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  1. I am a first-year Ph.D. looking to transfer for personal reasons. I shared my reasoning with my current advisor, who 100% supports my decision and is also writing my letter of recommendation. My question: is there merit in getting two letters from my current institution (and the third one from a previous recommender) OR would one letter from my advisor (and two letters from previous recommenders) be sufficient in offsetting any red flags for the institutions that I'm applying to? I have another professor in my current program who'd be willing to write me a strong letter, but my only concern is that this professor has not known me for as long as my previous professors who wrote my LORs last year. Thank you.
  2. Hi All, I don't know if this is the right forum to put this in. But I was wondering if anyone had any experience transferring between PhD programs, especially in the humanities? Long story short, my Phd Advisor just passed away very suddenly this semester as I was preparing to take my qualifying exams. I thought about transferring immediately but decided to try and make it work in my current department. It turned out to be an unmitigated disaster. My new advisor, though they tried their best to help, was not familiar with my topic and could not vouch for my research and work, nor could they advise me. As a result, I ended up failing my quals just a few weeks after my old advisor passed, and I ended up in hot water with my department's chair and Dgs. In any event, I feel like I did make a conscious effort to move forward after my advisor's passing, and I think I have clear evidence now that I don't have any one to work with in my current department. So does anyone have any advice on transferring PhD programs in the Humanities, what situations warrant it, and the general nuts and bolts behind it? I appreciate the help, and if you think I might get more traction on this topic in another forum, let me know as well!
  3. hey everyone... ? I'm presently studying as an international student in my first year PhD in america... i'm considering to transfer to another university, so i'm seeking your advice... the university i'm in right now provides me with a first year fellowship & then an assistantship... however, professors here don't do research in the field that i want to do my dissertation in... & furthermore, the one professor here who's the closest to the line of research i want to do, turned out to be very "dictational", & is not open to the student synthesizing ideas & providing criticisms of their own - & this makes me feel shackled in my creativity & depressed... however, the line of research i want to specialize in, is very rare... it's the world-systems evolution & analysis, within sociology... so far, i only found 2 universities, each one having only one single professor doing this kind of research, so i'm applying to them now... but i'm not sure if i should apply to other universities as well, even though they may have no professors specializing in this research, but they may have more diversified specializations & a larger number of professors who are more open-minded than the professor here in my present university... the department i'm studying in right now, has a very small number of professors, with a very limited number of areas of research... but i also feel shy, that after they provided me with funding, i'd leave them to another university... what's your advice? should i apply to transfer to other universities (other than these two that i'm applying to right now), just for the sake of studying with more diversified & open-minded professors?
  4. I recently was accepted for deferred admission in fall of 2019 to my #1 choice MSW program. I am currently enrolled in my #2 choice MSW program. I’m strongly considering transferring to school #1 after my first year at school #2. I contacted school #1 and found out 24 credits would transfer directly to school #1 from school #2. This would mean I could finish the program either on time (I’m not advanced standing) in April of 2020 or a bit later in August of 2020, depending on if I decided to take 18 credits per semester or not. (I would probably not and thus graduate in August 2020). My reasons for wanting to transfer include better elective choices, less macro classes meaning more focus on my area of interest (mental health), no need to choose a theoretical orientation as is required at school #2, and at school #1 there are more hours in your advanced field placement than in your foundation field placement, meaning I get more time to learn what I want to ultimately be doing rather than learning case management stuff. Although I would still get a year of case management stuff through school #2 before transferring. However, I have a few practical concerns. I currently have an advising appointment with school #2 to talk about transferring, however, I looked it up and apparently non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid. So I’m thinking I should cancel the advising meeting and just let them know after I’m done with my 1st year that I won’t be returning. Since I’ll be enrolled in a new program, my students loan wouldn’t be due then, correct? Is it bad to just drop out of a program? Additionally, I’m worried about the social aspect of transferring. I feel like trusting your classmates is a huge element of social work classes and I’m worried that after the students at school #1 having a year of classes together, I would have a hard time finding my place in the cohort and therefore speaking up in classes. I’m also worried about the rigor of school #1. I went to school #1 for undergrad and it was much harder than school #2 for undergrad. I’m not sure if that general difference transfers to the MSW program though. Another thing to note is that school #2 is better as far as field placements go due to its proximity to a major city. School #1 is about an hour from school #2 and the city. This is a really insanely difficult decision for me. If anyone has any experience transferring into a different MSW program, or just any input in general, I would really appreciate it
  5. I want to transfer from Bellevue U. (online) my ample credits (none in psych) into the cheapest 100% online school offering the greatest diversity of undergrad psych programs. I'm just starting to vet... The University of the Cumberland Fort Hays State University The Baptist College of Florida Valdosta State University Argosy University Grand Canyon University Ashford University University of Massachusetts - Amherst Southern New Hampshire University American Public University Capella University Walden University Bellevue Excelsior College Charter Oak State College University of Florida Southern University at New Orleans Delta State University University of North Dak0ta University of Houston-Victoria Central Methodist University New Mexico Highlands University The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angelos Any guidance? I know that some, above, don't fit a bunch of the criteria I just laid out... - Slobodon
  6. Hey guys and gals, I've come close to the end of my first year at BCM, passed all my courses and such. However one of the PIs I was considering joining is leaving to Scripps in CA. I have been given the option to transfer programs, but I was wondering if anyone can give me any advice on the program at Scripps, or any opinion on BCM vs Scripps as institutions, programs, environment (supportive vs competitive), cost of living and how far a scripps stipend goes in CA. Any general advice on what its like to transfer and after transferring programs is also appreciated. Thanks!
  7. Hi everyone! I am currently wait listed for my dream school and want to ask my contact at that school about the possibility of transferring there after my first leveling year at another graduate program. I know this is a touchy subject so I wanted to know if anyone had any tips on how to best ask. I was also planning on including if she had any other advice for me, as another option would be to enroll as a non-degree student and try to take as many leveling classes at that school prior to applying again. In the end I may not want to transfer as my other pick seems like a great program as well! I only wanted to inquire about if this is possible. Thanks in advance!
  8. I was rejected from a PhD program and the department asked they asked if I wanted to transfer my application to the masters They said there was no guarantee of admissions to the masters program or that matriculation to the masters would mean future acceptance into the Phd but to take it as "strong encouragement" Likelihood of me getting into the Masters? It's an Ivy
  9. Hey all, Hope everyone is taking the time to breathe even as March approaches. I applied to the Yale FES PhD program and received an email from the Department in late January kindly letting me know that they would not be accepting me (no surprise as I graduate undergrad May 2018) and encouraging me to apply to one of their masters programs. I applied to the mesc program, and was wondering if anyone else had this experience? They said admission was not guaranteed and that matriculation into the Masters program would not guarantee later admission to their PhD program however to take the letter as "strong encouragement". Has anyone received a similar offer/know just how "strong" this encouragement is in my chances of getting into the MESC or MEM program?
  10. How do admissions committees evaluate PhD transfer students? My current program really isn't as good of a fit I thought it would be. I'd love to transfer out to a different program, but how is it perceived by other programs? Should I wait a whole year before applying (meaning I'll start at the new school during my third year)? Or should I start applying during this round (that way I start at the new school, if I get in of course, during my second year)?
  11. Does anyone know the way to go about transferring schools? I know it can't be easy, but there has to be something able to do for this?
  12. Hey guys! So I am graduating from my undergraduate in a couple of months and am starting to apply to schools for a MSW. My major in undergrad is marketing but I have taken more liberal arts courses for electives than anything else. I've always known that I wanted to help people, I just didn't necessarily know how I wanted to until I took multiple psychology courses. Now, I don't have much social work experience other than some psychology, sociology, philosophy, and government classes. I also have only had an internship with Veterans Affairs and I am still a year-round intern for medical social work (started as paid but went to volunteer after a certain date). I have been active in the past (high school) in Best Buddies and have mentored freshmen as a senior in high school. I don't have much volunteer experience throughout my college years. I have transferred two times -- I started at one school, I was pretty much bullied out of it, and went to just any school to get away. From that new school, I transferred again to the school I am graduating from. The first 2 schools I didn't have amazing GPA's... first was a 3.2-3.3 and the second was a 2.5. I am going into my final term with a 3.72 GPA with a major GPA of a 3.8. Do I have a chance of getting into an MSW program? I am looking to go to either New York University, Columbia University, or Hunter College. EDIT: I would like to add that my ultimate career goal is to work at the VA Hospital as an LICSW while also having my own clinical practice (my business degree wouldn't go to waste).
  13. So... right now I am in a tier 2 UC and have a well off GPA (3.9) but I got accepted to a top UC which was my dream school. However I have super hard time deciding. I am second year right now but I am pretty sure I can graduate next year, meaning that I should apply this December, if I stay. I aim to do biochemistry and molecular focus program. Right now I am working in an immunology lab. My PI is not very famous but I am very close with him and I am pretty sure I can get a letter from him later. I also get a fellowship in my home institution and I will be doing some molecular bio/genetic engineering research over the summer and present at a undergraduate conference (hard to say if there will be any paper). For some personal reasons, I have to stick at bay area for my graduate studies so I basically only have UCB, UCSF and Stanford. All of them sound like a far reach tho. If I transfer, I should have around 1.5 years at UCB. And I also heard that graduate schools don't tend to admit their own undergrads. If so, it sounds like I have a smaller chance getting into UCB if I transfer? But is it transferring will look better to other schools?
  14. I have been working on my Doctor of Education /Educational Leadership/ Curriculum through a large online program. My committee has been assembled, My subject matter approved and a few chapters / detailed outline have been distributed. However, my committee chair has severed their relationship with the school. While finding a replacement chair, legislation has been issued that might unravel the quantitative portion of my study, causing to make me rethink my path. Now, the replacement Chair has been incapacitated and will not be able to serve. I am thinking that I might want to change schools so that I might either (a) get the right advisor/chair to work with me, and/or change the specialization area/topic. Here are my restraints: I am 50ish with a full time great job in my chosen field in Healthcare that I am not willing to leave. I live in the middle of nowhere, so online is the way to go. Is this possible without having to redo the coursework which is 95% finished. jarwiz
  15. I am current studying a Ph.D. program with scholarship and applying for another university to restart my Ph.D. candidature. In terms of positively earning the new offer, the scholarship in next university is also the key concern before the prospective enrollment. In fact, the scholarship I have now is a university basis and can sponsor me for three years in total. Becuase of the problem with the supervisor, I have to take an action to transfer. My Ph.D. colleagues said that my situation might cause a difficulty in receiving the full scholarship again from the scholarship office of the new university. Her main point is that I did not completely use the full scholarship at this stage and discontinue the program voluntarily. The scholarship office might suspect my future academic performance if drop the study again. So, I think a simple way to avoid this embarrassing history is to obscure the reality I am taking a scholarship for higher likelihoods to new scholarship. But I have an alternative thought: the achievement of scholarship attained is an evidence that other organization or department believes my academic potential. The awards will attract more award, so I should bravely put the record of Ph.D. scholarship award on my CV to the application. In my scenario, the first Ph.D. program with full scholarship is a stigma as my colleagues thought, or an honor to convince the scholarship office of the new university to award my new Ph.D. program by the other funding sources' encouragement? Please give me your thought to help me to mold my CV, thank you!
  16. I'm currently in my second year PhD at Stanford. My advisor took a position at UCLA (and with that, an endowed professorship as well). I am a bit torn as to whether I should leave and follow him to UCLA, which would require me transferring out of my program and my PhD would come from UCLA. The benefit I see from this would be an increase in money to spend on research, and a chance to build a lab from ground zero and really be a driving factor in the direction of the lab. Plus, he's a great advisor. My other option is to remain at Stanford, pick a new advisor and move in a new direction. Benefits to staying at Stanford, well, I love the people I met here and am building a network of people (with the alumni as well) that can potentially help me post-grad. Wanted to field some thoughts from the community on what I should do. Willing to answer some questions as well if it helps with advice giving.
  17. I am currently a first year Ph.D. student and though I've only been in the program a month, I can tell it is not the one for me. And now I am so torn! I want to apply to new programs, but I don't know how to email professors or write on my SOP that I don't like my program and want to change. It is a great program, I know it is super good for what it does, but it just isn't the right fit for me. Has anyone else transferred Ph.D. programs, or know someone in their program who has? I'm nervous to come across as a program hopper or something like that, but I can't do the research I want to do or study the things I really want to study within the program I'm in. Do I just drop out and apply to new schools as though it didnt happen? I have so much anxiety about this.
  18. Hello all! I am preparing my CV for applications to PhD programs and looking for guidance regarding the education section. I just graduated from a top private university, but transferred in after spending my freshman year at a public university. Is it required to write down all previous instutions that I attended on my CV? Or can I leave this information out as they will see this reflected in my transcripts? Thanks so much in advance!
  19. I am looking at some applications from previous years and have noticed that they ask for transcripts from all institutions attended. I have taken a couple of online courses at a community college and will transfer my credits to my main institution at the end of the year (after graduate school decisions have been made) so that I can get my undergraduate degree on time. Could it come back to bite me if I don't send my community college transcript (6 or 9 credit hours) to the graduate schools to which I am applying? I would really rather not send them because 1. It costs like $60 per school and 2. Transfer credits don't affect my GPA at my main institution so I phoned it in for those courses and got C's.
  20. Sorry this is SO long, but I REALLY appreciate anyone who takes the time to read this!! I am a first year Molecular Biology PhD student in California, and I am amazingly unhappy with how my program has been going so far (ie, I have been miserable and often anxious/depressed). I keep trying to keep a positive attitude, but it feels like no matter how hard I work, things still aren't working out (and I don't feel very supported or valued by my department). I'm trying to be proactive about my anxiety, and I regularly see a therapist. There have been a string of events in my personal life–had I known at the time of choosing at a PhD program–I would have NEVER chosen my current school/program. The biggest event was in October when my mom was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, across the country, in the rural midwest. She has gone through a great deal of chemo and multiple surgeries, and it has been difficult to put a handle on the metastasis. I have been traveling home for every holiday (spending an entire month between December-Jan as well as spring break), and I have gone home for each surgery (for long weekends). I have done this with the blessings/permission of my rotation professors/department head, but it has been truly exhausting. Because of my family's specific situation, I do not have any other family members that can care for my mom 24-7, when she is doing very poorly/right after a surgery (thus part of the reason I want to visit home). My parents tell me upfront that they don't want me to sacrifice my career opportunities (I am a first generation college student), but I know in my heart that they need me (and I need to be with them). I always have such a heavy heart, knowing that my mom and my family is suffering on the other side of the country; I hate being so far away from home. One of my close friends also committed suicide during my first rotation (and he sent me a package in the mail right before he passed away; which I never got a chance to thank him for, since I was "so busy" working in lab), which also gave been a heavy heart. If these personal-life issues were the only issues, I would consider taking a medical leave. I chose not to, however, because I thought it might complicate my NSF GRFP funding/I didn't have the money to keep paying rent in my apartment, without being paid. I powered through, and now that it is the time where we are supposed to "choose" thesis labs, I am finding out that none of the three professors who I rotated with want me to join their lab. It is very distressing to me, because I have tried *SO HARD* to keep everything together, slap on a happy face, and try my best. Despite everything, I still worked 8-16 hours in the lab every day, and I had data for each rotation. When I would go home for short trips, I would work extra hours in the night and entire weekends (getting only a few hours of sleep), to make up for lost time. I was extremely passionate about the topics of research in the labs I rotated in, in I would have been happy to join any three of them. I was extremely thoughtful in choosing my rotation labs. If nothing else, I hoped at least one of the 3 professors would have noticed and appreciated my grit and determination. But I got feedback from the department head that I should "seriously start looking for 4th rotation labs, because none of my first 3 rotation professors 'want' me in their lab." After meeting with each of the three professors, I confirmed what the department head said to be true (they either told me that they didn't think their labs were "where my interests truly lied" or that they thought I should go somewhere were I could get more mentorship). I don't really understand their comments; since I was very enthusiastic about their work and I was increasingly independent, especially towards the end of my rotations (once I had been trained–able to design, carry out, and analyze my own experiments, from scratch). I understand, however, that these are just nice ways of telling me they don't want me in their lab. Adding to this, I even had one professor called me "slow" (in regards the way I think and reflect on problems) towards the end of my rotation (which was a bit offensive, she I am registered with the disability office for being dyslexic–which honestly, I don't feel like greatly effects my work). I have NEVER been called "slow" before in my life. As a different scenario (but equally bothering), a PhD student in the last lab I worked in went out of her way to tell me that she strongly advises me NOT to join the lab, that I would have a very hard time being successful there, and that the professor doesn't even know or care that I exist (harsh!). She told me not to take it personally, because the professor is very busy and has nothing invested in any of her rotation students (in addition to not knowing who they are). She even encouraged me to not give a final lab meeting, because it would save everyone time (of not having to listen to me present); and of course this PhD student is the person who schedules lab meetings for everyone. The professor of course knows who I am, because I had met with her several times one-on-one, and I am still planning on presenting my data in lab meeting. I was so humiliated, however, that I cried in front of this PhD student (mind you this was a few days before my mom was due for another surgery, so I was already extra emotionally vulnerable). I tried my best to be hard-working in this lab, I would ask for help when I needed it, and I got some interesting data–I honestly have no idea what I did to deserve those comments from this PhD student (I didn't even ask for her opinion or indicate that I hoped to join the lab!). Of course, I did not want to join this final lab (especially after these comments/experience). I understand the easiest thing would be to find a 4th rotation lab, but so far, I am truly not interested/passionate in any other labs at the university (and this department makes me feel very horrible about myself). It is a huge source of anxiety for me to be so far away from my family at this time. I have my own NSF GRFP funding, in addition to 2 years of an NIH training grant (I really can't understand why none of the three professors will take a chance on me; they don't even have to pay for me!). I don't feel wanted or respected in my department now, and I feel so misunderstood. I don't expect to be liked by everybody, but I can't understand why I am liked by seemingly no one. I went to a good university for undergrad, worked in several research labs (with publications and good rec letters), did an international research fellowship, and I try to have good people skills/be very respectful, humble and polite (I know it must not seem like it in this post haha, forgive me; I'm just trying to give context to me situation). I have a new publication that will be coming out next year, for a project that I worked on as a senior in college. I don't brag/ever bring up these accomplishments here in my program; I'm just disclosing it here, because I am having such a hard time understanding why I went from being so well-received in my past research experiences to being so-poorly received here. Originally, in addition to this school in California, I was accepted into: UChicago, UWash Seattle (Genomics), Harvard, UNC, and Princeton. I am really kicking myself now, because had I gone to UChicago or Princeton, it would have either been a 2 hour direct flight home or a 3 hour train ride (whereas traveling to/from California takes at least 7-12 hours and is expensive, to get to my family). Is it possible to try to transfer another school (such as UChicago or Princeton)? Honestly, if it weren't for NSF (and the fact that I've dreamed of being a scientist since I was 14), I might consider leaving the PhD path altogether. But I'm not ready to ENTIRELY give up; it seems so stupid to do that, just because I am having such a hard time in my current program (and I don't entirely understand why). I don't want to do a PhD on a topic I'm not passionate about (or in a department where I feel not supported/not wanted), but I have hope that there might be other options. I wouldn't mind having to start entirely from scratch at a new school, since I'm only a first year now. I don't expect my PhD experience to be magically better at a new school, but at least I were to struggle, I would be struggling closer to home. If I were to attempt transferring, would I need to reapply in December, or is it at all possible to contact the department and somehow explain my situation (to transfer)? And out of curiosity: Has anyone had the experience before, where they had NSF, but had a horrible time finding a lab that wanted to take them? What are peoples thoughts? Thank you so much!
  21. Hello, I just graduated with a degree in communication disorders with a 3.1 in major gpa (ugh). The only issue is that I took all of my prerequisite courses at a CC, and my university does not factor those requirements into my gpa. Instead of my comm-dis gpa being a 3.1, it would actually be a 3.3 since my transferred academic requirements are not being factored into my gpa. My question is, how will grad programs look at my academic requirements? Will they only focus on the grades I acquired at uni? Help!
  22. I'm an international student attending a US college and have a plan for applying Ph.D. But the thing that I transferred once make it a little bit complicated.I'm junior now and finished fresh and sopho in China, do I need to submit the original transcript for the former 2 years? The courses do appear on my current university's transcript but tagged with transferred and the grades appear to be "TR" (transferred).
  23. Let's say that I was given unacceptable conditions for returning from medical leave; basically I had to self-fund at least the following year of a physics PhD. Knowing that doing so would result in a financial disaster, I am definitely withdrawing from the program, with the understanding that, if I still wanted to earn a PhD at some point, I would have to transfer. I could always mention, in an addendum (if there is space for one), mental health problems, going to mental health services (on-campus and later off-campus) on a regular basis for 75% of the only semester I ended up attending, and leaving school to take better care of myself. (I feel I did what was right from a medical standpoint) But when there is no space for an addendum in an application, I was advised to just drop a line about "personal problems" or "extenuating circumstances". And also, I have two publications on file by now, whereas I had none when I applied to PhD programs the first time around. Because I do not feel my GRE scores were an issue, I do not feel the need to re-take the GRE, general or physics, since they are still valid. But TOEFL, on the other hand, I would have to retake because the scores are no longer valid. Is there anything else I should do? (I do not think I aimed too high the first time around, just too wide; this time around, I am willing to consider Canadian as well as American PhD programs) P.S.: I never had Ws before that particular semester, but still somehow ended up with 3.80 for what coursework remained. if you need more information about my file or anything else, please, let me know.
  24. Hi, I am a junior at Florida Atlantic University majoring in electrical engineering, I want to get into a phd program for biomedical engineering. I am worried that FAU is not a good enough school and that I wont get accepted into a good phd program. I'm wondering if I should try and switch to a school like University of Florida, not talking about the Ivy Leagues, just a better school. My GPA is 3.77/4.00 and ive been involve in ASCE (I used to be a CivE major) and am being inducted into the Tau Beta Pi honors society Idk if it matters but I'm a florida resident, I pay in-state tuition Does anyone think it would be a good idea to try and switch? assuming I could get in? or will the phd programs not care that much what school I went to? Thank you for your answers
  25. I am looking into applying to MArch programs (most likely not this year, as most deadlines have passed or will be passing soon). I would be coming from a Bachelors of Psychology, and am in the process of putting together a portfolio. I was wondering whether anyone here is aware of Canadian programs (other than UBC and UCal) that accept students who do not have a background in architecture/design. Ideally I would like to be looking at 2 year programs, but I would be open to 3 year programs.
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