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  1. In the case that one has to pursue a master's before a PhD due to undergraduate grades that seem borderline competitive (3.5) at graduate schools in Statistics, which route is a better call? I'm tempted to think the master's in statistics, but going through the coursework requirements at many schools, it seems like there really isn't too much mathematical rigour in MS statistics programs. I understand PhD programs are far more theoretical in coursework (and possibly thesis research, if that's the direction on which one takes it), so would and MS in math be better?
  2. Hi everyone, Sorry in advance for the long intro, and thanks in advance for your insights! I'm currently researching terminal masters programs in psychology, with a target entry date of Fall 2019. My undergraduate background is in international relations, and I have six years of work experience, including two in a DC-based thinktank and four working for an international conflict resolution NGO (where I spent two years based in Tunisia and two years based in Morocco). Through my experience working in conflict, I've become interested in the link between conflict/violence and psychology, including trauma, resilience, and radicalization to violence. It's because of this interest that I'd like to shift to focus on psychology for my masters' program. Given my lack of academic background in psych and my lack of competitiveness for a PhD (I'd also prefer to gain exposure to the subject through a masters' program before committing to a PhD program, as I've never studied it before), I have been focusing my search on terminal masters programs geared toward non-psych majors (conversion programs in the UK). I am also looking for departments that have researchers or research departments focused specifically on conflict psychology, trauma, or international psychology. Two top contenders meeting this criteria are Kings College, which has an MScs in War and Psychiatry as well as in Psychology of Neurscience and Mental Health as well as a major research department in Trauma Studies; and the MS in Clinical Psyhcology at Columbia Teacher's College, where there is also Global Mental Health Lab and an option to have a concentration on Global Mental Health and Trauma. While I'm finding some really interesting options within the realm of traditional psych degrees, I also continue to stumble across Global Mental Health programs, many of which are more concretely connected to this link between conflict and psychology. The GMH programs of course take more of a macro focus (population health, policymaking, program design, etc), but many of the "career prospects" for these programs are the same or similar to those for the conversion psych programs--working as clinical support or psych assistant in a lab, designing psych/mental health interventions, doing mental health advocacy, doing psych/mental health research, going onto PhD programs... What I would love insight on is what is the value add of a masters degree in psych vs. global mental health (given my interests), and considering that both are one year programs that seem to offer the same or similar job prospects afterward (including the option to go onto a PhD)? I know the field of global mental health is comparatively new, so I'm not sure how some of the GMH programs stack up... Thank you so much for your thoughts! Warmly, Megan
  3. Hello! I have been recently accepted to two really good programs, the Master of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and the Master of International Business at the Fletcher School at Tufts. Tufts offered me a $40k scholarship (20/year) however my acceptance is on the condition I take a quantitative course at community college before August (the quant section of the GRE got the best of my anxiety even after studying for a year). UofM isn't offering any fellowships for me at the moment however I would qualify for in-state tuition. However, my greatest priorities are the curriculum and ability to pursue a career at an international organization post-grad, ideally somewhere like the UNHCR or the IRC. I find that the more compare these two schools/programs, the more confused I get because it feels like comparing apples to oranges. In your opinion, which degree/school/alumni network is more likely (I know it also depends a lot on luck, etc.) to help me stand out as a candidate or bolster my qualifications when pursuing a career as a program/policy manager at an international organization that (ideally) deals with issues of human rights/migration issues. I'm coming into either of these programs with internship experience in Michigan legislative offices, a NGO in Spain, the UNFPA, the State Department's virtual intern program, and two years at a full-time position as a technical analyst (global operations and processes) at an OEM (one of the "Big Three" auto companies). I'm fluent in Polish (native), highly proficient (C1) in Spanish, teaching myself French, and having friends help me with Arabic. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated! I plan on going to both open houses next month but if those don't help me make a decision, I don't know WHAT I'm going to do...
  4. 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?
  5. I was wondering if anyone had any advice or knew of Higher Education Leadership Programs for individuals that are already working. I live in California and the one program that I've been researching is CSU Sacramento's Higher Education Leadership MA program, its a hybrid and meets once a month. While this seems like the perfect match for me, I have some hesitancy and have yet to successfully be in contact with anyone from the program via email, which sends up a red flag for me. I sent out another inquiry today and I'll be calling the program next to see if that yields any results. Beyond this program though, does anyone know of programs with a similar model? I've also considered online MA programs but I wonder how reputable those are, especially when it comes to future career prospects. My goal is to be in a program starting Fall 2018, but do not want to leave my current full-time (and permanent) position as a College & Career Coordinator at a local High School in order to do this. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated, I've been pretty much on this journey solo since I made my decision as an undergraduate that working at a Community College (in Student Affairs) is where I eventually want to end up and an Educational Leadership Program is the path to get there. Thank you for taking the time to read this and any help will be greatly appreciated.
  6. JohnSGrad95

    MPH at NYU

    How good is NYU for MPH programs? Does anyone know?
  7. JohnSGrad95

    Applying to Graduate School

    Is it a bad idea to pursue a graduate degree, such as a Master's degree, if you are unsure as to what subject you truly want to puruse and if you are unsure of your career path?
  8. Allison96

    Am I overshooting?

    Hi everybody! I am an out-of-field applicant and I am a senior psychology major, applying to speech-language pathology schools right now. I wanted to know if anyone had any suggestions on schools to apply to, or advice on whether I am shooting too high with the schools I've applied to. Here are my stats: Overall GPA: 3.80 Major GPA: 3.95 GRE: V-152 Q-152 W-4.0 I currently work as an ABA therapist and have a registered behavior technician license. I have also shadowed three different SLPs and am still shadowing one so by the time applications are reviewed I will have about 100-150 shadowing/volunteer hours. I volunteer as a "reading partner" in the area I live in, where I read with a child at a local elementary school. I have applied to The University of South Carolina, Appalachian State University, Vanderbilt University, and Indiana University. Any suggestions? Advice? Comfort??
  9. parisienne91

    Configuring Writing Sample

    Hi All, I'm in the process of applying to DePaul University's M.A. in International Studies program for Fall Quarter. Right now, I'm debating on my writing sample; the maximum length that I can submit is 8 pages from my undergraduate thesis. I've decided to select the analysis section of my paper, roughly around 5 pages, I'm wondering how much "background" on my research I should give prior to the actual analysis portion. I know that quantity doesn't always trump quality, but for some reason I feel weird not using all of the 8 pages allowed. What are your thoughts on this? DePaul is my top school and really want show the adcomm my best. The app is due on Friday and I would love all of your insight!
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