any5 Posted December 4, 2015 Share Posted December 4, 2015 I just submitted my Fall'16 Soc. PhD apps and I feel ok about them. But I have some questions which I never got good answers to. Even though it's a bit too late now, perhaps these issues will help people in the future if they can be specifically addressed. Not all of these issues concern me individually but some do and I have seen some asked by others which were not really answered very well... 1. How bad is a 3.2-3.4 undergrad GPA IF (a) it was 10+ years ago (b) it was in an unrelated major (engineering, biology, etc.) (c) if you also have a masters degree with a 3.90-4.00? 2. How bad is it if you submit more than 1 writing sample? (say one is an academic paper and the other is a thesis or theoretical paper) 3. How bad is it if you submit 4 LORs and not 3 (if they ask for 3 but allow up to 6 recommenders, for example) 4. How important or not is professional work experience in something social science-related (or finance related for econ-soc)? 5. How bad is it to be an older applicant (35+ years old) 6. How bad is it if you none of your recommenders are sociologists? What if one or more is non-academic due to time out of school? 7. If you have multiple GRE scores should you only send the best aggregated score? Or select one with the highest verbal (or quant)? 8. How bad is it if you go over the word/page limit for SoP or writing sample? 9. Is it detrimental if you contact the grad school admissions office by phone or email to check up on things/ask questions/ask questions about online application/check on status of documents such as transcripts or GRE scores? Do they even pass those contacts along to the adcom? 10. Do your references on your CV make any difference (for the ones who are not also recommenders) 11. Does the CV even get looked at, and if so does it play much into decisions? 12. If you have a specific research agenda should you highlight that in SoP or keep it more general/high level? 13. Do (rigorous) professional designations play any role in consideration - such as CPA, ASA (actuarial), CFA or FRM? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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