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  1. I was just accepted into a graduate program that follows the april 15th resolution, what exactly does this mean? If I accept this offer then get off the waitlist at a preferred school does this mean I am not allowed to rescind my acceptance or just ask their permission? The april 15th resolution states: "Students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15; earlier deadlines for acceptance of such offers violate the intent of this Resolution. In those instances in which a student accepts an offer before April 15 and subsequently desires to withdraw that acceptance, the student may submit in writing a resignation of the appointment at any time through April 15. However, an acceptance given or left in force after April 15 commits the student not to accept another offer without first obtaining a written release from the institution to which a commitment has been made. Similarly, an offer by an institution after April 15 is conditional on presentation by the student of the written release from any previously accepted offer. It is further agreed by the institutions and organizations subscribing to the above Resolution that a copy of this Resolution or a link to the URL should accompany every scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, and assistantship offer." Thanks in advance!
  2. Hello! Anyone else headed to Wake Forest this Fall? I'll be in the Communications MA program. Looking to meet some more folks who will be in W-S this Fall
  3. Hello, Is there anyone who knows about a master degree called Comparative and International Education at Oxford? I'm wondering what kind of interview questions there are. Not to mention the difficulty of the critical reflection... Moreover, I'm curious about the reputation and career after graduating. I'm getting info from the website but it would be good to know if there is some "live" experience sharers. Thanks
  4. Hi everyone, first off I apologize if this is not the right place for this topic or if it has already been discussed. I'm literally brand new, made the account today. A little about myself, I graduated from my undergrad this past december from Appalachian State University, a small school in the mountains of North Carolina. I moved to Albuquerque NM to take a year off and build new work in solitude. My plan is to apply for a graduate program in painting this upcoming cycle. I am a little overwhelmed with all the options, and need some advice on how to REALLY research a program besides reading through each program's website and sending emails. I am really looking for a school that gives their students the direct attention we deserve for committing so much time and effort into a unpredictable business. I really do want to go to a school with a good reputation, but that's not my primary motivation, however, there is something to be said from having a good reputation. A lot of my work comes from my interest in literature and philosophy, which ends up having a lot of representational abstraction. Any help would be wonderful! If any of this sounds good to you let's stay in touch!
  5. So I've gotten good offers for MA in economics from UofT (15K), Queen's (14k), McMaster (24k) and I'm expecting UBC soon. UofT is my first choice, mainly because of international reputation, however Im seriously considering McMaster. Funding aside, the program is very small and when I visited, seemed very encouraging . I am applying to both ph.d programs and law schools next fall (still undecided). For ph.d i want to place somewhere in the top 4 Canadian schools so I have to be near the top of my MA cohort regardless of where I go . My question/concern is, will attending McMaster (considered a tier 2 program in Canada) provide me with the same opportunity as UofT's MA program when it comes to placement at the top 4 ph.d programs, particularly at UofT and UBC? I've gotten conflicting views from professors and grad students :/
  6. Hey guys, I am new to the forum! I just have a question that has been bugging me, I would really appreciate some feedback or suggestion regarding my situation. So yesterday, I received a notification from UW Comm Lead department that I got into their waitlist. I replied to that email, reaffirming my interest in the program as well as attaching an updated resume. The advisor replied to my email today, saying she really appreciate that I continue to show my reaffirm interest for the program and that she partly want to see who from those in the waitlist are genuinely interested. She also mentions that she welcome additional recommendation letter or a revised materials. I was thinking of getting my current supervisor to write me one, do you think it is a good idea? Should I re-do my personal statement or video application? I'm just really anxious. Do you think I get a high chance of getting accepted? This is the only graduate program I applied to and I really want to get in. Thanks!
  7. When graduating with a PhD in clinical psychology, does the prestige of your graduate program effect your career in the short and long term? My career goals are centered around academic research with an interest in consulting. I'm wondering if the national reputation of a program (ie. graduating from a school in the top ten vs. top 50) is a significant factor in the trajectory of your career.
  8. Hi all, I've found myself in a position for which I am very grateful, but which has also made me super super anxious. I've been accepted to two Master's programs, one in my home country at my undergrad institution (in Canada) and one at a top-tier school in the UK. My undergrad institution isn't super well-renowned, but the program is generally viewed as one of the best in the field in the country. Both schools have offered me funding, along the lines of this: School A (Canada) - $30K for one year; tuition is $11K and cost of living relatively low School B (UK) - $14K for one year; tuition is $30K and cost of living very high In Canada and the US, it's pretty common (from what I gather) to straight up ask for more money for a grad program. I have no idea if this is acceptable or ever done in the UK, and would really, really appreciate any insight from anyone who has done this before (successfully or otherwise) or really anything along these lines. TLDR: Can I negotiate my grad school funding offer from a top-tier UK university? Thanks all!!!
  9. Is there anyone applied for TUM Summer semester 2017? Waiting for admission results :/
  10. Hey All, I was wondering if someone could read my SOP and give me feedback ? send me your email to send the sop Thanks
  11. Hello, I am currently a senior at a private liberal arts school in Massachusetts. My school is very competitive and extremely hard to get an A in. I currently have a 3.0 GPA and 4 years of research along with strong faculty recommendations. I was hoping to pursue a PhD program in the New England area (preferably Boston). Can you guys think of some schools that I could get into?
  12. Hi! I'm currently an undergrad student looking to apply to a MSW program soon. My current goal right now is to be a medical social worker. At the end of the day, hopefully i'll be able to be a LCSW. My question: Should i look at how prestige a MSW program/school is or are the ranking of the school not as important? I've seen some curriculums of it and they are both similar. Just that some programs are further away from my home. Also, can you give me some programs recommendations if you can think of any remarkable ones? (preferably California or New York). If there are similar posts like these, please let me know so that i can check them out! Thanks!
  13. Hello there! I'm currently an undergrad (graduating in 2018) with the ultimate goal of pursuing a PhD in English lit (specifically my interests are Romantic & Victorian studies). Unfortunately, it so happens that I am not majoring in anything related to English, so I am looking to complete a master's degree first. I have some interest in studying in the UK, but I wonder if there is any significant difference between US & UK master's degrees in the field that could potentially harm my chances at later pursuing a PhD in the US? Ideally, I'd love to be able to get into one of the better programs, so to speak, though I know how insanely difficult that is. I am currently at a top 10 school for undergraduate, if that has any bearing, and specifically would like to pursue my master's at University of Edinburgh (I'm really interested in their Romantic & Victorian program). So I guess my questions are: does the name of the graduate institution matter a great deal in PhD applications? Would a UK degree put me at any disadvantage? Thanks in advance for your responses!
  14. Question: How can I tailor my application with a low gpa in the next 2 years? I am in year 3/5.5 in my dual degree engineering program. I would like to go to Georgia Tech for a PhD. 1)I have a 2.8 gpa and really want to go to graduate school. 2) I have started research and will continue through the next year with hopes to do more. So far I have this semester and next year lined up with undergraduate research at my institution. 3)I will have my 4th internship this summer. 4) I have a low gpa because in high school I had 2 jobs while helping my chaotic family pay the bills and taking dual credit college courses. I still do that but considering I started at a 2.5 and am now at a 2.83 I believe I can get to at most a 3.3 before I graduate. How do I overcome this? I want to get a start on the grad school application mindset early. Thank you for any and all help
  15. For the sake of being nosy, I was wondering if people would like to compare academic records and admissions statistics. I know it's a little early for results but I was hoping to see what the competition was like. Here's a form: Program Applied To: Schools Applied To: Schools Admitted To: Schools Rejected From: Still Waiting: Undergraduate Institution: Undergraduate GPA: Last 60 hours of Undergraduate GPA (if applicable): Undergraduate Major: GRE Quantitative Score (Percentile): GRE Verbal Score (Percentile): GRE AW Score: Years Out of Undergrad (if applicable): Years of Work Experience: Describe Relevant Work Experience: Strength of SOP (be honest, describe the process, etc): Strength of LORs (be honest, describe the process, etc): Other: --
  16. I called one of the schools that I applied to, and spoke with the administrative assistant regarding my graduate school application to their department. The person was helpful, and let me know that some interview invitations went out, but not all. I was advised to contact the PI I applied to work with and ask them directly about the status of the application. I don't mind doing so, as I have had friendly correspondence with this PI already, but I wanted to know if this was a good idea. I can honestly see the outcome going either way. It could either be seen as me showing a continued interest in the program, or seen as me being a nuisance. Any advice would be helpful!
  17. Hi, I'm another slightly depressed international graduate student who has not heard anything from any university I've applied for. I'm hoping to enter a Chemistry PhD programme in Fall'17. The only change in applications page was observed in UW Madison, where it displayed something similar to " 001 G00 ~ G229 ~ ~ ~ the Available for Recommendation 12/16/2016 ~ 1182 " under status description. Now it is not there anymore. It says " Your application has been received and will be reviewed by your program. Please refer to this page for updates. " I know I'm being super psyched, but does this mean anything? Thank you.
  18. Hello all, I'm excited to have found this great resource, so I'm hoping to find someone that can help me out and give me some great suggestions. For the longest time, I was convinced that forensic anthropology was the route to go with the job market being okay and there being plenty of schools for the degree. After I visited some graduate schools, I decided to stick with my true interest: Osteoarchaeology! Now, I'm having a hard time finding schools that would give me what I need to continue on that path. The schools I visited were small and I was really happy about the close-knit feeling of the programs. I'm keeping the University of Indianapolis on my list for their Anthropology program, but I don't know if it will be exactly what I need for my future. Does anyone have suggestions as to which schools I should look into that focus heavily on osteology? My preference is for a small, but well funded program so that I can get the attention and focus I would like to experience. Thank you for all your help! Megan
  19. Hey guys, So my friend is thinking about doing his masters degree(electrical engineering). According to my friend, he got everything ready and ready to apply but IELTS. He recently took the IELTS exam and got 5.5. So he was asking if there is any school(literally any except MBA) that accepts students w/ 5.5 IELTS score.
  20. Hey Everyone! Stats (graduating this spring, 23 years old) = 3.0 GPA, 3.7 Psych Gpa, taking gre this weekend. Psychology major/Business Minor and 1 year of research assistance. 3 years of sales and management experience in the auto repair industry. I am getting ready to apply to graduate school and I just want to know if anyone has, or knows anyone in a similar situation. I have been working full time since the day I turned 18 and let my GPA fluctuate throughout the process. When I finally decided I wanted to pursue I/O, i switched from business to psych and haven't gotten a bad grade since(including stats and research methods). I can practically recite every program's average GPA's and acceptance percentages, So I dont expect to get into a top tier program. But I do want to get into a decent on-campus, public program. Has anyone with stats like mine squeezed through the admissions process? If so, what schools accepted you? Any information or advice helps!
  21. Hi everyone, Thanks for taking the time to read my post. I'm wondering how I stack up against other applicants to an engineering grad school program. Current programs I'm looking at include petroleum engineering masters at Penn State or University of Texas at Austin (or other relevant schools in Texas). Other engineering programs I am looking to consider, such as nuclear engineering, but I am unsure of what schools to apply to yet. I am a senior graduating from a top public state university in New York with a 3.3 GPA. I am studying BS Mathematical Sciences with a minor in Education. I plan on taking the GRE sometime within this Spring 2017 semester. I am hoping to receive a 165 (hopefully higher) out of 170 on the quantitative section. My verbal wont be nearly as good but I will strive to get a 155 or higher. My writing is good so I'm hoping to receive a 5+. My resume includes 4 years of retail experience, an internship at an insurance company, and plenty extracurricular clubs at my university. Please give me any feedback, suggestions on schools/programs to consider, or any other relevant information regarding what schools I can get into (or how I stack up to the applicant pool for other prospective graduate engineering students). Thank you, Transcending
  22. Hey guys, not sure what forum I should've posted in so I created a this. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I needed to get a new phone plan and it was way too difficult to keep my original phone number. So as of right now, I haven't cancelled my original number but would like to ASAP. Only problem is, many grad schools I applied to do not give me the option to change the phone number on my apps. Advice on what I should do? Keep my old number until after I find out about all my schools/interviews? I wouldn't want to cancel it and not get an interview because that's their form of contact. Any advice is appreciated!
  23. I just received my grades for this semester and did very well. I'd like to let my prospective schools know, as this semester shows a significant improving trend for my GPA. However, many of my application deadlines have passed. Is there a way in which I can notify these schools about my performance? Should I try to send an updated transcript? Is there any precedent for this? I feel that this issue is very common for students whose semesters end in late December and have early December application deadlines. Thanks.
  24. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy but intend to pursue a master's in Computer Science, and so have been looking at programs like the Master's Program in Computer Science at UChicago and the Computer Science and/or Software Engineering programs at University of Texas at Dallas that are known for accommodating to those with a bachelor's in unrelated subjects who have little to no experience in computer science. I have one major concern regarding the strength of my application. During my time as an undergraduate, I also earned a minor in mathematics. First semester of my senior year, I needed one more course to complete this minor, so I decided to try out Discrete Mathematics. The course was geared toward mathematics majors and not computer science majors and was thus much more academic/theoretical/not applied/difficult. Halfway through the semester, I withdrew from the course because I was failing. I already had all my other requirements done and plenty of credit hours to graduate, and still had a semester left to take another course for my math minor. However, because I was only taking 12 credit hours including Discrete, I was placed on academic probation for dropping down to 9 hours as part of my school's policy. I would still go on to earn my math minor with another course (Real Analysis), and graduated Cum Laude & Phi Beta Kappa with a 3.8 GPA. With all of this in mind, I have two questions: 1) Would the fact that I was placed on academic probation for one semester simply for dropping below 12 credit hours, in light of the other positive facts I have given about my application, have any sort of negative impact on my application for these types of programs, including those specifically mentioned? I have heard that academic probation can negatively affect one's application for graduate programs. 2) Would the fact that I withdrew from a course like Discrete Mathematics, a subject which is so essential to the understanding of computer science, have any sort of negative impact on my application for these programs? There is obviously the chance to take the course again before entering a master's program, and UChicago's immersion program for inexperienced candidates includes a course called Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science that can be taken before the fall semester begins, but would evidence of my past performance in this subject negatively impact me more than no evidence of past performance (i.e. "well, it looks like they already performed poorly in this subject in the past, so why should we think they could handle it now")?
  25. Hello there all, I am an undergraduate student from the USA and have a cumulative GPA of 3.27 (3.35 if I get A's in these last two courses I'm taking this semester) at a decent university. I want to move to London for my graduate studies but I have not even gotten close to choosing universities to apply to. My question is, will my GPA suffice in getting into a good graduate program in London? If any of you are studying in London, I'd like to know what your GPAs are so I can get a good figure. Also, do you recommend applying to many universities or just a few? My fear is that the universities I do apply to won't accept me and I'll be stuck with nothing, so I was leaning toward applying to many. By the way, I want to do my master's in international relations so I would appreciate any knowledge in regards to getting in to different IR programs at universities you all are familiar with and the average GPA's they accept (not what they put on their website but what the students have actually gotten accepted with.) Thanks and much appreciated!