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1/7/06 7:38 AM
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what would you try to have? let's say you're trying to get into a world-class Master's program for Information Security. Obviously, GPA is important. you probably also want formal research to show off, or practical projects. anything else that is useful to have for grad school?
1/7/06 2:47 PM
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A vagina.
1/14/06 3:10 PM
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GRE scores, GPA, letters of rec. do matter. however, gender/race matter as well. also, your "fit" with the program (meaning do you want to work with people there, study similar things). it'd be nice to think that everyone who applies is given a fair shot and that merit is all that figures into the decisions. however, thats not the case. having said that, having a good academic record, high gre scores, etc. can really help out.
1/15/06 6:10 PM
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Edited: 15-Jan-06
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letters of rec-Especially from someone that is known and respected by the admissions committee in the University you are applying to. Big help
1/29/06 2:48 AM
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Forum member Geoff Langdale (if you don't know who he is, he spent most of his time on the S&C forum) is currently studying for his CS PhD at CMU. Actually, he's probably done by now. I'll see if I can scare up his email address and I'll email you with it. He's a really nice guy and I'm sure he wouldn't mind sharing some insights with you.
1/29/06 3:15 AM
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thanks, I will check my email!
1/31/06 1:03 PM
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I echo the importance of solid letters of rec. If they are by respected members in the field in which you wish to pursue so much the better. Also, have a really solid research propsal that stresses why you want to go to 'x' university. In my experience, these are what usually seperate those that get in from those that do not as most people applying to elite grad schools will have exceptionally high GPA's, etc.
1/31/06 7:27 PM
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In your statement of purpose, make sure you claim that you have good maff skills.
2/1/06 12:01 AM
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"In your statement of purpose, make sure you claim that you have good maff skills." shouldn't I demonstrate that instead with classwork and such?
2/2/06 6:47 PM
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what everyone else said
3/21/06 2:07 AM
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how are we defining "elite"? Top or 10 or even more selective?
4/24/06 3:54 AM
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5/2/06 5:50 PM
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Diversity means more than race or gender. Have you established a niche market for yourself or your skills? Never underestimate networking. Do you have a good relationship with a connected professor from your undergrad? Also, many people often never think of this... get a job, any job - but higher the level the better, at the school you want to go to...

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