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  1. Hi, I am an undergraduate student who attends a decent public university and has a good enough GPA & LSAT score to get into a top law school at my state. I am in a fortunate enough position to not be concerned with how much money I make as long as I make above $40k (as a freelance tutor, I've been making decent amount without much time commitment). I like and am good at writing, reading, speaking, analyzing, teaching, and presenting/defending arguments. Coming from a teaching background, I know that I would love to be a Philosophy professor as well as tackle the challenging process of becoming one. Another aspect of being a professor that appeals to me is not having to be in a service sector where I may experience a lot of stress due to my clients. The only thing that shies me away from this career path is the dismal job prospect, which is between 4~15% for receiving a tenured-track position. Compounding this issue is the fact that I do not want to leave my home city, which makes this 4~15% even slimmer. As for pursuing law, I understand that this process is tough and that the job prospect is not high either–although it is better than that of pursuing professorship. So the question is, should I pursue law or becoming a professor? If law, which field should I pursue or avoid and why? I am open to any field as long as it has a reasonable job prospect and does not entail agonizing stress level (i.e. having to deal with unreasonable customers who refuse to pay or put you through mental hell). Thank you for your insight.
  2. phyanth

    Anth GPA

    So, I'm currently filling out applications and one of the schools is asking for my anthropology gpa from undergrad. Now, are they asking the GPA of my anth classes (which would rock)?? or the gpa of my major (which would suck)?
  3. My undergrad marksheets are of two types: 1. A single sheet with all the final marks for each subect and course throughout my 8 semesters (no papers repeated visible). 2. Separate marksheets for each semester and paper repeated(8 + repeated papers). I have transcripts for both types. Can I upload type 1 with no repercussions?
  4. So. I have wanted to go the direct-track PhD path for a while now, but I am afraid my stats simply won't be competitive for the programs I'm looking at. At this point I'm most worried about my GRE scores. I had planned on applying to the BME PhD programs at UMN, UF, UM, UR, and CMU. Although CMU was a stretch to begin with, it's downright unrealistic at this point. I had only considered it because one of my LOR writers has worked with many of the profs in their department, so I'd hoped that would carry extra weight. Most likely not gonna apply there now. Regardless, I have: a 3.5 GPA; this will potentially be lower depending on how applications decide it should be calculated. Research experience in two labs plus a short time in a lab in Europe; broadly, my research background is in both stem cells and nanomaterials. However, I have nothing published and haven't presented at any professional conference or other event. Had a job throughout undergrad; I have basic machinist skills, have helped with lab management, and have design experience with a few different types of lab instrumentation and equipment.I work in a university-affiliated machine shop and under a chemical hygiene officer. Should be able to get 3 shining LORs: one from an advisor who has had me in class, another from a prof who has worked with me some in research, academics, and as part of my job, and a third from an as of yet undecided source. Could be a boss, another professor, the department chair, or possibly even the dean of the college. We will see what I can get and what my advisor thinks. SOP and essays will most likely be quality stuff, as I'm a good writer for the most part. They're currently in the works. And finally, a GRE score of 162V and only 156Q. My writing score isn't in yet because I took them so recently. So to sum up, I have a lackluster GPA, a mediocre (maybe even downright bad) GRE quant score that probably won't fly in any engineering program, but some potentially notable experiences and skills. But I can't really judge those objectively, and I feel like they may not even be strongly considered by an admissions board. I'm not asking to rate my chances of getting in; what I need to know is if I should even try. If there's no reasonable chance of getting into these programs, I can focus my energies on other endeavors, like getting a proper job. Alternatively, I've considered trying for a Master's first or even trying for a different but less quant-heavy field, like biology. I've even wondered if I should retake the GRE in December, and ask each department if they'd consider a second score if I sent it after the deadline. I know I could do better if I practiced those stupid problems a little better, but again, would a 160Q (or maybe above, if I'm lucky) even help considering everything else?
  5. Hey all, Thank you in advance for the advice. I am asking a question for my girlfriend. She is applying to MPH programs with a low GPA 3.2 and ok gre scores. 152Q and 159V. She has 5 years of international work experience peace corps, ESL teaching, research in health. What are her chances of getting into Harvard, Columbia, Hopkins, or Yale for their MPH programs??? Also, I am having trouble finding a thread for this year's MPH applicant statistics so feel free to post your stats in the comments: GPA 3.2 GRE: 152Q 159V other relevant factors:
  6. I'm a senior applying to graduate schools for Speech Pathology. My major is Health Sciences with a concentration in Communication disorders. I took my GRE and I got a 142 Verbal, 152 Quant and 3.5 writing. I know my scores are very average and I don't know if I should retake them.The minimum for all my schools is 140 Verbal and 152 Quant. My GPA is a 3.6 and I feel my essays are good and my letters will be good. My resume is really packed- I have over 1,000 service hours at many different locations, shadowing hours, I worked at an AAC communication camp, I am the President of a service organization and on the state board for the same organization, I help run the $40,000 Relay for Life event at my school and am on the committee for planning our annual "Day of Service". I also have research experience with a Speech Professor and am a part of NSSHLA on campus and have started an initiative for VocalID in our club. Do you think I should retake my GRE or do you the rest of my application will balance it all out? Thanks for the advice
  7. I remember myself having to deal with getting a cut off GPA one semester and read my eyes out.The strategies that include staying up late,taking extra classes and other things so I don't fall short. It is actually difficult to concentrate when you are under so much pressure so I did all I could and then came the exams,I did all I could and still fell short.Moral of this is to never out yourself under pressure. Anyway,I hired a professional hacker who then helped me change the grades so I'm good lol but let's not miss the point here. Study at your own convenience
  8. Hi, I am applying for MPP/MPA program with following profile- GRE 308 (M-163, V-145, AWA-3.0) TOEFL 96 (R24,L26,S22,W24) GPA 3.7 I am having around 5 years of experience with around 3 years experience in Government of India on large scale projects. I have drafted some major policies for flagship schemes in government. Having good volunteer experience. I am having SOP aligned with dedication for serving people as well as strong LOR from from government officials. I am very keen to get into MPP and shortlisted following Universities- 1) Duke University 2) UChicago (MS-CAPP) 3) U of Austin 4) CMU Heinz 5) Ford School (Michigan) 6) University of Washington Please suggest safe university to apply. Or should I apply to Germany or Canada Universities. Kindly need help.
  9. Hi everyone, I recently received an email by NYU SCPS encouraging me to apply for their MS in Global Affairs. The thing is that I got 90 on my TOEFL exam, and my GPA is currently at 3.60. They say that I can take their English Language Assessment exam. I thankfully have a CV full of experiences, including a Study Abroad experience and founding a Student Association at my University. I would like to know if anyone thinks those things count for the admission officers. Also, I would like to know about anyone who has already applied in the past to tell me their admission process experience. Thank you!
  10. Hi guys, So I know that CSDCAS takes all grades and puts them into one cumulative GPA (including professional schools which makes no sense). However, my first choice grad program uses CSDCAS and also requires transcripts to be sent directly to them and another application filled out for their university. They specifically state that they don't require all transcripts, only those from undergraduate institutions. So, does anyone know if in that situation they are only going to look at GPAs from the transcripts I send instead of just CSDCAS? My GPA for professional school was very low and even though it has nothing to do with speech and doesn't include any transferrable credits or undergrad credits, it will still be counted into my overall. Let me know if you have any info on this! Thanks!!
  11. Hello all! This may be a stupid question question but here goes. When a grad app asks you to calculate your GPA using the last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) to calculate your GPA: (I will not have my grades from my final semester of undergrad until maybe December 25th 2017. A number of my apps are due December 1st) Q: Am I supposed to guesstimate my final semester grades (13 units) or do I begin my 60 unit count back from Spring 2017 semester?
  12. In my last 60 hours in my Finance degree (I'm a second BA), I had a 3.5 GPA. My overall is a 3.1. My major gpa is 3.6. Anyone know what schools only look at your 60 hours? It would really help my chances. My GPA isnt that great compared to the 4.0's here, but I'm still hoping I can manage to get in somewhere. I'm studying hard to get a high GRE score. I'm bilingual and I hear some schools value that. I interned at a Speech Clinic, and have worked with children before but I feel like I need to do more to beef up my resume. What else can I do before applications to REALLY impress the grad schools? Any advice would be helpful! Thank you
  13. Greetings, Long-time lurker, first-time poster. I figured it might be worthwhile to get a reality check from some of my peers on here, as you all would know better than many of the real-world people I know about the MES world and what their admissions processes look like. I could really use some perspective and context about this matter, so some feedback would be greatly appreciated. I am in an unconventional situation where: a) I am adamant about transitioning into academia/the humanities to study the Middle East with a focus on the intellectual history of the Levant and Ottoman Empire. b ) I have a B.Sc. in Business Administration from a top 50 public school in New England, where I double concentrated in Finance and Production Operations Management, and double minored in Statistics and English (GPA 3.20). c) my work experience in the four years since graduation has been at a tech start-up that has no relation to my academic interests. d) I do not have a thesis or any worthy research papers to provide as writing samples, (although I do have some critical analyses from somewhat pertinent (i.e. post-colonial studies) classes that I could tidy up and submit instead). On the other hand, these are the merits and motivations that compel me to pursue education in MES: 1) I quit my job a few months ago to focus on making this transition and explore my academic interests. That has involved me traveling throughout Turkey and the Arab world, as well as studying a lot of pertinent academic and literary texts on my own (Said, Massad, Ahmed, Soueif, Saleh, Hafiz, Darwish, etc). 2) I speak (and write/read, to a lesser extent) Arabic fluently, having lived in Jordan during my high school years (although US born, I am of Palestinian origin). I am currently in Palestine volunteering on a construction project, but my intention in the next few months is to relocate to Turkey (after finishing up with grad school apps) to learn and experience the Turkish language/society. 3) The more I study, the more interested I become in understanding the world through the intellectual lens of the Arab world, as reflected and informed by its cultural artifacts, society, and intellectual history. 4) I have long been interested in (and intermittently engaged) in the politics and affairs of the Arab world (ex: I founded and led a Students for Justice in Palestine coalition on my campus, attended the international Arabic debate tournament in Qatar on behalf of my university.) 5) I am privileged in the exposure and access I have been afforded in the Middle East over my lifetime: I have spent extended periods of time getting to know many villages/communities throughout Palestine, I know Amman and its society extremely well, and I have lived in two different emirates in the UAE. I have read literature from all over the Middle East. 6) I am in a fortunate situation where I do not need to go into debt to pay off a terminal MA 7) I have somewhat compensatory LORs in that they come from my more academic literature/humanities professors, and not from my quantitative/Business professors So, considering all of the above, what I need help figuring out is: 1. Considering my irrelevant academic and professional background, not to mention relatively low GPA, do I even stand a chance at getting into a reputable program in the US? From my research it appears that most academic (as opposed to security/intelligence)-focused programs are housed at the nation's most elite institutions, and thus I am looking to apply to the following programs (Columbia MESAAS, Harvard CMES, NYU, Princeton, UChicago) - Am I missing any programs, particularly ones with easier admissions? Are British universities (SOAS, Oxbridge, King's) more merciful in that regard? 2. Is there anything in particular about my profile that I should emphasize in my SOP - anything I already have that grad school admins love to see? - The way I see it, I am lacking in GPA (taking the GRE next month) and academic background (save for my English minor), but I do have the language skills and the regional experience in addition to a strong personal interest in the academics of it all (enough to be making a deliberate career pivot, as I am). After all, this is a passion-driven endeavor I am undertaking. Are any of these points particularly valuable? 3. Is a college essay entitled "The conflict of Afro-Islamic Spirituality and Western Modernity as depicted in “Ambiguous Adventure” going to cut it as a writing sample? Considering I do not have a mentor/professor to advise on the process, would it still be better if I wrote something more pertinent/up-to-date from scratch? - Frankly, I just do not have many papers from my undergraduate that are in excess of 10-15 pages, let alone ones that are of material relevance to the programs I am applying to. My hope was to edit this paper thoroughly and use it in lieu of a research paper or thesis. 4. Can my unconventional background as a Business major and tech industry member be regarded as a positive? If not, are there any obvious ways in which I could spin it as such? - I worry that I was incorrect in my early assumption that my background is not a serious hinderance to my prospects, and that it might in fact help me stand out as a truly interested/invested candidate. Is that baseless? Looking at this forum and the MES/poli sci undergrads wielding 3.8+ GPAs, three languages, and highly relevant experience... I begin to doubt the value of my earnestness to these grad admission boards. Thank you, thank you, thank you for reading all of this. I look forward to getting some guidance from any fellow hopefuls or admittees - any context/perspective will help me evaluate how to best allocate and apply my efforts. Your responses are greatly appreciated!
  14. HI , I am from a third tire college from India. Currently I have 6.8 GPA in 5 semesters. I know its quite low, what should be considered as decent GPA for getting in good Universities for Masters in Computer Science. What should I be doing to increase my chances for getting acceptance in decent Universities despite having low GPA. What Universities should I focus on for specialization in Machine Learning/Data Science. Thanx
  15. I'm applying for PhD programs in religious studies and am wondering if I need to include a note about my undergrad GPA in my SOP. It's not horrible (3.46 on a 4.3 scale), but not exceptional either. I'm finishing up my second master's (not uncommon in my field) and my GPAs for both masters are above 3.8. I'm also wondering if I should explain this because my undergraduate transcript has at least one C from my freshman year and some withdrawals from courses, not to mention random coursework (Political Math anyone? Astronomy? What was I thinking...). I know I'm competing against students who knew exactly what they wanted to do from freshman year and who have 3.9 GPAs, so I'm just wondering if it's worth the sentence or two in my SOP. Perhaps mentioning it will raise concerns that weren't even there?
  16. I was seeking advice from my advisor on my CV, and she suggested adding my GPA to my CV if my GPA was good. I have mixed feelings about this because my Undergraduate GPA was a 3.31, but my Master's GPA was a 4.00. Do you think the Undergraduate GPA is low enough I shouldn't put it on my CV? It is nice to highlight the Master's GPA, but I feel like I have to either put both on or leave both off.
  17. Hi all- just wanted to share a new website I started- http://slpgradschool.com/ (or just enter slpgradschool.com) to help undergraduate speech pathology and audiology students improve their chances of getting into graduate school. The site has tutorials- videos too- on all aspects of getting into grad school. I've been in the field for 12 years and have served on two different university admission committees so have a pretty good sense of what schools are looking for. On the site, I give you lots of strategic ways to improve your chances of getting in and even explain the parts of the process. For example, its the start of the fall semester-- if you are a senior, you should have asked the 3 or 4 people you've identified to write your letters of rec already. Check it out!
  18. In undergrad (mechanical engineering) I enjoyed doing research a lot, and from what I can tell getting a graduate degree is very helpful for getting into research jobs. I was looking at thesis-based MS programs . . . However I have a big problem with my app: my GPA. My cumulative GPA is 2.96, just under the cutoff for most grad programs. My major GPA is about the same so it's no help, and my last 4 semesters weren't that good so there's no nice upward trend. I had some mental health issues that got in the way that I've since done a lot of work on (I graduated almost 6 years ago) so I feel good about trying school again, but I know it's hard to convince admissions committees that you're ready. I wanted to ask if anyone else had experience getting into engineering MS programs with a less-than-impressive GPA, especially one that is under the GPA cutoffs like mine? What kind of schools did you apply to and what were the results? What helped, what didn't?
  19. Hi, I'm a final year student at University of Hong Kong with a gpa around 3.7 (first honors), GRE 325 (from the official gre powerprep test), 2 research assistant works, with a double major in Marketing and Psychology. I did join a few consulting extracurricular activities at my school and did an internship at U.S. Department of Commerce, a bank, and a big cosmetics company. I already sorted one of my recommendation letters and am planning to ask another professor I know next week. I am planning to apply to: MS. in Marketing Science in Columbia, MS in Marketing in USC, MS in Applied Economics in Johns Hopkins, MS in Marketing in Johns Hopkins. What are my chances at each of these schools?
  20. Hi all, So after taking two years off after completing my B.Sc. in Canada, I'm preparing to apply for graduate schools for a clinical psychology doctoral program specializing in neuropsychology. I know these sorts of programs are extremely competitive, so I will likely be applying to 18-20 schools, but thought I would post some of my application credentials and get any advice from anyone willing to give it! Education: B.Sc. with Honor's in Psychology, Minor in Biology. Completed an Honor's Thesis in my final year in cognitive neuroscience. GPA: Overall: 3.3 (first 2 years of B.Sc. were as a Biomedical Science major, which I did not enjoy, and my GPA reflects this). Major GPA: 3.8 Last 2 years/60 credits: 3.8 GRE Scores: Psychology Subject GRE: 750 (91st percentile) General GRE (taking this in the next few weeks, likely will be around 156V/160Q/5.0AW) LOR: 2 clinical neuropsychologists (Honor's thesis supervisor and current work supervisor; both on admissions committees for CN programs at 2 different schools), 1 supervisor who is also a clinical psychologist (supervisor from Developmental Psychology lab mentioned below) Experience: 4 poster presentations Honor's thesis (supervised by a clinical neuropsychologist, see LOR above) and Independent Research Project (supervised by Neuroscientist) Volunteered at 2 hospitals, 3 different research labs in my last 2 years of undergraduate studies Moved from Toronto, Canada to San Diego, California after graduating with my B.Sc. to work as a Lab Manager in a Developmental Psychology lab and then as a Research Coordinator in a Neuropsychology lab (multi-site project; still currently here - see LOR above). I guess I am worried that my GRE scores will make my applications less competitive. I feel as though my applications are well-rounded elsewhere and my time off and additional experience has helped me. I do not have any location preferences and will be applying all throughout North America. Any and all advice or insight is welcome! Also, please don't hesitate to mention any schools that you guys know of which are very reputable for CN! Some on my radar include: SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program, Drexel, Boston University, Northwestern University (Feinberg), University of Florida, University of Houston, University of Wisconsin... Thank you!!
  21. I'd like to steer my career towards policy, specifically as related to economic inequality, and to facilitate that transition I intend to pick up an MPP sometime in the next few years. A lot of things about my application look strong -- I got a BA in Economics from a Top 30 program, I did really well on the GRE a couple of months ago (167/167/5.0) and my work experience is solid (I was a financial analyst at a successful startup, I did an Americorps VISTA year and I'm currently waiting to begin a position as a GS-11 Program Analyst with HUD). The only thing I feel is holding me back is that my undergrad GPA was outright awful -- 2.41 cumulative, not much higher than that in-major. In light of that, I'm trying to do everything I can pad out my application over the next year or so. Elsewhere in the forums I came across the idea of doing a non-degree grad school course and that made a lot of sense to me, so I got registered at American U for PUAD601, Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis. My reasoning with picking this course is that: 1) it seems substantially rigorous to display academic competency should I do well in it; 2) it seems like it would be universally relevant to whichever graduate program I might end up attending in the future; and 3) picking up extra Stata experience can't be a bad thing in the job market (I've been waiting for about six months for this HUD position to start, so I'm getting a bit antsy and considering backup options). My questions are: A) did I pick the right course?; and B) even if I pull an A in this course, will I have any chance of being admitted into a decent program with such a low undergrad GPA? The process for applying to and being admitted to this course happened really quickly, so I'm just looking for some input on whether I'm making the right decision here -- it's a significant expense to take a class this way, after all. Regarding A: the other course that seemed reasonable to me was Econometrics, but I wouldn't be able to take it until next semester for scheduling reasons. Any input as to whether one might be a better option than the other for me, or as to whether it might be reasonable to take both? Thanks!
  22. Does retaking a class for a better grade improves your GPA? Has anyone done it?
  23. Has anyone got accepted into an MSW program lower than a GPA of 3.0? But has a strong background in the social work field such as, volunteer experience, field placements and etc.
  24. I am trying to gauge admissions outcomes for the upcoming admissions cycle for MA programs in international development and affairs. If you could, please include the following information in your response: GPA: GRE (Verbal/Math/Writing) Applied: Accepted: Rejected: Waitlist: description of relevant work experience and other factors: Thank you!
  25. Hi, I am thinking about applying to an Australian graduate program of Actuarial Science (or Actuarial Practice or similar). My GPA is 3 out of 4 in the American system (A, B, C, D, F, etc), how does this score correspond to the Australian system? Here are a few programs I am thinking about, with their entry requirements normally at around 5 out of 7 or 65% in the Australian system: http://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/program/7420XMACTP http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/master/master-of-actuarial-practice https://www.business.unsw.edu.au/degrees-courses/postgraduate/masters/actuarial-studies#Entry-requirements https://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2018/actuarial-studies-b6014#entry-requirements-2 Do you think my GPA can fulfill this overall requirement? Also, my GPA in the first two years was very very high, but in the last two years, it dropped quite a lot, for a variety of reasons combined. What should/can I do now, since I only have one semester left? Best and thank you all in advance, GPRW
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