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Everything posted by hj2012

  1. Just ask. Explain that you have another offer and that while Georgetown is your top choice, the cost is prohibitive. The worst they can say is no, and you'll be in the same position that you are now. P.S. "funding" is not plural.
  2. OK. "Asia" is still huge. What country are you interested in? And what are your language capacities currently? FYI, in many places you would have better luck finding a teaching position after graduating from a university in the States. That said, a PhD is a huge commitment - and a PhD in a different country is an even bigger one. If I were you, I would select the country of interest and apply to shorter-term fellowships (Fulbright, Princeton-in-Asia, teaching programs such as JET or EPIK, etc) to get a sense for the place and to start language acquisition.
  3. If your goal is to be a "thought leader" in Asian/Asian American studies, none of those degrees will get you there. Scholars almost exclusively read other scholars, i.e. people with PhDs. If your goal is to be a published writer speaking to a broader audience, then find yourself a good writing group and start a daily writing practice. If your goal is to enjoy the grad school environment, I agree with the above advice: apply to all three and see which give you the most funding. I'm somewhat familiar with the AsAm studies MA at SF State and the Asian Studies MA at Cal. Some of the students
  4. I think you'll need to say a little more. "Outside the US" hardly narrows things down. Where do you want to end up eventually? What do you want to do with your degree? Do you already have a master's degree? Are you looking to study in Asia?
  5. https://sweduc.wordpress.com/2009/09/13/msw-and-phd-admission-rates/ Mind you, the data is somewhat dated so take it with a grain of salt. But this should give at least a general idea of program competitivity.
  6. Hi, While these samples are for anthropology, not sociology, you might still find it useful to read through for examples on how to organize a statement of purpose. A few thoughts: 1. Forefront your future dissertation research. Your introduction paragraph should give the reader a good understanding of the kind of research that you want to do, the methods you might employ, and why your topic is important. Why is the intersection of work/labor, gender, and mental health an interesting area of inquiry? 2. I wouldn't bash your undergrad education. Try to spin everything positively.
  7. Read earlier comments in this thread, and @complit cites the Columbia English dept website that advises students to have a 95% or higher on the verbal section. I'd say that is a good target for the other schools you've mentioned as well.
  8. You might be able to study education from a historical or sociological perspective, but I doubt that curriculum and instruction would be a good fit for any program outside of an Education department. Since Chicago closed their school of education nearly 20 years ago, it seems that education research is not the university's priority. I personally wouldn't waste the money to apply when there's absolutely no fit at all.
  9. I see. Yes, as an international student I think it might be especially helpful for you to enter an MA program first. If you're relying on outside funding, I think Columbia, UVa, Northwestern NYU, Georgetown and Wake Forest would be good places to consider.
  10. Well, it depends. Some of the more "prestigious" places to get a master's degree in English would be Oxbridge in the UK and Columbia, Georgetown, and UVa in the U.S. But these programs are very expensive and offer little to no financial aid, so you would have to be independently wealthy to pay for the degree. There's also the question of your preparation. Why do you want an MA in English? Is it because of poor undergrad performance, because you're switching fields, etc? These factors will also impact "suitability." Usually the recommendation is that an MA degree is not worth exorbitant l
  11. I actually think a 143 -> 151 is a substantial improvement, though you're right that the scores will not likely be the strongest aspect of your application. I would go ahead and apply if you feel that UVA or UMD is a really good fit for your research interests and the application cost is not a serious burden.
  12. Are we talking Master's or PhD programs? I don't think your GPA and GRE will keep you out of the running for either level, but if you're applying to PhD programs I'm slightly concerned that you have two industry letters and only one academic letter. Really, it should be the other way around -- and only if your supervisor has a PhD in your field.
  13. I have friends and colleagues who transitioned into PhD programs from Georgetown's Arab Studies MA program and UT Austin's Middle Eastern Studies MA program, so perhaps those schools will be of interest? For PhD programs, the recommendation usually is that the writing sample supplements one's stated research interests, but I don't know to what extent that matters for MA admissions. My only concern with your stated writing sample is that it might not demonstrate your language skills nor your growing familiarity with the Arab World. I don't think a writing sample needs to be in excess of 10
  14. If you choose to reapply, I would definitely think strategically and tread carefully. It will likely be difficult for you to gain admission to "a better program" without a letter of recommendation from your current school attesting that you are not leaving due to your inability to flourish in doctoral-level work. Staying in your current program may become more difficult -- as you very well might strain relationships -- if they hear that you are trying to leave. I wouldn't take the decision to reapply so lightly.
  15. When you say "apply out," do you mean apply to different PhD programs? Considering that you're concerned with time to completion, I can't imagine shifting to another program (with all the adjustment that entails) would somehow help speed things along. Switching PhD programs based on this one factor alone seems a bit crazy, assuming you don't have other significant complaints about your department. FYI: there's nothing stopping you from making progress on your own. What are your program's qualifying exam requirements? Since you've already taken a significant amount of coursework, I imagine
  16. This is quite good. You'll have opportunities to brush up on French as a grad student, but you seem well-positioned to take a translation exam (and I would mention your French education in your SOP). I think you should definitely apply directly to PhD programs and throw in a few MA programs into the mix. Check out earlier threads for funded masters programs: https://forum.thegradcafe.com/topic/40233-funded-masters-programs-in-art-history/ https://forum.thegradcafe.com/topic/39410-funded-masters/ In your SOP, I recommend that you emphasize one area of the world over the another,
  17. Great! Would you be applying to start a PhD program during the 2019-2020 school year? If so... 1. You're a few years out from undergrad. You'll need 3 letters of reference from professors for most programs. Do you still have the connections to ask for strong letters that can speak to your research potential? If not, you might think about re-forging those connections. 2. Do you have an existing senior thesis or independent research project that you could revise into a writing sample -- ideally a sample that connects to your future research interests? This is a time-consuming task, an
  18. Can you say a little more about your educational background/training and what your research interests might be?
  19. Grad school is all about the process of specialization. In fact, the whole point of PhD training is to become "a X person" with a deep, rigorous knowledge of a particular place, community, group, or way of life. You need to indicate in your SOP the rough outlines of a project that will entail site-specific fieldwork, and once you get in, you will need to build expertise in the area in which you will conduct fieldwork (through language, courses, etc) and prove it through qualifying exams. Most PhD programs will require you to do 3-4 fields in somewhat recognizable categories, one of which will
  20. It seems like you have some idea of the theory you'd like to use and the abstract questions you'd like to ask. However, from what you've posted, I don't get the sense that you know what your field site(s) might be, and that doesn't give confidence that you'd be able to successfully conduct an ethnographic research project. Do you have experience conducting fieldwork, perhaps for a senior thesis or through a field school? Check out these sample SOPs from Duke Cultural Anthropology: https://culturalanthropology.duke.edu/sites/culturalanthropology.duke.edu/files/file-attachments/2011-2012Gr
  21. While breadth is very important, I would encourage you to narrow your focus for the purpose of PhD applications and think about the language that will be most useful to that body of work. If you're thinking about pursuing jobs in the academy, they are still for the most part "divided" by areas of the world. Essentially all PhD programs are going to require some language component, so if you're starting with nothing I'd consider taking classes at the local community college or something. My sense is that French makes most sense for African/African diaspora/Caribbean, but you should confirm with
  22. Are you only considering art history programs, or are you considering other disciplinary "homes" (e.g. comp lit)? Do you have a specific area of the world that you're working on (e.g. African/African diaspora, Latin America & the Caribbean, South Asian, etc)? You might also consider Chicago, Northwestern, Berkeley.
  23. I also agree that sticking to 12 pt font is best. 1.5-2 pages with 1" margins and up to 1.5 linespace seems reasonable IMO.
  24. Converting the 10-point ccgpa to the U.S. gpa system is a bit funky, and usually the "minimum gpa" requirement is on a 4.0 scale. I'd email the department grad coordinator directly to ask how they convert 10-point ccgpa to get a clear answer -- chances are that a 7/10 is an acceptable score, though I wouldn't take my word for it. For general inquiries, you could also message/visit your local Education USA office, as they tend to have lots of experience dealing specifically with students from your country and would have a good idea about how local gpa's are viewed by admissions offices in the
  25. This PPT presentation might be helpful: https://grad.uchicago.edu/sites/default/files/career-resources/DiversityStatement_Presentation.pdf Rather than "specific forms of diversity that academia wants," it might be more useful to think of the reality of diversity within universities and how you will attend to challenges that diversity inevitably raises. Even if you do not have a demonstrated commitment to underprivileged communities, you will be (and likely have been) teaching, collaborating, and interacting with groups and individuals who come from enormously different backgrou
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