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  1. Hi there! I recently applied to PhD programs, mostly in Communication/Media. In the time between now and mid-February/March (when I believe I'm due to hear back from the schools), is it customary/expected for students to touch base with the graduate program? (For example, to inquire about interviews and confirm receipt of application materials, or even express continued interest in the program to professors, regardless of whether I've already touched base with professors prior to submitting my application.) I think the answer is no, but still wanted to check, since when I was applying for jobs, there was usually contact with the HR department between the time I submitted my app and heard back. But I know this process is different from applying for jobs. Thank you!
  2. I've decided to study Engineering Management. I'm currently studying Mechanical Engineering and want to do masters in something that isn't MBA, which is why I selected engineering management as my field of study. But I'm not sure which Uni or even which country would be the best to learn and work in. I've looked at many university websites and I'm still unsure. So here are my questions: 1. Which uni has mechanical oriented management courses? 2. Is it worth doing it in the UK? (I have family there so it would be easier for me) 3. Is doing a PhD afterwards worth it? 4. I'm currently also learning the German language, will it help me?
  3. I had a low gpa in undergrad, both due to some deaths in the family and some personal issues. I ended up at a 2.98 However, I have since gotten my act together in the last two years. I also got 170/167/5.5 on my only GRE. Is it possible for me to get into a good school or does my sub-3.0 GPA pretty much rule me out from the beginning?
  4. I apologize for asking this here but despite a lot of online searching I can't figure out if I'm failing to find what I'm looking for because it doesn't exist, or because it isn't easily searchable. I've tried to "do my homework" before asking. I got my bachelor's degree thirty years ago, in English. Now, three decades later, disabled and retired after a long career in the high end IT field , I find myself fascinated with the field of behavioral economics. I've done a bunch of self-study but want more, perhaps a second career. I would like to pursue a master's degree in the field. Given my background this may be a hopeless endeavor, but to find out just how hopeless I have some questions. First, my degree obviously did not have a lot of math in it. Due to some programming experience I can do advanced algebra but not higher math. Does this field require quite as much math as a "standard" economics degree? If so, which areas? Statistics, I assume? Would being only so-so at math preclude me form having a hope of accomplishing this? Second, I assume that to even qualify for a program at this point I would have to take some extra undergrad-level courses first, both to get some foundation and to get a"fresh" GPA. I'm thinking micro/macro and statistics at a minimum, what else would be helpful? Psychology? I assume I would have to pass the GRE, what courses would be needed for that? Third, I have heard that some schools have post-bac programs for such occasions - do they have to have a specific "program" for that, or can I go to any school that has an economics program and apply to take classes? Would I need a second bachelor's degree? Fourth, I live in Southern NH (though not within commuting distance of Boston), and I don't know of any such graduate programs around here, though there may be one I haven't found out about. I'm skeptical of online education but it may be my only option. So far I have found plenty of places that have online Economics degrees, but not Behavioral Economics specifically. Are there any accredited, well-regarded programs available online that aren't diploma mills? Thanks for any advice!
  5. I am applying for my MFA in creative writing. my grades are great and i've been told I have a strong and impressive portfolio but gaining entrance to a creative writing MFA program is very difficult, competitive, relative, and highly selective so I am not a shoo-in anywhere. For one of my graduate applications I submitted the application but put off submitting the fee and then my application status said my fee was waived but there was no explanation. is this normal? does it mean anything? another school I applied to sent me a hand written letter saying they are "thrilled" I submitted my application. Is this normal? does it mean anything? thanks
  6. Hi guys, I wanted to ask a question about which masters I should do to prepare for a CS PhD. My options are Data science or software engineering. I am currently an RA in a top university in a cell bio lab, on my “gap years”. This school offers part time masters so I’d like to select the most appropriate masters to prepare for a PhD. My background is Biomedical engineering, with emphasis in mathematics. Thanks for the advise!
  7. Hi guys, I wanted to ask a question about which masters I should do to prepare for a CS PhD. My options are Data science or software engineering. I am currently an RA in a top university in a cell bio lab, on my “gap years”. This school offers part time masters so I’d like to select the most appropriate masters to prepare for a PhD. My background is Biomedical engineering, with emphasis in mathematics. Thanks for the advise!
  8. Hi all, I'll be starting next year at a public R1 university with majors in Mathematics and Computer Science (and possibly a minor in Econ) with a number of math credits I earned through dual enrollment during high school (Calc 1, Calc 2, Calc 3, Diff Eq's, Intro to Analysis, and Modern Crypto). I've been reading through my university's course progression, prereq flowchart, etc and quickly realized that I am very much a fish out of water when it comes to selecting courses to take during my undergrad. Based on the little contact I've had with a departmental advisor, I'd be able to start on a Master's degree (albeit forced to) at my university for Math in my Junior/Senior years if I want to be able to continue to take graduate math classes beyond the 2 that my university allows for undergrads. My question is basically this, what Math/CS courses (undergraduate/graduate) do you all recommend I take in order to put myself in a good position for applying to top20 grad schools as a prospective math PhD? In terms of a future career, it'd be interesting to work as a research quant in a WSB.
  9. I applied to approximately 11 schools for MFA in fiction and I was rejected from 10 of them. The school that did accept me was College of New Rochelle in Westchester, NY. While the program is tempting given its proximity to NYC, its social justice theme and its exceptional 'newness' (it was launched in 2015), they only offered about 5,000 in merit scholarship overall, and for a school that's $10,000 a semester it barely covers much, especially for someone who has to simultaneously live in new york that is, in of itself, unaffordable. As such, that makes going to get an MFA less than an obvious choice. I am a relatively new writer, wet behind the ears and still trying to get a handle on my work ethic and routine, and as such didn't have much a portfolio to cull from when sending out samples (This was probably what shot me in the foot). Still, I was taken by how impressed the college was by my work, and appreciated their personal approach to writing. My question for the folks here on this forum is thus: should I attend the program at College of New Rochelle now, or should I wait it out and develop a better voice on my own terms and have a better body of work to submit should I apply again? I'm just afraid that if i let too much time elapse, I'll never do this, or if I enter the fray again, I'lll just be rejected across the board again.
  10. Hello! This is my first time posting on this site so I apologize if I'm posting on the incorrect board for my question. I've considered applying to Cornell Tech's Connective Media program as it sounds quite interesting and innovative, and the location in NYC sounds great. My only concern with my potential application is that I don't have much pure coding experience. Does anyone know if coding/programming is an absolute requirement for acceptance to this program? What kinds of background do other have in order to get accepted to this program? My GPA is solid, GRE is slightly above average (I could surely improve with a bit more studying). Thank you for any insights/advice!
  11. It has been my impression that the GRE Lit Subject test has been slowly falling out of fashion. Despite that, we still have to play the game, don't we? From what I've seen, very few schools require it. Does anyone have a list of the schools that do? When I applied to UVA for my Masters, they accepted me without receiving my score, but since they technically required it, I needed to send my score anyway for administrative purposes. That sent a message to me: "We require this, but it is not that important." That being said, my score was...uh, not very good. I feel compelled to retake it before I apply for PhDs next cycle. But at the same time...maybe my poor score doesn't matter that much? Maybe it's just a formality? We know it's the writing and personal statement that stand out more to committees, but then why should we even bother? What are others' perspective on the importance of the Lit test? What were the best ways to prepare? How long did you study? Did you rely mostly on coursework/background, or additional study materials? Perhaps it would be more beneficial to have a separate thread for listing programs that require it, but I thought I'd give this a shot first.
  12. Hello everyone, I would appreciate any sort of advice for my troubles here. For the longest time, I have had 1 acceptance from the many schools I applied to: UCI. When I went and visited I loved it there and all the people within the program. During this time, I found out I was waitlisted at University of Michigan (which originally was one of my top schools to attend). Here comes my problem: Michigan recently informally told me they are planning to extend an offer. UCI wants their response by April 15th. As of right now, Michigan has not officially extended the offer yet. Even if they were to, I don't know if I would feel comfortable accepting without having the chance to visit the campus and meet the personnel within the program (I know I will most likely love it there, but I just can't be too careful since I'll be spending the next 5 years of my life there). In the best case scenario, they give the offer on Monday and then that leaves very little time to plan a trip over before April 15th. I am sure that Michigan would be more than willing to have a longer deadline; however, I don't want to deny UCI by banking on the fact that I would accept Michigan on the chance that I don't like it over there. So I guess my question is what should I do? I have emailed my points of contact at Michigan explaining my predicament last week and haven't received a response yet. Would it be a poor move to ask UCI for an extension? Is it possible that they would rescind my offer for asking? I apologize if that is a naive question - I am just completely out of my element here.
  13. I am wanting to email a thank you to my interviewers at a school following the interview I had yesterday, as I know this is good, but I am wondering if it will come off as strange if I essentially had to search for their e-mails? The people who interviewed me stated their names in the interview but I had to remember their names and search for their emails on the school's website in order to email them. Should I hold off or would it still be good to send it? I appreciate any opinions! Thanks.
  14. Hi everyone, I applied to a variety of MFA and MA programs in fiction writing, including the MA program at Concordia University in Montreal, QC, Canada. I am from the US, thus an international applicant. Today, I received a weird email from someone in financial aid, providing important links for financial aid resources. It thanks me for my interest in CU, and says that " Once you have been accepted we can discuss your program costs, your budget and determine what resources are available to you." I found this email very weird. I've never received anything like it from another program. "Once you're accepted" sounds like I have been preliminarily accepted...? Would they really send out a tease like this to everyone, including rejected applicants? Seems strange and ultimately unfair. Just wondering if anyone has received this or seen this before? At this point in the process, I am looking for any glimmer of hope I can get. Am I reading into this too much, haha? Thank you for the help!
  15. Hi everyone, I just interviewed yesterday for a clinical PhD program, but unfortunately my POI wasn't in attendance and I was not able to meet or speak with her. One of her current students suggested emailing her, but I'm unsure how to phrase the email. Any tips would be helpful.
  16. I used to be a grad school applicant struggling with the whole application process, then I was lucky enough to get into the program I like and I've been studying here for a year. However, thinking about my life back in the day when I was using forums like The Grad Cafe, I still feel overwhelmed. 1. There are large amount of disorganized information here and you need to sort it out by yourself, which always spends a lot of time and energy. 2. There is a specified section for people to post admission result there. Going there and checking out people's admission status doesn't make it easier / faster for you to get your result. 3. Maybe emotional support for each other is important along the application road? Anyone want to say something about the reason why you come to the Grad Cafe and what information you found super helpful in here?
  17. Hi everyone, I've got a question. I'm currently studying psychology which was my academic entry choice because a year ago I still didn't know how I could monetize my interests in the human mind and behaviors. Recently I've been doing research on addiction therapy, and I came across this article: https://addictionresource.com/treatment/milieu-therapy/ and I got really interested because that seems like it could help people on a larger scale (I'm currently thinking- addict cities, a bit excessive I presume) than one-on-one therapy. It also touches other areas I'm really interested in - sociology, a bit of logistics. So here's the question: has anyone had any experience in this field, heard about this type of therapy (I believe it's different from what most rehab facilities propose), and possibly does anyone have a second degree proposition? Thanks!
  18. So I've got kind of a unique situation. I'm currently a JD student at Yale Law School but I very much would like to be able to transition into academia at some point, perhaps sooner than later. While I initiated my legal education with a major focus on public policy and government work, I feel like graduate studies in a social science field would be beneficial in a number of ways including opening the door for me to transition into academia at some point as well as giving me the social science skillset that I think is becoming more and more important in technocratic policy decision-making and litigation. Most lawyers don't have this training and I think that's a definite detriment to the practice today when technology, data-driven analyses, and more complex social issues are at the forefront. In any case, I've decided that I'd like to at least explore the option of doing graduate studies in Economics (which I majored in undergrad) after I complete law school. But given that this is an entirely new idea to me that I haven't really explored much in the past, I don't know much about how the process works and right now just want to get feelers as to how an applicant with a background like mine would even be viewed and potentially what I should start thinking about right now if I want to apply in a few years. Background on me-- - JD student at YLS - Majored in Political Science and Economics in undergrad, graduated with a 4.0 and almost all A+'s in my Econ classes. However, I only have a really strong relationship with one economics professor at my school, my senior thesis was in International Relations, not economics, and I haven't really done Econ research (independently or with a professor). I also worry that my undergrad education in Econ was less than stellar. I went to a UC and, with large class sizes and professors that don't make teaching a priority, even though I did really well I feel like I may not have the requisites that a grad program would look for. Most of my classes were theory based and the only really heavy quantitative class I had was Econometrics (which I excelled in, but still) and my thesis in PoliSci was mostly qualitative. - I have done other major research projects such as my senior thesis and I have the opportunity to produce even more major research projects at YLS, however I'm not sure if an Econ program would really care about this type of work. - Haven't taken the GRE yet but i'm typically very good at standardized tests, I got 99th percentile on the LSAT, so I'm confident I could knock that out How would schools like Stanford, Berkeley, or UCLA view my application? Does it help at all coming from YLS? Will publishing while in law school help (what if I attempt to use quantitative methods)? And how much of an impact will not having econ research experience in undergrad hurt? Appreciate the feedback
  19. Hi, all. This is my first post here, but this forum has been greatly helpful to me in my grad school search so thank you so much! But I digress... I'm a recent graduate with a BA in English Literature from a small but respectable private university in Indiana, and I'm taking a gap year now before applying to PhD programs. My interests are in Gender and Sexuality and others forms of media such as Film and Theatre. I'm also interested in Post-1900s American literature, although it isn't my primary focus. I'm not sure how all to go about wording this in my personal statement to programs, and I was also curious about the importance of specifying a time period. Would it benefit me to include my interest in Post-1900s American literature along with my primary interests (or as one of my primary interest)? Would all of that be too much to detail in a personal statement? (Note: My 24-page senior thesis, which I plan to use for applications, is on queer theory and analysis of a French queer film, if that info is useful at all.) I was also curious if anyone has programs they think could align with my interests. I have a list of 11 schools so far that I'm considering applying to, but I'd love to hear suggestions and broaden that list. (Preferably schools that don't require the GRE Subject Test in Literature because I know I haven't read enough classic literature to get high scores on that and would rather not bother.) Let me know in the comments if you need any additional information from me. Thank you in advance!
  20. Hi all! I am applying this fall to a couple of MPP/MPA programs in the USA: Harris, UCLA, Columbia, Ford UMich, LBJ UTexas, but I am a little bit concerned on my GRE performance as I am moving between fields and I have no prior quantitative preparation. I am taking the test in two weeks but I believe my scores will be something like V:150 - Q:140-145 I would like to know if someone has been accepted to a competitive school with low GRE scores? If yes, please share your scores as well as your schools! I appreciate your comments, best regards!
  21. Hello everyone, I recently took a diagnostic GRE practice test and scored a 156 on verbal and 154 on quant. I was wondering what the likely hood of getting above a 165 on both sections would be. Have any of you been able to increase your score more than 10 points per section? I will be taking the GRE on October 7th. Thank you
  22. Hi all, I am in the process of trying to move from European history to U.S. History as my main field. This is, in part, because the prominent British historian in our department recently left the university and also because I have been interested in US and considering switching for a long time. However, departmental politics have made it really hard for me to leave my current advisor (she has a lot of pull on the tenure committee and Americanists don't want to "steal" me from her). I have spoken with my advisor and she has given me the all clear to take U.S. coursework and make that my primary field, but others are still hesitant to work with me. How do I navigate this situation without stepping on any toes? I hate politics and red tape, and I've been in advisor limbo for the entire semester. I need to get this sorted out, so I can go on with my life. Edit: Also, I am still in my first year, so things are early for me. I know I don't have to declare an advisor and major field at least until May. Has anyone else been in similar situations? What should I do? Help!
  23. Hi everyone. I am currently in the final semester of my masters in education and have come to the conclusion that I would like to continue my education and pursue a PhD. I am currently completing a degree in Social Studies education, and would like to also pursue my PhD in that same field of study. My current program has led me to read a lot of academic work, and one such author resonated with me each time I read his work. After a quick search of his name in a bout of curiosity, it turns out he is the program director/doctoral advisor for a Social Studies Education program. The schools website, under the tab of Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education in History and the Social Sciences, states the following: "There are no formal prerequisites for admission to the program in History/Social Science Education. Experience in teaching history/social science is an asset and provides a useful entry point to many of these questions. But more important than any set of prior experiences is a boundless curiosity to understand how the past shapes understanding in the present and how we can learn more about designing effective educational programs. Candidates interested in this concentration should get in touch with [professor] at [professors email]." I do not have any teaching experience, yet, but since I have yet to take the GRE and haven't applied for the 2017 year, I will have a gap year in between my masters and potential doctoral programs in which I plan to receive teaching offers. My question is, what exactly, and how exactly, to say to the professor when contacting him? I am fairly certain of what I would like to research, and reading plenty of his work, am sure it aligns well with his ideology.
  24. I accepted an on campus interview at Texas tech, but now I can't make it in person. Is it possible that they would allow me to switch from on campus to skype? Also, do Skype interviews have any negative affects on admissions? I don't want to throw away my chance by switching to Skype if they prefer on campus interview. One more question, has anyone switched on campus interview days before? Thank you!
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