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Does the title of a master program make a difference for a later PhD?

I am handling PhD admissions for Computer Science at my university. My initial reaction to a master in "Information System Management" is to be very, very suspicious. That sounds like the ...
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Does the title of a master program make a difference for a later PhD?

I know both schools and programs. There are good and not so good points in both. Look carefully at the curricula: which courses interest you more? Look at the professors in the programs, what do they ...
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Does the title of a master program make a difference for a later PhD?

The title, per se, probably makes little difference, but the content certainly does. Beyond the names, note, importantly, that Information System Management and Computer Science are two very different ...
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(How) Can I switch from field X to field Y after getting my PhD?

First, you should consider: what is your motivation for making this switch, and why do you think you will be successful? Is there some compelling need to make this change (such as limited job ...
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Does the title of a master program make a difference for a later PhD?

You already got some good answers, but I think there is one more important point which is mainly a language issue and which should be mentioned - in particular since your main concern seems to be ...
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Academic career without travel

All sorts of things happen virtually these days, from writing reports for scientific organizations to writing papers with colleagues to developing scientific software packages. I see no particular ...
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Academic career without travel

I've been forced to isolate a few times over the years, and things are much better now in terms of technology than even in 2017. Most academics have learned to use video technology, shared folders, ...
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What are the (dis)advantages of holding two positions at different institutions?

Perhaps your situation is different, but when I've encountered people with these sorts of "split" appointments, it isn't as if they were weighing as options two alternatives: full ...
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What are the (dis)advantages of holding two positions at different institutions?

Advantages: Potentially higher salary. In Europe, it's generally possible to hold more than 100% worth of positions at one time (e.g., 100% at institution A and 20% at institution B would be fairly ...
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Doing a postdoc anywhere except USA even worth it toward becoming a professor?

Will completing a postdoc in any country except the USA (namely: Australia, China, Japan, France) be even recognized when applying for professor positions also around the world? If you are achieving ...
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Can I continue studying in Germany/sweden after a few semesters elsewhere?

I will try to give a general answer for Germany: In Germany, if you apply to a university you have to disclose previous study experience, the tests you took and passed/failed and any grades you have ...
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Can I continue studying in Germany/sweden after a few semesters elsewhere?

Do note that architecture is highly sought-after and each university has its own requirements for admission that may include portfolios or motivational letters or tests. You will also need German at ...
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Doing a postdoc anywhere except USA even worth it toward becoming a professor?

User gerrit has already given a general answer. In addition, here is one more specific and more concrete data point: in German academia it is (at least in STEM fields; I don't know about other fields) ...
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Seeking advice regarding masters programs in US

In your situation, for study in US, you are probably better off applying for a few doctoral programs, rather than a masters. Do this early in the final year of your undergraduate study. Most doctoral ...
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Does the title of a master program make a difference for a later PhD?

Does the dicision between those two universities and above all the name of the degree make a impact for a later career in academia? You mention academia and I can hardly comment on that area (I was ...
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Does the title of a master program make a difference for a later PhD?

There are always subtle implicit impacts of the words we see, but basically the name and reputation of the university will likely have a much larger impact than the name of the degree program. Also, ...
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What are the (dis)advantages of holding two positions at different institutions?

If you are not a full-time employee in the US, there might be benefits issues involving things like health insurance, retirement contributions, tuition benefits, .... Earning in two countries may also ...
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What are the (dis)advantages of holding two positions at different institutions?

Towards other people, one possible disadvantage is the order of the affiliation is important, in papers' affiliation one may think that the current affiliation is the last one. In general, one writes &...
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