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 is my graduation date?

I submitted my Master's thesis last December (2020), and it just been accepted (so in 2021), and the university will probably take many (maybe even 6) months before they actually give me the diploma (...
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Applying for graduate program, documentation advice needed? [closed]

I am applying to the Masters of Management in Business Data Analytics field at University of Windsor Canada for the fall 21 intake. During the document upload process I ran into a document labeled as &...
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Losing one's teaching assistantship due to weird circumstances [closed]

So my best friend is sort of in a strange situation. We are in the same graduate program. Here's the story. Last semester I was stuck in a class with a professor with an extremely weird way of running ...
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Graduate Recruitment weekend: faculty interview - research area mismatch

I have been invited to graduate recruitment weekend at a school (PhD applicant in biomedical imaging). I have been told about an interview scheduled with one of the faculty members. But my background ...
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Would this be considered a valid reason to apply for deferral for graduate school admission?

I have been recently admitted to a top 5 graduate school in the US and I am considering deferring my admission by one year. My reason is that I am currently pursuing a master's degree and under normal ...
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Supervisor has said some very disgusting things online, should I pull my name from our paper?

I’ve been interning at a research lab for 8 months now, putting upwards of 10 hours a week into our project. We find out if our first of three papers was accepted for a significantly-sized conference ...
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Master in Europe vs Master in US for PhD admittance

I am currently an European undergraduate Senior waiting on results for various Master's applications. I have applied to programs in both the US and Europe, my goal following my Master is to pursue a ...
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How hard is it to change a (sub-)field right after starting a CS PhD?

I am a senior undergrad in computer systems field (specifically, computer networks) and applied for CS PhD this year. My question is: If I find a new interest in a different field before starting a ...
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US graduate school: expected proficiency and competency in the area of specialization at the beginning of the program [closed]

I am interested in applying to graduate schools in the US in a certain sub-area of computer sciences. However, most of my educational background is in engineering (BS+MS in systems engineering from a ...
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What to do for letters of reference if you want to apply to grad school but you've been self employed?

Similar to this question How to secure recommendations and apply for PhD after having worked outside of academia for two years? but more specifically if you've been out of school and self-employed for ...
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Master's studies in France and Greece (one year per country) plausibility

This might sound a bit ridiculous, but I would love to spend a year in Greece and France and I think my master's studies might be a great time for that. However, I am not sure how plausible such an ...
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Does time taken and a poor grade for a PHD in Germany destroy chances for a post doc? [closed]

I come from a violent country that gives me no hope for the future. I cannot go back. My supervisor has more than 30 students, did not read my chapters, and insisted that I give in the first draft as ...
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Should I accept this unfunded offer from my dream school or wait for funded offers?

I just finished the grad school application process, and I'm getting my first letters of acceptance. I got one letter from one of my bottom three schools, one from a "middle of the pack" ...
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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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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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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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