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  1. Hey guy, I got offers from PhD programs at the committee of immunology at Uchicago and Programs in Biological and Biomedical Science (PIBBS) at USC. Which one should I choose to go? I know Chicago's ranking is higher and has a higher nature index, but if I want to go into industry in the end, does that matter a lot? Also cuz the weather at LA tho.....
  2. Hi, so here's the deal. I got accepted into UChicago's MAPH in Creative Writing with a scholarship of $12000 (of course, it isn't really much keeping in mind the total tuition for the program.) I've also been accepted into an MA in English program with a creative writing concentration at Texas Tech University, which offers me a teaching stipend. The program at Texas Tech is decent (plus cheaper) and I've spoken to a few current graduate students and honestly, I was mentally prepared that I'd be accepting their offer. However, I didn't really expect UChicago to accept me. Naturally, I'm quite
  3. Hey guys, I thought it would be cool to start a thread for those of us seriously considering UChicago's MAPH as an option for 2019 to get to know each other and help each other out. To start, I'm finishing a degree in classics and history at the University of Texas at Austin. I currently plan on going on to a PhD in classics. I have applied for, but not yet heard back on, the Two-Year Language Option, and I would be using that to both further my abilities in Latin and Greek as well as learn a modern language for research purposes. I registered late for the Campus Days, so I'll be sta
  4. Hi, is there anyone who has succeeded in increasing the scholarships/ financial awards they have received, as part of their admission to top graduate schools? I currently have one admission offer from UChicago's MAPSS program, and was able to increase the financial award to $20,000, but I want to request again that the school provide a full tuition award. What can I say and how can I appeal to the MAPSS committee better? Do I need to provide new GRE scores? More evidence of research activity? I heard that this funding request was not supposed to be difficult, but it does not
  5. Hello my friends. I am currently considering applying to UChicago's MA programs. However, I am hesitant about which one to apply to. A bit of background: I previously studied political science in the US but want to transition into early Chinese history. I am a Chinese natioanal, have been reading Chinese history my whole life, and am capable of using Chinese sources in my own writing (I am currently a columnist). However, I did not take a single class on Chinese history in my undergraduate years because I thought they were simply too easy. The consequence is that I have no way of proving my kn
  6. As said above, I really don't know what to do. MS in Information Systems on NYU or MS in Computer Science in UChicago. Costs are the same. Any thoughts?
  7. I got accepted to the master program of Latin American Studies of the universities mentioned the one of Uchicago is a one year program and gave 1/3 fee waiver. NYU with no funding at all, 1.5 years UCSD basically the same, 2 years Tulane, 2 years, full fellowship for the first year and possibly continues to the second year really not sure about which to go, they all seem to be good schools. I was not a native English speaker and am afraid that studying in Uchi may be too stressful. NYU is also good and seems to have better reputation than tulane, but too expensive.
  8. Hi all, I am currently having a hard (but sweet) time deciding between these two great schools. I am an international student and hope to stay in the US for at least a year or two. My target employers would be NGO and International Organizations like the UN. And as I know, the international can get a different visa type if working in NGO/IO to stay (not H1B) so it would be nice. I don't know if I should consider more about Harris' s solid quantitative courses and the study atmosphere where social life might not be a large part. The data analytics skills will definitely give me more levera
  9. Hey all, It has been a long time since I've been to this forum, but I thought I would write this post to share my experiences as an anthro major in undergrad to getting my MA through the MAPSS program at UChicago, and where I am now, in case any of you are wondering if it's worth it, or are just looking for some perspective in a field that is only getting more difficult to make something of, both academically and professionally. Please note that this review/perspective is from someone who decided *NOT* to pursue a PhD, but instead chose a non-academic career path. Maybe you can rela
  10. Hi! I have been accepted to both UChicago School of Social Service Administration and Washington University in St. Louis Brown School of Social Work. Same amount of scholarship around 80%. They feel like very different programs but I will get the full scoop in April during admitted students day. At WashU, I would pursue the MSW with the Social and Economic Development Concentration and policy or system dynamics specialization. I would look at doing a public service fellowship through the school that would place me in local government to support different local initiatives and get my
  11. I wanted to share my experience with the University of Chicago’s MAPSS program. I know that when I applied to the program, and when I was deciding whether to enroll, I found it difficult to find reviews online. I’m hoping this post will be of use to others. I was excited by the program because of its claims of offering a flexible curriculum and strong access to UChicago’s resources. I also was excited because the program bills itself as both a degree to prepare for a PhD, and, if students change their mind, as a versatile credential of employability. However, I was extremely disappo
  12. Hi gradcafe! We're the Graduate Recruitment Initiative Team (GRIT) at the University of Chicago. We're a team of graduate students committed to the recruitment and retention of students from marginalized backgrounds to graduate programs in the Biological and Physical Sciences at the University of Chicago. For students from marginalized backgrounds, the road to grad school can be confusing, downright scary, and may seem impossible. The lack of diversity in STEM is a huge problem, generating unsupportive and sometimes hostile work environments for students of color, LGBTQ+ students, studen
  13. Hi everyone, So I am evaluating Macro programs. I am a current BSW student at UIUC, which has an advanced standing Leadership and Social Change Program. From what I understand, UIUC has a good program, I like the setting and instructors. My main hesitation is that the Macro program is much smaller, and I am concerned about the amount of field placement for Macro that might be interesting to me. I am also looking at UChicago. UChicago is much more expensive, but I feel like the city of Chicago is a great place to get set up for Macro work, The SSA is ranked #3 nationally in Social
  14. Who's applying to University of Chicago SSA for Fall 2018? Anyone applying to the new advanced standing program? Any acceptances, funding info? Good luck everyone!
  15. Is anyone making the decision between these two schools? I have not visited either and would appreciate any thoughts or input!
  16. Hey everyone! I've been offered admission to UChicago's PhD program in political science (IR) and will be attending! Has anyone else been accepted and thinking of attending? I'd love to get in touch with some other people who had been admitted, even if they're in other programs!
  17. Hello all, I am new to GradCafe (although I have updated the results page at least 3947202749358 times for my two rounds of grad school admissions over the years). My decision is between two fairly different schools/programs: 1) Analysis and Policy in Economics (APE) Masters at the Paris School of Economics (PSE) and 2) Master of Science in Computational Analysis and Public Policy (MS-CAPP) at the University of Chicago (UChicago) Harris School of Public Policy. Both seem to have a good reputation in their own realm, but some pros and cons for both (as I see them): PSE Pros: -
  18. Hello All, I want to keep this relatively short so I'll start by saying that I am currently deciding between UChicago & UMichigan (fully funded PhD), although I just visited UIUC (am still processing the visit but my gut is not as blown away as I was by the first two). UMichigan gave me a full merit fellowship (5 semesters, full funding the rest of my 5 years) that would allow me to avoid TA duties if I so choose. UChicago's stipend is higher and they gave me a small recruitment fellowship after I visited. I came from a small, liberal arts college so I feel like UChicago, as an i
  19. hi, i am deciding between uc berkeley and university of chicago for my MSW. i am interested in macro-level social work and organizational leadership, specifically at youth-serving non-profits and gov't agencies. I'm especially interested in positive youth development, management and planning, and issues/intersections of race, ethnicity, poverty and inequality. i like to work hard and study complex issues in my classes. I would like to practice social work in the Bay Area after graduation, but SSA seems like the best academic fit. Do you agree? Any insight is appreciated. Thank you.
  20. Hi everyone! I am new to this site so excuse me if I'm not posting this in the right forum. I am international fulbright grantee, and I have been admitted to the following programs with the following financial aid: Columbia University, MA in American Studies, 50% tuition reduction Brown University, MA in Public Humanities, 40% tuition reduction The New School for Social Research, MA in Liberal Studies, 55% tuition reduction UChicago MAPH, $8,000 award NYU Gallatin MA in Individualized studies (waiting to hear about funding) NYU Steindhardt MA in
  21. I have an offer from UChicago Stat MS. How about this program? I plan to pursue a PhD degree when graduating. So can this program improve my competitive power for applying for a PhD program?
  22. I have fortunately gotten the admissions of UChicago Stat MS and Columbia MFE. But I am extremely entangled now. Although I planned to pursue a PhD degree after graduation with a Master's degree, MFE of Columbia is in NY and a good brand for finding a highly-paid work. My problem is that I do not have enough research experience when undergraduating. Can a Master's program remedy this disadvantage? So what do you think of the two programs? Moreover, how much is the difficulty to apply for a PhD program after graduating from UChicago? Thanks a lot!
  23. I come from a low-income family and was able to attend Wellesley College thanks to their incredible need-based aid. I am going to UChicago for a masters in public policy next year and want to serve you all in the US federal government graduation. However, my family and I lack funding, and I'm looking at lot of debt right now. I entered a scholarship contest in which I can win $4,000 for the first prize if my friends vote up to twice a day by April 1. It would mean the world to me if you did and could tell your friends and post in a group or two. The link is here: http://crosslites.org/bro
  24. Hi, I am now trying to decide between Columbia's MA in Political Science program and UChicago's MA in International Relations program. Seems like both of them are one-year programs (still not 100% sure if the columbia one is one year?), and UChicago gives scholarship while Columbia doesn't. Wondering if anyone has experience in either of the programs and would like to talk a bit about your experience (pros and cons etc.)? ps I am also thinking about pursuing a JD after my master's study, would like to talk about JD application for MA students as well! Any comment/opinion
  25. Hey everyone! I have been accepted to both NYU and UChicago so far, and am wondering if I could have insight as far as the areas the schools are located in, and their programs! I am also waiting to hear back from Columbia, and am submitting my UPenn app soon. I have visited both NY and Chicago very recently, but of course the tourist perspective is different than the resident perspective. There are several pros and cons for each of my acceptances thus far, however the pros and cons of each don't quite overlap (in my opinion). NYU: Lots of familial/peer support, program seems more focused
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