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  1. Hi there, I'm looking for advice as a non-traditional applicant. I have really been wanting to go back to school for my masters in SLP. I received my first bachelors in 2015 in the field of communication. I currently work as a business analyst in IT full time. Early this year I began taking some pre-requisite coursework in communicative science/disorders. My goal was to apply this year for a fall 19. However, I really didn't feel like I had a strong application. I did not do well in undergrad....I finished with a 2.89 I believe and Gre scores not impressive 140/152. So I wanted to take this year to really improve my chances. I can't go back and fix my GPA the courses I bombed were completely unrelated and I was told if they weren't relevant to what I want to now I shouldn't re-take them. What I have done is ensure that I do well in whatever courses I am taking now....my GPA is probably about a 3.7-3.8 with the classes I am taking through Utah State University. The two areas where I really need help is gaining experience and my letter of recommendations. Although not mandatory I would really like to get some volunteer or observation hours. However no one has gotten back to me, does anyone have any advice for being able to get a volunteering opportunity. I was thinking of asking one of my old professors to write me one, getting one from any volunteering opportunity, and I'm planning on taking one or two CSD classes at any college near me with the goal of getting a LOR. The classes I am currently taking are online and pre-recorded. We don't have any contact with the professor so I didn't want to ask for a LOR for any of the online classes I've taken. I've been feeling kind of discouraged lately so I'm looking for any advice from anyone who's taken a non-traditional route into this field. -Michelle
  2. Hi all! Looking for any advice and input from anyone familiar with MSCS programs. I have an unrelated undergraduate degree and would like to know which schools are worth applying to, and which are not. I know there are other individuals trying to get into CS without a CS undergrad degree - so perhaps this will be useful for them too in future. For context: I have a Bachelor of Music as an undergrad. In preparation to apply for masters programs in CS*, I have completed the following 10 courses (by application date): Discrete Structures, Programming I, Programming II (completes one-year CS sequence), Calculus I, Calculus II (completes one-year sequence), Statistics, Linear Algebra, Intro to Data Science, Operating Systems, Data Structures & Algorithms. I have a 4.0 in this course work, as well as my undergraduate degree. Q: What are some reputable programs that might accept a candidate such as myself? What are some programs that are simply not applying to, considering my background? I understand certain programs are looking primarily for students likely to excel in research. These might be universities to avoid considering my background. I am more interested in doing really good coursework from a reputable** university. What might that list look like? *In California - and many states - a second bachelors is not permitted. I live in CA. **Let's define reputable as any top 60 program from any well-known source (usnews.com, csrankings.org etc).
  3. In college, I majored in sociology and Spanish. After teaching English as a second language and two years as a college access counselor, I've realized I want to do a MAT or MEd to become a high school English teacher. However, I need much more content knowledge because I didn't major in English--are there MAT or MEd programs that would allow me to complete my content-area coursework as well as the ed-focused coursework once admitted to the program? I would like to apply for Fall 2018 and am concerned that I won't accepted to any programs because of my lack of English background. SOS! I did a Fulbright Fellowship and have 3.7 undergrad GPA (competitive liberal arts school).
  4. Hi all, Just wondering some thoughts. I'm a bit of an unusual candidate for an MPA & wanted to hear thoughts before I make a final decision on pursuing the degree. I have about 10+ of IT professional experience as a systems engineer who decided to go back to college at some point. I ended up earning a BA in Political Science from a Top 10 school while I worked and progressed in my career. I also did some volunteer work during this time period - some of which has spanned a few years at a time, and I have experience with stuff such as managing a mom-and-pop microfinance firm. My goal, ultimately, is to transition to nonprofit or public service work & I've been reviewing job descriptions to see what is in demand while applying to MPA programs. I am also applying to MBA programs that will let me have a nonprofit management concentration. I'm told from different people that my tech experience would be valuable as well as my volunteer work and exposure with micro-financing but I'm having a hard time seeing this with the job postings that I'm finding. My idea would be to use the time that I have in the MPA program to take advantage of career services & networking to help ease my job transition but with my recent internet searching, I'm now wondering if pursuing an MPA is a crazy idea for me. Any feedback would be welcome.
  5. Hello everyone,I live in the United states and received a Biology degree at a top 50 undergrad institution. I graduated with a GPA of high 3.4-3.5: Not enough to disqualify me I think, but not enough to make me stand out. I did take two courses in Cognitive Science and received As in both of them. I got As in my writing and essay related courses as well.Now I have around three years of work experience as a business analyst in healthcare (mostly reporting and project management, and I plan to get involved in work that will help me learn/apply statistical programming), but I've realized that getting a PhD in Clinical Psychology is what I've wanted all along. Without getting a graduate degree it will be nearly impossible for me to make a case that I can withstand the academic rigor, but now I need to figure out how to get into a graduate program. At this point I think the best way to improve my chances of getting into a top grad school is to get a job as a research assistant in a Psychology lab. I am leaning towards this option instead of going for a post-bacc since it is more likely to provide a valuable letter of recommendation and save me money, but I don't have any definitive proof (and I would love to do it, regardless). Now the question is, what's the best way to apply for a research assistant position and convince them I can do the job? I have experience from my undergrad working at a lab- and I know I can get a solid recommendation from my current place of employment regarding my work ethic and initiative- but how do I show that I know the material? I want to start applying by the end of the summer to winter and build a solid resume by then. As of now, I'm floundering in a couple of options: Do I get Statistics/Data Science/Psychology & Neuroscience certificates from Coursera/edx? Is that enough? If not, should I take online courses from top universities for pass/fail course credit (Oxford Online), or should I take courses for grades (UC Berkeley)? The second option will get expensive quickly. Could I do a combination of both? For example, Data science certificates from Coursera, a credit course from Oxford, and a graded course from UC Berkeley? My ultimate goal is to use my PhD in Clinical Psychology/Neuroscience and contribute to the field of Political Psychology/Conflict Resolution. I feel like I'm reaching for the stars, but we start with small steps, right? What do you think? Thanks!
  6. Hi All,As a 28-year old attempting a career transition, with mind my set on eventually getting a PhD in clinical psychology, I could use some advice about the options available to me. At this stage it seems that I need to beef up my experience to be even considered eligible for a Phd. program: I have a BS in Econs but zero coursework in Psych and no experience with research or other psych related work. I have identified the post-bacc route as the most suitable for me to complete the pre-req courses and obtain lab experience and letters of recommendation. My concern now is that there are only a handful of suitable post-bacc courses, and together with my status of as an international student, I'm having doubts about getting accepted into anything at all.Other pathwaysMany of the suggestions from this forum, such as taking the pre-req. courses at a local college aren't an option for me. I live in Malaysia, and even though I have my heart set on the US, I'm uncertain about coming to the US just to take a few courses as non-degree seeking student. I'm not even sure how this would work with the visas; do you have to apply as a normal undergrad?The appeal of post-baccs is the structured format and access to the research positions on campus (an international F-1 visa only allows for work within the campus). I have also considered online learning. This would fulfill pre-reqs but don't help with getting research experience or letters of recommendation.MastersIf have already decided I want to do a Phd. a masters seems like a waste of time. Also, I don't think I would be eligible for a program of my choice for the same reasons I can't do a Phd yet: no pre-reqs, no research experience, and psych GRE.Questions1. I am looking for backup options in case I am rejected from all the post-bacc programs (full list of post-baccs im considering are below). I am looking at something for the upcoming academic year.2. Are there any other post-baccs I have missed or similar courses that offer a research opportunities, resident full-time status(needed for visa) and that don't require me to already have psych experience, or pre-reqs.3. Is my understanding of registering at undergrad level to fulill course requirements correct?4. I would be grateful for any other advice or pointers to resources.Thanks!List of identified post-baccs (distance learning has been ruled out)1. UC Berkeley2. Columbia3. Farleigh Dickinson4. Penn LPS
  7. Hi all! I graduated with a BS in Physics in 2010, and I feel ready to go back for a Master's for a number of reasons (mostly lack of employability and dissatisfaction with what positions I am able to get, feels like I'm at a dead end with my current education / skills). What subject to study has always been the difficult part for me, but I think statistics is "the one," if you will. I've always been great at math, but I never was a fan of how theoretical it was, and I'd really like to learn an applicable mathematical skill that grants a much better income and in a growing field. The BLS handbook has an amazing outlook for Statisticians, and everything else I read suggests that it's a very in demand skill. Statistics seems to meet this blend of what I'm good at with what I'd like in a future career. I actually took a civil service exam for a Statistician recently. Afterwards, they sent a letter requesting my resume, and I was astonished at the starting salary of $87,500! The most I've ever made was $47,000, with $31,000 and $37,000 positions as well (in the NYC metro area sadly). I've been working mostly in laboratory testing, but unfortunately I discovered I have a good deal of anxiety working with hazardous chemicals. I'd like to get more of a "white collar" position, even though my chronic wrist tendonitis is going to be a nuisance (hopefully workplaces would provide a very ergonomic setup). I've decided that it's the lesser of two evils though. After browsing some other topics like this, I'll try to follow suit and list applicable courses I've taken: College Overall Undergrad GPA: 3.76 ( 3.91 in junior / senior year though ) Calc I: A Calc II: C Calc III (Multivariable Calculus): A Differential Equations: A Engineering Math / Fourier Series Transforms: A Linear Algebra: B+ Computer Programming for Engineers (class was Mathlab and MatCad software): A Programming Logic (class was an intro in programming logic using Javascript): A GRE: I've never taken it but am looking in to scheduling / studying for it now. I have a published research paper (2nd author) in the Astronomical Journal working with a professor at my undergrad. I won an award for it and gave presentations at a couple conferences and at my college to the faculty and students. It involved analyzing / cleaning an image of a galaxy (we were looking in the radio wavelengths for Ultra-Dense HII regions, which are star formation regions) and comparing our radio images with images at different wavelengths to classify candidates. Operated in Unix command line software and used LaTeX to make tables. The summary of this research was my undergraduate thesis and was about a 30 page paper. Possibly Relevant Work experience: Job 1: 1+ year (Laboratory Analyst position) · Analyzed over 100 sets of raw test data using Excel calculations, formulas, and graphs (relatively small samples, ~2000-3000 pieces of data for each set) · Created over 100 analytical reports in Excel and Word · Prepared data for processing by organizing information, checking for any inaccuracies, and adjusting the raw data · Identified relationships and trends in data to draw conclusions of test performance Job 2: 1+ year (Equipment Calibration position at a pharmaceutical company) · Analyzed raw data of approximately 15 validation cycles and calculated sterility assurance levels (relatively small samples) · Analyzed sets of raw data utilizing Excel formulas and graphs · Created over 100 reports in Word and Excel for performed calibrations Questions: 1) I've never taken a statistics or probability course, how much will this hurt my chances at getting accepted to a statistics program? I'm wondering if I should take a class or two at my local community college to beef up my qualifications? For example, Carnegie Melon University has some probability and statistics classes listed as pre-requisites, so it sounds like my chances of getting accepted there are 0 atm. Other universities have less specific requirements. 2) It's been 6 years since I've been in college, and I feel really rusty on my calculus and programming skills, which I haven't had to use at all since graduating. Well, my programming skills were never above beginner to begin with. Hopefully studying for the GRE will refresh some of it, but do universities look unfavorably upon someone who has been out of school for awhile? 3) I'm really interested in an applied statistics program, as opposed to a theoretical. At this point in my life, financial and job security is my number one priority, and I'm concerned that a program that is too theoretical or geared for future PhD students isn't going to teach me the skills needed to secure employment. What programs are out there that are more "professional" degrees? Or does any Master's in Statistics program provide enough applicable training to secure gainful employment? As I previously mentioned, CMU's one year Master's program was advertised as a professional degree, so it looked appealing. 4) Speaking of CMU, are there pre-reqs flexible? It didn't sound like it. 5) I'm very blessed to have enough money saved to spend $50,000 or so for a degree, but I'd rather not spend that much if possible. What are the chances of full/partial funding for a Master's program? I've read that UMass, Berkeley, and UNC are known for providing some support, are there any others I'm missing? I haven't gone through each program on the rankings list. 6) Are there any online Master's programs for Statistics? Thanks so much if you've made it this far lol!
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    Best route to Astrobiology research

    Unusual background: I have a BA in Music from a top liberal arts college (2005) and intend to get into research on astrobiology and the origin of life. I was a bio minor so right now I'm loading up the other course requirements I need to apply to grad school. Of course most programs won't look at an application from a BA Music with no research experience so I'm angling for CSU East Bay's Biotechnology Certificate Program (BCP), which offers the coursework for an MS Biology with an option for thesis research upon completion. I have been working in science fields and am aggressively looking for work as a lab tech. (Literally going to office hours and labs with files in hand. Not my favorite.) I am wondering if anyone knows anyone who either: 1) Got into a nice PhD program in biology or microbiology after being in a masters program at a CSU 2) Started with a non-science BA and got into research another way. If the BCP is the best way forward I apply in Spring 2018. I have liked research coming out of the Scripps Institute, U Arkansas, U Washington, Santa Fe Institute, Carl Sagan Center at SETI, and U Illinois, among others. Any well-intended suggestions are appreciated. My GRE score is tops, GPA 3.0 from aforementioned rad college, current make-up coursework mostly As.
  9. Hello - I am very new to this forum but have been reading posts regarding MPP and ID programs. I am interested in making a career change to the Intl Dev world and looking to apply to programs for Fall 2017. I have been in finance for 5 years (major banks, front office client facing positions) and went to a top 15 school for undergrad (according to USNR) with a 3.5 GPA as an economics major. I do not have any specific experience that would be relevant to MPP besides extensive travel. How do MPP/ID programs view career changers? Is it impossible to get into a reputable program without your standard MPP experience (Peace corps, aid work, etc)? I am considering going abroad to volunteer at a social enterprise in Mid-October in order to display interest in the field, but not sure how much weight this will hold since applications will be due around January. Any advice would be very helpful. Thanks, Nicole
  10. I'm trying to decide if I should plan for a career shift after I finish my master's or if it's too late to be worth the trouble. I attended a no-name undergraduate but earned excellent test scores, recommendations, and a 3.9 GPA in a humanities major. I am currently in the Teach for America corps and working toward an M.S. in Education at a top-tier school. I'm still not entirely sure I want to pursue Education following my time in TFA, however, and I'm interested in psychology. I feel like it's related to my experience so far (I would certainly need to gain some research experience) but I'm not sure admissions committees would see it that way. So I'm left here: 1) Should I take my strong master's degree into the workforce for a few years and see where it takes me? 2) Is it absurd - financially, and career-wise - to pursue a third degree (likely a joint MS + PhD) in a psychology, a field in which I have no degrees thus far? Would it inevitably require a downgrade in school ranking? 3) Could committing to my path in Education take me into a top-tier EdD program, assuming I continue to do well in my master's? If so, I might rethink my desire to switch. Thanks all.
  11. Hi everybody, I just wanted to get some feedback on my situation, and if I should pursure the time/money for a masters in Speech Path. I graduated with my undergrad in Business, spent a few years doing marketing, went back to school and obtained my MBA in marketing. After working at a market research firm, I was let go in Feb. 2011. I have been unemployed ever since!! Thats over a year!! Can you believe it? Terrible economy. In the mean time of looking for jobs/going on interviews, I've had some thoughts on if I really want to stay in the business field! Its so unstable right now! In addition, I'll be moving soon to live with my fiance where SLP's are in high need. Last August, I went to Northern Illinois's open house for their grad program in Speech Path, and was really impressed. I met with an advisor that October, and she explained to me what most post-baccs have to go through. A year of pre-reqs (full time), good GPA/GRE scores, relationships with the professors/LOR's will heighten your chances of getting into a program there. My GPA in my undergrad in Business was terrible (2.9). I was pretty immature then. However, I proved that I could obtain a graduate degree with a good GPA (3.89) with my MBA. Also, I volunteered at the #1 rehab hospital in the US to see if this profession was something I'd like to do. I loved it! I worked in the hospital's Apashia research center. So I think that experience would help me begin to write a personal statement. In addition, I'm almost done with completing a Biology course (basic science) course iwth an A. I still need a Physics, and to take my GRE. The GRE scares me so much!!! I am a horrible horrible test taker. I pretty much failed the GMAT (after studying too). So, I'm just not sure what to do. Soo - sorry for the long rambling post, but any post-bacc people out there? any career changers? this is like a 180 for me, but I think I'd love it....its just the competitivness and uncertainty that scares me (oh and the time/money, thats HUGE lol).
  12. Is an MPH and a career in Public Health advisable for a career change? I already have a Masters (Operations Management) and no medical/science background but I am very interested in Public Health/Policy especially as it pertains to homeless and veteran populations. As a mid-career change, can I expect to earn decent money soon after graduating? I will be retired from the military by the time I commit to a program (in 5 or 6 years) so I won't require a huge salary but the potential to make $60K+ not too long after school would be nice. Is this realistic? I would not targer elite schools, but decent programs like Drexel, Temple, and others an the Philly/NJ area. And finally, is an execuive MPH applicable to somebody in my situation? Thanks.
  13. Bit of a messy background; pardon the length. Suppose I'm looking both for career advice and profile evaluation. Undergrad at Columbia University, graduated phi beta kapa & cum laude, in comparative literature. But have always had strong interest in sciences, math, and (of course) computer programming. A lot of my undergraduate work was in philosophy of science & epistemology. Did not take any CS classes as an undergrad, however. Upon graduating, had a Fulbright fellowship for study in German. Then, admitted to Stanford for Ph.D in comparative literature. Awarded the Whiting Fellowship (essentially the top fellowship offered at Stanford, Columbia, Harvard, Yale, etc.) Had a very good shot a tenure-track job but didn't think I could take living within a dying profession. The proximate cause of my failure to finish my dissertation was that I lost on campus housing, during the middle of the dot com madness. Impossible to rent a bathtub in an alley to live in for less than $1000 a month; the fellowship simply wasn't enough. So, went to work in software. As I had some programming chops I was hired as a "programmer writer" Have worked at (as contractor or employee) all over the bay area: Sun, Oracle, Microsoft, Nokia (smart phones), plus a ton of start ups. 100k+ salary, but of course that's in the insanely expensive bay area. Do not want to continue as a programmer writer, however. It's really only the programming that interested me and I don't get to do nearly enough of that. But I did learn a lot. I'd have to go in a read the code, cold, line by line, often without even minimal comments, on huge projects. I did much more than write API reference materials -- I articulated the architecture, explained the programming idioms and design patterns that evolved. I'm out of the bay area now, and, fortunately, I don't actually *need* to work for a while. But I am in Louisiana, hardly a software hotbed. I'm thinking of doing a postbac at the state university here (in fact I was just accepted and am enrolling), with the aim of applying to a CS or CE master's program. At the age of 40, though, it's going to feel very strange taking undergraduate classes, after I spent so many years teaching them. (Very different types of classes, of course.) The university were I doing the postbac, of course, is not a top-tier institution: will that hurt me much? Not sure if I'm aiming for a top-tier master's program, but don't want to rule it out, either. As I'm going to have to do the full run of math (has been far too long), the postbac is going to take a year and a half, perhaps. (There are path dependencies between the math classes and the CS classes.) I will probably test out of all the 1, 2, and maybe some of the third year CS classes, but I won't be able to take them until I finish the math. At heart, I'm still an academic, so I might even want to do a PhD, but, really, am too old. And I do like working and love writing code. And now I've see I haven't really articulated any clear questions. But I'd certainly love to hear your thoughts.
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