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Is transferring to another university an option for an unhappy PhD student?

I've heard of people transferring between graduate schools because of their advisor moving to another school and taking their students with them. Do students ever transfer for other reasons? If a ...
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Can I tell my PhD supervisor honestly why I want to leave him

I spent more than half a year with a PhD supervisor, and am not happy with both aspects: relationship and academically. With time, it becomes obvious that our field of research doesn't match. He ...
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Hiring a PhD student who left another PhD position

It's the first time I'm recruiting for a PhD student. I advertised the position and have received a dozen applications and there are still 2 weeks left on the 4 week announcement. What caught my eye ...
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Advisor transferring to better school

I am currently at a Top-20 engineering school in the US. I am making great progress on my PhD and have an excellent relationship with my advisor. My advisor is transferring to a Top-3 engineering ...
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Advisor moving to a different school, should I move with him?

I am currently a PhD student studying robotics at university A in my third year, and I've recently finished my qualifying exams and advanced to candidacy. My professor has been in contact with another ...
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Is it bad to apply to one PhD program with the intent of leaving for another (more prestigious) one?

I'm in my senior year of undergrad. I messed up a little bit academically this semester - not seriously, but enough to be confident I wouldn't get into a top 20 math PhD program. So I wanted to work ...
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PhD advisor switching schools wants me to go with him

I'm a 4th year PhD Student in engineering in the US. I'm in school #19 (ranking). My advisor is moving to #4, and wants me to go with him (promises no delay on time to graduation.) There are no other ...
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I am a student of high potential but not great on paper, how should I go about transferring to a university more at my level?

I am currently in my first year of a general mathematics PhD program at a state university that isn't rated particularly high. As far my classes go, I put in little to no effort towards them and ...
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Is it dishonest to start a PhD with intent to leave it and transfer to another program?

I just finished my master and am about to start a funded PhD in October. Thing is that the reason I am doing this PhD is because I missed the deadlines for the PhDs that I am truly interested in. I ...
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Changing PhD programs: should I submit a recommendation letter from my old advisor if it's not purely positive?

I am in the process of changing PhD programs, and my previous supervisor cannot write a letter that is purely positive. The main difficulty is that she wants to include details about what happened at ...
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Transferring PhD Because of Visa Issues

I was an F1-student in the US but because of some issues, my visa was revoked and I have to leave in my 3rd year of my PhD (at a top 5 school). I have done good work so far and my advisor is quite ...
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PhD adviser moving to another school - Should I follow?

I'm a doctoral candidate in Biomedical Engineering. I've finished my coursework and I'm in my first year of PhD research currently - I had 3 more yrs. to graduate. My PhD adviser has decided to move ...
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My advisor has literally no idea what my research is about and I am freaking out (phd student) [duplicate]

I am a PhD student. This is my first month in the program. I met my advisor a while ago. Very nice guy, but as the title says, he does not know what I am writing about. I don't mean it figuratively. ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a Professor to write a recommendation letter for applying to another university?

I am currently studying at an university in Europe (undergraduate, first year)and would like to transfer (next year or in two years) to an university in UK. UCAS requires a reference to accompany your ...
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Transferring PhD programs because of location

I am a first-year PhD program at a certain top-10 graduate school in my field on the East Coast. I wish to transfer to a certain top-10 graduate school in my field on the West Coast. I have been ...
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What are some of the serious consequences that someone can suffer if they omit part of their academic record on their application for admission?

What are some of the serious consequence that my friend could suffer if he tries to pretend that he has never gone to a Community college before? (He thinks that it will make the 4 year college ...
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How to justify quitting PhD because of a professor in statement of purpose?

I planning to drop out of a PhD program after one semester because of my encounter with a professor with little experience. This professor is also very intervening, non-perceptable, unapproachable, ...
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Do community college transfer students have a disadvantage when it comes to graduate school admissions?

I spent a year at a community college working in industry straight out of high school. I recently got into a top cs program and will be attending starting spring 2015. However, the school only gave me ...
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Is it possible to continue a PhD program in a different university (PhD transfer)

I am a final year PhD student in a EU country (in bologna). I have already completed my MSc and Advanced studies diploma (MPhil eq.). I am self-funding my project and I have been doing research since ...
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How to transfer from a pure math PhD to an applied math PhD at another school?

I am currently a first year graduate student in a pure math PhD program in a top-100 university studying topology. I declined offers from top 20 schools to attend this school because I liked the ...
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After an unsuccessful first PhD position in experimental research, how can I get accepted to another program?

I am a new PhD student, almost one year into the program. I was in theoretical research in my Master's program and switched to experimental research for my PhD. During my studies I have used a ...
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Explaining undergrad transfer on application to grad school

I'm applying to PhD programs in math. The thing is: I went to a great school coming out of high school, but it didn't work out. (No GPA problems thankfully; just personal stuff.) I ended up going ...
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When transferring credits do I need permission from the "leaving" university?

I did three years of my four year undergraduate degree in the UK. I want to do my final year at another university in another country (still in Europe). I contacted the university that I am interested ...
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Student leaving before completing PhD - how to write about his motivations for switching in recommendation letter?

I have a beginning PhD student who wants to enroll in a more prestigious PhD program elsewhere. He has done good research work here, both with my group and with a group at the university he wants to ...
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How to explain in PhD interview about leaving current PhD due to lack of funding?

I am invited to interview for a PhD position. I am very afraid about the questions which will be asked. However I have a big fear, and it is that I am currently PhD student, started 1.5 year ago. I ...
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Going to a different University for part of my PhD

SHORT: Is it normal -or perhaps "is there likely to be any kind of existing framework"- for me to go and do part of my PhD at another institution? For, say, a summer - although I might prefer ...
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Transferring to a PhD program I had been previously admitted to

I will be beginning my PhD (in a field that's halfway between social sciences and humanities) in the fall. During my application cycle, I was admitted to all three of my top choice programs, and was ...
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Can a PhD student transfer to another graduate school after advancing to candidacy?

I am in a PhD program in mathematics, and I am in my last year in the program. This is the last year that they will fund me for. If I need more time, I will either need to pay the tuition on my own, ...
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How can I transfer to a different Ph.D. program after experience with a bad advisor?

I just started my Ph.D. in fall 2015 in a very good, high-ranking school in the United States. However, my advisor and I were not able to work together and I did not like her way of advising, since ...
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Is graduating early from college or transferring to another college fine if I took all the upper level courses?

I'm currently a sophomore at a small liberal arts college. I want to get into one of physics PhD programs with faculties renowned for quantum gravity. I'm majoring in math and physics, and since both ...
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I am a first semester math PhD student who needs to transfer to a different school: how should I talk about my current program on applications?

Background I am a first semester math PhD student and for personal reasons I need to transfer to different PhD program in mathematics or applied mathematics (the reason has to do with going to a ...
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What's the impact of former university's transcript on PhD application?

I'm a junior majoring in chemistry and have a plan for applying Ph.D. after graduation. My current GPA is not distinct, just 3.65 out of 4 (Many people say 3.7 is competitive while 3.6 is like average ...
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Transferring / re-applying to PhD programs - Humanities

For humanities PhDs: If you find that your research topic has changed such that you no longer are a good fit in your program, is it possible to re-apply and get accepted into the same program at ...
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Transferring PhD to another university because advisor goes on a leave of absence for two years?

I am starting my second year of PhD (in engineering) in the US after earning Master's degree outside the US. My advisor notified me that he'll be going abroad for leave of absence for at least 1 year, ...
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Transferring math graduate school to another country

I joined my current university (in a South Asian country) as a PhD student in mathematics last year (August 2016). My first year was spent doing coursework mostly, apart from doing reading projects in ...
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Should you hide that you are already enrolled elsewhere when applying for another PhD?

I plan to re-apply for a PhD in the US next year, but meanwhile, I decided to enroll in a PhD in my home country I read the similar post: Is it a good idea to stay an extra year at my masters ...
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My advisor left. Can I apply for another phd program?

I just finished my second year in a social science PhD program and have only one semester left to finish my coursework. Last semester my advisor A told me she was gonna take a job offer from another ...
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Dealing with poor management, lack of supervision, and the desire to move into a different field

I am halfway through the 4th year of my PhD and I have grown to find that I dislike the direction of my dissertation and the project that I am working on. My supervisor is extremely absent as he is ...
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Is it possible to trade up during ones PhD in Mathematics? [closed]

I have been accepted into a Ph.D. program at a school that is a decent top 50 on the US News. Has anyone had any experience with 'trading up' after one gets their terminal master? At my undergrad, ...
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Is it possible to complete the last year of a German Diplom in another university if ineligible in original university?

I have a friend who was studying civil engineering in Dresden, Germany. He somehow got a very... VERY bad case of electronic addiction (he would just play online games and only procrastinate) and he ...
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Is it professionally viable to leave an American math PhD program for a Master's in Germany?

Background I'm an American who will be starting a pure math PhD at a relatively prestigious US public university later this month (I realize that it might seem pointless ask a question about a ...
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Leaving a Graduate Program in a Polite and Professional Manner

I'm a first-year PhD student and I plan to leave my current program in order to transfer to another program next year. If possible I will also ask for a master's degree from the program. I am looking ...
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Asking for a recommendation letter to transfer PhD programs from someone who I want to be my advisor if I don't succeed in transferring

I am a first-year PhD student in statistics, but plan to apply to computer science graduate programs in the fall. Two of my recommenders, however, are professors who I would like to advise me if I ...
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How to transfer to a better math grad school as a 1st year student? [closed]

I'm a 1st year math PhD student and wish to transfer. I applied to transfer fall 2023 to 16 schools but didn't get in anywhere. I'm going to try again, but first I'll answer why I wish to transfer and ...
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Transferring PhD programs due to parent's sickness

I am a PhD student that has just started my third year in a scientific field. Since I have started my program, my mother has been diagnosed with a serious form of cancer. It has recently gotten worse ...
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Possible to return to a PhD years later (at the same or a different uni?)

Here's my challenge: I took a suspension of studies about a year and a half ago from my UK PhD program (in ancient history) and moved back to the US after my funding ran out, and now have to decide ...
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Is it possible to apply to a PhD program, then transfer a year later to a higher-ranked program?

Is possible to apply to a PhD psychology program, and if accepted, then transfer a year later to another program that is higher in ranking?
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Is it rude to ask an adviser at my current university to help me transfer?

I'm an undergraduate looking into transferring from my current university to another college overseas, the application for which requires a letter of motivation detailing why I want to study there. ...
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What are the disadvantages and advantages for a senior graduate student to restart after 6 years' study?

I am a graduate student in a physics department in US. My department's ranking is really low. In fact, you cannot even find the ranking in, say, usnews. This year is my 6th year and I am seeking a ...
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Is it possible to attend my "backup" school but reapply to my top choice and go there if accepted?

I applied to several graduate programs and was accepted to my back-up choice. The professor at one of my top choice schools contacted me personally to say that he was interested in my application but ...
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