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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.

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

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Grad school chances

I got an F in the last semester of my freshman year can I still get into grad schools like uchicago, northwestern, or umich for psychology? what can i do to make up for this F

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2024/06/22
19:38 UTC

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Seeking Insights on MPS in Informatics Program at Northeastern University - Boston

Hi everyone,

I'm an international student from India and l've been accepted into the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Informatics program at Northeastern University, Boston. My first choice was the MSCS program, but I didn't get in and l'm unsure about this option.

Could anyone share their experiences or insights about the MPS in Informatics program? I'm particularly interested in:

  1. Curriculum: Is it rigorous and industry-relevant?
  2. Faculty: How is the quality of teaching?
  3. Career Prospects: How well does this program prepare you for job placements and networking?
  4. Degree Value: Is this degree well-regarded in the tech industry?

Any advice or experiences would be really helpful. Thanks!

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2024/06/22
19:33 UTC

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LLM or MA?

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2024/06/22
19:30 UTC

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Does my prior research experience have to be similar to field I am applying for (PhD)?

Hello everyone,

As the title says. I am in nanomaterials research and development, particularly fabrication of electronic devices. I am looking to join a research group that is also in materials, but a complete 180 in that it is organic and bio materials and not traditional semiconductor materials I am used to and would be pursing.

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2024/06/22
18:57 UTC

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NJCU Clinical Counseling Interview Invite

I got an invite to do a interview for the Clinical Counseling Program for NJCU, however does anyone have any experience to what questions they will ask ? I finished my undergrad in Psych two years ago and worked with people who have autism/ other disabilities and that has been it. Do I have a strong chance with no research experience ?

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2024/06/22
18:50 UTC

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Stanford PhD CS, profile evaluation

Hi everyone

I’m planning for a PhD specifically at Stanford in CS. But I’m not sure if I have a profile that will make me standout.

I have a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering and a Masters in Data Science with 3.9 GPA. Other than that I’ve worked for 2 years in a high visible tech role in a tech company and an AI startup in Silicon Valley. I’ve been working as an Executive past few months. But I hardly have any research experience. What steps should I take to improve my profile. I’d appreciate the suggestions.

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2024/06/22
18:34 UTC

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help finding grad program? any advice is appreciated!!

hello everyone!

im a rising senior in college majoring in computer science and minoring in biology. truthfully, i started my cs journey pretty late in my college career (sophomore spring/junior fall) so im interested in further studying/ continuing my studies in computer science/data science (i think im leaning towards more data science because im hoping to do something that blends cs and bio, if that makes sense?).

i currently have a 3.4 gpa but i expect that i will probably be able to bring it to a 3.5/3.6 by the end of my senior year (my school has grade deflation, so it's pretty brutal out here haha), and am also low income so im hoping to find programs that can help fund my studies.

ofc, im not expecting anyone to just find the programs for me but any advice on this grad school search would be so greatly appreciated! thank you!!

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2024/06/22
18:20 UTC

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MQM @Duke

So my MQM course at Duke starts in 3 weeks and man I feel so under prepped and nervous as I come from a non-tech background

I’ve always been an average student (especially when it comes to math) but at the same time I don’t have the mindset to sit down and learn the technical skills via online courses 😭😭😭

  • the overwhelming feeling of moving to a different continent is FREAKING ME OUT

What if everyone else is smarter than me? What if I won’t be able to cope with the curriculum? What if I don’t land a job?

Help :(

#MQM #Duke

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2024/06/22
18:16 UTC

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Looking to start a road to PhD accountability log

Hello everyone!

I am looking to start basically as the title says. I am someone that is getting into research after already having graduated with my Bachelor's and doing so with a slight change of field as well. I figured it might be interesting to document my journey from where I am now to hopefully the program of my dreams.

Is this okay here? Any interest in following?

Thank you kindly

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2024/06/22
17:40 UTC

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No responses from potential PhD supervisors

Hey! I want to apply for the 2025 intake for Phds in the US and have a pretty decent profile. I recently emailed about 8 professors expressing my interest in joining their lab and my background + future research interests but am yet to hear back from any of them.

I was wondering if it is common to not get responses and should this discourage me from applying to the PhD program at that university anyway?

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2024/06/22
17:19 UTC

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Should I retake GRE? (322, 168 Q, 154 V, 4 AWA)? Applying to top 10 MSCS or equivalent programs USA

Hi everyone,

I will be applying to masters program in computer science or related in USA(fall 2025) for top 10 universities like CMU, Stanford, Berkeley, etc.

I recently gave my GRE and scored 322 (168Q, 154V,4 AWA).

I'm worried that my low verbal score may cause problems for getting admitted in these universities which have a lot of competition and near perfect scores. However, I will also be giving the TOEFL ibT and will try to score 110+/120.

I do feel I have a good enough resume with a GPA of around 3.7+, some work exp at a great company, one patent, multiple research papers and good projects but I fear that my GRE verbal score may be a cause for elimination even if it has been deemed optional by most of the institutions. And I would've been sure of attempting again but my high quant score is the reason for my confusion.

So my question would be how much do these colleges care about a low verbal score for a quant heavy degree and should I try to aim for a higher verbal score for safer side by giving the GRE a second time?

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2024/06/22
17:09 UTC

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Spring intake at Johns Hopkins

Is the spring intake applications delayed for JHU, specifically for MSE DS/CS.

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2024/06/22
16:40 UTC

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Is my true position amongst my classmates at all relevant or does it not matter more than my general standing?

I've just finished my bachelor in psychology in Brussels, Belgium. I'd like to pursue a master's in Neuropsychology which will itself be followed by a PhD at the same university, or by another master's or graduate at Oxford, depending on whether I get accepted by a private foundation established solely between my university and the Oxbridge universities.

I've compared with some of the the highest scoring classmates I know (about 30), and nobody has a higher bachelor average than I do. For context, this is out of approximately 400 graduates, some of which have yet to retake some exams.

I know that by the true end of the year, when I'll get my diploma, I'm also going to get an ECTS grade which will place me in a certain percentile - A is given to the top 10%, B to the next 25%...

With this in mind, in the future when I'll have to apply for all sorts of academic activities (internships, Master's, maybe a PhD), should I specify the information I'm sure of (aka my ECTS grade) or is it at all valuable to mention that I am (or might be) the "first"?

Belgium is the least competitive system you can think of, we're all instantly accepted when we apply, hence the insane number of graduates. I really don't know how to be competitive, or what is considered a valuable information if I wanna apply outside of Belgium, so any help is greatly appreciated.

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2024/06/22
16:33 UTC

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does being a startup founder helps my profile for mscs?

hey guys, i wanted to ask something and i could not find answer to this anywhere.

does being a previous founder for some startup helps my profile for mscs?

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2024/06/22
06:54 UTC

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Emailing prospective professors

I’m in my second cycle of applying for my PhD and I want to email a few professors. I was wondering if it’s too early to do it now or wait until September. For the last cycle, I emailed Poi in June and had an informal meeting with her but then she had changes in her plan later in the year (she went on sabbatical). Also is it better to write a research proposal, or just be concise? I usually include my research area and CV. And finally, how do I know if the poi is truly interested in being my supervisor? In the last cycle, most professors said they’re open to taking students and I should submit my application. Should I push further for an informal interview? This is for applying to the US and Canada btw. TIA!

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2024/06/22
15:49 UTC

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[USA] Looking for MSc Programs Abroad

Hello everyone!

[USA] Considering masters abroad…worth it/realistic?

Looking in Scotland, UK, Ireland, and Netherlands. How do these degrees fare when looking for American PhD admissions? Is there a difference? Does it depend on the actual school?

Some of the programs I’m looking at:

•University of Leiden - Clinical and Health Psychology (research) (MSc)

•Trinity College Dublin - Applied Clinical Neuropsychology (M.Sc.)

•University College Dublin - Behavioural Neuroscience

•University of Galway - MSc Health Psychology

•University of Exter - Clinical Psychology MSc

In addition, I have a low GPA. I graduated from a T10 school with a 3.34 and a 3.0 psych GPA. Other than that, I have a year and a half of research experience, a years long mentored research, gave 2 poster presentations, and gave a research talk. I was an athlete in college which ate up a lot of my time and made me absolutely miserable, but hindsight is 20/20.

Could I get into these programs, realistically? It would be a huge help for PhD admissions. Thanks!

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2024/06/22
15:23 UTC

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Can GRE sub make up for low GPA during masters (to some extent)?

Hello,

I'm looking into PhD programs in applied math/operations research for autumn 2025. Here's a brief summary of my profile:

  • BS '23 in Math @ t50 public U w/ 3.73 CGPA & 3.87 Major GPA;
  • Doing MS in operations research @ ivy league w/ ~3.3 GPA;
  • 3 pubs in nonlinear optics (at conferences), currently doing 2 RAs in diffusion model & combinatorics, which will probably result in 2 or 3 more pubs before app;
  • GRE sub math 880/90%, will take it again at September;
  • Target schools: Princeton, MIT, Caltech, Harvard, Yale, Brown, UPenn, Cornell, CMU, UChicago, UMich, Northwestern;
  • Not-so-important facts: 3 years of TA/grader experience; 4 PhD level courses in A during undergrad and 3 in A and A- during masters;

Can I still break into any of those schools if I get a higher score in GRE sub like ~95% to make up for my masters GPA? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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2024/06/22
15:05 UTC

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Are there any scholarships that do not require recommendation letters, or at least those on their own templates?

I have recommendation letters but they're on my university's letter pads.

Talking to teachers and asking for stuff makes me very anxious. I'm not sure what to do. Everytime I see that a scholarship for masters demands a recommendation letter I just slide it away.

Are there any that do not require recommendation letters, or at least those on their own templates?

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2024/06/22
14:52 UTC

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Masters inGermany

I'm really confused if I should try for Masters in VLSI/Electronics from German TU9 universities. I would like to know how the semiconductor environment of Germany is like, the job opportunities post graduating and the research investments by companies, startups. Would be really great if anyone could help!

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2024/06/22
14:51 UTC

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Research Assistant ➡️ PhD

One of my friends got PhD opportunity at Yale' university after working as a RA st the same department , but he is not from STEM. Is that possible for us, one from biological science background, is that worth to try..any idea guyz?

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2024/06/22
13:41 UTC

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Aus vs USA for MS in CS

Hi all, this is my profile CGPA: 9.4 in BE CSE in a Tier 3 college in India Publications: 1 IEEE paper Experience: 8 months in MNC in DevOps field (currently). Will have 1.5yrs during application

I am currently considering Aus and USA for masters for 2025. Can I get all the points I need to know? Which country is the best for ms in CS My purpose is to

  1. Play safe (to be able to get a job after masters)
  2. Find good roles after masters (Dev/ML/Blockchain/DevOps)
  3. Want a decent ROI on my degree

I am in a huge dilemma. Help a brother out.

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2024/06/22
11:36 UTC

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Experience at Barcelona School of Economics as an American (Financial Economics Masters)

Hi everyone,

I was recently accepted into the Barcelona School of Economics for a master's in Economics and Finance. I'm particularly interested in this program because of its faculty and coursework. I’m looking to work in investment banking or equity research after graduation. Additionally, the tuition is much lower compared to most American universities and it seems very high quality which is what attracted me to it as well.

I'm from the U.S. and plan to return to work here after completing my degree. Could anyone share their experiences with this school, its reputation, and the career placements afterward? Is it worth it? I have a few offers from American grad schools and am trying to weigh my options and make sure I make the right decision. Thanks!

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2024/06/22
08:11 UTC

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Planning on pursuing masters from Canada. Have a few questions

I am in my 7th semester and currently pursuing BTech in CS. I was planning on targeting the fall 2025 intake. The question I have is regarding the GPA requirements. I’m from India and have a CGPA system in place. My CGPA is 7.8/10. Very low I know. But a lot of universities I have seen in Canada ask for “last 2 years of study” when stating their GPA requirements.

If I remove my first year where I was barely able to attend uni due to medical reasons, the last 2 years of CGPA aggregate I have is 8.4/10. Will I be able to provide them just these 2 years of transcripts? What exactly do they mean by last 2 years of full time study.

Also, many GPA conversion websites have given me varying scores on a 4 point scale. What would be a reliable way to convert my CGPA to GPA.

In case I’m not able to provide them only the 2 years and have to use the 7.8 aggregate, is it even worth applying right now? Since I’ve heard Canada is very acad centric in its selection criteria.

Sorry for such a long message. I’m just really confused and don’t know where else to look. Thanks for reading my post. I appreciate the help.

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2024/06/22
08:02 UTC

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Admissions in CS/ML in healthcare is outrageous hard and I just feels lost

I have finished my CS master with a GPA of 3.6/4.0 in a developing country. For nearly a year after that time, my CV has three papers, two of them are considered good (1 ICASSP, 1 MICCAI, and one Q1 medical journal), and I am the first author for all of them. I have a good recommendation letter from my advisor, and I have good research experience in computer vision and machine learning. I have submitted my applications to dozens of PhD programs, all of them are ML/CV in health care, and they are not even considered the top 20 in the world. I have applied for the program in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia, emailed the professor, and even tried to contact the professor at the conference. But I COULD NOT GET ANY INTERVIEW OR SHORTLISTED, of course, I have been rejected by all of them. I even applied for the program that is sandwiched between a top university and a local university (funded by the local university), which is often considered a safe choice for many people. I have no idea what is wrong with my application and feel depressed for every single rejection. I am not sure if I should apply for another round or just give up.

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2024/06/22
07:00 UTC

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Prodigy Finance: Ripping Off International Students with Sky-High Interest Rates and my experience with SoFi's loan refinancing

https://preview.redd.it/zsxf3aj7t18d1.png?width=1360&format=png&auto=webp&s=5d20eba1e3fb49386aea1bcf5d052fe41488b253

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Coming from a lower-middle-class family in India, I had extremely limited options to sponsor my studies here in the US. At first, I was extremely happy with Prodigy Finance and did not go with a traditional bank because of the ease with which they process loans. The difference of around 5% APR seemed justified at the moment to avoid the hassle of transferring funds from India to the US account.

Boy, was I wrong. I learned the hard way about compound interest when every month, hundreds of dollars (close to a thousand) would just pile on as interest over the last two years. In fact, after doing several jobs and a well-paying internship over the summer, I only managed to pay off just the interest that had accrued over time, without moving the principal.

One of my colleagues here at CMU mentioned and shared their referral link that helped me save a lot of $$$. SoFi is pretty much the only bank that offers refinancing to international students without a cosigner. The only caveat is that you need to have a job offer starting within 90 days. They reduced my APR by less than half, and I was shocked to see how much lower the overall lifetime amount I had to pay back was when I switched to SoFi.

This is by no means a paid promotion or financial advice. I just wanted to share my experience, hoping it might help anyone looking (or unaware) to lower their Prodigy loans by half. I would be happy to help anyone who has questions over DM!

~ cheers

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2024/06/22
04:28 UTC

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First Generation Student Graduating Next Year, I'm So Lost

I have one year left in my forensic anthropology undergrad program and I need to make the most of it to hopefully get into grad school. My current GPA is a 2.7, which I know isn't great, but I still have time to make it better than it is. I also don't have any research experience, although I will have some opportunities this upcoming year at my school that I plan on taking advantage of. That being said, I'm currently working on a small project with a faculty member in my department, and I have an extensive volunteer history.

As I stated before, I'm a first gen student and I kind of have no idea how to navigate this. I've found some schools that I'm interested in, but I'm not sure where to go from there. I also have no clue what the "timeline" is for getting things ready and completed in the process besides the due dates that are listed for the schools I've looked at.

I guess I'm looking for advice on two things:

1.) Are there any other measures I should be taking to make myself more competitive for applications?

2.) What is the general timeline and steps I have to take to submit my applications successfully? Are there any other major steps I have to take besides the applications themselves?

Any advice is welcomed and appreciated. I've been stressing about this for a while now and I could really use a guiding hand.

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2024/06/22
02:51 UTC

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Harvard MPA Prereqs

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2024/06/22
02:22 UTC

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Need urgent help for MSDS

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2024/06/22
01:41 UTC

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PhD admission chances: Theology or Peace Studies

Hello! I have an MA in Theology and BA in Theology and Sociology. I want start a PhD in the next five years or so (ideally) but am feeling like I have low chances. Here are some of my other credentials:

  • 4.0 GPA in undergrad and grad school
  • Strong writer
  • Did multiple funded research projects in undergrad
  • Did BA and MA on an accelerated track (not sure if this one is a pro or con; I potentially have less total coursework than other applicants)
  • Taught introductory theology at my alma mater for the last year as an adjunct, and I might continue to do this in the following years
  • Ample experience in the fields of social work and ministry, which would inform my areas of study

Does anyone have any idea of what kind of applicants I would be competing against? Or, even better, what PhD programs are looking for? I want to get in to a fully funded program (specifically looking at Princeton, Notre Dame, and maybe Harvard). I'm mostly concerned that my MA isn't competitive enough and that I don't have any post-grad research experience (yet).

I don't know exactly what I want to research yet, but it would be something in the area of Theology and/or Peace Studies. The only ideas I've had to improve my chances are getting published or getting published as a co-author with other scholars. I don't currently have great connections with faculty at any of these programs, but I have read other people's suggestions to just reach out to faculty and build a relationship with them. Is that a realistic strategy? Do I have any chance of getting in without getting another master's?

Thanks for reading my ramblings. Any and all advice appreciated.

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2024/06/22
01:34 UTC

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