Questions tagged [graduate-school]

On schools that award advanced academic degrees, such as masters and doctoral degrees. This tag is mainly for questions about the structure and organization of a graduate school or the fundamental experience of being a graduate student. Do not use this tag for questions about research in graduate school (use [research] instead), coursework in graduate school (use [coursework] instead), gaining admissions to graduate school (use [graduate-admissions]), etc.

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Trying to volunteer as a research assistant post-Master's and not having any success so far

I'm an MS in CompSci grad who wants to do a PhD someday. The one thing I don't have from my time in undergrad and MS is significant research experience. Of course, I did undergrad research but was ...
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Testing out of Undergraduate Major Requirements [closed]

Background I am a pending transfer student (incoming undergraduate sophomore) at various universities. I plan on pursuing a double major in math and physics. Now, I believe that I am proficient in ...
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PhD supervisor is extremely “hands-off”: How can I get better feedback for my research projects and cope with this situation?

I'm currently a PhD student at a US University. The relationship between my advisor and me is extremely hands off, and she only contacts me to help write grants and to review papers. While she does ...
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Is it common in academia to not have any written “contract” when you get a scholarship?

If you are been accepted into a Master's program which grants a scholarship to its participants, they just send you a letter outlining the scholarship in a brief manner. Is this common in academia? ...
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Should I reach out to a potential PhD supervisor about applying when they have a relationship with my current PhD supervisor?

I've had a really bad relationship with my supervisor since I started. I've even had to take time off to get a mental reprieve from everything that was happening. At this point, I really want to go ...
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Chances of admission/how to overcome limited research experience

applying to PhD programs this coming cycle (MIT, Stanford + a few others) and wanted some advice on how to make up for lack of publications. Some details have been intentionally left vague: Raw ...
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Should I add my InsideSherpa virtual internship experience under 'work experience' or 'certifications' on my CV? [closed]

Should I add my InsideSherpa virtual internship experience under 'work experience' or 'certifications' on my CV? It mentions "virtual internship", but it's more like a step-by-step guided course.
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Is Relocating Necessary in Academia?

Despite experiencing a lot of drama and negativity at my university, I love my city and hate the idea of relocating. Sometimes I even think of reapplying there just so I could stay in this city (this ...
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Should I hide certain education history on my CV/resume? [duplicate]

Apologize in advance if it is not suitable for this site. I consider asking this in workplace exchange, but I think people on this site are more familiar with similar situation. For obvious reasons I ...
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Before entering into a computational research PhD, should one gain strong coding & software engineering skills?

Main Question: Should someone gain good computer programming skills/experience through a software engineering job before entering a 5-year PhD program in Computer Science (Tentative specialization: ...
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Can i still get a P.h.D at an Ivy league school? [duplicate]

my Undergraduate GPA was 3.15 / 4.00 degree in Computer Science in the United Kingdom My Master GPA is 3.952 / 4.00 degree in Data Analytics and Visualisation in the united states intended ...
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Is Computational Social Science better as a degree or as a field of research for various disciplines to collaborate in? [closed]

I'd like to go to grad school, but I've been dragging my feet on it for so long (I'm three years out of college, with a Bachelors in Computer Science) because the sound of traditional CS research ...
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Asking about the pre-master programs [closed]

I heard about Kaplan's pre-master program. I just don't understand about it much even though I emailed the HR, their answer is very broad. I'm about to receive a master degree in computational ...
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How do you deal with the ridiculous catch 22 to get into grad school [closed]

I have applied for a second round of 100% rejections and needless to say I am not feeling great about it. What I am especially angry/frustrated about is that neat little sentence every rejection ...
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What should I do if I'm trying to go into academic from a mostly non-academic background?

I have finished an undergraduate programme in Biology, and went on to do a Masters in Global Health. The problem is that I don't really have any articles of thesis to show. My undergraduate ...
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The Downsides of Doing Undergraduate, Masters, PhD at the same institution

A bit of background: I attend University A. I have done all of my studying so far at University A. I completed my undergraduate degree in Faculty 1, I will complete my masters in Faculty 2, and I am ...
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What universities (especially in the USA) prohibit or restrict duplicate advanced degrees? [closed]

For example, University of California - Berkeley says The Graduate Council views academic degrees as evidence of broad research training, not as vocational training certificates; therefore, ...
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Very highly regarded (but also very abrasive) secondary PhD supervisor - how much should I involve him in my project?

I'm doing a PhD and I have two people listed down as my supervisors for the project, who I will call supervisors A and B. I get on really well with supervisor A, he makes constructive suggestions in a ...
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Feeling like a failure because of a class

I am a PhD student in the area of CS/math. My dream (for a long time) is to develop an academic career, and I work really hard (like any of us) to achieve that. This semester I am taking a class ...
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Professor stopped responding to emails suddenly. What should I do? [closed]

I am an MS student in France. It is commonplace here to seek out professors from other universities or scientists at research centres to do the MS thesis under them, which is usually during the final ...
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Letter of recommendation from a professor with whom I took a class

I understand that there are many posts similar to this, however I believe (upon reading other posts), that this thread would not be redundant. I am an undergrad currently applying to grad schools and ...
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Classmate is being deported - how could I politely offer to buy their furniture? [migrated]

My classmate is being deported from the U.S. due to visa issues and has no intentions of returning in the coming years - they plan to join a lab at university in their home country. They're really ...
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Could a student with plagiarism in assignment get a high grade in a class? [closed]

This semester I took a course and the prof is very restrict with the assignments, I had special circumstances (due to my research and my displacement), which required me to commute between cities to ...
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From computational mathematics to abstract mathematics

I graduated with a bachelor in math/physics with a cgpa of 2.74/4.00 but didn't study many courses of abstract mathematics mostly computational math . I applied for a master's in the same Uni. and ...
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Master thesis advisor gave me an ill-defined question. I worked on it for a year!

My master thesis advisor gave me an ill-defined question. His expertise is in mathematical optimization, but he wanted to shift to heuristic optimization so he assigned all his graduate students ...
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From an undergrad school of Math to a grad school of Computing just to learn Computable Analysis — What are the consequences? [closed]

I am Park Shinhwan (박신환) from Korea University. I am a senior undergraduate student. First, I have to mention that the topic of the undergrad school I'm in is not exactly Mathematics. It was ...
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How difficult is it to switch majors going from a BA to MA/Phd?

A few years ago, I received a BA in English. While I was studying my focus on English, however, shifted when I took a class on literary theory in the latter half of my 3rd year, which inspired in me a ...
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If I drop out of a PhD program, do I have to pay back the university?

I recently accepted a PhD program offer of roughly $21,000 for a year (2 semesters) of TA work. I will be attending a university in the USA, and I am studying computer science, if that affects the ...
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Which university's diploma certificate is the most aesthetically pleasing? [closed]

I read this quote from a user forum that says "The nicest-looking diplomas usually come from diploma mills" Hence this question: which university issues diplomas that could typically be considered ...
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Is an undergraduate thesis a requirement to get into grad school?

I'm about to start my last term as engineering student, and my goal after I graduate is to get into grad school and pursue a master's degree in Computer Science or software development. However, my ...
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Having trouble responding to professors' emails due to anxiety,

I have crippling anxiety around "authority figures", and I'm irrationally deathly afraid to the point where I will cry in a room when alone with them, likely due to my upbringing, namely, always being ...
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How Competitive is applying as a graduate Special Student to a Ivy League university? [closed]

Some people say that it is easy to get into a Ivy League school by applying as a special student. Others say it is just as competitive or is looked down upon. If an individual has the resources to ...
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How to negociate your grade wih prof who is discriminating? [closed]

I am a grad level student and took my last course this semester. We had several assiged him better since he is advising that student. What would you do a prof grade you less than what you expected? ...
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Is it recommended to invest in stocks as a typical broke graduate students? [closed]

I openly admit that I am financial illiterate and for most of my life neither know about nor cared about investing. I am currently doing research in a field that is tangentially, but not exactly ...
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How to ask for a letter of rec from a first semester professor in a masters' program?

How to ask for a letter of rec to apply for PhD prospectively from a first semester professor in a masters' program who I won't take any future courses with? Assume I receive an A but I'll never take ...
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Did not get into the desired grad school, what should I do? [closed]

So I'm about to graduate from a university in the U.K., and my grad school application did not go perfectly. I got an offer from a top 10 (globally and in the U.S. domestically) math program, however, ...
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Why do UK universities often have Classics and History MA courses separated?

In many UK universities Classics courses (study/research of the history and culture of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations) are singled out and presented distinct from History courses. They even ...
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Switching fields after MA

I am a Ph.D. student at a top 15 program in my current social science field, I'll call it field X. My research is interdisciplinary standing at the intersection of field X and another field Y. I ...
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How to Get Into European Grad School in Journalism with a Low GPA

I'm wondering if someone can advise. I have a BA in Literature and a pretty low GPA under 3.0 from 2008. I've worked in varied industries, teaching (preschool, ESL) and IT (Data Analysis). I want ...
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Assessing a potential supervisor who had a fallout with a previous PhD student

I am a PhD student and I have been thoroughly searching for future supervisors. I have been speaking with current PhD students about a certain professor to get to know more about them, and they let ...
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Switching to academia from industry in a world during/after COVID [closed]

EDIT: Thank you to all those who commented asking for more clarity in the question - it pushed me to think harder. My apologies for a lack of clarity, I hope the community would understand as this ...
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Accepting a graduate program. Enrollment in two graduate programs? Transferring Universities

I work at University A. I applied to UA's MA program and was accepted. It starts in the summer. Because I already work for UA, my MA is funded and I've already taken several classes at non-degree ...
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What to do with a thesis adviser that doesn't respond to emails or offer any help?

I am a master student in computational mathematics, my thesis adviser assigned me a problem in a subfield that is outside his expertise. He is lazy and doesn't know much about the problem he assigned ...
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Applying same graduation school with my girlfriend, is it ethical?

Me and my girlfriend are currently studying in the same university and same department. We both applied couple of master's degree programs abroad. One of the programs is in both our interest and she ...
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got a TAship award- is it a difficult task [closed]

i am awarded TAship to fund my phd studies although i know TA roles and responsibilities and actually quite excited to carry out these tasks but on the other hand i am dreading a little that what if i ...
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What are the implications of submitting a paper to be graded and to arxiv preprint on the same day?

I submitted my paper to be graded in a university class and to the arvix preprint on the same day. Are there any implications for the grading professor and myself if the arxiv preprint is announced ...
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Failed the capstone project [closed]

I have been given a second chance for completing my capstone project. I went to the director as well as the professor and discuss what I'm going to include in my report and they agreed the data I'll ...
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As an undergrad, how to leave a research group that I told them I will do my PhD there

I am a 4th-year undergraduate student and have been working in two joint research groups (voluntarily, no credit from a course, no pay) for more than a year. I have applied to some Master's and PhD ...
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Late graduation and prospects of getting into a good Master's degree

everyone, I hope all is good and you're safe during this difficult time. A little background about me; I'm studying in Europe and I'm graduating this semester (economics) , however this is my 6th ...
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How to prevent my introvert nature from being a barrier to success in grad school and future academic life?

I don't ask questions during class/meetings/seminars out of the fear of embarrassing myself. I am also not able to intiate interactions with people I don't know beforehand e.g. Visiting professors/...

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