Me and my thesis supervisor had a fight. I will not include him in my references list for my PhD applications, is that a bad thing?
Answered by: Konstantinos Konstantinides,EE, Ph.D.(UCLA)
The academic world is rather small. Even after accepted for a Ph.D. program, your current advisor can send an e-mail to the people he knows and make your life rather difficult. Unless he has a pretty bad reputation, he may be able to affect your graduate life even with no letters.
It is recommended to patch things with your advisor. Academic disagreements are nothing new, but if you insist you are a “know it all,” your career may be rather short.