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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How to pursue an MD/PhD in France after BS from the US?

I am currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in biochemistry in the US. I would love to pursue an MD/PhD, but I want to move to France as soon as possible. I have never lived there, but have the ...
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How to enter graduate school in a social science discipline from a computer science background?

I am a senior computer science major at a state school in the US. I have done internships at "Big 4" companies in my field as well as CS research with NSF grants. I am interested in getting a Master'...
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Is the author of a letter of recommendation notified that their letter has been submitted?

My professor wants to give me a letter of recommendation for a graduate school that I am applying which I will submit via scanning. She didn't give offline recommendation to any One. So she wants to ...
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What do you think of the reply and do you think he is interested in me and my application?

Recently i have been applying to various Ph.D. programs and i have approached many professors as my potential supervisors and among those, i applied to Harvard and this is what the Director of the ...
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MA Supervisor who arrogant and unhelpful

I need to start with the fact that the MA I'm enrolled in is overseas, so i have a very restricted visa and moved my family here to get this degree. I have a previous MA in a different subject and am ...
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Professor asked to write part of reference letter due to time constraints

I am applying to graduate programs and one of my research professors will write me a recommendation letter, but wants me to write a rough outline of the letter. He will add his own content and edit ...
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How do I get a professor at a different institution to read my essay draft?

I would like to send a draft of mine to a specific professor. I would be very interested in his comments, however, I am not a student at the moment, so I am not at his institution nor at any other. ...
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Seeking advice on graduate school strategy (Computer Science Masters, followed by PhD, from non-traditional / not CS background) [closed]

I am applying for a Masters in Computer Science, specializing in Artificial Intelligence, from a non-traditional background. Afterward, I am targeting an interdisciplinary PhD after in AI, ...
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Should I send my AP scores from highschool to a graduate school I am applying to?

I scored a 3 on my Statistics test, and while it did not count for my undergraduate school as they only accept 4+, it would be a bonus when applying for a doctoral program in Clinical Psychology. ...
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I have stack-exchanged through my undergrad math program. Am I likely to succeed in mathematics PhD programs?

I'm currently a third-year mathematics student at a top-20 private research university in the US (though mostly known for the humanities). We have a small undergraduate mathematics department, but we ...
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“I've somehow convinced everyone that I'm actually good at this” - how to effectively deal with Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome is a psychological phenomenon wherein an individual is convinced that they do not deserve the success that they have achieved despite (perhaps extensive) empirical evidence to the ...
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MS in Mathematics, having trouble finding work outside teaching algebra

10 years ago, I got an undergraduate degree in IT/CompSci from a good school. I spent most of my hours playing video games or drinking beer, and learned only enough to get a barely passing GPA. I ...
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Poor grades in courses related to my PhD thesis. Is that an indication to my research and future academic career potential?

My PhD research will be in numerical modeling of Selective laser melting (SLM) process. I will be using finite element method, Fortran and python programming and a bit of machine learning in my ...
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Have trouble retaining material I learn in grad school. Is this common?

I have just began my first year as a math graduate student at a US school. I am having an issue in the fact that During my undergraduate years, I would only take 2-3 classes a semester, and usually ...
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Is it acceptable to mark off or comment on someone's presentation based on their non-standard English accent?

I am working as a TA for a seminar course and class presentations are considered a significant part of the total mark for the course. Some of the students in the class — who mostly happen to be ...
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Got 0% on a midterm in Math Graduate school [closed]

The title says it all, I studied very hard I would say, and it’s seemed to amount to nothing. I mainly focused on one part of the material since we only had to solve 2 out of the 4 problems on the ...
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Physics Courses in Undergrad to Apply for Physics Grad Program [closed]

I am a sophomore physics student with an interest in studying applied physics or engineering in graduate school. I will take as many applied physics courses as I can in undergrad (and CS courses), but ...
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On areas of overlap between Computer Science and Economics [closed]

For those who want to be involved in both disciplines throughout academia (BS to MS to PhD) as well as in the workplace/career, what are some places of overlap between Economics and Computer Science? ...
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Am I too old to do an MS in Finance?

I want to do a Masters in Finance. I am from India. I am 30 years old. I have seen that most people in masters programs in finance are less than 25 year old. I also don't have much in terms of ...
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When should I send the so-called “inquiry email”?

I’ve heard that, prior to applying, undergraduates sometimes express interest to faculty members of graduate schools via email. I know that this is most often done (fairly?) close to the time of ...
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What is the most logical course of action if your P.I does not write you a letter of recommendation in time even though s/he said that s/he would?

Context: I am an undergrad, and working in a research group over 7 months now. I have asked my P.I (group leader) whether he would write me a recommendation letter one month before the deadline of ...
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Are relationships between faculty and graduate students at different universities acceptable?

It is commonly understood that romantic relationships between faculty and students at the same university are frowned upon, or explicitly forbidden. However are romantic relationships between faculty ...
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Realistic to stay in the industry and study neuroscience at the same time?

I want to do interdisciplinary research in CS and neuroscience and I think attending at least some form of a grad program that gets me to the level of being able to publish and be taken seriously in ...
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Is it possible to do two PhD's in the same field one after another? [duplicate]

I am PhD student in an area of business in India. I am dissatisfied with the coursework and research guidance available at my university and feel that I won't be a very good PhD post completion of ...
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Do I have a chance to be accepted for a political science master's despite a low CGPA?

I'm studying political science. My CGPA is awful at around 2.95, however, my GPA for the last fall, winter, and summer semester for my 3rd year have been 3.3, 4.0, 3.8 (I did really bad in first and ...
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What are some good practices for applying to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program?

Is it possible if I could get 4 letters of recommendation? How far in advance should I notify those who are writing my letters? Does activity on sites like Quora, Stack Exchange, and Reddit's ...
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In applying to graduate programs, what are best practices for proposing research to investigators before and during the application process?

I am a recent graduate of biochemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park and am currently working as a postbaccalaureate fellow at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. For context, I work in a ...
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politely refusing authorship opportunity?

I (a grad student) first-authored a paper with my ex-PI and some colleagues. The paper was rejected from a journal. Meanwhile, this ex-PI also bullied me, did something else that was hurtful, and did ...
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How to put the upcoming experience in Grad School Application?

I am applying for Masters program in Computer Science and hoping to specialize in AI/ML. I will be the Teaching Assistant (T.A) for Machine Learning class in the spring and most of the admissions ...
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Should I take a “positive, but not enthusiastically strong” letter of recommendation?

I'm currently applying for a Masters degree in a competitive program, and most things on my application are going well. The problem I'm having is with securing a letter of recommendation - I have ...
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Taking a year off from Master program due to severe injury and doing online courses as I am not fit for work.(Future Prospects)

Since I have taken a year off from my Master's program due to a severe accident, all I am doing now are online courses as I am not fit to do any work. But will this in a way affect my future prospects ...
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Ws on transcript affecting admission to engineering masters? [duplicate]

I have a 3.67 GPA at Rutgers in Materials Engineering and I plan on going to UConn for a masters in Mechanical Engineering since my job after graduation is more aerospace and mechanical engineering ( ...
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Is it a good idea to include working papers on Curriculum Vitae?

I am a senior undergraduate student and looking to apply to PhD programs. I am doubtful whether I should put my working papers on my CV alongside the already published works. I don't want to exclude ...
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Antipsychotics in academia [closed]

Many of you have worked with people diagnosed with psychosis. My parents placed me on antipsychotics and I don't know if I can have a successful return to mathematics. Is treated psychosis worse than ...
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How different should my Statement of Purpose be from school to school?

I'm preparing for my (second round of) grad school applications, and as such I am (re) writing my Personal Statements and Statements of Purpose. I am already tailoring them to the specific school I ...
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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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Should I reveal academic misconduct on grad school application?

I am currently applying to grad schools due soon, and on the system I am using to apply to different schools, it asks whether an academic sanction has been levied against me. In my first year of ...
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Contact professors whom are not listed on application

I forgot to include one of the faculty members who works in my area of interest in my application for grad school. Since I have not mentioned him in my application, does contacting him and requesting ...
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How reliable are QS Top Universities rankings?

I was told that universities in USA are generally better that the ones in Italy. I will take the undergraduate degree this July, and I need to decide whether to continue my studies in Italy or to move ...
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How to tell my research advisor I'd like to drop a class?

I'm currently in my first semester pursuing a PhD in Computer Science.
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Will an Honours year grant me a second degree? [closed]

I am about to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology (Hons). I plan to further my studies with a Masters in Research. I would like to apply for an Honours year in Medical bioscience or ...
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I dropped out of college a decade ago. How do I finish my graduation now? [Pune, India]

I was a student of Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) - Computer Engineering, from 2007 to 2010 in Pune, India in MIT AOE - Maharashtra Institute of Technology Academy of Engineering - http://www.mitaoe....
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My department promised graduate students a particular teaching load, but has found a loophole to increase it

I am a second year STEM PhD student at a large R1 public university in the United States. When I chose to come to this program, the department told me that I would have a teaching load of 3 classes ...
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Does a minor obtained in a graduate school matter?

Some universities require that each graduate student have a minor. I wonder whether it is helpful in the long run? For example, if one has PhD in mathematics with a minor in philosophy, would it be ...
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A question about authors listed as having “contributed equally”

There are few collaborating authors on the following list: Tom Cruise*, Will Smith*, Jackie Chan, Robert John Downey Jr., etc. *: These authors contributed equally. Tom Cruise is corresponding ...
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Should I just move on if a professor doesn't answer my emails requesting a letter of recommendation?

I've asked a professor who I did research with over the summer to write me a letter a recommendation for graduate programs, but he hasn't responded for over a week. I've resent him an email and have ...
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I did not earn my Master's degree. Do I mention it in my Ph.D. program and onwards and on my CV?

I started my terminal Master’s degree program in Fall 2017. My plan was to graduate Spring 2019, and if successful, enter a Ph.D. program Fall 2019. My Master’s program is a more general program and ...
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For those who study in the humanities, have I made a mistake in doing my Master's abroad?

I'm an American student currently earning a Master's in American cultural studies in Germany. Why study American culture in Germany? Firstly, I wouldn't have been able to afford a U.S. Master's in ...
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Will American high schools recognize a foreign MA? [closed]

I'm an American who's getting a Master's degree abroad. It's my understanding that an MA leads to an automatic pay raise in public schools, but I'm not sure if my two-year foreign MA would count. To ...
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What is some pre-requisite information one should know before applying to a CS grad school in the US? [closed]

I am a junior who is going to apply to a CS grad school(hoping to specialize in programming language theory) next fall. I had some generic questions about the admissions process that is not so easy ...