Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 174 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

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.

1
vote
1answer
57 views

What to write in the email for sending PhD application to a research group's head?

I am applying for a Ph.D. position in a research group. On the group's webpage, the leader of the group has asked to send him CV and Motivation Letter if someone is interested in a Ph.D. position. I ...
4
votes
3answers
217 views

Should one mention outside influences that negatively impacted grades on their PhD applications?

I'm applying for PhD programs at the moment in pure mathematics and was wondering if there was any sort of general wisdom regarding mentioning bad things that happened to you that have negatively ...
2
votes
2answers
182 views

Mention a specific potential adviser and project in the PhD statement of purpose

I am writing my statement of purpose for my Ph.D. and I want to work in a specific field with a specific professor in the department that I am going to apply for and I have a very good experience in ...
2
votes
2answers
288 views

Just how important is university prestige when completing PhD?

I'm highly considering attending smaller, lesser known private university to pursue a PhD in cognitive psychology. The university gives full funding, I really mesh the with the professor I'd be ...
8
votes
2answers
244 views

How can I express my dismissal from public service in my academic resume?

I'm planning to apply to a number of university (public policy) programs in US and I do not know how to express my dismissal from public service following the political turmoil in Turkey. I was ...
2
votes
1answer
119 views

Unable to present accepted conference paper after mentioning it on submitted applications

I'm applying to PhD programs in Computer Science. I recently had a paper of mine accepted into a conference workshop. In my graduate school applications (which I have already submitted), I mentioned ...
1
vote
1answer
100 views

How much is the quantitative GRE score important when applying to competitive physics PhD programs? [closed]

I'm applying for strong physics programs. I recently took the GRE Test. I got a 160 in quantitative. However, I don't think my basic math skills are lacking. I unfortunately had to take an unscheduled ...
5
votes
2answers
135 views

Should I include my latest job on my CV?

I just graduated this April from undergrad and I'm now applying to graduate programs that start September 2019. I'm taking a gap year between undergrad and grad school for various reasons, mostly to ...
0
votes
2answers
312 views

What does it mean to have a low quantitative but very high verbal/writing GRE for stats PhD application? [duplicate]

I am applying to statistics and biostatistics PhD programs for next year, and I just got my GRE scores back, and they weren't at all what I expected. I ended up with a 159V/156Q/6.0AW, which ...
1
vote
0answers
52 views

What's better a free degree or a degree that better matches my interest? [closed]

I have no debt and a bachelors in mathematics (which has been minimally useful in finding me a job. It's basically amounted to an HR filter pass for some jobs. No job yet after 6 months of looking.) ...
1
vote
1answer
94 views

Potential advisor ask for a paper review as a part of interview process, any difference between journal and conference paper?

I am applying for graduate studies in CS, and one of my potential advisors asked me to review one of his papers (listed on his homepage) and send him back a single page report. (discussing strengths ...
-2
votes
1answer
149 views

CV errors in graduate application

What errors do applicants make in their CV while applying to US graduate programs, apart from obvious errors like spelling, grammar, formatting etc.?
3
votes
4answers
305 views

How to Ask via email for supervision of professor for Japan Graduate program admission

I would like to apply for graduate programs in Japan, and I have sent email to several professors in Japan (e.g., Todai, Tohoku) using this format (I only change the name of the professor and ...
1
vote
1answer
120 views

Contact info for a professor's letter of recommendation [closed]

Is it okay if the applicant provides a professor's official email and the professor uploads the letter of recommendation (LOR) from the same official email, but mistakenly mentions their personal ...
-1
votes
2answers
675 views

Why is my motivation letter not successful? [closed]

I have applied for several PhD positions but I was never able to reach to even interview stage. Now I wonder if my motivation letter is strong enough or not. I have written the following letter for a ...
7
votes
3answers
2k views

Why do the prerequisites to enroll in PhD programs vary between research groups in Germany?

I have been trying to get a Ph.D. position in Germany so I follow the advertising sites frequently. A few days ago I saw a position from a group of X Institute. I wrote the professor about the ...
0
votes
1answer
119 views

Shall I tell my college professor that the reason why I am asking for a letter is I have to have a letter from college?

I have graduated for almost two years so I have many other stronger referees; my college performance was not stellar. The only reason why I am requesting a letter from my undergrad profs is that the ...
0
votes
1answer
729 views

Unethical policy of ETS's ScoreSelect option

I am faced with a dilemma after seeing questions like this in online graduate school applications: enter image description here I feel that ETS has been seriously unethical in their advertisement of ...
1
vote
0answers
37 views

Statement of Purpose and Personal Statement examples [duplicate]

I am applying to some schools in the UC system for graduate school, and I have to write a Statement of Purpose and a Personal Statement. I was wondering if there are some good examples online, so I ...
1
vote
1answer
153 views

Should I send professor an email clearly asking if he is going to take me in his group?

I have communicated with a professor about joining his group as a Ph.D. student. He had shown his interest and told me to apply to that school after a Skype interview, although the deadline for ...
0
votes
2answers
97 views

What are potential PhD funding sources for international students in UK?

There are several answers available on Academia but all of them are 4 to 5 years old. That is why I am re-asking this question. I was looking for a PhD in UK and contacted a professor of my interest. ...
0
votes
2answers
75 views

Applying for scholarship with prospective advisor support, but not taking the scholarship: possible consequences

I am planning to apply for a (quite competitive) scholarship offered by a foreign government, which I need the recommendation of a prospective doctoral advisor to apply. However, if I am offered the ...
6
votes
1answer
137 views

Benefits to home country while pursuing Masters in pure Mathematics abroad

I am a senior undergrad from India applying for Masters in Pure Mathematics in the UK. Due to my weak financial condition, my masters depends on a scholarship that I will be interviewed for in a month....
10
votes
2answers
3k views

Former advisor committed financial misconduct. How to apply to PhD programs

After three years in the workforce, I am planning on returning to school to get my PhD. I currently have a master's degree. Recently, however, there has arisen a complication: my thesis advisor for my ...
0
votes
1answer
150 views

How to request a positive reference letter from my former PI who does not know me very well?

I worked in a research group and now I am applying to a PhD program. A positive reference letter, especially the one from the big-named Principal Investigator (PI, project leader), will be very ...
1
vote
1answer
109 views

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+ range. I started school this August. I'm, however, considering the possibility of re-applying to a different ...
4
votes
3answers
244 views

GPA vs Undergrad prestige and difficulty

Consider the following scenario: Bob goes to a top-tier university for his undergraduate degree. This university is known for its extra challenging curriculum and Bob also challenges himself while ...
-1
votes
1answer
113 views

Chances of Getting into Neuroscience PhD program [duplicate]

I have a 3.46 overall gpa ( I'm retaking organic chemistry, so it should be closer to a 3.6 or a 3.7 by the time I graduate) and a 3.7 in my Biology major. My gre scores are pretty shoddy, not gonna ...
1
vote
1answer
145 views

Would I look good as a Ph.D. applicant if abandon one graduate program and then pass from another program?

See this question. Submitting a transcript which indicates an incomplete study (50/120 credits completed) and 5 dropped (not failed) courses. See this answer. Honestly, unless there is ...
2
votes
2answers
167 views

Recommendation Letter v.s. Ph.D. opportunity

Last year, I started collaborating with a high-level professor in the field in a good but not the best institute. Before leaving there, I discussed with her a possible opportunity to having her ...
0
votes
1answer
64 views

Grad school - Is transferring to another school for a Master's program (Computer Science) a good option?

I am an international student in the US (important as my stay in US is tied to my student visa, issued to attend my current university). I joined as a grad student in the MS CS program in one of the ...
1
vote
1answer
89 views

Which is a better choice in case of a graduate admission? [duplicate]

Which is a better choice in case of a PhD application and why: Submitting a transcript which indicates an incomplete study (50/120 credits completed) and 5 dropped (not failed) courses. vs. ...
2
votes
1answer
92 views

Getting into grad school with a bad record. [duplicate]

So I'm currently in junior year of my undergrad as an Electrical Engineering major. As of this moment my GPA's 3.25; however, throughout my college career I've had to retake courses multiple times in ...
4
votes
2answers
95 views

Is it a good idea to spend one year on a pre-PhD diploma to learn advance research methods?

I am recently graduated with a degree of MS in Physics. I am very interested in condensed matter physics, that is why I chose a topic from this field for my MS thesis. But it was very hard for me to ...
0
votes
1answer
122 views

Likelihood of being admitted to a top 10 CS PhD program? [closed]

Summary I'm currently an undergraduate student at a university in the UK that's ranked in the top 10 universities worldwide by both Times Higher Education and QS. I'm in my final year of a 4-year ...
3
votes
2answers
227 views

Undergrad thesis supervisor rejected request for LOR - how will this look on grad apps?

I haven't worked with my supervisor for long (~3 months now, 4 when apps are due), and she is well known in her field. I understand she has a reputation to uphold is honest in her letters from what I ...
3
votes
1answer
146 views

Completing undergrad in 4.5 years

I'm currently in my junior year, doing CS and math double major. For the next year, I have the choice of spending a semester abroad at a top 20 CS program. I have completed nearly all of my required ...
1
vote
1answer
124 views

I am currently in graduate school but need to ask my previous professors for a letter of recommendation. I am worried this will be awkward

I just started grad school this semester. But as part of my stipend contract, I am required to continue to apply to scholarships (although I don't need to win them). I have not been in grad school ...
15
votes
5answers
4k views

Does a research group actually review every applicant's documents in case of overwhelming number of applications?

It's like the response to my PhD application usually includes something like "The number of the applications we've received is so high that we can't accommodate all of the qualified applicants." It's ...
0
votes
1answer
141 views

Advice on applying for Economics graduate programs with a low GRE [duplicate]

I took the GRE in August and scored a 301 and took it recently again and scored a 308. My field of work is primarily in Behavioural Economics so I plan on applying to specialized and general Economics ...
0
votes
2answers
118 views

Masters or 2nd Bachelors? [duplicate]

Should I attend a likely lesser university, PSU in Pittsburg, Kansas, for a graduate degree in history, or should I attend the University of Minnesota for a second bachelors degree in psychology? All ...
2
votes
4answers
430 views

Can I get into a top school C.S. Ph.D. program with a Master's from a lower ranking university?

Is it possible, and what are the chances of doing so, to get into a Computer Science Ph.D. program at a top school like e.g. the U of Toronto with a Master's degree (say, with excellent academic ...
0
votes
3answers
132 views

Applying to PhD programs while pursuing a PhD

Imagine the following situation. Somebody is doing their PhD in field A in the US. Suppose they became interested in a different field, field B, and consider doing PhD in field B instead. Suppose ...
0
votes
1answer
83 views

How should I display my MPhys degree on my CV?

I am creating my CV for PhD applications in astroparticle physics. In my education section I decided to include only my university education, so my MPhys Physics degree. Should I split it in 2 ...
1
vote
1answer
141 views

Can I say I'm undecided yet in my statement of purpose ? (PhD in math) [duplicate]

I just started my 2nd year of master and it's already time to apply for a PhD in math, deadlines are in ~1+ month. In most samples, students had a clear idea of what they would like to study. They ...
3
votes
2answers
186 views

Asking for the second/third recommendation letter, should I tell the referee he is writing the third letter?

Many have suggested me to include a sentence like this while asking for recommendations: "Do you feel that you are able to give me a strong reference?" I am afraid that my third referee, who was ...
3
votes
2answers
61 views

Do I have a better chance for a PhD in a field I have research experience in or one I have had better courses on?

I'm applying for PhD programs in Computer Science, which allow a year of rotation and courses, before the student officially joins a lab for their thesis. I've had research experience in Computational ...
1
vote
1answer
168 views

Writing a draft of your own recommendation letter: how to compare yourself to other students?

I'm currently applying to Research Masters and PhD programs. One of my letter of recommendation writers asked me to write up the first draft of the letter, so I've been trying to do so (pretty sure ...
1
vote
0answers
81 views

Tokyo University's admission test for prospective graduate students [closed]

I have two questions: Why does Tokyo University take admission tests of prospective graduate students? Why not GRE? Do students need to go to Japan to take those tests?
1
vote
1answer
79 views

Could I ask an employee of my company's client for a recommendation letter ? Will it violate any company policy?

I will be applying to Graduate schools for Fall 2019, so far I have given my GRE and will be planning to give again, I work full time as a Team Lead at a software company and am planning to resign if ...