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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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Template for follow up mail after no response for a letter of recommendation?

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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should I disclose 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Indicating professors from a different department in a PhD application statement of purpose

I am applying for US PhD's this December. I have a BS in mechanical engineering and an MS in artificial intelligence. The common advice is to mention advisors you would like to work for in the ...
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Common platform for submitting reccomendations for grad school

I get requested by 5 to 6 students every year to give a reccomendation for admission to graduate school. I find that the typical student applies to 6 to 8 universities. Most of the schools send a ...
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Would it be helpful to submit more letters of recommendation than required for a US PhD application in my situation?

I am applying to several grad schools in the US for a PhD in math and most of them require three letters of recommendation. None of them mention that only three letters or no more than three letters ...
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How do universities validate race declarations?

In the US, competition for admission to elite universities (whether for an PhD, MA, BA, or even for a position as a professor) is fierce. Race is a more or less official consideration in admissions. ...
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Letter of Recommendation for PhD application

I am applying for Ph.D. in the United States. During my undergrad, I had worked with a postdoc in the research lab I was working. Presently, the postdoc student has joined an esteemed university as an ...
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Applying to Math PhD programs from Weak Undergraduate [duplicate]

First, some information about me. I’m a senior at a small liberal arts school at the US (I will be graduating in 3 years because I took a bunch of college courses in high school), and my heart is set ...
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Does Relevant Industry Experience help with PhD application in US for Applied Science Fields? [duplicate]

I am now pursuing a master in Optics in Germany and decide to apply to PhD programs of Optics/Applied Physics/ECE in US for 2023fall. My research interest is on experimental quantum information. Here ...
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mistake in graduate application

I have submitted an phd application, and I made a made a mistake by instead of setting the degree conferral date to 2023, I did to 2022, can I send them an email they will give me a second chance to ...
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Industry's authenticated person could be contacted by admission committee like professors (who given me lor)

I have an industry 4 years industry experience after masters. Now I want to do PhD in USA. My question is that PhD admission committee will cross verify my industry experience letter by contacting the ...
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Enquiring graduate admission on status of PhD application [duplicate]

The physics PhD program at the American school I am applying to has offered early admissions, and would evaluate PhD applicants whose admission forms are completed by October 17th for Preliminary ...
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Concerns when applying to a Mathematics PhD with a physics degree [duplicate]

I'm a physics graduate from a Southern Asian country interested in starting a PhD in mathematics in a US institution. I have some concerns about the lack of Analysis and Algebra honors level courses ...
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Can I still mention a project as research project if it was/will not be published in my cv for graduate studies application?

I have done several projects with novel approaches to some problems during my computer science undergraduate studies. Some are course projects but still novel algorithms. These projects have not been ...
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How to put a paper which is part of conference proceedings and a book chapter in CV/resume/SOP etc

I participated in an AI competition and as a part of my submission, I submitted a paper about my solution. This paper was part of a conference (held alongside the main conference), and the competition ...

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