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  1. Cal State Online for Fall 20 😕 seems like the UC’s will be a “mixed approach”. Not sure what that means TBH.
  2. Ooooohhhhhh, my bad. That makes sense. TBH I’m kinda surprised that the US is actually being more proactive about university support then other places.
  3. From what I understand, in most cases a high MA GPA (3.8<) does in fact negate a lower undergrad GPA. Or at the very least decreases the damage that a lower undergrad GPA will inflict on an applicant. With that being said, I do think that if financially possible you should consider applying to PhD programs as long as your GPA is a 3.0 or higher with that GRE score. From my experience it seems that most Adcomms prefer students with a 3.5 or higher but will still consider students with a GPA between 3.0 and 3.5, especially if they have amazing GRE’s (which you do). the main reason that people will generally dissuade someone from attending an MA program in polisci is that they can be expensive and ultimately unnecessary. Meaning that they’ll often fail to provide substantial aid in an industry which is does not support Initial high salaries. In addition, most programs would still require a student to complete the coursework associated with their program and subsequently earn a second MA degree at their PhD granting institution. Meaning that a student would most likely not even gain a shortened time frame from their MA program. With that being said, I think a very good reason to attend an MA program is to prove to PhD Adcomms that a student does have the ability to succeed in grad classes and to make up for a poor undergrad GPA. With that in mind, I would caution against one year grad programs (I think the U Chicago program is one year) because it doesn’t allow you to show your MA grades or show the Adcomms that you can in fact succeed in grad classes.
  4. I think most schools have done this? From my understanding, the CARES ACT provided funding funds for schools and at least half of them need to be sent out directly to students who have been affected by the corona. At the least at the universities that I am affiliated with it has taken its form in a “corona virus fund” or something of a similar name where students apply for grants based on need (moving, medical costs, food, etc) and then receive a check from the university. if I am understanding the article correctly then UCLA is following the terms of the aid that they received. Unless the article is saying that UCLA is using funds in addition to those specifically stipulated by the CARES ACT.
  5. From what I understand, American academia is very very snobbish and elitist so there are very few non-American schools that American academics actually know about and respect. The obvious ones being in the Anglo sphere (Big three in Canada, Oxbridge, LSE, Essex, and Edinburgh in the UK, ANU, Sydney, and Melbourne In Australia, and Auckland and Otago in NZ). Outside of the Anglo sphere maybe Sciences Po is really the only widely known and respected school to American academia. I don’t know what country you’re from so it’s difficult to make that specific judgment. I’m also not saying it’s impossible to break into the American academic community by attending a foreign school not listed above, it’s just far more difficult.
  6. Not really. For MA degrees its mostly about what you do and who you work with. But, TBH, strongly consider if an MA in polisci is something that you want to do. Generally it's advised that people do not apply to terminal MA degrees if their desire is to pursue a PhD as most PhD programs require you to earn an MA along the way regardless of prior grad work. With that being said, some people do go the terminal MA route prior to a PhD. The main advice for that is to go the cheapest route as debt is something that you should try and avoid. ESPECIALLY if your goal is academia.
  7. I'll agree with @sloth_girl about the Results posts, I also suggest you take a look at the faculty thread. It's a longer read but DEFINITELY worth it.
  8. Totally agree about that. As I’m starting to register for classes it seems like the grad seminars cap at 15 students which is below the limit. The only question that I really have is how dorms would work. As mentioned in the article Oakland is mainly a commuter school so they don’t have to worry about that. I’m interested in how larger and non commuter schools are going to handle that whole thing.
  9. Hey all, I saw this article about a local MI university and their plans for college in the age of corona. The college's plan, as of now, is below. In-person laboratory classes, but limited to a small number of students. “We might have three students in a large lab where social distancing is possible, and where they can wear masks and can be tested before they come in,” Pescovitz said. Some classes moved to larger venues on campus – the university president offered an example of a class of 50 in a room that seats 250 so students can maintain safe social distance. Ballrooms in the Oakland Center student union may be converted to classrooms, because they are large enough for safe social-distancing. Because there are a limited number of large venues on campus, many classes will be held online. Sports teams will play, but players will be tested for coronavirus frequently. No spectators at sporting events. Face masks will be required on campus. Dorms will be open, but only 20 percent of Oakland’s students live on campus, so most can retain social distance in their homes. Frequent testing of students, staff and faculty. “I hope Michigan will have the ability to do more COVID cases than we can today,” Pescovitz said. “We hope to be able to do testing on campus, along with serology and contact-tracing. That allows us to be as safe as possible. If frequent coronavirus testing is not possible, the university could take the temperature of students frequently. I do want to point out that the article ends by saying that the university cautioned that their plans may change based on the health situation in fall, but that the university administration is moving forward as if the above plans are on for the fall. I'm not sure exactly what this means for other major universities, but I assume that many will start to adopt plans like these. From what I've seen however, it seems most of them are putting off a final decision until May/June time.
  10. I wonder if the US will adopt the Canadian model at all and offer federal aid specifically to students Hahahahaha, no. Absolutely not. I think this administration would first let the west coast leave the union then adopt a Canadian style support system for students, universities, or even localities. States should just declare bankruptcy, don’t ya know.
  11. That’s pretty interesting to know what’s happening in Canada. I know that in the US there are a series of class action lawsuits led by undergrads who are demanding fee refunds and or tuition breaks for this current spring semester.
  12. I just wanted to agree with this statement whole heartedly. A great profile will get you past the door, but it's the luck that gets you an offer. Personally, I think the luck factor is the larger of the two, but honestly it varies from person to person and school to school and even year to year. I also want to congratulate you on an awesome cycle! I have spent the last two years or so on this site and honestly I think you are the most successful candidate that I've seen on here!
  13. Good luck to everyone making their final decisions. Don't forget to pop onto the results/advice/lessons thread to drop some knowledge on the next group of students!
  14. Question for folks: Let’s say during the summer your school announces online classes for the rest of the year, would you still move there? Personally, I am planning on moving to my school as long as the funding is still there. I’ve already given my notice to vacate for my current apartment (massive rent increase anyways) and I can’t imagine living at home with my family for more then two months without going insane.
  15. I believe the Arizona Philosophy department is doing something along those lines, or giving priority consideration for applicants who were admitted this year but are forced to reapply next year. Personally, I would not want to reapply to a school that pulled their funding offer. While I understand that it's not the departments that's doing it, it shows systemic issues within the administration and the value that they place on grad students within the institution.
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