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Old 08-20-2012, 10:06 PM    (permalink
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I start my Masters in...2 weeks?
Where are you going??

I'm going to be finishing my last year of my ME degree this year and then I'm going to apply to University of Arizona's optical science masters program.
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Old 08-20-2012, 10:11 PM    (permalink
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Screw higher education... Just think of an iphone app and get rich. Like one that makes 30 different fart sounds and charge a dollar for each downlonad. I think that app has more than 10 million downloads. Dude's rolling in cash. lol
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Thesis: done! Time to start looking at schools.
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Did my M.Sc in Food Safety and Toxicology right after I got my B.Sc in Bio. Now I'm a MPhil and looking to change to a PhD this academic year.
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I'm thinking of applying to the University of Connecticut for a master's degree in Education but I have no idea what to expect. Has anyone been researching grad schools, or attended one?
Grad school is often more flexible than undergrad. Your professors understand that a lot of students are full time employees, the homework assignments aren't as demanding, the schedule is more flexible.

But you have to go to class. It's not like undergrad where you can just show up on exam days and still make it out ok. Also, grad schools are often easier to get good grades in, because they really hate failing students.

Just go to class, put in the work, and you should be ok. I like small schools, you get more interaction with the professors. Good luck!
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:22 PM    (permalink
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Grad school is often more flexible than undergrad. Your professors understand that a lot of students are full time employees, the homework assignments aren't as demanding, the schedule is more flexible.

But you have to go to class. It's not like undergrad where you can just show up on exam days and still make it out ok. Also, grad schools are often easier to get good grades in, because they really hate failing students.

Just go to class, put in the work, and you should be ok. I like small schools, you get more interaction with the professors. Good luck!
Well, I agree on most of these point but a lot of things lie under the surface. For instance, yes, good grades are easier to get and nobody ever fails, but if you're below a "B-" it is pretty much failing. Employers know this.

Furthermore, week-to-week HW is not as demanding as UG, but there is usually an epic project in each class, so it's a trade off.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:24 PM    (permalink
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Well, I agree on most of these point but a lot of things lie under the surface. For instance, yes, good grades are easier to get and nobody ever fails, but if you're below a "B-" it is pretty much failing. Employers know this.

Furthermore, week-to-week HW is not as demanding as UG, but there is usually an epic project in each class, so it's a trade off.
This is also true. Forgot to mention that.

You can't get too many Bs. In fact, I think you have to maintain a minimum of a 3.0 gpa to even graduate. That was the rule with my school.

And there is always a large project, yes. But I rather have that then weekly hw, especially when you work full time.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:29 PM    (permalink
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This is also true. Forgot to mention that.

You can't get too many Bs. In fact, I think you have to maintain a minimum of a 3.0 gpa to even graduate. That was the rule with my school.

And there is always a large project, yes. But I rather have that then weekly hw, especially when you work full time.
Agreed on the preference for project. You learn way more as well.

As far as GPA, just to put it in perspective, to graduate top 5% in MBA class you needed a 3.96.
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Agreed on the preference for project. You learn way more as well.

As far as GPA, just to put it in perspective, to graduate top 5% in MBA class you needed a 3.96.
Wow. Didn't know that. In my industry it's good to have an mba if you want to go to the business side of the industry, but you don't have to have a degree from NYU Stern or Wharton or anything to make it. But your science degree does matter, so I guess it depends on the industry.
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Wow. Didn't know that. In my industry it's good to have an mba if you want to go to the business side of the industry, but you don't have to have a degree from NYU Stern or Wharton or anything to make it. But your science degree does matter, so I guess it depends on the industry.
It's all about the industry. In retrospect it may have been better for me to hold off on my MBA and shoot for a Wharton or Sloan, but meh, I have no loans so whatever.
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