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What should I do with my PhD?

I will soon be the proud owner of a PhD in neuroscience and pharmacology, and I still love scientific research, but I don't know where to go next. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2014 - 8 answers

Reputation of Masters Programmes in Europe

I am saving to go to Europe to do a masters degree. I am interested in International Relations, International Law, Human Rights, and European Affairs (history and institutions of the EU, European Law). I'm Australian but I also have UK dual nationality. I am starting to investigate programmes but am finding it hard to narrow down the options and find the best one for me. My question is: how do I work out which master's programmes have the best/ worst reputation?
posted by EatMyHat on Aug 30, 2014 - 11 answers

Grad school dreamin'

How can I lay the foundation for a very intential, awesome graduate experience a few years ahead of time? (I'm a hopeless planner.) [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Aug 19, 2014 - 9 answers

Best way to get in grad school for almost nothing?

I'm trying to go to grad school, but don't want to be straddled with debt. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude on Aug 4, 2014 - 23 answers

School Supplies for Graduate School?

I start graduate school in a few weeks. Yay! Problem? I don't know what school and/or office supplies will be most helpful to me. Can you help me out? Do I need anything besides paper, pens, highlighters, and post its? What am I not thinking of here that may save my scholarly life later? If it helps any, I am in a non-STEM related field. Thanks so much!
posted by SkylitDrawl on Jul 29, 2014 - 26 answers

I know nothing about grad school; is it for me?

I am an older student (in my 50s), graduating with my first B.A. in December, in anthropology. I'm very sad to leave school, as I have really enjoyed my time there (well, in this iteration--not so much when I was much younger). I absolutely LOVE going to classes and learning new stuff. I love the idea of continuing to be a student, but I'm not sure if grad school makes sense. But, mostly, I really don't understand how grad school works: [more inside]
posted by primate moon on Jul 29, 2014 - 18 answers

How do you balance graduate school and raising a kid?

I will be starting a highly ranked MBA program in August with a full ride. I already have one graduate degree, but this time I have an added degree of difficulty: I am now a mom. Does anyone have advice for balancing going back to school with the needs of a three year old? [more inside]
posted by Alison on Jun 23, 2014 - 12 answers

TV Shows/Movies About Grad School

Are there any TV series or films with a college setting where the main characters are graduate students? Difficulty: No law schools or medical schools. Thanks for any tips!
posted by El Sabor Asiatico on Jun 17, 2014 - 24 answers

Should I pursue an MA in Higher Education Administration?

I am currently working my dream job in the Advancement/Development office of my alma mater. I've only been there four months, but I love it and they are already talking about promoting me! Yay! The only problem is that I need to earn Masters degree if I want to travel the career trajectory my boss plans for me. I have applied and been accepted at a relatively good Higher Education Administration graduate program with a concentration in fundraising management, and am due to start a summer class in just a few weeks, but I am feeling unsure. [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl on Jun 14, 2014 - 9 answers

Posthumous PhD

Do you know of anyone who received a posthumous PhD? How was the graduation ceremony handled? Who accepted the degree on their behalf? And, where were they in terms of their dissertation -- already filed, soon to file with a few revisions, etc.? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on May 20, 2014 - 11 answers

Graduate Housing for the Complicated

I had a poor experience in dorm life previously. Now that I'm going to graduate school I'm facing a difficult decision, about whether to live on or off campus. [more inside]
posted by Aranquis on Apr 14, 2014 - 22 answers

Do grades in PhD program matter?

I got a B+ in one of my first-year statistics PhD courses last semester (measure-theoretic probability theory) thanks to botching one question on my final. I'm a bit concerned because this is in my area of interest. Now I've heard grades don't matter in PhD programs, but at the same time, I feel like I should have an A in this class if I'm doing research in the field (and if I have to teach this type of class if I become a professor). I'm thinking about retaking this class in my fourth or fifth year when I'm done with all my other courses. Or should I not bother? If it helps, I may get an A in the 2nd semester of the course sequence and have A or A- (I know A- isn't that great in grad school) grades in everything else. I just want to avoid getting grilled by professors in my department about grades, lol.
posted by molamola on Mar 10, 2014 - 25 answers

Grad School Filter: Sub 3.0 GPA w. work experience, what can I do?

I graduated from a state school with a Comp Sci degree eight years ago. I never thought about a masters degree since the IT field rarely requires it. But I'm now thinking about it because of aspirations to move higher in my role with the company. There are some hurdles - more inside [more inside]
posted by MMALR on Feb 17, 2014 - 13 answers

From ABD to MD

Leaving academia and going into medicine: when to jump ship? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Jan 12, 2014 - 15 answers

Early bird gets the PhD?

Searching for a graduate school advisor in undergraduate studies - does cold calling really work? What can I ask my current undergraduate advisor to do to assist me? How can I make best use of the advantages that I currently hold? [more inside]
posted by Conspire on Nov 8, 2013 - 13 answers

Career Change in Mid Life - International Development

Am I employable at 46 years of age in the area of International Development/Public Policy if I get a Masters having had no prior experience in the 'industry'? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Oct 10, 2013 - 15 answers

To Grad School or to Not to Grad School?

I can't afford to go to graduate school. I also can't afford not to go to graduate school. tl;dr galore inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2013 - 20 answers

Graduate school or babies? Or both?

I'm considering applying to graduate school, but I also want a family. Can y'all help me figure this out? [more inside]
posted by timetoevolve on Sep 21, 2013 - 20 answers

Grad school exit interview

I'm leaving my graduate advisor's lab (engineering/biochemistry) after getting a PhD and spending some time as a postdoc there as well. The two of us are going to have lunch in a few days as a farewell/exit interview, and I'd like advice on what questions I could ask him that would be the most helpful for me. [more inside]
posted by Durin's Bane on Aug 26, 2013 - 2 answers

How is the job outlook for vocational rehabilitation counselors?

I'm considering a Master's program in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling, but was wondering how the job outlook is. Specifically, I'd like to live in Southeastern Pennsylvania, and was curious if there are many openings in this region, or if I'd have to relocate. If you're in the field of vocational rehabilitation counseling, did your internship turn into a permanent position, or did you have to spend months and months applying for jobs?
posted by Nobodyinparticular on Aug 21, 2013 - 2 answers

What Do Foreign Service/Intelligence Grad Programs Expect of Me?

My senior year as an Undergraduate begins this Fall. I go to a large public school that is heavily recruited from by the CIA/NSA etc... I am a Political Science/Russian double major with a 3.81 GPA. My interests are varied: nuclear proliferation, intelligence, conflict, analysis, the role of exponential tech growth, and on and on. Help me discover whether or not Grad school is right for me, and if so how to iron out a few details. [more inside]
posted by 221bbs on Jul 9, 2013 - 11 answers

20's American in Japan, visa expires soon. Considering Grad school.

I'm a 27 year-old living in Japan teaching English, with my visa running out at the end of August. I'm trying to decide on what to do next - work (more) or pursue a Masters in Asia-Pacific studies. I am rather scatterbrained, and have no clue where to get started logistics-wise in going for a graduate degree. If I were to go down this route, I would also like to narrow down some career paths I could take post-graduation. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Jun 30, 2013 - 10 answers

How do I list a one-time (post-bac) college course on academic resume?

Making a fancy CV/resume for grad school application (a masters in art education). I got my BA 6 years ago (sort of unrelated field), I took a class semi-related to my field of interest last summer at a good university. Is it odd to list this one course in the education section of my grad school resume? Do I list my grade (which was an A)? Where would you put it?
posted by dahliachewswell on Jun 13, 2013 - 6 answers

A grad program that deals with creative writing AND photography?

I'm heading for a career change, and want to get better at my two passions: creative writing (creative non-fiction) and photography. I'm looking for a grad program that helps me integrate both so I can tell both my own stories and other people's (NGOs, Foundations, etc) more persuasively. [more inside]
posted by leecohen on May 10, 2013 - 9 answers

Rebuilding shattered self-confidence after grad school?

So, now I've got a PhD. But I'm crippled by zero self-confidence as I start applying to industry jobs. Did you rebuild your self-confidence after a PhD? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on May 9, 2013 - 17 answers

How do I tell my boss I'm NOT going to grad school?

For miscellaneous reasons I no longer wish to go. How do I tell my boss? Do I tell? I am more than happy to continue my professional development (as such)... just less intensively and more cheaply! In fact, I'd happily work through a Diploma (we're in Australia) either in a very related topic (ethics, politics, legal) or the original field. [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Apr 19, 2013 - 6 answers

I have a few challenges applying to grad school.

I need to explain to a graduate school admissions committee why my undergrad grades suck and convince them I am a viable candidate as well even though I don't own the required psychology degree. And ff course, the one program requiring the degree is the one in which I am most interested. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Mar 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Alternative sources for grad school letters of recommendation?

I am concerned about the quantity, quality, and available sources of recommendation letters to work/industrial/occupational psychology Masters programs in The USA and Europe. (I'm North American) I want to make sure I get the most effective letters possible with my limited access to academic recommendation sources. Are there any alternatives or options that I am not or should be considering? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Jan 9, 2013 - 5 answers

Did I doom my graduate school application by mentioning my illness?

I need reassurance about incoming graduate application admissions decisions, whether positive or negative. I had a period of academic and job under-performance due to struggles with mental illness and on advice from friends mentioned this in my personal statements. I am now reading on numerous websites I should not have mentioned mental illness at all. Did I doom my application? [more inside]
posted by Hey nonny nonny mouse on Dec 26, 2012 - 6 answers

How can a high GRE score benefit me?

I did really well on the GRE. How will this actually help me? [more inside]
posted by Vatican Cameos on Nov 27, 2012 - 19 answers

Please help me find reputable online theology degree options

I am trying to find some reputable graduate schools that offer masters degrees in Christian theology which can be completed mostly or completely online. [more inside]
posted by michellenoel on Nov 21, 2012 - 16 answers

Thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.

I feel like I'm trying to do too many things at once, all of them poorly. I also feel that I'm doing myself a big disservice by being in this situation. I feel like my life is in total disorder. I feel like I'm losing the race, to be honest. I'm afraid that the only way to win the race is to run faster, which I'm finding very difficult. Sordid details following. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Nov 17, 2012 - 9 answers

Academic-filter: Dissertation Writing Group, take 2!

How should I organize an academic writing group hosted online? [more inside]
posted by spunweb on Nov 14, 2012 - 2 answers

College senior still trying to figure out what I should work towards.

Still feeling like a failure, despite all the help I get - what am I missing? [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Nov 12, 2012 - 10 answers

When do I disclose ADHD as a grad school applicant

Disclosing ADHD during the grad school application process: where/when/how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2012 - 18 answers

Advice on choosing a grad program

My friend is interested in graduate programs on humanitarian work and development related issues. What schools have good programs in these areas? She is interested open to studying anywhere, but currently resident in the US/East Coast. [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Oct 29, 2012 - 9 answers

Where can I study bonobos in the United States?

What U.S. research labs conduct bonobo research, preferably at nearby research facilities? I'm looking into summer internships and graduate schools. [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie on Oct 19, 2012 - 10 answers

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood... and I took the one where I went crazy for a month to raise my score 40 points... and that uh... has made all the difference?

GRE-Filter: I was happy with my GRE scores. Then, I received word that I have the opportunity to get into a super-duper-top-tier doctoral program previously inaccessible. However, my Quantitative Score--while still in the range of accepted scores over the years for this program--is now less-than-stellar relatively speaking. Is it crazy to think I could study intensely for about a month and improve my score 30-50 points? Am I overthinking this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 15, 2012 - 12 answers

How to talk to professors for grad school applications

How do I talk to professors I hope to work with before submitting my applications for graduate study? [more inside]
posted by silvergoat on Oct 8, 2012 - 14 answers

Graduate school during maternity leave: good idea, or bad?

I am 30, happily married, and in the middle of next year will be eligible for a year of paid maternity leave. Around the time I become eligible, I am also starting grad school (MLIS at U Wisconsin, Madison). I feel like I could probably manage any two things: work + school (part-time), work+baby, or baby+school.; but not all three. I am attending graduate school part time via distance education, and my work is supportive.. For those of you who've had kids in graduate school - to what extent do these two mix? What worked and what didn't? I feel like if I go to school part time (3 years or so) and then start trying for the kid, I'm pushing the age thing (I'd be about 34 - and I have mild endometriosis). If I have a year of paid maternity leave, could I use that time to attend school full time? Or just part time? This would be tricky in person, but I would have at least some additional flexibility due to it being distance education. My husband, for what it's worth, pulls his weight around the house (he's actually neater than I am) and is pretty domestic/clucky.
posted by jrobin276 on Sep 25, 2012 - 16 answers

Considering an MA.

My employer will pay for 75% of my tuition in a graduate program. Would a Master's Degree in Communication Studies be a worthy option? [more inside]
posted by Think_Long on Aug 7, 2012 - 14 answers

Getting cold feet about getting a Master's degree

Another "should I go to graduate school?" question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 25, 2012 - 14 answers

Managing an Online Writing Group

A few other graduate students and myself are part of an online writing group hosted on Basecamp. How can I keep the conversation going online? [more inside]
posted by spunweb on Jul 21, 2012 - 3 answers

Help a graduate student get insurance!

Starting in one month, I'll be an unemployed NYS graduate student living completely off of loans. Am I eligible for family health plus/medicaid? [more inside]
posted by oxfordcomma on Jul 18, 2012 - 11 answers

How do I afford graduate school?

I notified that I was accepted in my graduate program rather late (As in last week). I've decided to accept, but I have no clue how to go about getting loans. Bonus Q: What're the options for scholarships when it comes to grad school? More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Jul 7, 2012 - 10 answers

Should I, Can I change grad schools?

The school I wanted to go to seemed like they weren't going to accept me so I took them off the list a few months ago. I was accepted to another program which starts tomorrow. Whoops, on Saturday I got an acceptance letter from the first school. Now what?? [more inside]
posted by Danila on May 28, 2012 - 18 answers

Getting a master's degree when disillusioned with academia?

I've always been drawn to science and research and I'm strongly considering going to graduate school to get a master's degree in computer science (location: Sweden) and maybe even aim for an academic career. But my recent experiences with academia has left my disillusioned, sad and angry. Can I get my degree without GRARing all the time? How? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on May 21, 2012 - 11 answers

Make me less of an academic island!

I'm a PhD student, and I'd like to do more academic networking over email. How does this work, and what should the emails sound like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2012 - 14 answers

Like a moth to a naked light.

How can I improve my chances of getting into graduate programs? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on May 14, 2012 - 3 answers

How much of an adult must an MFA be?

I'm going to graduate school, for a creative writing MFA! What can I do to prepare, and what's expected of me as an MFA? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2012 - 6 answers

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