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  1. Have you been contacted by any professors? have you had any interviews?
  2. Funding for years 1 and 2 comes from the university, so that's not a professor-level issue, in most cases.
  3. My understanding is that many(many) people apply, many are tossed out, and there's a remaining smaller pile. The remaining smaller pile goes to professors, based on subject area and specific mention. If a professor contacts you, that means that they chose your application packet out of the pile. After the interview, they report back a "yes" or "no" on the candidate. If you're a "yes", that means " I would recommend this person for admission and I'd like to work with them". The list of "recommend for admission" or " do not recommend" then goes back to admissions, who builds the cohort.
  4. It is my opinion that Stanford, at the PhD level, is highly focused on developing researchers who will be leaders in the field. Researchers often gain notoriety based on the quality of questions that guide their research. You can become a leading researcher if you've never worked in a lab, but it would be very hard to become a leading researcher without the ability to come up with relevant, interesting questions to study. You have to demonstrate your ability to formulate questions in your application.
  5. What would you like to know, in particular? I don't think that most Master's students have interviews, but most PhD students do interview, often with one or two POI/Faculty.
  6. Which program are you applying to? I think that SHIPS/DAPS folks weight prior research experience more heavily than CTE. My advice around being competitive alway includes a lot of attention to being unique. In regards to research experience, it's not so much the experience itself that makes the difference, it's the exposure that you had to cutting-edge ideas as a member of a lab. With these top (GSE) programs, they're extremely interested in hearing your particular perspective about the state of contemporary education, and gaps in knowledge that you'd like to fill. If you want me to expand on
  7. For what it's worth, admission decisions were released on February 15th, 2019 at 3:30pm for the 2019 entering class. A friday.
  8. I'll do a full blog post about this at some point, but I think that the number of applications you submit could(should?) be based on how strong your application is, and how selective your desired schools are. If you've got your heart set on 1 school with an acceptance rate below 5%, you're setting yourself up for stress and disappointment. If you don't get in, you don't even really have enough data to decide how to proceed forward: it could be that your desired advisor is going on sabbatical, or that last year your concentration accepted 1 more student than usual, and this year it'll be one l
  9. That's such great news (for some)! A huge weight off of your shoulders. There's something kind of pleasant about thinking through all your accomplishments and how you'll package them in your letters, but GRE studying feels quite miserable for so many folks.
  10. My first recommendation would be to do an EdD rather than a Phd if you want to work as a school administrator.
  11. I think that they (admissions) clearly state that there's no master's-doctorate pathway because of the numbers. If you have 800-ish master's students and 30 doc students, giving new master's admits the impression that the PhD is a likely next step isn't fair, accurate, or in anyone's best interest. I think their message is, " come here for your master's if you truly want a master's, not just as an intermediate step toward the doctorate". I can imagine that if you came to HGSE for a master's, applied for the PhD while you were here and were denied admission , you'd find out during your spring q
  12. Classes: There's a period at the beginning of the semester where you can kind of sample courses before making your final decisions. I would recommend being extremely active during that period. Even if you choose not to take a course, just the exposure to the subject matter and the professor could be helpful later. My only courses outside of the Ed school were language courses at GSAS. There will almost definitely be more courses that interest you at the Ed school than you can possibly take, so I think that quite a few people who like the idea of cross-registering don't quite get around to it
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