Online Courses and their importance in admissions

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Ne10
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Online Courses and their importance in admissions

Postby Ne10 » Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:34 am

I am a Junior(3rd year) in my bachelor's in engineering in India. I have taken many online courses(some of which I have certificates for) from platforms like Coursera, Stanford Online,et al. ; many of which have the subject matter such as to cover up the basic prerequisites given by most colleges for PhD admission. For example, I have taken a course in QM conducted by Stanford Online (and also have a certificate of completion) which was pretty rigorous and covered almost all of the syllabus of QM taken in bachelors.

I want to know how much, if any, weight-age do the admissions committee give to such certificates. Will it be beneficial when I apply for PhD or am I just wasting my time taking these online courses ??

torch000
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Re: Online Courses and their importance in admissions

Postby torch000 » Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:20 am

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say they put zero weight on these certificates. These online courses are for
your benefit only to learn the material. I am not saying these courses are useless, I've used many of them to study up on the material before actually taking one of those courses in residence.

Ne10
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Re: Online Courses and their importance in admissions

Postby Ne10 » Sat Mar 08, 2014 3:05 am

Awww dont say that ..... :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:


Anyone else who might know something about this ??

bfollinprm
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Re: Online Courses and their importance in admissions

Postby bfollinprm » Sat Mar 08, 2014 3:43 am

they're useful in that they help you learn things. They're not going to get you into grad school just by being added to your CV.




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