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  1. Hi everyone, I have a PhD offer from University of Washington iSchool and an MS offer from University of British Columbia Computer Science department. I am having great trouble in deciding between these two offers. I am an HCI researcher and my future goal is to be an UX researcher / UX designer in the industry. UW is among the top 3 in HCI, so everyone is suggesting me to accept UW offer. Although I know that a PhD will be very good for the career I am envisioning, I am not sure if I want to pursue a PhD now. I am a bit hesitant to make a 6 year PhD commitment. The offer from UBC is from a very reputed senior professor, and an MS may give me option to do research as well as pursue jobs to decide finally if I want to do a PhD. But at the same time, I also realise that the offer from UW is too good to let go. Also, I have heard from alumnis in UBC that the job market in HCI in Canada is sort of bleak. So I am confused if letting go of the UW offer would be a good decision. Can anyone share any thoughts regarding deciding between this two? Also, can anyone share, if I reject UW and after 2/3 years I feel positive about PhD and decide to reapply, will my application be disregarded since I rejected an offer previously? I believe my profile will be much stronger with an MS. Thanks in advance!
  2. Hi everyone! I posted in Waiting it Out, but thought I would give it a shot here as well I am anxiously awaiting any kind of response from both McMaster and University of Western Ontario regarding admissions to the master of sciences in statistics program. I applied in January, and it is now June and have not heard back from either school. Has anyone heard back? Either an acceptance, wait list or rejection? I am very frustrated at this point and would love to hear other applicants thoughts/journeys for a statistics masters! If anyone was admitted to either program, would you mind sharing your GPA or any work experience that helped boost your application? Any info is appreciated, and thanks in advance!
  3. Hi everyone, I am anxiously awaiting any kind of response from both McMaster and University of Western Ontario regarding admissions to the master of sciences in statistics program. I applied in January and have not heard back from either school. Has anyone heard back? Either an acceptance, wait list or rejection? I am very frustrated at this point and would love to hear other applicants thoughts/journeys for a statistics masters!
  4. This is my first post. I am an Italian undergraduate physics student. I have just been admitted to Oxford MMAthPhys (Master Mathematical and Theoretical Physics) and ETH Zurich for a MSc in Physics. I am struggling to weight the two options: my main concern is about the PhD. I fear that a 1-year master could be a problem in finding a PhD afterwards: applications for the UK and US have a deadline fixed at 6 Dec and I don't know whether applying so early could be a problem for me. I would be very disappointed in the case I fail in finding a PhD position.Do you think a 1-year master at Oxford could represent a problem, or am I overthinking it? As an Italian guy is like a dream that comes true being admitted to Oxford and I am very excited, but I really want to choose the best option for my career. Thank youThis is my first post. I am an Italian undergraduate physics student. I have just been admitted to Oxford MMAthPhys (Master Mathematical and Theoretical Physics) and ETH Zurich for a MSc in Physics. I am struggling to weight the two options: my main concern is about the PhD. I fear that a 1-year master could be a problem in finding a PhD afterwards: applications for the UK and US have a deadline fixed at 6 Dec and I don't know whether applying so early could be a problem for me. I would be very disappointed in the case I fail in finding a PhD position.Do you think a 1-year master at Oxford could represent a problem, or am I overthinking it? As an Italian guy is like a dream that comes true being admitted to Oxford and I am very excited, but I really want to choose the best option for my career. Thank you
  5. I am in my senior year of philosophy at an online college. I've been thinking about studying a masters degree in philosophy, but for the near future (2-3 years) my only options would be online (there is nothing around and I cannot relocate). What do you think about Edinburgh's MSc in Epistemology, Ethics and Mind? Is this a good option if I want to apply to a PhD program after said period, at what point I'd be able to relocate?
  6. Welcome. This is a thread for fall 2021 prospective students applying for M.Sc. e-health in the University of Mcmaster. Who has submitted their applications yet?
  7. Hello, I'm very interested in the Msc Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology program at Oxford. I want to apply next year. Has anyone on this forum studied this particular field at Oxford ? What was your experience ? I worked for several years for art/fashion publications directly after graduating from high school, which prompted my interest in the art world. I'm currently studying sociology/anthropology at a university in Paris where I have great grades. I'm passionate about what I'm studying and would love to further my knowledge of the artistic world while mixing it with an anthropological perspective. Do I have chances to get into this program ?
  8. I am admitted to both schools (Master of Science).
  9. I just wanted to create a space specifically for people that are applying or have been accepted to epidemiology programs so we can chat.
  10. Hi, I've been accepted to the above three programs, that is, to the MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge, the MSc in Philosophy of Science at LSE, and the MLitt in Philosophy at St. Andrews. They are all one year programs. I graduated from an Ivy League school in 2016 with an AB in Philosophy with about a 3.8 average (3.7 in philosophy), but haven't had luck with philosophy PhDs. My plan is indeed to apply again for a PhD in Philosophy and/or History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) beginning in 2021, ideally with a superior writing sample. I anticipated that I would have an easier time with masters programs than PhDs given the length of time I've been out of school. I'm curious to know whether some folks with familiarity with philosophy PhD admissions have an idea of what might be best for me this year. Some thoughts: 1) I am most excited about Cambridge HPS just from an objective perspective. It is an exciting program and is relatively prestigious by my lights. There are some caveats, however. Notably, there is no coursework. Basically you write three research essays and then a lengthier fourth "dissertation". The papers make up the entirety of the grade. This, I would imagine, will allow me to put together a solid sample during my first semester, plus solicit a good recommendation from my supervisor. That being said, it's possible I may need coursework to prove my "bona fides". I have a very solid background in philosophy personally, but I don't necessarily think it's reflected in my eclectic undergraduate transcript. 2) If coursework seems important, some part of me thinks that St. Andrews or LSE might be a better fit. Both are taught. Perhaps both are viewed more favorably for philosophy PhDs given that they are straight philosophy masters rather than HPS. Imagine that I'm fully funded at all these programs for the purposes of discussion, and let me know what you think. Thanks.
  11. Hi guys! I recently applied to the MSc program at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University. Looking for fellow peeps in the same program to get an idea of the results and the program.
  12. Anyone else applied to either EPFL or ETH Zürich for the Cybersecurity MSc joint degree? Let's talk here
  13. Hello guys, Has anyone applied to mcmaster msc ehealth 2020? We can discuss the updates here.
  14. What steps will ensure a successful security of a job after my Grad Program as a foreigner? I intend to send in applications for a grad program in Energy Engineering, and will like a job opportunity in the energy sector upon completion of my program. Anyone with useful information should kindly share.
  15. Has anyone been to/ know anything about the United Nations University in Tokyo? I have applied to the MSc in Sustainability 'UNU-IAS', but I'm finding it a tough time to find alumni to speak to. Surprisingly the university is rated at 1000+ in the world as a university (or not mentioned at all in all the major rankings) but 6th in the world as a think tank. Does that mean its teaching quality is high/ its a good idea to do a post-grad there? - Is it a good experience to study there? - Does it set you up for a global career? - Is the teaching staff well reputed? Any comments, opinions or speculations are welcome!
  16. I have Bsc in Human Anatomy and would love to get masters in Bioinformatics. What are my chances? What do I need to know?
  17. I have Bsc in Human Anatomy. I am passionate about Bioinformatics and would love to get a masters. What are my chances? What do I need to know? Advice please?
  18. Hi Everyone! I have a few questions about McMaster's MSc e-Health program. I read a few things about the program itself and it seems that it's still a little disorganized. However, I was curious as to what the program is actually like and how are the grads of this program are doing now? Also, how are the interviews? How competitive is the program? Also, I know that it says you need a B+ in your final year of undergrad. In my final year, I took a few of my general education courses, would they still include that in calculating the GPA? or would it be the GPA of fourth year courses. I know that for the MPH program at McMaster, they specifically want a B+ in your third and fourth year courses. Also, what are the chances I'll get an interview/chance in this program if my grades from first two years are not as great as my last two years? I'm still debating between MPH and MSc in e-health. I currently have a BSc in Global Health specializing in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. MPH is a little similar to my undergraduate degree but I'm interested in digital health. (Also, looking into MDes in Digital Health at OCAD). I'm all over the place right now, as you can tell. ? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
  19. Hello, Did anyone apply for MSc i Clinical Epidemiology in university of Alberta?
  20. Hey guys! I saw lots of MPH forums but not one specific for epidemiology. As far as I know UofT is the only Ontario epi program that's an MPH rather than MSc, so I thought I'd make us our own discussion. I'm a fourth year Biomedical Science undergrad from University of Guelph, applying for epi programs next year. I included the schools & statuses below. My stats are a 2 year GPA of about ~3.71, experience in academic epidemiology (undergraduate thesis in population medicine), work experience in public health epi (position was health data analyst), and good reference letters (coordinator of Guelph's MPH program and a medical officer of health). However, I haven't been published yet and haven't presented at any major conferences, which I'm worried about. Toronto's MPH (epi stream) is my top choice, but judging from last year's forums I'm not expecting to hear until late april or early may, which sucks Any other epi applicants in here?? I'm getting antsy waiting to hear back. Good luck everyone! Toronto MPH Epidemiology: Under Review Western MSc Epidemiology and Biostatistics: had interview on Feb 29th, still waiting to hear back but I'm not optimistic (they wanted me to have OGS funding...) Ottawa MSc Epidemiology: Under Review Guelph MSc Epidemiology: my prof has agreed to work with me again
  21. I would like to provide some information regarding the reality of getting admitted to top 5 ranked Canadian graduate schools in the Computer Science Program. I work in the field and it appears to me that many applicants are not aware of some of the basic requirements to be admitted that are not overtly stated but definitely required. Unfortunately, I am unable to reveal my university or position as I wish to remain anonymous. Most of the time, you MUST have previous degree from a top school of your country, especially for students with a degree outside of Canada/USA/UK. This is extremely crucial for international students and unless you meet this requirement, it is extremely difficult to be admitted. For most countries, you will need to be in the top 5-10 universities in your country (excluding Canada/US/UK/India). For India, UK, and Canada you will generally need to be in the top 20 universities and for the US, top 50 may be considered, however, top 20 has a greater chance of being admitted. One of the first considerations of the reviewer is the school in which you graduated and how that school ranks in your country. To elaborate, having a degree from a top university is important because this is the only sure way to prove that you are performing well academically because the teaching standard and research caliber of top schools are widely recognized and can easily be compared top Canadian universities. It is impossible for each top Canadian university to understand the teaching, grading and research standard of hundreds of thousands of universities in the world, including many in a foreign language with public and private systems and most reviewers will not dig around for information regarding unknown institutions. For example, there are some universities that give a grade of 75% or above to only one in a few thousand students, whereas another university can have a graduating average of 3.7 GPA. With variations like these, unless you graduated from a top university in your country where the general grading trend and teaching quality is recognized by the Canadian school, your chances of admission are slim to none. Furthermore, the other reason a top university is important is that reviewers want to see reference letters from colleagues or faculty they know and value the opinions of. Since most top researchers in Computer Science meet in major conferences, presentations and events around the world, they are aware of each other’s work, reputation and standards when writing and reading reference letters. Most of these outstanding members of the academic community are also positioned in top schools coinciding with the reviewer’s search applications from top schools. The top Canadian graduate programs in Computer Science receive over 1000 and sometimes even over 2000 applications per year, with three reference letters per application this is an astronomical number of letters to read. Taking this number into account, while the content of reference letters matter, the respectability of the reference writer is arguably even more important. For example, a reviewer reading 100 applications a day would have to read 300 reference letters, 100 of them may indicate that the student is in the top 10% of their program. In the end, being top 10% may not mean anything because there are too many top 10%s and it does not indicate the quality of the student or education. Moreover, there have been examples where the same reference writer indicated that three different students from the same year and class were the number one student in their class. In cases like these, reviewers go back to looking at the top universities, since the caliber of education is known, and they may know the reference writers, therefore, ensuring the letter is reliable. If you believe that there are many exceptions to the rule, consider that the admission data from the previous year from one of the top Canadians schools: only TWO offers out of more than 100 offers made were outside of the guidelines above. Of course, an excellent statement, GPA, reference letters, GRE, and English proficiency are also required even from a top university. Moreover, other factors such as publications, conference experience, research projects and work experience, other achievements are also considered, however, if you do not meet the top university requirement, you will likely need astounding achievements in the other factors to even be considered for admission. The information provided refers to research Master’s and PhD programs in top Canadian universities and does not necessarily reflect industry targeted master’s programs in Computer Science. I am happy to answer any questions or clarify any points, feel free to contact me or respond to this post.
  22. Hi everyone, I thought I would start a new thread for epidemiology people. Has anyone heard back from schools they've applied to? I applied to western, mcmaster, waterloo and ottawa but haven't heard back from any of them...except for western but only that I am a priority applicant.
  23. Hello. I applied to joint master degree at IMBRSea (International Master of Science in Marine Biological Resources) program this year + Erasmus Mundus scholarship. A few days ago I got a notification of academic acceptance e-mail from them. I was accepted into the program BUT not awarded the scholarship. However, they accept me into the self funding basis and awarded partial tuition fee waiver. I still got 12 days until the deadline of confirmation for whether I'll take the offer or not. Well, is there any possibility to secure a funding or grant for less than 2 weeks? To be honest I am VERY new to this and a bit skeptical Also, for the very least scenario, I was thinking about a loan. I've searched for Erasmus+ Master Degree Loan and my university is not listed on the scheme (I am enrolling into Ghent University, Belgium) and a bit confused of what to do. Is it worth it to continue? Is it better to let this go and apply to other universities? Any thoughts, opinion, critic, will be appreciated!
  24. I've read a lot of posts asking about a low GPA and getting into masters programs, but I thought I'd ask about my particular situation. I wasn't going to, but now I am at my wit's end. I thought I could recover my 3.1 GPA this semester because I got a 96 on the first exam in Multivariable Calculus, but then I got shit on by this past exam and will most likely be getting a B+ in the class. I'm a junior majoring in Mathematics-Statistics and minoring in Computer Science at the University of Connecticut. My relevant grades are as follows: * Calc 1 = A- * Calc 2 = A- * Multi = Pending (but hopefully B+/A-) * Linear algebra = B * Differential Equations = A- * Introduction to Programming Principles = B- (notoriously hard) * Data Structures = B * Discrete Systems (Discrete math in CS department) = B * Intro to Proofs (Basically repeat of Discrete Systems but way more writing) = Pending (Looking like A-) * Algorithms = Pending (Looking like B/B+) * Intro to Software Engineering = Pending (Looking like A-) * Computer Architecture = Pending (Looking like I'm taking these before I submit my applications. **Fall 2018** * Statistical Methods * Probability * Numerical Analysis * Mathematical Statistics 1 * Mathematical Modeling * Design of Experiments The reason for the low 3.1 GPA is that I transferred after my freshman year, and therefore had less time and classes to balance out my C- in Gen Chem 1 and C- in Gen Chem 2. I also have W's in Intro to Stats (yikes) , Theory of Computation, and Microeconomics. Grad school was never in my mind until recently so I never thought W's would matter, but now I hate myself for not sticking through it. I know my grades are a disaster, but I'd really like to continue my education and learn statistics in depth to become....get this.... a data scientist. I am going to apply to masters programs in statistics in early January so that I can have an extra semester to bring my GPA up. If I can get my GPA up to a 3.3-3.4, get excellent LORs from professors and kick ass on GRE (like 165+ in Q), do I have a good chance into getting into these schools: * University of Connecticut (#1 CHOICE) * Central Connecticut State University * Iowa State University * University of Maryland * UC San Diego * UC Davis
  25. Hi y'all! I wanted to get some insight about the programs I've so far been accepted in. As of this moment, I'm not entirely certain on the direction I'd like to take after graduate studies, but I'd definitely like to keep all options open. I've an undergrad in International Economics at UPF, +3 years of experience in macro research and I've been applying to European MSc programs (5 different applications). I'd like to focus my research on macro and monetary policy, though - as mentioned above - I'm not quite sure I would like to follow it up with a PhD program. So far, these are the schools that have accepted me: - Stockholm School of Economics: No fees due to EU passport, though not funding either. - GSE Barcelona: No funding. - CEMFI: Tuition waiver, no stipend. Waiting for replies from PSE and Zurich. Any thoughts, comments, tips, recommendations and general information you can share would be very welcome.
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