I really want to become a professor, but without having a PhD degree it makes my dream very complicated.

I already have a master’s degree in Engineering, but that is not what I want to do anymore. It sounds very corny, but I would like to study subjects, such as Economics, Business, Marketing etc.

So, I was going through some universities websites, but almost all programs require having some really strong background in Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, which I do not have it at all.

I was very enthusiastic about going for a PhD and becoming a professor, but after reading some program requirements in Economics and Business, I am going to give up and be unhappy!

Maybe it is a good idea to go for a MA in Economics first and then apply for a PhD, but I already have a master’s degree in Engineering. I speak three languages and I am very creative, especially if I want to study Marketing and/or Business. I have so much to offer…

I was wondering if you could recommend me some intro books in micro/macroeconomics for those, let’s say who is an artist or an engineer with no economics or business background at all.

Any advice and suggestions would be appreciated.

About two years ago I finished my master thesis. At our university we can only choose the topic to work on and mostly it is part of a Phd program.

My topic was a mess because the faulty study design did not allow me to draw any firm conclusions, i.e. I could not answer the research questions directly.

However I discovered other interesting facts which are directly related to these questions.

Two things happened:
My advisor did not want me to include these other interesting facts, presumably because one finding was a critic of a method he often used, and probably because I openly criticized the study design.
My advisor gave me the lowest grade which still passes for the thesis even though I incorporated all of the advice he gave me — with the exception that I did not want to exclude the critique of the method he suggested.
He told me that I focused too much on the details and he had a hard time seeing the big picture. However I could not answer the research questions directly (i.e. the big picture) because of the faulty design. (Which I told him repetitively.)

A Phd colleague of mine read my thesis and thought it was great. Other students also had problems with this advisor and one phd student even quit partly due to this advisor.

I personally do not dislike this professor but he is grossly overworked to the point where he is not even able to thoroughly plan a scientific study, causing much disappointment and headache.

Should I inform the department administration on this matter even If I am not at this university anymore?

I’m currently working on my CS masters thesis. The timeline is set up to 5 months with developing the software and writing the thesis itself. My supervisors and me had a nice idea that would (if it were implemented successfully) be a great contribution to a currently running research project of one of the supervisors.

I started out with checking whether the first of the two main problems of the thesis would work at all (I implemented that part of the software, it worked and so we were fine with that). After that, we felt confident to finally and officially register the thesis, so that eventually, with that day, those 5 months of officialy working on it started.

Today, 2.5 months later, I’m stuck with the second part of the problem. Since starting to work on that two months ago this one great problem was cut down into many smaller ones of which a few are solved, others aren’t.

Those few unsolved problems are a major issue now. On the whole, our “great idea” with which we started works under the condition that those few unsolved problems would some day work, but currently I feel

  • that some of the unsolved problems can’t be worked out in the remaining time
  • few of them I might not be able to solve at all – literature on them is very rare or non existend; I suppose we’re the first people to try to accomplish that fuctionality with these tools

In conclusion I currently don’t believe that the whole “great idea” we initially had can be put into software within the time horizon of my thesis (or at all).

The questions now are:

  1. I think I need 6 weeks (more likely 8 weeks) for writing the text of the thesis, so my time is running and I fear I cannot finally and certainly find out which of the remaining problems can be solved; What to do (and write) in that case in my thesis?

  2. I think my supervisors expected this whole thing to work out, being implement in code. I fear I’ll not satisfy that expectation. What to do about them telling me I could have done better, worked more, harder?

In some other questions, it has been noted that for certain programs at Cambridge, such as Part III of the Mathematical Tripos, one will not have had sufficient faculty contact to obtain strong recommendation letters. Additionally, no courses will show up on your transcripts until the end-of-year examinations (is what I have gathered from the answers to the above questions).

Thus, I imagine attending Part III may not significantly strengthen an application. Does attending Part III, such as on a Churchill Scholarship, carry significantly more weight to a graduate admissions committee?

Next year, I will work on my thesis on Artificial Intelligence for my Master’s degree. It is coupled with a project (an application/system). What I tend to achieve is a quality thesis that strengthens the possibility of conducting further researches on the subject (I’m mostly fascinated but the current approach to AI with Deep Learning).


  1. What is a Master’s thesis in Computer Science supposed to cover? An original approach/model? A smart application of an existing model/approach?… I’m very confused about the expected creativity in a MSc thesis.
  2. What are the things to keep in mind while working on the thesis, if the student aims to continue further researches?
  3. What is considered “applied research” in Computer Science?

I’m a year 3 student from National University of Singapore (NUS), currently exchanging in UCSD. My primary major is quantitative finance. I also got double major in Statistics and minor in CS. I plan to pursue a master degree, but could not decide between master of Stats or financial engineering (or even industrial systems engineering). At this moment, I’m aiming at job in banking area (To be honest, I haven’t got a VERY interested area yet, if watching drama does not count lol). I know that stats provides more opportunity while MFE is more specific, but could anyone give me some advice other than that, based on my information here? Plus: I am open to every kind of possibility because I’m really confused.

Some of my basics are as follows:

GPA: 3.78/4 (Converted from 4.73/5)

1 individual research project (Econometrics based. Not published.).

Charted Financial Analyst (CFA) level I passed.

Relavant courses:

Math: Mathematical analysis I, II Linear algebra I, II Numerical analysis ODE Numerical PDE Mathematical finance

Finance: Accounting Corporate finance Financial markets Investment instruments

Stats: Probability Regression analysis and linear model R/SAS/SPSS programming Planning: Stochastic process Time-series

CS: Data structure I, II Computer organization Language: Python, C++, Java, Matlab

I am a thesis-based master student. My supervisor still hasn’t given me the thesis topic in the 6th term. He said he was still arranging. Also I am not funded. I am considering about transfering to course-based master because it will be long if I keep waiting and work on my thesis. But I think I have to transfer to another supervisor as he doesn’t want to supervise a course-based now(though a student in my group still got a transfer after argument with him). I am considering about tansfering, and looking for suggestions from your guys.

I have a dilemma about my career path. I recently graduate with an IT (Software Engineer) background and within 2 weeks I’ve started working as a programmer with the title of Senior Executive. Ever since during my studies I’ve always knew that I was not born as a smart programmer, I’m more into managerial things, to be more specific after I develop my growth, I’ve realised I want to be in line in IT-Project Management or any related Project Management or even climbing the corporate ladders. Since I know how to code but I need to do it the hard way.

With the current job as a contract for 2 years, I’ve decided to pursue my master when my contract ends in Business Administration. My question is simple, is it really worth it as I’ve seek different viewpoint and would like to ask this question here for my personal reference and analysis.

Thank you very much in advance!

I would appreciate any help available.
I have over ten years of experience as an english teacher but
no bachelor degree. I have many other different diplomas.
i m looking for valid information regarding MA distance programmes that do not require a BA. In field of education, like Linguistics, Literature, General Education, Gender in Education, Intercultural competense, Anthropology of Education or anything similar.
Does anyone know of universities that allow doing an MA without BA???
Thanks in advance !