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Can I tell my PhD supervisor honestly why I want to leave him

My suggestion is that you talk about all of the reasons you are moving to the other university, as opposed to leaving the current one. These reasons could be to do with relationships (e.g., family) or ...
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Advisor transferring to better school

The other school is hiring your adviser because they think they'll be a good researcher and faculty member. This means that at some level they trust your adviser's judgement. It's not impossible, but ...
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Advisor transferring to better school

Go with him. Seriously heed this: Go with him Reasoning: You seem to want to go. The adviser wants you to come with. Gird you loins and make it happen. Put in the work. No, it is not normally ...
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Can I tell my PhD supervisor honestly why I want to leave him

I know it sounds not very ethical, but I said nothing to my supervisor until I'm officially accepted by the new university. That is almost certainly the best move. Don't say anything to anyone until ...
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PhD advisor switching schools wants me to go with him

Talk to your PhD advisor about this. There might be options were you complete your PhD mostly remotely at the new university or your advisor advising you remotely at the old university. Your advisor ...
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PhD advisor switching schools wants me to go with him

A few points: Rated #4'th, rated #19'th - whatever; who cares. Many people seem to have a bit of a fetish for these numeric rankings. Forget about them. If your advisor was moving from a decent ...
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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?

In addition to being denied admission or dismissed from the university, as noted in Bob Brown's answer, lying on an application can be grounds for revoking a degree after it was awarded. You may also ...
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My advisor has literally no idea what my research is about and I am freaking out (phd student)

But not knowing what my research is about is just plainly freaking me out! So it seems like there are two issues here. One is the classic "my advisor works in field X while I want to work in ...
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How to transfer to a better math grad school as a 1st year student?

I think you've found yourself in a bit of an unfortunate situation. Only getting three years of undergraduate instruction makes it hard to compete with other excellent students, nearly all of whom ...
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My advisor has literally no idea what my research is about and I am freaking out (phd student)

Since you describe your university as top 50 and your field of study (based on your comment) is a mainstream one, I will assume that both the university and the PhD program you’re in are not new, but ...
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Can I tell my PhD supervisor honestly why I want to leave him

The other answers give the most 'sensible' choice, but being nice and making false excuses for your departure is not the only option. Consider politely but firmly telling the supervisor your genuine ...
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Advisor moving to a different school, should I move with him?

There's no simple answer here. Contrary to "The Fire Guy," when I moved, all of my students stayed at their old institution—primarily for financial and personal reasons. However, I received approval ...
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Forced to retake physics fundamental classes even with a master's in Physics

Ask them what "due to some new rule" means specifically -- in particular, ask them for the rule. You can always ask them to waive the rule, or to exempt your wife from the rule. Whether they ...
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Can I tell my PhD supervisor honestly why I want to leave him

Well, are they offering you something tangible? Pay etc? Different or more extensive equipment.. Or do you have external reasons : family, partner (spouse, other...) It could be simpler to stick to ...
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Can I tell my PhD supervisor honestly why I want to leave him

I'll add some points from a German perspective and the perspective of someone who defended her thesis in another university than where most of the research was actually done. I suspect that a large ...
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PhD program turned into Bait-and-switch

If you can't afford it, you can't afford it. Do not lie to another school, just tell them the truth, without the words "sham" and "bait-and-switch" etc. Tell them you attended for one month and ...
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Is transferring to another university an option for an unhappy PhD student?

I am currently trying to transfer too. My story isn`t the nicest neither. I met one guest speaker at my current university and just loved her work. My lab is stacked in old technologies and I feel we ...
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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?

In the United States, and probably elsewhere, a student who lies on an application for admission can be denied admission or dismissed from the university, even after acceptance and starting classes or ...
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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 and apply to another top university for a PhD program. Not all universities allow applicants from current Ph.D students. Although not '...
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Why is ASU asking for my wife's high school transcripts when she is already in college?

The latest degree matters She's joining a new institution from scratch. If she hasn't graduated anything else, the new college is admitting a high school graduate, and they want to see these ...
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PhD advisor switching schools wants me to go with him

If you have a good relation with the advisor, I suggest you to follow him. You are so far in the program that this does not mean necessarily to follow the advisor 100% "physically" (i.e. as ...
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Transfer of credit (masters) in Germany?

Credits must¹ be transferred if you are changing universities, this includes courses you have failed. Any course with the appropriate amount of credits that is 80 % or more equivalent to a course in ...
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My advisor left. Can I apply for another phd program?

I think you are overly pessimistic. Yes, you can apply elsewhere and you have perfectly good reasons. Yes, your current chair (and advisor) should support you in this. Yes, you can be honest about ...
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PhD advisor switching schools wants me to go with him

My advisor left the #1 ranked school to go to a lesser school where he would be the big fish. My advisor was kind enough to tell me honestly (and bluntly) that I'd have to re-do my qualifying exams ...
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Advisor moving to a different school, should I move with him?

For the most part, if you have already invested 5 years in your current university and have an advisor, then it is not worth relocating. In general, the following hold true at that point in your ...
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Can I tell my PhD supervisor honestly why I want to leave him

Agree with most people here - you need to do what is in YOUR interest right now. I saw similar situations myself at close quarters when I was a graduate student and if people didn't act, it usually ...
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Dealing with poor management, lack of supervision, and the desire to move into a different field

It almost goes without saying but still: it's really hard for internet strangers to correctly judge exactly how difficult this situation is for you. I'm answering just based on what you wrote and it's ...
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I took Pre Calc II and Calculus at community colllege. When I transferred, they accepted my calculus credit but says I need finite math?

Sorry no. Finite Mathematics is quite different from the earlier courses. It is required for a reason. The thinking patterns are not the same. That is, I think, the most important point. Continuous ...
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What happens to my ethics application when transferring PhD to a new uni?

will I need to redo my ethics application and data sharing agreement? Yes. It's possible (but not particularly likely) that you will be able to expedite approval a bit if you've shown you went ...
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