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|Subject:||PhD Program Preparation|
|Question:||I am in my final year of an MA in linguistics. I have attended 3 conferences (only 1 professional one), will complete my thesis next semester, am a member of LSA and ADS, have teaching experience, have published a summary-style excerpt (not my own research) in an annual book, and am involved in many university organizations. I know that I will have good letters of recommendation, but my GRE scores are not great. Apart from retaking the GRE, is there anything else that I could do to increase my chances of acceptance into PhD program? Thank you for your time.|
|Reply:||It's not a bad idea to retake the GRE, but probably more important are your grades in your courses and your letters of recommendation. What a doctoral program is going to look for is your ability to do original research as well as the thoroughness of your linguistics background, so however you can document those things is what I would suggest you concentrate on. If you still have coursework left to take, it could be a good idea to show breadth as well as depth in what you study. Best of luck to you.|
|Reply From:||Susan D Fischer click here to access email|