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You had to dropped some courses and retake them again for academic and or financial reasons>? In addition, do graduate commitees expect you to graduate in 4 years or at least around four years. If I decide to go for a dual degree in math and physics, I don't think I will graduate until I've completed 6 years.
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Neither of those should have any affect. I think you'll be fine as long as you do well and get some research experience.
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I can say that graduate committees are primarily concerned with the academic abilities and potential of their candidates. While dropping and retaking courses may raise some questions about academic performance, it is not necessarily a dealbreaker as long as the candidate is able to demonstrate their understanding and mastery of the subject matter. Financial reasons for dropping courses may also be taken into consideration, as long as the candidate is able to provide a valid explanation.

In terms of expectations for graduation, it is important to note that each program and institution may have different timelines and requirements. While some graduate committees may expect students to graduate within a certain timeframe, others may be more flexible and understanding of individual circumstances. It is important to communicate openly with your committee and advisors about your plans and any potential delays in your timeline.

As for pursuing a dual degree in math and physics, it is not uncommon for graduate programs to take longer than the traditional 4 years. The committee will likely take into consideration the additional workload and requirements of a dual degree and may be more understanding of a longer graduation timeline. Ultimately, the committee will want to see that you have successfully completed the necessary coursework and research to demonstrate your competence in both disciplines.

In summary, while graduate committees may have certain expectations for graduation timelines, they will ultimately prioritize a candidate's academic abilities and potential. As long as you are able to demonstrate your understanding and mastery of the subject matter and communicate openly with your committee about any potential delays, dropping and retaking courses or pursuing a dual degree should not negatively impact your candidacy.

1. Do graduate committees care if I have work experience in my field?

Yes, work experience in your field can demonstrate your practical skills and knowledge, and can make you a more competitive candidate for graduate programs. However, it is not always a requirement and may depend on the specific program or research focus.

2. Will graduate committees care if I have a low GPA?

It is important to note that while GPA is a significant factor, it is not the only criteria that graduate committees consider. They also look at other factors such as research experience, letters of recommendation, and personal statements. A low GPA may not necessarily disqualify you, but you may need to showcase other strengths in your application.

3. Do graduate committees care about the institution I received my undergraduate degree from?

The institution you received your undergraduate degree from may be taken into consideration, but it is not the sole determining factor. Graduate committees are more interested in the courses you have taken, the research you have conducted, and your academic performance. These factors will give a better indication of your potential as a graduate student.

4. Will graduate committees care if I have publications or research experience?

Publications and research experience are highly valued by graduate committees, as they demonstrate your interest and knowledge in your field of study. They also show your ability to conduct research and contribute to the academic community. However, not having publications or research experience does not necessarily disqualify you from being accepted into a graduate program.

5. Do graduate committees care about my extracurricular activities or community service?

Extracurricular activities and community service can showcase your leadership skills, time management, and ability to balance multiple commitments. These qualities are highly valued in graduate students, and can set you apart from other applicants. However, they may not be as important as your academic and research background in the eyes of graduate committees.

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