I recently applied to the University of Exeter for my PhD in Economics and received a financial offer from the School of Business for full funding equating to 100k pounds, but still have yet to receive a program offer. However, I recently received an email saying that my “offer is currently being processed by central admissions”. Should I take this with a grain of salt or does the context entail that I will receive the offer, but it is just being formally written to be sent to me? My financial aid offer also included my supervisor name, not “potential supervisor”, but just “supervisor”.

I finished my B.Sc. in physics 3 years ago, did a year of research, worked a year in tech, and have spent the last year off the grid living in the bush and running away from reality for a while. Now I’m going back for my master’s or PhD, but I’m pretty rusty. I’m hoping someone out there might read this and have some good advice on the best way to do this.

My options are basically the following:

  1. to do a master’s in a field/at a school/with an advisor that are all
    not ideal to me, because that’s where I have experience and

  2. to spend a year or so doing a second degree in math and then going
    on to do a PhD after that.

My reasoning for the second option is that this will afford me better opportunities for better grad schools in fields I have more interest in. Simply put, I don’t believe I have a strong enough application right now to get into the programs/schools/advisors that I want to get in with.

My undergraduate grades are fine (A-/A average), but not extraordinary enough to carry me by their weight alone. I have two publications and a dwindling number of connections who could write me strong recommendations. Maybe one or two at most, with two others who would write generically positive letters. I don’t think this is enough to get me where I’d like to be.

Grad school seems like too big of a commitment to go somewhere/work with someone I’m not 100% on board with. Is this “greedy” to think this way? Am I being too picky/asking too much? Should I take what I can get now and not waste my time trying make things “perfect”? Every grad student I speak to has the same advice: “Unless you’re 100% sure this is what you want to do, don’t do it,” so I’m kind of going by that.

Is it worth taking a year or so to pad my application with a second degree in math (new networks, fresh good grades, strong recommendations from professors if I can build relationships with them), so that I can get in where I actually want to go? Or should I just suck it up and do the master’s that I don’t care about, do it well, and then go where I want from there (keeping in mind that I’d be wanting to switch fields at this point)?

Thank you very much in advance to anyone who takes the time to read/respond!

So I’m in a bit of a weird situation right now.

I recently graduated from university with my BS, but was expecting to continue my education at the school as I was accepted into a BS/MS program at the end of my junior year. I put a tremendous amount of time and effort into my work and knocked out a significant portion of my MS during my senior year.

Since I graduated I had to do some transitioning into the MS program, which consisted of proving that I actually had my degree conferred, filling out some additional paper work — you get the idea. I filled out every form that needed to be completed, met every deadline, and so on (and have tangible proof/records of me doing so).

And yet for some reason, I’m still not in the graduate program (The offer was never rescinded or anything like that). Even though I’ve done all of the work I’ve needed to do and was already accepted, I’m simply not considered to be in the program for some reason and can’t register for classes, receive financial aid, etc.

I tried desperately to solve this matter with the graduate admissions office via e-mail, phone, and in-person meetings, and yet I’ve been continually left without help and without answers every single time. Class registration + Financial Aid deadlines are coming up and yet it looks like I’m posed to miss them due to the admission office’s neglegence towards this matter (And mind you, this is not some kind of fake/phony/fraudulent school. This is a very well-known, reputable university in the US)

It’s honestly gotten to the point where I’m preparing a letter to send to the president of the school, as I’ve run out of people to go to for help. It’s been really frustrating to have done all of this work for so long and then be treated like this, and I don’t know what do to.

I’m not really sure what to ask at this point, but absolutely any help/recommendations would be sincerely appreciated. Are there any actions/repurcussions I can possibly take against the school for this? Or are there any other courses of action I should take to help resolve this matter?

Thank you.

I can get a small raise if I earn 7 more units from an accredited school. I have no intention of earning another degree, and I could be happy with either online or in-person work. How to go about it?

I could apply to some Master’s program, get accepted, enroll, and then not finish the degree, but this seems dishonest, plus I might have to take their introductory courses instead of my own choices. Would some other approach do better? Do accredited universities ever offer graduate courses à la carte?

I graduated from college with a BS in Civil Engineering a bit more than 10 years ago. My GPA was about 3.0, but I think that was pulled up more by some electives and liberals arts classes that I excelled in because I recall struggling a bit with some of the more advanced technical courses and walking away with an A+ in History of Rock and Roll I and II.

Since graduating, I’ve since tested for and passed the PE exam and am licensed to practice engineering in addition, I’ve since become a lot more proficient at advanced technical aspects of engineering via practice.

I’ve never before attempted an application to grad school, but more and more I’m finding professionally that there are a lot of advantages to having a broader knowledge in engineering than the narrow specialization that my BS prepared me with.

What are the typical steps I would need to complete in order to gain admission to grad school. Is it necessary to take the GRE? Would a GPA below 3.0 in technical courses pretty much bar me out?

I just finished my master’s degree and I want to do a PhD in a specific multidisciplinary field. So, I started searching for the professors who work in this research area. I worked as a research assistant in a lab in a lower rank school and I was working in the same research area that I was doing. So, I do have an experience with this field and I don’t have to start from scratch (I took this as an advantage for me over other students) Should I start contact professors directly so if they find me a suitable students they can support my application in those top universities (like Stanford, CalTech, UCSD, etc.)? or professors in those top universities already having the best students to choose from and they don’t bother themselves with recruiting from the outside? Another question, in those top universities, can professors get involved in the admission process or at the end it’s just about the admission people and no say for professors on the admission processes no matters that student is good?

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I am applying for the Masters in the US for the Spring 2019 session. I don’t understand the concept of GPA.
I have done my masters in Physics. My doubts are as follows:
1. For my three-year undergrad degree in Physics do I need to calculate the score of the last year or all the three years (as in my country what you scored in the final year matters for admission)
2. My Master’s is calculated on a 7 point scale. Like my GPA is 4.33/7. How to convert this on 4 point scale?
3. I come from a lower middle-class family and applying to the US universities will come costly to me. So I wish to email shortlisted university for my profile evaluation. Will they help out? How do I approach them?

Is there any benefit of applying in October as opposed to late December right up against the deadline? Do committees just meet after the deadline once all reviews are in? This is what I thought, but I have heard from a few professors that they sometimes look at applications as they roll in, and so it may be advantageous to apply early because they could remember yours.

Edit: One thing that I would have to weigh applying early against is the fact that I work at a research org, so waiting an extra 8 weeks or so could allow a new publication to come out and add that to my CV, or I could get on a new project in that period which would be relevant and look good to the programs I’m applying to.

Without naming the university (to protect my privacy), I attended one of the top 20 universities in the US for my undergrad and graduated in 3 years with honors. While graduating from this school in 3 years isn’t impossible, it’s certainly rare. On top of that, I have a good GPA and finished a humanities-based CogNeuro major, a Writing minor, and all my pre-med coursework.

Now I’m applying to grad school for CogNeuro, and I’d like to highlight the fact that I graduated in 3 years on my CV, for 2 reasons. First, I genuinely think my accomplishments are made more impressive by that fact. And second, because it explains why I have less research experience than some of my peers. So I guess my question is twofold: Should I even bother mentioning that I graduated early, or am I just being arrogant in doing so? And if that’s a good thing to mention, how can I do so without being heavy-handed?

Currently I have my high school name and graduation year listed under my “Education” section, not because my high school matters, but because it’s the only way I can think of to show that I graduated from college early.