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  1. Hello all! I'm looking for fellow Quantitative Psychology PhD applicants (so what- like 30 people :D). I thought it would be cool to make a thread and maybe get in contact with some other people going through a similar application process. Personally I am in a Master's program right now surrounded by Clinical Psychology applicants. There must be someone out there like me! Current quantitative psychology people are welcome to drop by and impart their wisdom as well. EDIT: Found a thread for this year. There must be some out there somewhere!
  2. I am currently a first year Masters student in Psychological Research, and I want to apply to a PhD program in Quantitative Psychology next year. I recently heard about predoctoral graduate fellowships, and I am highly interested into applying for them (mainly Ford Foundation and NSF GRFP). However, I don't know very much information about the process (there has never been an applicant in my program), and it is unclear to me what information is accurate online. Does anyone have any advice for the application process (in psychology in particular)? Are there any great guides or websites I should be looking at? Is there a way to access past proposals that have been successful? Thanks for your help. Even basic information is helpful considering I just started looking at these today.
  3. UNC Chapel Hill Psychology

    So I've noticed few rejections/interviews for UNC chapel on the "results". I noticed some saying that on the website it said that all emails for the interview has been sent out. I could not find this on their website. Also all the people that posted applied to clinical program. I applied to their quant program. If I still haven't heard back about the visiting day, does that mean I got rejected? If someone can give me the link that shows that UNC has already sent out all the emails, I'll greatly appreciate that!
  4. Here's a bit of my background. Last year I applied to Clinical Psychology programs, but I did not get in (shocker). Instead I ended up going to a Masters program in Psychological Research to further beef up my research experience and cushion a 3.3 undergraduate GPA. In this program I took an advanced statistics course, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I think I'm pretty good at it. The professor teaching the course is a Quantitative Psychologist. Honestly I had never even heard of this area of psychology. This is likely to having gone to a tiny undergraduate university. I was really excited when I found out about this field because my favorite areas of psychology have always been methodology and analyses (I thrived in Research Methods). Overall, I am really interested in researching measurement. In the clinical realm, I was primarily interested in the measurement of personality with emphasis on pathology. I have a strong research background at this point, and a lot of experience with SPSS. My major questions for you guys are as follows... 1) Is a Quantitative psychology PhD program a good place for someone particularly interested in measurement of personality and psychological disorders? 2) I do not have a background in calculus. Is this a problem? Will I be out of my league? I do have four semesters of research methods and three semesters of statistics. 3) I am not particularly interested in creating new statistical methods myself. I am more interested in tackling other people's data and looking into multi-level modeling. Is that a problem? 4) Is there anything I need to do to improve my chances for getting into a program? I was thinking about maybe learning R or SAS or both. The quantitative professor at my university offered to do an independent study with me in R. Is this worthwhile?
  5. Sociology MA/PhD Program - Quant Background

    Hi I am an international student majoring in Sociology. Currently a senior and will be graduating next march. So I am planning on moving to graduate school to study Sociology. I have been applying to several UK schools and will be applying for North American schools (USA and Canada) in the next two months. I am indeed worried my application but my biggest concern at the moment might be my quant background. I did somewhat pretty well GPA wise in undergrad (Overall: around 3.85 Sociology:3.9-ish). However, the problem is, I have not taken any statistics nor quantitative courses. I did cover quantitative material in "Approaches to Sociological Research" and "Principles of Sociology" (basically introductory courses) but that is about it. I have not taken any courses which focuses on statistics nor quantitative methods. Looking through graduate schools, most of the program descriptions have something like, "Applicants are also expected to have acquired basic research and statistical skills" (U of Toronto). I am aware that, most likely, I will be required to take an undergraduate statistics course if I do get admitted. But would my inexperience in statistics hurt my admission chances? How much are they expecting? FYI these are the schools I will be applying for: NYU (PhD: top choice), Harvard (PhD), Yale (PhD), Toronto (MA), McGill (MA). Yes, these are difficult programs to get into. But I did receive an offer from a Masters sociology program in the UK; hence, I am testing my luck here. Thanks!
  6. Trying to remain calm...

    So I retook the gre today, despite many financial obstacles and didn't do as good as I had hoped. I actually did terrible. I got a 146Q a 162V and unknown on the essay, last time I got a 4.5 but this time I felt that my first essay didn't go as smooth. I should note that I am a social scientist that does qualitative work, and have good marks ins stat. Any who, I don't have time to retake them for my first school application, but probably can for the rest. I am pretty broke, but this is my dream soo. advice?
  7. Hello there, I'm from Turkey with a Law B.A. and a political science M.A. (still studying on my thesis), and I am planning to apply sociology phd programs in the USA. However, the qualitative analysis method is preferred in most of the social sciences programs, and quantitative method is not taught enough or maybe not at all (in my case). I did not took any calculus or statistics class. As I see, on the other hand. the social sciences are tended to prefer quantitative analysis method in the USA. So, I don't want to waste my time/money/effort to apply for programs which I cannot be accepted, and I think that my chance would increase if I apply for the schools which prefer qualitative method or at least tolerate it. Do you know what programs would be better for me in this regard? Thanks!
  8. HI all! I'm new to the forum, so I hope you will forgive me if this question has been asked already. However, these days changes in the discipline are so fast, that perhaps information like this should be updated once in a while. Anyway, getting down to business. I was wondering how the top PhD programs in the US compare when it comes to their methodological allegiances. For example, I prefer qualitative methods, though I'd like to incorporate quantitative methods into my work. So when I'm going to apply for schools I want to make sure that I will not end up having to take 6 quantitative courses and only one qualitative course just because no more was offered. So if we can gather opinions on the major phd programs with respect to their methodologies, it will be very helpful for many people like me, who are wary of the increasing quantification of political science. I really am not trying to throw stones at quant people, but I feel sometimes unjustly pressured into doing much quantitative work at the expense of my own interests and epistemological choices. So can we gather opinions on schools like: Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, Brown, UPenn, NYU, UCLA, Berkeley, UCSD, Northwestern, Emory, Wisconsin, Michigan, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, Uni of Chicago, MIT, Duke, CalTech... Please, if I forgot to mention any other unis, just write them down as well, I just can't think of everything off the top of my head and don't mean to downplay anyone Many thanks!
  9. I have been browsing schools so far and have a hard time finding programs that do a lot of quantitative sociology (combined with qualitative or theory) Cornell seems to have a few faculty members. But the rest, I am having a hard time. A bit of story: I have MA in economics and transitioning to sociology. I enjoy doing quantitative work (which I seem to be good at) and want to add a dimension of qualitative and theory to it. Any recommendations of schools, programs, faculty? Many thanks
  10. Hello folks, I recently took my first full-length practice test. I have a 164 on the verbal and 149 on the quant. I'm in the general vicinity of where I want to be on verbal, but I need to get my quant up to 158-160, roughly a ten-point increase from the 149 baseline. The question is, How many more questions do I need to get right for a 10-point scaled score increase? And as a corollary, how much score improvement can one expect on average on the GRE? For background, I've prepped for about three weeks and am taking my first real GRE test on Sep. 19. I plan a retake in November. Grateful for any insights.
  11. Hello, I am a new user and I hope this is the forum for asking questions pertaining to GMAT quantitative problems. I have a doubt in framing an equation for the following question. "The ratio of earnings to expenditure of A is 5:3 and B is 7:6. If the savings of A is twice of that of B, what would be the ratio of total earnings of A and B together to the total expenditure of A and B together"? I appreciate the assistance . Thank you!
  12. i'm probably going to be doing an mphil in IR at cambridge in the fall (or oxford, havent heard back from them yet though), because i'm not down for the whole "work for 3 years at an NGO before applying" jam that most US programs have going on. the uk programs let you apply/are designed for immediately after undergrad. however, aside for some possible research related statistics, the uk programs aren't particularly quant heavy. so i'd like to compliment it with another, more quant/econ heavy masters. i was wondering if you guys knew of some good programs for this particular purpose. thus far, i've found two programs that seem to match nicely first is the master of international economics and finance (or "MEIF") at SAIS johns hopkins. this is very ideal because it covers the exact stuff i want to learn, it's targeted towards young, very early career individuals, it's only a year long program, i'd be able to take some IR electives just for fun, and it's at a stellar school. second is the IPS program at Stanford. also quant heavy, covers the stuff i want to learn, get to take some cool IR stuff on top of the quant stuff. it is a year longer than the SAIS program, but i think the Stanford name and network in general could make it relatively more valuable than SAIS. plus, ive heard that it is possible to get generous funding in the second year, more so than most schools aside from princeton's woodrow wilson. other economics masters i've found are academic and often lead to a PhD track, which is not what i'm looking for. so you guys got any suggestions/know some other programs that would fit? i dont want to put all my eggs into two baskets. i also wouldn't be opposed to doing a regular IR program with an econ concentration at SIPA or something a few years down the line (just cuz i like learning this stuff and i feel it would be useful), but i wonder if it would look weird to have two IR degrees on a resume. would employers be able to differentiate that one is an academic, research degree and the other is a quantitatively oriented professional degree?
  13. PowerScore for GRE prep?

    Has anyone ever taken a PowerScore class for test prep? I just got my scores and did well on verbal and writing (perfect score in writing, for whatever it's worth for a finance PhD program). I was going to take a full GRE prep class at my university but am leaning towards taking a prep course that only focuses on the math portion. Although I know there are very effective methods such as books, online resources, etcetera, I am definitely looking for the structure and discipline of an actual class. PowerScore has a live online quantitative course and was wondering if anyone here has had experience with these courses or the company in general.
  14. I am interested in studying social demography with an emphasis on im/migration, race and ethnicity. I am applying to a few sociology departments and a sociology-demography program (UCB). I know population studies is heavily based in statistics and I am afraid I am coming short on that. I am a strong researcher, writer, and speaker. I have background in spatial analysis and statistics, but no formal training in statistics. In fact, I withdrew from a statistics course in college, because it wasn't a good fit for me (I missed the 2-week cut-off and had to get a W on my transcript.) Math has always been a challenge for me. I am not bad at it, but not amazing. I am confident I would do OK in a methods course in graduate school. I am familiar with R and SPSS as well as statistical applications of Excel. Some background: I received a less than satisfactory quantitative GRE score: 77th percentile Verbal was fine: 94th percentile (English is not my first language) Writing: 5.0 GPA from an Ivy League school: 3.63 Major: A social science, but not sociology I wrote an honors thesis in undergrad and received the high honors distinction. I had an internship with a demographer at a think tank; another 6 months of research experience with a political science prof; and the thesis. As I mentioned, I have done substantial work in spatial statistics and analysis. I know: R (starting to learn), SPSS, ArcGIS, Excel (VBA and statistical applications). Can anyone speak to how heavily math is weighed in sociology admissions, especially in degree programs with a demography component like Berkeley's Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography? Will my other strengths make up for less than stellar quant GRE score and academic record in math? What are my options and what do you suggest I do in order to strengthen my applications? Thanks for your time.
  15. I recently took the revised GRE and received a score range for Q 510-610 and V 630-730. I'm fairly positive that I'll do okay on the essay portions but am wondering what admissions will think of my overall GRE. Is the verbal weighted heavier for IR programs? Will they care that my math skills are below par/ average? Retake or just apply anyway? (Looking at GTown, Columbia, Berkeley, HKS, Princeton) I've got a 3.3 overall US GPA with a 3.85 GPA from a year abroad at Oxford and a White House internship, so I'm wondering if that will help make up for it at all. I'll be applying right out of undergraduate. Suggestions anyone? I'm open to them