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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Does time taken and a poor grade for a PHD in Germany destroy chances for a post doc?

I come from a violent country that gives me no hope for the future. I was fortunate enough to get a Ph.D. in Germany but the supervision was terrible and essentially I had to give in the first draft ...
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Math Grad School Acceptance Conundrum: Waiting for other offers or immediately accepting (unfunded) offer

[For the sake of preserving anonymity, I'm going to be vague about some specifics (e.g.; school names, specialty subjects of interest) of my case. I don't think this makes the question itself vague, ...
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Was traumatized by a PI, quit my phd program, and am currently working at my top choice institute. How should I navigate my reapplications [closed]

Tldr; rough experience with rotations at first institute, with my advisor moving away, and my last rotation professor turning out to be an immense a**hole that very nearly made me quit academia ...
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Should I apply with a non-subject LoR to a university?

I am applying for a master’s program in computer science. I am using two letters of recommendation from the computer science field and one LoR from the language department where I learned a foreign ...
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May I ask professors to reschedule two back to back night classes from 4:30PM to 9:00PM?

As a graduate school student, I have two professors teaching two separate classes that go from 4:30PM to 5:50pm and 6:00pm to 9:00PM. This happens every one day of the week. I'm not sure whether I can ...
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Can I do an MS in CS in USA after a 5-year integrated MSc degree in CS?

I'm currently pursuing a 5 year integrated MSc. course in Theoretical CS in India. In my search online, a little under half of the 'top' universities in the US explicitly state that they won't take ...
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Is NC State considered a good university for computer science [closed]

Will a student from north carolina state university be considered as someone with apt skills in the field?
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Why does my advisor / professor discourage all collaboration?

So I have had this advisor for about 8 months now. Literally all students in my department talk very highly of him: his previous graduate students (master's) have gone on to have successful careers in ...
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When to start contacting possible PhD supervisors (Europe)?

Currently I'm a master in statistics student in a European country and I'm planning to graduate in June 2021. During my master's thesis, I became interested in doing research and therefore, I have ...
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Including a stackexchange account in graduate school applications [duplicate]

I'm writing this with a throwaway account, for obvious reasons; if this is inappropriate or runs counter to the rules of the site in some way, please let me know. I'm an undergraduate student in the ...
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Changing research disciplines during Graduate school [closed]

I am about to start a masters on track to phd program at a graduate school in the US. I study archaeology and intend to focus my masters on a geoarchaeological research project. My archaeological ...
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Should I send a second (but not consecutive) follow-up email?

By the end of the term, I am supposed to choose my MA supervisor. Normally, I agreed to meet her to confer on a possible common area of interest this week. On Monday, I sent her an email asking when ...
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boss asked me to draft them a letter of rec? [duplicate]

A while ago I asked my boss to write me a letter for a specific school, and he responded asking me if I could draft it, and he showed me the edits and final draft before sending it out. Now I asked ...
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A graduate program has botched the current online semester. What recourse is there, if any, for the students who have paid tuition for the year? [closed]

I am writing this post on behalf of a number of students who have had a challenging experience with this past fall semester. I myself am a former graduate student who has taught 7 semesters of classes ...
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Advice needed regarding some courses

I am an undergraduate Physics student and I got very bad grades in 2 of my math courses (Calculus 3 and Prob/Stats) despite working hard. I am thinking of changing the grades to P (Pass). Do Grad ...
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Applying to graduate school after the deadline [closed]

I was about to submit my application to one of my top choices for graduate school (PhD) and realized that the deadline was Dec 15. Somehow I confused the PhD deadline (Dec 15) with the MS deadline (...
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Do I need to disclose my academic misconduct on this grad school application?

I have one incident of academic misconduct on my record from my sophomore year (I was guilty), and I received a grade sanction and disciplinary probation. This does not appear on my transcript and I ...
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How do I get back on the horse and get a part time Ph.D. admit? [closed]

My Background I graduated with a master's in CS from Rutgers in 2017. I was a part-time lecturer for an intro to CS course for two semesters and I barely focused on the master's course work. I got a 3....
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How to obtain US Bachelor degree based on my old university credentials?

I learned a math course in a Russian university many years ago. For silly discrimination and other silly reasons I didn't finish it and didn't receive any diploma. Recently (2020 Oct 27) I have ...
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I need help please about being accused on cheating [duplicate]

My prof is accusing me of chatting on an Online exam. I did not cheat. The exam was 30 multiple-choice and 3 short answers. I got all MCQ right, except I made some mistakes in the short answer. In the ...
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Grad School Interviews with Multiple Programs at same School

I️ applied to 3 programs within the same school (2 of which are joint with another institution). All of the programs are related to my research interests, and the main professors I️ would want to work ...
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Bad score in IELTS, should I send it anyway?

A graduate program I'm applying for in mathematics requires fluency in English but didn't set the lower bound for the IELTS score. I'm very good at English but I went to the test unprepared and got ...
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Choosing between a funded PhD offer and a possibly funded one

I have been admitted into two PhD programs at universities A and B. A offered me funding, however B asked me to apply for state funding before discussing internal funding. The deadline to accept the ...
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How to respond to a possible supervisor asking for a CV I don't have

I'm a second-year graduate student in a large and well-known American physics department. For a variety of reasons, I've decided to "jump" sub-fields -- into biophysics, though I hadn't ...
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How to plan my day? [closed]

I am a M.Sc. math student my head hurts badly dring first half of day and as day comes to end or let's say after 6:00pm I regain focuss. During the first half I think I can accomplish and do all task ...
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Can you still distinguish yourself at a second-tier grad school?

I have noticed while reading CVs of professors in STEM fields that universities only hire up. First-tier and second-tier universities seem to only recruit professors from first-tier PhD programs, ...
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In what countries/programs is a graduate student bonus common?

I just learned from this question My professor skipped me on Christmas bonus payment that in some cultures/degree-programs, PhD students get bonuses. I had never heard of this. However, I'm most ...
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I want to go to grad school but don't have personal relationships with any of my online professors. What do I do about the LOR requirements?

I am an undergraduate student expecting to graduate next spring, but i've attended online classes for the past 2-3 years and don't normally have much contact with my online professors. I want to apply ...
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Submitted humanities PhD applications (US) but concerned with potentially wrong documents submitted

I recently applied to a few PhD programs in the US. Perhaps because of my drowsiness due to working late, I wasn't paying full attention when I was checking my documents (statements of purpose, ...
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Referencing - Harvard Australian Government Publishing Service Style and Abbreviations

I'm working on my dissertation with the University of Sydney and need to use Harvard Australian Government Publishing Service (AGPS) referencing. I'm assuming that the below question will be ...
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Relationship between PhD applicant and recommender

I am applying for PhD programs and most of them ask for my relationship to my recommenders. Two of my recommenders are my undergrad thesis research advisors, so I just put "thesis research ...
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I am about to fail a required course due to difficulties caused by mental health issues. How can I save my degree? [closed]

So I expect to finish my master degree next August, and I was supposed to pass one undergraduate course to fulfill my degree requirements. I took this course last year and I failed it, so I had to ...
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How important are grades to get into a CS PhD program at a top school like MIT? [duplicate]

I am curious to know this. I don't see as much discussion about these things as in the undergrad community, so I am not aware of it. Does MIT/Stanford/Caltech and the like expect students applying to ...
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How feasible to learn undergraduate math in one year? [closed]

I know that Scott Young tried this for computer science by utilizing resources on OCW. I am more interested in mathematics (pure and applied). I wondered how feasible to do the same thing for ...
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Should I use an out-of-order version of my name for academic publications?

I have a common US first AND last name, but a unique middle name. Think John Aardvark Smith. I am nearing my first publication and want to decide on my name for academic/scientific publications now so ...
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Professor deviating from the syllabus mentioned apriori

I am currently taking a graduate course which is a combination of two subjects and we have two faculty teaching it - call them A and B - one for each subject. Before my classes started, we had an ...
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Is the degree conferral date the same as the completion of degree requirements date? [closed]

I am an MSc student in Greece, and this year I am applying to PhD programs in US universities. My question is about my BSc degree. Most universities require a conferral date as well as a start and an ...
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How should I email professors regarding online research during covid-19? [duplicate]

So I've been accepted into a masters program and there is this professor that I really want to get involved with hopefully as a research assistant. And since many if not most researches are being ...
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How is Gmail better or worse than Alumni email or a temporary institutional email? [closed]

The majority of researchers use "edu" emails on their research publication, when some academia use Gmail as the corresponding address. Many of the young researchers do not have a permanent &...
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Can I use the same paper topic for two different classes?

I recently enrolled in a Master's program at a new university. I'm in the process of finishing my Master's thesis from a previous program, so now I'm sort of doing both at the same time. They are in ...
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What to do for my graduate school application if I think my GPA doesn't reflect my coursework mastery [duplicate]

I am one of those people with low GPA but want to apply for graduate school in US. I am really having trouble with standardized tests in my institution. It's not uncommon for me to receive low grade ...
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I am a PhD student seeking to collarborate with PhD student/professors from other department. How can I make this happen?

I am a PhD student seeking to collaborate with PhD student/professors from other department. I have never made such an initiative before, and I lack the general idea on how to start. In particular: ...
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If you had the chance to give your past self advice for your thesis, what would they be? [closed]

As mentioned in the title, when you look back on your master thesis- the one that brought you to your Phd life, which advice that you think if you had known them before, you would have had a better ...
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Lacking motivation [duplicate]

I am a student pursuing a Ph.D. I am just an average student who is hard-working enough to complete the assignments and tasks on time. I have been feeling incompetent for the last so many months. I am ...
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Re-applying to medical school after misconduct

I am a nontraditional applicant for medical school and wanted to ask questions about my application here. I was previously enrolled in another MD program. I had an undiagnosed disability that resulted ...
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Should I include challenges I faced on account of my caste in my diversity statement?

Some of the graduate programs in US schools require you to submit a diversity statement as a part of the application. I have looked at some resources on writing it, like these ones. I happen to be ...
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Asking recommender to avoid talking about a project that was abandoned

I'm applying to grad school and have requested a professor to write a recommendation letter. He said he'd be happy to write one for me. I had worked on two projects with him. While working on the ...
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Do international students have a lower chance of getting accepted in STEM-fields PhD programs at US universities?

The reason that lead me to ask about this is the following paragraph I found on this page (some guidance written by a STEM-field professor at CMU for applying to grad school), he says, I'm not a U.S. ...
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Applying for Graduate School after dropping out of my first degree [closed]

A decade ago, I enrolled in a STEM undergraduate degree because the part of the world I am from, engineers and doctors are considered as the only respectable professions and social sciences are a big ...
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Is it a good idea to send multiple GRE scores?

I have two GRE scores. The first one is V149+Q169+AW4 and the second one is V159+Q170+AW3.5. I'm applying for MSCS programs in some top universities. I've heard that admission officers don't care ...

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