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  1. Has anyone had experience with this program or knows anyone who currently is in it or completed it? My current work with children and adolescents who have social skill deficits and/or behavior & emotional issues has led me to become more familiar with the concepts and theories behind their disorders. Besides trying to be an autodidact, I'm interesting in delving into human emotions and self-regulation in a formal setting. I've looked into HES' psych course offerings and it may be something I might seriously pursue as I become more experienced in my specialty (school social work).
  2. What were the pros and cons in your mind? Harvard GSE's HDP is one my list for a masters. I'd like to study the basis of emotions and self-regulation. I'm also open to the GSE's MBE program.
  3. The wonderful thing about MSW programs is that they tend to attract a gamut of ages from just recent undergraduates in their early 20s to mothers (and fathers) in their 40s. As for 3 vs 2 yr degrees it doesn't matter: what matters if the program is CSWE accredited and if the same support in finding internships to the full-time students is offered to the part-time. The main difference is that instead of completely all your classes in the first year they'll be spread out, taking two every semester (or however it breaks down). I'd suggest contacting the program you're eyeing and asking if yo
  4. OT (so I apologize for thread jacking): Yea, experienced the extreme cold (today was beautiful compared to Wednesday and Thursday). Hyde Park, eh? I have close family friends in Hyde Park and a godmother in Bridgeport. Chatham's a nice SS neighborhood; I'm actually considering buying a bungalow house there.
  5. Another Chicagoan. What neighborhood/side if you don't mind me asking? I was born on the SS, then moved to the North Side, then back to SS (SW specifically).
  6. Yes and no. Pros: All but two of my professors have real world experience in my field. The best one has been a law professor. All of my professors have been somewhat likeable. Most of my classmates have been nice, not to mention unintentionally funny when speaking about the horrid practices they've faced when working. I've gained something from all of my classes that I can use once in the field. Knowing you'll graduate from a respective program let alone university. The great college athletics and university vibe. Cons: There's cognitive dis
  7. Where did you get those tuition prices? I attend one of the schools listed and I'm paying 10K more than what's listed.
  8. I think it's better to help them understand the value that your degree might possibly bring to the world and your goals than fall on passive-aggressive actions demeaning their day job (oh noes you work corporate how soul crushing!).
  9. I don't. I just say I'm thinking of obtaining a doctorate to become a professor. Those that ask, non doctorate or advanced degree holders, don't necessarily respond in a negative or condescending way. They usually respond "Oh, that's cool." I have a few PhD holders on my father's side and a family friend is currently pursuing a doctorate in chemistry. Pursuing doctorates may sound like the norm in my family but it's not. It helps that my family sees higher education as something to invest in, so anything beyond a bachelor's degree is seen as fine as long as it serves a purpose for a career goa
  10. Keep in mind that you're paying for two degrees if you do this, so twice as much debt with the hopes of more skills upon graduation. Besides the MSW/MBA, the MSW/JD route is the one that'll sink anyone into a deep ocean of red. If you can find a university where both degrees are at a relatively cheap price, can be taken jointly. even better if the MBA program has some prestige behind it, the better. I'm not in a joint program, but I might seek out an MBA where I'm getting my MSW because it's offered at such a low price point, granted the program is all online but the online portion has the for
  11. I don't know about about the rigorous research experience part - I know several who went from a BA to an MA to a Phd without any grand research experience for anthro. For non-profit management, work experience is probably more coveted than research. What I get is that professors want to know you have the potential/ability to do research. I think the real issue is finding programs & professors that suit one's research interests. And funding + stipend.
  12. @TheCrow : Can you do a Pros & Cons about your program besides the 30+ student "seminars"? If I decide to pursue a doctorate I believe I'll be doing this, but after I gain my independent license. As I review the academic literature in social work I feel my research interests would be better served in looking at other disciplines like human development, education or even social psychology. Though anecdotal, I was reading a bio of one social work doctoral student and I kept wondering why she didn't pursue a doctorate in sociology given her research interests.
  13. Girl I liked in high school went to my undergraduate school. Before I learned this I said to myself, "Damn, that would be weird if she went here." She did. Girl I like in my hometown is attending the same university I attend for grad school. Before I learned this I said to myself, "Damn, we have a lot of things in common." Now we have too much in common. What does this mean? EDIT: Also, this semester totally sucks.
  14. @cavenue said, "Steve Bannon has a degree from HBS. Let me just leave it at that." You're right, Bannon does have a degree from HBS - an MBA, specifically. And you don't. He apparently graduated with honors as well. Let me just leave it at that.
  15. Just focusing on you post what are these "unearned advantages"? What exactly were you taught in these women's studies classes?
  16. Hi. You've been through some tough times - good for you for your perseverance. As for admissions, depending on what programs you apply to I wouldn't worry much. Your internships, upward trajectory of your GPA (most programs want a 3.0 or higher), and your extracurricular activities should make a program want you. Red Cross, career counseling, internships ... all look and sound great. Just polish your personal statements and I think you'll be set. This is an MSW; applying is not nearly the same amount of stress as wanting to get into a top tier MBA, law or PhD program. I will bet some
  17. Or that PhD programs have funding and that a PhD is mainly about research, hence they publish. Nice try.
  18. Here are the professors at SSA whose area of "expertise" involves crime. You might find a couple that suits your research interests. There are also some research labs associated with the program and Crime Lab may be something of interest as well. Also, what PoliticalOrder said about the Harris school.
  19. Fit over ranking. Ranking/prestige for an MSW isn't entirely important, if not overplayed. For the JD, are you sure you want to practice law? I ask because wisdom says that "only do a JD if you want to practice law." I agree with this. (Unless you're making serious dough doing something else after graduation.) Same thing with an MD for medicine. If you want to help the incarcerated by policy reform, an MPP/MPA may do the job alongside an MSW. It can also be cheaper than a JD. Cheaper program over more expensive program. On one hand UPenn looks like a better fit while UChicago
  20. Awesome! And yes, finally!
  21. Just in case the university asks for it when applying. As for time, it all depends on how he prioritizes. Again, he should check the universities that have a BSW that he wants to transfer to and if they don't need an ACT then he's fine. If he does then I just see it as another step to achieve his goal. People study for the GMAT/GRE/EPP/MCAT so I don't see the issue studying for the ACT if it's needed. Once he obtains his MSW he'll have to sit for exams after two years of supervised work to gain his LCSW.
  22. I'm from the state of Illinois. A paradox for using the master's as a way to distinguish one self is that eventually the trend will catch on and then the master's will be the ubiquitous degree. The gluttony of applicants is probably the byproduct of many political, if not controversial things e.g. too many people attending university, economy just not keeping up with the workforce demand, too many deciding to enter education. I'm trying to think of my friends who are in elementary or high school education ... I do believe each found a job within six months of graduation. One's an ele
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