Admissions Process

Admissions interviews

Whether or not candidates are interviewed varies significantly by program.  Most PhD and MS programs do not interview candidates before making a decision.  However, there are also programs (usually smaller ones) that routinely interview all short-listed candidates before extending any offer of admission.

If you are asked to interview, don’t read too much into it.  Beyond the standard interviewing advice, it can only help if you know a bit about the university, and can briefly speak during the interview as to why you’re interested in going there.  If you have any new evidence to share with the committee (such as if a paper was accepted for publication after the admissions deadline), be sure to mention that during the interview as well.  Also send a polite thank you note to the interviewer after the interview.


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