Grad programs--I've just heard (for the first time) that conditional admissions are A Thing. Would I have a snowball's chance with a good GRE score alone or will I have to take pre-req undergrad classes first?
("As someone once said to me: 'A second Bachelor's degree is NEVER a good option.' You want an engineering degree? Go get a Masters." posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 1:27 PM on January 25, 2011)
Well, I got a degree in business (focus in marketing) and haven't done much with it since. For a variety of complicated reasons tangentially related to the question at hand, I've been working dead-end or only-slightly-less-than-dead-end jobs since graduating. So I can't demonstrate capability to succeed via work experience in the field of the programs I'm considering.
I'm interested in getting a masters degree in Statistics or Computer Science. Once I figure out which direction I want to go, I want to go there fast. I always though I'd have to get a second bachelor's to get into a grad program, but a friend is telling me different. It is news to me. Something called a conditional admission?
Assuming that I can rustle up letters of recommendation, get a good GRE score, and most importantly, become very
sure that this time I'm taking a degree I actually want, is it or is it not potentially possible to get some sort of admission into a grad program without a directly-relevant undergrad NOR having directly-relevant work experience?
Whether or not such an admission is worth making (likely to succeed) is a related but slightly different question.
If such an admission isn't likely in my situation, I'm okay. I can certainly knock out some pre-req courses while working at my current not-entirely-horrible job and have my current company pay a portion of the tuition. I can build up a portfolio of programs and go crazy with Kahn Academy. Maybe I'll find some open source projects that I can contribute to in the mean time. If that is the case I'm curious how many pre-req classes I'd have to take (or programs I'd have to make for my git-hub account) before it starts to be worth applying to grad programs. The answer to that is obviously "it depends," but what's a realistic idea of how far down that path I'd have to go to make it worth my time to apply?
I guess I was just surprised to hear those kind of admissions actually exist. How common are they? Under what conditions are they, in your experience, extended?
I'm a bit ahead of myself thinking about grad school admissions (when I'm still figuring out basic things like CS vs. Stats), but I was curious about this wild new thing called a conditional admission I had never heard of before. What can you tell me about it?