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  1. I agree with the above. Not only are there many programs in conflict/dispute resolution and/or peace studies, nearly all of them will have at least one (if not several) professors whose main focus is on the Israel/Palestine conflict. Of those, not all of them will offer you RA/TA positions or scholarship opportunities, but many will. Of those that don't, the tuition is still far cheaper than the New School and cost of living is much better than that of NYC. I'm not saying don't apply or attend the New School. But if you are worried about finances, there are several other options.
  2. I asked about it and did a little digging and it looks like this is just a Massachusetts thing, where all the public schools have really low tuition costs but super high program fees. It's still a good program and the $10,000/ year is still significantly lower than the other (completely unfunded) programs I have been accepted into. But it is still a very weird situation.
  3. Hey all, I have just been accepted to a funded masters program at UMASS Boston. I've gotten 100% tuition waiver, which just leaves me with paying the program fees. Which is great and all, but it looks like I'll still be paying around $10,000/year in just program fees. This seems a little bit excessive to me and I'm wondering if I'm just mis-reading the funding letter I have been sent. I don't want to seem ungrateful for the money being offered, but I do want to know if this sort of thing is normal.
  4. I've never fully understood the desire to "carve out a space" for minority/oppressed groups to speak exclusively. Which is not to say that I don't understand the need or desire to seek out a safe space to express opinions which are otherwise marginalized. But if the only way I can share my voice is by creating a space where I refuse to let those from the dominant group participate at all, then what is the point? I've created a cute little echo chamber where the only thing I hear is my own voice bouncing off the walls. I believe that any dominant group member who wants to participate in t
  5. I can't answer to the fit in terms of academics because engineering is far outside of my field. However, I can speak to the culture. I have many Saudi friends (male and female) who are studying/working in the United States and an American friend who has been working in Saudi Arabia for the last four years. I don't want to downplay anything and pretend as though there would not be any kind of culture shock. There will be. But it wont necessarily be as bad as you might be thinking. Saudi has a pretty large foreign work force, many of which are Western. Many of these workers live in compound
  6. Thank you for your response. Although I was not clear about it in my initial post, my desire to pursue my masters is not only based on seeing that the accepted students have their masters degrees. I have contacted a few of the programs and while I was told that a Masters degree itself was not required, the importance of relevant research and work experience was highly emphasized. What I took away from that was that it might not be mandatory to pursue a masters, but that attending these programs right after undergrad was unlikely. As it is, I am currently looking at a number of options in
  7. Long-term, I want to pursue my PhD in Political/Peace Psychology. Looking through these programs, all of the current students have their masters degree and/or a few years of work experience in a field related to conflict resolution and international relations. So I've been looking into the masters programs in political science with emphasis or concentrations in conflict resolution, international relations or global affairs. However, I'm at a bit of a loss in terms of what kind of program would suit me best. A lot of these programs appear to be professional in nature, meaning that they see
  8. Without trying to derail this discussion, I was wondering if anyone had any information about the Masters in applied psychology at NYU Steinhardt. My ultimate goal is to get my PhD in political/peace psychology and I am looking to get more research experience that is directly related to this subfield before applying to programs again. In the programs I'm looking at, most of the students do have masters degrees and the faculty that I have talked to emphasized the importance of having research experience that relates more specifically to what I want to pursue at the doctoral level. (as an aside
  9. Although it is still early, it is looking as though I am not going to be accepted into any PhD programs. I want to stay optimistic but I'm also one who feels the need to be rational and if I'm not admitted I want to have a valid plan-B in place. As of right now, the plan is to re-apply. I'm looking to try more Masters programs (and only re-apply to three or four of the PhD level programs that I really love). However, I am completely overwhelmed by this and currently have no idea where to start. I'm just not sure what I'm supposed to be looking for in a good Masters program if my goal is to
  10. This also varies state to state, but my international friends who study here are allowed to use their international license for six months before they are required to apply for and obtain a U.S. issued license.
  11. I am currently an American student interested in studying in Europe for my Masters and ultimately my PhD. I am looking for a program in Community Psychology or (Applied) Social psychology, however my interests are in homelessness and immigration (adaptation to a new host culture, ect.) so any program that would have me working and researching in these fields would be wonderful. (And I should note that Community Psychology is considered an interdisciplinary subject itself anyway) Ultimately, I want to work in applied settings and would be more than happy to work outside the United States (
  12. I actually have a few questions, but first I want to establish my background: I am currently an undergraduate who will graduate with my BA in Psychology and International Studies in one and a half years (December of 2012). I am considering taking a year off between my graduation and applying for a PhD program in Community psychology or Applied Social psychology in order to get more experience. Currently I have: 3.5 GPA overall 3.6 GPA Psychology 3.6 GPA International Studies (3.0 GPA French minor, if that means anything) My only research experience is the research project I
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