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Old 03-28-2009, 11:40 AM
 
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I realize that I probably won't get a perfect answer to thsi question, but any tips or help would be appreciated.

I am a history undergrad at Central Michigan University. I will be receiving a B.S. with a dual major (History, International Relations). I am currently looking into graduate schools and I really like ODU's program from what I can find. My GPA is hovering around 3.8 right now and will probably finish around there. By the time I apply I can get two good letters of recommendation and one that might be a tad generic due to not being very familiar with the professor. I haven't taken the GRE yet, but let's assume I do well on it for the sake of argument. I can write a solid letter of intent and my writing samples are pretty good.

I want to get my masters in US history with a slant towards diplomatic history in the Caribbean and Latin America so that I can eventually find a pure diplomatic history program for my Ph.D. However, I have not been published by any "serious" magazines, though I have written a few history articles for websites like Associated Content and Suite101. I have not participated in any out-of-class research projects (because there were none) like helping professors. I did do a brief internship at a museum and historical society where I helped research and put together an exhibit. I have never traveled to the region my interest is in (Caribbean basin). Well...except for Florida, which doesn't count.

I am currently learning Spanish and intend to learn Creole in the future.

What are my odds at getting into ODU's history masters' program?

Once again, any input from people who might know what it's like to get into ODU would be appreciated!
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Old 03-28-2009, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
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I realize that I probably won't get a perfect answer to thsi question, but any tips or help would be appreciated.

I am a history undergrad at Central Michigan University. I will be receiving a B.S. with a dual major (History, International Relations). I am currently looking into graduate schools and I really like ODU's program from what I can find. My GPA is hovering around 3.8 right now and will probably finish around there. By the time I apply I can get two good letters of recommendation and one that might be a tad generic due to not being very familiar with the professor. I haven't taken the GRE yet, but let's assume I do well on it for the sake of argument. I can write a solid letter of intent and my writing samples are pretty good.

I want to get my masters in US history with a slant towards diplomatic history in the Caribbean and Latin America so that I can eventually find a pure diplomatic history program for my Ph.D. However, I have not been published by any "serious" magazines, though I have written a few history articles for websites like Associated Content and Suite101. I have not participated in any out-of-class research projects (because there were none) like helping professors. I did do a brief internship at a museum and historical society where I helped research and put together an exhibit. I have never traveled to the region my interest is in (Caribbean basin). Well...except for Florida, which doesn't count.

I am currently learning Spanish and intend to learn Creole in the future.

What are my odds at getting into ODU's history masters' program?

Once again, any input from people who might know what it's like to get into ODU would be appreciated!
I have an engineering degree from ODU and found it relatively easy to get in (3.8 should be ok) but difficult to survive there. MY daughter will be majoring in Physical Therapy and got in with a high school GPA of 3.4 and National Honor Society membership. I would think that you will be fine. Getting $ to study is another issue. I got a full ride for my masters at Univ of Virginia and was told that if you aren't offered money they really don't want you.
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Old 04-01-2009, 04:50 PM
 
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I begin the Creative Writing M.F.A. program in August, and I had a 3.94 undergrad and a 1240 on the GRE. It depends on both the graduate admissions office and the program to which you're applying. My academic background was enough to get me into the graduate college, but the program itself judged me on different criteria. I received a fellowship and tuition remission, but not all programs offer the same level or type of funding. Some programs have a "graduate liaison", a student in the program, who answers questions of prospective or newly admitted students. I would suggest calling the program or browsing their website to see if such a person exists, or if they could at least hook you up with a student who would be willing to answer your questions. Good luck with your educational endeavors!
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Old 04-06-2009, 06:21 AM
 
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ODU admissions isn't as critical as UVA, VT, W&M.
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Old 04-06-2009, 06:41 PM
 
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I would highly reconsider going to ODU for grad school....it's always been ranked kind of low, compared to other schools in Virginia.
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