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  1. Hi! I know its early. But considering the success of Fall 2017 forum, I thought we should start Fall 2018 discussion thread early! Good luck preparing for your applications!
  2. Hello all! Here's the deal: I graduate from the University of Montevallo in May 2018. I'm the former secretary and current VP of NSSLHA. I've done qualitative research in the area of aphasia as primary investigator, and am positive I will be able to get above average recommendation letters from professors. BUT, my GPA is on the low end. I took dual enrollment classes in high school and ended up with several B's and a couple of C's. I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life then, and of course had no idea how competitive SLP programs are. Assuming I get all A's this fall, my GPA will end up being a 3.56. My current GRE score is 294 and 3.5 writing. I'm retaking it in the beginning of November. I'm applying to severallllll schools in the southeast. My top choices are University of Tennessee, University of Memphis, East Tennessee State University and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (long shot, I know, but many of their faculty have done research in aphasia and I thought I might have a chance considering my background.) What kind of chances do I have? Any advice as far as personal statements, recommendation letters, etc would be much appreciated!
  3. Hi all, I am applying to grad programs in Second Temple Judaism and Christian origins, and I'm interested to know what you think my chances are of getting accepted. Master's programs to which I'm applying: MTS @ HDS, ND, Duke Div MA(TS) @ Princeton Sem MA in Early Christian Studies @ ND MAR in Second Temple Judaism @ YDS MA @ Toronto Education BA in Theology, minor in Classics (4.0) MA in Biblical Languages (4.0) [May 2018]* --- both from same evangelical university Languages Greek [classical & Koine] (advanced) Hebrew (advanced) Latin (intermediate) Aramaic (intermediate) German (beginner) -GRE 163 (V), 158 (Q), 4.5 (AW) -One conference presentation (university's theology conference) -Received departmental and university-wide awards during undergraduate years -Two research assistantships Some reasons I'm interested in doing another master's before PhD: -to diversify my education -to develop my research interests into a dissertation topic & proposal -to develop proficiencies in Sahidic Coptic, Syriac, and German -to hopefully get accepted to a PhD program at one of the schools listed above I'd appreciate any thoughts or feedback, especially from those with inside experience at/in any of these schools/programs. + A_CS
  4. Hi all, Thanks in advance for any advice!! I will have a master's and a PhD in Neuroscience and a masters in general psychology from UK universities when I apply for clinical psych PhDs in the US. I am American but have been living abroad for some time. In order to pursue the mixed clinical/ research career I'd like in the US, a Clinical PhD seems my best option now. My questions are (1) can programs waive requirements such as a Master's thesis (or perhaps more!) when a student enters with an acceptable non-counseling degree?, and (2) would this be an appropriate thing to contact admissions departments about? I don't want to appear overconfident about getting in whatsoever by already asking to bypass some of their typical degree requirements, but given that I've already spent so many years in higher education, I'd really like to avoid doing unnecessary, redundant work. I'd rather spend time doing research for publication rather than going through the motions with specific thesis requirements. The APA website also says "some doctoral programs will accept students for respecialization as a part of their regular doctoral training group" which made me hopeful that perhaps some programs might be accommodating. Any suggestions of specific programs? I know there are APA-accredited respecialization programs but I do not believe I am eligible for these given that my PhD is in neuroscience rather than psychology (per one admission advisor, and even though my field is neuropsychology specifically). The cost of those programs is not something I'm in a position to take on either. Thanks again for any insights!!
  5. Hi all: First time poster here. I want to ask about how much the GRE Quant section actually matters for admissions to HDS. All aspects of my application are extremely competitive however, there is one setback: my Quant score. While my Verbal scores and AWA are well above averages, my Quant is at a dismal 20%. Could this be a deal breaker for me? Might I be weeded out of the competition before my application ever reaches someone's desk? Thanks for your feedback.
  6. 1. As the title states, I am graduating this December as a non-traditional student from University of Florida and I'm looking to apply this fall to a host of schools. I'm interested in researching direct democracy, but am having trouble easily finding schools that would be a good fit for me to apply to. I have tried finding most cited authors in relevant literature and then researching that school's faculty for graduate programs, but sometimes the person cited isn't listed as a teaching member of that program. 2. I should mention that I'm 38 and went back to school in 2015. I just took my GRE's and got 160v/157q. My upper level GPA is 3.9 since going back to school (26 A's and 1 B in 27 classes) after a dismal showing back in 1997-98 at a high ranked Boston university. I'm really looking at Emory, Vanderbilt, Penn (reach), American, George Washington, University of Calif - Davis, University of Southern California, NYU (reach), Princeton (reach), University of Wisconsin - Mad (reach), and University of Florida as a backup school. I was accepted into the honors program and am writing my senior thesis now on citizen initiatives that will contribute to the field. My adviser is the head of the poli sci department here at UF, and he wrote one of the leading books on direct democracy out there. He is going to write a letter of rec along with our graduate school coordinator who advised me last spring, and finally a tenure track professor is going to write the third letter. What do you think of my odds of getting accepted somewhere because with my age, GRE scores, GPA, letters, and what I hope is a stellar SOP.....I have no idea, lol.
  7. wn votefavo I took the GRE General earlier this year and got a 160Q/156V with a 3.5 writing. I am hoping to apply to mid-level ranked statistics M.S. programs (ranked 15-50ish), does anyone think that those scores are strong enough to be competitive or should I retake it? I'm having a hard time finding admission statistics aren't incredibly vague (Competitive applications have done well on the GRE..., etc.). I know a lot of depends on how strong the rest of your transcript is, fwiw I graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry with a 3.3 GPA and have worked in a biostatistics lab.
  8. Unconventional Routes To Psy Ph.D.

    My goal is to ultimately get into a clinical psychology Ph.D. program, but unfortunately, as I enter into my final semester of undergrad at UT Austin, I'm a philosophy major with hardly any psychology classes under my belt. It's too late for me to even squeak out a minor in it. I understand that it'll be an uphill battle considering my choices thus far and just how competitive the discipline is, but I'm looking for some creative solutions from anybody willing to help.More info: I'll be graduating with an est. 3.28 GPA, and I'll likely be able to volunteer for some psych research this coming semester. Also, let's assume I'll secure some solid letters of recommendation.Here were a couple options I was considering: Aim for a masters degree in Anthropology (perhaps psychological anthropology?) or even a religious studies masters program (would this help at all?) or any other masters degree that would facilitate the transition between philosophy and psychology as well as hopefully making me a more appealing candidate for the psych Ph.D. program.Thanks for your time.
  9. I appreciate if someone can answer this question!!! Please share! this is of common interest!
  10. Hi, I've applied to M.Eng program in ECE for Jan 2018 Intake. Starting this thread to connect students who applied to UVIC for Jan 2018 intake ! Please comment your profile mentioning the following attributes : Undergrad Score, Under grad University , no of Publications, Projects and internships, Job Experience. Best wishes ! Happy waiting ...
  11. Gallaudet Audiology

    Can anyone give me insight on applying to Gallaudet's audiology program (enrollment of Fall semester 2018)? I just have endless questions that I can't seem to find the answers to so I'm hoping someone who has been admitted into the program can give some advice I desperately need!!! Like how strict are they on gpa? Will a great resume balance that out or do they not look at the whole package? Do I even have a chance? I have not yet taken the GRE but I have a 3.3 overall gpa and 3.6 in CSD. I have research experience, hands on hearing aid presentations at local public schools, literacy tutor, and assisting in the speech clinic currently with the autism transitions class (helps integrate those children into regular classrooms). Plus alot more!!! I have rec's from our school's audiologist and the co-director of our clinic/program who is also an audiologist. Will any of these make a difference with my less than desirable gpa??/ PLEASE HELP ANYONE
  12. Fall 2017

    Hi all! Just thought I'd start this thread. Where all are you applying? How's the GRE coming along? SoP...? Writing samples? Let's commiserate. I'll start. B.A. (top-ranking public school on the East coast) and M.A. (well-ranked, medium sized public school on the West coast) in art history. GRE registered for end-July. Currently working on my SoPs. Writing sample in my area, but needs much work/editing to be a self contained 20-page essay, as is customary for most programs. Schools shortlisted: University of California, Berkeley, University of Minnesota, University of Chicago, New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, Columbia University, City University of New York's The Graduate Centre, Harvard University, and Johns Hopkins University. Area: Early Modern Europe Here's to another season of applications. May the odds be ever in your favour!
  13. How many MSW programs should I apply to?

    I'm a senior at the University of Michigan applying to MSW programs and I'm trying to decide how many I should apply to. I currently have a 3.166 overall GPA (3.4 psychology) but with an 3 credit A+ this term and 14 credits in the fall I plan to get A's in it should go up to at least a 3.2. I have some experience volunteering this summer and I'll be volunteering at 3 places this fall and I'll have a year or so of research experience in one lab (which also includes human service ex: running a clinic). This summer I volunteered in a lab running participants in experiments and will be working in another this fall transcribing interviews on sexual assault in college. I have fairly strong writing skills. I am planning to apply to 4 in-state schools: University of Michigan (1), Wayne State (38), Michigan State (32), and Western (71). I've compiled a list of out of state schools I'm interested in along with their ranking and cost that I'll list here in case anyone has any insight into the programs there: (3) University of Washington: $33,732. (10) Boston College: $35,520. (10) University of Pittsburgh: $30,540. (12) Boston University: $33,280. (12) University of Wisconsin - Madison: $25,314. (17) University of Illinois: $29,238. (17) University of Maryland - Baltimore: $35,000. (22) Fordham University: $27,210. (22) Rutgers University: $28,656. How many would you apply to if you were in my position? Thanks!!
  14. Am I A Good MPP Candidate?

    I've recently been thinking about getting an MPP degree. I was initially looking into law school but soon came to realize that public policy (specifically educational policy) is where my passion ultimately lies. However, I worry that my background will not be enough to gain admittance into most MPP programs. Fast Facts: Senior History Major from Creighton University (minors in political science and digital humanities) 3.6 major gpa, 3.38 total gpa No GRE scores yet but practice tests indicate I will be above the minimum threshold Limited Math and Econ Expierence B+ in Micro junior year Virtually no math experience since high school Soft Skills Leadership Position in Fraternity Volunteered for local mayoral campaign College Democrats I realize this list is barebones, but I'm simply wondering if MPP programs will even show interest in me given my hard liberal arts focus and relatively weak econ/stats/math background. Any information you can provide would be extremely helpful as most of the departments and faculty here are clueless as to what MPP programs typically look for.
  15. Hi everyone, I'm a recent college graduate and am looking to apply to a master's program in Security Studies or something similar. I've been considering applying to Georgetown, Columbia, MIT, Johns Hopkins, and George Washington. Do any of you have insights into which of these schools is best for someone with an interest in international security? And perhaps what the average admitted GRE scores and GPAs are? Georgetown's statistics were readily available, but I am having trouble tracking down some of the statistics for the other programs, especially MIT. Any knowledge or insights would be great!
  16. Hi everyone! Does anyone have any advice about if it is good, bad, neutral, etc. to contact a faculty member of interest for a Masters program in Psychology? (Especially if that program offers guided study or a thesis?) Obviously there are many more MA applicants per year to a given program than PhD applicants, and I would understand if a faculty member would be annoyed at receiving inquiries from a Masters hopeful. In general, I would like to ask faculty I am interested in whether: they will be teaching the year(s) I plan to attend whether, in their opinion, I am a good fit for the program (given attached CV) whether they have any current or former students I could reach out to for more information Please let me know if you think this is overkill! I just don't want to waste an application on a program only to find out that I was never a "good fit"
  17. KAUST Fall 2017 Application

    I am applying to KAUST's electrical engineering master's program. I had my technical interview through Skype. I want to share what it was like to help out anyone wishing to apply to KAUST. You will be contacted for the technical interview via email. The email will include a list of topics to study and resources (books and links to material). The four main topics are: calculus, signals and systems, linear algebra, and probability. During the interview, the interviewer will send you pdf documents wth questions pertaining to each topic in them. For some topics, you will be asked to explain how you would solve the given problems to the interviewer, without actually solving them. For other topics, you will be given 15 minutes to solve the given questions after which you tell your answers to the interviewer. You may be asked additional related questions. The interviewer is trying to test the extent of your understanding. In my case, the calculus and signals and systems were discussion type questions whereas the other two topics were done in the 15-minute answer and tell format. Overall, it wasn't hard, but you should study well enough to be able to solve simple problems related to basic concepts. I wish everyone all the best
  18. GRE

    Hey guys, How much of a factor do you think GRE scores are in the admissions process for political science PhD programs? I know the admissions websites say they look at the profile of potential candidates holistically, but there must be some sort of a cutoff, right? Do you think GRE scores more heavily weighted for applicants that have been out of school for a while (5+ years)? In the case of an applicant who has been out of school for a while, does the GRE matter more than GPA? Thoughts? Insights?
  19. I'm entering my second year of my MPH at a top 5 program and I’m planning to apply for PhD admission for fall 2018. My biggest worry is that my lack of research experience is going to be a glaring problem with my application. If there’s anyone out there who wouldn’t mind looking at my stats and weighing in on whether or not I have any shot at all, it’d be much appreciated! Ideally, I’d like to aim for a top 20 school and have chosen several that closely match my research interests (health communications and substance misuse) UGPA (Honours): 3.00 Post-bacc GPA (at a top 5 school): 4.00 MPH GPA (at a top 5 school): 3.84 GRE: 165 V / 155 Q / 5 AW (I'm taking this again in September in order to raise my quant score) Experience: I’ve done several internships in the areas of health communications and community health. I also spent a year working with drug users as a harm reduction worker. Starting in September, I’ll be TAing for 3 classes in the area of public health interventions and communications. Research: I completed an UG research thesis, which involved independent qualitative research and I completed a short research internship at a pharma company. I’m also starting a year long GRA position - directly related to my own research interests - in September, which will involve a lot of independent work. Do I have any shot at being accepted? Or is it worth waiting until next year and finding a full time research job after I graduate from my MPH program next May? Thanks in advance for any help!
  20. 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!
  21. Hello all! I am applying to PhD programs in political science/government and was wondering if you could take a look at my profile to see if I would be a competitive candidate: undergrad GPA: 3.5 at a top 25 public research university major GPA: 3.7 grad GPA: 3.6 at a top 75 (private) research university GRE: V- 165, Q- 168 LOR: 2 from faculty I worked closely with in my masters program, 1 school assistant principal where I work, 1 US congressman with whom I worked work experience: 4 years teaching at an urban Title 1 school, 1 year working on an inaugural US congressional campaign I'm thinking of applying to top 20 programs in political science. Do you guys think it would be realistic for me to get in? I know my GPA is on the low side (I took "hard science" classes - physics, chemistry, biology, calculus - which dropped it a bit) but am hoping that my GRE scores, strong letters of recommendation, good personal statement, and (hopefully) interesting and successful work experience will work in my favor. What do you think?
  22. Hi everyone. I've been looking around this forum for awhile as I've been researching Ph.D. programs in political science, and I have a few questions regarding admissions. First, let me give you some background information on myself. I attend a decently ranked regional liberal arts college in the Northeast, and I have a 3.8 GPA. I'm majoring in history (3.93 GPA) and minoring in political science (4.0 GPA). I have not taken the GREs yet. I have, however, taken a practice test without studying to see where I need the most improvement, scoring a 152 V / 153 Q. I understand these scores are not great as I am not a strong standardized test taker. After a few months of preparation, I hope to score between 157 and 160 on both sections. I have zero publication experience and minimal research experience. I've presented research at two regional conferences and recently applied to present poli sci research at a third this November. Also, I've written a 40-page thesis paper (although it was a history paper). As for work experience, I've interned for political nonprofits and legislative offices and done archival work. I've heard that work experience doesn't matter much to admissions committees, though. I plan to apply to programs with exceptionally strong political behavior programs this fall. That being said, I have a few questions. 1. I'm worried about my GRE scores. Even though I haven't taken the official test yet, I can't see my score being above 315/320. I know various admissions websites claimed to look at the application as a whole, but I'm nervous that my application will be immediately scrapped. How influential are GRE scores in the overall decision? 2. What are some strong political behavior programs? As of right now, my list of schools include Duke, Columbia, UC San Diego, OSU, UC Davis, Minnesota, Northwestern, UVA, UFL, and UC Irvine. 3. While my current undergraduate institution is a decently ranked regional liberal arts college, I'm worried that it won't be prestigious enough to get into any of the schools listed above. Is this justified? 4. Because I go to a liberal arts college, it's difficult to find open research assistant positions. Is my minimal research and publication experience a large issue? 5. Like I said, I've heard that work experience doesn't count for much when applying to Ph.D. programs. Is this assumption correct? If my GRE scores exceed my expectations, I think I could be considered a strong candidate. Regardless, I would appreciate any advice. Thanks!
  23. When I was a young man I was stupid and a knucklehead, and eventually got administratively separated from the U.S. Marine Corps for insubordination. After much therapy and growing up, I've now gotten older and wiser, regret my previous stupidity, and am now in college slated to graduate with a 3.6 GPA and a Philosophy degree. I spent a year abroad in Barcelona, Spain learning Spanish to a conversational level and have several years of officer experience working in activist groups and organizations dedicated to improving the lives of people of color and poor folks. And if it is of any relevance; I am a biracial, bisexual man who grew up in poverty and in a family of veterans where I saw firsthand the wonderful and lifesaving work done by social workers, therapists, and other advocates. I really want to become a social worker and help out others the way other people have helped me and my family, but I am afraid that something my stupid 19 year old self did might harm this. Would my OTH harm me in any meaningful way? I've read that social workers with their own personal histories of struggles are actually liked more in fields like substance abuse or prison work and I am wondering if this would be a negative or even a positive for me. Should I even put my Marine Corps experience in my application and work history if it is a negative? I was thinking that maybe me being a veteran would be one more thing I could have in common with our clients when I work with veterans for instance, but I want to hear from you folks first. Thank you very much for the advice in advance and have a blessed day! EDIT: And for what it's worth, I have a disabled veteran father and live in California so that means I can be the recipient of the Cal Vet Tuition Waiver program, which gives me free tuition at all California State sponsored universities. So I have much more financial freedom in trying to apply to schools like UC Berkeley or UCLA.
  24. Hello, I am looking for honest advice about graduate programs that I might have a chance of getting accepted to. I am an upcoming senior majoring in pure math at a small mid-tier private institution. I nearly have a 4.0 GPA (except for an A- in philosophy) and will be taking both the general GRE and math GRE in October. I have taken a variety of proof-based math classes, two comp sci classes, and will be taking probability and statistics soon. I've participated in an REU at my home university and am currently doing research with a different professor at my home university (both these projects were for pure math). I recently submitted a paper (not yet accepted) to a respected journal. I have a strong relationship with many of my professors and I will hopefully have a few good letters of recommendation. I am planning to apply for three fellowships, including the NSF-GRFP. Looking into PhD programs in Statistics, I am unsure if I would be a competitive applicant given that my school is not well-known. I have talked to a Statistics professor from my school who suggested that taking more stats classes would help my application. Because I am pessimistic about getting into a top-tier program for Statistics, I am wondering if anyone has any advice about what schools I could apply to. I don't want to aim too low and prevent myself from getting into a good school. But I am afraid that I might not get into any school at all if I aim too high. Honest feedback and responses are welcome. Thank you!
  25. Donald Trump Scandal

    Hello everyone, I am unapologetically paranoid about graduate school admissions. My undergraduate grades fluctuated quite a bit. I attended a community college for two years receiving a 3.4 GPA. I then transferred to a top 75 liberal arts college where I received a 3.2 GPA. My total undergraduate GPA works out to be a 3.3 which is not very good for more competitive programs in international development/public policy. I was hoping that I could get your feelings on my chances at admissions at Columbia SIPA and John's Hopkins SIAS. Other things to consider: I served in the Peace Corps in Africa for two years Taught in Asia for 1.5 years. Conducting research in Central America from July 2017-July 2018 I won and declined a Fulbright ETA grant. In total, I will have 4.5 years of international work experience before my program begins. My brother is a current undergraduate student at Hopkins and is researching at SIAS. I think that I will have rock solid letters of recommendation from undergraduate professors. I completed three internships during my undergrad and worked 20+ hours per week. White, gay, male Tell me what you think.