Post # 1
So as of right now I will be receiving my BA in Anthropology, December of 2011 (one semester early) and plan on getting married the July before (my early graduation is one of the reasons we are marrying early). My plan was to enter grad school for an MA in Museum Studies/Collections Management that spring. However, when I was looking at the GWU and UW sites they do not admit new students for the spring, only the fall semester. I know that Baylor accepts new MA candidates before any semester but I wonder if that is only because we just have a small department (4 faculty instructors maybe 30 MA candidates total.)
Does any one know which is normal- accepting only in the fall or whenever (like in undergrad)?
Also, as I really want to go to GWU I was thinking maybe taking some MA classes (I’ve taken some already for my minor in undergrad) here at Baylor and then transferring elsewhere. Is this a feasible idea or should I look into a different plan?
Post # 3
I’m in pharmacy school – which is graduate school/ professional school and they only have seats once a year (fall). Some programs (such as the one I am in) have very defined timelines (application dates, interview dates, etc.) I would definitely try to find out if specific classes would transfer for a MA program before you take them.
Post # 4
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I think most graduate schools only accept for the fall. I would talk to your profs at your undergrad — they’re the best resource on this info, especially whether taking extra classes would help at all.
Post # 5
It depends on the program and the school. I have found just personally (for a difference major) only 2 programs took spring candidates, out of the 15+ that I looked at. You really just need to look at programs you like and see what they offer.
Post # 6
My school accepted people any time of the year. You might be able to take some classes at your current school without being an enrolled grad student but you want to check with the program where you are going if the credits will even be transferred.
Post # 7
I’m in grad school, and from my experience, grad schools do a rolling admission. However, you usually have to apply by Dec/Jan/Feb (depending on the school) for financial aid/scholarship/assistantship consideration.
Post # 8
I found out that GWU does accept spring students, but as far as I can tell, UWash does not.
Post # 9
I just wanted to say hello – from one anthro student to another! I hope you find a great match when looking for graduate schools. It is a daunting task. Good luck!
Post # 10
Hey! I’m also an Anth student applying to grad school for museum studies and collections management (but incorporating it into an Ph.D. program, I think). Every school I’ve looked at only does fall admission for Ph.D.s and most but not all for MAs as well. Have you compiled your list of schools to apply to yet? That’s the only way to know–make that list and look at the info on their websites.
I think it’s totally feasible to transfer (what are your reasons for doing this? to build a better transcript or more experience to be a more appealing candidate to more competitive programs? or just so you’ll still be in school in the spring?), but for sure your classes might not all transfer, and sometimes it can be really hard to find out IF they will transfer until you actually transfer (I found this out as an undergrad when I transferred from a large public university to a small private college), and it can be really hard to get answers about what transfers even then. You could always send out emails to see if anyone at the potential unis you’ll apply to for transfer will accept your classes, but they might give you the runaround and have a hard time answering. Or maybe they’ll be nothing like my school and the first person you talk to will give you a flat, easy answer. Haha.
In any event, good luck!
Post # 11
Most programs I’ve looked into only accept in the Fall. As budget cuts keep coming (woohoo CA schools!) more schools are moving towards only accepting in the Fall. I’m not sure if it is like this in every state though.
Have you thought about doing an internship from January-whenever to fill the time until school starts in the fall?
Post # 12
@Veganglam- While I like Baylor’s department, and the classes are good (with my minor I have had to take grad classes for undergrad credit) the focus of the program is more prep for historic house museums (unlike the rest of the country they are blossoming in our area). It would get me excellent basic classes but since I know I do want to go into collections (I have internship in the collections of a state agency now) I feel I need to specialize more. It’s still an option but we’re making a more comprehensive list this fall when he has his contract renewed at work. Where have you found that offers a PhD option other than Georgetown?
@babyboo- We’re trying to not relocate until after I know where I am accepted and there are scant options in our area for internships. There is always getting a job at a local private museum but I’m not sure if they will hold it against me that I turned down their internship (I already accepted another that would allow me to live at home and what they were offering would not cover the debt I would incur renting an apartment in town.)
Post # 13
In my field they only accept for the fall.
Post # 14
The masters in public administration program I’m applying for at Denver accepts both fall and spring. It totally depends upon the school/program.