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  1. Hello everyone, Anyone applying to UC Berkeley MIDS program for next spring? I'm interested in the program, but the GRE requirement and the prohibitive cost makes me think twice about my application.
  2. Hi All, I did a Masters in Berkeley in Statistics, fell in love with it, and am now applying for a PhD in Statistics. Would anyone be willing to read over my statement of purpose? What follows is my first draft, and I'm really not sure how to feel about it, so any comments are appreciated. Notes / Questions are in italic font. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Since I can remember people told me that the only people that amount to something are “practical” people: engineers and the likes. I did not, and still do not, want to accept that premise. Because I am about as clumsy as a Panda bear. And because my passion lies in Statistics. As the first of my family to go to College I felt bad for the financial burden I put on us, so I gave in to the pressure. I studied Industrial Engineering and had my life cut out for me: Finish my Bachelors, start working in a Consultancy. Luckily things changed last year. The Fulbright Commission enabled me to spend a year finding and pursuing my passions, free from financial worries and far away from pressure from my family. Do you feel like I should delete these 2 paragraphs or put them in a personal history statement? Any other comments here? Because I worked for three semesters at the Statistics Department in city ABC during my Undergraduate I knew I liked the subject, and after my Masters I now know I am passionate about it. The project work at Berkeley has shown me the joy, and frankly also a sense of pride, in coming up with ideas no one had before. It has also shown me the frustration that every researcher has to suffer at some point, and the fact that I not only finished the project, but finished it successfully strengthened my resolve to do a Ph.D. Should I be more specific about the project work? We are trying to get it published, but I'm not sure if we will in time. So include specifics? Throughout my Undergraduate career I found myself studying the same things again and again. Worse even, I still forgot much of what I studied. [DC1] The Causal Inference reading group with Prof. XYZ during my masters showed me how to best retain and cope with a huge amount of new knowledge. There I also learnt how to approach new subject matter independently. While there have been academically more rewarding classes, the reading Group has given me a taste of what a Ph.D. would be like, and shown me that I would enjoy doing one. The aim here is to tell them that during my masters I already got a taste of a PhD and decided that I'd like to do it. Because the masters is a "Professional Degree" the commission commitee might ask itself what changed that I wanna do a PhD now, so I'm trying to adress that point here. Do you think I should adress it more explicitly? The reading group and the causal inference class I took in Berkeley showed me the relevance of applied statistics for their respective fields and taught me how important proper statistical education is for most researchers. I thoroughly enjoyed both courses and would love to work in this area. Professor XYZ and ABC have been inspiring teachers and conduct research in areas that I would love to immerse myself in. A unique thing about statistics is that it gives us methods to draw conclusions about data. Especially if we are able to draw causal conclusions those conclusions can change lives. Here I wanna talk about causal inference, that I liked and would love to do more about it. Do you think that's not explicit enough? I am wary about committing myself prematurely to a specific topic of research, but am very excited about Causal Inference and would love to make my own small contribution to the advancement of the field. What makes Causal Inference special is that advancements have immediate and real impact on a wealth of studies and their results The cross-section and cooperation between Statistics, Biostatistics and Public Health in DOTDOTDOT (don't worry, it's not a generic statment) make it an ideal environment for me to develop my interests and foster fruitful discussions. There's also a last sentence, that's too personal for me to post. I can PM it to anyone interested. Also, feel free to correct any spelling mistakes, I'm not from the states so a couple of them might have gotten in there. Thanks, Dario
  3. Thought it was strange that there isn't a thread for Goldman this year, so I'm just starting one! Anyone else waiting on Goldman? Any guesses when the results will be out?
  4. Hello all! I'm currently stuck deciding between the Berkeley EE M.Eng and Stanford EE MS. Several factors are: I'm going to be focusing on robotics, control, and signal processing (in that order, with just a focus in robotics if possible) Berkeley gave me a $20,000 scholarship I can take out student loans, but aren't thrilled about it Does a masters of engineering look worse in industry than a masters of science? Does Stanford really have more prestige than Berkeley when it comes to EE industry? Would I be able to make long-lasting professional connections better in one of them? Ultimately, does one have more hireability than the other? Thanks
  5. I got into Berkeley's MEng program for Data Science and Systems. It comes with a tempting $20,000 fellowship. However, I'm concerned that an MEng isn't as valuable as an MS (is that right?), but Stanford will be much more expensive unless I can get a TA position. Is Stanford's program better? Is it $20,000+ better? How likely are MSCS student to get a TA position? Stanford claims their program takes 3-5 years part time, how long is that full-time?
  6. Hi all, Thanks in advance for your input. I could really use it! I've been accepted to the following schools for the Master of Public Policy. I intend to study education policy. UVA (with sizable scholarship) Berkeley (no scholarship) Columbia (1/4 scholarship) Duke (about 1/2 scholarship) UChicago (about 1/4 scholarship, but could change) Michigan (about 1/3 scholarship, but could change) Carnegie Mellon (about 3/4 scholarship) Vanderbilt (very small scholarship) I was also waitlisted at HKS. Because of financial concerns, I'm prioritizing UVA, Duke, UChicago, Michigan, and Carnegie Mellon. However, Berkeley's got such a wonderful reputation... What are your thoughts?
  7. I'm a fairly advanced incoming student studying international political economy of finance (financial elite communities, global capital flows, banking regulation), with strong methods training I intend to build on. My final competing programs are UC Berkeley and Columbia, which each have solid merits for these focuses. The former has more senior faculty (VA, BE in dual appointment) where the latter has great new hires in that field (NG and AC, with ongoing searches, they assure me). Obviously the latter has an advantage of pedigree, but I'm looking for any and all advice on which program has a better fit for this field, and placement of students with this particular focus. Also interested in unspoken departmental norms (corroboration of rumors regarding Berkeley methods sequence incoherence, intolerable competitive environment at Columbia, etc.). Many thanks in advance, folks.
  8. I want to go into industry after my masters. I have a couple of questions, seriously torn between the two options. Both Berkeley and Michigan are my dream schools :/ a) Do employers view a MEng differently? Is the one-year duration a handicap for a student fresh out of undergrad, in that is it harder to secure a job? Also, wouldn't the technical depth of the program be less as compared to that of an MS? Is the Berkeley tag, alumni base and industry exposure superior to that of Michigan? c) Are there enough jobs in Mechanical Engineering in the US? IEOR seems to be the safer bet. P.S. I'm an international student. Thank you!
  9. I got accepted to Berkeley’s Master of Development Practice and Johns Hopkins’ SAIS DC. I graduated from UC Berkeley in 2015 with a degree in Environmental Economics and Policy. Though I haven’t had relevant professional work experience, I attended community college meanwhile to take classes for my own interest. Berkeley’s tuition is about $48k/year and offers small funding ($3k/year) while SAIS DC’s tuition is about $47k/year with no funding. Cost of living in DC and SF bay area are similar. I know UC Berkeley very well and it seems like I may have some advantage getting campus jobs that I may be able to graduate debt-free. While these two programs are not exactly the same, they will help my career goal, which is to work in international organizations focusing on Latin America in the long-run. Here are pros and cons I see from each school: Berkeley Pros: Campus jobs that will help me financially Bigger campus, more departments such as ERG and Latin American studies Fellowship opportunities for the second year Cons: I spent 4 years there. I am not sure if there’s much I can get out of this school. But Berkeley is a big school and being a graduate student is different from undergrad. So I’m not sure if it’s a big con. SAIS: Pros: Being in DC SAIS is more known and prestigious than MDP. Emphasis on quant skills Cons: I have no clue how I can minimize student loan (or if possible at all). What do you think? I would like to get some advice from others.
  10. I received an admissions recommendation to the UC Berkeley Graduate School. However, I still haven't received a formal notice from the Graduate School. is this normal? How long is the wait and is anyone ever rejected by the Graduate School?
  11. Hey all. I need some help deciding. I've been admitted into UC Berkeley and SFSU's Joint PhD program in Special Education as well as the Harvard Graduate School of Education for an Ed.M in Specialized Studies. Both are amazing programs but two very different commitments. I believe my end goal is a Ph.D., and the Berkeley/SFSU program is a wonderful one for my research interests and needs. However, I wasn't eligible to many PhD programs this time around since I didn't have a masters, and am wondering if it's worth taking a year to do the Harvard program so that I would be eligible for more PhDs next time around... what do you think? A bird in the hand? My research interests are really specific and UCB/SFSU is really open and supportive to what I want to do... it seems like the right decision, but I'm having trouble imagining turning down a masters from Harvard and imagining all of the "what if" scenarios that could happen if I go that route... Help? Thank you!!
  12. Berkeley M. Eng

    Hi guys! I just received an interview invitation from UC Berkeley's M.Eng program in IEOR. For those who have also applied to the M.Eng program, please share if you received any communication from university/status of your application/admit etc. Does anyone know what are the chances of admission if you've been through an interview?
  13. I was recently accepted to the Berkeley's MA in Biostatistics and UNC's MS in Biostatistics. I am conflicted between the two-- Berkeley is the best public school in the nation while UNC has the #4 Biostatistics program and the #2 public health school. At this point, I am considering continuing on for a PhD after my Master's but this is something I won't be sure about until I begin the program. In calculating tuition (assuming that I do not get an assistantship at any point at either of the schools), Berkeley comes out to $50k while UNC comes out to $57k. After factoring in rent based on an average price, Berkeley comes out to about $94k while UNC totals at $75k. I am drawn to Berkeley because of its name and location; I have lived in a small college town for the past 5 years and was hoping to move to a busier city. Additionally, Berkeley stated in their acceptance letter than most students are able to secure an assistantship at some point. Finally, I have learned from current students that most students who wish to continue on for a PhD have the opportunity to do so. One main advantage of UNC is that the program is bigger; UNC has an incoming cohort of 11-20 students while Berkeley has 7-8 students. UNC has more professors in Biostats than Berkeley. This is especially important if I continue on for a PhD, in which case I will have more research areas to choose from. I would be much more interested in applied research rather than theoretical research-- In which case I believe UNC is a better fit. If I decide to finish with a Master's I am unsure of which school would be better. In that case, does the name of the school matter or the rank of the program? If I decide to continue on for a PhD, I am almost sure that UNC is a better choice-- due to rank, diversity in research, etc. But I would appreciate thoughts on that as well.
  14. Hi, I am an international student and have been admitted to both Stanford and Berkeley for Masters in Civil Engineering. I am interested in focusing more on Earthquake Engineering, but I am still not 100% sure. I am confused which one I should choose. Any opinions, pros, cons of each university, both academic life and campus life in general are appreciated! Where should I go? Thank you!
  15. Econ PhD Funding

    Hey all, I wanted some helping contextualizing my funding offer from UC Berkeley (econ PhD). I will qualify for in-state tuition after year 1. For my first year, I am offered 5k stipend + full tuition and fees (total 23k). For my 2nd year and on, I will receive 21k stipend + full tuition and fees (total 39k). I'm not sure if any of this includes summer. Is this pretty low / very partial funding? Can I live on a 21k stipend in Berkeley? What type of funding did you get? How much is "full" funding considered to be? What amount of funding is normal at a solid top 10? Are there opportunities to increase this funding? Thank you all for your help.
  16. Hi everyone, I am mostly looking at four programs that accepted me in Computational Biology: Berkeley, UCSF, UChicago, Columbia Never studied or interned at any of them before so I am hoping to know more about them outside the website~ I am most likely in academia, but I wonder for Computational Biology in general, which school might be a best fit, and what to avoid. In general as far as I know: Berkeley great for bio and cs. young. in Bay. UCSF top biomed. expensive but in Bay. less known in pan-science than biomed. Columbia young. great science. great city. not sure about biomed in general. UChicago great faculties and focus on edu. not sure about its biology within the country though. Opinions? Thank you!
  17. Commute from Berkeley to Davis

    Hi everybody, I was wondering if anyone here lives in the Berkeley area and is planning on / currently is attending UC Davis. If so, what are you thinking about the commute? Is the Amtrak the only option? Because it is definitely an expensive ride to take every day. Does anyone know of a ride sharing option? Thank you!
  18. Very little seems to be out there about the program. I am unofficially accepted and it's my top option because I'd be working with an amazing advisor. I'm just curious if there's any info out there from people who actually know anything about the program.
  19. Hi guys, I'm interested in MEng degree from Cornell Tech and Berkeley. I wonder what the average admitted GRE for both. I know Berkeley has this information on their website, but I still want to know the exact scores if you can share. Thanks!
  20. UC Berkeley MPH Spring 2017

    I applied to the Spring 2017 Masters in Public Health with a concentration on policy and management, online version so no SOPHAS. Was wondering if anone else has heard back. I check my status twice a day :/.
  21. Hi, are there any friendly folks out there who could review/critique my SOP and Personal Statement? They are less than two pages each. I'm applying to UC Berkeley's ESPM PhD Program (basically their equivalent of a Conservation Biology program). I've been tempted to use an online SOP critique service, but don't know if those can be trusted. And I haven't found anyone (professors, career advisors, etc.) at my alma mater who would critique this for me in time for the deadline... am getting a bit anxious, but not loosing hope that help can be found somewhere Thanks in advance!!!
  22. I'm surprised that people haven't talked about the political leanings and "vibe" of different schools and media establishments. I want to stay in the Bay Area, and Berkeley and Stanford seem to be the only two MJourn programs here. Berkeley has a strong social justice vibe. Over the years, I've learned that progressive schools and publications do not want to hear what I say, despite the fact that I'm a marginalized minority as well. My impressions of Stanford is that they have more of Silicon Valley's social enterprise culture. Still liberal, but less activist than Berkeley's. Would Stanford be more receptive to me? Is Stanford more "stuck up" in a different way than Berkeley? Which school would be more receptive to someone whose stories are new and different from what's already broadcast in the media? Are these two schools feeder schools for the major liberal news media like NYT, Al Jazeera, NPR, etc? Thanks in advance for your help.
  23. Hi, I have been fortunate to get two wonderful offers: Berkeley and UW. I would appreciate any comments about them and advice on where to go. I visited both places, and liked both universities. Both cities seem to be huge tech hubs (Berkeley more so than Seattle, but the latter is great too), have good weather, and look gorgeous. I can see myself doing good work at either place and also living comfortably. For many people, Berkeley would almost look like an obvious choice, but surprisingly I find myself leaning towards UW. I have summarized my reasoning below. Am I shooting myself in the foot? Berkeley has many great researchers in my area, but they are not as accessible as I had imagined. Most top POIs are oversubscribed with 15+ grad students and postdocs. Hence, it would be hard to get face time with them, or I have to compromise and work with junior faculty. On the other hand, UW CSE is expanding at a good pace with great funding. Many top faculty were hired over the past 2-3 years and are in the process of expanding their labs. Sergey Levine joined recently, and the general consensus is that he was the brain behind most of the robotics work at Berkeley over the past 2-3 years. The situation boils down to sub-optimal POI support (either face time or researcher) at a more prestigious place vs ability to work freely with anyone I want at a (slightly?) less prestigious place. Can anyone offer advice on how to navigate this landscape? Is the difference between Berkeley and UW very significant, that too in ML/AI/robotics? I believe both are top 5 schools. Thanks!
  24. GSPP vs. HKS 2016

    This forum topic seems to come up every year and it is very lucky to be having this conversation. Would love to hear other people's thought processes as they compare the two programs and also from any current or former students who might have made this choice or have insider information about either GSPP or HKS.
  25. Berkeley Goldman 2016 MPP

    Starting a thread for anyone awaiting a decision from the Goldman School of Public Policy at Berkeley on MPP admissions. Anyone have any intel/guesses on a date for admissions decisions?