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  1. Back up: UC Santa Barbara? They have a lot of actuarial and finance research in their stats department if you were interested in staying in that research area.
  2. Thank you for your insight @bayessays, this has been very helpful. Good to know that the degree title biostatistics vs statistics doesn't matter. These are excellent points. I will definitely be sending some emails about research during first year and ability to take real analysis. I didn't think SDSU is a bad idea per se (I've even seen some faculty, at UCLA for example, who got their stats MS from SDSU), but I realize that going to a higher ranked school has its perks (networking, research, funding, school name recognition/prestige for PhD apps and jobs, etc). Honestly, it is
  3. Can someone please help me decide between these schools? UCLA - MS Biostats UCSB - MA statistics SDSU - MS statistics I am still planning on getting a PhD after completion of masters. Not partial to biostats, despite extensive life science research background. My biggest worry is: if I go to a lower ranked MS, like SDSU, will I be shooting myself in the foot if I want get into an elite PhD program afterwards? UCSB Pros -funded -UC system -strong faculty focus in financial statistics, but still diverse faculty in terms of other research interests -d
  4. @NeededADisplayName please let us know if you hear anything back!!
  5. Has anyone tried to get ahold of UCSB admissions lately? I've tried a couple times to get in touch with admissions over the past 2 months and nothing... I've tried both phone and email. Thanks!
  6. I'm in the same boat! They are rolling admissions, so they might do rolling acceptances or batch acceptances. Historically though, they give acceptances throughout April, so we might just have to wait it out a little longer.
  7. Geez...what a nightmare. Yeah actually, I am very interested in specific professors. I guess I'll shoot my shot!
  8. Hello everyone, I see that UCLA's MS/PhD Biostats program is rolling admissions, and I decided recently that I want to apply. Anyone previously applied this late and know if it is worth applying to within the next month? I have to take the GRE for it since this is the only program that I'm applying to requiring it... Thanks!
  9. Yeah you're right, I didn't see that. Per Berkeley's website: "Applicants to the PhD program who do not already hold an MA, if admitted, are admitted initially to the MA-PhD degree program, and then apply to continue in the PhD program. This practice does not prolong the time to conferral of the doctorate, since the first two years of both the MA and PhD programs for students coming from the baccalaureate are identical. Therefore, most students entering without a MA degree should be able to finish their PhD studies within a 5-year range. Students entering with a relevant master’s degree
  10. Student Type: Domestic Male Undergrad: Top 100 Undergrad (USNWR) Major: Biology GPA: 3.1 (took an additional 60-70 post-bac credits at a 3.7 GPA); low gpa explained - didn't know what I wanted to do really in the beginning and struggled without direction for career; very steep upward trend in GPA + post-bac Math: Calc I-III (A), Linear Algebra (A), Real Analysis (A), Discrete Math (B), Intro Stats (A) GRE: Taking soon, but confident in my ability to perform well Research: 3.5 years of molecular/cell biology research; 5 publications - 1 co-first author, 2 second au
  11. I'm not dead set on that possibility, but it's nice to know that there isn't some unstated contract (social or not) where you can't do this. Thanks for the insight though, this is really interesting!
  12. I would say that I'm more than 50% certain that I want to get a PhD. I will definitely apply to PhD programs then; thanks for the advice! I was maybe considering doing my masters at one institution and then my PhD at another institution - maybe even an institution abroad. I'm not quite sure how to take this also into consideration.
  13. Thanks for advice! I don't know if I want to do a PhD in all honesty. I really like research, but I figured that I would test the waters with a MS first. You're right, I could also do this by applying to PhD programs outright, and then decide later on whether or not I want to drop out with a MS if I don't want to pursue it further. Unfortunately, the school I went to is not a top school; it is in the top 100 of the USNWR rankings. I know that I will have great LORs (1 from my math professor) and my math GPA is good, so it sounds like GRE will end up determining where I apply.
  14. Hello, I'm looking to apply to Biostats MS this year (maybe a few Statistics MS as well), and I have a lower GPA (3.1) from a biology BS. Since graduating I've taken an additional 60-70 credits (averaging a 3.7 GPA) trying to figure out what I wanted to do, and I really enjoyed my math/stats classes that I never really took in undergrad. I ended up taking the full calc sequence (all As), linear algebra (A), intro to statistics (A), discrete math (B), and have become fairly proficient in both python and R. I've also been doing biomedical research the entire time, and I have accumulated 5 p
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