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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 does a candidate look like when he applies for another PhD program while being enrolled in a program?

Suppose, someone is enrolled in a PhD program in a university 'X' in, say, Serbia (totally hypothetical and suits my analogy). After one year, after publishing 5-6 research papers, he thought that a ...
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Is a degree in computer science necessary to be successful as a programmer? [closed]

All of the text below is just background information, the bolded text at the bottom summarizes my question in a single sentence. I have been programming for 7 years currently, and have dealt with ...
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How much does the PhD degree name matter when landing in a job?

I am considering doing a PhD in a great lab/with a great advisor (and already convinced the PI). But I got in another program rather than the supposed program with the name of my subject of study, e.g....
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How to prepare for a master's in CS while studying bachelor's of business administration? [closed]

I'm currently pursuing a bachelor's of business administration degree. However, I am more interested in Computer Science and like to get a formal and rigorous education in it. So, how can I prepare ...
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My admission is revoked after accepting the admission offer

I applied to PhD program and gladly received official admission offer on the 29th of March. They guaranteed me four-year funding. I accepted the admission offer and was preparing for obtaining student ...
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How to deal when you're an actual imposter in academia? [duplicate]

I'm a second-year PhD student at a well-ranked university, and am seriously beginning to feel that I'm an imposter in this place. My lab group is filled with people who ranked in the top 0.01 percent ...
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Stream change: engineering undergrad to physics grad

I am presently a third-year undergraduate of mechanical engineering and I am interested in applying for physics graduate programs for admission in the fall of 2020. Since I hail from a different ...
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Effect of Research in an Engineering group on Physics PhD application

I am a Physics undergraduate and my institution requires that we do undergraduate research and a senior thesis on that research. However, due to some personal circumstances I would like to do research ...
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Is it okay/possible to quit a PhD program in the 4th year and apply someplace else?

I am a 4th year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at a Tier 1 University. I have joined the current research group due to funding reasons but never really liked the project. The project is not ...
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Graduate courses or research experience for PhD admissions: Which is more important? [closed]

I am currently at a crossroads, deciding between several MS program offers. I have the choice to do a research based masters, where I would take very few graduate courses but focus almost solely on ...
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Transitioning from experimental to theoretical research after masters

I just graduated last summer and currently have a chance to do a research masters in applied physics in North America. The proposed project is very experimental in nature. My ultimate goal is to earn ...
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Accepted to PhD program but declined, but now want to return 3 years later [closed]

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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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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What GPA do I need to have a chance at getting into Harvard's CS PhD program? [closed]

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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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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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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Will my student insurance in US, as an international student cover my pre-existing ileostomy caused due to Crohn's disease? [closed]

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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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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Home university with full research funding or prestigious university with teaching / research assistantship? [closed]

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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Is it important to do a PhD at a different institution than undergrad? [duplicate]

I'm currently studying at a good school and I was admitted to do a PhD here. I got into some other good schools for my PhD, but for various reasons (e.g. less of a good research fit, weather, etc.) I ...
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What does it take to get a worthwhile recommendation letter

I am now looking for people to write recommendation letters for me so as to prepare for graduate school application by the end of this year. I found I still need one more person(I want to have 3 ...
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Should I acept my second choice? [closed]

I applied to a PhD program, and after all the interviews I got a firm offer for a fellowship let's call it PhD A, that I have to give an answer to before a deadline (next week), since they have Now ...
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MS/PhD Integrated Program in home country vs. going for PhD abroad

I'm not sure if this question is appropriate for this community, so please let me know if it isn't. I'm currently in my last semester of undergrad in a Korean university. I've been wanting to go to ...
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How do US Computer Science PhD programs view foreign degrees if you have a USA Bachelor's? [closed]

I remember reading here that, in general, your research ability and letters of recommendation are judged the same as pure US applicants of similar quality. I have a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics ...
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Is it helpful to tell a university that I have admission and scholarship from another university?

I have got an admission letter with full scholarship (i.e. covering tuition fees, living expenses, etc.) from a top university X (ranking under 50) but I want to take care of my grandmother who is not ...