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On schools that award advanced academic degrees, such as master's 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]), gaining admissions to graduate school (use [graduate-admissions]), etc.

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Advancing my academic career in mathematics without university support

I am about eight months away from completing a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics. I am what you would call a "non-traditional" student - I am an adult who decided to change careers and I'm ...
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Website/forum about reviews for universities

Is there any website/forum that people share their experiences or personal opinions in their university? I find it hard to get reviews other than rankings made by large companies that provide useful ...
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I am on scholastic warning. What should I do? [closed]

I am currently a first year PhD student and I just finished my 2nd semester. I am an international student and I was out of academia for a few years as I was working and didn't have the habit of ...
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What are my chances of being accepted into a UK Phd program with average undergraduate and masters grades? [closed]

I want to do a Phd with funding in the UK but I'm afraid to apply as I meet the requirements of Phd but just barely. I have reasonable Bachelors grades and a merit in my masters. Also I have research ...
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Is it possible to get a PhD by writing only review and survey papers?

Suppose that a PhD (in engineering) student has 3-4 review/survey papers in their domain, and has received more than 500 citations in total. In a situation like this, can they pass the oral defense ...
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Should I drop my second major for a master's degree in Germany? [closed]

I'm a senior year mechanical engineering student at one of the most prestigious universities in my country in Eastern Europe. Actually, I was enrolled in a dual-degree program for physics and ...
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I have good results from a project that my advisor told me not to do and refused to help me with. Do I have to make them a co-author?

My advisor gave me a published approach (algorithm) used to solve some type of numerical optimization problems (however, it is old and ditched compared to better algorithms that came out after it). ...
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Impression of field have worsened after applying to and accepting PhD programs [closed]

I was accepted to a STEM PhD program. But, my impression of this field have worsened, starting from interviews and campus visits. Maybe I have bound myself to a dying area, and I can’t imagine what ...
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How should I discuss the idea of a 6th year with my PhD advisor?

I am a PhD student in mathematics, finishing up my 4th year. I am meeting with my advisor early next week, and we will discuss my plan for next year (my 5th year). I see my plan as depending on ...
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How do I convince professors about my research interests?

I'm applying to a coursework + thesis masters programme and am wondering how specific do I have to be when mentioning my research interests in my email to a potential advisor. I have applied to ...
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Prospective PHD student currently majoring in CS

I'm a computer science major at a prestigious university. I've consistently achieved top grades in all my courses and have developed a strong interest in mathematics. I've completed a year-long ...
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Recommendation Letter sent from an unofficial email of the director of a start-up

I work for a start-up. Due to budget constraints, employees don't have company domain specific emails yet, we just have one general domain email ID for clients to contact the company. I need to get a ...
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What if I found out that I missed adding some citations to my thesis after the final submission [closed]

What if I missed adding some citations to the my thesis after the final submission to the graduate editorial office? Still few days before graduation
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How do I systematically identify and select literature?

I want to do a content analysis on particular content published in current textbooks in my discipline specific to my country. For example, Canadian political science textbooks. I’m not sure how to ...
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How to figure out the pros and cons of a review paper?

My professor has asked me to do a literature review of a review paper. This is my first time doing a review. What method should I follow? any tips for beginners?
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Rejected from Universities: Grad School [duplicate]

I am an international student. I am applying for PhD and started last year immediately after defending the thesis. I've got a very good GPA (3.87) and a resume. Some articles, many certificates, and ...
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How can we find a professor's influence over the admissions committee?

I recently was rejected from a high-ranked university's graduate program, even though I talked with a professor and satisfied all their criteria (actually very above the minimum). How can we find a ...
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Can you receive a PhD offer in late April? [duplicate]

I had applied for PhD to a university, I was asked to sit for an interview in late January with my prospective supervisors who told me that they like me. 15th April has passed and I have had no ...
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Paper authorship conflict: Advisor wants his name on a research paper he didn't contribute to

In my university it is typically the case that advisors are first authors but this comes with having them do the first author responsibilities such as making significant (original) and insightful ...
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If I already have a master's degree, can I use it to apply for another master's degree (UK)?

The title already has the question. If I have a master's degree, can I use it to apply for another (in UK)? I have completed my master's degree (GPA 4.0/4.0) at my home country (situated in northern ...
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help with courses and planning [closed]

I am senior in hs about to go to an r1 public (not top or anything) uni next year. I planned on majoring in math and econ, with the goal of getting a PhD in applied math (hopefully stochastic ...
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Preparing CS Grad Application As An Interdisciplinary Studies Major

I started my Bachelor's as an international student in Electrical Engineering. Later, I switched my major to Computer Information Science (because I loved working with C and Assembly language ...
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How to prepare for the Quals in Math early on?

I'll be starting graduate school in mathematics this fall. Obviously what worries me are the qualifying exams. What is the best way for me to prepare myself in these subjects from now on? I'm kind of ...
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Advice on Picking Grad School with Goal of Getting Academic Job at Small College

I am a student looking to pursue an academic career in computer science. I enjoy doing research and understand that is a big part of getting tenure and jobs. Importantly, I also very much enjoy ...
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Changing Subfields after PhD in psychology

I am trying to understand the degree of difficulty that a psychologist might experience changing subdisciplines (excluding clinical/school/industrial-organizational). For example, could someone who is ...
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Do German company sponsored Ph.D. students deserve the Ph.D. title? [closed]

Do German company-sponsored Ph.D. students deserve the Ph.D. title? I recently came across a post on social media that there's a BMW employee who got accepted to the BMW Ph.D. Program Promotion. So ...
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Should I spend a year studying computer science in my home nation, when I am already interested in a master's in a foreign nation? [closed]

Spending a year in my home nation to fulfill my dream of studying computer science, although I have an undergraduate degree in computer science, when I'm eventually interested in doing a master's in ...
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Individualized Instruction Summer Course Question [closed]

I am a grad student but have an out-of-state bachelors that does not meet teaching cert requirements, so I have an undergrad class that I need to take as well. My advisor offered to do it as an ...
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How do you deal with a dishonest graduate advisor?

Assume that you are a Ph.D. student in math who after a few years of working in the field discovers a new idea (independently). You present the idea to your advisor. Later your advisor realizes the ...
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Letter of recommendation from previous Masters advisor

I requested a letter of recommendation from my old MA advisor with whom I did an independent research seminar. They asked me to send them my Statement of Purpose, which I stated was a rough draft. I ...
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Strategizing Post-Undergraduate Career Path for Aspiring Physics Doctoral Student [closed]

I'm a senior undergraduate physics student who hoped to attend graduate school starting next fall, but who was unfortunately not admitted to any in this admissions cycle. I remain very interested in ...
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Guaranteed advisor in choosing a PhD program

I am currently in the process of deciding between two PhD programs. One program is at a university with a very new thrust in the subfield, while the other is at a university known for having a more ...
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My abstract has been accepted for oral presentation but there is no info in the preliminary programme?

I am a graduate student and just had my first abstract accepted for an oral presentation at a conference. We have been notified by email about our acceptance. Wheb I checked the preliminary programme ...
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MSc paper accepted in highest impact journal in my field - what next?

As part of my MSc I wrote a dissertation on a topic that interested me (clinical medicine - focused) and I got a good grade for it - my supervisor suggested sending it off to a journal for publication ...
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Academic Violation - Can I avoid mentioning it to grad schools?

In my second semester senior year, I was being proctored via zoom for an exam and our professor had asked us to turn on both audio and video for it. I accidentally had my mic muted during the exam. My ...
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Are there any funding issues going on in the US universities which are affecting PhD admissions this year?

Location: USA Department: Computer Science I’ve applied to 8 schools for PhD admissions this year and have only received a rejection from one so far (a private university). Rest of my applications ...
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Can I justify paying for an unfunded master's if I'm changing disciplines from undergrad? [closed]

I'm in a predicament. I'm about to turn 29. I finished undergrad a few years ago and have been working in what jobs I can since then. I got an undergrad degree in a completely different field than ...
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Applied Mathematics to Neuroscience Transition?

I am currently studying Applied Mathematics in a university in Bangladesh. I have always been deeply interested in psychology and neuroscience. I want to complete my degree in Applied Mathematics and ...
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While doing a double masters, is my Bachelor's GPA being looked or my masters?

Say I do a masters in Nepal in data science but want to pursue masters in cybersecurity in USA. I've heard that my bachelor's GPA will be taken as my reference GPA rather than my master's GPA. Where ...
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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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What do the bulk of the pre-calculus questions in the mathematics (subject) GRE look like?

i am planning to take the subject test this year and have decent foundations in precalc, however, i would like to study it thoroughly again but i don't want to spend too much time on it and instead ...
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My thesis proposal [closed]

I'm a student in Iran studying English Language Teaching (M.A.) at University. Before pursuing English at the university level, I was an engineer, so I have a background knowledge of math. I've ...
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Switching Career from Theoretical Physics to Biomedical Engineering

I am doing my Ph.D. in theoretical physics but want to switch to biomedical engineering (BME), especially tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Do Master's programs accept students without any ...
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Does it look bad if I apply to two very different fields for grad school?

I'm going to be applying to grad school (a combination of direct PhD and research thesis masters programs) this fall, and I cannot make up my mind between two different fields - machine learning (...
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Is there any chance I can be accepted into a good graduate physics program without any bachelor's? [closed]

I am someone who did plenty of self-study in physics and has learned pretty much the entire undergraduate physics curriculum by himself. I have plenty of evidence to prove this (including a physics ...
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Why is Sorbonne ranked higher than Polytechnique in mathematics? [closed]

Looking at the rankings, I saw that Sorbonne and Paris-Saclay are usually ranked higher than ENS and Polytechnique in the field of mathematics. This came as a surprise to me since it's well known that ...
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Should I be worried that I might not be interested in the exact type of research my supervisors do?

I started a PhD program this September and I keep having doubts about whether or not I can achieve what I want being in this program and working with my current supervisors. I'm in the differential ...
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Good practices for skipping chapters when reading

Assuming I am reading a textbook/paper or any kind of rich material and then there is a point where I feel that the chapter I am reading is unnecessary or insignificant (I can get back to it later if ...
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What are the drawbacks for only taking one class a semester as an undergraduate?

I am currently an undergraduate student in mathematics at a US university, I am looking to go to graduate school and my dream is to be a mathematics researcher. I am currently in my second year and I ...
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Should I reach out to PI regarding my application after having submitted it?

I reached out to a potential PI because we had good research fit back in November. The PI also replied to my mail and told I have good research fit with his lab and told me to apply to the program. I ...

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