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    Question Applying to PhDs in first year of master's

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    It seems that with most master's programs (LSE and BGSE for example) first semester grades aren't final until after U.S. PhD admissions deadlines. So, students have to either apply to PhD programs without grades from their master's programs or wait until the next year to apply.

    Does anyone know if, conditional on being in a master's program, applying without master's grades hurts PhD admissions chances? Obviously being able to show good grades in a strong master's program would help, but does it hurt to apply in the first year before grades are final? Would they simply treat your enrollment in the master's program as no information?

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    Re: Applying to PhDs in first year of master's

    Many programs, but not all, will accept late grades.

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    Re: Applying to PhDs in first year of master's

    Follow up to the original post:

    If you do well in the fall term you'd clearly want to send in your grades. But if you don't do well, whether in college or in a master's programs, you might not want to. Does not sending in late grades after applications are due look bad to adcoms?

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    Re: Applying to PhDs in first year of master's

    Some programs insist on late grades, other programs will not accept late grades. (Weird, I know.) Other programs probably can make the sort of inference you suggest.

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    Re: Applying to PhDs in first year of master's

    Weird, indeed. Thanks, startz!

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