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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 should one formulate a Statement of Intent for an interdisciplinary degree?

I am having trouble articulating a statement of intent because of a few things. But to keep on point for Stack Exchange I'll focus only on one: interdisciplinary coursework. I have spoken to a Fine ...
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What is the advantage of being a Math/CS double major in graduate admissions for someone who wants to work in TCS?

Doing original research in Theoretical Computer Science requires a quite good understanding of almost all areas of Mathematics. I think double majoring in Mathematics and Computer science for someone ...
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How to transition into computer science

I currently hold a BA in Middle Eastern History, which was a pretty good fit for my last job in the Army. I'm getting ready to move on to the civillian world now, and computer science/programming has ...
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What are the most important factors when considering graduate school in chemistry?

I'm considering applying to chemistry graduate schools within the next six months and am hoping for some guidance in prioritizing aspects. For instance, among my list of considerations there exists: ...
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Can deadlines for PhD admission in US be approximated?

I am expecting to finish my masters degree in computer science by mid October and then I was planning to apply for a PhD program this year. My question is, how much time will I have after being done ...
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Can co-authoring a paper as a new grad harm my reputation/career?

To be specific, I just graduated with a Bachelor's degree, and my final project supervisor has asked me to co-author a paper with him about the subject of the project I did with his supervision. I'd ...
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PhD to be advised by Mr. Enfant Terrible?

I have been admitted to a generally well-regarded Computer Science PhD program. My potential advisor's research interests match very well with mine. However, he appears to be an extremely ...
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Do senior PhD students form a part of the admission commitee?

Recently, I was having a chat with a few senior PhD students (almost done with their thesis) and they pointed out that the professors would, at times, solicit their opinion regarding the admission of ...
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Dressing etiquette for interviews in academia

Are there expected dressing norms at faculty interviews? Will a casual tee-jeans be discouraged? In the same vein, what is expected when a student visits the campus for an interview?
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Does one need a specific field in mind to apply to a PhD program in mathematics?

When applying for the PhD program in mathematics, usually, one is not required to specify in what field (e.g., PDE, dynamical system, etc.) he/she intends to do. However, I don't know whether it will ...
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How to prepare for a (PhD or PostDoc) admission procedure?

"Luck favors the prepared mind" ( Louis Pasteur ) During the MS degree program or PhD program, it's advisable for a good student to get used to take a look on scientific activities of research ...
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How important is AACSB accreditation for further study after an MBA?

I have read that many Doctor of Business Administration or PhD in Business Administration programs in the US tend to reject students who did not complete a master's program at an AACSB-accredited ...
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Is the middle of May very late for graduate admissions in the same year?

Let me explain my situation a little bit, then I will try to make it more general for others to benefit. I am graduating in a month and getting my bachelor degree in computer science. I did apply to ...
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Choosing research ideas to include in a statement of purpose

The internet is littered with information on what makes a good SOP, but I would like to ask a specific question regarding mentioning one's research interests in SOP. What points should a student keep ...
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Perils of making a PhD application merely to get funding

I know many undergraduate students who are often confused whether to make an MS or PhD application when applying to US universities. They often have the credentials required in a PhD application - ...
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Applying for PhD after a poor master's

I am attempting to apply for a PhD but made rather a mess of my masters. Advice from anyone involved in the process is appreciated. I am applying in the UK, and have a good bachelor's, which is all ...
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Points to remember when having to write recommendation letter yourself

While it is an unethical academic practice, it is a fact that most recommendation letters for MS degrees in US and Europe from countries like India and China are written by students themselves. ...
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Number of potential PhD advisors at a school

Past advice suggests that potential PhD students should be wary of attending schools with only one professor in their subfield. If you have problems with your advisor and want to switch, having that ...
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Do PhD programs care about the personalities of applicants?

Can a very extroverted person, for example, be more favored than a very quiet person? Or is this not ethical? Can someone who is psychopathic be barred from admission?
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Which factors in PostDoc opportunities choice?

Many of you probably have already lived these career turning point: your PhD program is going to end, and you have to choose an university research group to apply for a postdoc position. Which ...
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Is the end of April too late to find placement in Ph.D programs in the U.S.?

I am wondering if it would be worth emailing departments that I haven't applied to this year, asking if they'd be willing to take a look at my application material. Any advice, or should I just wait ...
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Apply to PhD after expulsion from another

I was in a math PhD program for one year during the 2009-2010 year in US (with funding by school). I was expelled due to low grades (nothing related to violence/cheating). During the Fall of 2010, I ...
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If I decline admissions at a program that doesn't allow deferment, will I be accepted next year?

I've been accepted to a top 20 Computer Science department with a RA, TA and fellowship. I decided to defer my admissions a year due to unforeseen circumstances. I was informed the school does not ...
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How can I improve my research experience for PhD application?

It's well-known that many grad schools (especially top-ranked) require some research experience from prospective students and consider this as main criterion for accept/reject decision. During ...
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Career advice - Getting a Math PhD admit in a good program with computer engineering background

I have read other threads along similar lines but I am looking for slightly different advice. And I am posting this anonymously because I would rather my current employer did not find out my ...
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Doing bad in undergraduate but good in a masters program

Suppose you do bad in undergraduate school in say computer science. But you do very well in a masters program in computer science. If you want to apply to a PhD program in computer science, will the ...
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Do letters of recommendation typically include a biography of the writer?

A student asked me to write a letter of recommendation for graduate school admission in London and the student insisted that I include a short biography describing my job title and qualifications. I ...
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Maximizing opportunities to be admitted in top schools

I did a modest undergraduate in Information Systems (3/4) and good master's in CS (3.4/4). I've PhD acceptance from a good school in Canada. However, I still need to go to top school , or at least a ...
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What preparatory steps should I be taking for admission into med school?

I've been maintaining a great GPA in a specialization undergraduate program, am planning on taking the MCAT this summer, and have been looking into some volunteering/internship opportunities. Are ...
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How much do soft skills matter for admission decision?

By reading the very intersting question Priority of application materials for admission decision about which material is most important to be admitted as PhD candidate, or PostDoc or researcher, in a ...
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What to do when graduate admissions haven't gone well?

OK, here is the deal: I am a computer science student in Turkey graduating this June. I have applied to PhD programs in the US to work in computer architecture. I have a decent bachelor's degree, and ...
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PhD opportunities when lacking publications

This question in some sense, complements this question. Suppose a good student completes his master's degree in a less-than-top-ranked university. He has excellent academic grades both in his ...
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Priority of application materials for admission decision

As I've already saw, many people here are related to admission process. And I want to ask their opinion on what is priority of all stuff from application: what is the most important (letters of ...
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How to contact professors for PhD vacancies?

I know many master's students who get an opportunity to talk to their potential PhD advisors well before applying. In most cases this opportunity is available by the professors with whom they worked ...
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How do I get into a masters course in pure mathematics?

My question is as stated in the title and to elaborate more: I would like to know if there are any standardized international exams to enter a masters course in pure mathematics (besides GRE Math) ...
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How could I calculate my GPA?

I have my GPA in the 100 point system, how could I calculate it in 4.0 point system? I searched, and I didn't find a good answer,
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Who typically serves on a graduate school admissions committee?

Suppose a student is applying to a graduate school. Who is typically on the admissions committee? Is the chair of the department on the admissions committee?
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Why do universities place a weight on GRE/TOEFL scores?

This is one question that has been bugging me for a long time now. Why do universities consider GRE/TOEFL scores at all? Perhaps it is fine for master's degrees, where there will be an enormous number ...
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Age and Graduate school

I am 33. I live in the US. I am a neither a US citizen, nor a green card holder. I have worked in various jobs as a research assistant (physics, biology, economics) usually involving programming, ...
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How to assess the chance to get accepted to a master's program in the United States?

Currently I am a student in the Netherlands following a bachelor program in computer science. I am currently considering applying for a master's program in the United States. It is hard to asses my ...
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Should I be truthful about graduate school rejections?

Suppose a student applies to a few good graduate programmes, but for some reasons, gains an admit in one great school and rejects in a couple of equally good ones. How necessary is it for the student ...
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Deferring admission to a computer science graduate program

Background: I have the opportunity to pursue a Computer Science graduate degree at a well respected program (around top 20). I spoke with the professors at the university and I feel like I am a good ...
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How can a graduate school applicant improve his application for next year's season?

It seems I'm about to have a bad application season, as all schools I'm waiting to hear from have given out offers of admissions to other applicants. I'm trying to come up with a viable plan to turn ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages to completing a Masters program before applying to a Ph. D program?

I've been considering applying to graduate school of some form or another in Mathematics. During my undergraduate years, I did decently on my undergraduate coursework (mostly A-s, some As, a B) but ...
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How to fruitfully utilize faculty-student orientation sessions at institutes you don't want to attend?

More than once, I have had (graduate school admissions) orientation sessions where the faculty of the institute introduce their fields, their research and what they expect from potential students (...
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How do you get a bad transcript past Ph.D. admissions?

I have a master's degree in International Studies, and a double major with Computer Science from undergrad. My transcripts suck. There's no other way to dress it up. I have pretty good teaching ...
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PhD in pure mathematics for a student in computer science

I'm a student currently pursuing my masters in computer science. My present area of research is computational algrebraic geometry (theory of grobner bases and tropical geometry). Afterwards, I'm ...
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How to evaluate potential advisers on grounds other than their research/publications?

While accepting an offer to grad school, one is basically entering into a lasting relationship with one's adviser - most likely, someone whom the applicant has never met before, and the only exposure ...
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Usefulness of prior industry experience before entering grad school?

I'm wondering what impact does prior industry experience (by which I mean 2+ years in a non-trivial functional role in any established organization) lend to the profile of someone who is entering grad ...
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How to find a good topic for a PhD research proposal?

In many countries an application for a PhD position includes a written research proposal, so my questions is what are some advises/strategies to come up with a good topic/idea for a PhD research ...