Questions tagged [second-degree]

On earning a second degree at the same level as a degree you already hold (i.e. a second bachelors, second masters, or second PhD).

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Is doing two PhDs a good path?

I am studying a combined bachelor of engineering (electrical) and bachelor of mathematics; I just started this year and will graduate in 2018. The reason why I am doing double degrees and not a single ...
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With a background in mathematical finance and desire to apply for a mathematics PhD in another field, do I need a second master's?

Pardon the dumb question if ever. I notice similar questions all sound like "can I get a second master's?" but mine is "do I need?" I am nearly finished with my master in mathematical finance. I have ...
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When does one go for a double doctorate?

I would love to know the circumstances under which people opt for a second doctorate degree. Could a professor working in a university write up a thesis and submit it to his department to earn a ...
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Can a masters student apply for a second masters in the same field at another university?

Are students with masters degree allowed to enter a masters program in the same area at a good university? Is second masters a good option for a better research experience and improving your CV ...
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Does one need a master's in math before taking a PhD in pure math?

I finished bachelor's in mathematical finance and am nearly finished with master's in mathematical finance (I am already done with thesis), and I plan to pursue a PhD not in mathematical finance but ...
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After PhD in Aerospace Engineering, could I be admitted into a top university for a second PhD in Computer Science?

I currently work as an Aerospace Engineer for the Department of Defense for nearly 6 years now, and I have a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from a top-10 university in the United States. I am seriously ...
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Why is it disadvantageous in graduate admissions to have a higher degree?

JeffE's answer here indicates that holders of a master’s degree are held to higher standards when it comes to graduate admissions. The stated requirements for some graduate programs (example from UC ...
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Is a second PhD ever necessary? [duplicate]

I'm an undergraduate student. I used to think that a PhD certifies a person as an expert in a specific topic of a specific field. I've now been told that while that's true, a PhD most importantly ...
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Does one need a bachelor's in Math, if not a master's, before taking a PhD in Math in the US?

This is actually just a revision of this question in relation to this answer. I ask "Does one need a master's in math before taking a PhD in pure math?" (And then applied to the US for this question) ...
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What is the basic structure of American higher education?

When I go to university for four years and study, e.g., law or medicine, do I earn an undergraduate degree? And do I have to go to university for another two years or so to get a graduate degree? Also,...
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Doing two Bachelors before Masters degree?

I currently study for my B.Sc. in Media IT. I easily could finish a second Bachelor if I do one more semester. I want to do master's degree in Media IT afterwards. I'm already 23 and in the third ...
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Is it advisable (or even possible) to get a second masters in a similar field from a higher-ranked instution?

In May, I will graduate with a Master's Degree in Mathematics from a school ranked #201 in the U.S (for undergraduate education). It is unranked in graduate school rankings (for my program). I am ...
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Why do a second PhD in a “neighboring” discipline?

I recently received an application for a PhD position from someone who is already working as a postdoctoral associate. The difference in fields is not particularly large—I work in chemical engineering ...
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Is getting a second masters frowned upon?

I recently read on stack overflow that getting two PhDs just shows that you're unfocused and you don't know what you want to do. However, I'm at a small school with a 5 year Computer Engineering ...
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Considering a second PhD, this time in statistics. Will any professors be interested in working with me? [duplicate]

I have a PhD in applied mathematics from a top university. I didn't realise it at the time because I was so focussed on my research, but it seems my research area (numerical analysis of PDEs) is ...
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Is pursuing a second PhD in the same or related field a viable means of returning to academia after a decade in industry?

I have a PhD from a reasonably good program in pure math, but I had no support from my department or adviser and so went into industry afterward. I'm unhappy with the situation, and I'd love to return ...
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Is it possible for MSc (India) student to pursue MS in US?

Is it possible for an Indian student with M.Sc degree to do M.S course in USA? I heard BS degree in USA is of 4 years, but in India MSc is done after BSc.
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It is possible to obtain two PhD degrees (various fields) on the basis of one interdisciplinary PhD dissertation?

It is possible to obtain two PhD degrees (various fields) on the basis of one interdisciplinary PhD dissertation? Is this something feasible (in Europe)? Or maybe there must be two different '...
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Getting rid of first degree to apply for second

I finished my PhD a while ago but, long story short, got screwed over by my department and wound up entering industry rather than continuing my academic career as I had wanted. My degree and ...
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Should I do a second PhD in Canada or the US?

I am three years into a PhD in Germany in an interdisciplinary social sciences field (Global Integration/Global Studies), but I am quite disillusioned with the faculty and the quality of guidance here....
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Second PhD in Austria?

When one already has a PhD from a university outside of Europe, could he apply for a second PhD in Austria? I know that second PhD is not possible for example in UK. Is it the same for Austria? Is ...