I applied to PhD programs on my supposedly last semester of my MA. I’m doing thesis, and I am worried I won’t finish in time. I have been accepted to the PhD program I wanted, and it is in a different field than my MA, though it is still somehow related. I did say in my personal statement that I’m completing my MA.

The PhD acceptance letter didn’t say anything about conditional acceptance, so I guess it’s just acceptance? Does that mean even if I did not complete my MA, my PhD acceptance would still stand?

I’m applying for Master’s degree in France and have learned that there are two different ones – M1 and M2. I read the answers to this question and a few websites with general explanations, but couldn’t quite figure out which one is more suitable for someone who is going to do a PhD after their master’s, and intends to work in academia.

Would studying a 4-year or 3-year undergrad make a difference? I’ve done my undergrad in the American system (4-year bachelor, but a relatively broad education), with a few extra courses that were more advanced (graduate-level courses), but I still do need to take courses to prepare for Ph.D. Can I take introductory (but graduate-level) courses in an M2, or the courses in M2 are all very specific? Do I stand a chance for a direct M2, or is it the case that a 4-year US undergrad is not considered as qualified as a 3-year French undergrad + M1?

I’m looking to embark on an online Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics in the coming year with the intent of doing a Master’s degree in either the US or UK afterward.

However, after doing some research, I’m a bit skeptical about the odds of getting accepted into a Master’s program with an online Bachelor’s degree. Most of the figures I saw while researching is 5% US schools.


  1. Is it true that Master’s programs in the US/UK accept only about 5% of applicants with an online Bachelor’s degree?

  2. Are there any authoritative sources that can confirm the acceptance rate figures?

Is it possible to do a second Masters Degree in Biostatistics if I already have a Masters Degree in Statistics?

During my first Masters Degree, I took one Biostatistics course for my elective, and I found the subject really interesting. I thought about taking a PhD program in Biostatistics, but to me PhD is too long and I have some doubts on whether I will be successful as a PhD student. I am particularly interested in Masters degree in Biostatistics that has co-op option, so that I can gain some work experience as well.

But is it possible to take a Masters program in Biostatistics when I already have a Masters degree in Statistics?

I have written my Statement of Purpose (SOP) for the graduate programs that were Ph.D. or M.Sc.+Ph.D. (the American doctoral programs), but I am also applying for some only M.Sc. programs. They often require a shorter SOP, and even if they don’t explicitly mention a word limit, my presumption is that they find a full 2-page SOP (just below 1200 words) to be too long. I am wondering what are the least important points for an M.Sc. application, so I can cut out those parts from my SOP.

Given the programs I’m applying to, it seems to me that they care a lot about the courses I’ve done, and not only a few important ones, but almost all relevant coursework. I also know that they don’t really expect any research experience, but I thought my research experience is what could make my application stand out in the pool of applicants to those M.Sc. programs (a lot of whom have little to no research experience). There is also a part about my interest in the subject and my long-term plans, where I explain my research interest (since I’m definitely going to do a Ph.D. after my M.Sc. and pursue an academic career). I don’t know how necessary it is, but I think they might care about why I wanna do a master’s degree at all (this is separate from the part where I write about their program in particular). The rest of it is about my educational background and skills.

Which one of these parts do you think is the least important so I can exclude it?

(I list the paragraphs here: )

  1. My interest + view on the subject + long-term goal
  2. Background from college 1
  3. Background from college 2 (I’ve
    transferred from 1 to 2)
  4. Skills and other important points about
    my background
  5. Research experience 1
  6. Research Experience 2
    (I’ve briefly described the project too.. is it necessary to do that
    for Master’s programs?! )
  7. Short-term plans
  8. Why this particular master’s program

For PhD, it’s obvious that since you’ll be doing research, prior research experience would be a larger plus over industrial experience.

But for a non-research (course-based) master’s, do universities still prefer candidates with more research experience or would they prefer candidates with more real world experience?

Assuming both research experience and industrial experience are rather entry level (e.g. junior research assistant vs junior developer).

I’m in a difficult situation, although I understand that I’m very lucky to be in this position.

I’m a final year UK chemical engineering student expecting a mid-high first class B.Eng degree from a fairly decent Russel Group university.

I’m looking for graduate studies and I have managed to secure 2 places:

The first is a fully funded 4 year PhD as part of a CDT in synthetic biology. My first year would be spent at Oxford and my final 3 years would be spent at Bristol University, which I will graduate from after that.

My second offer is for an MPhil in a similar subject at Cambridge University which they have offered to fully fund also.

I’m very unsure as to what to take. I cannot defer my PhD offer. On the one hand, Cambridge is a very good university but my fear is that if I do the masters there, I may have thrown away my only chance at a PhD, and that I won’t be able to get one after that – And ideally I’d like to do a PhD at a top tier institution such as Oxford or Cambridge. On the other hand, the PhD at Bristol as a CDT, so I won’t be choosing my supervisor until my second year after I finish my first year at Oxford, and I’m locking myself into a particular discipline, and to a specific list of potential supervisors for 4 years directly after my bachelors.

Again I’m well aware that I’m extremely lucky to be in this position, but any advice on what path might be the best one would be greatly appreciated.

EDIT: The specific PhD that I applied is entirely taught for its first year, which is why I am not worried about the jump from the bachelors straight to PhD.