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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What are acceptable purposes in Statement of Purpose?

I understand that honesty is the best policy, but is it a good idea to say "I have no clue" when the SOP explicitly asks me to describe my "intentions relative to graduate study and life beyond the ...
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Department policy possibly affecting inclusion and diversity

I am a last year PhD math student in an university in USA-Canada. The university I work in offers graduate students the option to teach first year calculus courses as a special kind of TA. The ...
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Will it be a problem if I take a letter of recommendation from a lecturer in my department?

I have a pretty well connection with him academically(taught several courses and was one of the teachers of my final year major) and personally. But I am confused if the designation is going to be a ...
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I don't want to disclose “other schools” in my application

I am making a graduate application that requires me to fill "other schools" that I am applying to. It is not a mandatory field. If I choose not to fill, will my application be negatively impacted? Why ...
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How much research experience is required for admission into ChemE PhD programs? [closed]

I am a 2018 ChemE grad from Nigeria and I'm applying to ChemE PhD programs in the US. I graduated from a top 5 Nigerian institution where I completed senior research and design projects. I was ...
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How do successful undergraduate and PhD students differ? [closed]

I was recently speaking to a university lecturer about studying at undergraduate and PhD level. He spoke about how many successful undergraduate students ended up doing poorly at research level, as ...
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Thoughts on if it's possible to succeed in math @ PhD level w/o natural ability in quant reasoning? [closed]

As someone who has a relative deficit in quantitive reasoning (63%ile) vs. verbal (97%ile), but a strong interest in applied math, is it possible to be successful and competitive at the PhD level? I ...
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Applying to a PhD with a weak masters thesis

I am working on my masters thesis which is the first time that I have ever really taken part in research activities. Throughout the experience I have learned a lot and I think that I would like to ...
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How should I reply to this Professor's email?

The following is the last email I received from a Professor in June 2019, and recently (in Dec 2019) I submitted my Ph.D. application to this University. "Thanks for writing and for the great ideas --...
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Has anyone transfered from an MPhil to a Phd?

Has anyone applied for an MPhil then switch to Phd 1 year into the course? How is the process like and are there any implications? I have applied for Phd program but I was unable to secure any ...
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What to do if my GRE is too low but application deadline close? [closed]

I have a GRE score on hand but it is too low for the universities I am applying to and the deadlines are very near. I am thinking of sending the application now with the current low score and I ...
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I just submitted my PhD application, how should I write an email informing the Professor about my application?

I emailed a Professor 2 months before the deadline. All I got was a neutral reply "thanks for contacting me and being interested in my research! It is great to hear that you are excited about that ...
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Graduate School Offer of Acceptance Due Dates in the US?

I am applying to biomedical science Ph.D. programs, and the programs have very different deadlines for applying. For instance, many applications were due at the end of Nov/start of Dec, however, I ...
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Using Fiverr for proofreading/editing essays [closed]

I have written my Statement of Purpose all by myself. Now, I am planning to use Fiverr to proofread the essay since I come from a country where English is not widely spoken. Does it count as ...
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Bad Relationship with Master's Supervisor: Missing Reference

I'm in the situation that I'm completing my master's research degree and I'm in the process of applying to several applied mathematics / computational science programs. Here's me complaining: I do ...
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Advisor favoritism?

I’ve recently been having some concerns about my relationship with my advisor. This is my third year in his lab, and I’ve noticed that something about his behavior towards me seems off, and I am ...
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Listing Scholar-Athlete Awards in Grad School Application

I am a student athlete (Full scholarship) and I have received Scholar Athlete award from NCAA and my conference throughout my career. To receive these awards, your GPA should be 3.5 or more. Now I am ...
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Is it plausible to change my major from pure math to applied sciences when applying for graduate school?

I am currently a third year undergraduate student in university. A year ago I decided to study pure math because I liked its rigorousness. As time moves on, frustration accumulates because I don't ...
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Will a master's in math from the University of Vienna help or hurt my Ph.D. prospects? [closed]

My end goal is to become a professor of either mathematics or philosophy. I haven't made up my mind which. Thus, I plan to get a master's degree in math, specializing in logic, in order to continue my ...
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Year abroad in a country with low coursework standards: Am I sabotaging my future career?

I am an Economics student, with an interest in Statistics and Data analysis. I recently started my graduate studies, attending a M.Sc. in Economic and Social Sciences at Bocconi University (Milan). ...
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Can studying in a good place hurt your application? [closed]

I have the following situation in mind: consider two people A and B, who are roughly "equally good" in their field and do their bachelors in the same university - a small, not widely known insitution. ...
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Higher GRE Quantitative score? [duplicate]

Lately, I have scored 165 in Quantitative Reasoning part of the GRE. The schools I consider applying requires scores that fall above the 90th percentile. with 165 Quant score, I am just at the 90th ...
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Do grad schools look at the overall GPA in applications, or do they look at particular courses?

I'm wondering whether it'd be worthwhile to spend an extra semester in my undergrad or two getting my grades up. Unfortunately I've taken all the courses relevant to my field, so this would mean using ...
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Faculty advisor is leaving, any way to turn this into a good thing?

Asking for a friend who is a grad student in a social science. They have just finished their coursework and passed their quals. Upon entering the program, their faculty advisor suddenly left the ...
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Would a B grade PhD-level course in part time help or hurt graduate application?

After graduating from college, the student (in part-time) took a PhD level course while working. It was a very difficult hardcore course and the student got a B. Would this grade help or hurt the ...
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will a part time job to make extra money effect my MBA application?

I graduated from undergrad 5.5 years ago and have been working full time ever since. I worked in the hospitality industry in operation management for catering and hotels. I have now decided to take a ...
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Listing expected graduation GPA along with current GPA for grad admission of senior undergraduate

I am a senior undegraduate CS student who is interested in applying for a good grad school (current GPA 3.76/4.00, distinguished in engineering competitions, written a lot of code, has 2 papers - one ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...