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  1. UCLA MSW Fall 2018 Applicant Cohort

    Hello! This thread is for prospective students of the Luskin School of Public Affairs Master of Social Welfare (MSW) Fall 2018 cohort. Applicants may begin to work on their application in September, so let's be prepared and support eachother through this process. I'm going to ask that we always include our stats when we report an admission decision. Even if the decision is not what you wanted, please share your stats at that time and your admission status. All of us are nervous about this and the best thing to reduce that is to be well informed. What I really hope this group can do is to remember to post their stats when they are given the admission decision, too often people just get excited and say "I got in" then bail. Here is what I suggest as stats to share, and perhaps this can be a good way to get started with introductions for the Fall 18 applicants here on Grad Cafe by filling out the stats you presently can. Best wishes to each of you, let's get through this together! - BackNSchool83 Stats Cumulative Transferrable GPA: Cumulative Transferrable GPA last 90 quarter or 60 semester: GRE: did you take it? Would you like to share your score? Undergraduate Major(s) and Minor(s): Additional degrees, certifications, awards: Honors: Clubs/Societies: Work Experience: (description and how much time) Intern Experience: (description and how much time) Volunteer Experience: (description and how much time) Strength of Personal Statement: 1-10 (was it reviewed?) Languages you speak: Age, Gender, Ethnicity: (sometimes this matters to admissions) Additional: Your intended area of focus: mental health, child welfare, public policy etc Your story: Anything else you would like to share, or things you feel may be considered about your journey in life by the admissions committee.
  2. Hello all, Starting the forum a little early this year. May the MFA gods be with us!
  3. MSW @ UCLA, USC or Berkley???

    Hi all! I am new to this forum, but need some advise! I am planning to apply to MSW programs for enrollment in the fall of 2018. I am originally from the San Francisco area and am interested in staying in California. I am currently looking into applying to UCLA, USC and Berkley. I graduated with a Psychology and Sociology degree from Boston University with a GPA of 3.73. Most of my professional experience has been in research as I am also applying to PhD programs in psychology, but I am mainly interested in clinical mental health, and would be interested in working directly with patients in a private practice or hospital setting in the future. Anyway, my question is for anyone who knows about these three programs. What are the advantages and focuses of each? What are the cons of each program? I would also love to hear any general information about any of these three programs. Thanks!
  4. Donald Trump Scandal

    Hello everyone, I am unapologetically paranoid about graduate school admissions. My undergraduate grades fluctuated quite a bit. I attended a community college for two years receiving a 3.4 GPA. I then transferred to a top 75 liberal arts college where I received a 3.2 GPA. My total undergraduate GPA works out to be a 3.3 which is not very good for more competitive programs in international development/public policy. I was hoping that I could get your feelings on my chances at admissions at Columbia SIPA and John's Hopkins SIAS. Other things to consider: I served in the Peace Corps in Africa for two years Taught in Asia for 1.5 years. Conducting research in Central America from July 2017-July 2018 I won and declined a Fulbright ETA grant. In total, I will have 4.5 years of international work experience before my program begins. My brother is a current undergraduate student at Hopkins and is researching at SIAS. I think that I will have rock solid letters of recommendation from undergraduate professors. I completed three internships during my undergrad and worked 20+ hours per week. White, gay, male Tell me what you think.
  5. Hey Everyone I'm going to do my Master in Architecture in LA and was hoping this to be a mega threat for the whole LA Area! It would be nice to have friends in the city from different backgrounds. I'm also looking for housing opportunities and looking for roommates!
  6. Hunting for Programs

    How do I find out about programs? and what they consist of? My question I've had since 10th grade is why do Republicans and Democrats think differently? ~How can one group of liberals ignore science when it comes to vaccines and critique conservatives for the whole climate change is a myth thing. ~How do these seemingly-neat categories come to be, ~What holds them together, ~How can we educate ourselves to stay as true to ourselves without falling for fallacies that effect the lives of SO many people outside of ourselves. Here's what i'm working with: Sociological honors research project on church member's (of a single church) beliefs 3.774 gpa after transfer at UCLA 3.8-3.9 at SMC (I had one F that I retook) readings, and hundred of hours of podcasts on the subjects of interest listened to 2 years ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) experience working with an autism spectrum population Here are my worries: I did my undergrad in Gender Studies and Sociology I'm missing basic psych classes I have not done research in 2 years I don't have a decent writing sample Haven't touched the GRE yet Advice? tips? Who can I talk to? Which schools should I be looking at? ~ Georgiy P.S. I would love a program that includes the core ABA classes, so I can do them the first two years getting a Master's and continue on with a PhD transferring the classes as part of the same program. Does this even exist?
  7. How do I find out about programs? and what they consist of? My question I've had since 10th grade is why do Republicans and Democrats think differently? ~How can one group of liberals ignore science when it comes to vaccines and critique conservatives for the whole climate change is a myth thing. ~How do these seemingly-neat categories come to be, ~What holds them together, ~How can we educate ourselves to stay as true to ourselves without falling for fallacies that effect the lives of SO many people outside of ourselves. Here's what i'm working with: Sociological honors research project on church member's (of a single church) beliefs 3.774 gpa after transfer at UCLA 3.8-3.9 at SMC (I had one F that I retook) readings, and hundred of hours of podcasts on the subjects of interest listened to 2 years ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) experience working with an autism spectrum population Here are my worries: I did my undergrad in Gender Studies and Sociology I'm missing basic psych classes I have not done research in 2 years I don't have a decent writing sample Haven't touched the GRE yet Advice? tips? Who can I talk to? Which schools should I be looking at? ~ Georgiy P.S. I would love a program that includes the core ABA classes, so I can do them the first two years getting a Master's and continue on with a PhD transferring the classes as part of the same program.
  8. UCLA MSW Program?

    Hi! I am going into my junior year of college as a Social Work major, and I'm looking into grad schools to get my MSW (a little early I know, I just like to plan).I'm currently looking at U of M, USC, and UCLA. I was wondering if anyone could give me some information on how the program is at UCLA and details about their focus and what they really prepare you for? I'm planning on working with mental health, so I want to make sure wherever I go will prepare me for something along the lines of a Mental Health Counselor. Also if there are any other programs that might be a good fit for this path let me know! Thanks in advance
  9. Hi I have received 2 admits for MS in CS from UCLA and Columbia University. I am very confused and unable to decide one. Any inputs on which one i should lean onto? Pros/Cons of both? I am interested in ML/AI.
  10. UCLA Fall 2017

    Hey everyone, I'm entering UCLA DESMA this Fall 17 and I'm just doing a roll call. It would be soooo nice to have some friends already by the time I move. Feel free to write here and PM me, Also I'll be looking for a roommate soon pref in arts. Congrats everyone!
  11. It's April 7th and I still haven't heard from UCLA. Is anyone on the same boat?
  12. UCLA Fall 2017 - 2018 MSW Applicants

    This thread is for hopeful applicants wishing for admission into UCLAs MSW program for Fall 2017 or Fall 2018. Please provide your stats, update progress, and be supportive.
  13. Which is better : UCLA vs UCSD vs Columbia for MS in CS. Also my area of interest is Machine Learning and AI. Please help...
  14. Hi, I have the following admits and I am highly confused as to what should I choose, 1. Gatech - MS ECE 2. UT Austin - MS ECE: ICS track 3. UCLA - MS EE: Circuits and Embedded Systems 4. Columbia - MS EE (nikola tesla scholar) My interests are in VLSI design(preferably digital) with a few courses in analog and Computer architecture. I have not received any funding with my invite. RAship and TAship may be a possibility, but nothing currently. Can some who has info about these universities list out the merits and demerits of each program and school and help me choose the right option TIA
  15. Hello, Can people give me their opinions/ranking on any of the schools (Statistics PhD): UCLA, UF, Texas A&M I've been admitted into these schools, and I'm having hard time deciding... My opinion: UCLA -seems good for industry jobs (i.e. data science), since located in LA -course load seems heavy on machine learning (good) -expensive to live in though (apartment/food worries...) UF -course load seems to be more oriented toward traditional statistics (no machine learning courses) -I heard they're theoretical heavy (good) -located in my hometown (wouldn't have to worry about life stuff, i.e. cost of living, food, etc.) Texas A&M -I heard they're a very large department that does mostly applied stuff -I'm not that worried about the cult life thing Bio: -Undergraduate: UNC Chapel Hill, Graduating in May 2017 with Bachelors in Stats, Math -US Citizen -Hoping more for industry than academic job Thank you so much!
  16. Bioinformatics PhD - UNC vs. UCLA?

    Got accepted into UCLA (Bioinformatics Interdepartmental Ph.D. Program) and UNC (Bioinformatics and Computational Biology - BCB). Also to Baylor College of Medicine but will probably chose between the first two. Any opinions/recommendations?
  17. Hello everyone. I hope everybody is having a good cycle. I am interested in critical theory and democratic theory. UCI is a great fit. But people have advised me to choose UCLA or wait at least for Cornell waitlist result. I am a bit confused. As a sidenote, I will not be staying in the U.S after finishing my Ph.D. Any advice on how to move forward?
  18. I've got undergraduate GPA 3.8/4.0 GRE 318(V150 Q 168) AWA 3 316 (V153 Q 163) AWA 3 TOEFL 102(R29 L30 S18 W25) ~2 years of research experience (but no paper publication) 2 abroad study experiences had taken two graduate level courses (neuroscience research design) and earned A on both What are my chances regarding UCLA /UMichigan /BostonU/ UT Dallas/Georgetown U? Looking for physiology/neuroscience MS program. Especially cognitive neuroscience. Any other recommendations for choosing schools?
  19. UCLA or UCSB (ECE track)

    Hi guys, I want to hear your opinions. I am right now a master student at UCLA, I have been working on my research in optics for nearly a year and will possibly transfer to PhD program. Also I got admission from UCSB, photonics track. I am really not sure which one to choose. UCSB has one of the best program in photonics in the world, but I am not really familiar with the topic. Life at UCSB should be cheaper and more relax than UCLA. On the other hand, I feel really awkward to tell my advisor that I would leave the group and I feel comfortable with my PI and my group members right now....
  20. So I had an anxiety attack and bugged UCLA grad office with an email on my app status 2x this week. I' pretty sure I won't email them again until I officially hear a decision, but did I affect my decision by bugging them?
  21. International Student MFA Applicants

    Hey Guys, I remember being in undergrad and sometimes feeling so distant from my peers because I was an international student. Well, here I am again on this voyage about to feel even weirder, this time as a grad student. I thought that we should have a space where we could be able to share experiences, answer questions, give advice, or just a space where you say what makes you feel ok about yourself. Good luck everyone! Disclaimer: I worked with International Services during my undergrad but this does not make me an immigration official. Although I can give my opinion on certain situations based on past experience, I recommend contacting your school directly about these questions.
  22. Do UCLA interview students Feburary 10? I am still waiting for interview invites from UCLA. I am worried that they invited me but it would conflict with my other interviews.
  23. UCLA MSW accepted GPA?

    Hi, Does anyone know the average and/or median GPA of those accepted to the MSW program? I have a 3.48 cumulative and 3.47 for my last 60 credits. I've worked in banking for the last 5 years and have volunteered with children for 6. No GRE. I'm just wondering what my chances of getting in are? Thanks for the help)
  24. The UCLA graduate application requires a personal history statement where you have to talk about how your life experiences and how they led to the decision to pursue the graduate field of interest. It specifically says that "this statement should not duplicate the statement of purpose". In my SoP, I am already writing about how my experiences, both personal and academic, made me apply to XXX programs so I am not sure how this personal history statement is different from the statement of purpose.