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  1. I have been accepted on to Columbia's MSW (at CSSW) for the Fall of 2022. I am a British Citizen on a very low income (unqualified social work) and am looking for sources of funding as I have no savings. I am hoping to find out the following: - sources of external scholarships for doing an MSW as an international student in the US - information about charitable loans that do not require a US citizen co-signer Any help would be much appreciated as I am finding it really hard to get through to anyone at Columbia
  2. I'm currently choosing between three programs and could do with some advice. My goal after graduation is to start as a DS who can solve business problems and move onto leading analytics/DS teams and strategy down the line. I already have ~3 YOE in Analytics and DS. NYU MSDS: One of the best DS programs and I can shape it too my liking with electives. However, some subjects would be too technical. A lot of proof-based content. Also. It doesn't seem wise to spend 2 years when 1 year courses are available and to go too deep into the theory when I want to move into management in 5 years. Also losing out on 1 year's salary here so program cost automatically doubles. Due to these reasons, Columbia and UT Austin are my primary options. Columbia MSBA: Curriculum is flexible so I can shape it according to my interests. It's quite expensive though. I do have the option of pursuing an internship and TAing to defray the cost a little. Since this is a 1 year program, more if I get an internship, I think this will be slightly less hectic and could provide a break from academic pressure as opposed to Austin. One red flag for me is that the program doesn't seem to have ML in the core courses. There are a couple of electives like MS Machine Learning (1.5 Credits), and Machine Learning for Financial Engineering and Operations Research, but I don't know how in-depth those are, or do they only cover certain topics from the context of FE & OR. I can also take electives from other departments, but not in the first semester, when I'll be applying for internships. Does anyone have a view on this? UT Austin MSBA: Great place, reputed program, and cheaper than the others. Very little flexibility though. It's only 10 months so would be quite rigorous as well. It doesn't cover a lot of stats (bootcamp and self-learning) much. ML and Optimization courses are good though. Also, most people here have 2+ YOE, Columbia would have some recent grads as well. How important is it to study with experienced people? Also, how important are career services? I know Columbia's career services are not really good but most people do get jobs. My thinking is that Columbia is a good option due to the flexibility to choose electives from any school, the reputation, the location, and the internship. It's expensive but I hear people pay back the loans within 3 years. What would you guys suggest? Should I look at any other factors? I'll be grateful for any help. Thanks!
  3. I'm currently choosing between three programs and could do with some advice. My goal after graduation is to start as a DS who can solve business problems and move onto leading analytics/DS teams and strategy down the line. I already have ~3 YOE in Analytics and DS. NYU MSDS: One of the best DS programs and I can shape it too my liking with electives. However, some subjects would be too technical. A lot of proof-based content. Also. It doesn't seem wise to spend 2 years when 1 year courses are available and to go too deep into the theory when I want to move into management in 5 years. Also losing out on 1 year's salary here so program cost automatically doubles. Due to these reasons, Columbia and UT Austin are my primary options. Columbia MSBA: Curriculum is flexible so I can shape it according to my interests. It's quite expensive though. I do have the option of pursuing an internship and TAing to defray the cost a little. Since this is a 1 year program, more if I get an internship, I think this will be slightly less hectic and could provide a break from academic pressure as opposed to Austin. One red flag for me is that the program doesn't seem to have ML in the core courses. There are a couple of electives like MS Machine Learning (1.5 Credits), and Machine Learning for Financial Engineering and Operations Research, but I don't know how in-depth those are, or do they only cover certain topics from the context of FE & OR. I can also take electives from other departments, but not in the first semester, when I'll be applying for internships. Does anyone have a view on this? UT Austin MSBA: Great place, reputed program, and cheaper than the others. Very little flexibility though. It's only 10 months so would be quite rigorous as well. It doesn't cover a lot of stats (bootcamp and self-learning) much. ML and Optimization courses are good though. Also, most people here have 2+ YOE, Columbia would have some recent grads as well. How important is it to study with experienced people? Also, how important are career services? I know Columbia's career services are not really good but most people do get jobs. My thinking is that Columbia is a good option due to the flexibility to choose electives from any school, the reputation, the location, and the internship. It's expensive but I hear people pay back the loans within 3 years. What would you guys suggest? Should I look at any other factors? I'll be grateful for any help. Thanks!
  4. Hey everyone, I got into Teachers Columbia for their Developmental Psychology program (MA) and into Vanderbilt University for their Human Development Studies (M.Ed) course. I wanted to know which one of these has better employability. I look forward to working after my masters. The course at Vanderbilt is terminal and the one at Teachers College is non terminal. I just wanted to know which one is better for me. I am also considering a PhD. But I am yet to fully dedicate myself to that path. I am an international student, so, STEM is another major factor. TC offers me a STEM extension. Vanderbilt offers me 35% scholarship. I have to make a decision soon. Could someone please help me out here!
  5. Hey all! Just wondered if there was anyone in the same boat as I am, after finishing applications for various Performance Studies graduate programs, and is freaking out! Did anyone apply to the Columbia Theatre and Performance Studies Program? That's my dream program but it must be crazy difficult to get in....where else did folks apply?
  6. I am in the process of deciding between pursuing a Master of Public Policy at The University of Chicago and a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia. I would appreciate any insight that you all have to offer! Here are the factors I am currently considering: UChicago Pro: I received a substantial scholarship Pro: How general the MPP curriculum is Pro: Joint JD, MBA and PhDs are always a possible Con: Knowing my learning style, I am not enamored with the two-year format, especially in an unfamiliar city Columbia Pro: 12-month format--back into the workforce quicker, more suited to my learning style Pro: Location in New York Con: No scholarships Con: Limited experience studying earth sciences Con: I am nervous about whether I want to exclusively work in the environmental policy area after school/its transferability as a degree To make matters worse, I am still waiting to hear back from the Georgetown MPP program. Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
  7. Hi, I would appreciate any advice in this regard. I've received offers from the following Universities/Courses 1. Johns Hopkins SAIS/MA in International Relations (2 year) 2. Columbia SIPA/Masters in Public Administration (2 year) 3. Harvard University HKS/Mid-Career Masters in Public Administration (1 year) Financials are as follows 1. Johns Hopkins - I'm short by $40,000 (20K per year) 2. Columbia - Short by $30,000 (15K per year) - Most generous with Aid 3. HKS - short by $20,000 per year (No Aid) My primary area of interest is to to study the impact on technology on society, systems of governance etc. I also want to build a strong foundation in Economics and Stats, learn about leadership and management. All schools have Technology Policy Concentrations as part of their courses. There is the DC/NYC/Boston question too, difference in campus sizes to consider as well. Also the question/wisdom of taking up a 1 year course at Harvard vis-a-vis two years at the other two, but Harvard is obviously extremely prestigious. I have never been to the United States before. Would really appreciate any advice from the members of this group.
  8. I have received admits from Columbia MS&E program, Johns Hopkins University MEM and Dartmouth MEM. So far I think: Columbia : + has great prestige, great location - quant heavy, class size >90, which makes it a bit more impersonal than the other two Johns Hopkins: + much cheaper than the other two, small size which helps creating strong bonds with faculty, co-students - not as prestigious as an Ivy, courses are not so exciting Dartmouth: + great curriculum, great networking, small size - location, very expensive Can anyone help me with this one. I am so troubled.
  9. Hi folks, Just created this post to fish for some advice/condolences from this community, and also for people who have a similar experience this year… Very unfortunately, I got rejected from the LDIT program in HGSE this year. This was my dream, and I worked VERY HARD for it. I believe people who got in are super deserving, and I’m excited for their good news. But I just… I just can’t seem to wrap my mind around this. While I’m still waiting for a decision from UPenn, I’m 80% sure that I will choose Columbia TC as my grad destination. I got accepted to the TEIT M.Ed program at TC though. Don’t know if anyone is accepted to the same program and would want to connect. By all means, Columbia TC is great. It’s just that I have been living in Boston for 4 years, and leaving this area— leaving my boyfriend, my friends— is so painful to process. If, somehow, you have experienced(or is experiencing) the same thing, you’re not alone. I’m more than happy to connect with you!
  10. There are professors that I'd like to work with in both universities. There is one research group at Columbia I am very enthusiastic about, however, not many others coincide with my interests. On the other hand, I can think of working with many more groups at Cornell. How important is this -- having the possibilities? Also, professors from my uni state that Cornell has a stronger program for PChem. However, I don't know how would it be like to live in Ithaca. It seems kinda harsh, given the weather conditions and so on. What other factors should I consider while deciding? Any suggestions would be highly appreciated!
  11. I applied to Columbia University Medical Center's Genetics and Development PhD program and interviewed on Feb 2nd. Everyone I have asked so far have given different answers for when decisions will be sent out. I know that other programs from the medical center have already sent out decisions and was wondering if any one had any info regarding decisions for genetics and development. Thank you!
  12. Hey guys! I hope you're all well. After I finish my undergrad in a years time, I'm really keen on doing a masters in political science focusing on International relations and American politics. I'm from Europe and hoping to do my masters in Columbia Uni. I know our education system is different to the American one so I was wondering what the work load is like as a grad student especially for people attending Columbia? How many hours of classes do you have a week and how many essays do you have a week? If one is organised and dedicated is it all manageable? What are your assignments like? I saw that the writing sample to apply is 30 pages and the longest essay I've written has been 8 so I was wondering if that was the norm in American universities. Thank you so much in advance!
  13. For all those waiting it out
  14. Can anyone speak to either of these programs? Better yet, can anyone tell me how Computing in Education at TC is viewed, in comparison to Instructional Technology & Media?
  15. Anyone heard back yet?
  16. Hi everyone, I am an international student in comparative politics and was admitted to both programs. I am trying to make a decision between these two. I wanna figure out if I am capable of doing a Ph.D. during the year of my MA program. Any suggestions? What are the strengths and weaknesses of both programs and both institutions, and which would you rather choose, supposing that money isn’t a major concern? Thanks!
  17. Need grad school advice please! I got accepted into Columbia's MPH in the Sociomedical Sciences department & Oxford's MSc in International health and tropical medicine and need to pick one. For context, I've done Sociology from the Uni of Edinburgh, and am now a health editor in India. I want to study public health, specifically women's health and look at the structural inequalities in healthcare. I'm still waiting on my funding and scholarships but for now: Columbia is more expensive (big con) but I am excited with the course content and can dabble in many courses, and NYC is a more dynamic vibrant city. Plus I want to experience the US education system and hope to work there for at least 1 year. Oxford has more prestige in my home country (India) where I want to come back, is 1 year shorter and cheaper. But I have done the UK system and the course content seems more rigid and slightly dated. Has anyone done either of the courses? Any advice on what factors I should focus on? TLDR: Just got exciting offers but am confused between Oxford and Columbia
  18. I recently finished the application season (Masters) and have the following acceptances: UCSD, Duke, Columbia, Boston University, Northwesterm These are amongst others (Yale, Berkeley, Cornell, Michigan, UCLA, etc.) however they were either one year or non-thesis programs, or the university's main focus was not BME so I have decided to throw those out. Again if you think that isn't a wise decision please let me know. I have also been waitlisted at Hopkins, and am looking to accept that should I get in. Anyone familiar with these schools that can help me out? I am looking very closely at UCSD, Duke, Columbia and Boston for the moment. Duke and UCSD due to their reputation for biomedical engineering and Columbia because of it's ivy-league ties (and its entrepreneurship bent). Boston is also attractive because Boston is quickly becoming a major hub of biomedical engineering, and is next to some very good schools (MIT, Harvard). My future goals are either to become an entrepreneur or join industry, however it is still important for me to complete a thesis during this masters degree. Thank you for your help!
  19. Hello world! Has anyone done the video response as part of SIPA's admissions package? I know it's being implemented as of 2017 application cycle, so I am wondering if there are any Spring 2017 candidates that have already done it. Helpful tips, feedback, etc. would be much appreciated!
  20. Ladies and Gentlemen of the forum, I am new to this, so please excuse my mistakes if any. I am an undergrad in pharma sciences but what i want for my masters is something related to public policy and governance, that topic catches my attention anyday. The pandemic has left me pondering more over how well health graduates with the proper background and training could tackle world wrecking health problems. I have tried exploring quite a few options but most of the public policy schools seem to ask for experience. One school am particularly interested is the GraSPP at Todai, and also utokyo's global health program. Since my undergrad stream happens to be a bit different, i woul like to know from experienced seniors on how i should approach and how fair are my chances. Thanks in advance
  21. Hi all! I applied and was accepted to both NYU and Columbia, and am trying to choose between the two. I would love anyone's opinions on the two, and also wanted to create a thread for NYU and CU folks who applied, were accepted, and/or committed?
  22. Hello! I’ve been doing my due diligence and research trying to find MSW programs and schools that have a macro concentration. Specifically with a policy specialization. I’m in NY and have been attending multiple online Information sessions so I could apply by the priority deadlines for Fall 2021. (I will be an Advanced Standing student) Through the postings on here I have read and learned that once licensure is secured, career options mostly depend on field work, volunteer opportunities and how well you’ve networked. I was hoping someone could offer guidance on their decision making if they have decided to go the macro route. Was field work opportunities/placement the biggest factor in your decision? Columbia is known for their policy program, but I just don’t feel any school is worth that price tag. I have meetings with Fordham and Rutgers that I hope will go better. any information and all guidance is greatly appreciated!
  23. I have three admits from these universities, I have interest in robotics so all my MS Mechanical admits have a specialization in Robotics. They all are going to cost almost the same, so that's not a factor right now. I have interest in CS and business as well and am hoping to take some courses from that as well. Also, considering I am hoping to get a TAship and a well paying job in the robotics industry later I don't know which to choose. Technically, CMU has the Robotics Institute which is the best in the world for robotics, that's kind of a no brainer for me as of now, but still confused in finalizing the university.
  24. Hello everyone, Need help evaluating profile and shortlisting universities. I am aiming for Operation Research(PhD or MS) / Data Science(MS) I have good experience in working on optimization, mathematical modelling and Applied ML I have degree in bachelor in EE GRE: 322(169Q + 152V) (I don't know if this is anymore useful since all Top programs have waived GRE) TOEFL: yet to attempt GPA: 7.85 Under Graduate Research Assistant for 2 years Papers: 4 papers in moderate to good IEEE conferences & 1 paper submitted to top Journal(all first authored) Received 2 grants externally for papers. Invited as a Reviewer in few Top conferences Patent: 1 provisional patent in optimization and time series prediction of cyber physical system 2 relevant internship in analytics and ML (1 famous + 1 not so famous firm) Will have 9 months of Work ex in august 2021 (at the time of Joining) as a analyst in fortune 100 firm Great extra curricular achievements and Leadership position while in my Undergraduate Few good academic projects with grants. I am open to joining applied math/Applied Stats/Applied and computational mathematics kind of programs also. Thanks in advance.
  25. Hi there! I got an offer from Master of Science in Real Estate Development in Columbia U and another from Baker Program in Real Estate in Cornell U. Real estate is not a main stream choice so I cannot find discussions about these two programs. And here's my comparison. Columbia: Pros: 1. Famous around the world (Yes I'm an international applicant); 2. Location, location and location, it's much easier for you to have a coffee chat with someone you really want to build up a connection with; 3. Better ranking than Cornell Cons: 1. Total cost of $134K , including housings, personal expense...; 2. Only a one year program, once you start the first semester, you have to hurry to find a full-time job; 3. Low bar for admission of this program... about 90 positions each year? 4. Development oriented instead of finance oriented, though they add more real estate finance courses these years and you can choose many elective courses; 5. Bad reputation in our country, especially in those big name company...This is true since Columbia is a kind of safe school in the level of top universities (half of my classmates went to Columbia), and many rich but non-qualified students went to this school. So during job interview you are asked which university you graduated from, and you said Columbia, then well......... Cornell: Pros: 1. Also famous but not as Columbia; 2. Well-designed course structure, the required courses cover every aspect of real estate: development, finance and investment, statistics, securitization, with one summer internship and two field trip, domestically and internationally for each; 3. Under Hotel Management College and Business School, and Cornell's hotel management is awesome! 4. Total budge of $166K but for two-year study, $58K on average each year, cheaper than Columbia, and many positions for TA, RA, and a chance for scholarship; 5. Bar is high with class size of 25~35, each member is strongly bonded and spent a lot of time together; 6. Perhaps the second-best program of real estate after MIT Cons: 1. Location, location and location.It's said that there's not much entertainment or parties in Ithaca and you would climb mountains everyday on your way to college, thus networking opportunities are less; 2. Lower ranking than Columbia; 3. Feel lonely in Ithaca? At least I got such feedback from every alumni I connected with Actually, when I received offer from Cornell I was thrilled since I never expect a position for a newly graduate student in this program (according to historical record) and I told my families that this is my final choice; and not much emotion for Columbia's since this is a safe school to some extent (I know many are still waiting and admission process is competitive, so I'm not saying it's easy). But when I notice the Columbia ranks 3# and Cornell ranks 16#, and things about networking opportunities, I don't know which one to choose.... I have come up with some ideas...For networking, it's said Cornell has a platform of handshake (?) where you can reach out to every Cornell alumni and it makes your job/summer intern hunting much easier. If I want to have coffee chat on weekend in New York City, I can took a 4.5 hours bus trip and live with my friends in New York for two days. But I still want to know is there a big difference between Columbia and Cornell in the USA, I cannot find an answer myself since I'm biased and not local. And for those who have lived or studied in Ithaca, is that a big problem for social communications with such remote location? Welcome any suggestions! Please point out any mistake about facts of these two programs or universities, and I'm sorry for that : ~)
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