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Hello All!!!

I am currently a master student at Communication Unviersity of China and applying for PHD program of 2018 Fall round. I am interested in studying the effects and implications of social media usage on metal health. I have applied for 6 programs: Ohis state, IUB, Stanford (definitely, I will be rejected), Cornell, Wisconsin-madison, Temple. And I am going to apply for another 3 programs. Do anybody have suggestions about the phd programs which fit with my research interests?

Thanks for any reply in advance!

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Welcome to the forum. @Phoebe Zhao.Most programs have closed their application. Based on your interests, I think you can check out the following programs whose deadlines are set on January or February: Michigan State (Feb. 1), UC Davis (Jan. 5), Univ. of Florida (Jan. 15, it requires two sets of transcripts to be delivered there before the deadline), UGA (Grady College, Jan. 1), UCSB (Jan. 1) Maryland (Jan. 7), Washington State Univ. (Dec. 31), Penn State (Comm. Arts & Sciences, 10 Jan.), Rutgers (Jan. 5), Arizona State Univ. (Jan. 5), Alabama (Feb. 1), Univ. of Kentucky (Jan. 5), Univ. of Arizona (Jan. 5, pay attention to Prof. Chris Segrin), Ohio Univ. (Jan. 15), Univ. of Iowa (Jan. 1). You have to read the professors' profiles by yourself to decide whether they are well suited for your interests. I am not sure whether you can complete your application before the deadlines of UGA, UCSB, Washington State. Iowa, since they are so close. BTW, Iowa is very famous for its programs of Social Psychology (ranked among TPO three in the country). When you get into the Comm. Program, you can take advantage of courses of Social Psychology.If you think it fits you very well, do contact the personnel and ask whether they can permit extension.

I also applied for Ohio State University, but it requires international applicants to have a TOEFL Speaking score of over 28 (I only got 26). I also applied to Wisconsin-Madison, but it has tightened their budget. So even if it admits us, chances are it will not provide enough funding. 

Hope you find the message helpful. 

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1 hour ago, Hao Hongtao said:

Welcome to the forum. @Phoebe Zhao.Most programs have closed their application. Based on your interests, I think you can check out the following programs whose deadlines are set on January or February: Michigan State (Feb. 1), UC Davis (Jan. 5), Univ. of Florida (Jan. 15, it requires two sets of transcripts to be delivered there before the deadline), UGA (Grady College, Jan. 1), UCSB (Jan. 1) Maryland (Jan. 7), Washington State Univ. (Dec. 31), Penn State (Comm. Arts & Sciences, 10 Jan.), Rutgers (Jan. 5), Arizona State Univ. (Jan. 5), Alabama (Feb. 1), Univ. of Kentucky (Jan. 5), Univ. of Arizona (Jan. 5, pay attention to Prof. Chris Segrin), Ohio Univ. (Jan. 15), Univ. of Iowa (Jan. 1). You have to read the professors' profiles by yourself to decide whether they are well suited for your interests. I am not sure whether you can complete your application before the deadlines of UGA, UCSB, Washington State. Iowa, since they are so close. BTW, Iowa is very famous for its programs of Social Psychology (ranked among TPO three in the country). When you get into the Comm. Program, you can take advantage of courses of Social Psychology.If you think it fits you very well, do contact the personnel and ask whether they can permit extension.

I also applied for Ohio State University, but it requires international applicants to have a TOEFL Speaking score of over 28 (I only got 26). I also applied to Wisconsin-Madison, but it has tightened their budget. So even if it admits us, chances are it will not provide enough funding. 

Hope you find the message helpful. 

Thanks for your information! It is amazing that you know the application deadlines for such many universities! The information is very important for me. Actually, I read the information about some programs that you mentioned. I think I have a good fit with Michigan state. But I have applied too many programs with high ranking, so I want to apply for some programs with relatively low ranking and I decide to give up Michigan state. Also, I do not have a good fit with Univ. of Florida, Univ. of Kentucky, Maryland, Penn state and Arizona state. Therefore, my temporary decision is to apply for Rutgers and Alabama. In addition, I will have a close look at UC Davis, Univ. of Arizona, Ohio Univ., especially Univ. of Iowa.

Also, I didn't fullfill the Toefl speaking requirement for internatioanl applicants. Yet I really think I have a good fit with OSU, so I take a risk for it. And I don't know Wiscnosin-madison has tightened their budget. It is really a bad news.

Again, your information is very helpful for me. Thanks a lot!!!

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Hi, @Phoebe Zhao, happy that you find the message useful. As for OSU, it is not "risk"; they will definitely, 100% reject us. They need a score of over 28 to show that your English is good enough to be a TA. If you do not meet the requirement, they will not give you any funding, even if you are admitted. I will take another TOEFL next month, hopefully I can reach 28 this time. In fact, I really think OSU should not set the bar so high; even UPenn and Stanford did not require such a high score in the Speaking Section. As for Chinese applicants, it is not that Chinese cannot score that high in speaking; it is just that Chinese who got 28 in Speaking will ignore OSU and apply for much better programs like UPenn and Stanford. After all, 28 in Speaking means an overall score of at least 115. 

BTW, UC Davis require a speaking score of over 26. As for other schools, please do check their specific requirements. I do not know your background, but I am certain that it is very difficult (possible, though) for international applicants who obtained their MA outside of US  to be admitted to Cornell, Stanford, and OSU. No matter how strong your background is, it is always safer to have some backup options. I mainly applied for doctoral programs, but I did apply for one MA program in case that I got rejected by all Ph.D. programs or that the programs that accept me are not ideal. Hope you find some other programs that fit you. Best wishes. 

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38 minutes ago, Hao Hongtao said:

Hi, @Phoebe Zhao, happy that you find the message useful. As for OSU, it is not "risk"; they will definitely, 100% reject us. They need a score of over 28 to show that your English is good enough to be a TA. If you do not meet the requirement, they will not give you any funding, even if you are admitted. I will take another TOEFL next month, hopefully I can reach 28 this time. In fact, I really think OSU should not set the bar so high; even UPenn and Stanford did not require such a high score in the Speaking Section. As for Chinese applicants, it is not that Chinese cannot score that high in speaking; it is just that Chinese who got 28 in Speaking will ignore OSU and apply for much better programs like UPenn and Stanford. After all, 28 in Speaking means an overall score of at least 115. 

BTW, UC Davis require a speaking score of over 26. As for other schools, please do check their specific requirements. I do not know your background, but I am certain that it is very difficult (possible, though) for international applicants who obtained their MA outside of US  to be admitted to Cornell, Stanford, and OSU. No matter how strong your background is, it is always safer to have some backup options. I mainly applied for doctoral programs, but I did apply for one MA program in case that I got rejected by all Ph.D. programs or that the programs that accept me are not ideal. Hope you find some other programs that fit you. Best wishes. 

Thanks for your information. OMG!! I really don't know that a score of 28 in speaking is a necessary requirement for funding. If I know it, I must not waste an opportunity to apply for this program. I had a bad performance on my speaking of Toefl. And I do not prepare to have another Toefl exam since I know I cannot get that high score.

I believe it is hard for Chinese students who obtained their MA in China to be successful for the first-class phd programs, such as Stanford and Cornell. Applying for the MA programs as backup is a wise decision. However, the MA program in US is unaffordable for me as almost no funding. So, though I want study in US MA program, I cannot take it into my consideration.

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@Phoebe Zhao. Yes, I am sure that OSU requires a Speaking score of over 28 if you need funding. I have checked this point with Kylie, the persona responsible for graduate admission at School of Communication at OSU. 

Without funding, I could not afford another MA in the USA, neither. However, as far as I know, some MA Comm. programs will provide tuition waiver and a monthly stipend. For example, Purdue, FSU, Ohio Univ., Wake Forest, Washington State Univ., and Wayne State Univ.  Unfortunately, Purdue (it requires a Speaking score of over 27) and Wake Forest (in Fact, Wake Forest fits your interests very well) have closed their application. I applied for FSU (Florida State Univ.), MA. I think the research interests of Prof. Jinghui Hou and Prof. Russell Clayton also match yours. Application for its MA program is still open (I am not sure, though. I know application for its Ph.D program is closed on 1st Dec.).  

Another choice is Washington State Univ. It is very friendly towards Chinese applicants and it offers full funding for admitted students. I checked its website just now. Its says that the priority deadline is Dec. 31 but they will consider your application until 10 Jan. Comm. Program at Washington State Univ. is home to lots of Chinese Students. For example, xzm110 (http://bbs.gter.net/thread-1359474-1-1.html)on JITUO Forum graduate there and then got admitted to USC Annenberg. He got his first MA at Tianjin Normal University and then got his second MA at Washington State, which gave him full funding. Simmoon (http://bbs.gter.net/forum.phpmod=viewthread&tid=924198&extra=page%3D1%26filter%3Ddigest%26digest%3D1%26orderby%3Drecommends%26typeid%3D564%26digest%3D1%26typeid%3D564%26orderby%3Drecommends), who is also on JITUO Forum,also obtained his MA at Washington State and he later got admitted to Stanford (His background is very impressive. He had SIX conference papers before his Ph.D.). So I highly recommend you to check it out (both its MA and Ph.D). I've applied for FSU, so I am not considering applying for another MA program.

Also, I recommend you to have a look at Prof. Stephanie Tong (http://comm.wayne.edu/profile/fe2816) at Wayne State University. Her publication list is very impressive and I also think her research area has some connection with yours. Most importantly, she is recruiting RA so you might get the funding at Wayne State Univ. Lastly, do have a look at UC Davis (it requires 26 in Speaking, though).

 

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@Hao HongtaoWow!!! The information you provided is amazing!!! It is really useful for me. I will scrutinize the application information about these universities. Thank you very much!!! I really appreciate your help.

By the way, have you get your MA in the USA? Because I think you know the programs in the USA very well !

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Hey friends! I've been lurking but I'm late to actually posting. Huge congrats to @GreenEyedTrombonist for the acceptance at UConn! Hope the season treats all of you well. 

I thought I'd jump in and let y'all know where I am. I'm a senior at women's college double-majoring in Spanish Language & Lit and communication. I'm applying straight from undergrad to rhetoric programs. My list consists of: 3 MA programs (UGA, Madison, IU Bloomington), 2 PhD programs (UMD, UM Twin Cities), & one combined MA/PhD (Northwestern). I've sent all apps in except UMD & Bloomington, but I'm essentially done with those other than a few finishing touches. 

My main research focus in undergrad is the rhetoric & discourse of gender, race, and sexuality in traditional media (specifically, student newspapers) during the civil rights movement. As someone attending a "single-sex" institution, I'm interested in studying the different ways students report (and do not report) different issues at their universities based upon demographics. I've worked at a local paper & was EIC of my collegiate newspaper. 

I have a really good GPA, decent verbal and writing scores but a pretty bad quant score. (I have a diagnosed mathematics learning disability that basically just makes me process problems slowly. I'm hoping that won't hurt me too terribly much as someone interested in rhetoric & qualitative methods over quantitative ones, but I am aware that PhD programs require stats courses.) 

I'm new to this so sorry if this is too stat-focused or something. I'm excited to join the thread. 

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Hey @sriracha18! Welcome to the thread and thank you! Different departments value the quant section differently, but if your other scores were good you'll most likely be fine. Quant was my lowest GRE score, but when I was talking with my POI at UConn (a quant-heavy program) they weren't concerned.

 

Apologies if there are any typos or weird things in this post. One of my cats likes to make my keyboard his pillow...

 

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On 12/20/2017 at 10:42 AM, GreenEyedTrombonist said:

Guys! OMG I got into Uconn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

After all rejects last year, starting with an acceptance makes me so happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Also just getting accepted, ah!)

Congrats! How come they sent out their admission decisions at such an early time?

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@Dan_Xu  Thanks! From what I understand, UConn moved its priority deadline up this year (to Dec 1st) which shifted their entire adcom schedule. According to the website, Dec 1st was the priority deadline with funding, but people can still apply right now. 

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On 12/27/2017 at 12:38 PM, GreenEyedTrombonist said:

 I was talking with my POI at UConn 

 

Congrats on the acceptance to UConn! Who is your POI? I'm currently a grad student in the Comm department so if you have any questions about what it is like or the climate, let me know!

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Thanks @Ishouldbewriting ! My POI is Mark Hamilton. :) 

I'd definitely love hearing a bit about the department culture, what you do for fun, the necessity of a car, what the heating bill is like, and anything else that might be important. :)

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On 12/27/2017 at 10:17 PM, GreenEyedTrombonist said:

@Dan_Xu  Thanks! From what I understand, UConn moved its priority deadline up this year (to Dec 1st) which shifted their entire adcom schedule. According to the website, Dec 1st was the priority deadline with funding, but people can still apply right now. 

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Sound good! What are your research interests? 

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@Dan_Xu broadly digital communication and communities (especially in regards to geek culture or social media platforms). My current intended research is about the use of social media platforms in large-scale political campaigns. :) 

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9 minutes ago, GreenEyedTrombonist said:

@Dan_Xu broadly digital communication and communities (especially in regards to geek culture or social media platforms). My current intended research is about the use of social media platforms in large-scale political campaigns. :) 

Geek culture sounds really fun! I am interested in digital communication as well. Probably not the same aspect... but still. Can't wait to see your publications. 

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On 12/28/2017 at 5:53 PM, GreenEyedTrombonist said:

Thanks @Ishouldbewriting ! My POI is Mark Hamilton. :) 

I'd definitely love hearing a bit about the department culture, what you do for fun, the necessity of a car, what the heating bill is like, and anything else that might be important. :)

Sorry for the late reply, the holidays ended up being hectic! Mark is eccentric, but a brilliant statistician. He teaches our department's advanced methods course. Some of the people in the department are afraid of him due to his knowledge of stats and how he scrutinizes students' methodological choices during our colloquiums, but he's extremely helpful if you seek him out for advice on a project. You usually have to be the one to seek him out for things (usually through scheduling appointments), but in general he's very open to consulting on projects or collaborating if they align with his interests. 

The department is incredibly quantitatively focused. We actually don't have a qualitative course and don't really receive training in qualitative methods unless we take courses outside of the department. However, the faculty encourage us to do so in order to broaden our perspectives. In general, the department feels very family-oriented. None of the students compete with one another; rather, it is far more collaborative. In addition, the faculty are very supportive of our interests. 

Storrs is... not the most entertaining of places. Well, the same could be said for CT in general. Honestly, one of the best things about it is that we're only 2 hours away from both New York and Boston. There is a bus line that goes to campus so if you find a place on that, you won't need a car. Although, you might want a car so that you can go places outside of Storrs. I would highly recommend finding an apartment that includes heat as an amenity because the winters are cold! 

Hope this helps! :)

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On 12/27/2017 at 1:45 AM, Phoebeeeeee said:

Hello All!!!

I am currently a master student at Communication Unviersity of China and applying for PHD program of 2018 Fall round. I am interested in studying the effects and implications of social media usage on metal health. I have applied for 6 programs: Ohis state, IUB, Stanford (definitely, I will be rejected), Cornell, Wisconsin-madison, Temple. And I am going to apply for another 3 programs. Do anybody have suggestions about the phd programs which fit with my research interests?

Thanks for any reply in advance!

You'd need to be more specific about your research interests. Are you focusing on the intersections of social media and health communication? I'd suggest you concisely and precisely state your research interests and propose a brief research plan in your statements. And make sure your CV is tailored your research interests to one or two particular professors that you'd like to work with. To be fair, good GRE or TOEFL scores would hardly make your application stand out.  The most important components the admissions committee look at, however, are your previous research experience (Have you ever presented your papers at any of the major communication conferences or conventions, such as  NCA, ICA?), publications (in Egnlish only. If you have any, do mention in your CV),  letters of recommendation, SOP.  In terms of the recommendation letters, unless your references have been working or worked in the U.S. for a long time, the LoRs do not carry that much weight.  

So far as I know, Stanford actually has a preference for Asian students. However, most of the admitted ones got their Master's from a reputable US school or program already. That's probably one of the reasons that overseas applicants have slight chances of getting into Stanford. Keep in mind that there have been plenty of international applicants who graduated from a US college, which indeed makes your chances of being admitted in the low single digits. By the way, I really don't think health communication is Stanford's strength. You may want to use NCA's doctoral guide to find your programs of interest  https://www.natcom.org/nca-doctoral-program-guide/university?field_docprog_state_value=All&field_docprog_research_specs_target_id=37&title= . 

 

 

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4 hours ago, GreenEyedTrombonist said:

Congrats to whoever got the interview invite at Madison!

Wisconsin-Madison? What program to be exact? I remember they've got two communication Ph.D. programs. 

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@Dan_Xu Yeah, Wisconsin-Madison. The person put Comm Arts (Communication Science) as their program. They also listed it as an unofficial interview, but this is about the time they typically start sending out interview invites.

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@Dan_Xu If you look through the previous info for Madison, they tend to trickle interview invites out across the entire month and then send out admission notifications in the first half of February. One of my friends who goes to the program got her interview invite on January 25th. I wouldn't say you're out because of one interview invite so far. 

Which Comm Arts track are you going for?

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@GreenEyedTrombonist Communication Science. I also applied to the Mass Communications and Political Science PHD programs at UW-Madison.  Actually, I'd be fine with that if I didn't get in because I heard that winters in Madison are super harsh. 

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