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Is it possible for a professor to write a negative letter of recommendation?

Is it possible for a professor to write for an undergraduate student who is applying for a graduate program, a negative letter of recommendation? More like a minor criticism? If so doesn't this affect ...
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failing a lower division class - impact on grad admissions?

I am a third year math major at a top 30 US university. I fear that I may have destroyed my chances for graduate school (or perhaps I am being dramatic). I would really appreciate if someone could ...
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Are all graduate Guaranteed Admission Programs the same?

I've been researching the various GAPs, Early Assurance Progs, etc. There is enough overview information on applying and the requirements, but what happens after a student is accepted into the program?...
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PhD Offers: Rejecting an American University after having accepted it to go to a British University? [closed]

Question: I accepted a PhD offer from an American University (AU) on 14th April, but just received an offer from a British University (BU) today, on 24th May. Should I turn down AU right now to go to ...
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What does preliminary degree overview mean?

I am reviewing the documents needed for a graduate program application. One of the documents is degree certificate. But for those who have not yet received it, it is stated that they can upload ...
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How to write Master's thesis summary for PhD application

I am currently applying for several PhD programs (in mathematics) and for many of them, it is required to write a short (approx. 2 pages; no more than 10.000 characters) summary of my Master's thesis. ...
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Should I mention recovered depression in my SOP for grad school? [duplicate]

I am currently working as a software engineer for two years, and recently I decides to apply for grad school. One thing that I am worried about is that my transcript looks terrible in the last year of ...
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I'm the 1st author of a paper in a top conference in my field, and even then my PhD application got rejected from 5 out of 6 programs, is this normal?

It got me so disappointed because I thought the publication experience was the most crucial part of the application, and, as far as I could tell, not that many students in the universities I applied ...
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Right time to reach professors requesting to be my guide in Ph. D

I am completing my masters in a few months, and going for a job. I want to pursue my doctorate after 3-4 years of working. Is it better to speak with professors now, if they want to be my guide once I ...
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What factors to consider when visiting universities that you have received offers from when making a decision?

I am an economics undergraduate, and I applied abroad for my master’s. Luckily, I was admitted to two top schools – one in Germany, other in France. I have spoken with students from both schools, ...
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Am I making a mistake by going to a "mid-tier" program?

I work in industry. I applied to a good mid-tier biochemistry PhD program and was accepted. College buddies, who are now grad students at prestigious programs are advising me to break my word/signed ...
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Is it possible to get into a masters program at an ivy league school in the US without a bachelors degree?

Due to a bad home life and an un-diagnosed attention disorder, I dropped out of high school in 10th grade. After teaching myself some things about computers, I got a job as a mid-level (L4) engineer ...
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Valuing Proprietary Research for Grad Admissions

I am a second-year Math and CS undergraduate in the US. I am beginning to consider my prospects for graduate school, or possibly industry research. My research experience thus far is from an ...
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I attended a top institute in India, but got very poor grades. Is there any path forward toward a PhD in Europe?

I messed up in my university even in courses related to my field of interest. The main problem was lack of discipline: I would alternate between high-intensity periods where I only stopped to sleep ...
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What are the chances of getting admitted in top school for Applied Math PhD? [duplicate]

I am currently doing in master program in Math Education. I am planning to apply to PhD program for the fall 2023. I hold a bachelor of education in physical and mathematical sciences with GPA of 3.71/...
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PhD-Application: After how many weeks (approximately) is it fine to ask the committee if I didn't receive any decision?

I have applied for a PhD position at a university in UK at the end of January (in time before the deadline, which was also at the end of January). Shortly after, I was invited to an interview, which (...
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Today is April 26th, and I still haven't received any response concerning my application to 2 Ph.D. programs. Is this normal?

I also tried contacting both schools, but they fail to give me a clear answer concerning the status of my application. Also tried looking on the application page on the site of both universities, but ...
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I want to change PhD programs because the city is unsafe, how do I approach this?

I am an international grad student in a middle-tier mathematics PhD program in the USA. I am still in my first year. Soon after joining the program I realized there is no active faculty who works ...
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Role of algebraic topology in number theory or algebraic geometry [closed]

I am an undergraduate student, broadly interested in number theory and algebraic geometry. As group cohomology and related things are an integral part of modern number theory and algebraic geometry, I ...
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Open University Physics Department and Master's Degree in EU [closed]

I would like to ask if anyone here has finished the UK Open University's degree in Physics and has successfully applied for a master's degree. With this question, I want to make sure that by applying ...
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Declining PhD offer after accepting

I’ve been in the process of deciding on a PhD program for a while now and last week I thought I had made the right decision, so I went through with it and accepted the offer. For background, the ...
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I'm still being waitlisted after April 15th, is this a rejection?

It's April 16th today, most applicants should have made their final decision for graduate school. However, earlier this year, I was interviewed by a very prestigious university in the US for their ECE ...
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Masters if not accepted for PhD? [closed]

Several CS graduate programs in the US have a checkbox stating something along the lines of "Would you like to be considered for MS if not accepted for PhD?" in their applications. I'm ...
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Switching from physics to math PhD with NSF GRFP

I will graduate this semester with a bachelor's degree in physics (in the US). I applied for PhD programs in physics, but have come to realize (rather late in the process) that I want to pursue a PhD ...
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Does age matter in graduate application? [duplicate]

At what age is it too late to pursue graduate studies? Does age matter in graduate application? How would potential supervisors think of candidates who are older than themselves?
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Accept MA in art history with no funding and massive debt, or apply PhD fully-funded?

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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What should I choose between the Georgia Tech MSCS and CMU MCDS programs? [closed]

I am admitted to both the Georgia Tech MSCS (Specialization in Machine Learning), and the CMU MCDS programs. Georgia Tech costs me around 30k USD while CMU costs me 120k USD. Both are 1.5 year long. ...
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University admission offer

I have applied to some US and European universities, which all have somewhat different acceptance timelines. I was offered a graduate student position with certain funding at a US university. There is ...
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Appropriate time gap for contacting a professor after an interview

I had an interview for a research-based master's program in Canada over a month ago. Since the interview, I have not received any updates from the professor. What would be an appropriate time to wait ...
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Why would a post-graduate interviewer care about my knowledge regarding their school?

I was interviewed a few days ago for a master degree and the interviewer asked me questions about the degree and the school in general. Some questions were about the learning method they use, the ...
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Thoughts on graduate school application consultant?

I plan to apply to graduate programs to get a master's degree. My undergraduate GPA isn't impressive (3.067, can I round that to 3.1 on my résumé?). I completed a certificate program in geographic ...
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Did my master's thesis advisor made a dent in my PhD applications by putting factually wrong information about me in the LORs'? [closed]

Edit 1 : I think this question should be reopened. It had been closed by giving the reason that this question is strong dependent on individual factors. But I had added enough information while asking ...
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Should I write a third e-mail to prospective supervisor? [duplicate]

I am a student from 3rd world Asian Country and want to do a PhD in Pure mathematics. I wrote to prospective supervisors of UK and France on 22 December, 2021 (I have never met any of them before). ...
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Why would a German state-funded PhD training program exclude master degree holders from applying?

I have come across this iGRAD-Plant PhD program for early career scientists in plant biology, which is a joint effort of the Heinrich Heine University, Research Center Jülich and the Graduate Program ...
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Should I ask the program coordinator regarding an offered PhD TAship for 11 months?

I have been offered a Ph.D. position in the USA where the offer says 'the admission comes with an 11 month per year teaching assistantship that carries a $2,000/month stipend, health insurance, and a ...
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Is it possible to enter a competitive PhD program with a mediocre GPA and several publications? [duplicate]

I'm intending to apply to biostatistics PhD programs this fall and can't stop worrying about the fact that I'll almost certainly have a lower-than-average GPA (< 3.5) when I apply to the ...
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Potential PhD Advisor wants to know my decision to accept or not before the 04/15 deadline

I received an offer from a top US engineering Ph.D. Program. Let's say this is Program A. I also have another offer program B. Currently, I am waiting on program C's decisions. The potential advisor ...
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Can I do a PhD in Management with an MBA and without a Bachelor's degree? [closed]

I have dropped out from my Bachelor's studies in Aerospace Engineering after succesfuly completing 1st year. Then I worked in Marketing, until I became Marketing Director of my company. I have ...
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Giving profile updates to a potential supervisor

I had been interviewed for a research-based master's position two weeks ago. Since then, I have submitted two papers to top-tier venues in my field. Additionally, a few days before the interview, I ...
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Communication change from pre-application to post-application for admission

I reached out to a contact listed on a department graduate page at a university two Fridays ago, expressing my interest in the program and asking questions. I was amazed that not only did he reply two ...
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If you did not get an informal notice of admission when other applicants did, can you assume that your application was probably denied?

I am an international applicant to a graduate program in Canada. I found out last week that at least one domestic applicant already received an informal email from the admissions team informing them ...
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Pursuing a PhD on major of mathematical biology with an irrelevant bachelors degree

I am 29 years old and have majored in political science and obtained a B.A. degree with it. I'm asking this question since I want to ask for some advice about in what case would there be any ...
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Being considered for a PhD program I didn't apply to but then experiencing radio silence [closed]

I had an interview for a Ph.D. Biostatistics program at a US university. Later, I received an unofficial rejection email from the interviewer after I asked him about my status. However, during the ...
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Followed up on a reference, but no answer. Should I directly get in contact with professor? Also, continue searching for supervisors and applying?

I have a couple dilemmas. One, I'm submitting an application for an M.Sc. program and required two references. I had good experiences in both labs I worked with, so both professors were willing to ...
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If someone doesn't get into a graduate program/postdoc, or a grant, etc, how are they supposed to know why?

So that they can do better next time. There's usually no transparency or explanation of why they were rejected.
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GRE scores expired after applications window, but before admissions offer?

As part of PhD applications, I shared a copy of my unofficial GRE test scores from a test I took approximately 5 years ago (using a PDF from the ETS that shows the date I took the test.) Now several ...
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Can I defer a PhD program for a year to complete another degree (medical reason)?

I'm in a master's program and have already completed my bachelor's, which is the only formal requirement for doctoral study for my program. The first semester went great and I received top marks. This ...
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Do mathematicians look down on interest in logic and philosophy?

Would it hurt graduate admissions chances if I went to a logic REU or took upper-level philosophy courses? I go to a small school that doesn't offer graduate-level mathematics. What if I applied to ...
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Double Majoring in CS and Math for a PhD in Theoretical Computer Science?

I'm a undergrad in CS and Math. My plan for college and beyond is to double major in Computer Science and Math, go to industry for a couple years then get a masters in Comp/Electrical engineering. ...
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Should I send a 3rd e-mail to prospective supervisors in France and Australia? [duplicate]

Edit 1: My question has been closed as duplicate of following question:How to follow up with a prospective supervisor in such condition? But it is not a duplicate because this question asks for those ...
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