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  1. No it's same. No essay per se but a cover letter. http://mitsloan.mit.edu/mba/admissions/apply/application-instructions/
  2. ....you apply to MIT Sloan during your first year at HKS
  3. Whoosh - that's a quote from Good Will Hunting:
  4. I'm headed to HKS because I'm hoping to gain some insight into the evolution of the market economy in the early colonies. My contention is that prior to the Revolutionary War, the economic modalities, especially of the southern colonies, could most aptly be characterized as agrarian pre-capitalist and...
  5. Frankly it's hard to recommend a school because it's unclear what your profile is (GPA, Undergrad institution, GRE, work experience, etc.) To get a clearer answer to your question, you should look at the employment reports of the schools you are targeting. And look on LinkedIn and see where alumni end up.
  6. Hmm interesting so they sent a follow-up email saying that they processed it? I didn't get that email so don't know if they're just taking their time or they lost my forms. Could really use the money right now for summer travels!
  7. I think in policy circles (very loose terms), WWS is viewed slightly more favorably than HKS because they know it's hard to get in. Plus they probably have easier job attracting top students because of the scholarships, which then affects employers' mindsets. That being said, if HKS was able to match the $$$, I would personally choose HKS for the following reasons: International brand/prestige - no matter where you go in the world, people will recognize Harvard and you'll be able to find alumni Student lifestyle - I think Princeton offers probably the best undergraduate experience but for graduate students, not so much. Plus living in Cambridge is a lot more exciting because of its proximity to a big city Networking opportunities - this is the biggest factor: while some people prefer the small class size, I think it's quite limiting in terms of networking opportunities. At HKS, I am in same class with HBS/GSB/Wharton/Sloan/Tuck students; can take classes at HBS, HLS; access to top notch guest speakers that come to Harvard; bigger alumni network to call upon, etc. Truth be told, if you are a candidate good enough for consideration at WWS and HKS, you're really splitting hairs and can't really make a bad choice. If WWS made it easier to pursue a dual MBA/MPA - I think there's currently 1 student total at WWS who is pursuing dual MBA/MPA - I probably would have put in an application there. Just my $0.02.
  8. Did anyone get their travel reimbursement from HKS yet? In their email, they said it would be approximately 1 month from 4/10.
  9. 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/
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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?
  14. 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.
  15. 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).