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How to unreport bad GRE Math Subject Scores?

I am a Masters Graduate in mathematics from India and I am applying for the Fall 2023 Math PhD program. I gave my GRE Math subject exam and my score is 620 (40th percentile). After reading from ...
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What is the difference between a MSc in Mathematics, a MSc in Applied Mathematics, and a MSc in Applied and Computational Mathematics?

I'm interested in how a MSc in Mathematics, MSc in Applied Mathematics, and MSc in Applied and Computational Mathematics compare in terms of content, but also in terms of how they are perceived and ...
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Under which circumstances should I have additional recommendation letters?

Many Ph.D. programs in the U.S. require "a minimum of 3 recommendation letters", and you can submit up to 6 letters if you like. I am under the impression that most people just have 3 LoR, ...
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Pros and cons of asking for an application fee waiver for PhD math

I'm considering applying to several grad schools in the US for a PhD in math as an international applicant and the combined cost of those applications, gre/toefl official score costs, official ...
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Should I mention my PhD in a PhD scholarship application?

I did not like my Msc. specialization (one of Chemistry streams). I won a PhD scholarship overseas. Though the area (protein engineering) was my favorite area, I graduated without having enough ...
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I have bad GRE scores because of a disability, but cannot afford the cost to prove that I need accommodations for the test. What can I do?

I am applying for a PhD in Sociology. My schools "require" scores of about 300ish and I scored 270. My reason for the poor score is that ETS requires medical tests I cannot afford (more than ...
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Should I mention in my SoP that this university is my "top" choice

I am applying to graduate schools this year for a master's degree, and might be considered a "strong" applicant - my school is "top-tier" in my country, I have a "good" ...
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Does the order of referees matter?

One friend told me that I should order the referees by the (estimated) strength of their letters. She believes it makes a difference since the admission committee would start reading letters in the ...
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Do math departments require the math GRE primarily to weed out applicants?

Do math departments require the math GRE primarily to weed out applicants? Or is it predictive of completing the program?
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Template for follow up mail after no response for a letter of recommendation? [duplicate]

I am currently applying to graduate school and trying to gather some solid letters of recommendation. I already contacted three professors (almost 1 month before application deadline) and 2/3 gladly ...
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Which section of the GRE-General is more important for a math PhD application?

I just finished my second attempt at the GRE General after a 2.5 month interval and my Verbal score suffered due to an unscheduled bathroom break and me thinking that that verbal section was for their ...
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Do I need to list a school I attended as a non-degree seeking student on CV?

I am currently applying for some graduate programs and got a question regarding my CV. I took one course at a different institution than the university I am graduating from. I attended the college as ...
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Should I apply for a thesis based MS (after graduating from a course-based one) before doing a PhD (Physics)?

I graduated with my M.S. in physics, with a focus in Quantum Computing, (course-based M.S.) last December and aim on doing a career in research. Thus I'm very attracted to doing a PhD (within the US), ...
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When writing a letter of recommendation for a student, should I explicitly mention where former students of a similar calibre were admitted to?

I am a professor of mathematics at a small liberal arts college in the US. My department is fortunate enough to have a wonderful group of math majors, many of whom go on to graduate school each year. ...
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How to put your experience as a freelancer in your CV for PhD?

How to put your experience as a freelancer in your CV for a PhD application? Specifically, I am looking for a title to choose for the section in which I want to write about this experience. Is it ...
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How does the admissions process work for Ph.D. programs in Country X?

This is a special community wiki 'canonical' question that aggregates advice on a frequently-asked question. See this meta discussion. Please feel free to edit this question to improve it. Please give ...
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Part III of the Mathematical Tripos at Cambridge (Pure Maths) with 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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Are PhD re-applicants disadvantaged in any way?

I am currently applying for couple of PhD programs in the US at top Ivy league schools. I was originally supposed to receive letter of recommendation from well known professor in my field. The ...
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I accidently filled out wrong designation for letter of recommendation

In my application form, I filled out the staff's designation as "Associate Professor" but in the recommendation form that my faculty filled out for me, she mentioned her designation as "...
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Grad schools in which countries, besides the US, allow you time to figure out your research topics?

I am applying for a PhD in Math at US grad schools mainly because they allow you one or more years of coursework to figure out your research interests and potential advisors. Are there any other ...
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Is it bad etiquette to knock on a potential supervisor's door if he hasn't responded to my email?

I'm a Master's student at Cambridge, and I emailed a potential supervisor for PhD a while ago. He replied that he was interested to proceed further and asked about my funding details. I informed him ...
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Why do referees ask for a school list?

I asked a professor for a recommendation letter for my Ph.D. application, and she said something like Sure, I am willing to write you a letter. Can you send me your research statement and school list ...
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Is applying to "non-obvious" programs truly a good idea?

One professor at our institute gave all his students the same advice when it comes to Ph.D. application: apply to non-obvious programs at top universities. Here "obvious programs" refer to ...
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Does mentioning why I took a break after my MSc affect the chances of admission?

I had taken a year break after my masters, before seriously applying to PhD programs. The reason was that I was stressed and burnt out, especially during the COVID times, and wasn't ready for a PhD ...
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Is it legal for schools to use the same exam paper every year? [closed]

Is it legal for schools to use the same exam paper every year? I am asking because in my college for most of the subjects, teachers use the same exam paper from previous years. I mean ditto same. Now ...
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Recommendation letter from a faculty who lost affiliation

I'm currently applying for the Ph.D. programs in the United States. My academic instructor has been notified that he violated some immigration regulations (he is not U.S. resident) and he lost his ...
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Follow-up etiquette to potential PhD supervisor

a potential advisor I am interested in replied to my email regarding a PhD position in their lab about 10 days ago. They seemed interested in my background and ideas, and told me that they would be ...
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Should I Upload the Current Version of My Master's Thesis for PhD Application

I am currently a physics master's student and am applying to physics PhD programs this season. My master's defense will occur sometime after the application deadlines, and I will (hopefully) get ...
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Do admissions committees consider financial aspects of the candidate?

Recently, I posted a question about including humor in a personal statement for PhD school applications. In this question, I mentioned that I work full-time as a carpenter, in addition to working ...
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Humor in a personal statement

As I write personal statements for graduate school, I want to highlight my hard work through humor and also just show my personality. As someone who works full time (in order to fund my education) as ...
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which one is better to use for scholarship application: personal or institutional email?

should I use my university domain email to show the admission committee that I am an academic staff, or my personal email for scholarship application?
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What does it mean if the (German) PhD I applied for keeps extending its deadline?

The PhD position I am applying for has extended its deadline (fully funded PhD at a German university). This post has already been extended 4 times, the first deadline was 30 July, then 31 August, ...
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When struggling with an important course right before applying to grad school, is it better to withdraw or get a C grade?

I am a undergraduate economics student who is looking to apply to PhD statistics programs next year. I don't have the strongest math background because I started my undergraduate studies looking to go ...
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How should I format code words in my personal statement?

I'm applying to Master's programs for Statistics. In my personal statement, I mention the names of some R packages like car, ggvis, and effects when I talk about professors that I would be interested ...
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Choice of undergraduate courses impact in Computer Science PhD application [closed]

I’m currently a junior majoring in Computer Science with a Mathematics minor on a t20 school. Since sophomore year, I have been active in a ML research group and I’m considering in applying to grad ...
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Fail grade in transcript vs "not allotted" in transcript

I am an international student in my final year of Electrical Engineering. I enrolled in an RnD course last semester and tagged it as an honor course. This is a semester-long research project where you ...
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Can we consider the Stack Exchange Q & A process to be research? And can we refer to it on our cv/resume, etc. especially for admission & funding?

I have seen a definition of research in the Cambridge Dictionary. It says: a detailed study of a subject, especially in order to discover (new) information or reach a (new) understanding: Here we see ...
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If you did not get called for an interview, is it safe to assume that your Ph.D. application was not shortlisted? (Please see additional details.)

Last year, I submitted an application to a PhD program at a Canadian university. The university's website says that shortlisted applicants must expect to be interviewed in February 2022. If I don't ...
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Can a Software engineer with poor gpa working at a well-known company get admission to top US PhD CS/AI/Interdisciplinary program [duplicate]

Asking on behalf of someone, who wants to return to grad school after 20 Years in industry. Worked at AI/ML software engineering at Google/Facebook/Apple. Graduate gpa during MS (top-20 US college) is ...
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Will universities accept my application if IELTS score not arrive before deadline?

I will get my IELTS result on 25th November. My test centre told me, if I electronically send my IELTS score to my university, it generally takes around 10 business days. Now, even if I send my test ...
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Accept MA in art history with no funding and massive debt, or apply PhD fully-funded? [closed]

I am a very strong graduate candidate in art history with a 3.97 undergrade GPA and excellent research and writing skills. My recommdations are very strong with three professors attesting that I my ...
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Masters programs in UK: question regarding accepting more than one offer

I am an international student who is applying for a masters in the UK and has received one unconditional offer. That offer is not from not my first choice, however. I am still waiting for news other ...
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Why don't math grad schools in the U.S. use entrance exams?

Top math grad programs in the U.S. will receive tons of applications from people with excellent grades in grad or advanced undergrad math classes, high math subject GRE scores, and some research. No ...
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Thinking about taking another gap year for the study of physics but afraid how it would be perceived on my PhD application

Intended field of Research: Physics (Particle Physics or Quantum Physics) Country: India I became an undergrad in 2018 and my degree was supposed to be completed within 2021, but due to the pandemic ...
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Recommendation letter combination for PhD

I am currently pursuing master degree in Germany and is applying to US PhDs for 2023Fall. I have heard it for long that for PhD applications letters from professors in class are not of much use. But ...
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Is it common that professors let their PhD students transfer to universities in other countries?

I'm an international student. Last year, I got into a research programme and started working with a supervisor. I had a great relationship with this supervisor, and he encouraged me to pursue PhD ...
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Do odds of admission into competitive college increase for an international student if they have pre-existing qualifications in country?

Suppose I am an international student X living in country Y and I apply to university Z in a european country/developed asian country Q. Would my chance for admission into Z, if applied, depend ...
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Will pursuing master degree increase the chances of Ph.D. admissions if​ the Ph.D.​ is in different field than Undergraduate is the goal?

I am a Pure Physics and Pure Math graduate. I wanted to do Ph.D. in Computer Science on AI. I am currently a research assistant on AI. if my undergraduate is not related to my area interest for Ph.D., ...
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Can we stop looking at recommendation letters and rely purely on "objective" measurements during the admission process?

My question has different emphases from Why are recommendation letters highly relied upon?. As we know, the letter of recommendations are heavily relied upon in the process of university/graduate ...
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Unhappy with PhD - Can I use my research assistantship to switch field? Or do something else drastic?

I've just started a 2nd year of a PhD student at a UK 'Russel Group' uni - something I had dreamt about for ~decade. Half of my funding comes from a lab, half is from UKRI. Really naive, I know, but I ...

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