contact with the people he knows within the math department at his former Ivy league school. I really need help to best ...
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Poor Grade in First Real Analysis Course

I'm currently a sophomore majoring in pure math with the hopes of going to graduate school to study applied math, specifically numerical analysis, machine learning, statistics. I have A's in my ...
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Advice needed--reaching out to a potential advisor

I have applied to a Canadian university for a math PhD starting this fall. I was very keen on working with Prof. A and he in fact, had encouraged me to apply. Few days earlier, I reached out to him ...
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My supervisor said they are working on my offer

My proposed PhD supervisor told me the department is currently working on my offer. Does that mean my admission is guaranteed? And what can they be doing?
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Will my student insurance in US, as an international student cover my pre-existing ileostomy caused due to Crohn's disease? [on hold]

I am planning on applying abroad for my further studies. But I have this disease called Crohn's, due to which currently I am having an ileostomy. Few of the costs associated with ileostomy are I need ...
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Home university with full research funding or prestigious university with teaching / research assistantship? [on hold]

I have been accepted to a PhD at a top 10 university. I have also been offered a position at my home university, which is ranked about 50th-60th for the subject. At the top university, I currently do ...
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How is NMSU for PhD? [on hold]

How would a math phd from New Mexico State be? Is it a decent school for that? If I don't have any other offers, would I be better off joining the workforce, and maybe later on apply to PhD's again? I ...
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How to start a phd in algebraic geometry with an electrical engineering degree?

I graduated with a bachelor of electrical engineering and I like to start a phd program in algebraic geometry at Brown university or another similar university. During my undergraduate, in addition to ...
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Accidentally throw during the application process. What should I do now? [closed]

I am applying to graduate program in the US this year, but didn't take the application process seriously. Essentially I throw during the application process and now I haven't received a single ...
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Accepting admission offer from more than one institute in United States

I'm an international applicant and I'm not very familiar with the routines of admissions in United States. I was wondering if I get admitted from a university and accepting their offer and while ...
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Stuck with an advisor who is unprofessional

I'm a Masters student in computer science. My current advisor is completely un-professional. He doesn't only write bad letters of recommendations for his students in order to keep them working for him,...
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Impact of a C+ grade in a graduate course [on hold]

I'm planning to apply to competitive PhD programs in theoretical physics. Unfortunately, I received a C+ grade in one relevant graduate-level course. I really don't know how I got this grade, because ...
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Should one avoid erudite vocabulary in statement of purpose?

I am not a psychology major. I came across this paper that shows that using erudite vocabulary will not do one good. What makes me want to ask here is a case study in the paper. Long story short, a ...
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How to approach bad communication with my department

I am a mathematics student at a top 10 math department in the US. Something I have been struggling to handle is an on-going situation I have been facing with with the administration. When I was ...
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Moving to a different PhD program in the United States

I have been admitted to a Math PhD program in US. The school is ranked in the top 60-80 range. I started school this August. I'm, however, considering the possibility of re-applying to a different ...
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Do U.S. graduate school admissions use affirmative action? [closed]

Do graduate school admissions use affirmative action? I believe this is common in undergraduate admissions.
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Currently leading a miserable life because I currently have 3 C's, 2 “Passes”, and a B in my first two quarters/ [closed]

Those two passes could have been C's had I not changed the grading type. All of those courses that I didn't do so well in are courses important to my major. There are harder versions of a few of those ...
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Can I do my graduate studies in Computer Science with computational physcis bachelor degree? [closed]

I have graduated in computational physics with gpa 3.1. I need to do my graduate studies in computer science in USA or Europe.
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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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how would an failed and yet not retaken course impact graduate appllication [closed]

I unexpectedly failed a small and easy elective course last semester. But I have a serious problem that according to our school's course schedule, I would not be able to retake this course and gain a ...
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Did BSc, doing MSc, applying for PhD. Is it frowned upon to not have a letter from my BSc advisor?

I am currently pursuing an MSc and am preparing my PhD application. For this reason, I reach out to professors I know well in order to ask them whether they would be willing to write recommendation ...
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How do internal fellowships work? [closed]

Most graduate students in the USA work as lab assistants or teaching assistants. But some people have fellowships from the school just to study. I know you probably need a very good GPA and GRE to get ...
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What is a 'yield rate'? Do graduate department seats go unfilled?

This link states that the university has a yield rate (acceptance rate) of 40%. Does that mean 60% of seats are not filled at the end of cycle? Or does it mean university makes more offers than ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a prospective PhD advisor whether working for them would be good for my career?

Summary Between my Ph.D. offers, I narrowed down my choices to two. Right now, my decision is mostly dependent on a few factors I didn't discuss with either advisor. I want to ask about these issues ...
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Should I include a conference paper(of general discussion) accepted by a good journal on postgrad application?

As of late, a conference paper I have been working on an ad - hoc basis with another author has been accepted by a prestigious journal in applied mathematics. I have graduated with two degrees - one ...
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What questions do prospective advisors ask during first meeting?

I'm in a PhD program and I'm preparing myself to meet a prospective advisor for the first time. I want to know what questions do they usually ask students in their first meeting? What do they expect? ...
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If I had an average Bachelor degree and a year of working experience can I apply for a Master's Program? [closed]

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering and my GPA is 2.6/4 (German scale, so it was like 2.9/4 in American GPA), mainly due to years of depressions and a bad break up. If I picked up ...
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Australia: Research and Abysmal Grades

I recently completed a 3 year bachelor degree in Computer Science at an Australian university. I graduated with a GPA which is roughly the equivalent of a “C” in the US. I only blame the grades on my ...
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Is it polite to ask for your potential supervisors to help get the scholarship?

I am applying for a PhD at a new university. But my grade is a little off to the scholarship line. The student service told me that I may get a scholarship, but not for sure. Now I have found two ...
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Accepting a scholarship for masters just to get the money and fund a future masters

I have been offered a scholarship for a masters in theoretical physics at my home university, the scholarship covers the fees along with a decent stipend but I would rather pursue a masters in maths ...
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I accidentally failed to disclose a school I briefly attended. Have now been admitted to grad school; how to proceed?

When applying to grad school, I did not think enough about the requirements of disclosing past education. I failed to disclose a school I attended because it was so short and brief and I received all ...
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Is there national/ethnic discrimination against Asians in U.S. graduate school admissions and in university faculty hiring

tl;dr: please skip to the last paragraph. I am currently an international undergrad at an US university, studying math. I am currently thinking of going to graduate school and becoming a university ...
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What should I do to prepare to apply to a math PhD program?

A little background information first. I am about a year out of my undergraduate program where I double majored in Computer Science and Mathematics. My main focus was computer science and the math ...
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Is recommendation a must for getting PhD admission in Australia

I am new to this community. The discussions here are interesting so I thought may be I can solve one of my queries regarding PhD admissions. I am in India and I have completed my post-graduation last ...
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The aggregated chance of admissions to top program in the humanities

Let's look at admissions to top PhD programs in English, where it seems like the top 10 schools each receive about 300 applications for an average of about 6 spots (these are approximations only). ...
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How to get into a top mathematics PhD program?

I'm a first year student undergraduate at a top US university, and I'm going to major in math. Of course, I still don't really know what I want to do with my life, but I'm really excited about going ...
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Software engineer vs research associate in not-so-related subfield for CS PhD

I currently have 2 job offers: high-paying software engineer at a top tech company (return offer from internship) and a computational biology research associate 2-year pre-grad school position. I ...
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Will a certificate from my University Professor that I have worked under him can be shown as work experience for my graduate admission abroad?

I am planning on working under a professor after my UG completes. However the professor has said that it would be an informal arrangement between the two of us, as the formal process is a bit ...
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Can a graduate program rescind my offer if I don't complete a previously declared Minor?

I am a physics major and had declared a 'Minor in Computer Science (Expected)' on my US graduate school (PhD) applications. I have been accepted by a couple of programs but I am currently still one ...
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undergraduate research experience should go for 'depth' or 'width' in terms of graduate application?

I am now going through my 3rd undergraduate year, and I am now feeling like I want to change my research direction. The current direction is yet the only direction I've dug into. But one factor is ...
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Include rejected paper in Masters application?

Is including the manuscript of a rejected paper (without claiming that it has been published or mentioning any rejections) as a supporting document in my application ethical / would it in any way ...
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Should I look for research internships or stay at my university for the summer?

I am in my last semester of Physics and Mathematics and, at the same time, my first semester in a MS in Applied Math (which I will finish in two more semesters) in one of the top universities for ...
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How can I most respectfully leave my current PhD position for a new one?

My professor is a bully and the university will not challenge his behaviour despite numerous complaints from both staff and students. I am 9 months into the first year of my PhD. I love my work and ...
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What should I do if I end up without an adviser?

I am a 2nd year PhD student and I have passed all prelims. However, I am facing a problem: I may not be able to get an adviser. There were several potential advisers I was trying to approach. One of ...