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How to choose a grad school while balancing loans, career paths, and a serious relationship?

Do I go to grad school, and if so, where? Struggling with the best approach to the decision-making process. [more inside]
posted by pants on Apr 5, 2010 - 15 answers

For Pete's SAIC

What's the deal with Chicago Art Institute's post-baccalaureate program? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Apr 4, 2010 - 1 answer

How to get a non-academic job whilst PhDing?

How do I get a relevant, non-academic job while finishing my PhD? [more inside]
posted by crawfo on Apr 1, 2010 - 9 answers

Good idea, bad idea?

Am I over-thinking this, or will attending grad school at a CSU (California State University) hinder further career goals? Help me eliminate one more thing from my grad-application-frazzled mind! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 31, 2010 - 8 answers

How to balance a PhD waitilist with PhD acceptance?

How do I balance my waitlisting to a wonderful PhD program with not messing up my acceptance to a great PhD program? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 31, 2010 - 13 answers

2 years and tens of thousands of dollars

I've been recommended for admission to the graduate program I applied for!! Just a few questions... [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Mar 25, 2010 - 12 answers

Is a great MA program worth the debt?

I got into a top English grad program, but they defaulted me from PhD to MA. Is it worth shouldering the massive debt of a Master's degree, or should I gamble on getting into a PhD program next year? [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Mar 17, 2010 - 33 answers

Alternate letters of recommendation?

Looking to go to grad school but graduated in 2007. Who else can I ask for letters of recommendation besides professors? [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty on Mar 11, 2010 - 16 answers

Help me understand the consequences of dropping out of grad school.

Help me understand the consequences of dropping out of grad school. [more inside]
posted by fake on Mar 10, 2010 - 27 answers

Mac and web apps to help keep a science grad student organized.

I’m starting grad school in chemistry in a few months and I am looking for Mac/web apps that are useful to help keep a science grad student organized…citations, notations on papers, brainstorming, etc. Any ideas?
posted by stevechemist on Mar 10, 2010 - 26 answers

Should I go to Cambridge University for an MPhil?

I've been accepted to an MPhil course at Cambridge University. It's a great opportunity, but I'm not sure. Can you help me decide whether to go? [more inside]
posted by cirripede on Mar 5, 2010 - 37 answers

Pay me to do what i'd be doing anyway.

Help me get people to give me money to get my MFA. [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Mar 5, 2010 - 8 answers

Grad school interview nerves

i have a group and individual interview for grad school coming up - i'd love to hear your advice/tips/experiences! [more inside]
posted by ecks on Feb 18, 2010 - 2 answers

What can I do with a masters in communication?

I am thinking about grad school right now, and I am trying to decide what to go for. Can anyone tell me the sort of jobs that require, or prefer a masters in communication?
posted by helios410 on Feb 18, 2010 - 13 answers

How do I get research experience post-graduation?

How do I get research experience post-graduation? [more inside]
posted by bluloo on Feb 1, 2010 - 4 answers

What is it like to get a Masters in Public Policy?

What is it like to get a Masters in Public Policy? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn on Jan 31, 2010 - 5 answers

Diversity resources?

Looking for materials (readings, film clips, audio, etc.) to use to stimulate discussion around transgendered issues and body diversity for a seminar on diversity. [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 on Jan 29, 2010 - 8 answers

Can a Canadian work legally in the U.S. if their spouse goes to grad school there...and how?

A Canadian friend just got accepted to an American grad school (Chicago) for a 5 year Ph.D program. He'll have funding, but how would his equally Canadian wife make a living in the U.S.? Getting the basic information is not as easy as they expected. What's the skinny? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jan 29, 2010 - 13 answers

I work with words, not numbers!

Deal or no deal with my future: should I take the money I'm offered, or risk it for a better grant? [more inside]
posted by Bergamot on Jan 20, 2010 - 18 answers

Paying 6.55% loan quickly vs. investing elsewhere?

Better to pay off a 6.55% interest loan quickly (if I can afford it) or pay minimum payments and invest elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by NeoLeo on Jan 13, 2010 - 23 answers

Should I, an ABD, do an MA in Methods while waiting for job market horizons to open?

Would it be better to publish or to get an MA in methods while I am ABD? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2010 - 6 answers

Graduate school is hell; what is a job an ex-grad-student can possibly get?

Help me out here -- who will hire grad-school dropouts to work for them after they have royally screwed over their chances of having an academic career, what are they likely to pay said grad-school dropouts, and how do I convince them that they want to hire me against their better judgement? [more inside]
posted by kataclysm on Jan 7, 2010 - 40 answers

Do high GRE scores translate to scholarships from MLS programs?

MLS Filter: Should I bother taking the GREs? [more inside]
posted by jalexc on Jan 7, 2010 - 7 answers

BA to PhD in Education Policy?

What are the pros and cons of going directly from a BA to a PhD in education policy studies? [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Jan 3, 2010 - 9 answers

Too little time?

Letter of Recommendation question - Will a very short notice request for a letter of recommendation in between semesters (now) end badly? More details inside... [more inside]
posted by Boydrop on Dec 31, 2009 - 12 answers

Certification of M.A.T.?

I want to be a teacher! Should I go for my M.A.T. or just take a certification program? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Dec 23, 2009 - 8 answers

PhD Admissions Question

Help me understand PhD admissions [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 15, 2009 - 12 answers

Go to Master's Program or Job then Master's Program?

Is it better to go immediately to graduate school in electrical engineering or work in the area of specialization you like and then go to graduate school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 7, 2009 - 15 answers

How to maximize jobs with an obscure MA?

Starting fall 2010, I'll be going to grad school (Master's) in a pretty esoteric field (studying texts from late antiquity, written in an obscure language). If I decide not to go on to the PhD, what can I do now and during my Master's to maximize my job opportunities when I get out? Are there any skills you would really strongly recommend that I pick up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 29, 2009 - 13 answers

Quit or Fail: How to pick up the pieces after academic and PhD abandonment?

How have you reconciled failure vs. quitting? How have you managed to pick up the pieces of your most passionate undertaking after dropping it? Is the desire to reinvent myself and undertake a new passion/direction just a mechanism to hide the pain of giving up? [more inside]
posted by Gaeacon on Nov 24, 2009 - 7 answers

Where can I meet fellow grad students?

Where can I go to meet cool UT grad students in Austin. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 23, 2009 - 12 answers

I miss my country's healthcare system

I'm a grad student in Massachusetts. My school-sponsored health insurance is terrible. The maximum benefit limit is 75,000$ and covers only 80% in-network, 60% out-of-network. I'm poor, but since I'm from abroad, none of the state-supported programs will help. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by gmarceau on Nov 18, 2009 - 6 answers

Just a stirring in my soul?

I can't seem to get unstuck. [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 on Nov 18, 2009 - 20 answers

Was I ripped off by the graduate school admissions committee at a top 10 university?

Was I ripped off by the graduate school admissions committee at a top 10 university? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2009 - 39 answers

Underrated Bio

What biomedical engineering labs are "underrated"? [more inside]
posted by gensubuser on Nov 4, 2009 - 5 answers

How to choose a grad school?

How to choose a grad school? [more inside]
posted by 1024x768 on Nov 3, 2009 - 20 answers

Public, please help me determine a gradual, economical policy for my life.

Considering grad school for public policy, economics, international development. Help me sort out my life. [more inside]
posted by ropeladder on Nov 3, 2009 - 8 answers

Everyone has a supervsior but me

How to find a research supervisor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2009 - 5 answers

If you had the opportunity to start over, what would you do?

If you had the opportunity to start over, what would you do? [more inside]
posted by helios410 on Nov 2, 2009 - 20 answers

How useful is a Chinese studies M.A.?

I'm thinking about getting an M.A. in Chinese studies. How useful a job qualification would it be if I didn't go on to get a Ph.D.? [more inside]
posted by Mummy of a Lady Named Jemutesonekh on Oct 31, 2009 - 6 answers

How do I write my grad school CV?

How do I write a CV for my grad school applications? [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth on Oct 28, 2009 - 5 answers

How to ask for this letter of recommendation?

Help me ask a former professor for a letter of recommendation. Complicating details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by notswedish on Oct 28, 2009 - 10 answers

Help me make myself do my work

I am in graduate school after taking a few years off, and in those few years it seems I have lost the ability to pay attention to anything. Please help me focus. [more inside]
posted by millipede on Oct 22, 2009 - 10 answers

How can I learn to study at night?

How can I train myself to study better at night? I'm in grad school and I need to use those evening hours for work - I just can't seem to concentrate in the evenings, regardless of if I was working during the day! I'm not a night person - but I need to be. [more inside]
posted by piper4 on Oct 18, 2009 - 17 answers

How can I become less absent minded?

How can I become less absent minded? [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 on Oct 16, 2009 - 23 answers

Can I get into grad school in math?

Can I get into a funded Math Master's or PhD program? I'm graduating from a 4-year college with my B.S. this Spring, and I'm in my mid-30's. I have good GPA at this school (about a 3.6, up to about a 3.8 in math courses specifically) and good GRE scores (720 V / 780 Q), but I have dropped a lot of courses (I've worked full time over the years while getting my degree), and back in the mid-90's I flunked out of the first university I went to. [more inside]
posted by tamaraster on Oct 14, 2009 - 12 answers

Academic careers in the humanities.

Tell me why you decided NOT to pursue a PhD. [more inside]
posted by ms.codex on Oct 13, 2009 - 67 answers

Who gets to be the lucky person to write me a letter of recommendation?

I'm applying to graduate school and need 3 letters of recommendations. However, I am having trouble deciding the right people to ask. HALP. [more inside]
posted by carpyful on Oct 13, 2009 - 8 answers

A mental health/academic support quandary

I have some information which may be critical to my friend's future/safety, but I obtained it in a somewhat dubious way. I'd just like to hear your thoughts on the position I'm in. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2009 - 21 answers

How do I find the right grad school program?

Trying to find grad school programs that kind of meld peace and conflict studies with media studies... [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth on Sep 28, 2009 - 9 answers

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