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Grad School Thread

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by Teger, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. Teger

    Teger Senior member

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    state schools are cheap dude. i pay something like $4700 in tuition a semester.
     
  2. ConcernedParent

    ConcernedParent Senior member

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    state schools are cheap dude. i pay something like $4700 in tuition a semester.

    This. Most state schools are roughly the same price... 5-8k a year in tuition. The big flagship U's (UC's, UVA, Michigan, etc...) are around 10-12k in tuition.
     
  3. Connemara

    Connemara Senior member

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    I paid a little over $20K/yr at Ohio State, but I was OOS. I think they charge $10K for in-state.

    Almost went to U. of Maryland. IIRC, they had pretty cheap in-state tuition.
     
  4. vaalbara

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    I paid a little over $20K/yr at Ohio State, but I was OOS. I think they charge $10K for in-state.

    Almost went to U. of Maryland. IIRC, they had pretty cheap in-state tuition.


    it's getting pretty pricy now - i pay roughly ~18,000 a year for in-state tuition and out of state is basically like going to a private school now. iirc, my OOS roommate last year was paying like 45k a year
     
  5. Connemara

    Connemara Senior member

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    it's getting pretty pricy now - i pay roughly ~18,000 a year for in-state tuition and out of state is basically like going to a private school now. iirc, my OOS roommate last year was paying like 45k a year
    I think that's with room and board though, right?
     
  6. Lord-Barrington

    Lord-Barrington Senior member

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    it's getting pretty pricy now - i pay roughly ~18,000 a year for in-state tuition and out of state is basically like going to a private school now. iirc, my OOS roommate last year was paying like 45k a year

    Who would pay that much for UG? It's ridiculous.
     
  7. limester816

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    Anyone have experience with sociology PhD programs? I'm a rising senior at Boston College, starting to get my list of places to apply to. I have a special interest in Environmental Sociology, Social Theory, and Civic Sociology. So far, Berkeley, Wisconsin-Madison, and U Washington have piqued my interest-- but UC Santa Cruz and Washington State also seem to have good environmental programs.
     
  8. Connemara

    Connemara Senior member

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    I think Tufts has a very good program.
     
  9. limester816

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    I think Tufts has a very good program.

    I think they have a solid undergrad program. I dont believe they offer a graduate program, though.
     
  10. brimley

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    Anyone have experience with sociology PhD programs? I'm a rising senior at Boston College, starting to get my list of places to apply to. I have a special interest in Environmental Sociology, Social Theory, and Civic Sociology. So far, Berkeley, Wisconsin-Madison, and U Washington have piqued my interest-- but UC Santa Cruz and Washington State also seem to have good environmental programs.

    Don't know about the quality of the sociology program but UWM is a great place to live for grad school.
     
  11. phreak

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    I took the GRE this morning!! Did OKish but was honestly hoping/expecting a tad better: 740Q 550V and between a 4.5 and a 5.5 on the essays but in my estimation a 5.

    I was actually really rushed finishing the math section and had 10 questions with only 10 mins to do them :crazy:. There were probably 3 that I 'guessed' on (and likely missed), which is more than I had seen on any practice test. Whatever. Didn't study any of the vocab lol and looked at recommended essay formats the night before. For my econ grad program the quant is the only score that matters as long as you don't completely bomb the verbal. Glad this damn test is out of the way so I can focus on my cal and linear equations classes. Anticipated start date is 08/2012

    75% sure I'm gonna stay in Texas for in-state tuition so my legit options are UH (blah fallback), A&M (OBNOXIOUS and I'm not a big fan of C-Stat maybe that could change?), and the dark horse school UT Dallas (exciting program which is rising fast in ranks!). They're all cheap as balls so that's a plus

    Btw if anyone is a letter of recommendation or two short, I would advise you to speak with a prof in your field from a local university (community college in my case) and offer your services as a tutor. I'm doing it free (see LoR [hopefully]) for a few hours a week for intro econ classes. Works well to show the prof you know your shit and are involved with the college. Also, if you've never been a tutor before, it can be rewarding helping students learn and shit. Don't bang your pupils though
     
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  12. mktitsworth

    mktitsworth Senior member

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    I know nothing of the UTD econ program. However, UTD is working on being fully classified as a Tier 1 university and is willing to be aggressive and helpful. I'm working on my physics PhD here and they've bent over backwards for me - both at the department and at the university level. The usual bull is the usual bull, but the bureaucracy is manageable. It's a worth while school.
     
  13. TheGoodLife

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    Im currently about to start my senior year of undergraduate studies with a double major in English and Business Administration with a focus in marketing. I will graduate with no student loans and I also have to opportunity to attend the universities masters program for free. My plans are to get my masters in health administration and hopefully run a hospital someday. I am wondering if I should take advantage of the free education from a university that is ranked over 250 or pay for a top 10 ranked program?

    Thanks for any help!
     
  14. tkfriend

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    Hey!

    I'm a soon to be senior at a university about to graduate with a degree in economics. Along with my degree I've taken a ton of math classes and have always been interested in engineering, so i feel like i have made a mistake by not majoring in it. so here is my dilemma:

    stay at my university for 3 more years( taking a total of 6 years to graduate) and get a degree in electrical engineering( essentially having a double major with econ).The issue here is i prefer not to remain at my school after coming so close to graduating. Although i will get financial aid, i will be taking out 4k in loans a year IF my parents still help me.

    or

    Take as many math and science classes i can by the time i graduate. Apply for a masters in electrical engineering somewhere and make up deficiency electrical engineering courses before i begin the actual masters. The issue here is that it will probably all be unfunded.

    the math and science classes i will have by the time i graduate are: Calculus 1-3( includes multi-variable),linear algebra, differential equations, and Physics 1-2( mechanics and electricity), and a calculus based probability course. Also, i am currently 10k in debt.

    thanks!
     
  15. Joffrey

    Joffrey Senior member

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    Thegoodlife, since you will be graduating university debt free, it may be a good idea to pay to attend a more prestigious graduate program. Do you know what kind of graduate program you want to attend? Do you have an idea what you want to pursue career wise? Are you going to work some before attending a graduate program? If you're going to work (which most career minded people recommend) no need worrying too much about where to apply yet. In the meantime, contact career services to get a list of companies that recruit out of your school's graduate programs career fairs. Take a look at your alumni network to see what kind of jobs people from your school have landed.
     
  16. TheGoodLife

    TheGoodLife Senior member

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    Thank you for your response. I would like to work in upper management in a hospital setting (someday a CEO of a hospital) . I was debating between and Masters in health administration or a Masters in business Administration with a specialization in Health Administration. The school I attend only offers the MBA so I was thinking about attending that right out of undergrad (taking advantage of the free education) and then working in the city I choose then attending a highly ranked MHA program a few years down the line. How do you think this sounds? you seem knowledgeable in this area.

    I appreciate your help
     
  17. erdawe

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    Ok, I'm not an expert, but based on Jodum's posting history idk if he works in this area in the first place either (I admit could be corrected).

    You're missing any sort of real world experience in this equation. More school doesn't always solve your problems unless you have direction and progression. Getting an MBA out of the gate of undergrad for the sake of getting it can be more detrimental (then you lose the ability to get one when ready).

    Have you done any sort of real work at a hospital. Hell, have you even done any sort of intern work?

    Have you ever tried to connect with someone who actually works in hospital management in IRL and talked to them?

    So far your posts read as if your hoping school will be a crutch to avoid entry level work.
     
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  18. inq89

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    I could be wrong, but to be a CEO of a hospital or at least a large sized hospital, you'd probably need a medical related degree and background as well (MD, PharmD, RN, etc).
     
  19. streffert

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    My best buddy is the CFO of a hospital with a biz admin bachelors degree, he is actually taking online courses now for his masters. He is 30, and went to a small state school I'n ND.
     
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  20. Joffrey

    Joffrey Senior member

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    I definitely do not work in Hospital Administration. I also will only start graduate school (part time) in the fall. However, I'm just trying to help him get his head right in weighing these kinds of options. It's hard to say whether paying ~ $100K to attend say a top 50 school is much better than attending his school cost free. On paper, I'd go with the former but I don't have first hand experience to definitively say that - hence looking into his alumni network. If there seem to be a lot of graduates with great gigs and the career fairs attract a lot of companies then I don't see a problem with his current school. However, in my experience I definitely agree that work for a few years before going to graduate school.
     

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