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  1. Hi all, (Posted in the Government Affairs section with no responses, so am trying my luck here!) Hoping to get views on two offers - Georgetown Masters of Science in Foreign Service and Chicago Harris MPP. I've heard good things about both schools, and am pretty torn, so wanted to get views on which school/programme would be better for future career prospects in the US, either at a foreign policy/security-related think tank, or private sector consulting firm (either IR-focused or general e.g. McKinsey). In terms of background, I'm an international student, so would be ineligible for US government jobs. I'd be able to find work in my home country, with either of the two degrees, so that's not a major factor. Not very interested in working for NGOs or the UN. However, the foreign policy poll of IR faculty also voted Georgetown #1 (50% of all polled) for masters' degrees leading to a policy career in IR, compared to Chicago at #12 (5% of votes).[Edit: Realised the poll compared Chicago's CIR programme, not the Harris school!] Funding-wise, Harris has offered $10k, which makes overall costs around $65k, versus Georgetown at $75k. I'm waitlisted for Georgetown funding,but those decisions will only be released on 23 Apr, after Chicago's 15 Apr deadline to accept. Other potential Pros / Cons: Harris MPP: more general degree - greater customisation and flexibility to branch out for private sector jobs? However, their MPP's strengths seem to be in more urban/social policy or city development, rather than security issues. Georgetown MSFS: better location for the D.C. network; specialised IR focus and branding would also help in getting a think-tank job? I saw around 50-60% of graduates also found work for the private sector. tl;dr - how would you rate the two schools/programs, in terms of reputation & job placement (both private sector & IR-focussed careers)? Any other factors to consider, beyond the differences in curriculum? Thanks in advance!
  2. Hi everyone!!! I will most likely be attending Midwestern University Downer's Grove (IL) in the fall. I've lived on the west coast my whole life so I thought I would reach out and see if anyone who is familiar with the Chicago area has any information they'd like to share. When I interviewed at MWU I didn't have any time at all to look around Downer's Grove or Chicago. Any advice on housing, traffic, best pizza place lol, or how the area is in general would be much appreciated! Should I live in a suburb (if so, which one?) or make the commute from the city? Also if anyone else is accepted to MWU please comment I'd love to hear from you!
  3. Hi all, I feel really lucky to be deciding between two offers - Georgetown Masters of Science in Foreign Service (waitlisted for funding) and Chicago Harris MPP (10k funding). I've heard good things about both schools, and am pretty torn, so wanted to get views on which school/programme would be better for future career prospects, either at a foreign policy/security-related think tank, or private sector consulting firm (either IR-focused or general e.g. McKinsey). In terms of background, I'm an international student, so would be ineligible for US government jobs. I'm confident of being able to find work in my home country, with either of the two degrees. Not very interested in working for NGOs or the UN. Potential Pros / Cons: Harris MPP: more general degree - greater customisation and flexibility to branch out for private sector jobs? Availability of some funding to offset tuition costs. Georgetown MSFS: better location for the D.C. network; specialised IR focus and branding would also help in getting a think-tank job? However, still waitlisted for funding, and am also unsure whether the MSFS translates well in when seeking private sector jobs. Thanks in advance!
  4. I applied in January to UIC. I have seen threads from years past that said UIC was notorious for having a long delay in getting back to applicants. This is the only school I applied to (want to stay in Chicago, did private undergrad at Loyola, can't afford private masters) and I just wanted to know if anyone else had been accepted and how long it took?
  5. Hello everyone! I submitted my application through CSDCAS last month, and am now trying to get more info on the programs I applied to. I was limited to the Chicago area because of my husband's job, so I applied to: -Governors State U -St. Xavier U -Midwestern U -Northwestern U -Rush U -Elmhurst College I missed the open houses for St. Xavier, Rush, Midwestern, and Elmhurst (all due to scheduling conflicts with work, unfortunately), so I would love to hear people's thoughts on the SLP programs at these schools if you have either visited or applied and were accepted. If you know anyone that attends these programs, what are their thoughts? Finally, is there a better place than gradcafe where I could ask these questions? I would prefer to ask students who are currently attending the programs what their experiences have been like, but I'm not sure how to go about doing that. If you guys have any resources that might be helpful, I'd be very grateful! Thanks, Dena
  6. First off, I understand that the MAPH is, at best, a controversial program. I'm not trying to get people riled up or to step on anyone's toes. I applied to the MAPH at UChicago, initially, because I didn't realize UChicago had a continuous MA-PhD program in their East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC). So I ended up applying to both. I was rejected soundly from the East Asian Languages & Civ. department at UChicago but offered partially (1/3) funding for the MAPH program. I was also admitted into the University of Washington's (UW) Jackson School of International Studies (JSIS) Japan Studies program for a full MA. No mention of funding. Now, to be honest, I'm still waiting on Stanford to reply, but I know that I'm not top-pick priority stuff here. I love Chicago's program. The EALC was my top choice. I wasn't overly surprised to be rejected. Course-wise and academic-wise, Chicago fits my goals and ideas for my research. That all being said, I'm very intimidated by the prospect of living there (Chicago), and the cost of the MAPH is like 17,000 more than UW since I live in-state--even after the 18,000 tuition waver/grant/thingy! That all being said, I love Seattle, and the JSIS would fit me reasonably well and allow me to study abroad. No, the courses aren't as perfectly tailored to my goals, but I would be able to accomplish my goals without incurring so much debt (and live in a place I'm comfortable and happy in). As far as Asian Studies, UW is a fantastic school. It also might potentially allow me TA work, though that's not guaranteed. First question: What's your opinion? Second question: Would it be rude/stupid/impertinent/etc. to approach the head of Japan Studies at UW with the information that I've been offered $18,000 tuition waver at UChicago in the hopes that I might earn myself some help and that maybe they might throw a bone my way? If no, why not? If yes, what would be the most tactful way to do that?
  7. It seems that MAPSS has sent out many decision letters! I've received admission with 1/3 tuition waiver (not much, I know, but no complaints since I'm prepared to pay and my other choices wouldn't be much cheaper anyway), but since the econ concentration is a recent addition to the MAPSS program, maybe I'm not the only one who wants to discuss and know more about it? So, I'm wondering are there any current MAPSS econ students (or someone who knows more about this program) out there willing to share a bit about your experiences so far? Like, what's the difficulty level of the math camp? (And if you're an international student like me, have you attended the English prep course in Aug?) Have you taken some courses in other disciplines? What is your goal (phd, or work?) and whether/how is MAPSS helping you so far? What's the typical class size? How's your experience with the thesis? Do you have any time for extracurricular activities or part-time work? Anything And for those who're admitted, have you made a decision, and what are your reasons, if you don't mind sharing? If you're still hesitating, what are your doubts? As for me, I'm still considering, but I'm very inclined to go since I really like the interdisciplinary nature of MAPSS, and I want to incorporate some sociology elements into my study. But I'm not sure whether I'm just being naive or idealistic here since 9 months is a short time and I've kind of been working in an unrelated field in the past two years, and I'm not too sure what kind of phd studies (or even whether I want to pursue a phd) I want to do afterwards. Is everyone very clear about exactly what you want to get out of the program?
  8. Hey all, I am looking to see how likely I am to get into the following schools with the following criteria. I feel like I am fitting in somewhere around the average requirements of most applicants at these schools, with maybe a slightly lower GPA. GPA: 3.3 from a small liberal arts school in Ohio GRE: 161 V and 159 Q with 5.0 Analytical Writing Experience: 3 campaign cycles as an intern/volunteer (since '08), 3 campaign cycles as a paid staff in field management and data analytics; 1 year in nonprofit fundraising; 3 months interning with a lobbying firm in D.C.; Only 2 years of work experience after completing my undergrad (I took a semester off to work on the 2012 Presidential campaign) and volunteered/interned throughout college on various local, state, and national races in digital and organizing related work. I am applying/have applied to the following schools: Duke Sanford (MPP), Chicago Harris (MPP), Syracuse Maxwell (MPP), UT-Austin (MPA), Georgetown McCourt (MPP), NYU Wagner (MPA), OSU John Glenn (MPA), USC Price (MPA), IU SPEA (MPA). Thanks!
  9. I'm not sure if any of you listen to Fleet Foxes. They're my go-to shower singalong music, though my boyfriend calls it "weird monk music." He listens to rap. Artistic differences, I guess. Anyway, their music really hits me sometimes whether comforting or not. I have a playlist on my laptop of music that I find grounding, and it includes songs like "I Can Feel a Hot One" and some others by Manchester Orchestra, a large amount of Fleet Foxes, a taste or two of both Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles, and the like. I play that playlist when I study or do homework, or whenever I just need to get my sh*t together and calm down. I was not accepted into the program at WMU. I found out on Friday by way of a letter that my dad read before me because it wasn't sealed. I can't say I'm surprised at this decision-- I had a feeling the day I returned home from Interview Weekend that there wouldn't be a place for me there. I respect this decision, because I don't think I was who they were looking for. I can't handle the constant party that their department seems to encourage. Being told that the current students go out drinking multiple times a week together is not something that I'm itching to be part of. As I whine about not wanting to party, I'm soaking in the fact that I'll be moving to Chicago in six months. I have an acceptance in hand from Roosevelt and an interview lined up with Elmhurst as well as campus visits to both next week. That's right: Chicago! I held Roosevelt up as my top choice, and now it's becoming real. I need to find somewhere to live. I know very little about living in Chicago, and I'll need all the help I can get. My family knows people all over the country and world, but somehow we don't know anyone in Chicago (well, I know a couple people my age there, but no one who could save me if I ran into trouble). I'm lurking on the City Guide thread for Chicago and all the rental sites I can find. I know Roosevelt has very easy access to all the train lines because it's right by the loop. They include a CTA Ventra U-Pass in tuition, though I don't actually understand how it works. My limited experience in Chicago has always been great. I'm really excited to be living and going to school there, but there are so many issues I now face. Being rejected from WMU has set the ball rolling to the Windy City. Now begins a new journey filled with big decisions-- will my SO be able to move with me? Will I be working at the university or elsewhere? Where will I live? Will I get enough funding from the university to avoid major debt? Where before I was comfortable in the excitement of not knowing, I'm now very uncomfortable in the excitement of decision-making. Here we go. Headphones in, chin up.
  10. Hi again, I have a doubt regarding the TOEFL requirements. Most grad schools just put a global requirement and they do not mention any specifics. Most ask for a score of at least. I have 111 points (over 120), and I have 30 30 29 in the reading, listening and writing sections. My weak spot is the speaking: 22 points. In Chicago they ask for at least 26 in each section. Do you think that this requirement really holds if I have a good aggregated result? Would that 22 hurt me in other universities even if I have a 111? By the way, my verbal score from the GRE is a 166. Would that help into them ignoring the weak parts of the TOEFL? Thank you!
  11. Hi, I am about to start writing a lengthy thesis (minimum 40 pages) and wondering which way to go. Google docs has been my go-to for a very long time but doesn't offer full Chicago style footnotes. I have encountered several formatting issues. For example, when the footnote is too long and goes to the next page, there is a large gap left between written text and the footnote line making it look like I am attempting to make the essay longer. I also get the same issue randomly even if the footnotes stay on the same page. Google docs also has a weird format to it when it prints. The margins always seem to huge and cut off the page numbers. Though I have found a fix for this but not the footnote situation. In Word, I never get formatting issues but requires me to have the program on my device. I have a Chromebook and while they do offer an online version of Word it is slow and just buggy at times. I have also never been fond of carrying my work by USB or even in Microsoft cloud. Docs is simply more convenient than Word. Google docs works better for me because I prefer writing on public computers as opposed to my laptop at home so I can access my paper on any computer. But when I need to work at home, Docs is better. However, for the sake of formatting the paper and for future professional publications of papers, Word seems to be the way to go and I should get familiar with it? What do you use? In your experience, and if you have ever sent a manuscript for publication, what is better for a long paper that requires heavy footnoting?
  12. Hey everyone! I didn't see a UChicago 2016 so I thought I would create one! I will most likely accept the offer for their Biomedical Sciences (Microbiology) Ph.D. Program and wanted to see if there are any future UChicago people here! Also, is anyone planning on doing graduate housing?
  13. Hi All, I have B.Eng in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Nanyang Technological University Singapore. What are things that I need to do to apply for top Econs PhD program?
  14. Hi! UChicago's MACSS is a new 2-year program, so there aren't any alumni to ask. So I wanted to see what any of you may think about it. I found a quote from their Managing Director: “Our program is importantly different from the 10–12 high-level computational programs that presently exist on other campuses. Most of our peers are also one-year programs, and as a result have exceptionally high quantitative thresholds for admission, so there’s really no opportunity to have a shot unless you’ve already done that computational work.” So it seems that this is for candidates who want to go into computing/quant for soc.science, but with little previous math? Judging by their website, they also seem to cater to PhD prep and Big Data analysis. On their sample course tracks they list quite a number of courses on the Bachelor's level. Should that be a concern? What do you all think?
  15. Hello, I have been accepted to the MA in Computational Social Science at University of Chicago and MA in QMSS at Columbia. I am inclined towards Chicago as it is more and flexible spread over 2 years. Its only downside being this is the first year the program has been offered. I am not sure what I want to do in future, but it would be either a Phd in decision sciences or an analyst at an organisation like United Nations Global Pulse. I have no working background in programming or databases, only Coursera-certified knowledge in Python, R, SQL. If anyone can advice me on which one is more logical to pursue, that would be much appreciated. Thank you for your time.
  16. Hey guys! So I recently got admitted to Rush (eep! ) and I'm attending the open house on the 25th! Is anyone else attending the preview days or thinking of going to Rush?
  17. Hi all I am having difficulty deciding which schools to attend, and have yet to find any other info on CIR. Kindly share with me your thoughts! Got accepted to Chicago's CIR, Chicago's Harris and Cornell's CIPA program and still waiting to hear back from Columbia but likely to get rejected as saw many acceptances already. All programs are really good and in terms of funding, I got a decent amount each... I researched quite extensively on location, program, career development but would appreciate any second opinions! Thanks in advance!!
  18. I've recently been rejected from several PhD programs in Psychology, and offered masters instead - including MAPSS at UChicago without funding. Overall, MAPSS is cheaper simply because it is one year. The fact that I have been rejected from all the PhD programs makes me sure that I am not ready to apply for a PhD program. It seems that even people who had negative things to say about MAPSS, still admitted they got fully funded PhD offers from top schools. So, I've also heard that some people have been very successful at appealing the financial aid decisions, and I'm considering doing that. Without any aid, it's going to be about 70k to attend including living expenses, and tuition. I will not be receiving assistance from relatives. What do you guys think? Is 1 year getting a masters from UChicago with a lot of debt better than 1-3 gap years working in a lab better my application for PhD programs? What are your experiences asking for more financial aid? I would really love to attend, but it's daunting without any assistance.
  19. Well, can't say I'm surprised that I got denied into grad schools this time around. It seemed almost impossible to try and compile an outstanding CDCAS application when I already had so much going on with my schoolwork in undergrad. Anyways, for all the people like myself who are feeling down, just wanted to put it out there that Karen George at Chicago Speech Therapy is hiring for people like us! I just interviewed and was BLOWN AWAY. I honestly would've never expected this opportunity to exist, especially because on their posting on indeed it was for an SLPA and I thought for sure I didn't have a chance without licensure. They do pediatric in-home therapy, but have three 'day' programs where kids come in and do language enrichment stuff. Super cool opportunity! Just thought I would share because it gave me hope and could really improve my odds for acceptance next year!
  20. I was accepted to both the University of Minnesota and the University of Chicago! Yay. I received the Title IV-E fellowship at Minnesota which will cover my tuition and also guarantee me work after school is over. U of Chicago also gave me a very good scholarship but I would still have to pay some tuition. I am attracted to U of C because it's in Chicago, it's a prestigious school with a large intellectual community. I am torn between staying in MN and having very little debt or taking a chance on a new city at a prestigious school. Anybody have advice?
  21. Why UChicago has so many students that are wait listed in their PhD program?
  22. Hey everyone. I've recently been accepted into NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center, the University of Chicago, and the University of Texas at Austin as a master's student for the upcoming fall. I'm interested in studying the modern Middle East, and I hope to pursue a PhD after my master's. Professionally, I would like to go into advising on or developing US foreign policy with a focus on the Middle East (Perhaps a job in the White House or in a political think tank in DC). That being said, I have not completely ruled out the possibility of teaching in the future as well. Bearing all this in mind, I would like opinions from other people who are similarly in my position, who are currently studying at these schools, or even alumni, anyone who might be able to shed some light on my situation and give helpful advice, as I am torn between the aforementioned schools. I will also say that at the moment, it seems that UT Austin is the most financially feasible so far (lowest tuition, but I haven't heard if I will receive an TA position yet - I should find out in the next couple of weeks). Any thoughts/opinions on which school I should attend? Thank you all in advance.
  23. Hi everyone, I'm an international student (UK) at Oxford, I've just been accepted onto the two programmes I applied for, EAS at Yale and MAPSS at Chicago. I've only been to Chicago briefly, it seemed really cool, but from what I've seen it seems like the course is better at Yale. The only problem is I've been offered a 2k scholarship from Yale vs. a 40k scholarship from Chicago. I'm really praying they will offer me more funding at Yale, although my course director says this is unlikely (maybe because I'm an international student?). Does anyone have any thoughts about the two campuses? Chicago seems like it has more going on, but I might be wrong? Any advice greatly appreciated! Best Regards, Alex
  24. Anyone else applying to Divinity at Chicago this application season? If so, how's your application coming along? Also to others not applying but have in the past, any word on funding? Everyone knows tuition is impossibly high and that funding is not very hopeful, but if you have or anyone who has received funding, have any idea on why they might have been awarded it? I'd be grateful for any info you might have. As for me, I'm an A.M. applicant with a background in Religious Studies.
  25. Did anyone attend the Admitted Student Day? What was your impression?