Post # 1
I’m in my first semester of a masters degree right now and I’m not 100% happy with the program. Is it possible/actually heard of to transfer schools after 1-2 semesters of a masters program? I’m looking at transferring from Florida International University to either Univ. Central FL or Florida State. Both website mention masters degree transfers in a very indirect manner, and every admissions bit is geered toward undergrads, so I’m curious if it’s even worth my attempt in getting my scores re-sent and letters from profs. What do you think?
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Post # 3
I know the program I went to, basically no credits would transfer anywhere after the first semester, which was all the basics. It really depends on your program, and the program you’re looking to go into- if you can get ahold of course descriptions and compare, it may help you get some ideas about which courses may transfer.
Post # 4
I am not too sure if I would transfer at this point. I am an FSU grad and Tallahassee is a very different place from Miami, not sure I would move there again. Mind you, I loved Tally as an undergrad but as a Grad student I would not be able to cope there. There really is not much going on and it is not near any ‘cities’. Mostly things in Tally are geared towards undergrads to be honest.As of UCF, I personally think Orlando is hell on Earth… but to each their own.
Post # 5
I have heard of people transferring graduate schools, but usually something like they entered a program for a PhD during which one would acquire the Master’s on the way, and then they transfer after the Master’s portion to get the actual PhD elsewhere. I think in your case it would be best to just call the schools and ask them; it can’t hurt. Also, I would imagine you’d need to have a really good, explainable reason for transferring.
Post # 6
I would call the director of the program and ask what they think about it.
@WifeofBath: I went to FSU for undergrad and grad school. I agree that it’s not a huge city with tons to do, but for a good education that wouldn’t stop me from going and living there for a few years. I really enjoyed all of my time up there, especially during grad school.
Post # 7
I agree with @artbee:. Talk with the directors of both programs. You want to make sure that you getting an “apples to apples” comparison of both programs. Look at what your goals would be post-master’s and see which program best achieves those goals. Because a Master’s is usually 18 months-2 ys (full-time), I wouldn’t switch after the first semester. Some Master’s programs only admit in fall, but I don’t know if that applies to transferring.
Post # 8
@WifeofBath: We actually aren’t really liking Miami at all. We’re from Oklahoma, so smaller cities won’t bother us at all. Plus, we’d really, really like to get further north than South FL (although we would absolutely miss the weather, we won’t miss the people who aren’t so nice).
But I will definitely be calling and talking to both programs this week, thanks bees! I’m also meeting with my advisor at my current program Tuesday to discuss my issues, so hopefully they can be resolved and I won’t need to mess with any transfer issues. But I’m 100% in for whatever I need to do to build the best education and foundation for getting into my PhD program. I can’t stand how grade focused and non-learning focused this masters program is, so I’m looking forward to actually learning something.