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  1. This might be a dumb question but.... I'm looking into two specific schools -- Indian University--Bloomington (Ill be calling it IU- and The Fairbanks School (FBS). They are both in the Indiana System, but I'm a little confused. They are separate schools, correct? They have different deadlines and programs. If so, what "school" does Fairbanks sit under? Because it seems to not sit under the flagship school. If anyone knows any of this, or goes to either and can shed some light on the programs let me know. I'd appreciate it.
  2. I have a small question that maybe you guys could give me some advice on. I have a low GPA. Good GRE scores (i wont bore you with exact numbers, but they are 86%+ in each category). But my GPA at my home school (psych major, sociology minor) is low. By low I mean will probably be 2.5 ish when I graduate. 2.7 if lucky. No excuses, I had a horrible first year (.5 gpa lol), but have been slowly bringing my GPA up since then. I have two options: 1 is to take credits my at home university this summer, but I can only take 12. The other is I've been approved to take 18 credits at another 4 year school in the state. The additional school is higher ranked than my home school. The credits transfer over. If I take the classes at my home school its less credits, but will bring my GPA up. IF i take them at the other school, its more credits but they just transfer back to my home school, and dont bring my GPA up. BUT SOPHAS recalculates GPA, correct? Though grad school will see my 2.5 they will also see the recalculated gpa, or am I wrong? So my recalculated gpa will include the credits I take somewhere else. My adviser was actually really helpful and told me I should do what I think is best for my future, not what's best for right now, which was surprising. So I'm just glad they are in my corner on this. My other stats are good; volunteer work, research, etc. Its just that damn gpa.
  3. Hi all thanks so much for reading this. I'm graduating next year and highly interested in an International Affairs/Relations Masters. A lot of programs that interest me allow me to focus on or take a good amount of classes dealing with human rights, human condition, or security. Down the road I either want to get my PhD in social psychology and work on a more academic side of the correlation between war and human behavior, or work in private sector or an NGO after my masters. If I could have the world I'd get a mph and a masters in international relations. My catch is this. I want to go into a masters program after undergrad. I know, work experience after UG is loved for masters programs and if worse comes to worse I will do that, but going straight is best for me as a person so it would be the ideal situation. I have internship experience but other than that I dont have much experience. My stats are below. If you could steer me in the right direction of some programs I should be looking at, or some schools that I should be considering based on my stats and what I told you that would be great. Funding for a maters is hard to come by, I know, so any help with funding chances, outside sources, or schools that give funding would be great. PS should i be applying to more schools knowing my stats? Medium Sized Research School African American Male 9 programs, ideally UGA: 3.3 (Major GPA 3.8), Last 60 credits: 3.88 GPA GRE: V 161 Q 165 A 5.0 Spanish up to Senior Level Internship with Human Rights First, & The Victory Fund (an LGBT political campaign assistance organization). and working with war refugees in DC 3 semesters and 1 summer of neuroscience research (yielded contribution to a paper) 1 summer in a social psychology lab with 2 of my ideas being used for projects that are currently ongoing 1 poster presentation Major: Global Studies with a focus on Development Health and Sustainability Summer Abroad in France working with AmFAR (Foundation for Aids Research)* Psychology Minor 2 thesis papers writen in my major LoRs from Neuroscience lab, social psychology lab Professor and Human Rights First, And The Victory Fund Macro and Micro both completed with As * this is not a promise but it would happen the summer between undergrad and grad school
  4. Quick question: I'm curious, are there any programs (links would be awesome but just a name would be great too. as long as you can steer me in some direction) that allows their students to get a PhD in psychology but a second Masters in another field? I know Brown has it but anyone else? I'm looking to get PhD in social psychology and my masters in international relations. I'm just wondering if I have to do one first or can I do both at the same time at any school besides Brown (who simply requires an extra year of school I think). I want to do international research on War and human rights from a psychological standpoint. If there ISNT any school like that since my GPA isn't the highest in the world [ UGA: 3.3 (Major GPA 3.8), (Psych GPA 3.45), GRE: V 161 Q 165 A 5.0, Psych Subject Test 92 percentile ] would it be maybe wiser to do my masters first in IA, do well in it and then get my PhD and use the grades from my IA masters to boost up my PhD chances?
  5. I'm thinking of applying this year (though before I was going to apply in the next year cycle, but what's the worst that can happen)? Stats Are: Medium Sized Research School African American Male 10-15 Social Psychology Programs UGA: 3.3 (Major GPA 3.8), (Psych GPA 3.45) Last 60 credits: 3.88 GPA GRE: V 161 Q 165 A 5.0 Psych Subject Test: 92nd percentile 3 semesters and 1 summer of neuroscience research (yielded contribution to a paper) 1 summer in a social psychology lab with 2 of my ideas being used for projects that are currently ongoing 1 poster presentation Major: Global Studies with a focus on Development Health and Sustainability Possible Psych Minor if I want to kill myself this semester Psych Classes: Intro, Abnormal, Research and Design, Aging, Statistics 2 thesis papers writen in my major LoRs from Neuroscience lab, social psychology lab and professor So we shall see i suppose?
  6. @Mewtwo: I've taken an intro class, abnormal, experimental design, aging, and a stat for social sciences class. I will probably take one more class before I graduate. I'll do that refined search, that helps a lot! Thanks!
  7. So here is a question I have for all of you. Should be straight forward and if you want there is a bonus question below. I'm a global studies major (which I my school is international affairs) with a focus on development, environment and health. I want to go into psychology and become a jury consultant down the road. Why am I getting my PhD ?Because I love research, love teaching and my ideal job requires it. So the PhD route makes sense. I want to get my PhD in social or cognition (still researching) with a mentor who does focus on human behavior. But here is the catch: I dont have a psych degree. I kinda decided this too late in my academic career to change. Oh well. BUT I did some things (hopefully) to make up for that those things would be: 3 semesters in a neuroscience lab researching depression. The lab is a wet lab working with rodents, but still in a medical school psych department. PI will write me a great LoR. 1 summer in a social psychology lab working on PTSD research and obesity. PI will also write me a great LoR and speak on my behalf since that school is a school I want to go into (for anyone curious, its Northeastern). 1 psych research presentation at school symposium, 1 published paper in psychology psych subject test score of 92nd percentile I dont know if you want my general stats but if so UGA: 3.3 (Major GPA 3.8) African American Male GRE: V 161 Q 165 Just looking at what else I can do or if all hope is lost because i'm not a psychology major. Bonus Question: Do you have some schools in mind, knowing my stats, I should apply to or consider? Or does anyone go to NEU and know anything about their psych program? How hard is it to get into?
  8. I had no question about doing a masters. I'm a tad upset that I have to do it but I'm going to do it. My questions were geared towards not nullying the masters, but advice ABOUT it. 101 school in nation medium sized research school 3rd author.
  9. So my adviser told me today she thinks I would be better suited to go from a masters to a PhD. A little bummed about this but I'm not trying to let it bog me down mainly because deep down I know it's best. I want to go into Clinical. So, now that I'm going down the masters track I don't know what to do and my adviser just keeps saying 'check gradschools.com'. So I have a few questions Is it smarter to go to a masters program IN clinical (few and far between it seems) or do I simply need a masters program in any psychology with hopefully a focusin Clinical? For example, Boston U has a MA in Psychology, but you can focus on Clinlcal. A few other schools (American, for example) have an actual Clinical Masters; but schools that are well name and simply not 'for profit' that have these degrees are hard to find. A MA in Psych is more common, but will that just be wasted time? Do i specifically NEED a Masters in clinical to get into a clinical PhD program? I know there is probably no number, and it still requires work, but does a Masters actually help?According to my adviser I'm probably not competitive enough for PhD with my stats (see below), hence they suggest the Masters. If I do well in the masters program does it actually help or do admissions boards only see 'oh he couldn't make it in undergrad so he HAD to do a masters'. Masters generally do not have funding like PhDs...am I going to have to go into outrageous debt? My family isn't well off, being mostly elderly and sick...thus a PhD was very interesting to me because it's funded. Im wary of going and donig a Masters becasue I dont want to be in outrageous debt. How do I at least cut the debt down or are there funded masters? Are there programs that allow you once you're done your masters to transfer right into your phd? Boston U says you have to apply using a seperate application which is fine, I just wanted to know if schools have a 'slide in' program. I know a lot of the time you're taking your classes with other PhD students so it doesn't matter much especailly if you intend to go to that school anyway, but I'm simply really worried I bust my ass doing my Masters and my undergrad GPA will still prevent me from getting in anyway...AND I'll be in debt. Is there anyone out there in a masters program, or have went from Masters > PhD, who knows of some good schools or programs? I know a few schools I want to go to for my PhD and i'm already consdiering Boston U, American for my masters but I would like some more guided help if possible. My stats are Psychology (BA), Clinical and Developmental Certificates, Honors Track, Psi Chi Member GPA: 3.3 Major GPA: 3.8 1 publication GRE (v) 168, (q) 166 2 labs; 1 neuro lab for 4 semesters and 1 summer lab at Northeastern social sciences lab LoRs from both labs and 1 teacher African American Male
  10. @Kaister: I'm fairly interested in both but might want to do something international so I wanted to prepare myself down the road for being able to apply for a masters program by having those political classes. That was really the only reason for the minor, as a safeguard in case I wanted to do IA further on. @Josh: I will admit the psych major at my school lacks some flexibility and pretty much anyone who comes from my school with a psych BA will have the same type of major with a few changes here and there. the Certificates allow me to add Abnormal Psych, Child Adolescence, Advanced Child Psychology, Advanced Behavioral Psychology , and Child Developmental Psychology, classes I wouldn't be able to fit into my schedule. They will also give me the ability to do a clinical lab position to balance out my microbiological lab position. These 2 certificates allow me the ability to present (which the major/minor might allow but not as easily), hence I'm thinking that will be enough substance to validate the certificates? Plus Membership into Psi Chi if that matters to anyone.
  11. Quick question (and if when you could answer if you could say your logic behind it that would be appreciated). I'm a psych B.A. major and i have 1.5 years left in school. I have and will graduate with a B.A. in Psychology and a concentration in developmental psychology which will award me a certificate after graduation. I'm a little vary, even though I'll have a good amount of psych classes and good LoRs about the strength of my major so I was considering a minor in Political Science to beef up my application. OR I have a second option which is a second Concentration in Clinical Human Services. This will also allow me to graduate with honors from my Psych Major. So my question then becomes, which one is better and will look letter on my application, assuming my GPA and everything would be the same and my GRE scores would be the same (which they will; both sections in the low 90th percentile). EITHER: A B.A. in Psychology with a Developmental Psychology Concentration and a Political Science Minor A B.A. in Psychology with a Development Psychology Concentration & A Clinical Human Services Concentration with Psych Honors* My adviser says 'whichever you want will look nice' but I'm not sure which one. Advice? *I should note the honors track allows me PSYCH 498/499 (2 honors research 'classes' at my school), presenting at out Undergrad Research Symposium, and a second LOR from another lab mentor since my current lab mentor is at a different school and cannot be my sponsor. Should also note I intend to go into Clinical Psychology
  12. You guys are giving a lot of good advice which is AWESOME. So thank you. I'm thinking of just sticking and getting a Masters in International Affairs and a masters in Terrorism, which a few schools on the east coast offer (I know Penn State does, Georgetown and George Mason does. I THINK Brown does too? Not sure about west coast) and then combining them somehow to deal with terrorism or, human rights issues or something. I know that's still very vague but one step at a time; right? Now I just need to find some space possibly during the summer to take some more poli classes and do internships/volunteer positions.
  13. Sorry for typos in this message i am on my phone. To put it brcause it might have gotten lost...im currently a neuro major but i want to go into global affairs. I have a lot of experience(red cross internship, writing for usa today, human rigts coalliion internship and international justice mission internship) that fit the global affairs route and some classes but not a major. I want to know if a masters in global affairs if i do well in it will that help with applying to a phd program. also will i need a phd to work for global justice programs and organizaions? Or will a masters and internships be enough? Basically im trying to swith gears to ia or global justice field and wondering how to do that. I know my desired end goal is abstract so anyone who could help wth that would be nice. In a nutshell id like to work for a company that advocates for hunan rights or deals with infractions with human rights around the world.
  14. note: not sure if this is in the right place... So I thank you all for reading this and Happy Easter. Any advice you're giving would be helpful. I'm will be a junior this upcoming semester. I'm currently a neuroscience major. I always thought I wanted to get a PhD in neuroscience, work in a wet lab and do psychiatric research. I dabbled since high school in humanitarian and law work but always just considered it a passion. As my friends are graduating (who were my 'biology clique') I'm realizing my desire really is in something international or humanitarian. Why should I do a job or a degree just because I've kept with it for 3+ years when I have the chance to do something that my talents are useful? I'm charismatic, a great writer, personable, a quick thinker and I have a great memory. Plus, I love to travel, the world is so interesting to me and the dynamics/interconnectedness of the world is really interesting to me. After deep (and panicked) thoughts, I would be happier doing something international or dealing with global affairs than working privately in a lab. As mentioned before I'm a neuroscience major, but I have a good amount of experience with things in the international field. I was just awarded a student reporting position internship for the summer at USA Today's college website, I have 4 years of experience with the Red Cross, and I'm in the running for an internship position with the International Justice Mission in Washington DC for the summer. I also have a few government classes under my belt and will take a few more for a total of 12-16 credits in said field. Academically I'll have around a 3.3-3.4 when I graduate with my neuroscience major but I'm realistic. There will be ALOT of qualified (and rightfully so) students for PhD positions in this competitive field. That being said I was considering getting masters first to help boost my application. The major question is 'How useful is a masters?' I'm not very well versed in this field of study, but in the bio like field if you don’t have a good enough gpa for a PhD a lot of students go for a masters first and then go forward to PhD. If I do well and utilize the advantages of a masters, does success in a masters in global affairs (let’s use NYUs program for example) help with getting into a PhD program or is it a waste of time and money? Are there professional positions with people with just masters or is a PhD required afterwards? If a PhD is a worthless degree to get in global affairs (I would prefer to not teach but have an active position in a think tank, or some type of working group for a coalition, or organization) or do most people have a PhD afterwards? Any advice about this master’s track is useful. I know trying to reinvent myself this late is kinda...odd, but I feel pretty strong about this. I dont want to lose my neuroscience major, hence the masters idea. Is this a dumb idea? any ideas? Thanks so much
  15. So I thank you all for reading this and Happy Easter. Any advice you're giving would be helpful. I'm will be a junior this upcoming semester. I'm currently a neuroscience major. I always thought I wanted to get a PhD in neuroscience, work in a wet lab and do psychiatric research. I dabbled since high school in humanitarian and law work but always just considered it a passion. As my friends are graduating (who were my 'biology clique') I'm realizing my desire really is in something international or humanitarian. Why should I do a job or a degree just because I've kept with it for 3+ years when I have the chance to do something that my talents are useful? I'm charismatic, a great writer, personable, a quick thinker and I have a great memory. Plus, I love to travel, the world is so interesting to me and the dynamics/interconnectedness of the world is really interesting to me. After deep (and panicked) thoughts, I would be happier doing something international or dealing with global affairs than working privately in a lab. As mentioned before I'm a neuroscience major, but I have a good amount of experience with things in the international field. I was just awarded a student reporting position internship for the summer at USA Today's college website, I have 4 years of experience with the Red Cross, and I'm in the running for an internship position with the International Justice Mission in Washington DC for the summer. I also have a few government classes under my belt and will take a few more for a total of 12-16 credits in said field. Academically I'll have around a 3.3-3.4 when I graduate with my neuroscience major but I'm realistic. There will be ALOT of qualified (and rightfully so) students for PhD positions in this competitive field. That being said I was considering getting masters first to help boost my application. The major question is 'How useful is a masters?' I'm not very well versed in this field of study, but in the bio like field if you don’t have a good enough gpa for a PhD a lot of students go for a masters first and then go forward to PhD. If I do well and utilize the advantages of a masters, does success in a masters in global affairs (let’s use NYUs program for example) help with getting into a PhD program or is it a waste of time and money? Are there professional positions with people with just masters or is a PhD required afterwards? If a PhD is a worthless degree to get in global affairs (I would prefer to not teach but have an active position in a think tank, or some type of working group for a coalition, or organization) or do most people have a PhD afterwards? Any advice about this master’s track is useful. I know trying to reinvent myself this late is kinda...odd, but I feel pretty strong about this. I dont want to lose my neuroscience major, hence the masters idea. Is this a dumb idea? any ideas? Thanks so much
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