TulipOHare Posted March 26, 2009 Share Posted March 26, 2009 Dear gradcafe comrades, I seek your wisdom. I am torn between two schools for my MA in SLP: Temple University, and Teachers College at Columbia University (hereinafter TC). The goal: Get my MA so I can work as a speech-language pathologist. Maybe PhD later, not sure. Program/Faculty/Quality: Temple's program is 3 to 3 1/2 years long; TC's is 2 1/2 years. Reputation in the field is similar. I really like TC's style of clinical training, but Temple's program covers some special topics you don't get to study everywhere. Temple does a lot more research and is better known for its research, but the faculty at TC do work that's more closely in line with my interests. (Fwiw, I already have 4 years of full-time research experience, plus 2 years as a work-study RA in undergrad.) Location: Temple is in Philadelphia, where I've lived for the last 7 1/2 years. So I wouldn't have to move or get used to a new place. TC is in New York City, which is a very cool place to be, but is very expensive too. The cost: I currently hold $17k in student debt. Tuition (added up over the whole program) will cost me $42k at Temple and $81k at TC. Living expenses are high at both, though obviously higher at TC. As I've whined in other threads, neither school will be letting me know about assistantships or funding until after I have to decide, so I have to choose on the assumption that I will get nothing. TC has one edge: the NYC Dept. of Education will pay my tuition there in exchange for service after graduation (2 years service for every year they pay), which would cut the total bill down to just fees and living expenses. My gut: I feel pulled toward TC, but the price tag scares the crap out of me! Though the NYC DOE service agreement gives me a way out of that (I have no problem being an indentured servant), I'm what-ifing "what if I hate or get tired of New York and then I'm stuck there for another four [EDIT] years." Temple would be so much cheaper and easier, but for no reason I can quantify, I'm more excited about TC. (Median pay in the US for SLPs is $57k, so I'll be making some money after I graduate... but... argh!) Okay, hit me... any and all thoughts are welcome! (And thank you for reading this far ) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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