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  1. I've offered help in the past and I am happy to extend an open invitation to anyone who would like a second pair of eyes to look over their SOP or potential school list.
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    "Optional" Subject Test

    The subject test is weighed differently depending on the school and what your area of interest in. A lot of schools will place less weight on it if your major area of interest isn't one that's coverered by the Subject Test. At some Public Schools, there might be additional funding available for those who receive top marks on the Subject Test. There are also some schools who are in the process of eliminating their requirement of the Subject Score. Some might glance at it but will not consider it in their final assessment.
  3. I'd like to add a small note here that a lot of programs that consider you for their master's program are unfunded ones or ones where funding is very competitive at the MA level. Several programs that come to mind are Colorado, Chicago, Carnegie Mellon, Rochester and SUNY Buffalo.
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    Loans in Grad School

    Depending on your school and program, there might be interest-free or very low interest loans for 6-12 months.
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    Marie Curie Individual Fellowship?

    It seems like it is open to applicants that are open to moving within Europe and have a doctoral degree. The United States, however, is not on the list of countries eligible for funding. The full list can be found here: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/other/wp/2016-2017/annexes/h2020-wp1617-annex-a-countries-rules_en.pdf
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    MFA or PhD?

    Like @M(allthevowels)H, I also obtained an MFA before enrolling in an English PhD program. If your ultimate goal is teaching creative writing, I'd recommend looking into either English PhD programs with a creative dissertation or a Creative Writing PhD program. (I think the only MFA program with extremely consistent placement into creative writing teaching positions has been Iowa's Writers'' Workshop). I'd like to add a note here that Cornell University only has two tracks (fiction and poetry) for the MFA program. Nonfiction is still an often ignored portion of Creative Writing. Some programs that offer Nonfiction as a track include: Ohio University Texas Tech University The University of Tennessee - Knoxville University of Cincinnati University of Houston University of Rhode Island University of Southern Mississippi University of Utah As a sidenote, there are programs such as Washington University in St. Louis and (@M(allthevowels)H, correct me if I'm wrong) Vanderbilt that allow their enrolled PHD students to enroll in their well-regarded Creative Writing courses.
  7. My cohort (in English) has 6 people. One of the other cohorts I was accepted into had 12 people.
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    Who to ask?

    Generally speaking, you'll want people within your field who have a PHD and understand how rigorous it is. Are the classes you took abroad relevant to the MA? What can Option A/C bring to the table that your current writers cannot?
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    St. Louis, MO

    How is everyone doing with their searches?
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    BA to MA or PhD?

    Small note here: Unless it's changed this year, PSU only grants a B10 Fee Waiver to applicants who don't have a Master's degree.
  11. First off, I think your scores are fine. They most likely won't get you discounted during the first round for those who go through rounds. A lot of schools are moving away from the subject test in general. Chicago, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania (Penn) , Brown, Duke, UNC, Wisconsin, UT-Austin, Illinois, Pennsylvania State (PSU), Vanderbilt, Emory, Ohio State, Maryland, Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), and Rice University do not require the Subject test. Some of these schools are test-optional but many note that it will not make a difference when it comes to them deciding whether or not to admit you. Conference attendance won't really make a difference. Conferences might matter if you were presenting at a major conference but there isn't much that can be accomplished by attending. Presenting at conferences could also show that you're keeping up with the field and are involved with present ideas. Most students don't have any publications and many are advised against publishing early because the publication will be on your record forever. My concern is that your focused on the top 30 schools. There are a lot of great schools just outside the top 30. Some are better than schools in the top 30 depending on your specialization. What do you want to focus? Schools in the top 30 are very different and each have significant strengths in certain areas which others may lack.
  12. Private Universities are more likely to offer similar funding to all applicants. As a general rule of thumb, the top 50 schools (per USNews) should guarantee funding. I think there is only one in the top 50 in where funding isn't offered to all applicants and 2-3 that don't guarantee funding for all years. Some alternate the number of years of guaranteed funding. I'd be more than happy to share what I know via PM if you want to talk. There are a considerable amount of schools outside the top 50 which do offer guaranteed funding, have a good placement record and do very well in certain specializations.
  13. A program's handbook usually has critical information regarding the specific department at the school. It might contain information regarding stipends, conference funding, program layout and expectations. The stipends might help you decide if you'd be able to afford to live in that city on that stipend alone or if you'd have to have one or more roommates. Some people have no problem sharing an apartment while others would prefer living alone. Conferences are an important part to your career. You'll want to make sure to know how funding works at that school. Some schools offer guaranteed funding; others have you compete for it. Some provide none. You'll want to know if you'll have to set aside money for those expenses. Program layout and expectations can provide a general timeline for when everything is expected in order to graduate on time. It'll also show you how many electives you can take outside the department. If your project is more interdisciplinary in nature, this is more important because there might be classes outside the department which can influence at how you look at your research that interests you. Looking at classes offered in recent years can also help you determine how well your interests align with current faculty interests.
  14. I'd like to offer a different perspective. I was denied admission to a school where 3 recommenders had earned their Ph.D from, accepted into a school where 1 recommender earned their Ph.D degree from, and accepted into two schools where my recommenders had no connections to. I do think that if you have similar interests as your recommenders and your applying to a similar field that it might be helpful in terms of navigating how well you'd fit in.
  15. I have heard of some students accepting offers without funding. I could see no funding being offered for an MA program if there weren't any additional responsibilities but I'm not sure how students do it during a PHD program where those experiences are needed to land a job.

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