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  • Application Season
    2018 Fall
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    Social Work

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  1. WUSTL MSW 2018

    Yes, I would like to know more about your experience, both the school and living/working as a grad student in STL. Thanks for any insight you can provide.
  2. UChicago Funding

    You have nothing to lose. The worst that can happen is they would say no.
  3. UChicago SSA Fall 2018 AM Applicants

    I've done quite a bit of research on this. My sense is that almost everyone receives some scholarship funding. The range seems to be between $5000 and $30,000 per year, determined by a mix of merit and financial need.
  4. UChicago Funding

    I think it's as good as it gets for a private school in an expensive city.
  5. UChicago SSA Fall 2018 AM Applicants

    I can see why a clinical student might not feel well-served by SSA. Even though the majority of its students are in the clinical concentration, I get the sense that the "vibe" of the school is very macro... I mean, the words "social administration" are still in the name of the school! Also, if you look at the bios of the full professors, many of them don't even have a social work background. A surprising number of them have degrees and professional experience in areas outside of social work. In fact, the Dean of SSA has a Ph.D. in psychology and doesn't seem to have any sort of background in social work... definitely not clinical.
  6. UChicago SSA Fall 2018 AM Applicants

    Thanks. I have heard that the first year at SSA is somewhat tedious but that things improve in year two, when the program becomes more specific to your goals. My understanding also is that there can be some frustration with the first year field placement because it is assigned with limited input from the student. So, you potentially have a year-long placement that might be somewhat irrelevant. One of the things that intrigues me about SSA, however, is the sheer number of potential placements... more than 700!
  7. UChicago SSA Fall 2018 AM Applicants

    Interesting. Thank you. Did they have anything positive to say about SSA?
  8. Negotiating Financial Aid?

    What have you been awarded so far? Sometimes, you can use proof of funding from one institution to justify asking for more money.
  9. Columbia Financial Aid?

    From what I read here and on the Columbia website, financial aid is minimal... maximum is around $15,000. It’s definitely one of the most expensive options, especially including the high NYC cost of living.
  10. UChicago SSA Fall 2018 AM Applicants

    Congratulations! Were you happy with the scholarship you received?
  11. Advice needed: get a Phd or second master's?

    If you want to go back to school, I would definitely go for the doctorate. If you get another master's, you'll still be perceived as a "master's level" candidate. I think you can pick up many of the skills you want through self-study, short-term certificates, or real world work experience. I've read others on this forum state that the way to build a "macro" career is by starting at the bottom and working your way up. The PhD is nice, if for no other reason than to have those three letters after your name. The upside is that quality PhD programs are funded while you would almost certainly have to pay full price for a second master's. However, there is tremendous opportunity cost to getting a PhD. You're pulling yourself out of the workforce for another 4+ years of lost earnings. Also, you have to ask yourself if what you want to do truly requires a doctorate in a market that's flooded with PhD grads.
  12. Seems like a common issue-Can I be accepted with this gpa??

    Some colleges will admit you as a non-degree seeking student and allow you to take a couple of classes. If you earn good grades, you can be admitted as a degree-seeking student. Check with colleges that interest you to see if this is a possibility.
  13. Help! Question about SSA Program at the U of Chicago

    I wonder if some of the dissatisfaction is that social workers, by nature, are change agents. Our education encourages us to critique systems and agencies. So, it stands to reason that we would critique the programs and universities to which we belong. A business major, for example, is probably less likely to question his/her master's program because the goal is to graduate and make money. I'm not saying that problems and concerns aren't legitimate. I certainly have many issues with my bachelor's program, but I do think at least some of it has to do with the kind of people attracted to this work.
  14. UChicago SSA Fall 2018 AM Applicants

    Who's applying to University of Chicago SSA for Fall 2018? Anyone applying to the new advanced standing program? Any acceptances, funding info? Good luck everyone!