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  1. Does anyone know how dual PhDs work? I've seen a couple people have them on their CVs and would be interested in that option if it were possible. Is it a better alternative than a standard political economy program? (As a secondary question, what are the best political economy programs? I know GSB and HKS are the top 2, what are the others?)
  2. Seeing there game theory people was a pleasant surprise for me, they looked like they were doing some really interesting work. As most of you know, the field is becoming more and more empirically sophisticated, so one of the main things I'm looking at in a program is there stats training. That's partially why I'm interested in the relationship with the economics department, the prospect of also getting some top notch economics training is appealing. Thanks for letting me know about Slater, he was one of the people that was drawing me to program. I took a look at their placements and they seem okay, not great but not bad, a good number are getting assistant professor positions (though only a few are getting at top programs). Any further comment on their placements? Also, @Comparativist you seem to be pretty well regarded here and especially knowledgeable about admissions for comparative. Would you mind taking a look at my profile that I posted and give some feedback on my prospects if you have a chance?
  3. What are you thoughts on the program? For Comparative? I know they're more known for their qualitative methodology, but any insights on the quant? What kind of interaction do they have with the economics department, if any?
  4. To build on the above comment: I asked one of my professors about entering a program after taking time off school (it'll be 2.5 years for me, so not as extreme as your case (but the work I'm doing is not at all relevant to political science or anything like that)) and she said they don't care at all. As a caveat, she did mention that attrition rates aren't high for older grad students because they tend to have more responsibilities (kids, wife, etc) and can't make the appropriate time commitment even if the student has the skills. She said they have admitted several 40+ year olds (top 20 program). So if you think you'll be able to manage the time commitment you should be fine.
  5. Just submitted a proposal to what will be my first solo conference. Hope it gets accepted, fingers crossed! I'm using the conference as a hard deadline to get my writing sample done. Now need to start thinking about the GRE again...
  6. Thank you so much for the responses! My plan going forward will be to start a new paper and get a proposal done as soon as possible. I found a conference that has a deadline in June, so I'll be deciding on a topic between then and now. Does anyone know the best places to look for conferences? Also, since I'm not an undergraduate (graduated in fall 2015), do you think I'll need a sponsor at a conference? Will being independent make it more difficult to be accepted into conferences? Will the 2 year gap between undergrad and grad negatively impact my chance for admissions to top programs? Note taken on the GRE. When I first took it, I so fundamentally did not agree with it as an institution (i.e. why should I have to take a test to prove my worth when I have a 4 year body of work as proof?). So, I'll take it more seriously this time around. @dagnabbit I'm more interested in CPE. I want to be more into IPE (and IR in general; I only took one IR course in undergrad), but definitely more interested in CPE.
  7. Hello, thanks so much for the advice you give to prospective students; I know I appreciate it! How do admissions committees view breaks between undergraduate and graduate studies? I will hopefully be applying this fall. December will mark the 2 year mark since I graduated from undergrad, so it will be 2.5 years by the time I start my PhD. I'm particularly worried because they have been unrelated private sector, contract jobs. Will this serve as a hindrance to admissions? Thanks!
  8. Type of Undergrad Institution: Top 40-60, large public state schoolMajor(s)/Minor(s): Political Science, Economics, MathematicsUndergrad GPA: 3.8 ( approximately 3.9, 3.9, 3.6 by major)Type of Grad: NoneGrad GPA: N/AGRE: 159 Q, 156 V, 4.5 WAny Special Courses: Grad level: 2 PhD political science seminars (A,A-), PhD Math for Econ (survey of metric spaces, topology, and measure theory, A), PhD Macro 1 (part 1 of 4 part first year sequence, B-), Masters microeconomics (A), graduate Topology (A), PhD econometrics 1 (audit) Undergrad level: Real analysis (A-, B+ or A-), Abstract algebra (B+,B+), Math Stats (B, B+), Linear Algebra (A-), econometrics (A,A; not calc or linear algebra based), econ research seminar Letters of Recommendation: 1 from a political science prof I'm RAing for (just got tenure, PhD from a top 5). From here it gets murky as there isn't too much certainty. Potentially an economics prof (tenured, PhD from a top 5 econ) that I took a research seminar with; he wrote me a rec for other academic positions. There's a polisci prof I had for a grad seminar (got an A, seemed impressed by my potential at the time but haven't talked to him in a year or more). There are also other econ and polisci profs I've taken classes with and spoke about my research interests and ideas.Research Experience: Currently an RA with a political science prof (1.5 years and counting). We are currently working on a project together that will lead to coauthored paper. No thesis.Teaching Experience: Econ and math tutoringSubfield/Research Interests: Political economy; comparative institutionsOther: Experience with R (need more practice though) My main concerns: subpar grades in important math classes and a glaring B- in grad macro (these are bad signals and they hurt my GPA), not a lot of independent research experience (I would need to write something between now and application season to use as a writing sample given that my seminar papers aren't great), not a prestigious of an undergrad program, 2-3 year break between undergrad and grad school, and bad GRE scores. What do you think my range of schools is for PhD programs? What do you recommend I improve between now and application season? Thanks!