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Queries related to a master's degree, sometimes referred to as a post-graduate degree.

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Is it possible to enroll in a college just to do a master's thesis?

So I graduated with a master's degree 5 years ago. Back then my priorities were different and I didn't opt for the thesis option. I kind of regret not doing a thesis. Is it possible to apply to the ...
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Going for Masters in Germany after being a Research Student in Japan [closed]

I am enrolled as a Research Student in Japan. I am still in my home-country, planning to come to Japan at the end of May 2022. My Research Studentship will valid till August 2022. On the other hand, I ...
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What should I call my mathematics thesis's 1st chapter that covers background concepts?

I'm preparing my masters thesis in mathematics (Stochastic Calculus). My first chapter consists of recalling some concepts like Hölder's inequality. Clarke's generalized gradient. Grönwall's ...
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Qutting PhD after one year and joining Masters at a better university?

I applied for both masters and Ph.D. programs in the USA. I got rejected from all the masters programs because they were from a higher tier. The only Ph.D. program I got into is a low-tier university ...
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Prioritize practical courses & consultancy/marketing projects with companies OR world uni/marketing/employment rankings, when choosing MSc marketing? [closed]

I received several MSc offers from Uni in UK & Ireland There are programmes focusing on Consumer analytics & marketing Strategy, Digital Marketing and Strategic Marketing. Looking at the ...
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How do I get sources and references that help me in Functional analysis? [closed]

I am currently studying a master's degree in Functional Analysis, and I want to learn and read more in this specialty. Are there references that can help me? Thanks.
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What factors to consider for choosing a MSc program in Computer Science for someone who wants to get a Ph.D. position later?

I am interested in pursuing a Ph.D. program after completing my Masters. How can I compare different Master's programs in Computer Science based on my long-term goal and choose one? Should I check a ...
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Do German universities allow work as a Research Assistant in an another foreign country? [closed]

Let say I am enrolled as a master student at X university in Germany. At the same time I am working as an RA at Y university in Japan. Is it allowed by German law?
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What factors to consider when visiting universities that you have received offers from when making a decision?

I am an economics undergraduate, and I applied abroad for my master’s. Luckily, I was admitted to two top schools – one in Germany, other in France. I have spoken with students from both schools, ...
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Is it possible to get into a masters program at an ivy league school in the US without a bachelors degree?

Due to a bad home life and an un-diagnosed attention disorder, I dropped out of high school in 10th grade. After teaching myself some things about computers, I got a job as a mid-level (L4) engineer ...
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Difficult exam and no correlation with lectures and assignments

So there's a Statistics exam in my Uni (in Germany). It's more of an application to Surveying. The Prof. who teaches this class gives really easy assignments which made me believe the exam would be in ...
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First-person perspective in master's thesis acknowledgements

In my institution, the acknowledgements section of a master's thesis may be quite personal so I thought I'd thank my fiancée who is (very) pregnant now, thanking her for carrying the burden of ...
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Advisor refuses to let me get my Master’s after my thesis defense

I am currently a Master’s and PhD student. I am in my last semester of my Master’s program. After a year of being in the PhD program, I have realized that academia is not for me. I received a job ...
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Open University Physics Department and Master's Degree in EU [closed]

I would like to ask if anyone here has finished the UK Open University's degree in Physics and has successfully applied for a master's degree. With this question, I want to make sure that by applying ...
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Should an engineering master student publish in a conference or try to get into a journal?

I am a master's student in energy engineering and I want to publish my work as I am hoping to get into a Ph.D. after my studies. My supervisor has recommended a conference. On one hand, I trust their ...
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Masters if not accepted for PhD? [closed]

Several CS graduate programs in the US have a checkbox stating something along the lines of "Would you like to be considered for MS if not accepted for PhD?" in their applications. I'm ...
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Quit Master's for a PHD?

Looking for advice: Anyone ever hear of people who quit their masters to do a PhD? My colleague in our masters (math) will be applying for PhDs this fall as with the usual cycle. However, he entered ...
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How to fairly assess applications coming from different countries for a master programme in the US/Europe

I am receiving a significant number of applications for a master programme in computer science from Islamic countries. When looking at their BSc curriculum and marks it turns out that a significant ...
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Accept MA in art history with no funding and massive debt, or apply PhD fully-funded?

I am a very strong graduate candidate in art history with a 3.97 undergrade GPA and excellent research and writing skills. My recommdations are very strong with three professors attesting that I my ...
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Appropriate time gap for contacting a professor after an interview

I had an interview for a research-based master's program in Canada over a month ago. Since the interview, I have not received any updates from the professor. What would be an appropriate time to wait ...
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How to cope with previous failures?

In 2015, I enrolled in an MSc Computer Security program with the aim to get a Ph.D. However, I dropped out of that program as I didn't like it. Then I got enrolled in a MSc Machine Learning program in ...
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Help with academic low self steem [duplicate]

I have an engineering degree and work in a giant business corporation. I am currently doing my MBA (in the last semester). Sometimes the fear of not getting the degree bugs me (I have to present a ...
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Why would a German state-funded PhD training program exclude master degree holders from applying?

I have come across this iGRAD-Plant PhD program for early career scientists in plant biology, which is a joint effort of the Heinrich Heine University, Research Center Jülich and the Graduate Program ...
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My MSc advisor assigned me an idea that was already done but, I found new insights, should he be included as a co-author?

My MSc advisor gave me an idea that was already done and was not expecting me to add anything new but I found new insights, he was not convinced, he never helped or gave me motivation but, I continued ...
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Mentioning a scholarship at the end of an article

So I finished my first degree and immediatly hoped onto my next (Master's). The issue was that when my supervisor asked me to write the article that contained my diploma thesis I was not able to ...
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Is there such a thing as a "postdoc" for master's degree graduates?

I have recently graduated with an MSc in nuclear physics, and am having a hard time finding appropriate entry-level openings for a job. I have looked at multiple openings at several national ...
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Who to ask for a letter of recommendation

I graduated with my bachelors recently and started working full time for the employer I had while I was a student. My employer has offered to pay for my tuition if I want to go back to school for my ...
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Can Master's Thesis at a different institution be applied towards a PhD Dissertation?

I am a computer science student in the USA, and I could not find any information about this online. Say one were to pursue a research based Masters, and they completed a Master's Thesis. If they later ...
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I’m being asked to research maths for my Python module. Is this right? [closed]

I’m a mature student, starting a part-time MSc. computer science degree after a decade in industry, after previously graduating with a BSc degree. I am out of touch with academia, but I am excited to ...
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Can someone enroll in an on-campus PhD program on the basis of a "distance learning" Master's degree?

What would be the status of a distance-learning Master's program in academia? Would it fulfill the requirement of an on-campus Ph.D. program? What would be the status of a distantce-learning doctoral ...
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How hard it is to switch for a new Master's degree from different Undergraduate background?

For Non-STEM backgrounds like Media/Film Studies, is it possible to get a master's degree in Data Analytics/ Data science to go for the desired field? I feel extremely need for a transition into a ...
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Is it possible to start a PhD without a Master degree?

I heard that it is possible to start a PhD without Master degree in the UK, i.e. to start a PhD after a Bachelor degree (3 years). Is it really possible? What are the conditions? Is there any other ...
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Applying for a Master thesis/project in the UK when from another UK University or from abroad

In many countries (such as France, Spain, ...), (science) master thesis is a research project of a couple of months spent in the lab/field under the supervision of an academics, at the end of the year ...
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Choosing a Master's program with less than one semester time for thesis

I want to apply for a Master's degree in computer science in Italy. I noticed that some Master's programs in Italy give you less than one semester to work on your thesis. My goal is to apply for a Ph....
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Getting into maths PhD program

I would like to get into a mathematics MSc or PhD program. My undergraduate degree is in physics and I have completed the most basic mathematics courses, like calculus, linear algebra. In the final ...
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How to refer results from my project thesis for my master thesis?

I am continuing the topic from my project thesis as my master thesis with more additional work. I have to refer/cite to some of my own results from the Project thesis in my master thesis document. Is ...
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Do I have to disclose academic dishonesty on a grad application?

When I was a freshman I got caught cheating on a homework (really just looked at a similar question online trying to figure out how and filled in the wrong number) and got a 0 on the assignment. I'm ...
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Are German university of applied sciences (Fachhochschule) Bachelor degrees recognized in US UK NZ or Australia?

I'm a prospective student looking to apply for an electrical engineering course (in English) at Karlsrhuhe, Rhine-Waal and Ravensburg-Weingarten universities of applied sciences. After doing a little ...
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How can I do my master thesis if I don't have an proposal and don't I like this research area?

My advisor invited me to do my master's thesis in his research area (of course I was happy about the invitation, but today I wish I had the discernment to choose an area based on my tastes). From the ...
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Can I apply for a master's degree in Germany after repeating my second year in bachelor?

I failed my fourth semester in applied mathematics bachelor degree because of depression. So I'll be obtaining my bachelor diploma in 4 years instead of 3 years. Would I be able to apply for a master'...
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Is there any possibility to change Undergrad track from Film and Media Studies to Communication department that is focused on more computational? [closed]

I want to pursue my master's in Communication that is more analytical and research-oriented and based on computational methods. Film and media recognize the area of the internet, social media, ...
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Ask for compensation mark for the distinction degree

I am finishing my master degree in the UK. To gain an MSC with Distinction at my Uni, there are 2 requirements: Credit weighted averaged (CWA) at least 70% on all classes with no failed Thesis should ...
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are there paid graduate school coaches/consultants (Europe)

I'm a master's student. I need to hire a coach/consultant who can advise on academic politics and procedures and knows European or Australian/New Zealand unis and available finances. My google skills ...
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What should I do if I want to change my track for Master's degree that is completely different from Bachelor's?

What should I do if I want to change my track for Master's degree that is completely different from Bachelor's subject in USA (non-US resident)? Currently, I am pursuing bachelor's degree in Film and ...
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How to go about getting into a Master’s in Economics program despite poor performance in undergrad?

I graduated recently with a BS in Economics. I am interested in pursuing my education in Economics but I realize that I am not adequately prepared as I did not perform well in my undergraduate ...
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New small result vs. Old big result for MSc thesis?

I have recently started supervising MSc students in Statistics and I noticed a trend: students who produce a NEW small result are often more challenged by reviewers/markers of their dissertation than ...
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Motivation letter / Letter of Application for 1 year Research Master's in France

I have done my master's from an institute in Asia in 2021 and I planned to write for PhD in Pure Math in 2022 in France. One prof suggested me to also apply to 1 year Research Masters(M2) in France ...
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Does being a native speaker of a language and having experience in academia substitute for a Ph.D. in cultural studies?

I have a friend from Germany who was a foreign exchange student in the US for a couple of years. She has a master's degree in Political Science from a German university and several years of experience ...
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In my thesis, do all sources I've cited need to be mentioned in the Literature Review?

I'm writing a Masters Thesis and am just not sure if every source I've cited in my thesis, I need to disuss in the Literature Review?
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What exactly constitutes as Novelty in academia? [closed]

In the world of academia what exactly counts as a novelty, when we talk about a novel idea or more specifically when we say Academic Novelty ? I am trying to start writing on a particular topic (...
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