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  1. Hello all. It's my first time posting here and I apologize if it's not the right forum for such a post. Would anyone here happen to know of the pros & cons of USC's M.S. in Statistics? I mean no offense, but if I may be blunt, some friends have shared that some USC's master programmes are "cash cows". I couldn't find much candid commentary on USC's M.S. in Statistics online and am hoping that stats grad students may be able to weigh in. Subjective opinions are okay Thanks for reading. USC = University of Southern California (in case the acronym USC is overloaded)
  2. Hi! I'm making my decision as to where to go to graduate school next fall to get my master's in social work. I've been accepted to USC, NYU, and Columbia and I'm having a very very very hard time making a decision! I've received scholarships from NYU and USC, which help with the tuition, but by no means cover it. With all being said and done USC will still wind up costing me about 80k for the two years (before financial aid) NYU will wind up costing me 60k (before financial aid) and Columbia will be a whopping 100k (before financial aid or scholarship info). I want to focus on clinical work and eventually open a private practice working with adults. I currently live in Los Angeles and would LOVE to find a valid reason to stay here. I went to college in NY so I'm not entirely opposed to moving there, but I do think I want to end up back in Los Angeles to practice. Does anyone have any input as to which school has the best clinical program?? I've heard USC sort of churns out MSW students, but I think it looks like an amazing school. NYU also looks incredible, I'm just not positive I want to move back to New York, and to be honest I think Columbia is the lowest on my list because it focuses more on policy. So any input would be AMAZING!!! Thanks
  3. Hello, I am a current graduate student working on my Ed.S. degree in School Psychology. I am considering applying to USC’s DSW program. As a school psychologist I will be working with children and youth. I would also like to work with adults and provide mental health services but as a school psychologist I am limited. Therefore, I feel that a DSW would be a good fit. Has anyone here applied to the DSW program at USC or considering? I am considering this program because of its flexibility (online), 2 year to complete, and no MSW needed. Also, are there any school psychologist who have provided mental health services for adults outside of school?
  4. Hello all! Its decision time and I am not sure I am making the right choice. Already I'm not at a great place financially and in both schools Id be paying approximately 30K. However one program is one of a kind and closer to my passions but the other is definitely a good match for the work I have been doing. The decision to move from California to Massachusetts is definitely a difficult one considering I don't have a steady income yet. I would need employment and an apartment to make it by there. If I stay in CA I have already secured employment and have a chance at a scholarship that will decrease my debt by approximately 10K. Private loans are going to be hard to come by and I don't have a chance at any public assistance. So then do I take this huge risk at a place like Harvard, or do I go for the safer but still amazing choice at USC where I wouldn't necessarily be losing if I do take the chance. They have wonderful opportunities and a chance at working with some brilliant professors as well. Please Help!
  5. Hello all! Its decision time and I am not sure I am making the right choice. Already I'm not at a great place financially and in both schools Id be paying approximately 30K. However one program is one of a kind and closer to my passions but the other is definitely a good match for the work I have been doing. The decision to move from California to Massachusetts is definitely a difficult one considering I don't have a steady income yet. I would need employment and an apartment to make it by there. If I stay in CA I have already secured employment and have a chance at a scholarship that will decrease my debt by approximately 10K. Private loans are going to be hard to come by and I don't have a chance at any public assistance. So then do I take this huge risk at a place like Harvard, or do I go for the safer but still amazing choice at USC where I wouldn't necessarily be losing if I do take the chance. They have wonderful opportunities and a chance at working with some brilliant professors as well. Please Help!
  6. 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.....
  7. mox

    San Diego, CA

    I did my undergrad at UCSD and am fairly familiar with the social and academic scenes at SDSU and USD if you have an questions fire away.
  8. Hello. I've always known that USC is a very good school, but I was surprised recently when I checked csrankings.org that they're within the top 20 for AI/ML (my field of interest). I'm looking to apply this year so that I can (hopefully) start in the fall of 2021. I'm not looking for a generic "what are my chances" post, but I would like some advice on what I could work on in order to improve my chances for admission. 1. GPA: 3.2ish/4.0 (undergrad), 3.85/4.0 (master - 1/4 semesters) 2. GRE: 163V/169Q/5.5AW 3. Research: No major publications. One paper submitted to an int'l conference waiting results, one publication in a domestic conference (I'm from Korea), working on one paper to submit to a top-tier in two months, and if that doesn't work out I'll keep it as a preprint on arXiv. The only things I can improve are #2 and #3 (maybe #1 if I do well this semester). Do you think I should take the GRE again? Also, would it be a deal breaker if I don't have any major publications yet? Any tips or advice are greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  9. Anyone else going to the Admitted Student Day event on March 26th and 27th?
  10. So, TL;DR deadline day is coming up for me to choose on Sol Price at SC for my MPA or do my MA IR at NYU. SC will be slightly cheaper, but price isn’t a big factor to me as much as career prospects. From posting over at r/gradschool and a couple other forums it seems like MPA is more in demand and offers more diverse options, but I’m not sure. I want to go into politics longterm, but want to lecture at the uni level in the interim, which would require a PhD. Right now the real hold up is being worried whether or not I’d be able to do a PhD in IR without a masters in the field. Also public transport in LA is obviously really bad so that presents a bit of an issue. But I’m pretty much 98 percent committed to SC as I feel head to head, the MPA would be better to have over the MA in case things don't work out with applying for/doing a PhD. I would still be able to work in governmental consulting and the like. Another concern I have is whether or not I would still be able to work for the UN or do international work with an MPA. I know that Ban Ki-Moon, the former Sec General of the UN has an MPA, but other than that, I am not sure. I would really appreciate some advice. Background- MA linguistics Glasgow uni.
  11. I wanted to ask-- has anyone that applied to the priority deadline for USC's MSW (2019) program heard back about scholarships (dean's, merit-based) with their applications or received any offers for funding? I've been admitted but I'm unsure if I just have not been considered for those scholarships or funding of that sort since I have not received any notifications.
  12. I got admits from UCSB, USC, UCI and TAMU for thesis based MS in ECE/EE depts. I am an international student and from the uni websites I gathered that Unis like TAMU and UCI look like their main focus is in wireless communications. My specific research interests are more towards statistical signal processing and ML. Can you guys help me get a perspective on these colleges regarding the research, their domains and the best college fit for me?
  13. I'm an international student from India and I've been offered admission to Duke and USC for an MS in BME. I've spoken to a lot of people from both colleges, and I seem to get the general idea that USC is a great place primarily because of its location in California where there are a lot of BT/Biomed companies. But I'm still pretty torn between them, since Duke has a great program and offers me the flexibility to really explore what I like. As somebody who wants to enter the industry, I'm not sure if I should pick the much lower ranked program/good location, or great program/okay location. Any sights?
  14. I was recently accepted into: MS Astronautical Engineering from USC MS Mechanical Engineering from Columbia MS Astronautics from Purdue MS Aerospace Engineering from UCLA These are all fully online degrees that will have no difference with the in class degrees and they will be fully funded by my employer. I am having trouble choosing between the four. I understand the program reputation and advisor/professor quality outweighs school reputation but I'm stuck on finding out how to compare those things. Which do you think would be the best of the four? I know technically Purdue is ranked the highest of them all for graduate engineering so it would make sense if it had the best course quality but it is not a huge name on the west coast. And I've also heard the Purdue is for engineers that strictly want to do engineering (not venture into business, management, consulting.) For now engineering is my plan but I don't want the other paths to be closed for me) Columbia has the Ivy league tag and is the most prestigious but I'm not sure if this applies to its graduate engineering program. USC and UCLA are basically head to head in California and between the two I'm leaning towards USC because I like the program more. USC also has an amazing alumni network in california shich would be helpful. Any suggestions?
  15. The University of Southern California or Virginia Tech, which is better for M.S. in mechanical?
  16. Hello, I've got admits from the following universities, 1. Arizona State University - Robotics and Autonomous Systems (Electrical Engineering) 2. University of Southern California - Electrical Engineering (Multimedia and Creative Technologies) 3. North Carolina State University - Electrical Engineering (Probably picking Robotics concentration) Need help to finalize University among these, considering overall reputation, the course, Return of interest. Personally, I feel that the USC course may narrow down job opportunities and I can't justify the extra cost for USC. I'm primarily interested to do something related to Controls, ML and Computer vision. I have experience in the field of ADAS/ Autonomous cars, which might be helpful in the Robotics related courses.
  17. I was recently accepted into: MS Astronautical Engineering from USC MS Mechanical Engineering from Columbia MS Astronautics from Purdue MS Aerospace Engineering from UCLA These are all fully online degrees that will have no difference with the in class degrees and they will be fully funded by my employer. I am having trouble choosing between the four to find a balance between course quality and reputation. Course quality so I actually learn something useful and reputation so it helps me look more impressive compared to other equally qualified job applicants. I will most likely stay on the West Coast if that matters. Which do you think would be the best of the four? I know technically Purdue is ranked the highest of them all for graduate engineering so it would make sense if it had the best course quality but it is not a huge name and I feel like the other 3 would be chosen over Purdue becuase of their reputation and prestige. Columbia has the Ivy league tag and is the most prestigious but I'm not sure if this applies to its graduate engineering program. USC and UCLA are basically head to head in California and between the two I'm leaning towards USC because I like the program more. Any suggestions?
  18. Got unofficial acceptance today. Join if you are on the same boat 🙂
  19. Salutations, fellow Trojans! Officially accepted admission today ?
  20. Hi, I got a skype interview invitation from USC Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. It is scheduled next week. Can anybody tell what it will be like and what are the chances of getting selected if u are invited for the interview?
  21. I plan to do my masters in Mechanical Engineering and the area of concentration which I have chosen is Fluid and Thermal Sciences. I have admits from NCSU (for Fall 2018) and from USC (for Spring 2019). Which one shall I go for and why?
  22. Hi All, I'm pretty bad at navigating this site so forgive me if this thread already exists for 2018 but I've been looking at a 2015 edition of this thread and it seemed really helpful so I figured I'd start one for this year. I'm currently trying to decide between: Rutgers: Interdisciplinary. 2 years. full ride. possibility of GA positions worth 7k a semester. #20 in US News Rankings (don't know how they do these but...) University of Florida: Arts + Technology. 3 years. full ride. 22k/year teaching fellowship (20 hrs/wk). #82 in US News. USC: New Genres. 2 years. Waiting to hear back on funding. #69 in US News. Florida State University: Interdisciplinary. 3 years. full ride. 8k/year teaching fellowship (10 hrs/wk) #69 in US News. I'm currently pretty stuck between Rutgers and UF. It's hard to ignore Rutger's stature and proximity to NY but it's also hard to ignore 22k/year in Gainesville, Florida (this would feel like a fortune) and the added bonus of a 3 year program with lots of individual attention. Any input on either the specific programs or just best modes of thinking for identifying the right school would be super appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  23. Hi! I know it's a bit late now but I just received my offer to MS in data science from Columbia and MS in Computer Science (Scientist and Engineers) from USC, besides MS in data science in NYU. I am having great difficulty deciding among these three programs. My brain literally shut down and beg for other's suggestions... A bit of background, I am graduating from UCSD majoring in Applied Mathematics and minor in Computer science with specialization in Machine Learning. I am a bit inclined towards becoming a data scientist in the future but I don't mind studying computer science. For now I am mainly concerned about the career aspect but I won't completely turn down further research opportunities. People were saying NYU has great curriculum and heavy in machine learning while Columba has recently invested greatly into the DS institute. My personal preference would be a smaller department with more chances interacting with faculties. Any suggestions? Thank you sooooooo much!
  24. Hi, everyone. I have been waitlisted on the MSEI(master in entrepreneurship and innovation)since 19 April, and interviewed twice in March. According to the director, the decision should be out on 1 May. BUT it didn't. What freaks me out is that I‘m an international student who probably won't have enough time to process the bank, visa, and housing issues if be admitted after May, because the program begins at 13 Aug. So should I contact the director again? (I have sent several emails after interview, waitlist, and asked a friend, who withdrew the offer, referring me to the director) and any suggestion on writing this e-mail since I don't wanna act so desperate for an offer(even though this program is my last hope) Thanks!!!!!
  25. I applied to USC to do an MSW online last week and the waiting has been killing me! I completed my undergraduate in 2015 as a Child and Family Studies major. I didn't really have a ton of work experience, just a work-study job, so my CV is kind of dull. I'm really concerned about my GPA as maybe it was a 2.7 when I graduated. I did write an addendum to further explain the reasoning behind my low GPA (sexual trauma). I have had a time of healing and know that I am fully ready to be a fantastic student again. A few months after I graduated, I moved to Tanzania to work for a non-profit for 15 months. Which is why I am wanting to pursue a masters in social work. I'm really passionate about working with refugees and hope to live and work in the East African region working with those refugees. My professor wrote a strong recommendation letter for me and the founder of the organization I worked for wrote my letter as well. I'm also nervous about my personal statement. I'm not the best writer and I answered each question, I'm just scared I didn't answer up to their standards. Do I have a shot or should I kiss my dream school goodbye?
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