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Everything posted by Hopeful2017

  1. Thank you!!!!!!! I appreciate the response, you made lots of good points
  2. Hey everyone, So I'm still deciding between GSPIA and NPSIA - I think they're both great. I was wondering for your opinion. I really like the professors at uOttawa - my interests lie in education policy, and social policy more generally. GSPIA seems to have more professors that specialize in that area. For example, they have an Education Policy Research Initiative, that does lots interesting research in what I'm quite passionate about. If I were to choose GSPIA, I would likely do my research paper in that area and with those professors. I also like how it is public AND international affairs - so domestic and international policy making. My only hesitations are that the co-op opportunities seem less abundant, the mandatory French course, the somewhat daunting MRP, and its perhaps more theoretical approach? I also did my undergrad there, so I think I would be bored of the campus. For NPSIA, I really love its reputation, practicality, co-op opportunities and their course work option. Also, I went to the campus and it seems awesome there! I've heard good things about their faculty, but from what I've seen from the website, their backgrounds don't necessarily match my interests ( they seem more focused on conflict and security). I've gotten full funding from both - GSPIA 24K, NPSIA 19K. Can anyone give any insight? I have one week left to decide and I'm extremely torn.
  3. Go to the public class schedule! And no it is not counted towards your GPA - they just want a minimum B- in the course.
  4. Yeah, each course is like $911 - that's steep.
  5. You paid 1000 just to write an exam wtf?!
  6. Athabasca looks interesting though - is it completely online? It looks like for the macro course you need to do the exam in person! But everything else is online?
  7. I might just do the online micro/macro course at Carleton!
  8. Anyone registered for econ summer courses?
  9. This happened to me too. I haven't gotten the new official funding offer yet though - but Nancy told me that I got 12k, 6k merit scholarship and a guaranteed TAship worth 5,400.
  10. Anyone still trying to decide between NPSIA/GSPIA?
  11. Did you decide what program yet?!
  12. I emailed some professors at GSPIA about the program - one of which being Roland Paris. He invited me to discuss on the phone this Friday so I'm hoping our chat will solidify my decision. As well, I emailed NPSIA about possibly increasing my funding to match uOttawa's offer. Fingers crossed!
  13. Even if I choose uOttawa, I will still do econ in the summer. Four master's courses plus the mandatory econ pass/fail course will be a lot anyways. Just something for people to consider!
  14. I got the 12,000 in the attached PDF and they briefly said I would get more info about the merit scholarship. I emailed Nancy today and she told me about the 6,000 merit scholarship and the TAship.
  15. I received 12,000 and a "merit scholarship" for my grades. This can range anywhere from 3-6k. I got 6,000. Also, I received a guaranteed TAship - 5,400 that I can do in second year. So actually, it's 23,400. BUT I have the option to apply for other TAships, so it could amount to more. Sorry, I assumed the TAship was for both years, that's why I thought it was 28,000 total. But Nancy said I'm only guaranteed the one year, so 5,400.
  16. uOttawa also admitted more students into their program this year tho - only the top half of the class get coop. My friend in first year said only 20-30 people got it out of a cohort of 90 students. So, I wouldn't base it off coop - NPSIA seems like the better option of the two for coop since they are so well regarded in Ottawa. Tabbatha also told me their placement rates are nearly 100 percent. The recognition at NPSIA is far better to land you coop opportunities than uOttawa, I'd say. My friend at GAC told me the professors at NPSIA are amazing and that a lot of the classes were very practical and gave hard skills that helped her in various federal job competitions. As much as I love the faculty at GSPIA - with a course load that heavy, especially if you do the pass/fail econ course, will you even have a lot of time to connect a lot outside of the classroom? Attend a lot of round tables and networking events? My friend at GSPIA said the first semester is VERY dry and heavy theory. And there is a lot of cool events but she's so swamped and stressed out that she can barely attend things.
  17. I'll be living at home during my studies so rent isn't a factor in my funding decision!
  18. I'm drawn to its reputation, the course-only option, I've heard it's a bit more on the practical side vs theory/research-based. It seems to have really great connections at GAC and at other private sector jobs. Help But, I find the profs at GSPIA more diverse and interesting.
  19. GSPIA has offered me 28,000.... NPSIA offered me 19k, Now i'm more torn than ever.
  20. I'm going to do it probably through Carleton over the summer! Either that or uOttawa.
  21. As much as I think Munk looks like a great school, I think your employment opportunities will be just as good with the MAGG - especially when you don't have a large student loan hanging over you, as you try and look for jobs/internships/new exciting opportunities. My tip is to go on linkedin and search students at both programs and see what they're up to. Personally, attending Munk would require me to take out a lot of loans - which would affect what internship I take ( could you afford to work for another four months unpaid?) After graduation, will those loans from Munk affect where I look for a job, etc?
  22. Love this! As much as I'm dreading econ, I do think it will give beneficial skills to put on a resume / it is important to understand in general.
  23. Congrats, still an amazing offer. I just think people need to be aware of the realities - coop is not guaranteed for GSPIA, a few months ago we all kind of thought GSPIA would have a better, more secured coop program but after feedback from students, that is NOT the case. Only a select few, who have very very top grades get coop. Since GSPIA you must take 4 courses, and master courses are very reading-heavy - you will have like no time for anything else. As much as doing econ in the summer sucks for NPSIA, i'd rather do that then deal with a French course at GSPIA later down the road - I'll have to learn econ anyways. Tabbatha told me their placement rates are nearly 100 percent per term. After creeping on LinkedIn, I see a lot of NPSIA coop student work experiences vs. GSPIA. Also, only having the option to take four electives out of the whole two year program kinda sucks compared to the wide range of courses you can choose from NPISA.
  24. What is turning me away from GSPIA is that you get 10 courses, seminar and an MRP. Six of those 10 courses are mandatory, seemingly dry courses ( research methods, micro, macro, ethics). And you can only pick four electives that you are interested in... that doesn't seem like a lot in my opinion, then you're off to work on an MRP for a large chunk of your time there. My friend is in first year and she had to submit her topic a month ago. I think the variety of courses at NPSIA is appealing, you can really get a taste of everything - international trade, international security, global health, internet governance, terrorism, etc. For embassy internships, my friend also said the administration dropped the ball on her and a lot of other students internships. She said a lot of students just seem stressed and see it as something they just want completed at this point. I want to enjoy my experience at grad school, not being so stressed and flustered all the time and "trying to get it over with". My two cents.