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  1. Hey everyone! I applied to Ryerson, McGill and Carleton for the Masters in Architecture! I haven't heard back from any so I'm pretty nervous! Has anyone any idea when I should hear from them? Also has anyone heard back from them? Feel free to reply!
  2. Hey everyone! I was accepted into my second choice school yesterday, UOttawa for a Master in Information Studies. I'm very excited! However, I'm still waiting on a response from McGill, which is my first choice, for the same program. I emailed them a while back to inquire about the status of my application and I was told they had already sent out their first round of admissions and will be sending out about 50 more mid-April, so I guess I'm on some kind of waitlist since I wasn't outright rejected - but Ottawa needs to me accept or decline their offer by April 14, and I don't know for sure whether or not McGill would have gotten back to me by then. My question is, should I ask UOttawa for an extension on the decision deadline, or should I email McGill and explain to them the situation, and see if they can assess my application a bit more quickly? I'm leaning towards the latter, but I figured it would be good to get some second opinions. Thank you guys!
  3. I haven't accepted yet, but it's looking more and more likely that I'll be heading to McGill in the fall! Anyone else here planning to go?
  4. Did anyone hear back yet from Carleton, Ryerson, or McGill University for the Masters in Architecture?!
  5. Hey, Has anyone applied to McGill for a Masters in Sociology? Anyone have any ideas about when they will send out their responses?
  6. I see no one has started a discussion about those who have applied to McGill's MISt program, so I'm taking it upon myself to do so! Mostly, I just don't wanna feel alone in this waiting process. Has anyone else applied for this program? I applied back in October and honestly I am not expecting to hear anything back soon since the deadline is April 1st.
  7. Just wondering if anyone has been offered admission to msw programs in canada for advanced standing and two year applicants!
  8. Hi everyone, I am an european student from a canadian uni applying for MA programs in Canada. I am looking for a good prep toward a PhD. I have no idea how my chances are. This is why i am looking for some advice and outside perspectives on my profil. Profil : Undergrad: top 4 research intensive university, canada Bachelor : BA Political science, Honors program. Will get my Bachelor in 2.5 years (don’t know if it’s a good thing or not) GPA: 3.48. (3.6 last semester, I leaning toward an A / 3.7 average this fall semester), good grades (A) in tough class, B-/B+ in mandatory class. No grades below B-. I only took class at senior level, excluding mandatory class during the first year. Methods Prep: good research Methods training (research seminar and quant analysis class), R-studio Research Experience: honors thesis, 30 pages paper with public presentation, research assistant. I have to mentioned that an undergrad is not supposed to hold a RAship at my university in political science. RA are mostly for graduate (RAship is part of their funding package). I am an exception with another undergrad student Letters of Recommendation: Faculty at my uni (IR), hopefully my thesis supervisor (IR, security) and my research project supervisor SOP: done, reviewed by a professor Publication: none except articles for the website of a well-known chair in Canada (reviewed by professors) Professional Experience / extra-curricular : I don’t want to share a lot about it in public but I worked for 5 years at a very (very) high level for a foreign gov. Also : part-time RAship (paid), internship at a research Chair (unpaid). I also hold a leadership position on campus for an academic student project GRE : don’t need it for a MA Programs I'm Looking At: UBC, University of Montreal, McGill, Toronto, Simon Fraser university Field: Us Foreign policy, Asia-Pacific, US-Sino relations, IR, security, alliance building. Language: French (native), English, Mandarin(beginner), Arabic (beginner) I am worried about my GPA and Letters of recommendation. I am not a student who used to spend a lot of time with professors during office hours. They don’t know me beyond my grades and, I guess, it could be a problem. Please let me know what my chances are. Thank you!
  9. Hello everyone. This is my first post on this website. I'm in a strange predicament. GRE Score Quant: 167 (93rd percentile) Verbal 164 (94th percentile) Writing: 5.0 (93rd percentile) My GPA however, in BA Economics and Mathematics degree is 3.28. I'm applying mostly to Canadian universities, namely McGill, UToronto, York, and Memorial university. Very realistically, how good are my chances in any of these places, given slightly average recommendations and a personal statement. Please be honest. I'm open to criticism and advice here.
  10. Just starting a thread for anyone going to McGill University in Montreal in the fall. I still haven't committed, but I probably will take the offer this week! It would be nice knowing if anyone else is going?!
  11. Hey everyone. I was just wondering, I am currently an undergrad student of Pol. Science in India. I will be applying to some Universities in Canada for my Graduate studies. My top choices are of course University of Toronto and McGill University. I was wondering, would I need a GRE to apply for a Political Science program at either of these two Universities? If so, what sort of score would you count as 'very good'. While I'm at it, could someone please tell me roughly the sort of fees an international student might incur at these two places? I know they're there online but I'm seeing different figures everywhere and it's a little confusing! Thank you!
  12. Hello all, This is my first time posting here! I'm in a bit of a quandary and would love to see what some of you think - especially if you are in music tech. I'm an audio engineer with a BSc Hons from SAE London. I started my own agency out here in India, and have been working for around 2 years as a sound designer - still a one man show for the most part, with a few vendors - growth at this point seems to be only a function of time and a little money. I've really wanted to pursue a Masters in Music Technology - I already have an accept from McGill (Fall 2016), and then I'm applying for NYU (Spring 2017). The cost factor isn't so high on my list, but there's a lot of other factors that I've been pondering over. Is a degree in Music Tech really worth getting? What advantages does it have on the life of an average audio engineer? I may have to drop the McGill option, and wait to hear from NYU because Schulich doesn't accept deferrals. Is that a bad decision to make; Is McGill actually a more superior course than NYU - especially in terms of employment/skill and a stronger name in support of your degree? I've always assumed that NYU has more to offer in terms of Internship opportunities, and most importantly to me: they have more taught courses than McGill, which in comparison only has remedial/pre-requisites and then the Thesis. Am I wrong? McGill also seems to have the ONLY music tech course in Canada. To me that's an indication that Canadian Unis have still not yet caught on to such a field, and that makes me wonder how strong a course at McGill can possibly be - in terms of learning potential. I'm hoping a good university will be half the battle won and I've really only been able to narrow down to Stanford, NYU, GaTech so far in the US, and in that order, as universities that matter. How does McGill compare with these for Music Tech? While hoping my questions aren't too broad or silly, any inputs would be greatly appreciated...
  13. Waiting for results from UMD College Park, TAMU College Station, Virginia Tech for Aerospace Engineering PhD. So the only response I got was from VTech, who sent me an immigration form to fill up. But having no information about whether I had admission or funding from the university, I can't fill up the "Funding Info" section. I asked them if I could fill it up after the admit decision, but they didn't give any direct answer. And I haven't heard anything from TAMU or UMD. I don't know why it's taking so long, though! For McGill (Mech Eng. Masters Thesis) I expect the results to be out in a few days since they responded saying so.
  14. Hey all, I have recently been accepted to UBC, McGill, and UofT in Canada for my MA in English. At this point I think I have narrowed it down to UBC and McGill since I want to pursue a thesis. I am currently finishing up my undergrad at UBC and love it but am feeling like McGill might be an awesome change and experience. Any grads from either program that are willing to share their experience, pros and cons, etc. would really help me make my decision.
  15. Hi Everyone, So I'm currently finishing up my masters degree in neuroscience at a small to medium sized institution in Ontario. I will be applying to my PhD in pharmacy at Waterloo and neuroscience as well as pharmacology McGill in October for January admission. I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on some questions I have. Do you think it's better to do a PhD at Waterloo (which has a generally new program (2013) with a PI who is still somewhat new and seems pretty lax) or McGill (which is arguably the best university in Canada with a PI who is well established, with a huge lab - I'm just afraid I will fuck something up/I feel like i'd be the dumbest one in that environment; especially considering the grad program I am in now is not the highest ranked) Based on the fact I have my MSc and have talked to these PIs do you think I can get into both schools? Both PIs said they would take me on, but I'm nervous my applications wont even get past the admission committees at McGill (sorry, this is such an annoying question, but I genuinely don't know) Is anyone currently at McGill or Waterloo? If so, could you give me your take on what it's like as a grad student? And maybe if you know someone in grad school, share their perspectives from what they've heard? Has anyone ever switched from behavioural research to molecular research. This is actually my biggest concern. My masters is in behavioural neuroscience but my PhD would be mostly molecular stuff. I have done things like PCR, Western Blots, cell culture on the side but nowhere near full time stuff. Is there a big learning curve? Thanks for your help guys
  16. Hello guys, I would like your opinion about the master in Econ from McGill. I know that it is not as good as UBC and Toronto but I am wondering if it is worth considering. Thank you
  17. Hi everyone! I really need some advice. I have been accepted into two PhD programs and I am now torn between which one to pick The programs are both Biology PhD Programs at Penn State University and McGill University. They also would both involve working with animal/plant genetics and evolutionary biology. Here are some pros and cons that I have considered so far... McGill Pros: - It's in Montreal... - The biology program collaborates with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) - so I would be associated with STRI and receive funding from there - I am in love with the research projects! Cons: - Offered a lot less funding than Penn State, (just enough to live on and pay tuition with) - I am worried that a Canadian university could hurt my prospects of returning to the US to go into academia? Please tell me this is untrue.... - The school name/brand is perhaps not as well-known as Penn State Penn State Pros: - They have offered me lots of funding - It is in the US and, from what I understand, a well-rounded public state school. It might be easier for me to stay in the US afterwards too. - Advisor is extremely excited to have me join his lab. Also, the program and faculty seem very invested in me Cons: - I am not a fan of the location. My family lives in Europe and Montreal is much easier to travel from than State College. - I will admit… I just don’t feel as excited about this program as McGill. My ultimate long-term goals are to continue on to a good post-doc position in the US and then eventually build my way up in academia. Which program would be the best option for me? Or would it be better to wait another year and gain more experience and apply to stronger programs? I am starting to realize how competitive academia is, and I am worried now that I need to go to more prestigious schools to even have a chance in the US. Also, I am worried that since McGill is in Canada, it might hurt my future career in the US. Please! Anyone out there – help me make the best decision for myself!
  18. Hi, has anyone heard anything from these universities for masters of computer science? If so, can you tell me the date and whether you are international or home stydent there?
  19. Hey, I applied to an MA in English ay McGill. Does anyone know when they start contacting successful applicants?
  20. Hello, I've been offered a place in the MA Art History at the UofT. My first choice remains McGill, however. I was wondering if anyone here has done their graduate studies in art history at McGill and the UofT, and could help me make a choice, but mostly give me feedback about the art history department of both universities. I should also note that I still haven't received a response from McGill, and getting quite anxious about it. But if I got in at the UofT, shouldn't I get accepted at McGill too? As they are both the best universities in Canada. Thanks
  21. Anyone heard of this Institute, affiliated with McGill University? What's its relationship with Montreal Neurological Institute and what are their strengths/disadvantages? I once heard from my friend saying that one institute in McGill is fantastic and with high reputation in cognitive neuroscience. But I just found out there're actually these two institutes and I'm confused. Would anyone give some introductions about them? Thanks a lot!
  22. Like my people who have gotten multiple acceptances, I am confused as to where I should go. I have been accepted at Queen's for their MA in political studies program with full funding. In addition, I got accepted at McGill for their MA in political science program, no word on funding yet. I am inclined to accept the offer by Queen's because of their course offering and the research interests of their faculty members. On the other hand, McGill is considered as one of the top universities in Canada but their faculty members specialize in an area which is very different from what I am interested in. I will only go, if i go, to McGill because of their reputation. At the end of the day, I want to do a phd in political science from an American university. My question is this: will it hurt me if I go to Queen's instead of McGill? Will my chances increase if I do my MA from McGill? Any help will be much appreciated.
  23. Hi, all. I've recently been accepted to a number of graduate schools in Ontario and Quebec and I'm trying to decide between my top three choices. I plan on doing an MA in History. 1. McGill - Offers a TAship of up to about $4800 if I apply for it. - Tuition plus rent and living expenses are around $12,000 for the year. 2. University of Toronto - Offered no funding to any MA students. - Tuition is about $8100 but I live in Toronto so I won't have to pay rent. 3. Queen's - Offered me a TAship and scholarship totalling more than $8000 in funding. - Tuition is about $6000 and rent will probably make it $10,000-11,000 in expenses. Now, I'm planning on applying to some American or European universities for my PhD, and I was considering McGill because it's supposed to have a high international reputation, in addition to being ranked the best in Canada for History. UofT is good and reputable but supposedly bloated, and I've heard they pay little attention to their Master's students. Queen's has been enthusiastic, offering me good funding and they invited me to a recruitment event so I could tour the campus and meet the faculty and students. They are also pretty good in terms of reputation and quality of teaching. I just heard it had more of an undergraduate focus, whereas McGill is a research university with an emphasis on graduate work. I'm also not so sure whether Queen's is well-known outside of Canada. I know your university's reputation isn't as important as your supervisor, your performance and your accomplishments, but I want to make a decision that can put me in the best possible position to get into a school like Stanford or maybe even Princeton. Does anyone with experience or knowledge of these schools have any advice to help me decide?
  24. I am an international student accepted to a PhD-1 track (skipping the MA) in Sociology at McGill and have recently received their funding offer. Since I find their system rather complicated (especially after looking at really straighforward offers from american universities), I would like to double check I understand what they are saying and would appreciate your insights. After consulting the University's website, I came up with the following estimate of annual costs (minus food, books, personal expenses): Tuition: 13,075.50 Student Society Fees: 184.60 Student Services and Athletics: 497.00 Registration, Transcripts, Administrative: 280.80 Copyright Fee: 24.90 Information Technology Charge: 210.30 PGSS Dental Insurance: 171.68 International Health Insurance: 651.00 Housing: 6,000.00 Phone and Internet: 500.00 TOTAL: 21,595.78 My funding letter states: And after I followed up with some questions, I received this: So this is where I got a bit confused and am now unsure at exactly which amounts I am looking at for each year. For year 1, I suppose this means $40,000-$22,000, which leaves me with $18,000 for all the expenses I did not cover in the table above (ie. food, books etc.). For years 2, 3 and 4, I am not sure whether the $29,000 per year in case I do not get a major external award already includes the aforementioned $15,000 for tuition or not. Due to the follow-up e-mail, I am also not sure what the fellowship amount is supposed to be in case I do get one. I get really anxious around all this financial stuff because it is so important; I would like to know whether this is an offer that would enable me to live normally (I am not an extravagant person at all so that is not a problem) but cannot evaluate it until I am sure I am even looking at the right numbers. Not to mention I was reading threads on taxes before receiving this and am now wondering where that comes into play.. I hope this made sense. I will probably realize I wrote a bunch of nonsense the moment I wake up, but right now, if anyone managed to get through all this and can help, I would appreciate it very much.
  25. Hello all, I am from the US and was recently admitted McGill's Ph.D. program in History. While still waiting to hear from a few more US-based programs, I am giving this offer some seriously consideration: $20k guaranteed in annual stipend for all 4 years plus approx. $4500 per semester when serving as a TA for the department. At the same time, however, I am expected to pay full graduate-level tuition, which is estimated at $16k annually for years 1 and 2, then $4k year 3, onward, once I enter dissertation stage and go into 'part-time' status. In comparison to the retail cost of tuition at most graduate programs in the US ($40k or more per year if I had pursued law school!), I realize this sum isn't so large, but all my American peers currently at various Ph.D. programs across the US are, stipends aside, not paying a dime for tuition. So I am just wondering if this is a situation faced by other international students getting offers from Canadian schools? Maybe this is normal, especially for the humanities which may not be as well funded as other disciplines? Thanks for any insight you can provide! Cheers.