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Stanford/MIT/Cal-Berkley PhD Admissions

Beast911Beast911 0 replies1 discussions Forum Champion
Hey guys, I'm new to this site but I've seen some good discussion so I thought I'd join and get some of your insight. I want to apply for my doctorate in structural engineering beginning in the fall of 2014 at Stanford, MIT, UC-Berkley, Cal Tech, Georgia Tech, and Michigan. I am preparing to take the GRE right now and I am wondering if I have any shot at getting into these schools. Here is a little about my previous academic/work background.

-Currently I am 24 yrs old
-Graduated University of Michigan with a B.S.E. in Civil engineering in April 2010 at the age of 21. I finished off with a 3.70 overall GPA and a Major GPA of 3.93
-Graduated University of Michigan with a M.S.E. in Civil Engineering with a concentration in structural engineering in April 2011 at the age of 22. I completed this with a year while working as a field engineer intern (25-30 hrs per week). I did not perform lab research because I was working as an engineer while getting my masters.
-Performed two research projects for class during my M.S.E. on Fiber reinforced concrete and earthquake engineering
-Have worked on major renovation projects at work where structural engineering was prevalent. I was the on-site lead engineer on one of these projects where schedule budget were critical.
-I can get letters of recommendations from previous professors at UM, one of which who went to Stanford
-Member of Chi-Epsilon National Civil Engineering Honor Society
-Set up fundamentals of engineers exam review sessions on campus for 1.5 yrs.
-ASCE member

-If I meet the avg for the GRE for these schools, do I have a shot at getting into these places? I do not have a lot of research experience in labs but thats because I have been working out in the real world as an engineer while completing my masters.

Thanks guys!!!
edited May 2013 in Common Application
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  • alpha71alpha71 9 replies0 discussions Forum Champion
    It is common for graduate programs to have a section on their admissions page that tell you what you need to be competitive. As long as you meet their minimum requirements then it will never hurt to apply and find out. A lot of the time real world experience is gold. It all depends on the school. Good Luck!
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