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  1. I'm deciding on a Masters in international affairs/development studies and would appreciate any advice anyone has. Johns Hopkins seems to be the most prestigious but offered me no funding, and Tufts seems to be of a similar caliber and offered me some funding but is in Boston and I don't have housing there so that would be an additional cost. Does anyone have any insight on the difference between GW and American? They are my most affordable options. I have family in DC so can live rent-free there. Is SAIS at Johns Hopkins worth going into significant debt?
  2. Hi all, I am looking to hear from those of you who have attended any of these schools for SLP grad school. Idaho state, university of Montana, BYU, University of Northern Colorado, Wyoming, Washington State, and Easter Washington University. Some question I have specifically: 1. Do a lot of students receive funding? I will by an out of state resident and some of the schools listed don't offer to WGRP, so I will have to pay out of state tuition. I am wondering how likely it is to get it waived or get funding to help with the cost? I have competitive application: 3.98 GPA, 152 V 158 Q, 4.0 AW. 2. What are your experiences with the clinic? Do you feel like you are learning within the clinic and are becoming ready to be working on your own? 3. What is the major focus at your school? Thanks for all your help! I greatly appreciate it!
  3. Anyone else on the waitlist for uw's comp ling program? Or have knowledge about how many people get off the waitlist/how the waitlist works? I'll be emailing then tomorrow at a more reasonable time, but I don't expect a response till Monday from them, so figured I'd ask here!
  4. Applied for MS in CS. So I just received an acceptance from: UNCC GSU Universities yet to reply: UofM UofW (St. Louis) WMU MTU Should I wait or go either one of these? If so, which one???
  5. I'm in the process of selecting which school in the greater Washington, DC area to undertake a master's in public policy degree at. I've been working full-time here since 2016 and plan on continuing to work 9-5 for the next three years while I am completing my MPP. I've been accepted into all 5 schools I've applied and for now have them ranked as: 1) Georgetown 2) George Washington 3) George Mason 4) American 5) Maryland Georgetown and George Washington are extraordinarily expensive, but I think they have the best curricula and flexibility for part-time students. Any thoughts/experience/advice from the forum on these schools?
  6. Hi all, I have recently been admitted to three programs: Georgetown's MA in Conflict Resolution, Boston University's MAIA in Diplomacy, and LSE's MSc in Conflict Studies. I cannot for the life of me decide which school would be the best fit, so I'm hoping that someone here has either attended one of these schools or can offer insight into which program sounds the most compelling. Here is what I know so far: Georgetown Tuition: ~ $50k USD per year for a 2 year program Great career centre/job prospects post-grad Perfectly located for internships/careers in diplomacy or foreign service Beautiful campus Great reputation in the US Poli Sci/Government circle Very high cost of living Don't know a single person in Washington High crime rate Boston University Tuition: ~$45k USD per year for a 2 year program Offers a summer exchange program for CR students in Geneva & London Prof whose work I have followed for ages teaches a class in my department Boyfriend and best friend from uni both live here (support network + potential roommates) From what I can tell, great student-faculty outreach Very high cost of living Not as internationally acclaimed as the other 2 schools LSE Tuition: £20,904 for 1 year program (roughly $29,176 USD - this is a HUGE draw of this program, as I will be financing my own graduate degree) Great international reputation, would likely open many career doors Uni is in the centre of an exciting city Well located for careers in government/foreign service Insane cost of living From what I've gathered so far, their academics are not as strong as Georgetown Only a 1 year program, so not as much time to network/study/perform research Hands-off teaching style - very little in class time, grades based off one final exam at the end of term Any guidance you can offer on any of the 3 schools would be very much appreciated. HELP ME MAKE THIS IMPOSSIBLE DECISION!
  7. Hello all, I was wondering if anyone could offer insight on career services for MPA/MPP students at the University of Washington's Evans School and Georgetown's McCourt School -- specifically, how well-networked each is in New York. I currently live in the city, and hope to return here after graduation, but it seems that graduates of each school tend to stay nearby (in Seattle and D.C., respectively). I assume the Georgetown name would carry more weight on the East Coast, though I have no hard data to back up that intuition. (NYU Wagner would have been my first choice, but no funding makes things difficult. Results are pending from Columbia SIPA, though my video essay was not anywhere near what it should have been.) Thanks for any advice you may have!
  8. Hi!! Does anyone know much about University of Washington’s waitlist for their SLP graduate program? I am on the waitlist for both the Core and Med program, but I have expressed a preference for the Core. How many people are on the waitlist? How many people are accepted from the waitlist? When do you people hear back that they are admitted from the list? Any updated insider information would be appreciated!!
  9. Hello everyone. Hope this get answered. I was accepted to both UC Davis and the university of Washington for an M.S. in electrical engineering. I am an international student, and till now I didn't receive any words regarding funding. I am interested in communication and signal processing fields, mainly wireless communications' structure. At first, I was leaning towards the university of Washington, but reading more about each university's research and labs made me hesitant. From what I read, UW communication research field is not as robust as UC Davis, and by that I mean UC Davis department focus matches more with my own. UW EE department seems more focused on robotics, data acquisition and analysis, and electrical properties of materials. Apart from the research and academic aspects, both Seattle and Davis have their distinct appeals. Seattle, I think, has the perfect city vibe and strong companies presence. Davis on the other hand sounds like a great safe college town. Again, I am an international student, so sadly I cant visit campuses and compare departments, surroundings, supervisors, etc. Can someone please help me decide which program to attend? I would greatly appreciate if someone could double check the department research focuses I mentioned above for UW and UC Davis. Which one would you choose as an international masters' EE student, with focus on communications? Thank you all and good luck with your applications.
  10. No, not quite as important as Lebron's decision, but I do have to make one in the next 10 days or so. I have 2 offers for Masters in Data Science programs from the following universities: University of Washington at Seattle - Masters in Data Science Tuition: ~45k, 5k department scholarship for 2017-2018 Pros: Has better regarded comp sci and applied math program, smaller cohort (~50), cheaper, Seattle is a big tech area with lower cost of living, Cons: Relatively new program, no graduates yet to give employment statistics, Seattle is gloomy NYU - Masters in Data Science Tuition: ~62k, no funding yet Pros: More established and high profile program, NYU really looks out to make sure their students get jobs/internships, more DS faculty members to work with Cons: more expensive both in tuition and cost of living, have to move to NYC (far from california), larger cohort expected (up to ~100) I currently live in silicon valley, and plan to work probably in tech after graduation, although I am open minded. I want to conduct some meaningful research while I am at either school, and have contacted several professors. I can probably round up another 5k or so in external scholarship/grants before fall, but most of the cost I will have to foot via my saved $ unless I do RA/TA-ships. In fact I suspect my decision will come down to what individual professors can offer me in terms of research work/funding from either school. Thoughts?
  11. i wanna be an engine

    UMich vs. UWash vs. PennState (ECE, MS)

    Hello, I'm an international student and will be paying full OOS tuition to the school I go to, none of them offer funding. My goal after grad school is to transition to industry in the US (possibly in an R&D, technician, or design position...not academia), in the field of MEMS/nanotechnology/photonics. I'm leaning towards University of Michigan - Ann Arbor because it seems to have a good reputation in ECE, but at the end of the day, companies likely don't care too much on the school but rather the skills/knowledge you acquired. I'm not a fan of the location; I would likely look for a job on the (west) coast after graduation. The advisor for my program of interest seems to be well-known in the field for the past decade (I just looked at relevant citations on Google Scholar and compared to the other 2 schools/program advisors). University of Washington - Seattle is located in a relatively nice region; but I think UMich has a better reputation (once again, school reputation is not everything). PennState is currently 3rd on my list; the program quality seems equal to UWash, but the location is not ideal. (In hindsight, I should have applied to more schools in California, I only applied to USC and have not yet heard back.) I would also like to do an internship or co-op work term if that is allowed for F-1 visa holders (advice on this would also be appreciated). Which school would set me up on the path of highest probability to: 1st) Work in industry in the field of MEMS/nanotechnology/photonics. 2nd) Have the ability to relocate to either the west or east coast? 3rd) Graduate. My undergraduate was in engineering physics and I am starting to feel anxiety in doing a Masters in ECE. I'll be trying to fill in knowledge-gaps (e.g. circuits) over the summer. Ideally, the school I go to has excellent academic support for its students, outside regular lectures. I have not discussed my decisions with other people, as I currently work in a somewhat unrelated field. If anyone has experience or is familiar with these schools, any thoughts would be appreciated. Thank you!
  12. Hi all! I was admitted to U WA's MFA Creative Writing program fully-funded as a fellow! I have the option to either teach 1:1/2:1 or take the fellowship and not teach during my time there. I have a few questions: how important is the teaching component to the MFA? I hear mixed opinions on whether or not it truly makes a difference. I'm considering a PhD afterwards, but not quite sure if I want to do that yet. Also, does anyone here go to U WA or have any true insights about the program? I hear the faculty is influx, which makes me a little nervous about fit and style of the program.
  13. Short version: should I do into debt at my dream school, or accept a full-ride to my third choice? I was thrilled when I got into my dream program, the MHCI program at CMU. I never thought I would get in, and I feel like I won the lottery. Then today I was offered $80,000 scholarship from University of Michigan. Suddenly everything feels very real. I think CMU is a much better fit-- I want to make things, not research. I love that it is a professional program, and I like that it is smaller, and very focused curriculum. The curriculum seems perfectly tailored to my interests. Not going to lie, I also like the prestige. What I am worried about is that the economy will crash and I will find myself in debt and in a no-longer-high-in-demand profession. Not having to pay tuition would really help me get my adult life started on the right track (I am only 22, and this is my first time leaving my home town). I'm probably looking at upwards of $20k debt at CMU (I have savings and leftover Florida Prepaid to get through the first 2ish semesters). Then there is the University of Washington's HCDE program. I haven't even heard back from UW yet, but I visited last year and it was my second choice after CMU (really the first choice, since CMU was such a "reach".) If I get in, it will make this decision even harder. (UW curriculum is more my style than UM, and tuition is cheaper.) Another factor is that my husband is also moving with me, and while he is very supportive, I hate the idea of dragging him to Ann Arbor because the job prospects for him are much slimmer than in a larger city (Seattle or Pittsburgh). I don't really want to live in AA either.
  14. Has anyone here done a postbac at UW? I just applied, and I'm wondering when they notify. The UW general admissions page says May and June, but the program STARTS in June! Another page says March, so... Any first-hand knowledge/ clarification would be super helpful! Thanks!! <3
  15. Can anyone give me insight into which school would be better to attend/some pros and cons of each?
  16. Hey all, Was lucky enough to be accepted to Atmospheric / Oceanographic Sciences PhD programs at a few great schools. I've narrowed it down to two, and visited both, but am really struggling to pick a favourite from here. I even made a huge spreadsheet, tried to weigh this up quantitatively and one scored 72.3/100 and another scored 72.7/100. Some basic personal details: Primary field of interest is polar science, particularly sea ice and climate modelling British, with British undergrad and master's Likely (~75% chance) looking to stay in academia following the PhD Girlfriend will be trying to get a job and move to same location after around a year Roughly weighting my decision as 50% academic factors and 50% quality of life factors Academic factors: Washington is slightly better in terms of ranking and has a large number of polar scientists. Boulder has a number of research institutes in the area such as NCAR and plenty of polar scientists too. Advisers at both places seem great. Washington project fits well with my research interests and would be very flexible. Boulder project does not yet have confirmed funding and may not until a little into my second year. Is more or less my ideal project. More TA requirements at Boulder, as advisers aren't confirmed until end of 1st year. While both departments seemed great in this respect, I really liked the culture of the Washington department in terms of student/faculty interaction and from a general social point of view. Non-academic factors: Cost of living is probably fairly similar when compared to stipend, possibly slightly worse in Seattle. Boulder has pretty perfect weather (in my opinion). Seattle has weather seems like England, which other than an awesome few months in Summer would be nice to get away from. Particularly seeing as I plan on cycling as my main transport. Girlfriend would likely have to get a job in Denver if I went to Boulder, which is a decent commute. However, Seattle commutes are notoriously bad too. Both places are great for outdoor activities, but they're closer and drier in Boulder. Seattle is a big city, so seems better for nightlife/cultural things. Might have to drive/bus to Denver for some of these otherwise, but really liked Denver. Colorado has some awesome Mexican food. Big fan. For the sake or argument lets say girlfriend has no preference between place. If you made it through all those points then thanks for reading. Not sure what I'm looking for in terms of advice as I know this is a very personal decision, but any insight on the programs or locations anyone has would be really appreciated.
  17. Hi, I got offers from the University of Washington (PhD in Asian Languages & Literature) and the University of Hawaii at Manoa (PhD in East Asian Languages and Literatures), and I am struggling between the two. Hawaii has offered me partial funding, and I am waiting for funding information from Washington. My research area of interest is modern/contemporary Chinese literature and East Asian cinema. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
  18. So I have received all of my admits and have narrowed my selection down to two schools for a M.S. in Aerospace Engineering. 1. University of Texas Austin 2. University of Washington I know Austin is a better school (and cheaper), but I know there is a lot of aerospace companies in the Seattle area (several of which I would love to work for). I was hoping to get some opinions on which may be a better option based on name vs. industry in the area. Thanks!
  19. Hey guys, I got accepted to the master's programs at the University of Colorado, Denver and George Washington University. I don't really know how to decide between the two... Ideally I would love to be in Denver, but I'm assuming that GW's program is more prestigious. Any advice would be appreciated.
  20. Which school do you guys think is better in regards to tissue engineering? look forward to opinions!
  21. Anyone heard back from U Washington Evans School? I applied for the MPA and just found out I was accepted! Though I've yet to hear anything about fellowships or scholarships. Fingers crossed. I'd love to hear about who my future classmates are, what they did in the past and hope to do in the future, and your thoughts on U Washington and Seattle. Post away!
  22. I have narrowed my decision down to the following schools: University of Colorado - Boulder University of Washington - Seattle Iowa State University Georgia Tech Texas A&M Virginia Tech UC - Davis Which program is the overall best decision for an MS degree? Which school looks the best to employers? Which school is the most respected? Which program has the best job prospects? . Thanks!
  23. nouveau.ukiyo

    SFS vs. SAIS

    Hey everyone, sorry to create another 'Vs.' thread. If you don't mind, I'd like to ask for your opinions. I trying to decide between SAIS and Georgetown SFS and I'm having a tough time! My stated goal in my personal statements is to become a Commercial Service Officer. These people work at US embassies, but are members of the Department of Commerce, not the State Department, I believe. Among the many things CSOs do, their work mostly consists of promoting and assisting American businesses in other countries. In grad school, I want to focus on East Asia. East Asia has developed countries, near-developed, and developing countries all mixed together. I want to focus my studies on three main aspects of IR, business, government and development, and integrate them together in the context of East Asia and the US. I won't go into details of my thoughts and reasoning, but this is part of why I want to become a CSO. To my disbelief, I got into SFS and SAIS. Unfortunately, I got no merit aid from either school; I'll be borrowing money in either case. Now here's where things get tricky for me. I've been in Japan for 3.5 years and speak Japanese with reasonable fluency. For that reason, I applied to SAIS and picked the Japan Studies regional concentration. After reading through their website, it looks like if I take a few extra Asia IR classes, I can get a Masters of Asia IR (which I intend to do if I choose SAIS). I guess the International Economics concentration and Asia IR coursework could prepare me for my intended career. But in case I can't become a CSO (of which there is a very high probability me thinks), I'd be in a good position to return to Japan/Asia or enter into some kind of Japan/Asian-related work I would think. For SFS, I picked the International Commerce and Business concentration. Compared to SAIS, SFS has very little variety with only 3 concentrations. SFS prides itself in being a 'practitioner-oriented' program; their classes are all about teaching skills. Very few people at SFS go on to do Ph.D's because they don't focus on research or theory. I wouldn't be able to take a lot of Japan/Asia-related courseshere; instead, I'd have a lot of more general IR and business classes. So why am I confused? Well, as many people stated on this forum, SAIS has a better Asian department and connections. But I think Georgetown's ICB program offers more practical skills rather than history and theory. SAIS is very economics heavy, but how useful is all that economics knowledge unless you want to become an economist? And as interesting as their Japan/Asia IR classes sound, how useful will they be? I'll benefit from gaining knowledge about history and issues in Japan/Asia, but what marketable skills will I have to show employers besides the fact I know a lot about Japan/Asia IR? I suppose I could switch and pick a functional concentration instead, but nothing at SAIS seems to fit my goals I think. Part of me also thinks I shouldn't fret over details; after all, SAIS is an amazing school with great connections and many, many successful alums. Another issue is location. If I choose SAIS, I will do my first year at Bologna vs. 2 years in DC with SFS. As cool as it would be to go to Bologna (I'll probably never get a chance to live in Europe again), part of me also reasons that it would be wiser to be in DC for 2 years. And of course, I'm also pondering the other issues already mentioned on this forum: program size, school prestige, school connections, actual campus vs. office building in downtown DC, debt, etc. I guess the issue comes back to my original thoughts on IR schools: by getting a Masters in IR, what skills would I gain and how useful will they be in when seeking employment? I've always seen MBAs has a better investment, not only because they command higher salaries, but also because they give people practical skills. For the same reason, I suppose I favor SFS over SAIS at the moment. I'm welcome to any input! By choosing an IR degree, I'm moving into a new field career-wise, so there is a lot I don't know. So please educate me!
  24. Whitty

    UW vs. UNC

    Hello all! I've just been accepted into the Clinical Social Work programs at both UW and UNC. I fully intend on applying for their dual MPH degree programs and have decided to mosey on over to this section of the forum to gain some perspective about which University would be strongest for Maternal and Child Health concentration? What are the general sentiments about the strength and reputation two programs from a Social and Behavioral Science perspective? (I will be pursuing a PhD) Any insight into this would help me with deciding on which University I should attend. I don't know if I'm overwhelmed and my brain isn't working or just don't know what questions to ask. I appreciate your patience and response. Thank you in advance
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