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  1. Montclair State U in NJ has a new PhD Clinical Psychology program with deadline May 18: https://www.montclair.edu/chss/psychology/graduate-programs/phd-clinical-psychology/ New program = most likely less strict criteria for getting in. The late deadline speaks to that.
  2. Have you tried Magoosh to boost your GRE Q score? As you've probably heard numerous times, these scores are unfortunately "gate keepers." Magoosh is relatively cheap and just watching a couple videos + doing prac problems is usually helpful.
  3. Just read about your dilemma. What did you end up doing? Sounds like a difficult choice, but very good place to be in to have so many options!
  4. I declined an offer from Rowan University (PhD Clinical Psychology) a few weeks ago. I loved many things about it, so it was a super tough decision. Hope it helped someone out!
  5. Have you tried finding paid RA positions? RA positions at a university, or maybe even a Consultant role in the corporate world that could be applicable? A wide range of industries are utilizing stats, big data; a lot of companies seem to be pretty into OB right now. Maybe you could find some kind of related paid role and simultaneously volunteer at a lab with absolutely perfect research fit. You already have debt, will gain more debt by entering a masters program, then when you (hopefully) are accepted into a fully funded PhD program, you'll still be poor (and in debt). Entering this masters program will have a spiraling effect on your quality of life for years to come. I wouldn't "bite the bullet" if I were in your shoes. I would explore all other avenues before committing. Good luck!
  6. I second that it depends on the Masters program. From success stories of people I know who got into funded PhD programs, they went into an experimental psychology masters program. They focused their thesis project to something related to clinical psychology and published. Also, their masters were *funded*. Yes, they do exist! One such program is William & Mary.
  7. If you haven't yet, you should search the available threads on the Student Doctor Network forum. I have heard from several sources that, "Stanford is paid to have their name used, but the program is not Stanford quality." I know two people who were accepted, but chose not to go because they felt they wouldn't receive the same level training that they would from other schools (and their tuition is also ridiculous). I was considering applying myself, but ended up not after hearing these things.
  8. Berkeley has just about the same prestige as Harvard, and you can still always say "I got into Harvard." I actually lived in Cambridge, MA for a short while and around the area, the H Grad School of Education is perceived as the "easiest" H school to get into, compared to the Kennedy School, Law School etc. PhD > Masters If I were you, I would definitely choose Berkeley.
  9. I wonder if there's a way to tactfully and respectfully ask the dept/admissions committee about their thoughts on the senior faculty retiring soon? If they do retire, are their other faculty at the school whose research you like and can at least transfer over to? If the sr members are well known it might be worth it to work with them for at least a couple years IMO. Also I'm in a different field than you; not sure if that matters though.
  10. When I followed up with a school after hearing nothing, I was told me in a pretty ambiguous way that I was wait-listed. Something like: "It's unlikely that we will be able to extend you admission given a long wait list..." It was pretty unclear and weird. I didn't/don't really understand why I wasn't rejected outright? I was never told I was on the wait-list in the first place.
  11. Matlab and R are also very frequently used. Learning one language is hard enough so you can always just start with Python. I've heard it's a good 1st language to learn. This has been a goal of mine as well but unfortunately haven't progressed too much yet! What resources are you planning to use to learn?
  12. Thanks. I heard different things- sometimes in the letter, sometimes even only after someone commits to the program, so I guess this varies by school. I received an acceptance email tonight stating the official letter will follow so I'm hoping to get a nice surprise..
  13. To those who have received Diversity or some other scholarship-- did you hear about it in the initial email/phone call, or did they tell you afterwards like in the formal letter?
  14. This is so tricky! Clearly there are a lot of us who are in this similar mess. I almost wish there was a formal "match" system like internship!
  15. @Sjbionia @HopefullyDr I'm right there with you guys. Wait-listed at my #1 and accepted to a decent but not ideal program. I, too, really don't like making the other school wait. I wish I could know where I am on the wait-list -- is it appropriate to email them (maybe in a week or so, or late March if I haven't heard) to find out more specifically where I rank? Is that too pushy? What scares me is that I know someone currently enrolled in my #1 program who got off wait-list on April 14th . Moreover, my colleague heard from his school that same day too a few years ago. I'm really hoping that does NOT happen!