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  1. I know this is a frustrating non-answer, but it's the best I've got: if you haven't heard that you've been rejected, that means you haven't been rejected (yet). If you haven't heard that you've been accepted, then you haven't been accepted (yet). No news is not news. There are a lot more variables in the air for the masters program that make it hard to speculate. I'm sorry I don't have anything more helpful to offer!
  2. Masters admissions are going to be on a totally different timeline than PhD, and there is likely to be a lot of variation across departments (potentially even within departments by concentration or advisor). If you are a Master's applicant, you're in for a bit of a longer wait. For doc students, I second nashville0808's general assessment that if you haven't received an invite to the recruitment weekend you're not shortlisted, but it is still possible that you'll receive an offer later in the season. I also know that they stick to a stricter GRE score cutoff for the invitation to recruit
  3. Yep, the University Z might not allow you to have an outside job. As others have said, if you want the option to go into academia, you've got to go with either X or Y. Presitge, fame and impact factor are the things that the acadame runs on. You won't be able to make up that difference from a less respected program by developing an outside network (part of what going into a well-respected, highly-ranked program means is that you have an advantage in building a good network, through your advisor's contacts and through the other graduate students that you work with). You'll be more likely to
  4. I make no claim about the average graduate student, or about anyone's stupidity. There are certainly applicants to graduate school (some of them who post on these boards) who don't know these things. How much those applicants resemble the norm, I can't say, and won't speculate, but they do exist. And I wouldn't say it's because they're stupid.
  5. Let me say this, first: the humanities, broadly, are incredibly valuble. There are questions that science can't answer, there are values that aren't material. The distinction between the sciences and the humanities is an artificial one (there's no scientific method without epistomology, for example). I recently came across this article, which I thought spoke to some of these issues nicely: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/04/playing-with-plato/358633/ Understanding and producing culture is an important undertaking, and requires lots of gifted minds puzzling at problems. Advance
  6. Jeff, DO NOT GO TO A PHD PROGRAM WITHOUT FUNDING. Do not do it. There are a number of very good reasons to decline your unfunded offer: First, you may not finish your degree at all. 50% of all PhD students don't, and often they leave the university without their degree after spending more than 3 years in their program. http://chronicle.com/article/PhD-Attrition-How-Much-Is/140045/ Attrition isn't a thing that gets talked about much around here, but it's real and it happens to a lot of people, and not having funding makes it more likely. Second, if you do manage to finish, you're unlike
  7. I'm in a different program at Peabody, so I don't know that much about your department, but I am a certified teacher. I would say, though, the few people I've known in Elementary Ed getting initial certification are astoundingly busy, and I just can't see compressing the same quality of experience into one year. Unless you have significant classroom experience coming in (and it doesn't sound like you do) I don't think you could build all the skills that you need to be a quality teacher in a year. The difference in cost isn't marginal, though, unless Penn's a lot more expensive than Vandy,
  8. Did you ask UIUC about their placement rate in PhD programs? You identify that as something that you'd be looking for, but don't say whether folks with a masters from UIUC can get into the kinds of doc programs you want to go to. Email your contact there and ask what PhD programs their graduates matriculate to--they'll likely have this info on hand. Have you told Michigan State about your UIUC offer and shared you concerns about money with them? You might consider doing that. You might also consider asking to be put in contact with current Masters students there . It may be the case that
  9. I'm already in Nashville (finishing up my M.Ed at Vandy, probably staying on for my PhD, though I'm still juggling offers). Happy to help out if folks have questions about the city.
  10. Every school runs their admissions process differently, some interview, some don't. You can totally ask the prof you've been emailing with to put you in touch with current students, and you should. That's probably the quickest way to make connections and get your questions answered.
  11. I wonder if this is a question better asked at the Chronicle of Higher Ed forums; here, you'll hear mostly from students and prospective students, but over there you could hear from current administrators and faculty. (You might also get some information about whether your impression of academia as a place free from mergers, cutbacks and reorganization is a correct one, as well as some information about whether you'll be able to restrict your job search to certain geographic areas and still find success). If it's experience you're missing, it's not a certainly that coursework in Higher Ed
  12. Oh sheesh, people interested in education aren't required to take a vow of poverty to indicate their purity. We don't do ourselves or the field broadly any favors by pretending that we're somehow exempt from the kinds of cost-benefit analyses that most adults have to do when considering a career trajectory. Especially considering the cost to attend the schools that the OP name checks, it would be crazy NOT to consider the expected salary range when you're done. Were I to go back into the field after receiving my masters, I'd be able to make anywhere from $500-$5,000 more per year than I co
  13. I'm not an expert, but it's my understanding that in Higher Ed/Student Affairs, job experience is an important part of admissions decisions and in employment after degree. I would actually start by finding folks in your current university who do the kind of jobs that you'd like to have and asking them about what their career path was and what they know about the job market. Perhaps there are entry level jobs at universities that you'd be qualified for after graduation without going to grad school first. Maybe there are opportunities for internships or work-study jobs that would help you get to
  14. Oh Birdy, so sorry to cause a panic! I'm a PhD applicant. The M.Ed program has a different admissions timeline, I'm pretty sure. The discrepancy between the two departments you mentioned might be because the SPED folks are focused on evaluating the PhD applicants first, and then will turn to the M.Ed folks (Child Studies doesn't have a PhD program, I'm pretty sure). I think it's way to early to panic!
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