lollygag Posted January 10, 2010 Share Posted January 10, 2010 To make a long story short: I was in a PhD program (in philosophy) for about 4 years and dropped out for a variety of reasons (lack of financial, family, and academic support; the abysmal job prospects of almost everyone graduating from the program, in spite of its decent rank; sudden writer's block and loss of focus caused by what was later diagnosed as depression; a desire to be more involved in finding answers to social ills rather than metaphysical paradoxes, etc.). I racked up several incompletes, but got an A- or A in every other class. That was almost 5 years ago. I've since been working in the nonprofit sector as a grant writer and have become interested in applying for an MPA/MPP. I was told by an admissions counselor at one program that dropping out of a prior grad program isn't necessarily a dealbreaker as long as i can show that i can actually perform well at the graduate level. I think I can make a reasonably good case for that, though of course i'm a little worried. Anyone else out there been through this and care to share their experience? Any advice, of course, would also be appreciated! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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