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  1. Hey there! Just wanted to wish you luck and say you have quite the impressive background. You'll do great!
  2. Hello! I am applying this year for social welfare PhD programs. I am finishing my MSW this year and am applying to Case Western and University at Buffalo. Both applications are done and now I am waiting for probably a long time. I have some strong points to my applications but also some weaknesses- super low GRE math score (146), not much experience in the social work field, and a sorta mediocre undergrad gpa (3.4). Strengths are 4.0 masters gpa, 2 (coauthored) publications, 5.5 writing and 160 verbal GRE, and well-polished recs, written sample, and SOP. I am curious to see how this turns out, not really sure what to expect. I reached out to admissions and the program director at UB earlier in the semester but didn't do that for case western.
  3. Hi, everyone! I recently made the decision to apply to 3 social welfare phd programs and am currently in my second year of my MSW program. I was wondering if anyone who had been through the process has any advice or suggestions. Also, I am not sure where I stand in terms of feasibility of my acceptance. Here are my stats: I am currently attending a school at a smaller public university in PA. Undergrad GPA: 3.4 (BA, though not in a social science. Closer to 3.6/3.7 for final 60 upper division credits). This was from a highly ranked public university in NY. Grad GPA: 4.0 (as of now), 30 out of 60 credits completed. I am taking the GRE in November and retaking in December if score is not what I want. I am aiming for a 160 V, 155 Q, and 4.5 writing score minimum. I served as a graduate research assistant for the 2018-2019 school year and am continuing that role for 2019-2020. I have worked in the field as a Crisis Technician for a little under a year. I have also volunteered for Crisis Text Line since 2017. I currently have one co-authored publication (editorial) in a prominent journal and by the time my apps are sent out I should have 1 more publication and one more coauthored quantitative study that is in press. LORs should be great. Two will be from professors I was a GA for and one will be from a professor I took qualitative research with and got a 100/100 for the course. I am not sure what to expect in this process, any insight would be greatly appreciated!
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