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I'm currently applying to PhD programs in education, with a focus in urban schooling. I've been out of school for a few years, and I don't really know what the admissions environment is like anymore. I'm only applying to a handful of schools, since I have to stay in the LA area for personal reasons. I'm applying to UCLA, USC, and Loyola Marymount. I just took the GRE, and thus don't have my writing score yet, but predicted 170 in verbal and 158 in quant. I have 5+ years of teaching experience, in both public and private schools. I've also done some education research, but no significant publications. Undergrad GPA (religion and poli sci) was 3.75 from UChicago, and my masters GPA (MDiv) was 3.95 from Harvard Divinity School. Recommendations should be pretty strong, but maybe not incredible. UCLA is my top choice, followed by USC, with Loyola as a backup. I feel like my chances are pretty strong, but again, I don't have a lot of recent experience in this (and I've never applied for an education program before). Does this seem like a competitive profile? Thanks!4 replies
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