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  1. Hey y'all! I'll try to get straight to the point. I have a Master's in School Counseling but I want to pursue a degree in College and Student Affairs. As I look through programs, I'm realizing more and more that I may end up with two master degrees....so my question is: Should I apply to PhD or EDD programs straight out or should I try for a Master's program and work my way up? I currently work at a high school so I have some experience with colleges and I do leisure research. Obviously there is a lot more to Student Affairs than that, but is that base knowledge enough to at least apply? Thanks for the help in advance!
  2. Hi! So I got offered assistantship interviews at University of Connecticut Higher Education M.A. program and University of Maryland Higher Education M.A. program. They are both great schools and I would like to interview for both BUT the interviews fall on the SAME exact days. Can anyone give me insight about these schools OR give me advise on how I can draft an email saying I am interested but the dates conflict. Any help is appreciated thank you!!
  3. Hi everyone, I need some help figuring out which degree I should pursue. I'm an entry-level coordinator of undergraduate student programs. My career is going to be focused on College Access, Equity, and Success. I want to explore this in a variety of professional opportunities such as college counseling in high schools and education nonprofits, student affairs, education policy, and eventually teaching. I know that I wouldn't dive into policy and teaching until way later in my career when I've built up an extensive amount of professional experience in the field. Which means as of now I'll be focusing my professional opportunities on coordinating programs and providing services to students at various stages in their educational journeys from pre to post-college. Knowing this... which degree should I pursue? I love how broad the MPA is, the applicability of the skills learned to higher education administration, and the possibility for diving into government and policy later on. But I also recognize how specific the MEd is thus the much more sense it makes to pursue that especially in the early and middle stages of my career. These were some options I came up for myself and wanted your feedback on: MEd in Student Affairs or Education, Culture, Society or Sociology of Education and get a certificate in some skills on public and nonprofit performance management MEd in Higher Education Administration and get a certificate in College Access and Diversity and/or Student Affairs MPA and get one or both of the same certificates in College Access and Diversity and/or Student Affairs These programs are a combination of different schools that offer both on-campus and online formats. I'm not sure if I'd complete the certificates at the same time as the degrees but do them right after. But what do you think of these options? As you see there's a multitude of MEd programs to choose from but I feel each misses a something from the other. Some either focus on education broadly and not enough on higher education, some are more theoretical and research heavy and don't have enough practical skills in management, finances, organization, etc. some dive into the politics, history, philosophy and sociology of education which I love because it eventually focuses on College Access and Equity but again offer not many practical skills. I'm basically trying to find the perfect program combination that will combine all of this relevant content and the practical skills needed to succeed in this field. Other suggestions aside from I listed are welcomed such as pursuing one program for my master's and the other for a doctorate or second master's if necessary.
  4. Hi everyone! I'm waiting in USC's Masters of Education program. The deadline for notifications isn't until Feb 1, but I'm extremely nervous! Anyone else in the same boat?
  5. Hi everyone. I'm curious if anyone has feedback on joint MA in higher education and MBA programs. I'm interested in working in higher education administration one day, and it seems like the management and leadership courses in an MBA could be a strong compliment to a higher education masters. In addition (and I know some may disagree), I think the MBA could be a unique and marketable degree. About me: I currently work in education policy, and I'm considering one day working at the campus-level in administration. I'm more interested in the administration side (strategic planning, work with the President's office, government relations) than student affairs. I'm considering a masters in higher ed, but I'm intrigued by the joint program. Both Stanford and Michigan have MA/MBA programs. (Stanford is a joint degree; Michigan is a dual degree.) Any thoughts? Thanks!
  6. I've recently decided that I want to have a career in higher education. (Academic advisor would be my dream job.) Right now I'm in between my sophomore and junior year of college, and I don't have a lot of experience. This past year I tutored math to small groups through my school's tutor program, and I was an administrative assistant for about 6 weeks for the school's TRIO tutoring program (started after spring break). I didn't have any student contact or anything for that one - just working on organizing information about the program so a report could be made about the effectiveness of the program basically. Besides that, I haven't done anything remotely related to higher education. (No RAing, giving campus tours, working for any student affairs type departments or anything like that.) I'm going to be studying abroad for a full year this year, so I won't be able to get any experience doing that stuff this year either. I'm hoping to get involved my senior year by signing up for this online program where you "meet" virtually once a week with a high school student and help them with getting into college, and I want to get involved with the study abroad department a little by being a peer advisor to an exchange student. Writing this all out, I'm actually starting to feel like maybe I do (or will have) enough experience to get an assistantship, but I just feel like I'm kind of late getting the ball rolling since I didn't decide what I wanted to do until halfway through my undergrad career and I'm not sure how much the things I'm planning on doing my senior year will count since I'll be applying to programs and assistantships in the middle of that before I really get my feet under me. Basically, I'm just wondering how much experience one usually needs to land an assistantship in higher education (especially in something like advising since that's what I'm most interested in, but I'll take anything). Is it super competitive or do most people (even those without experience) end up getting assistantships? If it matters, I'm okay with pretty much any school in the country as long as they have a decent employment rate.
  7. Has anyone taken this route? I'm currently applying to a Masters of Public Administration program and work in communications at a state university. I really like university environment and think I might want to stay in higher education. My university does offer a master's in student affairs, but I'm more interested in academic affairs than I am in student services (res life, Greek life, registrar, etc.). My program doesn't have a concentration in higher ed but I could try to tailor it somewhat with electives. Any ideas?
  8. Any feedback will be greatly appreciated! Bachelors: Psychology Masters of Science: Human Cognitive Neuropsychology Undergrad overall GPA (I had one horrible semester): 3.465 Undergrad Psychology GPA: 3.8 I am a horrible test taker: -GRE Verbal: 149; 42% -GRE Quant: 146; 24% -GRE Writing: 4.5; 82% Research experience: 3 years (Research technician in EEG , fMRI and clinical lab); 3 years (Project coordinator at upper limb prosthesis research lab) Clinical experience: 3 years (Clinical lab working with patients with ASD, dyslexia and schizophrenia and assist with writing neuropsych reports); 1 year (clinical lab learning how to administer cognitive measures and shadowing Clinical Psychologist). Teaching experience: Taught two one-hour courses to research interns on EEG data analysis and protocol for conducting research with at risk populations. Supervised training of summer interns at Neuroimaging lab. Abstract submission and Poster presentation: 5 (3 secondary author @ VA medical center; 2 first authors @ Dubrovnik Conference on Cognitive Science VI; and @ University of Edinburgh, respectively). Publications: 6 (2 second author, 3 third authorships). Potential publication by time I submit PHD applications: 9 (three manuscripts currently under review) Race: Black Gender: Male Languages speak and understand: English (fluent), French (can semi comprehend and speak), creole (can semi-comprehend a little difficulty speaking) Schools applying to, in order of preference: 1. Yale University 2. Harvard University 3. University of Pennsylvania 4. University of Michigan 5. University of Iowa 6. Temple University 7. DUKE University 8. University of Oregon 9. Indiana University Bloomington 10. Washington State University 11. Boston University 12. The university of Vermont 13. The University of Maine 14. University of Missouri, Kansas City 15. George Mason University 16. Eastern Michigan University 17. University of Wisconsin-Madison 18. University of Wyoming
  9. Hello, all! I'm a first gen college grad (graduated several years ago) who is looking for advice on applying to Ph.D. programs. I'll try to ask specific questions, but I want to give you some background info first. [FWIW, this isn't a "what are my chances" post. Not that there's anything wrong with that. ] Undergrad: State School, B.A. History, summa cum laude Activities included research assistantship, TA position, club president, study abroad, thesis Grad School: Large private, terminal degree, 3.6 GPA Activities: TA positions, grad assistant, no thesis GRE (super old): 660v, 650q (~164v, 151q) Work Experience: 7 years in higher ed (staff) at small liberal arts colleges with some teaching experience Goals: -Pursue a Ph.D. to research cultural/historical trends in higher education -Gain teaching position and/or a high-level administrative position. I have a solid background with admission and retention as well as ed tech implementations, which will be valuable in the higher ed space in the coming years (I think). Questions: 1. My big question: I've been out of school for almost eight years. How do I make the case that I can perform compelling research? 2. Is my master's GPA low enough that I should comment on it in my personal statement? (There were four deaths of close family that year, including an immediate family member.) 3. Between you and me, I mentioned being first gen in this post because I don't have a lot of personal resources or family support for going back to school. I don't think it's going to be relevant in a SOP, though. Thoughts?
  10. Hi everyone! So I am currently a junior in college and I will be applying to student affairs programs next fall in hopes of starting Fall 2018. I currently work in advising as an undergrad which is how I got interested in going into this field. I have been using NASPA's directory but I want real people's opinions! I am looking for a program that is student affairs focused (not research/policy) and that is really focused on practicums/experience. I am also looking for a program that offers guaranteed assistantships with tuition reimbursement or if its not guaranteed has a lot of options for it! Preferably, I'd like a school in the south, southeast, rockies, or west coast but I am open to the east coast and mid west as well! Thanks in advance for all your advice and school suggestions!!!
  11. I got an offer from both, with a scholarship, in computational science (biology, specifically). I know that UCT has a slighly higher ranking and Cape Town is the city of my dreams, but I am just curious about the experiences of those who attend/previously attended either of these universities, so I can make an informed decision.
  12. Hi, I'm currently looking at the University of San Francisco to get my masters in Higher Education. My advisor said it would be a good idea to try Americorps, I had mentioned it before. She said that Americorps would give me a break from school, and also develop skills that other Grads wouldn't have yet. Advice?
  13. Hi, I am currently finishing my junior year as a Business Major. I want to go into Higher Education, but I only have a 2.87 GPA. I know I can begin to boost my GPA a little over the upcoming summer and the next 2 semesters, but I also don't want to have a heavy load. I am apart of my college's Entertainment Club as the Vice President & President my Senior year. I am also very engaged with my Student Government as the treasurer this year and hopefully President next year, if not VP (still waiting on President results). I have spoken to my advisors about what to do next, and one said that exploring Americorps would be a good option before going to Graduate school. If I do go to Graduate school, I desperately need to go to a school in the West, but fear I won't get in since I don't have the best grades. I'm looking at the states: CA, WA, UT, AZ. What schools are considered "good" schools, but will accept me? Should I go the route of Americorps first?
  14. Hi, everyone! I've been scrolling through posts on this site and finally decided to give in and create an account! I'm currently a junior in my undergrad but need to start preparing for the application process to graduate school. Through ample internships, I've fallen in love with higher education administration. I have two primary questions that I cannot seem to find answers to elsewhere: 1. What is the likelihood that one may be accepted into an Ed.D. program straight from undergrad? All of the research I've done thus far indicate they require a master's degree. 2. I've been looking at various master's programs, (TC, HGSE, UPenn) but have yet to find any information on the student population makeup of these groups. I was wondering if anyone would be able to give insight into the student consistency of these higher education programs? More specifically, do these programs include many students directly from undergraduate studies or are they more early/mid-career heavy? If anyone could please contribute, I'd truly appreciate it! -grad_girl
  15. Hello all! I've been a longtime lurker on this forum and I was hoping that I could get some input on the decision that I have to make regarding grad school. I was recently accepted to the Stanford Ph.D. program in Higher Education (full funding and fellowships) as well as a Master's program in Higher Education from the University of Michigan (in-state tuition). On paper, it seems like a no-brainer because Stanford is a better program with better funding. I'm torn though because I'm an Ann Arbor native and my whole family has attended Michigan. I went to an Ivy for undergrad, but I always expected to come back to Michigan and finally become a Wolverine if accepted to the grad program. I'm crazy about college football (something I didn't really get to experience in undergrad), and I love the atmosphere in Ann Arbor. Unfortunately, I was only accepted to the Master's program so it would take a lot longer before I could get my Ph.D., and the program will be more expensive. I can't deny that Stanford is amazing - it's absolutely beautiful and they have a perfect mix of academics and athletics. But it's not home and it's not the school that I grew up loving. I worry that I'll end up regretting it down the line, even though it's the clear choice because of the program and the overall atmosphere. Any input would be greatly appreciated! My head and my heart are really at odds and I need help making this decision. I'm still waiting to hear back from a few schools, but Stanford and Michigan were my top 2 so I'll be visiting both over my spring break. I know that both are great schools and I feel so lucky to have such great choices. Thanks everyone!!
  16. Hi all, As the excitement of admissions decisions are waning away, I am trying to grasp the reality of paying for my master's degree. I got into my number one choice for higher education - University of Michigan - but now I am trying to figure out how I am going to pay for a program that doesn't offer assistantships. Any advice moving forward? I've filed my FAFSA, and will have an internship during the two-years I am getting my degree, and I may receive some funding from U of M (but not guaranteed). I would really like to look into scholarships, but I am not sure where to begin. Unfortunately, my family can't really help me out here, and I'm using my Teach For America Americorps award to pay off my undergraduate loans. Thanks!
  17. Hi there I applied to higher education/student affairs/college student development programs for Fall 2012 and was hoping for some advice/anecdotal information on the programs I applied to. So far, I weigh in as follows: Accepted: Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern University Waitlisted: Iowa State University Rejected: Washington University in St. Louis Waiting: Columbia University, DePaul University I want a program that focuses on research, since I want to eventually get my doctorate in Media Studies and Women's Studies. I really like the field of student affairs in general, and I'm hoping that working in this field for awhile will better help inform my future research. I know that getting a doctorate in this isn't practical ATM (I graduated from college in June 2011 and feel like I need more RL experience first), so I figured I'd bulk up my resumé while still staying in the higher ed field Hopefully it's not too difficult to transition from higher ed/student affairs into academic research...? 😕 I spent a lot of time doing research in undergrad (I was a Gender Studies and Psych major, History minor, so both humanities and soc sci), but I wasn't really thinking about going into higher ed until after I graduated. I have experience in clinical psychology since I did an internship working with clients, if that kind of helps? I was planning on doing a Ph.D/master's in counseling/clinical, but I changed my mind. Anyway! tl;dr-- I need more practical experience. Like, period. I think that the universities I've gotten into and am waiting on emphasize practicum in various degrees, but should I try going into a program that really emphasizes practicum to make up for my kind of lackluster background? I was never an RA or did much of anything in student affairs, to be honest 😕 I'm more interested in the advising/counseling/etc. side of things, generally. I also have a pretty big background in social justice (dream job = professional activist academic), aside from the Gender Studies major. Working in social justice is pretty important to me, so I like programs (i.e., Loyola) that integrate that. But would it be an easy facet to integrate at any program, anyway...? If you could elucidate a little on these programs in any way, that would be totally awesome! I'll be attending open houses/information sessions, etc. this month. But as important as sitting in on classes, talking to current students, etc. is, I like to hear what other people think of the programs and what its reputation is and all that jazz, since it's important, too. I'm not really sure what exactly I'm asking, but mostly some help in unpacking what I want in comparison to the programs I was accepted at/am waiting on...? Thanks again! xo
  18. I am a prospective candidate for Graduate School of Education. While selecting universities, I found a conspicuous discrimination made my most of the international applicants: Private Univ vs Public Univ Looking for reputation, prospects and other merits of a graduate program, I found private universities far better than public universities, with few exceptions. What's your opinion? Is ''state funding'' or ''affordability'' the only unique characteristic of a public university graduate program? Do education programs differ significantly between public and private universities? If so, can they be categorized?
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