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A bunch of queries

20LEGEND20LEGEND Registered User Posts: 1,359 Senior Member
edited August 2007 in Graduate School
Applying for : Fall 2008
Majors : Computer Science / Computer Engineering

I intend to do my masters and possibly even a PhD in my field (Computer science). Can I do my masters right after my undergrad or do i need work ex ? Does my undgrad school really count later on after my masters(in terms of jobs, salaries) ? Does going to a Tier 2ish undergrad school affect my chances of getting into a top grad school ? What's better : top GPA at Tier 2 uni or middish GPA at Tier I uni ?
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  • molliebatmitmolliebatmit Registered User Posts: 12,374 Senior Member
    Can I do my masters right after my undergrad or do i need work ex ?
    In theory, you can enter a master's program right after undergrad. In practice, you can do this only if you have a strong enough undergraduate record -- many people work for a few years to build their applications through experience in the field.
    Does my undgrad school really count later on after my masters(in terms of jobs, salaries) ? Does going to a Tier 2ish undergrad school affect my chances of getting into a top grad school ?
    Undergrad school would probably not matter (or at least not matter a great deal) after you get your master's, but it's often easier for undergraduates from top schools to get into top graduate programs -- in some cases explicitly (MIT has a special master's program in some engineering fields that's only open to MIT undergraduates), and in some cases just through knowing people and having connections (my fiance, for example, got into MIT's master's program in his field because his undergraduate research advisor wanted to have him continue working for him).

    In any event, undergraduate school is not the only, or the major, factor in graduate school admissions, and students from all kinds of schools are perfectly capable of getting into top graduate schools. It's just that it's a little less of a tough road for students at top schools.
    What's better : top GPA at Tier 2 uni or middish GPA at Tier I uni ?
    They're about the same.
  • 20LEGEND20LEGEND Registered User Posts: 1,359 Senior Member
    What're the factors considered for admission to grad school (for say, MS in Comp Sci or an MBA) ?
  • molliebatmitmolliebatmit Registered User Posts: 12,374 Senior Member
    An MBA is a professional degree, and if you're interested in an MBA program, you should ask over on the business school board.

    Factors considered for graduate (MS, PhD, etc) degrees, in a very general way:
    Very Important
    Faculty recommendations, fit with program interests, field-specific activities (eg research experience, writing samples), interview (in fields which interview), awards or publications (very helpful, but not required)
    Important
    Overall GPA, major GPA, GRE score, scores on other required tests
    Sometimes a factor
    Need for financial aid
    Not generally considered
    Non-field-related extracurriculars
  • zxzz74zxzz74 Registered User Posts: 234 Junior Member
    One Question .. hope to find an detailed answer for how things will go on this way

    If I have Bsc Chemistry .. Msc Biotechnology "medical field"
    Can apply for "Msc to PhD" programm in molecular biology
    Like start studying for the masters again ???
    Will it be the same period of time or less ??


    What happens when one hides his Msc and apply with the Bsc certificate only ? will it be considered as cheating ?
  • molliebatmitmolliebatmit Registered User Posts: 12,374 Senior Member
    Most molecular biology PhD programs don't offer a master's degree, so having a master's degree coming in will be neither an advantage nor a disadvantage.

    It's fine to list your master's degree on the application, and the degree will probably be an asset -- at any rate, schools will want to know what you were doing during the period that you were obtaining the master's degree.
  • zxzz74zxzz74 Registered User Posts: 234 Junior Member
    do these 2nd tier schools give good funds ?

    Will you please help me find the names of some because am in a very dull place and no one knows what am talking about .. my only help is the internet and those ranking sites require money :s

    Can anyone give me the names of some ?

    thanks alot for any help .. thanks mollie from the heart (K)
  • zxzz74zxzz74 Registered User Posts: 234 Junior Member
    please :(
  • zxzz74zxzz74 Registered User Posts: 234 Junior Member
  • 20LEGEND20LEGEND Registered User Posts: 1,359 Senior Member
    Mate, you could just make another thread you know ?

    How important is the name(prestige/popularity etc) of one's undergrad school with respect to jobs after undergrad completion ?

    And also, again, with respect to grad school admissions?
  • 20LEGEND20LEGEND Registered User Posts: 1,359 Senior Member
    Bumppppppppp
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