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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 it feasible to quit a PhD program, do an MS (or two) for better qualification, then begin again?

I am in my first year of a finance PhD at a top 25 program. I could get through the program and get an okay job, but my goal isn't just to be another professor, I want to be absolutely outstanding, ...
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How much weight do Math PhD programs place on the subject GRE?

I am a master's student in mathematics at a relatively unknown university, studying Number Theory. I have completed readings for my master's thesis and will present this in Spring, along with other ...
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The GRE is not held where I live. How badly does it reflect on me if I ask for it to be waived?

I am graduating with my MSc early next year and would like to pursue my PhD in a closely related field (Stats/Financial math). I am hoping to study either in Europe or HK/Singapore and most of the ...
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Do graduate admissions committees look at old grades? Should I mention past mistakes in SOP?

As an undergraduate, I had a few F's and was on academic probation but graduated with a 3.2 in electrical engineering from a mid level ranked uni. Then I thought about going to graduate school in ...
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Part III at Cambridge (pure math) through scholarship, and US PhD applications

In some other questions, it has been noted that for certain programs at Cambridge, such as Part III of the Mathematical Tripos, one will not have had sufficient faculty contact to obtain strong ...
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What does the word `scholar' convey when it is a part of a degree name?

What does the word 'scholar' convey when it is a part of a degree name? Suppose that the graduate admission committee looks at an applicant who has completed a bachelor of engineering (scholar), how ...
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Can an application for a PhD after an undergraduate program be considered for MS if the profile fits it better?

I am applying for a PhD under a professor whose interests strongly match with mine and I don't want to lose an opportunity to work with her. My profile is not so strong for a PhD as compared to a ...
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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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A PhD program is asking how long I need to make a decision

So, I got an unusual (to my understanding) question from a program today asking how much time will I need to accept or reject an admission offer. It's the only school that has contacted me so far and ...
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Pursuing a new graduate degree after academic expulsion

I was in a master’s program. I completed one year completed, but got expelled due to my GPA dropping below what was needed. I was put on probation and was given one semester to pull up my average by ...
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Will CS programs look favorably on an older applicant who already has a PhD?

Let's say a recent math PhD in his early 30s realizes he's unlikely to land another postdoc after his current one ends, and he decides he really liked being a grad student and he really doesn't want ...
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Transferring to a new PhD program. How to explain lack of ability to find funding in application?

I have completed 1.5 years of a PhD program and I am told now that there is no funding left for me to continue. I am looking for new departments to apply to. How should I explain this situation in my ...
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Does your areas of research matter for graduate school?

I know research is important for a Ph.D. program, but I'm wondering if research in a not-very-related field is still as useful? For example, in the past I've done research in bioinformatics. I'm ...
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How should I explain my gap year in graduate admissions?

I have a bachelors in physics and math (graduated in may of this year), and have been struggling within myself to figure out if I would like to pursue a graduate degree in physics or engineering. ...
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How much weight does previous research experience carry for an admit to MS in computer science?

I don’t have publications from research projects or internships. However, my letters of recommendation may state about my research experience. I am applying to universities in the USA. I have all the ...
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Applying for PhD in mathematics as Third-Year Undergraduate Student

I am currently a sophomore majoring in mathematics. I plan to pursue PhD right after my graduation. According to my current schedule, I will be able to graduate within 3 years if I only take classes ...
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Will the publications on Open Acess journal (like Hindawi) harm the PhD application to economics or finance departments in USA (or MPhil in UK)?

How will the departments view the PhD, PostDoc, and AP applicants with SJR tier Q3(4) publications and/or publications on open access journals? Personally I believe that at the specialization level ...
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UK PhD admissions - Does partial industry funding improve my chances?

I am in a situation where my employer is willing to put up a significant portion of the cost of a physics PhD in the UK. I have spoken to a supervisor at a top university and we've broadly agreed on a ...
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What is the make-up of a PhD hiring committee?

I've been Invited for an interview for a PhD scholarship at a humanities faculty. This is not my 1st rodeo, but I learned my lesson and better pay attention to the make-up of the hiring committee this ...
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Self study vs pre requisite credit hours for graduate admissions

I am going through the websites of various mathematics graduate schools. Most graduate schools typically require approximately 30-33 credit hours worth of courses. I have done only approximately 25 ...
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Is graduating a year early and doing research under the guidance of professor a good alternative to spending another semester at my college?

I'm an international student studying math and physics in an American university relatively highly ranked in terms of math. I'm currently a junior, and I'm going to focus on doing research on a ...
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Is it possible to change the major from engineering to humanity (after master) for phd?

I'm a M.A.Sc (equivalent with M.Sc.) student majoring in electrical and computer engineering at a top-tier Canadian university. My undergraduate studies were, reasonably, related to computer science ...
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Potential supervisor asked for description of previous projects

As above, I emailed a potential PhD supervisor and he has asked me to send him a CV and a description of some previous projects I've worked on. I am wondering how long/detailed should this be, and ...
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Importance of undergraduate honors thesis vs. research published in undergraduate research journal, for graduate schools in the United States?

I have the option of graduating from my university (U.S.) a semester early. If I do so, I would not be able to complete my honors thesis and have it approved by the honors committee of my university. ...
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How difficult is it to get PhD funding for the Humanities (UK)?

How difficult is it to get PhD funding for the Humanities in the UK? Specifically, let's say I am targeting top-tier universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, and UCL for the Humanities. I got a First ...
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Is it normal that my supervisor told me to submit my thesis without any correction from him(he took only one day to look to the thesis)?

I send my Ph.D. thesis to my supervisor, he replied on me after only one day(my thesis is 130 pages)told me that your thesis is OK and you can submit.He did not do any correction or comments!! does ...
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What questions should I ask as a candidate during interview for a PhD program that assigns you an advisor?

*I'm applying for Psychology PhD. There's a university that I am applying to but unlike some of the other universities I've found, where students can state their desired advisor, this university ...
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Do graduate school admissions look at first grade of a repeated course in the undergraduate transcript?

I wanted to know if graduate school admissions committees(specifically for Computer Science) look at all the grades for a repeated course (re-taken once after freshman year) even though all grades ...
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I'm applying to get a Masters with Transfer and Transient undergraduate semesters during undergrad

After graduating high school, I went to a private out-of-state University for one semester, and it wasn't a good fit (it was a very strict religious institution), and so after the first semester, I ...
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Is this a valid reason to choose a specific sub-field?

My local university has announced the need for local experts in a specific sub-field within Electrical Engineering (EE), which is why they are offering the opportunity to sponsor student(s) in said ...
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What to do if you are on the reserve list of one grad program and get accepted to another?

I applied to a graduate program in mathematics at university A. I went to their oral interview, and could not give some proofs that they asked for. As far as I know, university A has two lists: main ...
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Math Research after undergraduate degree and before graduate school

I graduated with a bachelor's in math a few years ago and this year I've applied to several graduate programs and have been rejected. One of the graduate coordinators gave me some very helpful ...
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Impact of private home research in graduate application

Assuming non-excellent and only good credentials when leaving college, can you increase the chances (how much?) of admission to a public R1 university by doing low-budget but unique research projects ...
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Is there benefit in listing fewer degree options in MS application?

When applying to university one can choose multiple degree programmes he/she wish to apply. Usually you also list them according to your priority. For example application can be targeted to: MS in ...
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Path to US board certification for international medical doctor

I would like to get a board certification in order to practice is US as a doctor. I am graduating in October in Italy and I am aware that before getting a residency in US I should pass USMLE exams ...
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Missed entry to foreign grad school; what are my options?

I want to specify that this is actually for a friend, I personally am not an academic but he is and is in this situation and asked me to write here to ask for suggestions as he is abstaining from the ...
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Could getting fired from a second job significant affect the likelihood of admission to a master's program?

I am applying to graduate school to work on a Master's of Science in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner) in the fall. I've been working for the past few years, and it's time to go back. When I first ...
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Statement of Purpose for going back to school years after graduating

Background It's a rather uneventful story, but I think nobody can come up with a relevant answer without knowing where I'm coming from. Thanks in advance for reading through this! I finished my ...
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Writing to prospective advisors who co-authored a paper

I wrote an enquiry mail about graduate positions to a Professor who is working in the field I am interested in. I cited a paper authored by the professor in my e-mail. The paper is co-authored by ...
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I have solid projects but the papers have not been published yet. How can I mention this in my SOP?

I have a few solid projects, however I have not yet been able to write papers on them. I am in my final year of Computer Science & Engineering. How can I tell them that I have done useful work ...
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Should I take the GRE physics subject test for a chemistry PhD?

I plan on applying to top chemistry graduate programs (MIT, Caltech etc.) I took the Chemistry subject test, score isn't in yet but I think it's with high expected value (because I knew everything) ...
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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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Enrolling in an Online Masters Degree in Math

I am currently an American undergraduate student who is pursuing a B.S. in Mathematics. Upon graduation, I want to work in industry and pursue a masters degree at Indiana State University online. The ...
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Can I enroll in a 2nd University after deferring admission from 1st University?

I have been accepted to my dream MS program in a top ranked US university. But I could not get the visa. From where I am, there is a problem getting visa if you do not have University funding. Since,...
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Cambridge University “overall grade”?

I'm from Brazil and the metric system for grades here (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grading_systems_by_country#Brazil) is different from UK. So, I'm an undergraduate student who wants to apply to a ...
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How can one overcome the disadvantage of studying in less prestigious international school for admission in top 10 Math PhD programs?

I am a international applicant. I study in fairly less prestigious undergraduate school. I am aware that this will have a affect on my Grad School Applications. Since I am freshman I was wondering of ...
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Would getting an MA at a less-than-prestigous school hurt my chances of getting into a prestigious PhD program?

I'm an economics student who hopes to one day get a PhD. Before doing so, I'd like to get a Master's, both as a way of improving my strength as an applicant and to get a feel for grad school before ...
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Can I negotiate for fellowships from a graduate department before accepting their offer?

I have currently been accepted to Ph.D. in CS programs at 2 schools in the USA (let's call them A and B). Both have offered 5 years of TA/RA funding. A is my preferred choice, but I haven't accepted ...
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Is it advantageous to take Ph.D courses before applying to their program?

I currently have a master's degree in my field. Before starting my Ph.D, I took a position in private industry. Recently I was hired to work at an American university, and part of my compensation ...
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Etiquette on requesting LORs for multiple fields?

I am completing my last semester of undergrad studies and am considering two different healthcare fields to pursue in a graduate program (nursing and occupational therapy.) Both paths can be ...