Long time reader, first time poster. Would appreciate the critique and knowledge of the professionals on this board.
-24yo, going back to finish BA/BS.
-Healthcare work background
-Plan to attend grad school directly after completion. Master in Public Health, concentration in Health Policy/Admin
-Career ambition: public health sector administration (VA, military, etc)
Q: I keep hearing that the GRE and GPA is all that matters for grad school applications, plus relevant work experience that I do have. But should I want to have an "applicable" but harder degree, or go with an easy major to score a higher GPA? I am thinking of Political Science (easy) vs Economics (relatively harder). I am so-so in math but both majors interest me and apply to my chosen career. For grad school application purposes, will a 3.8 in polysci > 3.5 in econ? Go for the higher GPA or a lower GPA but reputable major? This assumes I won't reach as high GPA in econ as I would for polysci, which I feel comfortable stating.
Q: I was also admitted to a cheap in-state school (East Carolina U) and an out of state online school (Penn State). Penn State is tier 1 while ECU is a very low tier according to USN&R. Should I go to the cheaper instate school or a public-ivy school? Does undergraduate name matter for grad school applications? East Carolina (in-state) vs. Penn State (public ivy). I should finish my degree in 1-1.5yrs since I have a lot of transfer credits. So I won't necessarily need a lot of tuition to finish my degree, but obviously an in-state school will still be cheaper regardless.
I am looking at the top Public Health programs, and assuming I have the stats, would like to attend one of the following: Columbia, UPenn, Brown, Dartmouth, Hopkins, UNC. Dream schools: Harvard,Yale
Thank you for any insight.
Edited by Rubicon89 - 6/11/13 at 10:21am