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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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Admitting candidates from a no-name college? [closed]

How many times have you really seen Graduate Admissions Office of top universities in the US and the UK admitting students for Masters Program from no-name colleges in South Asia? For example, they ...
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Showing proficiency in a subject without taking a course

I want to communicate to graduate admissions committees that I know the equivalent of a standard course in machine learning as a result of my self-study. If possible, I would like to avoid taking the ...
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Recommendation letter from a professor who knows me for a short amount of time

I'm going to be applying for a Master's program at the end of this year. The problem is that I need a recommendation letter from my professor who would know me only for 4-6 months. Does that make the ...
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How to know if I satisfy an equivalent 3.8 US GPA?

I graduated with a bachelor of math advanced (honor) with first class honor from an Australian university with a WAM (weighted average mark) of 93. My university does not have any GPA system. I am ...
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academic dismissive undergraduate and research experience [closed]

I've got an academic dismissive (LOW GPA) from the department at my 2nd year of my undergraduate study due to money problems, then I got back to the program and raised my GPA from 1.9 to 3.2 (overall ...
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How to justify some independent research experience for graduate admission?

If somebody has some research experience but no publication could come out of it, then how to justify that experience except the recommendation by the supervisor in front of the graduate admission ...
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Chances of getting in at a world top 50 graduate school for Economics with a C+ in Calculus II? [closed]

My GPA (Economics) at the moment is 3.7 but I have a terrible grade on Calculus II (C+)- the reason being that Calculus II clashed with another mandatory course of mine, and I couldn't attend most of ...
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If I don't ask for a recommendation letter from a postdoc I did research with, will it look bad?

I am applying for math graduate school. I have two people that I did research with: A professor and a postdoc. I have a strong connection with the professor, but the postdoc I do not. He was very ...
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Does adjunct teaching help a PhD application?

I burned out while pursing a PhD in mathematics but have a masters, and am currently pursuing a masters in philosophy with the hope that it may show continued interest in academia before I re-apply to ...
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Transferring to a new PhD program

Last year, I applied to several astronomy PhD programs in the United States, and ended up attending a certain institution with a pretty good reputation in the field. However, in the eight months since ...
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What is the impact of an invitation letter on a fellowship application?

I applied for a Fulbright scholarship as a non-US resident, for a research visit in the US. I obtained an invitation letter from one of the top Professors in the field, from a public university in ...
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Could applying to a PhD program this year, reduce my chances for being admitted if I reapply next year? [closed]

I applied for a bunch of direct PhD programs in my senior year (of undergrad) to start right after my undergrad. For two of my top choices, I was shortlisted for interview but rejected off the ...
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graduate admissions - Can I apply again in March for the same intake after being rejected in December? [closed]

This is a hypothetical question pertaining to the entry of Fall'19. Suppose I apply in December and get rejected. By next semester, I predict my grades would have improved a lot, crossing me over past ...
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Administration possibly forcing student out

In my (mathematics) PhD program, the administration has started to crack down on students who are not making their way through the program in a timely manner. This has only started in the last year, ...
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Applying for MS, what role should a cover letter have?

I'm interested in applying for a MS in the natural sciences with professors some I have worked with in the past and other new ones. What role should a cover letter have as I reach out to these ...
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How to be more interesting to prospective PhD advisors

I've been in contact with a couple of professors at US universities recently, and both of them were interested in the projects that I proposed. Now, I will be applying to these universities this Fall, ...
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Are there “restart” mechanisms for candidates seeking a graduate admission with a mediocre undergraduate record? [closed]

To take one example, the University of Pittsburgh offers certificate programs equivalent to a minor to non-degree students, and also offers a chance at a "second" bachelor's degree. Suppose there was ...
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How to send an email to a well-known professor for a possible PhD student position? [duplicate]

I am applying for graduate physics and I was wondering to work with a well-known professor in Caltech. He is a pioneer in the field that I am interested in. I have a kinda outstanding background, ...
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Is it an advantage to be a resident of the state in which you are applying to PhD programs at state universities?

I just moved to a new state (California) for a temporary job and am planning to apply to graduate school (physics PhD programs) at state schools here. If I want, I can establish residency here; this ...
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Impact of the Designation of the Recommender for a Workplace LOR for MS

I have 2 years of work experience in the CS field and am now intending to apply for my masters. Since I am a bit nervous about contacting my manager for a LOR (since I am not sure of the consequences),...
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How can I contact potential PhD advisors without jeopardizing my position in my current PhD program?

(Sorry for the long question in advance! If it's too long, you could skip the first two paragraphs.) I'm currently enrolled in a PhD program in a relatively prestigious school, which is very well-...
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PhD application: Responses from a few professors, but no conversion [closed]

I am looking for a PhD in Computer Vision, Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). The core of this question is to understand how do the following factors affect an application: Acceptable study gap. Do ...
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Asking for a reference years in advance?

I am currently an undergrad and while I am attracted by research and a career in academia, I am on scholarship with a government body in my country and am contractually obligated to complete a 6 year ...
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How to approach potential supervisors who have already expressed an interest in supervising me after submitting my grad application?

I am interested in a grad program at a Canadian university and alike US grad schools, this department requires me to submit a formal application first to be reviewed by the Grad Committee, get ...
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Are there meaningful downsides to a “guaranteed” (graduate) admissions program?

One school I know of, University of Pittsburgh, has an early admission program to its graduate schools (law, business, medicine, and others) for qualified juniors. That is, students can apply to the ...
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How Credible Is An LOR Without A Letterhead for MS in CS?

I am currently applying for masters in CS. My undergraduate main project, which was later made into an IEEE publication, was done under the guidance of an assistant professor, who is currently ...
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Must I admit having started (but not finished) an MS when applying for a competitive PhD position?

I spent almost two years in a chemistry master’s program. I did many lab rotations where I learned many techniques, and I even made progress on my master’s thesis (though I never defended). Ultimately,...
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Open university and admissions into a US Masters

Can a student with a bachelor's in engineering with very little chemistry take some courses in chemistry to get into a chemistry masters? How do US masters view courses taken from Open University, ...
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How Good Is A Recommendation Letter For MS in CS From A Workplace If It's Coming From A Mentor?

I have 3 years of work experience in cloud computing and virtualization and am intending to illuminate this in my SOP. With what degree of credibility will the above mentioned work experience be ...
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How can I justify doing a second Master's in Mathematics?

I'd like to apply for a PhD in Mathematics/Applied Mathematics in Europe. I have a BSc in Math and a taught 1-year MSc in Applied Math (without thesis) both from top US universities. I have taken ...
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What should I do to get into a PhD in Mathematics in Europe without a thesis in my BSc and MSc?

I'm going to apply for a PhD in Mathematics in Europe with my BSc and MSc in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics (respectively), from two top-tier (say, top 10-20) US universities with advanced ...
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Addressing medical issues in grad school applications

For most of university, I usually got around a ~3.5, with my GPA in my fourth year being around a 3.8. However, during the first semester of my first year, I had some medical issues that made it ...
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Do I have to sit again for TOEFL?

I want to apply for (top) US Phd programs until this December for being potentially admitted in September 2019. This personal information is relevant to my question: Bachelors in non English-...
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Why is it disadvantageous in graduate admissions to have a higher degree?

JeffE's answer here indicates that holders of a master’s degree are held to higher standards when it comes to graduate admissions. The stated requirements for some graduate programs (example from UC ...
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Will UK/US universities understand that in my country, it is common to deliberately fail and retake classes?

I wanna apply for Master’s programs at LSE and Oxbridge starting next year. I’m currently on completing my undergraduate studies, have the equivalent of a first-class honours will most likely graduate ...
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Recommender used an online template for my recommendation

I've contacted a professor who I have taken 2 courses from and who has known me for over a year. I asked him for a recommendation letter and he agreed to write one. The moment I got his letter, I knew ...
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Email to potential PhD supervisor

I am a PhD applicant and I am preparing to send an introductory email to a potential supervisor. I have two questions: I am self-funded. Should I mention this in the initial email? Is the following ...
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Universities accepting non-cs background students to masters programs in cs [closed]

My greetings to all users. I am a student with my UG in Electronics and Communications, planning to enroll in a masters program in computer science (preferably with thesis, but open to coursework ...
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Summary of Contributions for Reference Letters

Pretty much all the profs I'm asking for a letter from I've done a fair amount of research under. However, I haven't spoken to a couple of these profs for a few of months and considering how busy they ...
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How to calculate a rough 'chance of admission'? [closed]

I am looking to apply for graduate programs for Fall 2019 and I am so confused about my chances of admission for different universities. I know it cannot be really calculated and there is no such ...
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How many professors should I contact before applying to Graduate School?

I'm in the process of developing my academic profile and am starting to create a shortlist of programs to apply for. I plan on applying to 8 Grad schools (although I do not know which they will be yet....
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Internet regret [closed]

So say if you graduated from a college that practices grade forgiveness, and you mention that you got forgiven at least this many, on a blog where PhD students appear frequently(without mentioning ...
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Is getting a good grade enough to ask for a letter of recommendation for a grad school application?

I'm about to start a 5th year Master's program in CS at my university (one extra year after B.S. for a M.S.). I've also been looking at applying to grad schools for a PhD program, and the main thing ...
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Senior professional admissions for a PhD

I am an MSc of urban planning with more than 25 years of professional practice. Can someone please tell me if age is in any way negative for being considered by a top university in the USA or UK for a ...
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Mentioning resolved illness to statement of purpose?

I had hyperthyroidism which is now resolved. It didn't affected my performance. Do I have anything to gain if I mention on my SOP that this condition caused me mental symptoms that made it harder for ...
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How competitive will my profile be for Grad School [closed]

I'm new to this site and this will be my first question. I am currently a Sophomore at Northern Kentucky University, I'm holding a 3.92 GPA (with no intention of it lowering,) I won the undergraduate ...
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Potential PhD supervisor mentions potential co-supervisors in email. Should I contact them?

I plan on applying to a PhD program in a US university. Previously, I asked a professor if he is interested in supervising my proposed project. His response is: "The best will be to co-supervise ...
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Would using an application fee waiver affect my admission result in a negative way?

I am applying to an Ivy League university in the US as an international student for a Ph.D. program. They have application fee waivers for students with financial hardship. Would using it (or even ...
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How do so many people here on Academia.SE, and in general, afford lavish higher education programs?

I graduated last year with a BS in Computer Science. I do not come from a particularly wealthy family, (very low middle class), and was only able to afford my education via school loans/scholarships ...
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Will the prestige of my masters program affect my phd application choices?

I am in the last few semesters of my bachelors, and I have been preparing myself for applying to PhD programs in mathematics. However, as I was sitting with my research mentor today, he informally ...