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  1. 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?
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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 o
  5. 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!
  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 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 abl
  8. 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 abo
  9. 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 b
  10. 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 th
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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 - soci
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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!
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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!
  23. Hi everyone – I have a quick question, one which may or may not require some degree of vague speculation: that is, does anyone know if it might hurt my chances at receiving an offer from a school's PhD program if I apply to their M.A. program a year prior, receive an offer, and turn it down? Does this depend on a particular admissions committee? Any and all perspectives are welcome, thanks!
  24. I've been following TheGradCafe admissions response database quite a bit and, as you might imagine, have been disappointed to see interviews already extended to a couple people for some schools. This is my first round of applications; I'm wondering, from people who have been through a full application cycle and used grad cafe before, how representative the stats we get from that database are. Say, if we see that a couple interviews were extended last week and we haven't yet heard anything, should we take that to be a good sign that we are not on the shortlist? Does anyone here have experi
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