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  1. I'm currently choosing between three programs and could do with some advice. My goal after graduation is to start as a DS who can solve business problems and move onto leading analytics/DS teams and strategy down the line. I already have ~3 YOE in Analytics and DS. NYU MSDS: One of the best DS programs and I can shape it too my liking with electives. However, some subjects would be too technical. A lot of proof-based content. Also. It doesn't seem wise to spend 2 years when 1 year courses are available and to go too deep into the theory when I want to move into management in 5 years. Also losing out on 1 year's salary here so program cost automatically doubles. Due to these reasons, Columbia and UT Austin are my primary options. Columbia MSBA: Curriculum is flexible so I can shape it according to my interests. It's quite expensive though. I do have the option of pursuing an internship and TAing to defray the cost a little. Since this is a 1 year program, more if I get an internship, I think this will be slightly less hectic and could provide a break from academic pressure as opposed to Austin. One red flag for me is that the program doesn't seem to have ML in the core courses. There are a couple of electives like MS Machine Learning (1.5 Credits), and Machine Learning for Financial Engineering and Operations Research, but I don't know how in-depth those are, or do they only cover certain topics from the context of FE & OR. I can also take electives from other departments, but not in the first semester, when I'll be applying for internships. Does anyone have a view on this? UT Austin MSBA: Great place, reputed program, and cheaper than the others. Very little flexibility though. It's only 10 months so would be quite rigorous as well. It doesn't cover a lot of stats (bootcamp and self-learning) much. ML and Optimization courses are good though. Also, most people here have 2+ YOE, Columbia would have some recent grads as well. How important is it to study with experienced people? Also, how important are career services? I know Columbia's career services are not really good but most people do get jobs. My thinking is that Columbia is a good option due to the flexibility to choose electives from any school, the reputation, the location, and the internship. It's expensive but I hear people pay back the loans within 3 years. What would you guys suggest? Should I look at any other factors? I'll be grateful for any help. Thanks!
  2. I'm currently choosing between three programs and could do with some advice. My goal after graduation is to start as a DS who can solve business problems and move onto leading analytics/DS teams and strategy down the line. I already have ~3 YOE in Analytics and DS. NYU MSDS: One of the best DS programs and I can shape it too my liking with electives. However, some subjects would be too technical. A lot of proof-based content. Also. It doesn't seem wise to spend 2 years when 1 year courses are available and to go too deep into the theory when I want to move into management in 5 years. Also losing out on 1 year's salary here so program cost automatically doubles. Due to these reasons, Columbia and UT Austin are my primary options. Columbia MSBA: Curriculum is flexible so I can shape it according to my interests. It's quite expensive though. I do have the option of pursuing an internship and TAing to defray the cost a little. Since this is a 1 year program, more if I get an internship, I think this will be slightly less hectic and could provide a break from academic pressure as opposed to Austin. One red flag for me is that the program doesn't seem to have ML in the core courses. There are a couple of electives like MS Machine Learning (1.5 Credits), and Machine Learning for Financial Engineering and Operations Research, but I don't know how in-depth those are, or do they only cover certain topics from the context of FE & OR. I can also take electives from other departments, but not in the first semester, when I'll be applying for internships. Does anyone have a view on this? UT Austin MSBA: Great place, reputed program, and cheaper than the others. Very little flexibility though. It's only 10 months so would be quite rigorous as well. It doesn't cover a lot of stats (bootcamp and self-learning) much. ML and Optimization courses are good though. Also, most people here have 2+ YOE, Columbia would have some recent grads as well. How important is it to study with experienced people? Also, how important are career services? I know Columbia's career services are not really good but most people do get jobs. My thinking is that Columbia is a good option due to the flexibility to choose electives from any school, the reputation, the location, and the internship. It's expensive but I hear people pay back the loans within 3 years. What would you guys suggest? Should I look at any other factors? I'll be grateful for any help. Thanks!
  3. Are interviews primarily for PHD applicants, or generally done for MS as well? Thank you in advance for any insights.
  4. Hi! Is anyone else applying for masters programs in marketing? I barely see any updates for this on the front page
  5. Has anyone received any decisions for MS/Ph.D. in ECE, ACSES track for fall 2020?
  6. Hi! I wonder which Statistics PhD program is better, UIUC Statistics or UT-Austin Statistics and Data Science. UIUC: Pros: 1. Ranking; 2. CS is better; 3. Statistics Department is big and has many research areas. Cons: 1. Location; 2. Weather. UT-Austin: Pros: 1. Location; 2. Many good companies there; 3. Some big names in Bayesian. Cons: 1. Ranking; 2. Too new; 3. Too Bayesian. Thank you so much for your answers and help.
  7. Hi! I wonder which Statistics PhD program is better, UIUC Statistics or UT-Austin Statistics and Data Science. UIUC: Pros: 1. Ranking; 2. CS is better; 3. Statistics Department is big and has many research areas. Cons: 1. Location; 2. Weather. UT-Austin: Pros: 1. Location; 2. Many good companies there; 3. Some big names in Bayesian. Cons: 1. Ranking; 2. Too new; 3. Too Bayesian. Thank you so much for your answers and help.
  8. Hi everyone, I am a student of mathematics and computer science interested in optimization, theoretical computer science, and machine learning. I would really appreciate some of your thoughts on 2 PhD programs I am deciding between -- ECE at UT Austin and CS at Yale. I am an international applicant and ideally wanted to visit both of these (very different) institutes before taking a call, but that just isn't possible now. Thoughts on UT Austin Strong group in ECE and CS departments. Will I be able to work with faculty in CS? Will the large size of the institute prohibit me from doing so? Austin seems like a cool city, but is somewhat isolated. Will I have to catch a flight to go anywhere? Too many undergrads. May face funding issues. Growing safety concerns. The size of the university probably allows for greater opportunities. I think I'll find like-minded people no matter if I want to start a company, enter industry, or stay in academia. Not from an ECE background, so not sure how that will pan out. Reputed within CS folks. ECE probably won't let me indulge in theoretical CS. Thoughts on Yale Small(er) school. This is both a pro and a con. Not sure if I'll be able to find enough people with similar interests at Yale. However, the size will allow for more inter-departmental discussion? Growing CS dept. (but fairly average at the moment) Smacked between Boston and NYC. Strong math department. Funding situation should be good. Mostly with an undergrad focus. Do grad students feel neglected? New Haven safety issues. Reputed in general. Thanks in advance everyone!
  9. Has anyone heard when UT Austin might announce decisions? During the past couple years they've announced between 3/7 and 3/10. Their website says "admissions decisions are typically announced the second week of March prior to UT Austin closing for Spring Break," but this year their Spring break is the third week. So, I'm not sure if the results will be announced during the second week still, or possibly later. Is this anyone's top pick? Anyone go here for their undergrad?
  10. Has anyone applied to UT Austin's MSBA for fall'18? How much time will it take to get decision on application once application status says: file transferred to graduate committee for review?
  11. Hi all, I am an incoming student joing UT Austin for Ph.D Public Policy coming fall. Wanted to catch up with other fall admits. Congratulations everyone and look forward to meeting you all
  12. Hi Everyone, I have been admitted into UT Austin's MSBA and Duke's MQM program but I'm unable to decide which one would be better. Any thoughts?
  13. Hi, I am an international student. I have been admitted into UT Austin's MArch 1 and WashU's MArch 1 program but I'm unable to decide which one is better. WashU offers me $18,000 fellowship and its March 1 is STEM program while UT Austin is not. In my opinion, Austin is much better than St. Louis as a city to live, to study and to work. I prefer to work in US after graduate from grad school. I don't know about the education environment, reputation and faculty of the two schools of Architecture in US, so I need your advice. Thank you in advance.
  14. Hello Guys, I need some insight. Which one should I choose? The operation management/decision science PhD in Kelley, or the STATISTICS Group at Risk Analysis and Decision Making Department at McCombs? If I can graduate successfully, my first option would be to go into academia and 95% of Kelley graduates become faculty. However, I am worried that in the worst case scenario (which I hope and think will not happen), that i dont finish my phd, then I will have to go into industry, then mccombs seems to be a better option, because it's very location in austin. Bloomington is pretty and all that, but indianna is hardly the most developed state in the country. I would appreciate any insight! THANK YOU!
  15. I got an admission for MS in Electrical Engineering programs from UCLA, UIUC and UT Austin. I am not sure which one should I go for. I am interested in VLSI circuits and systems. I want this decision to be made considering the following factors: 1. Reputation of school in the field of electrical engineering 2. Future job prospects 3. Quality and level of research and professors 4. Financial aid easiness in the university 5. University's inclination to Electrical Engineering, especially VLSI, Power Electronics and machine learning (and the extent of inter disciplinary encouragement of different engineering departments) Please help in selecting. Thank You
  16. Hi all! I have just been accepted to UT Austin's CSD graduate program. I am really happy to have gotten in but am wondering if anyone out there can tell me about their experience with the program, student body, and faculty. I would love to get some feedback!
  17. Hi all! I have just been accepted to UT Austin's CSD graduate program. I am really happy to have gotten in but am wondering if anyone out there can tell me about their experience with the program, student body, and faculty. I would love to get some feedback!
  18. Hello all! Negotiating offers for a PhD in Chemical Engineering between Amherst, Georgia Tech, Cornell, Michigan, and UT Austin. Cornell's offer has proven to be most financially competitive, yet all are within the same stipend ball park. Interested in biological research, primarily regarding cellular engineering. Little bit about me: first gen college student, female, first gen US citizen (originally from Moscow, Russia), currently at Northeastern University and completed my elementary through high school education in NJ. Also, I'm a total work horse and prefer a heavily shifted work:life balance. Currently 21 years old, looking to complete my PhD by 25 in order to kick start my career then! Let me know your opinions!
  19. Hello everyone, I am currently working on my SOP for the UT Austin Computer Architecture and Embedded Systems MS program. I am worried that what I have is too broad. I would greatly appreciate it if any you could take a look at it and provide some feedback. Please PM me or reply to this and I will PM you my essay. Thank you in advance!
  20. Hi all, I just received my admission from Northwestern IMC and am facing difficulties deciding on which program to choose. As UT Austin is a newer program, there doesn't seem to be many posts on the program so I was wondering if anyone could provide any insights that can help me toward deciding! I have accepted my admission at UT Austin and paid a deposit of 2000$, and even finished my career services interview. I thought I didn't have a chance to get into Northwestern, but it turns out I got admitted the last day of being on the waitlist! It's very hard of a decision as the tuition at Northwestern is 84K, and 42K for UT Austin. Northwestern- prestigious program, lots of alumni, focuses more on tech and ecommerce UT Austin- new program (started in 2016), not as many alumni in the field as compared to Northwestern, but there's lots of alumni for McCombs (so could still be of great help when looking for jobs), focuses more on quant and analysis of data in targeting consumers. I was wondering if anyone could provide any insights to the two programs, your opinions are of great help, thank you all so much!
  21. Hi everyone, I'm headed to the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT Austin this fall after accepting a full-ride scholarship offer. I applied to their MGPS program because I'm interested in working for national security. A huge reason why I wanted to go back to school was to take advantage of the multiple critical language scholarships available only to students, such as Boren, CLS, FLAS, etc. Based on my personal interests, I've narrowed down my language learning selection to two languages: Russian and Persian. My questions/concerns are: 1. Is it feasible to learn a new language during graduate school? Especially a mission-critical language? For my first two semesters, my course load will be relatively normal at 9 hours each semester. Also, for what it's worth, I'm currently trilingual (English, Spanish, and French). 2. In terms of my career, which language -- Russian or Persian -- would offer the highest prospects of aiding me start a career in national security once I graduate in approximately three years? UT offers intensive courses for each of these languages, which means I can cover two years of coursework in one year. I also intend to apply to Boren, CLS, and UT's FLAS programs, which expedite language fluency through intensive language and cultural exposure. My study abroad choices are in Odessa, Ukraine for Russian or Dushanbe, Tajikistan for Persian. I've also considered learning Arabic or Hindi/Urdu, as UT hosts Flagship programs for both Arabic and Hindi/Urdu. 3. Alternatively, should I instead just focus my time on learning more technical skills? For example, a GIS certificate or a certificate in data science? National security is my passion. I want to be a suitable, worthy candidate. Any advice is appreciated! Especially in terms of which critical language I should learn, since it's a life-long commitment. Thank you!
  22. Hi everyone! I've recently received admissions notifications for grad school and decided to turn to The Grad Cafe for help and/or input in deciding which school I should attend. Hopefully i get some feedback soon, considering the deadline is on April 15! Anyway, a little background on myself. I am a 23 year old female person from Malaysia. Got my Bachelor's in International Relations from Boston University (Class of 2015) and am currently working as a researcher at a foreign policy think tank in my country. Hoping to go back to grad school this Fall 2017. I applied to all IR MA programs, 6 in total, and all 6 accepted me. The 6 schools and programs are: Columbia SIPA (MIA) Johns Hopkins SAIS (MA) University of Denver Josef Korbel School (MA in Intl Human Rights) George Washington Elliott School (MA in Global Communication) UT Austin LBJ School (MGPS) Tufts Fletcher (MALD) I honestly did not expect to get into all 6 programs, which is why I am having trouble deciding. I've created an Excel spreadsheet to look over all the relevant details in order to help me make the best choice but what do you guys think are the programs I should give more weight to? All of the programs i've applied to are of the international human rights/humanitarian policy with a global communications/public service/policy orientation. I like these programs because they are all interdisciplinary and most emphasize on practical applications of knowledge rather than theoretical. For example, rather than complete an MA thesis, some of these programs require Capstones or practical internships instead. My weaknesses are economics and numbers. Some of these schools have also offered me scholarships/fellowships - the only two who haven't are SIPA and SAIS. What i'm taking into consideration when picking schools/programs are mainly cost of attendance, scholarship/fellowship offered, reputation/ranking and cost of living (since i'm guessing i'd most probably have to live off campus, self housing). Prior to receiving admissions notices, I had my own personal choice ranking but now, some of it has shifted. For example, NYC cost of living alone is a number that i am not sure I would be able to afford (let alone cost of attendance of 80k per year) so Columbia has moved down slightly on my list. I am going to apply to government scholarships from my country that would cover cost of living etc, everything total but the problem is i have to make a commitment to a school soon and scholarships here generally have 3-4 rounds of interviews so it might not work out in my favor soon enough. That's pretty much the basic gist of it! Looking forward to any and all input, opinions, first hand knowledge and experiences that you guys can offer!
  23. Hey everybody. Were you accepted into the UT Austin Poetry MFA? Do you have other offers? Are you planning on going somewhere else? Because this is my only good news, & it's a wait list. Trying to plan my future, yo. Also: anyone know what their funding amounts are? Ty, and go in peace, fellow poets!
  24. Hi everyone! I've recently received admissions notifications for grad school and decided to turn to The Grad Cafe for help and/or input in deciding which school I should attend. Hopefully i get some feedback soon, considering the deadline is on April 15! Anyway, a little background on myself. I am a 23 year old female person from Malaysia. Got my Bachelor's in International Relations from Boston University (Class of 2015) and am currently working as a researcher at a foreign policy think tank in my country. Hoping to go back to grad school this Fall 2017. I applied to all IR MA programs, 6 in total, and all 6 accepted me. The 6 schools and programs are: Columbia SIPA (MIA) Johns Hopkins SAIS (MA) University of Denver Josef Korbel School (MA in Intl Human Rights) George Washington Elliott School (MA in Global Communication) UT Austin LBJ School (MGPS) Tufts Fletcher (MALD) I honestly did not expect to get into all 6 programs, which is why I am having trouble deciding. I've created an Excel spreadsheet to look over all the relevant details in order to help me make the best choice but what do you guys think are the programs I should give more weight to? All of the programs i've applied to are of the international human rights/humanitarian policy with a global communications/public service/policy orientation. I like these programs because they are all interdisciplinary and most emphasize on practical applications of knowledge rather than theoretical. For example, rather than complete an MA thesis, some of these programs require Capstones or practical internships instead. My weaknesses are economics and numbers. Some of these schools have also offered me scholarships/fellowships - the only two who haven't are SIPA and SAIS. What i'm taking into consideration when picking schools/programs are mainly cost of attendance, scholarship/fellowship offered, reputation/ranking and cost of living (since i'm guessing i'd most probably have to live off campus, self housing). Prior to receiving admissions notices, I had my own personal choice ranking but now, some of it has shifted. For example, NYC cost of living alone is a number that i am not sure I would be able to afford (let alone cost of attendance of 80k per year) so Columbia has moved down slightly on my list. I am going to apply to government scholarships from my country that would cover cost of living etc, everything total but the problem is i have to make a commitment to a school soon and scholarships here generally have 3-4 rounds of interviews so it might not work out in my favor soon enough. That's pretty much the basic gist of it! Looking forward to any and all input, opinions, first hand knowledge and experiences that you guys can offer!
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