TXInstrument11 Posted August 5, 2015 Share Posted August 5, 2015 So, I'm thinking about grabbing up a master's through the stats department at my school instead of the regular psych MS built into my PhD. My thinking is, it will be good for me as a researcher because I will have more methods at my disposal, allowing for more varied experimental design and greater independence (less need for data analysis help from other faculty). It also may also give me a competitive hiring edge later on. BUT the rub is that I have practically zero advanced math right now, necessitating a slow crawl through several calculus classes taught by grad students. If I magically secured an override now, it would take me Fall & Spring for Calc I and II, and then an additional Summer & Fall for Calc III and the other prereqs. That means 4 semesters for only the damn prereqs! Realistically, I would bone up on my trig now and then take Calc I in the Spring, so 5 additional semesters before even starting the MS. Math isn't a great love for me, but I do pretty well in it - maybe even better than the average STEM student on aptitude. So, it's doable, just difficult and time-consuming. I am squeamish about adding an extra year and limiting all of my electives to stats, but maybe it's worth it. In the grand scheme of things, one year isn't that much time and if I shouldn't be penalized by my program according to the handbook. NOTE: my tuition is covered and, as far as I know, does not have a year cap. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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