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  1. Got accepted into and need help deciding between: M.Ed in Education Policy, Organization & Leadership (concentration in Global Studies in Education) at UIUC and MA in in Education and Human Development (concentration in Organizational Leadership and Learning) at George Washington I'm currently working aboard. Both of these are online programs but the degrees will be from their grad schools and will not be different from one earned on-campus. The curriculum for the MA at GW is much more applicable for what I do now and what I want to do in the future. The big draw is that the UIUC program costs about 1/3 of GW's! I intend to go back to the US in the future, work in education (non-teaching)/non-profits. I don't know how both of these schools are perceived in the US. I just want to know if it is worth it to pay more for a curriculum I like better. Any input would be much appreciated!
  2. Hi my fellow gradcafedrinkers, I received admission with no funding from University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign , MS (non-thesis) Aerospace program in Fall 2016. Having not known any friend from UIUC, I want to hear from you about: 1) Should I take the offer and go to UIUC? 2) What is the current funding situation in the Aerospace Dept at UIUC for MS students? Will I be able to secure any funding at the end of one year, after converting from Non-thesis MS to thesis MS? 3) How hard is it to get converted from non-thesis MS to thesis MS? Do international students do this frequently? Thank you very much, Cheers
  3. I have got a mail from UIUC asking if they can consider my profile forMS inInformationManagement. Is there anyone else who got the same mail or has anyinformation about the course?
  4. I have PhD admits from Purdue and UIUC for their programs in Physics and Biophysics respectively. I am having a tough time making a decision and with the 15th of April approaching I am having a tough time making a decision. I have a background in Physics and one year of research experience in Biophysics. Here are a few points: 1. The program at UIUC (Biophysics and Quantitative Biology) is ranked one of the best in the world with really well recognised faculties. Purdue's Physics department is not so highly ranked. 2. I have a feeling that UIUC's program strongly focuses on Molecular Biophysics about which I haven't had a lot of exposure. They have an excellent course structure that places all students on equal footing irrespective of their backgrounds but I'm a little nervous about going for it because of my lack of familiarity with it so far 3. Although I like Biophysics, I also want to study Physics since I feel that I'm weak in a few topics from my undergraduate course and lack confidence in the subject (Not all of the courses are relevant to Biophysics but I still want to understand those courses well for my sake). Purdue's program (offered by the Physics department) provides that opportunity whereas the course structure at UIUC is highly oriented towards Molecular Biophysics and doesn't look like the regular course structure. 4. I'm not even sure if I am ready to specialise in Biophysics or give myself a chance to explore for a year (which is possible at Purdue). This may be because I'm nervous about stepping into UIUC's program for reasons mentioned above. 5. I've spoken to professors that I would like to work with at both places and I've had positive responses from either side. Both schools are located at similar kinds of places. So even that's out of question. I know the program at UIUC is a really good one. But I'm very confused. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
  5. I've been accepted to MS Aerospace (non-thesis) at UIUC and also MS Aerospace (thesis) at University of Cincinnati. Which is better? The program at UIUC is self funded & for 1 year duration (~ $25k for tuition), however at UCinn, I 'll have to pay only $8k per year for tuition (waiver for rest of the amount) . Is UIUC worth spending the extra money? Which of these schools has better job prospects after graduation? (International student)
  6. I am trying to decide between my offers from Columbia University in Biomedical Eng and one from University of Illinois at Urbana-Chamapaign in Electrical Eng. I will most likely be doing the same kind of research at either institutions so the department difference is not a huge deal. Either give me any kind of guaranteed funding except I can most likely get a half time TA appointment from a professor I have been a TA for at UIUC. But take money out of consideration for now. Which school is worth more when it come to employment. On one hand you have an ivy which will provide a higher quality of networking opportunities and the other being a top engineering school in its field. Thanks in advance for any advice.
  7. I'm trying to make a decision for Ph.D. Chemistry in Fall 2016. I've basically narrowed it down to CalTech vs. Illinois (UIUC). I'm interested in synthetic organic chemistry in the broadest sense -- mostly did synthesis in undergrad, but recently got more interested in methodology & also interested in chembio/medchem. I'm leaning towards Illinois b/c (a) more people I'm interested in (b) more variety within organic chemistry (helpful considering my currently broad interest) (c) Illinois is launching a med school, and they already have a vet school --> cool collabo opportunities (d) higher chance of getting into top choice lab (e) gut feeling But then again, CalTech is, well, CalTech... I'm interested in academia so the name does carry weight. I understand that Illinois is also a top10 school so I can't really go wrong blah blah blah, but yeah... Is it crazy to reject CalTech?
  8. Hey guys! I got into USC Annenberg's School of Comm for a Masters in Comm Management, but with no funding. I also got into UIUC with complete funding and a TA position that pays around $16K a year (not a lot, I know, but hey it's better than nothing). UIUC is also my alma mater. I'm originally from California, so I know what the cost of living is like, and I'm used to the environment. I love California and I know my family wants me to come back to CA and go to USC for grad school, but I'm super torn because UIUC has offered me a good deal when it comes to funding. Plus it has a fantastic comm program as well, and I know a lot of the faculty. I don't know much about USC, so I am going to visit, but I was wondering if anyone else has had any experience with USC's Graduate Comm program and can let me know what you liked/disliked about it? That would help so much because I'm having a tough time here. Thank you (and good luck to everyone else trying to make a decision!)
  9. I got into Phd programs in Materials Chemistry at UIUC and UCSB with additional fellowships. I am interested in renewable energy research and I don't want to pursue career in academia. I am really confused about which school to choose :| I have already visited both schools but I still cannot decide between these two. UCSB was definitely more beautiful than UIUC, but I don't care about location as long as there is a good working environment. In terms of job opportunities and connections, UIUC wins but it is huge. I like the research environment at UCSB but I found it quite small. What would you recommend? (Note: in both schools I would love to work with at least 3 professors)
  10. Are there any current students or alumni in this program here? In about two weeks I'll be making my decision between UIC or UIUC Outreach Program (online/distant), and I'm wondering about the experiences of those who are currently/have gone through the program, especially the online option. Thank you in advance.
  11. Hi, has anyone heard anything from these universities for masters of computer science? If so, can you tell me the date and whether you are international or home stydent there?
  12. Saw a few admits on result survey dated 25th Feb. Anyone received admits since then? Those who have received acceptances could you please specify your specialization. Thanks.
  13. Hi guys, I see that HR is not too popular of a topic on here but I really hope someone can assist to provide me their two cents on what you would choose in my situation. I applied to some of the top schools for masters of human resources/labor relations (Cornell, MSU, Minnesota, UIUC, OSU) and was luckily offered admissions. I have narrowed down my choices to 3 of them but I am having a very hard time finalizing my decision. - School A (Cornell): Admitted with 1 semester waived tuition (I've always dreamed of attending an Ivy but it provides the least funding...Is there any possible way to negotiate?) - School B: Admitted with assistantship to waive 1st year tuition and receive a monthly stipend of ~$700 (Only 10hrs/week but not sure if it'll impact my studies. Also, it's not guaranteed for the 2nd year) - School C: Admitted with $12,500 fellowship for the first year plus in-state tuition for both years (No need to work and guarantees a cheaper tuition rate for the 2nd year compared to the other 2 choices) It doesn't seem like there is a clear cut ranking for HR Masters programs, but it seems like the same companies go to recruit at all of those programs. Would attending Cornell give me an upper-hand on job/salary prospects when compared to the rest of those top programs? Which school would you choose if you were in my shoes? Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks~
  14. Has anyone heard from UIUC Masters of Commputer Science in Bioinformatics? If yes, please tell me when did you receive you acceptance/rejection?
  15. Hello! I may be a little out of place, but I could not think of a better forum to hear from experienced students. Currently, I am at a community college in a suburb of Illinois. Out of high school, I received a full ride scholarship to a community college due to my academic and leadership qualities in my community. I took this scholarship instead of going straight to an University. When I transfer my undergraduate major will be Speech and Hearing Science/Communication Disorders. I have two choices of schools to transfer to: Northern Illinois University (With $1500/yr scholarship) or University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (Scholarship unknown yet, acceptance hasn't been sent yet but my GPA qualifies) Currently, my GPA is 3.4~ (My excuse? My family didn't think keeping up with a full tuition scholarship was enough to keep up with so they required me to have a part time job. Also.. Im currently completing an Associates in Science degree.. I swear 75% of my classes are unrelated to Biology.) I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE TO TRANSFER TO! Is anyone currently an undergrad student or grad student at any of these schools? I know neither choice will be easier- I just want to get a feel for the academic pace. Being surrounded by the CC scene makes me feel insecure about my academic abilities. But I also must keep in mind that the main goal is to make it into a graduate school. Please, if anyone has any opinions on either of these programs and the schools SHARE! And thank you in advance. I am excited to hear what everyone has to say.
  16. Hey everyone! I have a rather difficult decision before me, I would really appreciate help I am a student from India (woman) with a Bachelors' degree in Polymer Science and Technology GRE 339/ TOEFL 119/ GPA 3.95 I have acceptances to 1)UIUC - Materials Science and Engineering and 2)UMich Ann Arbor - Macromolecular Science and Engineering (both for Masters, funded) Which of the universities would offer me better opportunities in terms of jobs in the industry? The basic dilemma lies in whether I should choose to diversify my field by joining a materials science program or whether I must delve deeper into polymer and macromolecular science studies. Thank you in advance for your inputs!
  17. Hi all, I am an undergraduate from India who got admitted in UCLA, UIUC and UMD's electrical engineering department for the PhD program. UCLA and UMD gave me fellowships while UIUC put me as a research assistant in a POI's lab. Research wise all 3 same to be equally attractive. But UIUC's department seems to be a bit better, while UCLA has the brand-value advantage (or so I think). Also I am thinking about LA vs Urbana-Champaign (the comforts and nice weather of LA wins!). I am not really sure which would be a good fit. Could you guys tell me about the factors which I should take into account (other than research) for a great graduate life? If so, could you shed some light about the 3 places? Any help would be appreciated, thanks in advance.
  18. Did anyone receive Comm phd ad from UIUC? The admission officer said the decision will made at initial of Feb. Should I write an email to ask my application result? Thank you.
  19. This is my profile: GRE - 310 (V-149, Q-161), TOEFL - 100, CGPA - 8.31, 3 LORs from Assistant Professors from my college, West Virginia and Stanford, 4 research publications all in the field of interest, one of them in the best conference for HCI - UIST. I am applying for MS in CS with specialization in HCI and Machine Learning. What are my chances to get into UCSD, UCB, UIUC, UCI, UMCP and Gatech?
  20. First round of admits are out. Got offered an RA position. Who else got in?
  21. From what I've seen, there aren't many agronomy/crop science graduate students on here, so this is a shot in the dark. But it's harder to find information on these programs than the more popular programs, so any advice would be much appreciated. Right now, I'm considering a crop science M.S. fellowship from Illinois-Urbana Champaign, an assistanceship at Minnesota, and waiting on a response from the program at Cornell. I know that all these programs are reputable, but I'm having a hard time making the final decision. Should I hold out for the Cornell decision? Does anyone know if one of these in particular has greater job placement or has a reputation that offers more opportunities for its grads? I don't personally know anyone in this field, so I'll be thankful for any input.
  22. From what I've seen, there aren't many agronomy/crop science graduate students on here, so this is a shot in the dark. But it's harder to find information on these programs than the more popular programs, so any advice would be much appreciated. Right now, I'm considering a crop science M.S. fellowship from Illinois-Urbana Champaign, an assistanceship at Minnesota, and waiting on a response from the program at Cornell. I know that all these programs are reputable, but I'm having a hard time making the final decision. Should I hold out for the Cornell decision? Does anyone know if one of these in particular has greater job placement or has a reputation that offers more opportunities for its grads? I don't personally know anyone in this field, so I'll be thankful for any input.
  23. Well I guess the title really says it all. I'm an undergrad at the moment, just scored research position for next semester with a prof. Like a lot of other kids I've seen a lot written about 'doing research as an undergrad' in order to have a better chance of getting in to good Masters/phd programs. Let me put it this way, is research really considered a 'game changer' as far as masters/Phd programs applications are concerned? I guess it's kinda hard for me think that a kid who, say had a 3.3 GPA and research (of course, in something that's related to your field) will be preferred over someone who had 3.7 and no research. I know the above scenario is a bit of an exaggeration, but does it hold true ?
  24. Any updates/admits on UIUC CS MS(Thesis) Results ? I guess MCS admits are already out.
  25. I applied to UIUC and Columbia for EE phD and heard nothing from both of them. I'm really worried that if I couldn't get into any of 'em. Does anybody get any decision from above school for Spring 2012??
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