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  1. I used to be a Research Intern and I'm not sure if that's worth putting on a CV for a PhD application. Thoughts? Also, are the job titles "Research Intern" and "Research Assistant" interchangeable or would that be too much of a stretch?
  2. There seem to be a lot of threads asking the same thing popping up lately and I figured it might make sense to make an overall guide thread and then those who feel their answers still haven’t been adequately answered can post below for an idea of what their chances are. Here is a brief rundown of factors affecting your likelihood of getting into top-tier and well respected programs. If you fall below par in any one of these factors you can bump it up by being stellar in one of the others. I'll add to this if others point out other things I've left out. School requirements: Your first stop should be the school admissions website – this will tell you what prerequisites you need, give you an idea of GRE and GPA requirements and what work experience is expected (if any) GPA: From what I’ve seen/read over the years any GPA over 3.4 and you should be competitive. That’s not to say if your GPA is lower than 3.4 you’ll have no chance, but if you have a GPA above 3.4 you should be in good shape. GRE score: GRE scores seem to be most important for schools with demanding quantitative programs and for securing the top financial aid. Most schools will state the average GRE scores for their incoming classes on their website – use these to see how competitive you are. By and large you should be competitive if you score over 650 on verbal and quantitative and over 4.0 on the AWA. For the top schools over 700 seems to be closer to the mark. Work experience: For most programs it will be expected that you have at least 1-2 years of relevant experience in your field. This can be lowered a little if you have other pseudo-relevant work experience (management in the for-profit sector etc.) but you should have shown some level of professional interest in the area you hope to study at grad school. Applicants coming straight out of undergrad may find it very hard to get into the programs aimed more at junior/mid-career professionals such as Johns Hopkins SAIS and Princeton’s WWS. Language skills: For a lot of programs being able to speak a second language is a must, while for others it is just a very good selling point. If you can show experience working in a foreign language this will show adaptability and will endear schools looking to enrol a diverse group of applicants. Quantitative requirements: A lot of schools will want you to show experience in micro/macroeconomics and some maths/statistics courses. You can fullfil these through undergrad classes or by taking courses at a community college/diploma program. Overseas experience (work, study and teaching): Work overseas and study abroad are also viewed extremely favourably by admissions committees and if you have taught English abroad, worked in the Peace Corps or otherwise gained experience living in a developing country this will really strengthen your application. It also shows you to be a go-getter, and that you can bring this outside experience to grad school study. Statement of Purpose: This is where it all comes together. This is your chance to impress the admission committee and show how your personal 'arc' has brought you to this point - being the perfect addition to their grad school. This more than any other part of your application will determine how admit committees view you as an applicant and it's also one of the only application variables that's completely under your control. Having a cohesive narrative that brings together life experience, past academic history and professional experience is a must. It also gives you a great chance to showcase your writing style - so make sure no grammar/spelling mistakes make it into your final revision. Great list of SOP pitfalls If your profile matches at least 3 or 4 of the criteria listed above then you are competitive to apply to an MPA/MPP/IR program. What is most important about any grad school application is showing fit – that is how your profile matches the speciality of that school and its program. If you can’t articulate compelling reasons why you are a good match for them and vice versa, question whether you should be applying to that program. A note on applying to top schools: It is worth noting that nobody here can tell you what your chances of getting into a top program (Harvard, Princeton, Georgetown etc.) because getting into a top program requires a certain amount of luck as well as a great profile. Some people get offers from Harvard with a 2.9 GPA, but also happen to have singlehandedly retaken an allied command post in the Korengal valley. It’s down to who reads your application and what they happen to be looking for with the current application cycle. Spend time improving the elements of your application that you can (GRE, work experience, languages) and don’t waste time freaking out about the things you can’t change (GPA). If you’ve read all of the above and really still can’t tell if your application is competitive, post your profile below.
  3. Hi fellow humans, Applying to English PhD programs. Looking at the NYU GSAS required application materials, I noticed they say that a personal history statement is *optional*. Importantly, the department's webside does not mention this at all. (https://gsas.nyu.edu/content/nyu-as/gsas/admissions/gsas-application-resource-center/statement-of-academic-purpose-and-personal-history-statement.html) I also noticed on the CollegeNet application forms of some schools that there's a place to add a paragraph or so as a diversity statement. I know that the personal history and diversity statements are two separate things meant to highlight different aspects of myself or my academic/community involvement, but I was wondering if anyone has any insights as to whether these are actually taken into account in the admissions decisions, or whether they're only used for deciding on additional and external fellowships/funding etc. that is available to a variety of minorities, or for other reasons unrelated to admission. As an international student, I'm unlikely to qualify for such additional fellowships, and am therefore wondering whether there's any value in investing the time to write these statements. I have things to say, but would like to focus on the SoP and WS if these other two statements are irrelevant to the adcoms. I perused the forum for answers to these, but if I missed a discussion on the matter a link to it would be very appreciated! 😊
  4. Hey Grad Cafe, Hope you all are doing well; I could use your all's advice and knowledge! I recently graduated undergrad with a major in communication and a minor in psychology. However, since being out of school, I've been reflecting on how I want to continue my education specifically in psychology, with my main interests particularly in counseling and clinical psychology. I want to start developing my skills and experiences to best prepare and apply in the Fall of 2019 for Master's programs. I have a couple questions about these: How should I best approach the fact that I want to continue education in psychology despite not majoring in it? Are there people among gradcafe psychology who decided to commit to higher ed in psychology after not majoring in it? How did that go? Would it be worthwhile to spend significant time prepping for the GRE Psychology Subject test as a potential route to alleviate the concern of me not having a major in Psych? Or, would that time be better suited in taking extra courses in psych at a nearby university, or should I do both? IDK! lol Furthermore, I have received advice that it may a better route for me to apply for master's programs instead of PhD's since they would better develop my research interests and alleviate the difficulty that may be faced (were I to even get in) of being in a PhD program that I didn't major in in undergrad. Should I even consider PhD applications? Some of the key goals of this year are getting involved in research projects at a nearby university, getting a job specifically getting clinical experience in providing mental health services (applied to several and am hopeful that I will get a job as a psychiatric aide or a counselor aide), taking the GRE at the end of 2019's Summer, potentially taking extra courses as a part time student to further round off my psych background. Additionally, if there is any other advice that you all want to contribute, I'd very much welcome it! What do you all think? Thanks for reading! I am excited to see what others have to say.
  5. I used to be a Research Intern and I'm not sure if that's worth putting on a CV for a PhD application. Thoughts? Also, are the job titles "Research Intern" and "Research Assistant" interchangeable or would that be too much of a stretch?
  6. Esenabla

    CV Questions

    I'm editing my CV for sociology PhD applications and am unsure of two things. Perhaps there is no right answer, but I'd love to hear any advice. 1. Should I create a separate "Research Experience" section or is it alright if I simply put all positions (excluding irrelevant positions like part-time kitchen jobs, of course) under a "Work Experience" section? 2. I have been credited on publications before (e.g. "Research Assistant Esenabla assisted with this piece" written at the end of a report) but I have yet to author my own work. Would I create a "Publications" section for the works from which I have been credited? Or would it be best to simply put this under an "Experience" section? Thanks in advance!
  7. Hey yall- I'm starting this thread for those applying to NPSIA for 2018. Feel free to post any questions or comments here. And as offers roll out too dont be afraid to share your acceptance or decline comments here Just curious, in regards to the MA, are people limiting their statement of intent to a certain number of words? is it research focused (with citations and all) even if you aren't planning on doing the thesis or MRP? The instructions on the website are quite vague, so i'm curious what people are doing (especially word count wise).
  8. Andromeda3921

    'Am I competitive? ' thread (Sociology)

    I went through the hugely popular 'Am I competitive'? Thread in Government Affairs and was wondering if it made sense to create an overall thread in this forum as well. I only noticed three very specific threads on here (linking the one I found to be slightly more general). Hopefully, I get answers and others who are asking themselves the same/similar questions get on here and find answers as well! Program: PhD in Sociology Schools Applying To: Columbia University, University of Chicago, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, National University of Singapore, University of California - Berkeley, London School of Economics, Sciences Po Long-listed Schools: Harvard University, University of California - Los Angeles, Yale University, Princeton University, University of Wisconsin - Madison, University of Amsterdam, New York University, Cornell University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of North Carolina, University of Texas -Austin, Brown University, Duke University, Boston University, John's Hopkins University, Northwestern University, University of California - Irvine, University of California - San Diego, University of Maryland Interests: Urban sociology - Qualitative Transportation, Identities, Spatiality, Heritage ; Comparative Sociology; Applied Sociology; International Development; South Asia; Public Policy Expectations from Programmes: Program: Interdisciplinary, Allowing students to choose courses across departments, emphasis/known for applied approach Resources: Ongoing projects with vibrant research space, Access to funding, Encouraging collaborations, Good enough brand to ensure employment on completion of programme, preferably located in an urban area to aid fieldwork.  Graduate Institution: Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India Graduate Major/Degree: MA in Development Studies (Integrated Course, no undergraduate degree granted separately) Graduate GPA: 7.99/10 Undergraduate Minor: Operations Research GRE: V 168/ Q 156 / AW 4.5 TOEFL: 113 (iBT) Age: 25 Languages: English & Tamil - Fluent ; German - A2 completed, B1 in progress ; Hindi - Working Knowledge Work Experience: (2 years research experience currently, 3 years professional experience by Fall 2019) > 1.4 years at Indian Center of International policy think-tank : Spearheaded research project on on-going urban policy scheme in India > Currently freelancing as urban research consultant for local organization apart from volunteering with organizations dealing in gender and mental health advocacy > Multiple research internships as student > Policy report & newspaper OpEds published > Presented in multiple International conferences since undergraduate days SoP: Not begun yet, but will focus on specific research I hope to do (along lines of a proposal) LORs: 1 from Masters supervisor (senior Indian Urbanist and extremely well known internationally for seminal work on Urban informality) ; 1 from Professor during Masters degree (rising Anthropologist in India, knows me well personally) Can obtain 1 from previous boss (Head of Research at International policy think-tank, Member of PM's Economic Advisory Council in India) - however, would be one year since I quit the job. Concerns: 1. Low Graduate GPA 2. No academic/journal publications yet 3. Applied to Northwestern, NYU, U.Penn & U.Minnesota for Sociology PhD for Fall 2018 and got rejected by 3. U.Minn placed me on the Waitlist, but did not convert to an admit Would really love feedback if I am competitive for the range of schools I plan to apply to. I am posting early only to gain an understanding of what I can fix for the next round of applications.
  9. Hi guys. I'm currently getting a research mscs in a top10 university in US (top10 cs undergrad in the states as well, both rankings are major rankings), and about to apply for CS PhD this fall. Here's some info:- GRE: 161 verbal, 170 quant, 4.0 writing- intern: 3 summer interns in the bay area- research & publication: 1 first author at ISIT, 1 second author at ACL, 1 second author at EMNLP, 1 third author at EMNLP.- GPA: undergrad 3.84, grad~3.9- recommendation letters: my advisors are pretty good, although they may not write super strong recommendationsI would like to do research in learning theory, also tcs or mixed integer programming. Here's my list:- reach: UCB, Stanford, MIT, CMU, Princeton, TTIC- match: UT-Austin, UWashington, UPenn, GeorgiaTech (ACO program), UWaterloo (ACO), UCSD? Cornell?My concern is that, although I have 4 papers, only 1 is about learning theory, the other 3 are about NLP, which I'm not sure whether would help with applications for learning theory direction. ML is getting very very popular nowadays and I know ML applicants who have a lot of papers get rejected by all the universities they apply... On the other hand, is learning theory a little easier to get in compared to ML? Since the former is theoretical. Also does anyone know how hard it gets to change research topics? I have no research experiences except for some courses (and reading on my own) in TCS or MIP, but they really appeal to me.So am I being too optimistic about these choices? Thanks a lot for any suggestions!
  10. I signed up for a Coursera MOOC course offered by one of the PIs I am applying to in the fall under the assumption that there would be a lot of people in the class. However, it looks like there are only about 20. I’m interested in the course but I’m afraid that it might harm my chances of getting in if she doesn’t think I do well on assignments. On the other hand, my interest in the subject might be a positive factor. Does anyone have any thoughts?
  11. Hi All, Anyone applying for the NCSU Master of Analytics program this year (2018). How long does it take to get an update after we submit the application?
  12. One of the profs writing my letter of rec recently asked me if he would simply receive a link from the school to which I apply in order to submit his letter. I'm not sure. Does anyone know how professors go about submitting the letter? Thanks in advance!
  13. Esenabla

    Submitting Transcripts

    Hey all, I have received a copy of my official transcripts from my undergraduate university. I am applying to 10 PhD programs. Could I simply scan a copy of my transcript 10 times and send the schools those or must I send each school an actual transcript in the post? Thanks in advance
  14. Hi all! I could really use some help. I am working towards my BS/MS in Biomedical Engineering, thesis option. I want to pursue my PhD in MSE with a focus on biomaterials, particularly for diagnostics, biomimetics, and drug delivery. GPA: 3.55 (not great) GRE: 161V, 163Q Research: 2 publications (1 first author, 1 2nd), 3 conference presentations, 3 years research at Tier-1 research institution, summer internship at top international uni I will be applying to: University of Minnesota, U of Wisconsin, Boston University, Oregon State, UC Riverside, and maybe Washington State I am hoping to add 1 or 2 safety schools to this list, as I feel I am shooting above where I can realistically get in. I have no problem finding research I am interested in, but I don't know how to tell if I have a decent chance at admission. Also, is there any way to determine likelihood of full funding? I have heard many horror stories lately.
  15. laura_potter

    PsyD competition

    Hi there! I am a recent UCLA grad with a psychology B.A. In the fall I will be applying to PsyD programs. The trouble is, I am having a hard time identifying which schools have the best reputation within the psychology community and what will make my application strongest. If anyone else out there has a PsyD I would love some advice on the subject. Thanks!
  16. jriveracal

    Fall 2019 anyone?

    I'm new here so I apologize if there is a previous thread on this. Anyone else beginning to prepare for Fall 2019? I am narrowing down schools and making a spreadsheet on the requirements for each school and also beginning to self-study for the GRE. As of right now I am looking at Berkeley, Harvard, UCLA, Princeton, Brown, NYU, Columbia, U of Chicago, U of Michigan, Northwestern, Stanford, Yale, U Penn, UC Davis and UC San Diego. Anyone else?
  17. I am new to this forum and not sure how this works. I have been working for 2 years post my Masters degree and I am considering applying for PhD programs this year to start in Fall 2019. I would like to get so advice to set some realistic goals when it comes to selecting my universities. I have copied the template from another post: Undergrad Institution: (D.Y.Patil University (India) not a big league school)Major(s): Biotechnology and BioinformaticsOverall GPA: the scoring scale was not GPA. I have sent it to WES for evaluation.Position in Class: AverageType of Student: International, Male. grad Institution: Georgetown University, Washington DCMajor(s): Biochemistry and molecular Biology.Overall GPA: 3.86Position in Class: top 5% Type of Student: International, Male. GRE Scores (revised/old version): I have not given my GRE yet I am going to give it in the next month. How much will that score matter in terms of aiming for top 10 schools.Research Experience: 6 month thesis dissertation for undergraduate degree followed by 1 year experience post degree working on the same project in India. 6 month thesis dissertation for graduate degree followed by 2 and a half year experience. Publications: 2 (2nd author, in reputed journals of impact factor: 8 and 10)Awards/Honors/Recognitions: undergraduate research project was awarded at a recent conference in India. Honors degree for academic performance at graduate level. Pertinent Activities or Jobs: In all, a research experience of 3 years + (2) 6-month thesis. I have worked on wide range of topics from diabetes, lung cancer, wound healing, breast cancer, neuroinflammation and cancer immunotherapy. Applying to Where: I am mainly attracted to transnational research in cancer Biology/molecular Biology with recently developed fascination for immunotherapy. I am hoping my profile is competitive enough to apply to the top schools but I am not sure. Any advice in much welcomed and appreciated.
  18. To preface this; this is a rough draft SOP for one specific program. I don't really like my intro, I want that I'm adopted to be in there somewhere but idk about the rest. I also want to make sure I have a good balance between what I have done and what I want to do, so advice on that would be helpful. And lastly I want to make sure my last two paragraphs are clear enough for why I'm choosing school X and that they wrap up the paper well. As an adopted person, adoption influences my every thought, action, and interaction with my environment. From questioning my identity, to being told that I should be lucky my parents adopted me, my personal experience has motivated to investigate the consequences that adoption has on an adoptee’s ability to develop attachment relationships. While there is existing research on how prior experience with neglect and abuse can impact the quality of attachment relationships achieved by adoptees, there has been little research on how adoptive parents’ motivations for adoption can impact parent-child attachment relationships. Adoptive parents may have a multitude of reasons for choosing to adopt rather than have biological children, whether it is due to infertility, personal experiences with adoption, or something else entirely. I hypothesize that the varying motivations for adoption will correlate to different levels of parental sensitivity which will result in changes to the quality of parent-child attachment. I have had the opportunity to work in multiple labs that have helped prepare me to investigate these topics in graduate school. My first undergraduate research experience was working in the X Lab. The X lab has allowed me to learn more about psychophysiological processes by conducting experiments that utilize blood pressure, cortisol levels, facial flushing, and heart rate. I hope to use psychophysiology to develop a more comprehensive picture of attachment quality in my future studies. In addition to the X Lab, I have also had the opportunity to assist with data collection for Project Y. Through Y I have gained direct experience with children and families from a variety of backgrounds. This firsthand experience with a family population has allowed me to watch families grow and change over the course of a longitudinal study while also learning about the different methods of data collection used when working with children. My most recent lab experience, Z, has strengthened my observational coding skills and has allowed me direct contact with adoptive families. The project that I am most proud of is my investigation into name. While this project started out as an experiment for a class, I took it upon myself to get the most out of the opportunities I had been given. I spent hours outside of class working on this project with another student and we eventually presented the results as a poster presentation at two different conferences. This project was the first project that I was able to see develop from start to finish. Of all my experiences I feel that this one has prepared me the most for graduate school because of how involved I was able to be, from developing the idea, to selecting the measures, completing data collection and analysis, all the way to presentation. It was after working on this project and developing a clear understanding of how research is conducted, that I made the decision to complete an honors thesis. My developing honors thesis is an investigation of how socioeconomic status impedes securely attached children’s ability to regulate their heart rate during a strange situation task. I hypothesize that children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds will have a slower return to baseline than those from other backgrounds due to the influence of chronic stress associated with low socioeconomic status. If this hypothesis is correct, it would support the conclusion that the protective factors associated with a secure attachment are not enough to mitigate the negative physiological influence of low socioeconomic status. This project represents the unification of my previous research experiences and I believe that these experiences will likewise assist me in my ability to conduct research on the graduate level. I am excited for the opportunity to work with Dr. name because I believe that with his guidance, an investigation into the relationship between motivations for adoption and parental sensitivity will expand upon existing the knowledge of how attachment relationships are formed within the adoption triad. I am most enthusiastic to work with Professor name because of his research on ____________. I feel that these topics will provide a strong theoretical base for my research interests. While I’m mostly interested in Dr. name's work, I feel that my abilities would be equally appreciated by the name Collaborative. The multi-method research approach is very appealing to me as a researcher and my ideas would fit well within the department. More specifically, I believe that my background in psychophysiology allows me to look at attachment behavior more holistically. By developing a clearer picture of how adoption influences the lives of adoptees, it is my hope that preventative programs can be created to reduce the negative life outcomes that are frequently associated with adoption. I believe that a PhD from name will assist me in becoming a competent researcher within the developmental psychology community and that my findings will directly contribute to this development.
  19. I'm planning to apply for a PhD in English (Literature) and I'm wondering about the foreign language component. All of the schools I'd most like to apply to require 1 or usually 2 foreign languages examined by the end of the second year or so. Yale also mentions on its admission requirements that they want 'preparation in languagessufficient to satisfy the language requirement' and Harvard says that 'While there are no specific prerequisites for admission, a strong language background helps to strengthen the application'. None of the others seem to mention languages at all in their admissions sections, only in the details of what's required during the course. Does anyone know how important the language background is relative to other elements of the application? My personal situation: I have a UK A-Level in Latin and a GCSE in German. I've been working on my German online (duolingo etc.) but I have no new qualifications to show evidence of progress. I did an informal assessment at the Goethe Insitut in London, and they reckon I could probably handle a B1 exam, which the internet reckons is about equivalent to a UK AS-level, halfway between GCSE and A-Level, but I don't know if it really counts for as much on an application. If I did take the exam, it might show that my German is ongoing and improving, but I have relatively little time to prepare for the exam, it's alarmingly close to the application deadline, so if my results don't come on time it might count for nothing anyway, and I think it might be a better use of time to work on my writing samples/preparing for GREs etc. Any advice would be very much appreciated. Thanks a lot.
  20. SonyaRenee

    Should I retake the GRE

    I am a strong applicant looking to apply to cell bio/immunology programs for PhD. I am confident in all areas of my application except my GRE: Q: 158 (68%) V: 165 (96%) W: 4.5 My worry is that the top programs I am aiming for (Harvard/MIT/Yale/UW) will weed me out due to the quantitative 158. I put all the effort I could into GRE studying and would like to avoid doing it again. If I retake it I believe my quantitative will improve but my verbal will also suffer. Is it necessary to redo it?
  21. gradguy22

    Application rescinded?

    Hey! I am an international student who's got admission in Cornell's master's program. In my final year of undergraduate studies, my GPA has dropped by 0.11 from a 3.41 to a 3.3 because I took electives which were pretty tough and couldn't cope. Could this be a cause for concern? Will the grad school rescind my application? Honest answers would be appreciated
  22. This is a general rant/reflection as the application season is nearing an end and the waiting is happened. I know a lot of us have started considering what we wish we did better, but I'd love to know- what do you wish programs did differently. Also, I'm sure this goes without saying- but I'm not bashing, just recognizing how stressful this process is and the places that schools could improve. I'll start us off. Just take the unofficial transcripts dammit. Don't make me pay $10+ dollars for each transcript that I have to send. Don't make me send paper copies. If you accept me, I'll happily go through the trouble. Quit with this community college bullshit. I just received an email from a program saying that once they receive an official transcript from a community college that gave me credit for a math class I took in highschool then my application will be complete. It was a dual credit class! It's listed on all my other transcripts and wasn't even taken at the college. Do you really care what I made in calculous 7 years ago? Do you really need that to review? Just give us the projected acceptance dates. Please don't make me crawl through the results page. Please don't give me anxiety checking the portals, email, mailbox... We're expected to turn in everything by a certain date and time. If our application is late, many schools won't even consider it. So I ask, why is this a one way street? We paid you the money, can't we at least know when we'll find out. What are your top 3 pet peeves of this application season?
  23. IvanLeSpectre

    Art History Ph.D. Questions

    Hi, I graduated in December with a degree in Entertainment Design & Tech., and it was during my last semester that I realized my passion was really history and the arts. I applied at Rice and Emory (didn't make the cut, surprise!) because my fiancé's company has offices in Houston (where we currently live) and Atlanta. I'm not sure whether I should apply again, look elsewhere, finish the Master's program at UH and then try to find a Ph.D. only program? In the end, I've never had a good academic advisor so I've been making it up as I go. I'm not sure if my application/writing sample/supporting materials are strong enough, or if I should be reaching out to professors. I've never published any papers, so should I attempt that? I should also probably retake the GRE, but I don't do insanely well on timed standardized tests, so I'm not sure it's worth the time or money. In the end, I guess I'm just looking for a way to make myself more competitive, and perhaps clarify some of my confusion. I'd appreciate any thoughts you all might have. Thanks!
  24. SemperDiscentes

    Advice on M.Div Programs

    Hello Everyone! I'm looking to apply to some M.Div programs next Fall (2019) and need some advice regarding what schools would be a good fit and what my chances would be of getting into them. I've spoken with a couple of professors at a few different schools, but I'm hoping that this forum could help fill in the gaps. My criteria are the following: 1) Generous funding (*highest priority) 2) Solid academic reputation that would increase chances of getting into a funded Phd program in Theology/Historical Theology 3) Not hostile to conservatives (I'm a progressive evangelical of sorts) 4) Not evangelical (I'm really interested in more mainline theology--Neo-Orthodoxy, Post-liberlism, etc.) 5) Not in Texas or Florida : ) Relevant Info on Myself: B.A. Liberty University - Pastoral Leadership & Biblical Exposition (w/Koine Greek Minor) - 3.8 GPA M.A. Liberty University - Executive Leadership (Business) - 3.9 GPA Research Interests: Contemporary/modern theology, existentialism, theology of Karl Barth/Emil Brunner, nature of Christian revelation, pneumatology Career Goal: professor, writer, pastor Current Career/Experience: Completed two ministry internships, substitute teacher at a high school, currently head of sales and marketing for a small start-up Current Church/Theological Affiliation: I'm attending an evangelical Presbyterian church (EPC), although my theology aligns much more with mainline Protestantism Programs I'm Interested In (order of interest): 1) Princeton Theological Seminary 2) Yale Divinity School 3) Boston University School of Theology 4) Candler School of Theology 5) Union Presbyterian Seminary
  25. Chemist_wannabe

    Applied Chemistry and Chances of Acceptance

    Hello! I come from a small, public university. My major is applied chemistry- I'm not required to take calculus I or II (but I took cal I anyway), calculus-based physics, or two semesters of physical chemistry (I only have to take concepts). I have a 3.93 GPA and one semester of research; I'm aiming to do an internship this summer and I'm going to take the GRE later (but it isn't required for my no. 1 school). How competitive am I, in your opinion, against those who have taken both calculus classes, calculus-based physics, and two semesters of physical chemistry?
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