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  1. Sorry if this is a bad place for this! Choosing a Civil Engineering PhD program and wanted to get a quick read on any thoughtful internet strangers' opinions. I know having a supportive advisor is the #1 factor and I'm happy to say all 3 advisors fit that bill! I'll also add that, for reasons that aren't really worth going into, I could be close to my partner at Notre Dame or Princeton but not UT for year 1; after that first year they're down to move wherever. UT: 9/10 research fit; 2 years "guaranteed" funding followed by 3 years "intended" funding; inexperienced advisor (he's a great guy tho); amazing city; best "ranked" civ eng program; tbh felt happiest when I visited but that year of long-distance wouldn't lend itself to happiness. Princeton: 4/10 research fit, but I'd pick up strong CS skills and build relationships in engineering and social sciences; advisor is renowned but maybe lesso in my field of interest; "prestige" I guess but not as much for engineering; guaranteed funding (with a hefty stipend); I don't love the location. Gut vibe is that I'd be bored for 5 years but I'd probably live more comfortably and be better positioned at the end of it. Notre Dame: 10/10 research fit; guaranteed funding; advisor is amazing and fairly well known; not a great engineering program; mixed feelings about the Catholicism + conservatism, don't love the lack of diversity; I don't love the location but my advisor says I could work remotely in Chicago and swing by campus once a week or so (though I worry impassable snowstorms might make that stressful, and i worry about how much I'd get out of a mostly remote PhD). Big thanks to anyone who took the time to read this! I wish everyone the best of luck as this decisions cycle winds down <3
  2. Has anyone heard from the Fall 2020 MIT CEE PhD program yet. So far there are no stats regarding this on gradcafe, and also, there is no information regarding the number of students that were accepted last year into this program.
  3. Hey, I have to make a decision between Gatech - MS in Construction Management and Berkeley - MS in Engineering and Project Management. Both programs have equally good curriculum. Cost of both programs also works out to be similar. I want to work in the industry after graduating. Location is a non-factor. I welcome any inputs or suggestions, especially if there is something I'm missing about these programs. Thank you very much
  4. I contacted some faculty before applying for PhD in civil engineering and even had really nice phone calls with two of them. I am wondering is it a good idea to email the two professors I actually had a good connection with, either asking if I am still considered or when the decision will be made or just to reaffirm the interest? What is the best way to phrase my email? Thank you!
  5. Should I give up applying for PhD if I can't publish a paper before DDL? I am a master student and my experiments are delayed for some unpredictable reasons. It i snot possible for me to publish anything before December. Should I stop applying for a PhD degree and find a job to make a living? Can anyone give me some advice My CV is CV
  6. Hi. I would like to pursue a master's degree in structural engineering abroad. I'm currently doing an undergraduate course in civil engineering. So, I would like to know if each of my subject grades i.e, subjects related to structural engineering will be considered for admission or if it's just my overall cgpa. Thank you
  7. is there someone who Applied for the MSc program of the University of Alberta? Structural engineering? I passed Preliminary Application but I could not find a supervisor.
  8. Rarely anybody was rejected by CMU's CEE Master program, but CMU ranks among the TOP 10 in Civil Engineering! Why?
  9. Hi guys, I'd really appreciate your help with my situation. I'm planning on applying to USC for the Construction Management graduate program and I just took the GRE's yesterday, however I got slightly lower scores due to my lack of preparation.Here's a brief description of my application:1. Undergraduate degree at California State University, Northridge with a major in Civil Engineering and minor in UrbanPlanning. (Cumulative GPA is 3.45)2. Four years of design and CM/PM work experience at reputable firms and municipal agency.3. Letter of Intent (will be good)4. Recommendation Letter (will be good)5. GRE scores: Verbal - 143, Quantitative - 158 (negative portion of app)Although my GRE scores are slightly lower than preferred, I don't think that USC is going to deny me just because of this one flaw on my app. I'm going to be super busy until the deadline for the application in January 2018 and find it very difficult for me to allow myself the time to study more and take the exam AND on top of that get recommendation letters, write my letter of intent, and apply. What do you guys think? Is it worth retaking the exam for a maximum of 5 point increase for each portion of the GRE?
  10. This might seem pretty heavy for a first post, but now that graduate program deadlines are coming up and I'm nowhere near where I should be in my decision process, I thought I might solicit some advise from you all. I'm currently deciding between two programs, a masters in geoscience/geophysics and a masters in geotech engineering. The geo masters will be at UT Austin and the engineering masters will either be at VT, or Davis. All the programs are well funded but Austin is the most, with money flowing from every direction. I love the city of Austin and Davis, Blacksburg is kind of meh but the school is very nice. My primary goal is industry unless I find research to be very compelling in grad school. So the final question I guess is whether to go for a masters in the geosciences or engineering. A couple years ago going into the geosciences would be very lucrative with the booming oil and gas business, but the recent downward spiral of oil prices and the general boom and bust cycle of working in oil turns me off. I like job security. To my knowledge, a degree in geotechnical engineering would have much better job security and would have the potential to go for professional engineering licensure. Would I be correct in assuming that the engineering route would be a safer option, with better job security, job options, and career paths? I have an intense love for geology and geophysics but I actually do not know much about their job applications other than in nonrenewables and academia.
  11. Hi everyone (skip the first paragraph if you want me to get to the point) I just completed a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree at a regionally known school in Boston (pre-professional, non-accredited degree). I've come to realize that architecture as I now understand it in practice isn't what I thought it would be. In school, the quantitative analysis and attention to detail I hoped for seems much less prevalent than the subjective artsy stuff and grandiloquent theory. In limited co-ops, I've been the epitome of a CAD Monkey and paid considerably less than if I waited tables. I recently found out what architects reportedly make entering into the profession with master's degrees (~$30k, plus close to $100,000 debt) and after 5 or so years trying to fulfill internship requirements before sitting a a licensing exam that bumps your pay into around $40k. Our professional association, the AIA, only releases these reports every 4 years and doesn't advertise, nor do the schools, about salaries, which was a mistake on my part.[/end rant] I'm not exactly sure what I want to go into, but I like what I've read about civil engineering (particularly transportation engineering). I have a strong interest in infrastructure, city, and regional planning. I started checking out the American Society of Civil Engineers Website. I've been looking around the web to get an idea of what the curriculum at different schools in different programs is like. I did not have the opportunity to take classes in calculus and physics as an undergrad so I plan to take them at a community college over the next year (making sure they'd transfer to where I'd like to apply to). I'd like to job shadow a civil engineer at some point. What steps did you newly admitted engineering graduate students take before you knew engineering was for you? Did you participate in any kind of career exploration program? How important is it to receive your education at a "top ten school"?
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