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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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Asking the professor to advocate my application in admission committee?

What should I write in an email to a professor who encouraged me to apply after applying for the Ph.D. program? I want to ask him to advocate my application in the admission committee. But, I am not ...
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Drop out of PhD to do MSc

So, a bit of background: I went straight from my bachelor's to a PhD with the supervisor I had for my BSc. However, I have decided I'd like to instead do an MSc at a different university. My ...
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Will my cancer ruin my chances of going to graduate school in math?

I commenced my bachelor of math 8 years ago and at the same time I was diagnosed to have cancer. Because of the treatment process and the emotional state that I was in, I only completed 3 subjects in ...
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University awards degree, but asks for additional (not previously disclosed) requirements in order to recommend for certification

In my state, one way to earn a certification as an administrator for elementary and secondary education is to attend an educational administration program through a university in the state, earn a ...
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How do the admission committees look at an applicant's profile if he has not yet figured out his area of research?

I want to go for masters admissions (and a PhD at some point too). The problem is I am not sure where exactly my research interests lie. As of now, I have almost equal research experience and ...
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To what extent do doctoral advisors “pick” their grad students?

I am just starting a graduate program in physics. I have read a few posts describing what a PhD student should think about when looking for an advisor, but I have a question regarding the advisor's ...
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Why would a European-style professor want a Ph.D student instead of a research staff? What are the advantages and disadvantages?

Related to my questions: How much knowledge is expected of a PhD applicant as compared to a postdoc or a research assistant? For the average pure math US PhD program, what are essential topics after ...
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Fall grade reporting [closed]

Some programs require fall grades (which I'm happy about, mine are good). However, some neither require it, nor do they have the ability to upload them through the online app. Should I email someone ...
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Accepting 2 postgraduate university offers

I have received a conditional offer from the University of Birmingham and an unconditional offer from the University of Leeds for a masters degree in marketing, both programs are great but I have a ...
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Mediocre/Poor letter of rec from well-known professor vs great letter from not as well-known professor?

I'm planning to apply to graduate school next year after working a year in industry (software engineering) but have received advice to get my letters of recommendation and other application parts ...
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Failing out of graduate school [closed]

So, I applied for a graduate program (non-thesis) which is an advanced standing program and the only way to get a masters at the university for my program. During the summer session I completed my ...
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Forth year PhD student having trouble with his supervisor [closed]

I am 24 years old, studying electrical engineering. The major is communication systems, which mostly working on wireless problems. I came to grad school in 2015 directly from bachelor. I had an ...
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Unintentional Plagiarism in my Masters Thesis

About four months ago I graduated from a reputable university and received great feedback from the committee who judged my masters defense as well as my thesis. Prior to my defense, I was asked to ...
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Studying in the UK for a Master's degree, still worth it?

I am an Italian student who is about to get his undergrad degree in Computer Science. As I look to further my education, I'm also looking at universities outside of my own country, also in the UK. In ...
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How to Make up for Mediocre STEM GPA? Will Postbac Help? [duplicate]

I am a senior in college majoring in cognitive science and considering grad programs in neuroscience/cognitive science. Long story short, I didn't do super well in a lot of the STEM classes I took. ...
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How much emphasis should be put on GitHub reputation in a computer science MSc application?

My undergraduate major was not computer science, but civil engineering, and I took five computer science courses in college. I worked as a software engineer for five years after I graduated, but not ...
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For the average pure math US PhD program, what are essential topics after basics topics of complex analysis, abstract algebra and topology? [closed]

In short: Why don't we have the answer as "just the topics in the GRE" simply because the GRE is meant for applicants to average pure math PhD programs in the US, or is it not? if more than half of ...
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Complaint against supervisors

Is there any point to making a complaint against my PhD supervisors? I was never going to ask my supervisors for references but was wondering about other repercussions. I was planning to complain ...
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A professional reference letter for pure math graduate school

I'm applying for master's degree in mathematics (pure math) at Canadian universities. I already found two professors to write academic letters for me, but it's hard to find the third one who can ...
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Can you send a university a protected PDF of undergraduate transcripts for graduate applications?

I am applying to graduate school using an online application service. There is a field to upload an electronic transcript, so I ordered transcripts from my university and saved it as a PDF. ...
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How should I organize my life towards a PhD in the next year?

After graduating and working for a few months I decided that I will quit my job to pursue a master's and then a PhD. Before doing any applications I want to spend time reading the literature in ...
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Graduate or Undergraduate?

Is someone who is currently pursuing his Integrated Master's course/ Dual Degree course (or any other 5-year degree course) considered to be a graduate student or an undergraduate student?
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Professor wrote to me saying he supports my fellowship application to the committee

A professor I want to work with (at the university I applied to) informed that he is awaiting some funding news (for a project I had expressed interest in working with him on) and he also stated that ...
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Is it reasonable to write the major part of my statement of purpose on machine learning for masters in data science?

I am an aspirant for masters in data science and I have mentioned in major chunk of my Statement of purpose about machine learning and my past experience with it. Is it okay or not ?
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how to ask supervisor for a recommendation letter for scholarship?

I've just started my master in Canada and I just passed one course so far and it was with my supervisor. could I ask my supervisor to fill out a strong reference letter for me for a scholarship? or ...
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Should students who copy homework answers from somewhere else state how they obtained the answer? [duplicate]

I'm an 3rd year undergraduate student, and this semester, I'm taking graduate course in one of my departments. We have homeworks each week, and while doing the problems on those, I sometimes get ...
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Does it look bad to get recommendation letters all from the outside of undergrad school?

I'm applying for Mathematics MS degree and I have an issue with getting an recommendation letter from undergrad professors. I didn't plan to apply for grad school unitil recently and I was never a ...
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What are some useful tips that allows PhD students to produce many publications of good quality throughout the duration of the PhD? [closed]

I am starting my PhD in Statistics soon and while I will try not to burn myself out, I still want to publish as much as possible while I am in my PhD program. What are some useful tips that allows ...
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When does the grad school classes begin [closed]

I want to know that when does the classes for grad school begin in US universities. Is it divided into two like summer and fall as i have seen in the websites of universities or does it have a ...
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What are academic honors and prizes?

I am applying for a scholarship (women in graduate studies). It asks whether I have received any academic honors and prizes. I received a couple of master's awards from my supervisor's grant and a ...
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To what extent my discriminating PhD supervisor can influence the future of my academic career? [closed]

I'm almost at the end of my Ph.D., writing down the thesis and having the disputation. Well, my Ph.D. took me about 5 years. My main background is Engineering, but I changed my research domain to ...
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Is dropping one of my major considered “bad” if I were to study related to that field?

I'm a third year Physics & Mathematics student, and through the years, I have done lots of self-study in semesters/winter breaks/summer breaks. Now the thing has come to a point that I can learn ...
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Is it okay to mention family background in SOP?

I'm applying for MS in Mathematics. My grandfather was Math professor and my uncle is also Math professor. Such family background was one of my reasons to study Mathematics and I was wondering if I ...
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I haven't received the support promised in my funding letter. What should I do?

It has been 4 months that I have started my master's degree in North America. I got my funding letter from my supervisor when I was in my home country, in my letter it was written that I will be a ...
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How to deal with an abusively condescending professor?

I am a beginning graduate student in Mathematics. I have a professor who always brings up the fact that my GPA is not great in my undergraduate degree even though my performance is above the norm in ...
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Dyslexia and the GRE

I am applying to math graduate schools this year. Hence, I had to take the General GRE and Math Subject GRE. Only recently has it come to my attention that I could have applied for 1.5 or 2 times more ...
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Mention a specific potential adviser and project in the PhD statement of purpose

I am writing my statement of purpose for my Ph.D. and I want to work in a specific field with a specific professor in the department that I am going to apply for and I have a very good experience in ...
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Getting a recommendation letter when applying for a job before finishing graduate program

I am midway through the third year of a five year graduate program. Grad school has been fine and I am not struggling academically but there is a full-time job offering in my city (in a field related ...
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Experience needed to transition from undergrad to graduate school of two completely different majors

I just graduated in May 2018 with an undergraduate bachelor degree in Computer Science from a pretty good university. During my time at the university, I always had aspirations of attending graduate ...
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Should I include my latest job on my CV?

I just graduated this April from undergrad and I'm now applying to graduate programs that start September 2019. I'm taking a gap year between undergrad and grad school for various reasons, mostly to ...
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Lack of motivation for self-study during the semesters

I'm a third year Physics and Mathematics student, and over the years, I've done lots of self-studies, and what I've realised is that, compared to what I learn & experience in my self-studies, the ...
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Why is my motivation letter not successful? [closed]

I have applied for several PhD positions but I was never able to reach to even interview stage. Now I wonder if my motivation letter is strong enough or not. I have written the following letter for a ...
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Emails being ignored by University

I am a graduate student in the U.S., specifically California although I am not sure it matters. After three months in the American university system I am almost convinced there is an organizational ...
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Why do the prerequisites to enroll in PhD programs vary between research groups in Germany?

I have been trying to get a Ph.D. position in Germany so I follow the advertising sites frequently. A few days ago I saw a position from a group of X Institute. I wrote the professor about the ...
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Pathways to get into PhD program

I graduated in 2016 from one of the best-known private engineering universities in India with 3.97 GPA (just got my WES report). All i knew till Undergraduate is self-study and attend classes and ...
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Shall I tell my college professor that the reason why I am asking for a letter is I have to have a letter from college?

I have graduated for almost two years so I have many other stronger referees; my college performance was not stellar. The only reason why I am requesting a letter from my undergrad profs is that the ...
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Should I send professor an email clearly asking if he is going to take me in his group?

I have communicated with a professor about joining his group as a Ph.D. student. He had shown his interest and told me to apply to that school after a Skype interview, although the deadline for ...
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Can I write a thesis without any help from others? If I can, how?

I cannot get any help from my supervisor if I want to write a new thesis. Not only that, I didn't have anyone in my lab. Therefore it's obvious that I don't have any people who can help me here. I'm ...
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Applying for scholarship with prospective advisor support, but not taking the scholarship: possible consequences

I am planning to apply for a (quite competitive) scholarship offered by a foreign government, which I need the recommendation of a prospective doctoral advisor to apply. However, if I am offered the ...
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How to request a positive reference letter from my former PI who does not know me very well?

I worked in a research group and now I am applying to a PhD program. A positive reference letter, especially the one from the big-named Principal Investigator (PI, project leader), will be very ...