Nick1331 Posted March 30, 2017 Share Posted March 30, 2017 Hey all, So currently facing a dilemma. I was accepted to University of Hartford's Psy.D program, and I thought my mind was set. The other day I received an offer to Northwestern's Masters program for Clinical Psychology (was rejected during the Ph.D round). My goal in this cycle was, probably like everyone's, to be accepted into a fully funded program but cards just didn't fall that way. My goals is to end up working in the area of child clinical with a forensic focus. UHart has a child-adolescent track, with tons of forensic opportunities for practicum in the area since it is the NE. Northwestern offers courses in assessments, forensics, and child clinical to take along the way. Just to offer a little insight on my current line of thinking: Northwestern - One of the best programs in the country, was my favorite school I applied to, 15 month masters (program runs from this upcoming June to next June), total cost likely running about $50,000. Allows me to reapply but it's a gamble though, we all know how difficult it is just getting into a fully funded Ph.D program. Best case scenario and it all falls perfectly, done with this masters to Ph.D route by the time i'm 29. UHart - 5 year Psy.D program, which means by the time i'm 26 I could be finished with school with my doctorate. Has a child-adolescent track that fits where my interests lie. Close to home and where I prefer being for the rest of my life (From New York). No clue the financial aid I would receive, but worst case this program is running about $80,000 for all 5 years. Receive my masters along the way. Right now I currently see myself focused on the practice side of things, I struggle to foresee myself in academia/research, but having the improved training and opportunity to do it with a Ph.D is optimal in my mind. After visiting UHart, compared to when I went to visit some Ph.D programs, all the Ph.D programs had this cutthroat atmosphere that bred a ton of competition, UHart seemed to have a more cohesive cohort. Maybe just a bad read on my part from the programs but after being in that type of cutthroat environment since I began HS, might be time to break away from that for once. Just wanted to hear if anyone had anything to add about either of these programs, and just any words of wisdom anyone could pass along. I would appreciate anything. Thanks! - Nick Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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