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  1. You've gotten a lot of good advice and questions here, but to jump in: I think you may be missing a very valuable opportunity to talk about race here. To my ear, "development of healthy populations" strongly connotes either civilizing mission (as Sigaba already suggested), or defining some kind of healthy white heartland as a counterweight to the "sick," diseased, nonwhite South (and new sites of American imperialism, like the Philippines). My own program is only accepting students for 2021-22 who work on race in some capacity, and I suspect others will follow, either explicitly or not. I
    7 points
  2. There was a response in that twitter thread from another professor about how, while he's gotten way more emails from interested applicants, many of them are either pretty questionable fits or not that competitive. I'm hoping that our earlier speculation that total app numbers increasing won't significantly impact the number of competitive applicants.
    6 points
  3. Schools should just abolish standardized exams all together.
    6 points
  4. Tell your friends and family that the average acceptance rate at top-10 programs is 3-4%, making philosophy the most competitive discipline in academia Edit: the acceptance rates are likely to be even lower this year
    5 points
  5. telkanuru

    2021 Application Thread

    Generally, no. If a program does not offer full tuition remission and stipend support upon acceptance, it is not a program worth attending.
    5 points
  6. Ivee

    UChicago Harris 2021

    Just got accepted!! They called me over the phone :)
    5 points
  7. Welcome everyone to the 2020-2021 application thread for political science! Discuss the application process, ask questions, post results when they come out, and anything else related to admissions this year. Good luck to you all!
    4 points
  8. Don't. Stick to your original plans. Do not throw in more applications because "COVID!" and "Dread!" What about ABDs who are finishing this year? They are really struggling to make decisions about whether to try to extend their funding because of the overall economic crisis and disastrous job market (except for a field that is in very high demand right now). They're trying to decide whether to use COVID as an excuse to extend their time in graduate school, even if their dissertations will be largely finished by Spring 2021, or how to come to terms with the reality that they will very likely
    4 points
  9. I think sometimes people will have that information in their signature! I also wonder if program lists were a lot more fluid this year because of programs deciding not to take a cohort, programs waiving the GRE, etc. But I'll share! I'm applying to 12 programs, all clinical psych PhD. UC Irvine, University of Denver, UNC Chapel Hill, Notre Dame, University of Nevada Reno, Washington State University, University of Utah, Northern Illinois University, Kent State University, West Virginia University, and University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (clinical-community). There are a few reach scho
    4 points
  10. There's very little information on here that's actually indicative of your chances. GPA does not really matter very much, but your GPA in phil courses will be more important than your overall GPA. Your STEM research, publications, conferences, etc. are irrelevant, though it will probably work in your favor that you excelled in a STEM field (but this is a very minor advantage). Your extracurriculars and reading groups don't matter at all. What does matter: do you have a polished writing sample in philosophy? It doesn't need to be publication-ready, but it does need to demonstrate that you
    4 points
  11. Hi all, I've gotten a couple reports on this thread and handed out a temporary silence or two. I would, however, generally encourage you all to stop feeding trolls that you have already recognized to be trolls. -T
    4 points
  12. Hey all! I'm a first year UofA student (also applied to Ontario schools), please message me if you have any questions! I hope you're all doing okay, I know this was such an incredibly stressful process and I can't imagine how your experience is being affected by COVID. You got this
    4 points
  13. It's going to vary depending on master's or PhD, subfield, etc. That said, "near-publishable quality" shouldn't be taken to literally mean that you tried to get it published. Rather, the paper should be research oriented, addressing a substantial philosophical argument or a paper that shows your ability to entice out nuances in extremely difficult material. Faculty don't want to read your book report or your glorified timeline of 20th C. French existentialism. The former works are quality that editors love to put in their journal. The latter faculty make themselves read after their fifth
    4 points
  14. So uhhh... Sorry to detract from homie's baffling pivot from being rejected by ten schools, to being God's gift to literature, but... I'm new here! Gimme da good vibez! It's my first time applying for an MFA. I looked exclusively at fully-funded, somewhat eclectic programs, and ultimately applied to: Michener Arizona State Oregon State University of Florida University of South Florida Hoping I set myself apart by getting in the pool extremely early on all of these. Anyway, not sure why I am here, but good luck to everyone who is applying, even if you're sna
    4 points
  15. Where are the functional data analysts when you need them?! My guess is that most variance is explained by recommendation letters. Other criteria like GPA, GRE scores, and statements of purpose seem to typically be used as binary predictors, i.e. some weight is given to an application if the general GRE Q score is above 165, but if it's lower, then there's a weight penalty. Maybe the form of our relationship is something like P(acceptance) = 0.01*1{GRE Q >= 165} + 0.01*1{GPA >= 3.3} + 0.01*1{SoP not terrible} + 0.1*(Rec Letters) + c where the function 1A is the indicator
    4 points
  16. yxl338

    UChicago Harris 2021

    I am in !!!! Got a call just now. And the official one will come by tomorrow night!
    4 points
  17. AP

    2021 Application Thread

    We are overwhelmed with figuring out how our departments will look like next year, with burned out undergrads also struggling with mental health issues, with domestic responsibilities, with re-structuring entire courses (no, teaching online is not easier), with isolation, with the uncertainty of our research (i.e. our production, i.e. our job security). So, I'm sorry to tell you that an email from a potential student is not a top priority right now.
    4 points
  18. Tigla

    2021 Application Thread

    Profs and grad students are scrambling at the moment to move classes entirely online as universities failed to plan ahead for the third wave in the US. It took me a month to respond to a prospective student, not because I didn't want to talk, rather because I have been swamped sorting out the mess my university created with last minute adjustments to only then back away from those guidelines, but then to reimplement them a week later. *deep sigh* A friendly reminder email is probably your best bet, but don't expect immediate responses.
    4 points
  19. I'm celebrating today! I just submitted my first application, and I'm finalizing my SOP for the other. All my requests for LORs are out. I'm psyched because I'm still nearly a month out from the deadlines!
    4 points
  20. OHSP

    2021 Application Thread

    Don't start your SoP this way -- decenter yourself. I do not know how many times ppl have to stress that an SoP is about demonstrating that you can ask robust, interesting, historical questions. Do that. Start with the questions. Do NOT begin with a bunch of vague stuff about how you identify, what you might be interested in working on, even what your senior thesis was -- professors are not going to read "I am open to a variety of topics" and think "well that's the kind of exciting work I want to be involved with". Sorry to be blunt but it needs to be said. In order to get into a program you n
    4 points
  21. You will need to contact all schools attended and request that they mail official transcripts to your home address. An online program and/grade summary from your school(s) is not considered official, so avoid using those. You will then scan all of the official transcripts into one master PDF document and load that in the system. The pages must be upright (i.e., in their readable position without head turning), so you may need to change some pages from a vertical to horizontal orientation or vice versa. As well, the official transcripts must be dated within six months of your application or les
    4 points
  22. You have the kind of profile that does not necessarily exclude you from any of the schools you are considering. But very many of the students you'll be competing against might have a stronger profile than yours. So whether or not you get in depends on, I think, if you can demonstrate outstanding potential to succeed in the program and beyond in other ways. You should basically try to ensure that you have a great SoP and writing sample. One concern is your low Verbal GRE score - that will be a red flag to any adcom. I'd probably apply to at least two less prominent programs that are easier to g
    3 points
  23. And it might help to look through some of the other "am I competitive/what are my chances/am I good enough/etc" threads on this forum to see what some people (i.e., those who are more qualified than me) have said in response to others, as I think their advice is pretty generalizable. This cycle is going to be decidedly shitty, so I wish you the best of luck in advance!
    3 points
  24. Thanks for the reminder for relaxation and self-love! I have officially submitted all of my apps and am now waiting for my last recommender to submit, and for the inevitable season of refreshing my email once we hit December.
    3 points
  25. I did list the other places I'd applied on all the apps that asked for it, and I don't think it made a difference to the outcome. My best guess is that schools want that information because they want to get a sense of where their competition is (I know for sure that all the schools I turned down asked me to confirm where I'd decided to go instead), but I don't think adcomms are under any illusions about whether their applicants are also applying to many other programs. So I wouldn't worry about it!
    3 points
  26. The December 1st closing date for many programs is fast approaching! I know I was in a tizzy the whole last week myself last year, waiting for LORs and holding myself back from throwing away existing SOPs and writing whole new ones. So I just want to let this year's applicants know - you got this. You have done all the prep work you can. You've written and rewritten, edited and edited and then edited some more. If you still need to upload a CV or SOP, it's time. Hit submit and breathe. Then take the week and enjoy life, because soon it will be time for hard core interview prep, since some sc
    3 points
  27. @YdrlDude, in the nicest way possible, all you're doing is indulging him. Clearly he thinks GC is the place to debate people and show off his """massive intellect.""" If people stop debating him, he'll stop ruining the thread.
    3 points
  28. Just got a call and I'm in! only 10k scholarship, but just getting accepted has me stoked.
    3 points
  29. policykid10

    UChicago Harris 2021

    I just got a call from admissions. I'm in!
    3 points
  30. Applying to grad school is uhhhhhhhhhh the worst.
    3 points
  31. Hi all! Excited that I found this thread! I'm applying mostly to SBS PhD programs, and one Epid bc my interests lie at the intersection of SBS and social epi. UG GPA: ~3.3ish (BA from top ranked public school) Grad GPA: 4.0 (MPH from top ranked school) GRE: not every strong - I think around 310-315 cumulative range - but i don't have the energy to retake & honestly have never been a good test taker so not sure it'd increase much; only sending them to the schools that require it Conferences: 3 small scale presentations (2 from my gap year research & 1 in grad school
    3 points
  32. Hi! How is everyone feeling? Submitted my application for Russian a few days ago - anyone else angling for that program?
    3 points
  33. I agree with @Casorati. Northwestern's program honestly is not great. Evanston is a really nice place and near Chicago so location it's awesome, but the program prestige is pretty lacking.
    3 points
  34. CyberHarpie

    2021 Applicants

    If there was a competition on who's the most behind schedule on their grad applications, I think I'd be a shoo-in for first prize. The more I think about how much more I have to do, the more panicked I become, so I'm just not going to think about it and keep moving forward. @haleydanielle I feel you - the procrastination is real. Hope you and everyone else on here is making good progress! I didn't reach out to any professors during my last application cycle (mainly because I was also terrified of the process), but I don't think that's the reason all my applications were unsuccessful.
    3 points
  35. Faculty member here. I get maybe a dozen or so emails from prospective students each cycle. Doing so doesn't help or hurt. IIRC in the last couple cycles none of the people who reached out to me in the fall have been admitted. Go figure. This is likely just random chance.
    3 points
  36. I saw that VCU was intensely promoted on here. Here is my first-hand account of VCU. First of all, funding has changed considerably from last year (see last section below). It was known as the fully-funded program that was at the top of the USNews list, and now for Painting it has been demoted to #12 within one year. Second of all, please re-check the faculty you are interested in working with, since some may have retired or are no longer available. Also, VCU is a place where who knows your faculty matters a lot. Of course, this is true for most MFA programs. Third, you absolute
    3 points
  37. Hey my good man, I'm sorry to hear about your previous non-selections last year. I am going to be blunt, as I think you may be the type of person who likes and responds well to that: this is a community that strives to support each other, and your previous two comments seem to be lacking a bit in that regard. As we are all writers, I think it is important and expected that we take time to look at how we are framing what we say, and considering how a reader may understand it. But, maybe you were just down that day. I totally get it. Been a year. Hope things continue to get better. @teas
    3 points
  38. I agree with CatMeow1234. One thing to add: You should contact this professor, and a backup, now. Like today. Apps are due in 3 weeks and we have a major holiday in that time window. The longer you wait, the less likely anyone is to say yes because there is going to be such a time crunch.
    3 points
  39. OHSP

    2021 Application Thread

    Yeah, I might have overstated the "put your specific project plan aside" line because it's SO concerning to see SoP drafts that do not foreground the questions. Have a project, sure. But make sure the plan you lay out is an enquiry into something -- some SoP drafts are borderline telling us what the author intends to find, and that's a mistake. Tell profs what you want to ASK not what you plan to illustrate.
    3 points
  40. Beezkneez08

    HGSE 2021

    Also, I know that reaching out to professors you want to study under is encouraged in some schools. Does anyone know if this is encouraged at HGSE? And if so, what kind of questions are good to ask?? I feel like I've done so much research already that I'm not sure what to ask them specifically (but I'm sure there is more stuff to learn about!)
    3 points
  41. Beezkneez08

    HGSE 2021

    Hi everyone, Adding in my stats here because these forums have been a great help in the application process. Will start paying it forward as early as now! Concentration/Program: M.Ed in Learning Design, Innovation, and Technology (planning to take the concentration "Global, International, and Comparative Education") GRE: not yet taken although I'm planning to even if it's optional this year Work experience: Total of 8 years in marketing. Currently lead marketing at a non-profit. Have also been running my own company for the past 4 years in the edtech space. Undergrad: BA in Business
    3 points
  42. Found myself procrastinating quite a bit after last round's rejection, Covid, and just the general state of the world. However, I've finally started pushing myself out of the funk a bit! I was wondering -- has anyone reached out to professors you're interested in working with? I did last round and had a few really good conversations, but for some reason the whole process terrifies me; I'm never quite sure what to say. I'm just not quite sure what's normal and what's not. Any advice would be so appreciated!
    3 points
  43. HTG7728

    HGSE 2021

    I'll be applying to HDE as well! worried because other than a few years of work experience in education i dont really have mental health counselling or psychology background. not sure how the new programs are going to play out next year.
    3 points
  44. Seek out advisors who will support articulation of your background as an asset to future study in English, both in their feedback on your application materials and in their letters of recommendation. You are right that not having a clear path into a specific field will be a hard sell. So make sure the materials you are writing now make that path as clear and seamless as possible. In some cases, your inexperience in English could be more of an issue for funding depending on institutional policy or state law.
    3 points
  45. I think if your LoRs, SoP, and WS show that you are competent and knowledgeable in the field that is "English" then you should be fine getting accepted. You might not get the same benefit of the doubt that someone from an English program might get, but you can definitely prove that you're more than capable to do the work in those documents. (If you're unsure about whether you have that level of competence that's another question, and perhaps an MA in English would be the logical next step for you). Also, many departments are fairly interdisciplinary and/or offer/encourage you to do interd
    3 points
  46. The quality of a research question depends on how well you motivate it historiographically. So, here's a question you'll get a lot in grad school: why should anyone care about how public health discourse represented the Midwest?
    3 points
  47. First, my credentials. Well. I can spell my own name, though I don't usually know exactly how old I am. I'm within a year or two, but I'm usually wrong until I've done some subtraction. I teach composition and like to write calculus equations on the board when I take classes in poetry writing. But, here's my real credentials: consider what is written herein in conjunction with what the various instructions on SOPs that you've read have said, with the requirements the program you are applying to has put forth, and with your own experience as a writer. Do you think I know what I'm talking about?
    3 points
  48. I have the same feeling about it being bittersweet. Experiencing the culture of the program is so much fun and quite honestly...vital to deciding if you want to accept an offer. So I think your idea of visiting if you get an offer is a fantastic one. I'm going to have to say I'll be doing the same.
    2 points
  49. I would echo a lot of what everyone has said above, but I also want to mention that I was accepted into an MA program with a 3.4 in undergrad. If you can demonstrate solid writing with great letters of rec and find a good research fit with professors, they are willing to look past some GPA "issues" especially if it's unrelated to what you're applying to (I had a C in Intro to Zoology, US Gov, and another science course). Granted I then took a few years off and was much more focused/understanding of why I'm passionate about the field I'm in, which I think is important to demonstrate regardless
    2 points
  50. HTG7728

    HGSE 2021

    Also, for all past applicants, does anyone know if the HDE program need a psychology background?
    2 points


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