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This is a personal view and I think that there would be a lot of variation in what people accept for a graduate program; especially for a doctoral program. I would tend to discount almost all such courses for the simple reason that I have no real idea about what the student learned in the course, independent of whatever grade the received. I have no idea ...


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I think this would depend on the location of your institution and how traditionally/modern inclined its culture is, as well as the person itself who reviews your application, but it certainly wouldnt hurt your application in any way. It is certainly a good way to stand out from the rest of the field, since I highly doubt any other applicant to your same ...


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The questions referenced by GoodDeeds covers most of your question - the why. For the rest: In the US it would probably be impossible (illegal) for one university to query another about a student's application, so, no, they don't check. And there will be no consequences if you list a school and then change your mind. Don't feel any special obligation to ...


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This answer applies to doctoral admissions in the US, and, while not universal, is pretty regular. First, your successful admission will depend on a weighting of many things. There won't be a standard, published, weighting, but only the general sensibility of the individual faculty members on the admissions committee. Note that most (not all) doctoral ...


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This is a long comment, not an answer, but I often see this misconception in particular with students from India considering graduate admissions in the US. Graduate admissions in the US are decided by committees of professors in the department that will admit you. The professors will read your application, and then they will make a collective, subjective, ...


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I seriously doubt it will make much difference. You say you primarily want to work on Y, and your research experience is in Y, so you'll be judged as "a prospective Y student." If applying X to Y is a reasonable thing to do, then saying you're interested in X shouldn't hurt you at all. But without any real background in X, it also probably won't ...


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