OT: Grad school question

Submitted by Todd Plate's n… on April 20th, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Are any readers in or know anything about the poli-sci grad/phd program?





April 20th, 2009 at 6:29 PM ^

If you are already an undergrad at particular school, one of the best things you can do is go to a different school for grad school.


April 20th, 2009 at 8:29 PM ^

Can someone give a reason behind this?

I couldn't imagine going to another school for Grad if I was able to go to Michigan after I finish undergrad.

Personally, I'm likely to stay here for a one-year Grad program in the School of Ed. So it's not like I'm going to stay for 4 more years, but still I couldn't imagine being a student elsewhere.

Then again, I have a scarily abnormal love for AA and this school...

david from wyoming

April 20th, 2009 at 8:55 PM ^

I don't really understand it either, either side. You can come up with anecdotal evidence for both staying at the same school and changing schools. I stayed at Michigan for a masters and left for a phd and there was pro's and con's for each choice. As someone that went through the entire process, I would just suggest doing what is best for you...which usually means a gut emotional decision.


April 20th, 2009 at 9:23 PM ^

Depends on your focus, but if you're a Ph.D. student the idea is that you gain well roundedness by learning about research and publications from a different set of faculty. I'm a psychology Ph.D. student at Northwestern, and I've gained a new perspective by being involved in research projects here, whereas I already had an idea of what was going on at Michigan while I was there.

If you're not doing a research focused degree, though, I'm not sure it really matters.

B Ready

April 21st, 2009 at 12:08 AM ^

How much research did you get to do as an undergrad? I found that as long as you had some experience with research (like data collection or running an experiment) then that was good enough. What separated people from the field was GPA and GRE scores. Has that changed at all for psych grad school?


April 21st, 2009 at 2:17 PM ^

I see, that makes plenty of sense.

I figured there was going to be the "well-rounded" argument, but didn't expect it to make sense so simply.

So, yeah, I guess it's more dependent what you're studying. In my case, I'm probably not going become a more well-rounded teacher by going to Grad school to EMU or MSU for my masters, especially since it's only one year.

I'd rather stick around my friends and keep heading down to Crisler Arena 17 times a year :)


April 20th, 2009 at 9:28 PM ^

I could see it going either way; however, I've heard professors say it's good to learn from faculty with different philosophies/academic foci.

I'm pretty sure the Psych Department strongly encourages its students to go to other universities to pursue advance degrees in psychology.