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What happens if I don’t have a prerequisite class for a grad school admissions but am in the process of taking them?

Have a look at your transcripts, which will typically be submitted with your application... In my experience, these include in-progress and registered courses for the current and subsequent semesters. ...
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What happens if I don’t have a prerequisite class for a grad school admissions but am in the process of taking them?

You do not state the country of the school to which you are applying. However, most universities are aware that there are students in your situation. You should provide them with the information that ...
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When to approach potential PhD supervisors while bonded to a private company?

When a PhD position is open, it is expected to be filled as soon as possible. However, as soon as possible means at minimum 4 months (opening the positions, receiveing applications, screening ...
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When to approach potential PhD supervisors while bonded to a private company?

Before you contact prospective supervisors you should first have a look at the preferred practice in the university you are going to apply to --- some universities discourage contact with prospective ...
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How do top graduate programs in mathematics verify the validity of an enrollee's undergraduate degree from abroad? E.g. IUM in Russia

Since the question is, by now, 5 year old, my answer is probably largely irrelevant to you but it might be useful to others. The statement "We don't have a lot of departments of pure mathematics....
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How do top graduate programs in mathematics verify the validity of an enrollee's undergraduate degree from abroad? E.g. IUM in Russia

I think you will find that most major global universities have a bureau dedicated to screening exchange partner universities. While the administrators of these bureaux are usually graduates themselves,...
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How/when should I ask my supervisors' for a reference letter?

Ask your writers to draft an initial letter now, while information about you is fresh. You're intuitions are correct. Tell them your plans and keep in communication with them about important updates ...
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After Nikita Den Haag, should graduate schools consider also asking for peer-student references?

First, let's not change a whole system of how we write letters of reference just because "there once was this one case". Letters of reference are written for what must surely be hundreds of ...
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Does the addition of a mildly impersonal recommendation letter hurt your application for grad school?

Whether you want the letter depends on the reputation of the letter writer. An impersonal letter from a highly accomplished and well-known scholar in your field can an exceptional addition to your ...
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Does the addition of a mildly impersonal recommendation letter hurt your application for grad school?

The best letters are likely to come from people who know you and your work well enough to say something specific about it as well as to predict your success. A letter from some luminary who doesn't ...
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Does the addition of a mildly impersonal recommendation letter hurt your application for grad school?

An admission committee will have to make a decision based on the information provided. If the "well accomplished individual" offers you a letter of recommendation, it will presumably recite ...
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How can I go back to a PhD program I left for another?

It sounds like you are ignoring the harm caused - by you - to department X." I really didn't treat it like choosing a book. I did due diligence. Yeah, sure... you probably did. To you that ...
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Applying for Phd while being in good standing in another program

If I were on the admission's committee of your "new" program, I would be wondering whether you would lose interest in "our" program just as quickly as you lost interest in your &...
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How can I go back to a PhD program I left for another?

The best way to do that would be to provide strong evidence that you have stopped being the kind of person who discontinues their Ph.D. program due to sudden "shifts of interest" or due to ...
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How can I go back to a PhD program I left for another?

I agree with Bryans assessment: you very likely can't. The only situation in which I could see myself taking back a PhD student would be a circumstance that is drastic and was out of the student's ...
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How can I go back to a PhD program I left for another?

If I understand you correctly you did not have a supervisor or a faculty member you worked with closely before you left. In that case I think your best chance is to contact the department, explain ...
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How can I go back to a PhD program I left for another?

You probably can't. Good PhD programs get lots of good applicants, and the program can only accept a fraction of the number they can accept. Your history now has you wanting to leave not one, but two ...
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Using acquaintance for admission in Ph.D

It is not improper to ask for information. Your brother does not gain an advantage by asking for information, either with a direct or indirect request. Any applicant can ask for information. It is ...
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Using acquaintance for admission in Ph.D

I can't judge but it is possible that the question you want to ask might be open to anyone, including your brother, to ask directly. It depends on whether the format of the exam is intentionally held ...
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What are the benefits of having a rank based cut-off over a marks based cut-off in entrance exams (if any)?

I can give a perspective of this from the lens of a country which does have a Rank based entrance, India with a specific focus on an exam named JEE. Firstly, the thing to understand is that there is ...
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Chance to get a PhD offer in UK? Taught master with distinction (last year) but third class honour bachelor degree (over 15 years ago)

All I can say is that no, it is not impossible. Its not impossible even at a top 50 university, it will mostly come down to the supervisor in question. Admissions offices can usually be persuaded to ...
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I'm the 1st author of a paper in a top conference in my field, and even then my PhD application got rejected from 5 out of 6 programs, is this normal?

I recently helped screen AI/ML applications at one of the top-4. Unfortunately, having a publication is essentially a requirement, not a plus (this isn't necessarily true for non-AI or other ...
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How old is too old for a PhD?

No age is too old, but your prospects for what happens after - what you might be able to do with your degree - do change.
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Will translating a (high-level) philosophy book strengthen my PhD application?

Translating a long academic text is a very arduous and thankless task. I’d suggest doing it only if you truly have the passion to do it for its own sake and for the satisfaction of knowing that you ...
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Can document certification statement be written its original language?

Unfortunately, you do not say whether they require certified copies. The university has been through this a few times, so we can assume that they have adjusted their procedures. They must have access ...
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Grad School Program Recommendations & How to Narrow Down My List of Programs

At the MS level, pretty much any R1 university such as those you mentioned will serve you well. Most have large math faculties and offer a lot of course options. The one difference might be whether a ...
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Will two unpublished research papers boost the chances of my scholarship application being reconsidered?

Since you have been encouraged to submit more material, these papers can only help. With the limited data you have it's impossible to estimate how much. Five months sounds to me as if they expect (or ...
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Is it a good idea to add a cover letter to a scholarship application when a cover letter is not specifically required?

If you have been already denied, then it would be good to explain how the current application differs from the application that was denied. If I were on the committee, that would be the first thing I ...
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