/r/gradadmissions

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This subreddit is for anyone who is going through the process of getting into graduate school, and for those who've been there and have advice to give.

This subreddit is for anyone who is going through the process of getting into graduate school, and for those who've been there and have advice to give.

Have general knowledge or advice to share from your experiences? Consider adding them to our wiki.

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A somewhat not-gentle guide to getting into grad school with subpar grades

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Advice on PhD application

Hi all, I’m starting an MPhil program this fall, and will finish by June of next year. But it’s looking like a gap year will be tough (and financially won’t make any sense) so I’m hoping to apply for PhD programs this December so I can hopefully finish the MPhil and start the phd the following September.

Has anyone applied for a Phd in the humanities before completing their masters? If so, any advice on what might boost my application?

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2024/05/20
13:06 UTC

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Affect of F on admission

Long story short, I got an offer letter for admission into one of the top universities in the states. However, because if a death in my family, I was unable to give one of my exams, and the mental block in my head resulted in poor communication from my side due to which I failed a course in my last year. I made up for it by taking an additional courses down the road, and will now graduate with my degree however I'm afraid of how to tell this to the admissions committee and the possible affect this will have on my offer. Will the offer be now withdrawn or what? Any piece of advice I would appreciate greatly.

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2024/05/20
13:01 UTC

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Looking for Community or group of Florida Institute of Technology

I am an Indian Student admitted to the MS Software Engineering program at Florida Institute of Technology for Fall 2024.

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2024/05/20
12:47 UTC

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Is 3.1 gpa too low to go to masters school for cs?

My major gpa is a 3.6, as I got As from last two years but the problem is in the first two years, however I’m just wondering what are good CS schools that have accepted a 3.0. I’m planning to take the GRE as well. Any advice or success story with a sub 3.0 gpa will really help!

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2024/05/20
12:37 UTC

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are there ways round grad school as an international student if I don't get admitted?

im talking about premasters or grad dips for the US/Canada/NL.

do they usually accept international students if u want to do a Masters (in a DECENT PUBLIC school) and don't do well in ur undergrad?

im thinking whether I should study my undergrad in my country (NUS in singapore), and potential risk graduating with third class honours or no honours (because of how harsh the grading system and how high the competition is; im really traumatized by my country's education system), + that will help me to gauge whether I can take modules for the sake of learning (eg coding) or I should just farm for the GPA (which is what people do in NUS because of how pragmatic it is here)

OR

I should study abroad now and get better grades (but waste money)

im leaning more towards the former since my current offers abroad aren't ideal so I don't wanna spend so much on it, but im also scared I won't get to do a Masters in any of the above countries if I study in Singapore now.

Thanks.

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2024/05/20
12:20 UTC

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is a second blank page in a statement of purpose gonna look bad or sloppy?

Microsoft Word does this when I get to the end of the first page and I don't know how to fix this. Will admissions think it looks sloppy? And do I need to include my name and date? also wondering if I'm allowed to upload it as a pdf instead.

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2024/05/20
12:17 UTC

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What is uni melb doing? Still no results on admissions😭😭

Hi I applied to uni melb, Australia for MS CS course. April end was the date by which we should have received the replies or results but I haven’t.

Please someone who has got any updates on this please lemme know..

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2024/05/20
11:58 UTC

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Can I Still Get Into Good Programs Without Internships?

I’m trying to apply to Computer Science Master’s programs for the Fall of 2025 and I noticed that I recently missed out on a pretty neat-looking government internship opportunity due to time constraints. That being said, there are of course still tons of other internships I can apply to for the coming summer and fall terms, but just in case I miraculously get into none of them, do I still have a pretty good chance at graduate school? Please let me know what you think, thank you.

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2024/05/20
10:13 UTC

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NYU Tandon MSFE, reviews and pros and cons please.

(Thinking of joining this fall)

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2024/05/20
06:02 UTC

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F1 visa and passport Mumbai consulate

Hello I had my visa appointment and got it approved on 11th may. Status hasn’t moved to issued yet. It’s 20th may today. It’s been 5 business days and I am travelling out of the country on July 1. Would the passport arrive by then? Should I email the embassy?

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2024/05/20
05:39 UTC

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Admitted

Just got an offer letter from njit for fall 24. Anyone else going to be there?

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2024/05/20
05:24 UTC

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Letters of Recommendation

Do schools typically have a limit on how many LOR’s applicants can submit?

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2024/05/20
05:22 UTC

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Looking for advice on MS Psychology programmes in the US.

Just curious to know whether psychology counts as a STEM programme in the US or not. I'm considering doing a MS degree in Clinical Mental Health Counselling from the US and would like to know what is the job and visa situation like after. I already have a Master's of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from India, and 2 years of work experience in the clinical field. Would it be worth it going for another masters? Or should I take my chances with applying for a PhD program instead, which I know is incredibly hard to get in. Any advice would be appreciated. :)

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2024/05/20
05:22 UTC

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Masters Funding Private vs Public

Are funding opportunities for masters programs more, less, or equally as likely in private institutions as they are in public?

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2024/05/20
05:19 UTC

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Stereotypes of Distance Education?

Hi all! I’m a distance student at a flagship university, and I’m gearing up for the upcoming application period this fall. I should graduate with a 4.0, if not quite close. I’ve also been brought onto a project as a (remote) research assistant, facilitating my pursuit of recommendation letters. However, I’m concerned over the stereotype I may be fighting against in graduate admissions. I’ve gone to great lengths in showing my professors that I’m serious about my education, and they mentioned that I should heavily consider grad school based on the work I produce. I’m very fortunate that one is writing me a LoR knowing I’m applying to their Ivy League alma mater. If it matters, I’m a History major, so any test or assignment is written and read, not graded by a multiple choice quiz.

How likely am I to face issues with the grad committees, and even prospective advisors? Although these committees aren’t supposed to discriminate, I can’t necessarily blame them if they did. Does anyone have any experience on how to fight this battle, or have tips on how to navigate it? Will I be more likely to experience this with Ivy Leagues? Thank you for your input!

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2024/05/20
04:16 UTC

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I MADE IT!!!

Few days ago I received an email from my professor that contained some of the most satisfactory words of praise that I have ever heard. He wrote,

"Congratulations Rajesh (name altered),

You made it finally! You have the grit!"

This was in response to a prestigious scholarship award that I was given for a PhD in my dream university!

For the past 7 years or so I have only dreamt of it. It bore immense fascination for me even as a child! I knew I wanted to study there, but being from a humble background, and having never left my small town, I had no way to know how. I was not born to highly educated elite parents either, but those educated enough to help me through my initial years of intermediate college. My academic journey had me trailblaze through unknown territory.

As I made my way through, I came across many people — friends, mentors, guides — all of whom I am indebted to for the rest of my life.

Just last year, as I finished my MA from a public university in my country, I managed somehow to get through into my desired PhD program. But I got no funding. I was devastated. I had no hope left. The future seemed doubtful and dark. It was only those very friends and mentors who pushed me through this year's application process. Yet they credit me for my efforts. I respect the sentiment although I do not understand it; just as it must be the other way around.

In my culture, just standing beside a broken person silently without advice that is uncalled for is a rare trait. I am happy that the same was a staple in all my pillars of support!

This is an expression of my gratitude and not a "success story" that is so common these days. When the future seems uncertain and things don't go your way, don't lose hope! You're not done yet!

I look forward to October 2024. I look back at May 2017. Then I look forward, yet again.

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2024/05/20
03:46 UTC

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Has anyone not yet received results from USC Master of CS?

Taking too long...

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2024/05/20
02:43 UTC

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Chance to get into a Masters in Financial Economics or Finance and Economics Course

Hi everyone, I am a student from India and am going into my last year in BA Economics (Honors). I want to apply for either MFE or Masters in Finance and Economics.

The issue is I don't know if my stats actually support me and what colleges I should target. The dream would be Oxford but I am looking for a reality check as well as suggestions.

My GPA per semester are divided as below

SEM 1: 3.65/4

SEM 2: 3.45/4

SEM 3: 3.81/4

SEM 4 (Tentative as of 20th May 2024): 3.5

Am currently pursuing CFA L1 and am part of 2 clubs being Bulls and Bears (Finance Club) and Chess Club (As a casual member) at college.

I know that the target GMAT is 742 but still need a better view.

I also know French at B2 level but have to brush-up my communication skills a lot.

I would love a view on my portfolio and some pointers if what I am targeting is feasible or not

Thank You in advance

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2024/05/20
02:28 UTC

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Getting into a good grad school

I hope all is well! I just graduated high school and I’m matriculating to Williams College for undergrad. I was wondering on what steps I could take starting today and in the future in order to get into a good graduate program in political science or public policy. I hope to work as a professor someday.

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2024/05/20
01:45 UTC

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UC Davis (SF Campus) vs Santa Clara University for MSBA

Help me decide b/w these two courses and colleges. (Master of Science of Business Analytics)

UC Davis : 12 month course || Tuition: $55k - Classes on Thurs - Sat || Occurs at UC Law campus in SF (Not in Davis), professors come in for classes.

Santa Clara Uni: 16 month course || Tuition: $58k || Uni life

I would have to miss a couple weeks of the UC Davis course because it starts earlier and I would need to make up for it. Courses do look very similar, but graduates from UC Davis seem to be doing a lot better.

I do not have a lot of programming/analytics experience, but hope to to upskill before and during the course.

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2024/05/19
23:38 UTC

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UC Davis (SF Campus) vs Santa Clara University for MSBA

Help me decide b/w these two courses and colleges. (Master of Science of Business Analytics)

UC Davis : 12 month course || Tuition: $55k - Classes on Thurs - Sat || Occurs at UC Law campus, professors come in for classes.

Santa Clara Uni: 16 month course || Tuition: $58k || Uni life

I would have to miss a couple weeks of the UC Davis course because it starts earlier and I would need to make up for it. Courses do look very similar, but graduates from UC Davis seem to be doing a lot better.

I do not have a lot of programming/analytics experience, but hope to to upskill before and during the course.

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2024/05/19
23:38 UTC

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Public Health (Epi) Graduate Program Recommendation

Hello everyone,

I graduate in 2025, and I am looking for a recommendation for graduate programs across the US. Honestly, I would programs that give good financial aid. Can I please have recommendations? 🙂🙂🫶🏾🫶🏾

2 Comments
2024/05/19
23:32 UTC

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Quick question

I am a prospective PhD Neuroscience student. Would you advise that I take the GRE test? Or most schools don’t require it for my program.

3 Comments
2024/05/19
22:04 UTC

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Gradadmission/cs/UH

I applied to cs program (Ph.D.) in university of houston for upcoming fall semester. I talked with a professor before applying and he encouraged me to do so. But didn't get any admission decision yet. Did anyone get any decision from this department?

2 Comments
2024/05/19
22:02 UTC

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Masters conversion to data science courses

I want to know people's opinions on MSc data science conversion courses specifically in the UK. I have a bachelor's in biological sciences and was looking into conversion courses in data in the UK. I have found mixed reviews and was specially concerned with the fact that someone told me that it's not enough content to cover in 1 year or lacks relevant skills such as SQL which are essential for data science employability. I was wondering if anyone had any advice?

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2024/05/19
21:42 UTC

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Seeking Advice: Cornell MEng for CS vs. UCSD CS BS/MS

Hey everyone,

I'm currently faced with a tough decision regarding my academic future and could really use some insights and advice from the community. I've been fortunate enough to have been accepted into two reputable programs, but I'm struggling to decide which one would be the better fit for me.

Both programs have their own unique strengths and opportunities, but I'm having difficulty weighing them against each other. I'm particularly interested in the fields of AI and systems programming, and I am probably going to go into industry after I receive my master's degree. Given that I graduate from UCSD this year, I'm also curious about which school would have a greater impact on my resume and would be a better fit for me.

If anyone has experience with either of these programs, insights into the curriculum, faculty, research opportunities, industry connections, or any other relevant factors, I would greatly appreciate hearing your thoughts. Additionally, if you have any advice on how to approach this decision-making process or factors I should consider that I may have overlooked, please feel free to share.

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2024/05/19
20:52 UTC

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Need Advice: Admission to Yale School Of Environment: Environmental Management Program

I graduated back in 2012 from a good Midwest private liberal arts college with a degree in PoliSci/gGovernment. I graduated with a below 3.0 GPA but currently work at a fortune 100 company in the marketing sector. I’m looking to pivot careers and work in the cross Section of sustainability/biz strategy. I’m wondering if I even have remotes chance of getting into this school with such a low undergrad GPA. Could a compelling admission essay help? Should I consider taking some coursework before applying to boost my GPA? Hoping to understand my chances or if I should consider other schools entirely. Thanks in advance!

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2024/05/19
20:45 UTC

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Getting back into grad school

I (25M) have been working at a quant hedge fund for around 3 years, after graduating with a master's in theoretical physics from a top uni in the UK. I feel like my interest has waned, and I now want to pursue some interesting problems in physics through a PhD.

Other than switching to an industry job in physics, does anyone have any advice on things a working person can reasonably do to beef up their CV before applying to graduate programs? I don't mind where. I've recently applied to the IOP, and I've been writing problem statements and short expository articles, as well as writing solutions to textbook problems.

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2024/05/19
20:27 UTC

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Is applying to the NEU MSCS for spring a good idea? I’m only seeing fall admits on GradCafe. I’m curious if it’s harder to get admitted in the spring.

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2024/05/19
20:15 UTC

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Columbia Application Timeline

Hello Everyone! Hope you all are doing well. I had applied to Columbia IEOR Ms in Financial Engineering for this fall in January but I still haven’t received any update on my application. Does anybody have idea by when can I expect to get their decision? Should I be worried?

Thank you in advance.

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2024/05/19
20:14 UTC

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