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Do I have a chance to get into a great cs grad school?

I am an undergrad from India from a good university( not IIT,NIT). Our GPA is calculated on a different percentage scale and mine is 73-75% which is a very good score according to our system. My GRE ...
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Is there other way to get into more advanced study of math, with a low GPA?

I am a second-year undergraduate majoring in mathematics. In my first year of studies, I didn't do really well on my exams and therefore my results were not good, with a GPA at around 2. I didn't ...
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Is is possible to study mathematics PHD with another bachelor degree like Business Administration? [duplicate]

Is it possible to enrol in a mathematics PhD program with a bachelor degree in Business Administration? Have you heard of someone doing something similar and if yes, how did they do it? I am a BBA ...
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Mentor trying to be first author?

I was on an internship with professor A at University B in China. We were working on a computer science project. During the internship I implemented professor A's idea and got some results. Three ...
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How to ask an university for application selection result before accepting an offer from another university?

I have an offer from one university and still awaiting results from others. How to approach other universities and ask them about my application status so that I receive my selection / rejection ...
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Should my withdrawals be included on my transcripts for graduate admissions?

When I first started college out of high school I attended a university for a few months before withdrawing. I received all W's on the transcript from that school. I am now about to graduate from a ...
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Can departmental funding combine with fellowships/grants?

In trying to plan for the future and decide on preferred programs and career paths, I'm trying to figure out the seemingly Byzantine nature of how academic funding sources interact. I am particularly ...
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Admission in research based Master's/Doctoral programme with a bachelor's from a low-ranked University in India

I applied in Master's programmes in Europe / Asia (mostly Germany) this year and most of them were rejected or are still pending. My GPA in the Bachelor's is 7.19 / 10 while my TOELF iBT score is 100 /...
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How do I get admission into Msc programmes with bad undergraduate results? [duplicate]

I have a horrible undergraduate transcript with 2/4 GPA. I yearn to get into Msc programme in Computer Science / Information Systems. I have been rejected multiple times. What can I do to improve my ...
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How important are the grades compared to the cover letter when applying for a Ph.D?

Some months ago I finished my MSc. I immediately started to send several applications for Ph.D vacancies. So far I've spent a lot of time in doing this, but there is only one place that did not reject ...
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Advantages of delaying/accelerating PhD application

I'm an Australian maths undergraduate student, and our academic year ends at the beginning of December. I understand that PhDs in the USA (and elsewhere?) generally start before this time, about ...
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Do non-academic extra curricular activities matter for grad school applications?

I just got into a PhD program and was asked to give a presentation to my juniors regarding grad school applications. In my country (Asia region), people are fanatical about non-academic extra ...
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Expected undergraduate semesters and requirements for graduate students

I have been wondering recently about how graduate schools and in general anyone who reviews my academic record views coops. By coop, I mean a semester taken off from undergraduate studies to work in a ...
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Are law review publications helpful for gaining acceptance into a PhD program?

I'm currently finishing up my J.D., and I plan on practicing law for at least a few years. However, I'm also considering returning to school to study CS. In the meantime, I plan on researching and ...
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Is GRE really required to get into a good university for MS in CS [duplicate]

I am a software engineer with 2 years of experience. I am very passionate about software and technology. I code the whole day, creating applications that my friends and I can use. Now I have left my ...
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Delaying grad school vs. going to lower-ranked school

I'm currently a senior who wants to get a PhD in physics. However, I may only have the chance to go to a school which has a strong professor in a certain area, but the school itself is not highly ...
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Can you sign more than 1 Master Promissory Note Concurrently?

I am in the process of choosing a Master's program. I have been approved for one program, but I'm still waiting to hear back from two other schools. The school that approved me said that they need ...
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Difficulty in admission to online software engineering graduate programs

I am currently in my junior year of undergraduate work at Creighton University and have found out that my employer may possibly pay for me to work towards a Master's degree. I don't know all the ...
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Will withdrawing from a graduate program, affect my future admissions applications?

I am in an MS program at a big university in the US, where I pay my own tuition. I am not happy with the quality of education I am getting at this university. I am thinking that after this quarter ...
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Asking a PhD interviewer about preparation

I am having a PhD interview at a university in the US. The application procedure didn't involve submitting a research proposal, so I am not very sure what kind of questions I should expect. A ...
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How to evaluate undergrad CS programs when eventually aiming for PhD?

My daughter has a strong interest in theoretical computer science, and she has just been admitted to several different universities as a freshman. She is just a bright student, not a genius, with a ...
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As someone with low grades how can I prepare myself to study MSc in CS in USA?

I have completed Bachelor in IT from a third world country in 2008. I have achieved 49% marks. I am 30 and working in a bank. Now I want to study MSc in CS in the USA and eventually PhD. I believe ...
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Graduate school and students with learning disabilities

I'm looking to apply to a Ph.D program in mathematics. I was going to apply last year, but ended up getting cold feet because I wasn't sure how having a learning disability would affect (1) being ...
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How many research interests should be included in a statement of purpose/objective

I am wondering how many research interest should be included in a statement of purpose. Is it better to include just one core interest or to include up to three as in my case?
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Issue on conditional PhD admission

I am an international student who has recently been officially admitted to a prestigious school in USA as a PhD candidate. I have sent them my transcript except my last year, which I was passing my ...
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Asked to Apply to another Program

I recently received a rejection letter from one of my top colleges for graduate studies. In addition to the standard rejection letter(for Program 1), I got another note from the chair of another ...
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PhD Research under guide/advisor of a different department

I am a physics undergrad, who is also interested in pure mathematics. I am not very sure what I want to pursue for my PhD. Though I have specific interests in each of the two, and also inter-linked ...
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Unhappy with my PhD program in my home country, thinking about applying to another university in UK

My problem is a bit unusual and I would love to get some advice… I'm a first year PhD student in social-sciences and I already got my proposal approved. I moved back to my home country (where I am ...
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Semester units versus credit hours

This graduate policy handbook states "A master’s student may transfer up to 4 semester units or 6 quarter units of course work completed as a graduate student at another institution." In this ...
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Getting into PhD programme when having not the best grades due to personal issues

I have studied Physics (Diploma) and since 3 years I work as a Software Engineer. But I am starting to miss the high degree of intellectual challenge. So I am thinking to go back to academia. ...
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Unsolicited CVs from grad school applicants - ignore or try to help?

I am a graduate student in physics and every other month or so I get an e-mail from someone who wants a grad school or even postdoc position. These e-mails often start out "Dear Professor (my name)," (...
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Math PhD application process

I expect to be graduating with a maths BSc (with an honours year, in Australia) in the not-too-distant future. I’d like to pursue a PhD in pure maths, with the view of becoming a research ...
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Can the publication conference choice affect one's admission to a new academic job?

Sometimes, I have been noticing some postdoc open position announcements that, besides the usual prerequisites (PhD, an excellent CV, programming skills, etc.), asked the candidates to have ...
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Importance of GPA and GRE scores for grad school admissions

I was reading the following article by Mathew Might. HOWTO: Get into grad school for science, engineering, math and computer science I saw the following the paragraph What doesn't matter GPA? ...
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How do I plan for my PhD now that I have graduated with a Masters degree without thesis?

A bit of background: I am an Indian citizen with an undergraduate degree in Electronics from India and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science (Funny, it is called ...
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Phd Decision Date Gaps?

2 schools I applied to accepted me in early Feb. The other schools I applied to have yet to respond and their sites say their admission decisions typically occur mid-march. Is it accepted to contact ...
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Having a low tier publication as an undergraduate student?

Is a good thing for an undergraduate student to publish in a low-tier conference as first author ? Or should the student avoid from such places and only publish in atleast reputable places ? If it is ...
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I was rejected from my dream graduate school…what should I do?

I applied to a prestigious university in the States for my PhD but was unfortunately rejected. I had a great undergraduate track record... but still didn't quite make it. The faculty I really, really ...
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Would getting a faster MSc instead of just BSc affect admission chances for PhD?

I will try to describe my situation briefly. The university I'm currently studying at offers a 4-year Bachelor program in mathematics. I am currently in my 3rd year and the program for the 4th year ...
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Acceptance into graduate math programs

I have been hearing different views about my likelihood of getting accepted into a math graduate program. Which of the following factors contribute most to the acceptance of a non-math ...
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Does previous participation in Google Summer of Code help when applying for a Master's program?

Does participation in Google Summer Of Code help when applying for a Master's program ? Irrespective of the fact whether your project is directly related to the area for which you are applying or not.
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Is it ethical/acceptable to take courses for the sole purpose of getting a reference letter?

I am interested in going back for my masters. While I have been accepted by a masters program (quite a while ago) previously, I am looking at another university and require a fresh set of references. ...
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Statement of Purpose in Graduate School Application

First, I hope this isn't the wrong place to put a question like this. I have a very specific graduate school question. I graduated last spring with my BS and intended to go to graduate school. I ...
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Advantage of pure maths courses in transcript for physics grad school

Are there an advantages of doing courses in pure maths (master level) courses, if you want to apply to physics grad school for a phd in areas such as string theory, or high energy physics? Apart from ...
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Undergraduate research field different from PhD field

I am a Physics undergrad who is interested in pursuing a PhD in pure maths in the future (algebraic geometry/topology) but I am a bit unsure. My question is quite general, and I don't wish to provide ...
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When changing fields from undergrad to PhD, which department should recommendation letters come from?

I am a physics undergrad who has worked with profs mostly on areas in Quantum field theory, string theory. However, my interests have changed slightly over the areas, and now I want to pursue a PhD in ...
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Industry certifications as program entrance requirements?

I've noticed several academic programs that require, or accept in lieu of more traditional entrance evaluations, industry credentials for admissions. Is there a comparative analysis of programs that ...
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Will a self-designed major lower my chance of acceptance for graduate school?

I am in the process of designing a major. However, I am worried that using a self-designed major can make an application look bad. As it stands, this potential major is about 70% computer science ...
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What should someone who has been rejected from all PhD programs do to improve their application for later admissions cycles?

I tried asking this question in cstheory.stackexchange.com but it was closed and it seems like this question is more appropriate here. I am an undergraduate and an American citizen who recently ...
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Is there any chance for a person with BSc in mathematics to get into good graduate level theoretical physics program?

I am a mathematics major without any undergraduate level courses in physics. I am lately interested in physics. Is there any chance for me to go into good theoretical physics graduate program without ...