I often get asked by students from India about how does the graduate admission process work for both MS and PhD programs in the US. After sharing advice from my own limited experience, I generally end up sharing a bunch of links with the students. I thought of collecting them in a single place for easy sharing and posterity. Note that most of these are relevant only to Computer Science programs.
Advice for Applicants
- FAQs - Preparing, Applying and Deciding on Graduate Schools – an FAQ maintained by Prof. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru “PK” of IIIT-Delhi
- Should you do an MS before doing a Ph.D.? – a blog post by Prof. Lindsey Kuper of UC Santa Cruz
- PhD/MS applications writing SOP/research statements, here is a series of tweets on what to avoid, and what to mention in your SOP. Targeted especially at international students. 1/n – a tweet thread by Prof. Vijay Chidambaram of UT Austin
- CSRankings: Computer Science Rankings – “a metrics-based ranking of top computer science institutions around the world” maintained by Prof. Emery Berger of UMass Amherst
- Advice to Graduate School Recommendation Letter Writers – a memo for letter writers by Prof. Shriram Krishnamurthi (Shriram) of Brown University
- How CS Master’s Funding Works (and Why You Can’t Seem to Get Any) – another memo by Shriram
- Personal Admissions Counseling program run by NIT Calicut and Stanford University alumnus Karthik Raghunathan (ktick)
- The Ph.D. Grind – A 115-page PhD Student Memoir ebook by Prof. Philip J Guo. Goes into nitty gritty details of the PhD life, good read if you are trying to figure out what doing a PhD is like.
- Prof. Jean Yang of CMU maintains a list of her blog posts on useful advice on Applying to Graduate School on her webpage:
I will try and maintain this page over time.