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Do people with masters degrees have an advantage over undergrads in PhD admissions?

The pool of applicants for a PhD program consists of people applying straight after undergrad, and also people who have done masters programs. Do students with masters degrees have an edge over ...
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Work History / Professional Experience Section of US Grad School Application - Listing Research Internships

I'm applying to biomedical sciences Ph.D. programs, and the applications typically allow me to type in my "Work History / Professional Experience." I know that undergraduate research would not fall ...
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PhD in Cryptography after Masters with experience

I hold a masters in mathematics and philosophy (emphasis on logic) and, for personal reasons, I will be joining the US Navy as an officer doing cryptology. I'm curious if I apply afterward to ...
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Applying to informal call for PhD students

My question is about PhD positions in computer science, in EU (non UK) countries. In many cases, websites of research groups/professors advertise PhD positions with something like: "We are constantly ...
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Should I send my AP scores from highschool to a graduate school I am applying to?

I scored a 3 on my Statistics test, and while it did not count for my undergraduate school as they only accept 4+, it would be a bonus when applying for a doctoral program in Clinical Psychology. ...
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Should an undergraduate summer research project be put under “employment history”?

I am currently filling out an application for gradute study, which includes a section on employment history. During my time as an undergraduate, I carried out two summer research projects in pure ...
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The Page Rank effect of Academic recommendations for Graduate School

I am an undergraduate who comes from a relatively small department, with moderate research activities being done around. We don’t have any research lab or dedicated research personnels in my field of ...
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I have stack-exchanged through my undergrad math program. Am I likely to succeed in mathematics PhD programs?

I'm currently a third-year mathematics student at a top-20 private research university in the US (though mostly known for the humanities). We have a small undergraduate mathematics department, but we ...
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What should I tell schools when my supervisor sent me a recommendation letter and said she has no time to upload it?

I'm applying for Ph.D. programs so I requested a recommendation letter from one of my supervisors in my master's program. She directly sent me a strong recommendation letter in the email but said she ...
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PhD Application in Mechanical Engineering Research in Computer Graphics

I want to apply for PhD program in mechanical engineering at Stanford. Furthermore, I want to conduct research in the area of computer vision and computer graphics with application to robotics, ...
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While applying for PhD in a particular topic, how useful is research in a different (maybe slightly related) topic?

I have done 2 research projects on a topic, say "A". But now I am changing my field of work slightly, to say topic "B", and will do my masters thesis on "B". How useful will my projects on "A" be ...
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Am I too old to do an MS in Finance?

I want to do a Masters in Finance. I am from India. I am 30 years old. I have seen that most people in masters programs in finance are less than 25 year old. I also don't have much in terms of ...
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Applying to an Econ PhD program as a software engineer? [closed]

I'm in a similar situation as this poster: https://economics.stackexchange.com/questions/16428/career-change-to-economics-from-software-engineering , but it doesn't look like anyone answered about ...
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Should I include a recommendation letter in my MS applications if it is not required?

I am considering my options for further Master-level studies in Europe (the goal being to improve my PhD application down the line). To summarize, my current transcript is weak, but I may be able to ...
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What is the most logical course of action if your P.I does not write you a letter of recommendation in time even though s/he said that s/he would?

Context: I am an undergrad, and working in a research group over 7 months now. I have asked my P.I (group leader) whether he would write me a recommendation letter one month before the deadline of ...
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Two people with very similar profile for grad school admissions

Is it a problem if two students from the same university with very similar profile (similar number of publications, similar grade range, as well as the same strongest letter writer) apply to the same ...
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Noting posters/presentations (formal project titles/dates/locations) essential for statements of purpose in US PhD programs?

I am applying to biomedical PhD programs in the US. I have taken part in 2 summer internships that resulted in poster sessions and presentations at local conferences. I have also taken part in ...
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Using prospective supervisor as reference for grad school application

I have completed my bachelor's degree and am currently in the process of applying to graduate school for a master's degree at the same (Canadian) university. The professor I would like to work with ...
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Will a professor always say so if they can't write a very strong letter of recommendation?

I am applying to graduate school currently, and all schools I've been looking at require a number of recommendation letters. I go to a fairly small school, so I've had many repeat professors. Thus, my ...
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Is it possible to be admitted to CS PhD programs (in the US) with scholarship at age 18?

I have a son (currently 16) who is a junior in computer science at a well-known university. We are Canadian. He is very passionate about AI research and has published several first-authored papers in ...
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Is it possible to do two PhD's in the same field one after another? [duplicate]

I am PhD student in an area of business in India. I am dissatisfied with the coursework and research guidance available at my university and feel that I won't be a very good PhD post completion of ...
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How much do European PhDs care about GPA?

I have an undergrad degree in field A and have a lot of skills that led to me doing research in field B (not a lot of crossover traditionally, but the lab skills are similar and the experiments I run ...
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Should I still apply for a phd if the PI can't confirm if he is able to fund?

I have found a potential advisor that is keen on advising me for Phd and has offered to fund me. However, he isn't sure if he has sufficient funds and budget to do so (something he is still figuring ...
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How to put the upcoming experience in Grad School Application?

I am applying for Masters program in Computer Science and hoping to specialize in AI/ML. I will be the Teaching Assistant (T.A) for Machine Learning class in the spring and most of the admissions ...
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Do I have a chance to be accepted for a political science master's despite a low CGPA?

I'm studying political science. My CGPA is awful at around 2.95, however, my GPA for the last fall, winter, and summer semester for my 3rd year have been 3.3, 4.0, 3.8 (I did really bad in first and ...
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In applying to graduate programs, what are best practices for proposing research to investigators before and during the application process?

I am a recent graduate of biochemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park and am currently working as a postbaccalaureate fellow at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. For context, I work in a ...
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To submit or not to submit GRE Scores for PhD programs in the United States [closed]

With the GREs being phased out of so many PhD applications in the sciences, I think this question is reasonably fresh. I have taken the GRE and scored in the 70 percentiles for verbal and math. I ...
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Should I ask my master's advisor and co-advisor for a recommendation letter?

I'm doing a master's, and I plan to start a PhD next year. All the admission processes I've checked so far require two or three recommendation letters. My question is: should I ask my advisor and co-...
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Should I take a “positive, but not enthusiastically strong” letter of recommendation?

I'm currently applying for a Masters degree in a competitive program, and most things on my application are going well. The problem I'm having is with securing a letter of recommendation - I have ...
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What do Grad Schools think about Pass/No Pass courses?

I am a physics major at UCLA with a busy schedule. I am currently taking 3 upper division physics courses every quarter while balancing 10-20 hours of research per week. I would like to learn more ...
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What is the best way to explain unrelated work in a Masters application?

I graduated in 2016 with degrees in Law and Arts, with Arts majors of International Relations and Criminology. Since then, I have been working as a corporate lawyer (specifically, insurance). I have ...
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Should I reveal academic misconduct on grad school application?

I am currently applying to grad schools due soon, and on the system I am using to apply to different schools, it asks whether an academic sanction has been levied against me. In my first year of ...
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Introducing myself to researchers from my dream school

I am applying to a PhD program in a few weeks, and I am also going to give a presentation at an upcoming international academic conference. I heard that a group of researchers from my dream school is ...
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Impact of a W for grad school if I'm changing majors?

I'm changing my major to philosophy from computer science in the middle of a semester, and I'm doing pretty poorly in one of my math classes. My advisor told me it would be a good idea to drop it ...
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Regarding asking for writing about some courses in my CV in which I got bad grades due to my non interest in those courses

I am a masters student in an Asian country and I am looking for applying for PHD Position in Europe in pure mathematics. During my masters in my Institute I had a lot of applied maths courses and in ...
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PhD after bachelor's degree timeline [closed]

I'm currently in the last year (aka 3rd - 2019/2020) of my bachelor's degree, and I'm planning to apply for a PhD in the US, just after earning my degree. Assuming everything goes nicely for me, then ...
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Citations in graduate school applications [closed]

One of my graduate school application question asks me to analyze an economic/ social problem and give solutions. For this question, I need to use facts and statistics in my essay. In such case, do i ...
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How to refer to relationship with a “research mentor” in PhD application?

This professor is not my official thesis supervisor. I have taken his class. I often discuss research with him and has sent him my work which he read and discussed with me in depth. So he is going to ...
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Order of a PhD application in the United States

I am applying to biomedical science PhD programs and have been working on personal statements for a while now. Many of the programs seem to have a very similar lineup with how they want the statement ...
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How should I answer a question about my “personal goals” when being considered for a graduate position?

I'm applying for a graduate position. One professor answered my email and asked me some questions. Two of them are listed below: What are your short- and long-term academic/professional goals? ...
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Have there been any recent studies on the effect of age on PhD success rates in the US?

I think the title is fairly self-explanatory. I am wondering if any recent studies (past 20 years or so) have been published that look at possible correlations between age and the 'success rate' of ...
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How can I address a fail in course when applyin graduate schools?

I am applying for HCI/UX graduate programs in the US as an undergraduate student with a major in architecture in China. However, I failed an Architectural Dynamics course in sophomore year because I ...
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Should I just move on if a professor doesn't answer my emails requesting a letter of recommendation?

I've asked a professor who I did research with over the summer to write me a letter a recommendation for graduate programs, but he hasn't responded for over a week. I've resent him an email and have ...
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Does work experience in non-related field help in grad school admissions?

USA: Does work experience help for graduate admissions non-phd in STEM fields? Someone told me yes, because if I already have a job, the grad school can be assured that I'll have a job after ...
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Do you need a bachelor's degree to get a master's degree? [closed]

Can you ignore the core curriculum at your university and still get into graduate school?
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GED instead of finishing school [closed]

Are there any drawbacks to dropping out of school and completing a GED instead of finishing and getting a diploma? I am in the midwest United States and am currently unemployed. I would eventually ...
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Pure math grad school applications - low Subject GRE score

Background: I am a senior at a (fairly prestigious) university in the United States, and I am applying to PhD programs in the country for pure math, aiming as high as I can. I am majoring in ...
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Recommendation letters when changing between two unrelated fields

I was a humanities major in undergrad and am now applying for a master's in engineering. The program I'm considering is a three-year MS that explicitly targets students without engineering backgrounds....
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For those who study in the humanities, have I made a mistake in doing my Master's abroad?

I'm an American student currently earning a Master's in American cultural studies in Germany. Why study American culture in Germany? Firstly, I wouldn't have been able to afford a U.S. Master's in ...
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What is some pre-requisite information one should know before applying to a CS grad school in the US? [closed]

I am a junior who is going to apply to a CS grad school(hoping to specialize in programming language theory) next fall. I had some generic questions about the admissions process that is not so easy ...