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  1. Hi all! I wrote this in the Philosophy forum but want to ask here too - I'm hoping you might have some advice/clarity/insight on a decision I'm trying to make. I'll try to make it brief (and hopefully coherent)! I'm applying to Bioethics + MSW programs at the University of Louisville (where those two are already an established dual degree program) and the University of Pittsburgh (which has both degrees but not integrated yet, so I'd do most of it separately). Both programs would take three years. If I were to qualify for in-state tuition (in either state), Louisville would be significantly less expensive. It also has an MSW specialization that's the only one of its kind and very much in line with my interests. The Bioethics program at Pitt is much more comprehensive - there is a two-part practicum (the opportunity to go on Grand Rounds, etc) as well as a thesis component. At UofL, other than the core coursework there is only a group capstone project. I could be mistaken but it seems like a much less rigorous program. I'm torn because I don't know yet exactly what I'll want to do after graduation. I definitely want to be able to do counseling/work one-on-one with patients and families, and I've read that as far as the MSW goes, the rank/prestige of the program isn't as important as the internship and actual work you've done. (Correct me if I'm wrong!) But I love research and writing, love bioethics, and I know I get burnt out on direct patient contact, so I really want to have those research-oriented options after I graduate. I don't think I see myself working in academia, but I would love to be able to serve on a bioethics committee or do consulting. If you have experience around this, essentially my question is how big a factor is the rank/prestige/rigor of the bioethics program? How do you see it weighing in in future social work and/or research-related positions? Also, if anyone has personal experience in either program at Louisville or Pitt, I'd love to hear!! Thank you SO, so much for any and all advice - it is so appreciated!
  2. Hi- Wanted to start a topic for those accepted to UPitt for this upcoming fall. I was accepted to the PhD in Behavioral And Community Health Sciences. Anyone else accepted and considering this school?
  3. Has university of Pittsburgh Program in Microbiology and Immunology sent out all international interview invites for Fall 2018?
  4. Hi everyone! I am an applicant for Genetic Counseling at the University of Pittsburgh. My application is officially being reviewed as of a few weeks/a month ago and I'm basically just playing the waiting game. A few stats about me: 26 years old, graduating with a BS in Biology April 2018, 3.34 GPA, 5 years pharmacy experience, GC shadowing experience, bereavement counseling volunteer, research experience, and personal GC experience. I only applied to UPitt -- kind of scary, but hoping for the best. Anyone else applying to GC programs for Fall 2018?
  5. Hi everyone, I just accepted my offer to my dream school University of Pittsburgh! Anyone else offered admission and accepting their offer? Would be great to get in touch with some of you before some of the visit days - maybe there is a FaceBook page? I will be declining my admissions at Wayne State University, Ohio University, Case Western Reserve University, University of Tennessee, Syracuse University, and University of South Carolina. Good luck to those on waitlist - hope it helps someone get their dream school, too
  6. I got offered a fellowship to Pitt a few weeks ago and just last night I got an email from a professor at Vanderbilt saying that I am likely to get off the waitlist. I am still waiting to hear back from a few other schools, but if these are my only two offers, how do I decide? I am interested in labor economics, specifically education and the economics of inequality. They are ranked so similarly and I don't think I know enough about the programs to make this decision right now. Thanks!
  7. Hi, I am an international student with Masters in Biotech from a decent university in India, GRE 314, 2 Years of research experience 3 conference posters. With the last 14 months of research being at nationals institute in the field of interest. May I please know what are my chances and when these decisions come by for a Phd in Mol. Cell .Bio? places applied are: utah ×vanderbilt × einstein ×baylor college of medicne × uthealth ×pittsburgh × rochester ×urmc × Thank you for your tIme and effort. VS
  8. Hi everyone! I am writing because I am facing some important doubts and I would really appreciate your thoughts and opinions. Basically, I got accepted by UCLA about a month ago for studying my MS in Electrical Engineering, to be specific, in Circuits and Embedded Systems. As we all know, UCLA is a top school in the US. On the other hand, I have to say that I do not like the program too much. I applied to this university because I got a recommendation letter from a professor when I studied there during a summer session. Honestly, I did not expect that I was going to get in, because I did not show in my SoP my motivation about Circuits Designing, but I did. I also got accepted to study at University of Pittsburgh a MS in EE in Power Electronics, field that I like the most. However, Pitt is not as highly ranked as UCLA. Finally, I am also waiting for my admission decision at USC, a school that competes for the same ranking with UCLA in EE. If accepted, my track would be Power Electronics as well, and I will definitely attend this school. However, I can not keep waiting for an USC response because my deadline to accept/decline Pitt is very close. So I think you can pretty much guess my concern. I do not know if I should study at UCLA, a top school but a program that I do not feel very motivated about, waiting for USC but risking Pittsburgh, or studying at University of Pittsburgh, a university with a lower ranking than UCLA but where I would study a program that I like more. Everything would be solved if I get an admission by USC soon but it has been so long since I applied and I really think that I have very small chances of getting in. Thank you so much for all the answers in advance.
  9. Hi, has anyone heard anything from these universities for masters of computer science? If so, can you tell me the date and whether you are international or home stydent there?
  10. After trying to hedge my bets and applying to two different kinds of programs two unexpected things happened: 1) I was accepted to my first choice school for an MA in Professional Writing at Carnegie Mellon University 2) I was accepted by my second-ish choice school for an MA in English at Northern Michigan University, but also funded basically full tuition and offered a teaching assistantship with an additional $8,000 stipend Carnegie Mellon offers help as well, by waiving about 45% of the tuition, but that would still leave me with approx. $10,000 to pay each semester. And there are also a lot of things influencing this decision: - It's a more "respected" program - It's a professional program, and after admission I'll have an idea of what I'm up against as far as debt is concerned. - From what I've read the pay is better for technical writers than it is for professors. - I have friends in Pittsburgh, most notably a girlfriend of two years (I actually moved here to be with her for a while after the long distance relationship of undergrad.) - I'm from the South, and from what I hear Michigan's Upper Peninsula gets very cold. - I wonder if MBA's even get fully funded, and that's just how it is for professional degrees. - I have this weird hangup about higher-tiered schools since graduating from a small regional college in GA (my GPA was 3.6, if that plays any role whatsoever--I saw it asked for in another forum. - I will feel I will not be too overspecialized in one field, and can develop my nascent interest in science through the familiar field of writing. - There is no guarantee that after NMU, when applying for a PhD, that I will not have to amass a ton of debt. However: - NMU is covering 16 credits per semester and giving me $8,000 to live there. Which sounds like an amazing offer. - I come from not the best financial situation, family-wise, and the thought of taking on debt scares me. - Not to mention $30,000 seems like an insane amount of money to me. - I have no idea how students apply and take on loans without the guarantee of a job at the end of the tunnel. - I graduated from a small school, and worked during undergrad to pay for it, which balanced, where this is not a debt I can pay by working a semester and break to pay off. - I have no idea of how much time I'll have for a job while studying at CMU (but will desperately need one to pay for rent and food) - I love both types of programs equally, almost all I know is academia, coming from an English undergrad, but I also feel the allure of professional writing. - I feel the isolation may help me study better. I think that is fairly thorough, ANY information is appreciated. My professors tell me go the funded route, my friends/the one family member who volunteered info said go the reputable route (but then again, said family member is not afraid of raking up debt). I honestly kind of dreamed of CMU since graduating, and not that it is a prospect, the amount of money seems daunting. Yet I also feel I have a talent and passion for academia related to NMU (there's a professor there who I feel contributes well to the field of contemporary literature). Once again, thanks in advance for any advice. I feel at the end of my wits.
  11. Right now I've applied and been accepted to UT's LBJ school (Global Policy Studies), A&M's MPIA program (International Economics and Development), UPittsburgh (MPIA), and GWU. I'm having trouble with my decision because UT has offered a full-tuition fellowship and GWU has offered half of tuition in a fellowship. As things are, I need some advice. I know the cost of living in Austin is considerably lower but at the expense of fewer networking opportunities. I have work experience (2 yrs. full-time as a CPA), and I am looking for a career change. At this point, it is going to be hard to turn down UT's offer. Does anyone have any experience or suggestions to add?
  12. Are their other folks out there who applied to MSw programs with low GPAs and got accepted? I didn't go into this thinking it would be a big deal, since I have strong LsOR, a decent personal statement, years of work experience, over 500 hours of relevant volunteer experience, and nothing but As over the past two years. I failed out when I first started due to some pretty horrific tragedies, but I went back and finished years later and ended with a 3.02 (had to start again with my failing GPA). Now I see most of people's posted stats, and I still don't have a decision letter, and well, I'm starting to freak.
  13. Hi all, I'm currently a first-year MSW at University of Kansas (which is awesome!). My husband is applying to MBA programs to start in the fall (I don't have enough room in this post to explain the background, but it does actually make sense that we're on this weird timeline). We thought we would stay separated so I could finish out my program then join him, but it looks like we'll (our daughter and me) be going with him. I think this is the best choice for our family, but I'm super-stressed about the applications for transferring and my chances of getting into these schools. I really don't have a lot of choice, as these are the places he's applying and so I just need to do it and hope for the best. i'm applying to: University of Pittsburgh University of North Carolina (UNC) University of Michigan Has anyone else done this? What are your thoughts on my chances of getting in? I'm trying to specialize in gerontology, so I hope that boosts my chances, but I'm still just wicked nervous. I don't want to wait for him to finish his stuff, THEN come back and finish mine--it's just too long of a wait. Any advice or thoughts are greatly appreciated! EDIT: I'll include my stats in case those make a difference: 2 AmeriCorps terms, 3.49 GPA undergrad, headed towards 4.0 graduate, going to take the GRE soon for UNC (but am not anticipating doing wildly terrific on it, will probably be in 80th percentiles for v and q).
  14. Hello everyone, this is my first post down at the grad cafe. At the moment I believe that a PhD is what I'd like to go for, but given my interests (development, human security, etc.) I'm not wiling to discount the possibility that I may find my calling in a more professional environment where I would have access to the resources to potentially embark on a career. Testing the waters, if you will. I'm aware that GSPIA is a more professional-oriented school, but for a variety of reasons it is where I would very much like to do a Master's if I don't go straight to a PhD. I know this topic has probably been covered a hundred times, but what exact advantages would a Master's from a professional-oriented school confer during a PhD application process (probably for poli sci, but possibly for cultural geography, economics, or another field related to global affairs), specifically a master's from GSPIA? Of course I'm going to set my sights high, but in today's competitive graduate-level playing field I have made my peace with the fact that I may only receive a fully-funded PhD program offer from universities outside of the top 10-20, the realm that Pitt and GSPIA seem to reside in for Poli Sci and International Affairs. How would a degree from GSPIA help in that tier? Thanks a bunch in advance!
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