TastyHiHatWork Posted March 14, 2014 Share Posted March 14, 2014 (edited) Okay, I am generally not one to open myself up to widespread criticism, but I've followed the discussions here the past few weeks, and I'm going to take that leap of faith. I applied to George Mason's History MA program which breaks down into tracks (predoctoral, applied history, enrichment, and teaching). I applied to enter through the enrichment track which is to "advance intellectual curiosity or for professional goals." There is no thesis requirement (though it is an option) or language requirement. While I have been suffering the wait for a decision, I've browsed these forums quite a bit, and I am now wondering whether I have a chance. I've been to graduate school to get my MAT in social studies education and have been teaching history for the past three years (the previous grad degree substitutes for GRE scores); my undergrad GPA is fine; and two colleagues wrote glowing recommendations. The program doesn't ask for a writing sample. What I see as my potential Achilles' Heel is my SoP (or Goals Statement, as they call it). I've written one for my MAT program with the input of my undergrad faculty advisor, but I understand this is obviously a different program with a different focus. My SoP talks about my academic credentials, professional experience, what I like about their department just fine, I think. However, I did not speak at length about my research interests or a particular professor with whom I'd like to work. I did mention what areas of history I pursued most during my undergrad career, but I know that's not the same. So, my question is this: Keeping in mind the type of program track for which I've applied, do I stand a chance, or should I start thinking about next cycle? Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa... Edited March 14, 2014 by TastyHiHatWork Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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