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  1. Did anyone get their travel reimbursement from HKS yet? In their email, they said it would be approximately 1 month from 4/10.
  2. Wharton MBA doesn't offer a dual degree option with Fels. However, you can pursue a dual degree at Wharton with SAIS or HKS: https://mba.wharton.upenn.edu/interdisciplinary-programs/
  3. You're absolutely right. But I think the point is there's no job/career (or least one that comes to my mind) that will require MPP/MPA over MBA. Whereas there are many jobs/careers that will require you to have an MBA, resulting in a higher ROI. For example, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's internship program (http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Jobs/Internship-Program-FAQ) "primarily targets MBA, MPH and DrPH students" and you can see the list of schools they recruit from. The majority of those schools are MBA programs. But if for some reason, you decide to pivot to let's say consulting (McKinsey, Bain, BCG, etc.), you'll also notice that the majority of their recruiting for consultant roles are targeted from MBA programs - and it's not like they shy away from that. Same with nonprofit consulting firms like Bridgespan.
  4. Well it's related to your goals of working in K-12 education. You'll quickly find none of the roles require you to have an MPP/MPA. I have many friends who work in the big charter networks in East coast (mostly through TFA: Achievement First, Brooke, KIPP, Northstar, Success, Uncommon, etc.) that have taken on senior leader positions. Some have gone on to work for Education Pioneers, TFA, TNTP, etc. Maybe 30% of them have graduate degrees and if they do, it happens to be a Masters in education, typically from Harvard or Teachers College. In case you think this is just purely anecdotal, just do quick LinkedIn searches of different charter networks you are thinking about and you'll see a similar picture. This is often because these networks often promote their star teachers internally, something like: classroom teacher => Leadership fellow => Vice Principal => Principal. Meaning if you actually want to get involved in this sector, you want to go to a grad school where there is a high concentration of people who are also going to work in this field in the area you want to work in, increasing the opportunity for getting different type of roles in different type of educational organizations.
  5. So there's a lot to like about this profile. I would tighten up the long-term goals but assuming decent execution, would be surprised if you don't get into some great schools. I'm a huge believer in the power of networking so with your goals in mind, would submit apps at the following: Harvard GSE: best education school, Harvard pedigree, networking opportunities with HBS/HLS/HKS, just 1 year program, many school senior leaders have this degree HKS: See above. A bit more flexibility than HGSE if that matters to you because not limited to education if you decide to pivot down the line Stanford: 2nd best education school, Stanford pedigree, networking opportunities with GSB/SLS, some cool nonprofit board opportunities in that area; Not as strong network in East Coast but Stanford degree will get your calls/emails returned Columbia SIPA: networking opportunities with CBS/CLS, lot of experiential learning opportunities with charter networks or the approximately billion nonprofits, opportunity to take classes at Teachers College UPenn Fels: similar reasons as above (networking w/Wharton, Penn GSE; experiential learning opportunities in Philly) but prestige factor falls off compared to schools above NYU: like Columbia SIPA but weaker reputation. Pretty sizable network in NYC though
  6. I'm not sure if they contacted the people who submitted letters of rec for me but I know for business school applications, it's common protocol to verify your application. So maybe same applies here?
  7. As there is no $$$ to really discuss & unless Fletcher has a unique program that you are interested in, this seems like an easy decision for Columbia SIPA: Infinitely more fun to live in NYC, esp. if you're in your 20s Networking opportunities Access to Columbia & its resources Now if you haven't actually visited both schools, I highly recommend it as it's really hard to assess fit based on info you find on the internet.
  8. I don't really understand this part. If as you say, an MBA can get you the same opportunities (if not more) as an MPP, why are you set on SAIS? Or why not aim for a dual degree with the MBA? I know Wharton & Tuck both have a dual degree program with SAIS (MBA/MA).
  9. I'm sure you have already but if not, I would highly encourage you to look at the employment report (& LinkedIn) for both schools and actually see the % of alumni who find jobs at the companies you are thinking of. Talk to the career management office and talk to current students to see if this is a viable pathway. What do the OCR opportunities look like? Finance recruiting is highly formalized and they heavily target their target schools. In many cases, neither SIPA nor SAIS are target schools for finance firms. Does that mean it's impossible to land a job? No. But you are at a significant disadvantage and you will have to rely heavily on networking to even get an interview. Between the two, I would argue that Columbia SIPA is a better choice as many top financial institutions will have a NYC headquarters so you have more chances at networking. But frankly, you will be at a disadvantage when competing for these positions with Columbia & NYU MBAs (not to mention the other top business schools that place well in NYC, like HBS, Wharton, Dartmouth Tuck, etc.) If you are truly set on international finance, why not apply to business schools?
  10. If you're seeking a career in finance, why are you looking to go into either SIPA/SAIS?
  11. I wonder what the record for negative reputation is
  12. Very salty about not getting any funding. Strange - how you have such negative opinions about HKS but 1) include HKS in your username; and 2) apply in the first place I sincerely hope you're in your early 20s because otherwise it would be quite alarming to see someone more established in a professional career to put this much weight into rankings & prestige.
  13. Is your whole schtick complaining about HKS funding? If you are genuinely thinking about pursuing an MBA and still want to get an MPP/MPA from HKS, you can go to HKS for the first year and apply to the partnering schools (Stanford GSB, UPenn Wharton, MIT Sloan, Dartmouth Tuck). Note that these are 4 of the top business schools in the world and incredibly difficult to get into. My 2 cents: frankly it doesn't seem you've actually thought through why you want to pursue an MBA and the b-school AdCom will sniff it out.
  14. So I come from nonprofit background and got into several M7 schools and will be attending one of H/S/W this coming Fall so that's not necessarily the pitfall. Applied using GRE scores too. You can always try deferring a year and applying R1 to business schools. That being said, you're really going to have to work at your application essays because from your brief profile, it's a bit difficult to figure out why you need an MBA.
  15. Do you have 3-5 yrs of good work experience (in eyes of b-school AdCom)? Otherwise you're not getting into a top MBA program.