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Common FAQs on US Graduate Applications

 Hello Genius!

It’s unbelievably the 7th day and I guess it’s still good to warmly wish you a happy, productive September. It’s better late than never wished after all. Like previous months in 2020, the ninth is speeding without apologies too. But remember that your consistent diligence with work renders every time and effort worthwhile in the end. So, keep pushing the grad school dream while you remain undaunted.


In this short article, I will be discussing FAQs on US graduate applications to serve as build up on previous articles (here, and here). This is very crucial for prospective applicants and I’d be glad to know how this helps you. So, feel free to drop comments in the comments box below.


2 Common FAQs

Among many FAQs on US graduate applications, I’d be discussing two of them that relate to program details (MSc/PhD) and funding.


  • Can I Secure a PhD Admission with My Bachelor’s Degree?

YES, you can. But firstly, I like to disabuse your brilliant mind from the notion and dogma that you must get a Masters in order to get a PhD admission in the US. Direct Bachelor’s to PhD transition is the case especially for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) graduates (that’s your first bubble I’d like to burst).


Note that this disillusionment is never an effort to take the relevance off a Master’s degree; it’s only an attempt to rightly keep you informed. Now that you are aware of the wonders your ‘ordinary’ Bachelor’s degree can do, it will be best to look up program-specific GPA requirements for PhD admission at your dream school. (More tips on application requirements are in the previous article).


Learning from others can significantly increase your chances of landing a graduate position in a top American university


  • Which Admission Offer Guarantees Full Funding – an MSc or a PhD Position?

Another important point on FAQs on US graduate applications is funding. A fully-funded offer is one of the highlights of graduate applications for most programs. In the US for instance, graduate programs have sufficient funding for PhD students while MSc intakes enjoy little or no funding, depending on the school and funding availability.


A PhD admission comes with full tuition waivers and well-paid graduate teaching and research assistant positions as a means of funding. Therefore, your graduate application is better suited when it’s aimed at a Doctoral degree than a Master’s degree for funding reasons.



Every bit of answer, I believe, is a step towards demystifying all your unknowns about applications to US graduate school. Let me know if you have any questions…


By: Oluwadara Olasupo

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