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  1. Filing deadline was Feb 12th, and I missed it by a week. I feel totally stupid about this, but I have no excuses for being negligent. I am a first year master's student in the school of public health. Does anyone know if missing the filing deadline means that I won't be getting any financial aid? It does say that " Please note: If you do not apply by the priority filing date, you will still be considered for federal loan eligibility. " So it seems like I won't be getting any need-based aid then? Does anyone have insight on this?
  2. Hello! I respectfully ask if anyone has received invitations for interviews at Harvard for Fall 2016? I hope for the best for everyone! We should have a meet & greet over coffee in DC/NoVa area, notwithstanding the Harvard matriculation.
  3. Hi all! I hope to hear back positively from Harvard. It is unclear whether all interview invitations have been sent out, but I do hope for the best (for everyone). I currently teach at the college level and I would like to change the way in which the public school education system in America operates, particularly for students with disabilities and those living in poverty. If anyone wants to connect and has the same ambitions of positively impacting our national interest, please send me a message. Perhaps we can meet over a cup of coffee in the DC metro area. Don't be strangers, current/future educators of America!
  4. Interview invitations apparently went out for the Harvard Education PhD program on January 23. Is it safe to assume (today is Feb 3) that no invitation for interview means no shot at acceptance?
  5. This is my first posting on Grad Cafe, so here it goes.... I'm applying to urban planning programs that have a transportation policy focus. Right now, I am definitely applying to UNC- Chapel Hill, USC, UCLA, and University of Maryland. The first three programs are all housed in the schools' public affairs, policy, or arts and sciences schools. Maryland, however, is based in the School of Architecture. I'm much more of a policy guy, and U-Maryland's curriculum has a strong policy focus. However, the curricula at other architecture-based schools I researched, such as Harvard and UPenn, have a greater focus on studios and design. How much difference does where a department is housed affect the curriculum? Also, can anyone recommend other top planning programs with a transportation focus? I am using the 2012 Planetizen Guide as a starting point. I have also considered applying to the planning programs and Tufts and FSU. I currently live in DC and prefer east cost schools, but I am willing to go anywhere to get a degree from a top school and eventually relocate to New England (hence the two Cali schools). About me: Recent grad from top liberal arts school with Government major and Econ minor and a 3.76 overall GPA. I've been working for the federal government for the past two years but not for DOT. GRE scores: 650-verbal and 690-quant. Thanks for any advice!
  6. First time poster so please be nice I have some questions about the MTS program at Harvard Divinity School: 1. Is the GRE required/recommended? Is there an “unofficial” cut off? 2. How flexible is the curriculum for the MTS program? Can students choose pretty freely or are all the classes selected for you? 3. Are there any current students at HDS who would like to share their thoughts about the school? 4. How easy is it to get financial aid? My family is not poor but they for sure won’t give me a dime so without financial aid I can’t attend. 5. What are my chances of getting in? I have a 3.92 GPA from a top 50 public school. Double major in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies + senior thesis. Letters of recommendation should be good. Thank you!
  7. Hey guys, Just thought I'd go ahead and ask if anyone else has been admitted to this program at Harvard for Fall 2012. I believe it's my top choice and would love to get to know anyone else who is considering attending!
  8. I saw three people in the results survey who were accepted by the PhD program. Any of the admits still undecided on the program? I appear to be on some sort of waiting list - anyone else in the same boat?
  9. Anyone planning on enrolling in the International Education Policy program at HGSE in the fall? Is there any interest in starting up a Facebook group to share thoughts, ideas, questions, etc?
  10. Someone just posted a Harvard acceptance on the survey (claim POI phoned). This person was not me. First Rutgers, now this. I hate today.
  11. Has anyone heard news from these two programs? Last year Harvard called 21 people for final interviews with professors. Then two weeks later they accepted 10 of them. Has anyone been called this year? The interviews last year happened in early february and the acceptances were around Feb. 17th. I noticed that Stanford acceptances for this year have been posted on the results page. There were only five, plus one person posted saying that not all the acceptances had been decided yet... Anyone know more about this? Perhaps they have gone through half the alphabet this past week, accepting five-seven people, and then will do the next half the following week?
  12. Hello all, I need your help! I am an applicant to Master's programs in Middle East Studies. I have been accepted to my top 3 programs - Georgetown's Master's in Arab Studies (MAAS), Harvard's Center for Middle East Studies (Harvard CMES), and the University of Chicago's Center for Middle East Studies (Chicago CMES). In addition, I am currently waiting on the second round decision for a Fulbright full grant to Jordan. My research interests lie mostly in modern Middle Eastern politics. The majority of my undergraduate work has centered on Syria and Lebanon in particular. I am in my fourth year of college level Arabic study, and have traveled extensively in the region. I anticipate pursuing a career in government (foreign service, intelligence, etc.), but academia remains an option. The various offers look like this: Harvard: No funding. Will not allow deferral for Fulbright. Deadline (04/16). University of Chicago: 1/2 tuition funding. No deferral. Deadline (05/01). Georgetown: Waitlisted for a tuition scholarship. Likely deferrable. No information on deadline yet. Fulbright: No decision yet. However, my university has an excellent track record with the program, and the primary advisor seems to think that my chances are good. Will hear back anywhere from late April to mid May. Note that I need to decide which university I am attending before I hear about Fulbright. Here's the rub: I need to decide between these three programs. Georgetown has a net benefit over Harvard and UChicago in that it would likely allow for deferral if I received a Fulbright. The extra year would allow me time to apply for external sources of funding. Since I am on the waitlist for a tuition scholarship, there is some chance of funding right now. UChicago is clearly the best option if I'm looking to avoid debt. According to the website, second years in the program frequently receive full tuition funding. My impression is that UChicago's program is not geared towards the modern Middle East, but instead to the ancient Near East. Harvard is my first choice, but is accompanied by serious disadvantages. First, if I accepted their offer (on their rather early deadline), I would have to turn down Fulbright if I got it. Second, since they do not fund A.M. students, I would need to go into >50k dollars in debt to attend the program in the first year. With this said, it is a top notch program, and its branding may be important in the long run. This is especially true in the Middle East, where Harvard has made an excellent name for itself. Finally, Fulbright is very important to me. In this field, experience and language proficiency is critical. My grant would give me an opportunity to accelerate my language ability while making connections in the region. In other words, I would be heartbroken if I received the grant and was obligated to decline it. Summary: What would you do if you were in my position? Would you take Harvard, forgetting about the Fulbright and going into debt? Or Georgetown, hoping for the Fulbright and funding, but missing out on Harvard? Or finally, would you "follow the money" to UChicago, passing up on Harvard and Fulbright? Thank you all in advance for your opinions!
  13. Has anyone here applied, and heard anything, from Harvard's History of American Civ program this year? The results survey shows a scant two replies, and I'm taking to the forums in a feeble attempt to make myself feel like there's something I can do to have a slight modicum of control over the decision. So, anyone heard anything?
  14. Anyone else applying to Harvard's Health Policy PhD this Fall?
  15. Has anyone heard from their respective theology schools of choice about acceptance and scholarships? I'm hoping this forum will help all of us future seminarians blow off steam during the waiting period... Not that I'm stressed or concerned or anything... YIKES!
  16. I just hit "submit" on my Harvard application, the last of the six! Would be feeling great but I discovered a possible issue at the last minute. I studied abroad for a year. All course names and grades from study abroad DO appear on my home institution transcript. I thought I had checked with every school I'm applying to about whether my home institution transcript would be sufficient, but at the last minute I realized I may not have asked Harvard and the instructions say official transcripts are required from every institution attended. No exception mentioned for study abroad programs. (All the other schools did say it was OK as long as the grades were on the home institution transcript.) I contacted my study abroad institution's transcript office to see if they could rush a transcript for me, and sure enough they are out on winter break. The Harvard deadline is this Saturday so there was nothing I could do by then, and I had to just submit the application hoping for the best. What are the chances that my application will actually not be reviewed because of this issue? Anyone have any idea? I hope that if it's a problem they'll just inform me I'm missing a required document. My application is otherwise extremely well prepared, and the program to which I'm applying (Regional Studies East Asia) is a small program that receives only about 120 applications a year. I hope they won't throw my application out! The Harvard instructions and application are slightly messy compared to some such as Yale's. (for one thing the application inspector on the financial aid app was all messed up and apparently not updated from last year's application!) Study abroad transcripts are not specifically addressed, and where you list every institution you have attended, there is a place under each institution where they ask "Have you uploaded a transcript?" You can say "no" here and still have your application pass the inspector. So it's a bit confusing, and I'm not completely sure whether it's even a problem or not. I did do a web search and found an FAQ page for the Harvard Graduate School of Education where they state that study abroad transcripts are required even if grades appear on the home institution transcript. Don't know whether all rules would be the same between the GSE and the GSAS, though I guess they probably are... :-(
  17. The department I am applying to at Harvard requires a statement of financial resources. This form doesn't seem to be available through the online application, though! The Embark application just has a one page PDF with these "instructions" and no actual form: That's it. No links to anything anywhere. I did find a PDF copy of the statement of financial resources buried on the website beyond the reaches of Google here: http://www.gsas.harv...t_of_finres.pdf, but no instructions anywhere on how to submit this. My deadline is tomorrow at 5 pm, so I'm a bit panicked. Anyone else struggling with the statement of financial resources, or am I missing something obvious? Will it magically appear after I submit the main application or something?
  18. Has anyone ever done any professional development programs or research over the summer? I switched jobs from working for a non-profit education company (did some good, kind of cool stuff, but the place was not managed well... I wanted to get out while I could) to taking a job as a public school teacher, which sets me back a few years until I apply for my Ed.D. as I rack up my classroom experience (also a major reason why I changed jobs... want to apply to Columbia and Stanford and both require and/or prefer several years of classroom experience). Anyway.. until the time when I am ready to apply, I've been looking for worthwhile ways to spend my summer. I've found that Harvard has a number of professional development programs (only applying to ones that need an application... others you just register, so I may be wrong, but the ones that need to actually accept you are probably more worthwhile?), also Princeton has a math/science summer program, and there are a number of Research Experience for Teachers programs at other top schools (MIT, Yale, etc). I guess my question is, how much or how little do these things add to your resume when it comes time to apply for a doctorate? How difficult are they to be accepted to? Has anyone attended any of these programs, or programs similar to these, or have suggestions for other good ways to spend summers in between teaching? I would really appreciate feedback! I know it sounds like I am only applying to these to make my resume impressive, which is somewhat true. Grad school is a huge goal for me, but I'm also just young and really eager to do something exciting and worthwhile over the summer that will make me a better teacher
  19. Hi all! I'm new but I would really appreciate some advice/input. I am looking to apply *next* year (I'll explain that later) for an Ed.D. at Harvard, Columbia, and Stanford. I'll give a brief overview of my work/experience below. I really just kind of want an idea of if I have a chance or not, or what it is that these schools are looking for. I graduated from a big state university with a degree in math (3.3 gpa.. not super great), and then from the same school's GSE a year later (accelerated program) with an Ed.M. in Education (3.9 gpa). Since then, I've been working for a small private education company, which is growing rapidly. We mostly do SAT tutoring, other tutoring and college advising, however we really run more like a mentorship/guidance program where we follow kids through their high school years to get them into their top choice schools. IOur results are highly competitive; we have gotten many kids perfect scores on the SAT, and guided them into nearly every Ivy League school. My main job, besides teaching, is writing math curriculum. I have written and run a team to edit a 1000 problem math workbook, designed to get any kid to complete it to get over a 700 on SAT math. So far, its worked. We are looking to mass produce/publish it in the next year or so. The current project I am working on is a more general math curriculum that, basically, can be used to catch up kids who are struggling with math in high school (reteaching it to them), help students who are good at math refine their skills to tackle more difficult or complex problems (learning how to problem solve), and teach younger kids (grades 3-8) where they can get ahead in school (an accelerated program). Yes, all the same curriculum. So far, we have good results with our students. I am looking to develop this though my company and work in conjunction with a local high school (non profit) on a "guinea pig" group of high school juniors, combining it with college prep, and following them into their senior year to track their progress. Essentially, this is really why I want to go get my doctorate degree - to go back and help my company expand, and develop this idea, and move into helping "fix" the math issue in our schools. Later on, I hope for an administrative position involving curriculum or running a school district. My concerns: I do not have experience in a "traditional" classroom setting, even though I still "teach", and, I have only been out of school for a year and a half (another reason I am putting off applying). Also, I just don't know what these programs are looking for. Reasons why I am hopeful: My boss is a Stanford/Columbia grad, knows A LOT about higher education, etc, and he is very confident in my chances. I need to take my GREs again, but on practice tests I am scoring about 650 in verbal (I know I can get this up) and 800 in math. Sorry this is so long, thanks ahead of time!!!
  20. Hi. So I was browsing for an academic path after graduating with a BA degree in political science. While i was looking through poli-sci related programs I found that Harvard has a PhD program in Government aside from Harvard Kennedy School's government-related programs. I know that HKS is a professional school and accepts candidates with substantial work exp (which I don't have)... So I was wondering if anyone knows what this PhD in Government is all about and how difficult it is to get into the program (in terms of Numbers and WE)? thanks!
  21. I'm applying to urban planning programs that have a transportation policy focus. Right now, I am definitely applying to UNC- Chapel Hill, USC, UCLA, and University of Maryland. The first three programs are all housed in the schools' public affairs, policy, or arts and sciences schools. Maryland, however, is based in the School of Architecture. I'm much more of a policy guy, and U-Maryland's curriculum has a strong policy focus. However, the curricula at other architecture-based schools I researched, such as Harvard and UPenn, have a greater focus on studios and design. How much difference does where a department is housed affect the curriculum? Also, can anyone recommend other top planning programs with a transportation focus? I am using the 2012 Planetizen Guide as a starting point. I have also considered applying to the planning programs and Tufts and FSU. I currently live in DC and prefer east cost schools, but I am willing to go anywhere to get a degree from a top school and eventually relocate to New England (hence the two Cali schools). About me: Recent grad from top liberal arts school with Government major and Econ minor and a 3.76 overall GPA. I've been working for the federal government for the past two years but not for DOT. GRE scores: 650-verbal and 690-quant. Thanks for any advice!
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