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  1. Hello everyone, I've made a few posts on gradcafe that were unsuccessful, probably due to how wordy and niche the questions were.. Hopefully this question is more straightforward/understandable. I was wondering if there's any guideline for getting a sense of a PhD program's strength given that there's often 2 "types" of rankings-- overall ranking and the PhD/field's ranking. Specifically, a school may be well known in a general sense (i.e. Rice or Dartmouth), but are ranked below top 50 for the specific PhD program of interest (i.e. psychology). The reverse can also happen, where a school that isn't well known generally ranks top 10 in a field of choice. Which measure should you rely on, or how do you mediate differences between these rankings? Of course, rankings aren't the most important factor to consider. But I ask this because rankings can be one piece of information when deciding between programs, and because I hear academic employers take ranking of your PhD into account. Thank you!
  2. Hey all, Does rank correlate with placement? by that I am asking if on average does the higher ranking of a program correlate with better placement of its grads? In theory this should be true, right? like the obvious thinking is that the higher ranked a program is, the better placement its grads will have. But then there are cases that I've noticed where top 20 programs have fairly poor placement, or lower ranked schools have pretty high placement, so does it really matter? Also, I realize that you can obviously get great placement even if you go to a lower ranked program, I am talking more about on average. While I'm sure there are other examples of this, I am referring specifically to two cases, UT-Austin being ranked in the top 20 and having a fairly poor placement record and CU-Boulder being in the 40 range while having a pretty good placement record.
  3. Hey Guys, I wanted to get your opinion on university ranking systems. For this I am specifically talking about the International Relations field. The two main ranking systems that I am talking about are those complied by Foreign Policy Magazine, "The Best International Relations Schools in the World", and US News and their list of the top political science schools. (Links at the end). While the rankings do have some similarities, like the obvious choices at the top, there are some major differences. Mainly the placement of the DC based schools at the top of the Foreign Policy list, and their placement in the middle or bottom of the US News list. Another oddity that I found was the complete exclusion of the University of Denver from the US News list, which I thought was odd considering they have a highly regarded IR school. I do understand that the US News ranking takes all of the political science subfields into account, but it still seems like the ranking systems are very different with some schools near the top of one ranking while sitting at the bottom of another. So I guess I am wondering which ranking do you guys think is correct, or more correct than the other? which one should a applicant place more weight when looking at potential grad schools? Links: US News: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-humanities-schools/political-science-rankings Foreign Policy Magazine: https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/02/20/top-fifty-schools-international-relations-foreign-policy/ Side Note: I understand that ranking systems re inherently flawed, and that they should be taken with a grain of salt for ultimately deciding a grad school, but they are often a place to start for someone interested in graduate school within the field.
  4. Hey y'all, so I guess the name says it all, in your opinion what schools are the best in the IR sub-field? And any idea on more middle-tier programs and schools? Thanks!
  5. Hello! While rankings are less important when applying for a PhD, I do believe that they provide some money-saving guidelines when applying. So I am curious as to what you know in regards to rankings (general/overall vs subject). While many of the top schools retain their position even when specifying the field of study, some schools differ greatly. As an English Literature applicant, some schools that come mind are, Indiana U, Illinois UC, Rutgers, CUNY and so on. These are schools with great english programs but somewhat down the rank when considered overall. The reverse schools are WashU, Rice, USC (still 30-40s but low compared to overall). I'm wondering how you guys spread out your applications. When you divide, for example, (top 2, mid 4, low 6), which rank do you consider? Furthermore, If Rutgers is #15 on USNews and Boston U #42, does it mean that the competition is less fierce for Boston U applicants? I am not a US Citizen so I only have these numbers to go with and I don't want to waste $$$ by applying to too many schools. Thanks!
  6. So... my ultimate goal is to attend a PhD program in Creative Writing. This year, I applied to various MFA programs because although I have a Master's degree already it is in Clinical Counseling. So far, I've been accepted to 5 programs, my two favorites being North Carolina Wilmington and the Stonecoast Program in Maine. Former is a full residency program that is considered one of the most innovative programs in the country (but otherwise, I believe it is only a mid-tier program), Stonecoast at Southern Maine U is a top ten low residency program. My questions is this: would it hurt my chances of getting into a decent PhD Creative Writing program that my MFA is from a (well respected) low residency program? I have to choose between these two programs soon and the PhD suitability is an important factor for me to consider. Thank you for the insight!
  7. Llangton

    University of Arizona Waitlist

    Who has been accepted to The University of Arizona, who has been waitlisted? Does anybody know their rank on the waitlist? I’m on the waitlist and I’m getting so nervous! I’ve been accepted at Arizona State, Central Michigan and Western Michigan. I’m definitely choosing either ASU or UA(if I get in). I’d definitely prefer UA though. I wonder if it would be inappropriate to ask for my rank on their(UA’s) waitlist.
  8. I am trying to choose between two offers, but I feel like the brand of one of the schools affects me too much. Ultimately, how much does the brand name / ranking really matter in making a decision? Would you choose funding over brand name, or vice versa? Those of you who chose one over the other, do you have any regrets? What would you consider given what you know now? Thanks in advance!
  9. Hello guys, I have been accepted to the MA program at Johns Hopkins SAIS, the MIA program at Elliott School of International Affairs and the MIA program at UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. As I would like to pursue a career in international economics, with a regional focus on Japan, which one of these institutions offers best job opportunities and preparation?
  10. Advise desired for selecting a school. For context, I'm pursuing a PhD in environmental engineering with the hope of landing a career in academia. I know I still have some schools to visit but I'm trying to start figuring it out. School A is relatively well-known. It's in a neat location and feels like a good fit, like I could be happy there. I'm a little concerned that other students in the department aren't as ambitious as a whole (there are obviously exceptions). There's a very very well-known professor working there that is trying hard to recruit me for their project/team. I think I would love to work with them; they seem like an awesome mentor as well as researcher. They told me that they have enough grant money so I could have essentially total freedom on my project. Cost of living is definitely manageable with the ample aid they're providing me. Top 10 program. School B is extremely well-known and respected. Also an interesting location, but for different reasons. I feel like I would seriously struggle with financial stress throughout the duration of the program; no funding yet. Lots of interesting projects but not a strong connection with any particular faculty member. Have yet to visit, but I think I could fit in. It may help me job-wise down the road. Top 5 program. School C is well-known, more so in academia. Good location- most people seem to like it although I have yet to visit myself. Cost of living is reasonable, and with the financial aid it's definitely doable. I have had good communication with a faculty member there, but not on the same level as School A. They have a really neat joint program that I'm interested in and that that faculty member would encourage. Could also probably fit in. I think it has a slightly better reputation in academia than School A. Top 10 program. Thoughts?? Things to consider???
  11. I'm currently applying as an out-of-field (psychology and Spanish double major) student to graduate programs that offer 1.) the opportunity to complete prerequisites upon admission and 2.) bilingual opportunities, whether that be through a specific certificate program or they verified that they offer bilingual placements. I obviously have no idea where I'm going to get accepted, if anywhere, but since I won't have much time and all the schools are far from me I want to have an IDEA of where I want to go and what I want to base my decision on once I know where I have been admitted. How important should I make each of the following factors in my decision? 1. Location (I'm from PA and go to school in OH, so I won't be close no matter what, but I'm thinking more in terms of where I'd be most happy) 2. Ranking (does this matter for SLP grad school at all?) 3. If they have a separate 3 yr program vs. just allowing me to take prerequisites with undergraduates (I think the former would be better, personally) 4. If they have a separate bilingual certificate program vs. having bilingual placement opportunities (again, the former would be better I think, but not 100% necessary) Thanks in advance! My family members didn't go to grad school so I'm not really sure what's most important.
  12. pinkingpsych

    Clinical PhD Rankings?

    Hi! I've already applied to most of my schools for clinical psych Ph.D.s, but I was wondering, is there a good site to look at for the rankings of these programs? I'd like to use it if it ends up that I get into a program to show my parents how prestigious or not a school is (unfortunately this is the majority of what they care about when deciding whether they'll allow me to leave them or not, which is a whole different issue). If I knew ahead of time, I could better prepare myself for the rejection(s) and future, or come up with a good argument in the meantime. Thanks in advance
  13. eilonwy21

    UMass Amherst Ranking?

    Hi, I was wondering if anyone knows what the ranking/reputation is like for UMass Amherst? I am applying to the Sociology program, and I keep hearing differing opinions about it. US News ranks it 36 in Sociology and 75 National. My professors suggested I shouldn't even bother applying there, but I think at the time I may have accidentally told them Amherst College (which is not the same). I am applying to UMass as a safe school, but I still wanted to know, if anyone can pitch in. Thanks a lot!
  14. Are there any general rankings for history grad programs that are newer than the US News list from 2013? Thanks!
  15. I wanna get some information about ranking in Biostatistics Ph.D. program in the US. Furthermore, could you evaluate Ph.D. program in New York University, IUPUI(Indiana University), and University of Miami? Thank you very much, in advance!
  16. Throwaway1

    Rank Over Fit

    I've applied to a number of PhD programs in hydrogeology. One of the schools I would really like to go to has a pretty low ranking (though the placement reports do indicate people get jobs in research and academia after graduation), but the fit is much better for me than most of the other schools I applied to. The ranking shows quite a bit of difference on US News rankings compared to most of the other schools I applied to (113 ranking versus 42 to 77 rankings for other schools I applied to). Ranking aside, it seems like an amazing fit for me. I would be working with two people I really respect who have a good publishing record and a good record of students as first authors. I would get to work on a couple projects that I'm really excited about, and the school is in a city I think I would like to live in (visiting soon). I'm just worried about getting a job at a university or national lab afterwards. Should I go to a school with a better rank even if it seems like a bit less of a good fit?
  17. curvilineardisparity

    Best (proper) ranking of graduate programs

    When asked which are the best (or proper) universities to study, we are usually tempted to repeat the mantra: "if you are not able to say whether the university X is a top 5/10/20, it means it is not". Nonetheless, for some of us, especially foreigners, it is quite hard to identify the best 5/10/20 universities in the U.S.. Things get even harder if we are supposed to assess the quality (in terms of employability) or compare less known universities. Let's say, to decide whether to do a PhD at UC Irvine or UC Santa Barbara, or between UC Riverside and UC Merced. There are some rankings available out there: US News, Times, QS, etc. Still, in many cases, especially after the top 20, the ranking disparities are so large that it gets quite hard to make a decision. In this sense, what's the proper ranking to use? Or, what's the best way to choose the university when you have more than one letter of acceptance?
  18. Slagatha

    Private or Public?

    A bit more complicated than that, but a big part of the choice. I've been given funded offers to two programmes: one private in Texas, and one public in Washington state. The private university has deep pockets, and has offered me a) about $5k more stipend per year than the public, and b) an extra year of guaranteed funding (so 3 years instead of 2). My concern is that additional funding (and grants for travel, conferences, etc) might be easier to come by at the private university than at the public. In either case, it's livable, although I might be eating more noodles in Washington. I worry about the added stress of sourcing funding at both, and wonder if it's likely to be significantly easier at a private university. I know that in both cases I'll be looking for dissertation funding from outside sources (NSF, etc), but I think that is fairly common. The public university is right up there in terms of rankings, and has an excellent and well established faculty. The private university is known in some circles, but not widely, and has some good faculty although a lot younger and not nearly as established. The potential dissertation project, fieldwork, and supervision at the private university sound really excellent, but I'm still working out the specifics of the public dissertation (although the supervisor sounds just as good). Texas does not sound appealing. Like. At all. I'd give it a crack for 5-6 years for the sake of the degree, but I can't see myself being totally happy there, even with a bit more money. So: Are you likely to see more opportunities from a, say, second-tier private university over a top-range public? That might depend on faculty connections, but is it likely to matter in terms of name and the public-private divide? The Big Question: Financial security + summers doing field work on a tropical island, or an adventure in poverty + a potentially more valuable piece of paper?
  19. Hi Everyone, I have been accepted to several schools, a couple are close to home, but not highly ranked (#120-140), and the others are out of state, and higher rank (Top 30). How heavily should I weigh school ranking into my decision? Does it really affect job prospects upon graduation or salary? Thanks!
  20. HAPPYDuck

    Texas A&M PhD Job Prospect

    How difficult would it be to attain a job in academia with a PhD from Texas A&M in the field of history? How about outside of academia? My specialization is Vietnam War/Southeast Asian history and foreign affairs. I was just wondering if universities looking to hire would brush it off, especially if I want to look for jobs in California (where I'm from). I assume Ivy League and top California schools would look more appealing than a degree from TAMU.
  21. tcboyd

    Info on SPEA MSES?

    Hey everyone, I was admitted to SPEA MSES, with the intent to study applied ecology and wildlife conservation. While I know the MPA program to be highly regarded, I don't actually know too much about the MSES department's reputation itself. Is this degree valued without the MPA component? Not that selectivity is the best metric, but I can't seem to find that information either. Does anyone know how many students are admitted to MSES and how many apply? I've also considered adding on the MPA once enrolled, so does anyone have experience with/info about adding the MPA mid-program? Thanks very much!
  22. Hi all, I've gotten admits from A&M and Virginia Tech so far, I applied for the MSEE program. I believe they're both very strong in terms of power electronics research, but A&M is ranked higher overall (like #12 for graduate EE rankings), while Virginia Tech is ranked #21 (or something close to that). I wanted to aim for R&D or design after school, like Sandia or Boeing/Raytheon. However, after comparing the career fair companies between the two, the companies and National labs that visit VTech are slightly different than the ones that visit A&M (VTech has like Lincoln Labs and Oak Ridge, east coast lab stuff). I'm not sure if this is a regional thing or if I'm going to lose opportunities by attending VTech over A&M. Does anyone have any insight in regards to this? The reason I'm considering VTech is because they offered me a Bradley Master's fellowship that covers all tuition/fees, and a graduate TA position with stipend (24.3k). Both are good for 2 years as long as I maintain a 3.5 grad GPA and find my thesis advisor (I applied for a thesis for all schools) by the second semester. Does this seem reasonable in terms of the requirements? I'm sorry if this comes off as a stupid question, I'm not really familiar with this. One thing that kinda put me off A&M is during the graduate invitational (when they invite down their "top pick" US students for a campus/lab tour), I was having trouble asking to just volunteer in a lab. The professors don't seem to want to deal with Master's students, even if we applied for a thesis option and were accepted already. I was going to self fund A&M (and I still expect to if I choose to attend), and all the current graduate students recommended us getting on our thesis projects/advisors ASAP due to just the competitiveness of just finding one. I was seriously considering going to a nonthesis at A&M just because of how much difficulty I had at the graduate invitational just to ask for a volunteer position to help out in the lab (and hopefully contribute while getting a good idea for a thesis). About myself: I did my BSEE at UT Austin, 3.6, graduated in 3 years as of last Spring, have been at Texas Instruments since. I have no research experience and did two internships at HP. Cliffs: Is VTech worth the incentive due to the fellowship? They seem to want me more but I'm wondering if I'm shutting out opportunities by attending a (slightly) lower ranked school. Is the difference minimal and I'm just overthinking it? If it matters, I've also been accepted by ASU and Michigan Ann Arbor so far. No way in hell I can afford either of those two though (Texas resident, and Michigan is 45k out of state just for tuition). Thank you for taking the time to read this! O
  23. Hey, I would like to know some of the criteria you are using (or have used) to choose the best offer. Among many many questiones, I've wondering if I should prioritize the university ranking or the ranking of the program. This is the first questions that I have. I also wonder if rankings are that important. Some people tell me I should choose based on where I would feel better, or live better, and that I should not choose ranking as a criteria. So, what do you think?
  24. I've started to hear back from some of the schools I applied to, and I'm now faced with a dilemma. I was recently accepted by two programs -- UT Austin and Rutgers. UT Austin is a top 10 school for my field (chemical engineering), but none of the faculty do research directly related to my interest. Rutgers is one of the few schools that offer a specialized program that fits exactly with my research interests, but is ranked near the middle to bottom of all the U.S. chemical engineering programs. Since I'm in an engineering discipline, both the research and coursework are integral components of the graduate experience. When I'm trying to decide between the two schools, if funding is not an issue, which factor should I weight more: the strength of the overall program (ranking), or the best fit between my interests and the faculty's research? How would you choose between two (or more) graduate schools in a similar situation?
  25. I am wondering if anyone can give me a good idea of Drexel's reputation in MatSci at the graduate level? I am confused because their ranking varies pretty dramatically between US News and NRC (top 40 vs. top 10). On a related note, there is a similar discrepancy for Cornell's program, in the opposite direction (i.e. top 10 on US News, top 40 on NRC). Does anyone know what is up with these variations?
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