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  1. MA with funding, without a doubt. Do NOT do a PhD without funding.
  2. So... I'll say it partly depends on where you see yourself working after graduation. Yes, Brown is Ivy League but it isn't one of the big name Ivies that's well known throughout the country. If you're headed out west for your career, it's quite possible that many potential employers won't have heard of Brown or won't know that it's in the Ivy League. (Also, really, the Ivy League is just a sports conference! Not sure why people obsess over it...)
  3. Hmmm... this is a tough one. If there isn't anyone who understands or works in your intended subfield and/or theoretical approach, then it's going to be much tougher on you to write a strong proposal, get the funding to do your research, etc. If it were me, I'd go to the place that's a better fit for my research, even if that means leaving a few thousand dollars on the table (this is actually what I did for my PhD). As far as the funding, are you considering straight dollar amounts or comparing these to the cost of living? Many of the Ivy League schools are in places with crazy costs of living such that a funding offer of $5-7K less elsewhere might actually result in you having more money in your bank account after paying your bills each month. It's definitely something worth considering. (There are lots of cost of living calculators online that can help you figure this out.)
  4. MPA programs are two years, right? So I'm not sure where the 4-5 years of long distance comes in...FWIW, I would not go to the expensive program in NYC over the funded program in DC. It just doesn't make sense in the short or long term, unless there are some clear benefits you'll get by spending all that money on NYU tuition. I'm also not sure where your partner is but I will note that Pittsburgh is a decent town with an airport with flights to lots of places, so it may not be that bad as a place to be while in a LDR. Good luck with your decision!
  5. I would go with the program offering you funding, so I'd go to BU. You could always do a summer internship or job in DC at one of the zillion environmental organizations there if you want to. There are also a bunch of cool nonprofits working on conservation in the Boston area (and throughout New England) so you could potentially work that into your program.
  6. Whether or not prestige matters depends largely on what you want/expect to be doing after you finish your degree. Have you done any informational interviews with professionals in your field? Or at least looked at job ads and used LinkedIn to spy at people's background? I think doing so could help you determine the relevance of prestige in your field. Another factor is where you want to work after the degree. If you want to work on the East Coast, you may be better served by going to school there now. For a master's, I'd also look at funding and follow the money...
  7. I have more questions than answers. Who would be your advisor at each institution? What is their placement track record? What do you want to be doing after your PhD? Which school would best prepare you for that? Which school has the most financial support for your research? Which school has students working on similar topics (so that you have people to bounce ideas off of and/or collaborate with on research)? Which program is offering financial support for the summer? Are there major grants that you'd need to get to fund your dissertation research? Which program/PI has the better track record with their students getting those (if that's something you need)? These are just some of the factors I'd be considering. FWIW, I only applied to one PhD program that was incredibly far from home and it's the one I ended up going to. I didn't know a single person there either (didn't even visit before accepting the offer). At times I was lonely but, being on my own forced me to make friends, get to know people, and, ultimately, to grow up and become more of an adult in a lot of ways. It also better prepared me for the reality of the academic job market, where you don't often get to choose where you live. YMMV obviously but it's something worth considering.
  8. Honestly, I'm a career-first person so I'd go with School A. As you said, it'll give you better opportunities in the long run, which improves the likelihood that you and your partner will be able to find jobs in the same city post-PhD.
  9. I would go to Atlanta. Amazing research opportunities are more important than coursework imo.
  10. Serious question: What do you think the students do upon receiving your paper full of comments and red lines? Do you think they learn anything at all from all those comments or that they are demoralized and/or confused about how best to proceed? My recommendation is that you NOT focus on grammatical errors and correcting those. That's editorial work. Maybe do it for a page or two but don't let that be the vast majority of your comments because that makes it too easy for students to focus on those and not the bigger errors in their writing. This Youtube video has really good tips on giving writing feedback. Right now, you're doing the mechanical things PLUS trying to do the other things. If you actually want to help students improve their writing, you'll want to give what he calls global feedback. You also want to do more than just identify issues but move to suggesting solutions or identifying the rhetorical options for them.
  11. I'll just say that Amazon's web hosting business (which turns out to supply the servers for MANY things) were down for most of a work day not long ago. If everything I had was in the cloud, I would've been SOL for doing work for that period of time (which was more than half the day). Just something to keep in mind if your plan is to depend entirely on the cloud.
  12. Honestly, this varies from one department and university to the next. My PhD program believed that everyone should be paid the same so they didn't offer extra funding to anyone unless that person came in with external funding. And, as far as I know, the university didn't even have any entrance scholarships available. Other programs aren't like this, obviously, but some are. It could also be the case that they don't view the other program as serious competition, particularly if it comes down to you choosing between a master's program and a PhD program.
  13. Are there really no loans available for the summer? That strikes me as odd.
  14. You can and should ask if there's any chance that you would attend the school if they offered you more money. I'm not a huge fan of sending out the exact offer unless it's requested, especially in your case where you're trying to negotiate between master's and PhD admissions. Before asking, I'd seriously think about the ranking of the programs as well as the cost of living in each location, using these to come up with an acceptable amount (to you) for funding.