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  1. Hi all, I thought I'd start a thread specifically for those of us applying to Munk and other Canadian international affairs programs for fall 2017. Topic name begins with Munk simply because that's my first choice lol Applications haven't opened yet but I figured, why not Here's last cycle's thread:
  2. Hello everyone, I would like to hear your opinions on which school would better suit my interests and background. I think I have a pretty good profile. I am an international lawyer, with 3 years of work experience with UNHCR, currently accepted a position to work in the Mediterranean crisis in Greece. I have an LLB (Bachelor of Laws) from my country, and an LLM at a relatively known and respected US school in the international law field. I also did an internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. I speak spanish, portuguese, a bit of french and am currently learning syrian colloquial arabic. I don't want the degree to "break into" the field but because I truly enjoy learning and I believe it would improve the impact of my work. Having said that, what I am looking for in a degree: - Interdisciplinary approach, I have many interests such as international security, humanitarian affairs, international organizations and diplomacy - Good courses and faculty specialized on Middle East - High chances of getting into a good PHD later, since I am inclined towards academia but haven't decided anything yet - Leadership training: conflict management, human resources management, public speaking, etc (this would be a plus) - Very good funding, since I am still paying for my LLM Potential programs, 1. MALD, Fletcher 2. Harvard, MPP, 3. Columbia SIPA 4. SAIS (not sure about this one because of its econ focus) 6. Msc Intl Relations, LSE 7. Msc in Global Governance and Diplomacy, Oxford Anything else I should consider? I have been doing some research and I really like the MALD at Fletcher. I am not sure about its Middle East courses and faculty and whether they are strong or not. Also, I know it has a professional approach, I don't know if that would be good if I apply for a PHD later. They have a few full-tuition and stipend scholarships but I don't know what type of profile usually gets them. Has anyone gotten in with full-tuition scholarship? I am not sure about HKS, I've seen some pros and cons. A pro is obviously the brand name, but I believe I do not need it unless I want to go back to my country and stay there, which you never know. Does anyone know how generous is their funding? Please give me your insights, Thanks!
  3. Figured I'd start a thread for American. Applying for the MA in International Affairs (Global Government, Politics, and Security), but also torn between that and IPCR. There isn't a spot in the application for a Statement of Purpose... do we not have to write one for consideration to American SIS?
  4. Hello everyone, I am trying to get a feel if I am competitive for the International Affairs or public policy programs I want to attend, and if there is anything else I can do to help my admission chances. Here is a basic look over my resume/ transcript. Program: UPitt GSPIA, Korbel, Fletcher, NYU any other suggestions would be nice Field of Study: International Security University: Senior Military College/ regional public university Major/Minor: B.A in International Affairs, Minor in Organizational Leadership and European History GPA: 3.2 GRE: 165 V 163 Age: 23 Experience: 6 month internship to NATO School Oberammergau working with the academic department in Germany. I also had a 3 month internship at NATO LANDCOM HQ in Izmir, Turkey working with public relations. Enlisted in the National Guard out of high school as an Infantryman (no skills there), and I am commissioning into the Army national guard as a CBRN officer (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear). I have received a ton of certificates from time with the NATO School from all different areas of interest. LOR: I have one from the dean of academics at the NSO Oberammergau, Germany writing a letter. My department head for my program is also writing out a recommendation. I also have other professors who could write stellar LORs. Activities: Model UN president, Allied club secretary, along with other leadership positions in ROTC that don’t matter that much. I had a few part-time jobs and a study abroad to the Baltic nations for a semester. Languages: Fluent English, intermediate Turkish, and basic level German and Russian picked up from courses and travel. I have a rather low disappointing GPA, this and my unknown regional university will probably keep me from going that far. What should I do, retake the GRE? Take a few graduate courses? Any input will help. thank you!
  5. Long time lurker, first time poster - thanks for the help! I am working on cutting down my SIPA policy essay to 200 words (ugh) and realizing how much space noting my sources takes up. Do you think we can use footnotes? Would these footnotes need to be part of the word count? The example on the blog has a passage like this: "The Journal of Creativity in Mental Health reports that spending time with a therapy animal resulted in decreases in self-reported anxiety and loneliness in college students, according to the Columbia University Medical Center. While the International Journal of Stress Management reports that simply petting a dog during study breaks reduces student anxiety and sadness..." I'm curious how others approached this, especially those who just got in EA (congrats!).
  6. A thread for IR grad admission discussion. I'll go first. Program/Institution: Professional Degree Programs such as Johns Hopkins SAIS, Georgetown MSFS, Columbia SIPA, Tufts Fletcher, GWU Elliott, American SIS Interests: Political Economy or Middle East Focus Undergrad Institution: Top 30 public university Undergraduate Major: Political Science and Economics with an Asian Studies Minor Undergraduate GPA: 3.37/4.0 (About 3.3 first two years and 3.5 final two, extra math classes held me down a bit, Poli Sci and International classes for last 2 years is 3.76) Quantitative Courses: AP Stats, Intro to Stats (B+), Econometrics (C+, which was not reflective of ability), AP Calc AB and BC, Calc III (B-), Applied Linear Algebra (B), Intro to Scientific Programming (A) GRE: 170 VR, 163 QR Age: 22 Years of Work Experience: ~1 if counting internships (Pol/Econ intern in US Embassy in a Central Asian Country, Consular intern in US Embassy in Caucasian Country, Congressman from my home state) Foreign Language Profieciency: Farsi (has atrophied, but I can get it back up before matriculation) LORs: 2 professors (one ECON and one Poli Sci), and boss from Central Asia Concerns: My GPA is a little low, but you can see my grades improve starting junior year. Especially in internationally focused classes. Econ average is only a B, but it is higher for my upper class years. Fresh out of undergrad, so little work experience. Worried about funding. Any insight into admissions and funding would be greatly appreciated.
  7. I have been reading posts regarding Masters in IA, IR and ID; and even one about career change by Nicole. However I haven't come across any one making transition to IA from an engineering background. I graduated in Electrical Engineering with a CGPA of 7.6 (India) in 2014 from a top 20 private university in my country, after which I've been working for an insurance company as a technical consultant. I worked my way through college as my father's pension (he's retired on medical grounds) could only partially provide for my and my brother's education. My main goal throughout college was getting a job at the end of the course to help my family's finances, and I did decently well. I have been doing well at my job, however after certain incidents in my life, I wanted to change my career path to international development and gain a Masters in IA, IR or ID, and since my father again has a job, I'll be able to continue my studies. I do not have a working experience in this field, but to make up for the education divide I enrolled myself in 2 MOOCs from Coursera (about to complete), with certificates from the providing universities and am also attending a 2 week program about UN and global challenges (complete with end exam and thesis) at IHEID, Geneva in Jan'17 amounting to 6ECTS. Also, during college I help set up a bio-gas plant in my village (internship/project) and have taught spoken English to foreign nationals for 8 months. I tried to get volunteer experience at an international Location, but due to my financial situation, I could not pay for the experience. Is it possible to get into a prestigious university program with my profile? My target colleges are: IHEID, SciencesPO, Maastricht University, King's college London, SOAS and University of Warwick. Language Expertise: English (Native/Bi-lingual efficiency), Hindi (Native/Bi-lingual efficiency), French (Beginner; 2 years at school) Many Thanks Note: Any comments or ideas on how to enhance my profile are welcome.
  8. Hi everybody I am applying to both Munk School of Global Affairs (U of T) and NPSIA (Carelton). I am also applying to GPSIA (U of Ottawa)...but i would say that it is my third option behind these two schools. I had a question regarding what criteria should I use to determine which program is a better overall program and why I may attend one over the other. I've already considered factors such as - My own research interest (Intelligence, Global Security) - Faculty Research (For me, Carelton wins this one) - Location - Concentrations/field designations - Tuition (20k v. 8k tuition + living expenses), - Reputation (both are stellar schools) I remain unclear on the following: - employment prospects (employment percentages) - global reputation - opportunities throughout the graduate year - co-op/internships etc. If anybody could help me out, that'd be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  9. Hello all! Looking for some advice. I´m researching programs for an International Relations Masters Degree and I want a focus on Latin America. I majored in IR and LAS at Conn College and have been working as a history teacher at a bilingual high school since then in Peru (for five years now). When I do my research, of course all the top programs pop up but I´m worried because I didn´t stay in the academic field or IR field post undergraduate I am not a highly qualified candidate. Can anyone suggest some second or third tier International relations schools that have a focus on Latin America? Thanks!
  10. Hello everyone! So, I'm at a stage in my life where I'm swinging on a vine and letting the wind blow me from every direction to the other, as I try to decide what areas I should specialize in. My current undergraduate major is Political Science, though I'm planning on doing my Master's in International Affairs. My areas of research interest are three as of now: Peace and Conflict Studies, International Human Rights, Evolving bilateral relations and the significance of international organisations. If any of you peeps are from a Social Science and particularly a political science background and are in the same position I am, or are wading through your Graduate school or Doctorate already, I'd love to hear what you chose as your topic of research and why. Thanks!
  11. Hey everyone. I was just wondering, I am currently an undergrad student of Pol. Science in India. I will be applying to some Universities in Canada for my Graduate studies. My top choices are of course University of Toronto and McGill University. I was wondering, would I need a GRE to apply for a Political Science program at either of these two Universities? If so, what sort of score would you count as 'very good'. While I'm at it, could someone please tell me roughly the sort of fees an international student might incur at these two places? I know they're there online but I'm seeing different figures everywhere and it's a little confusing! Thank you!
  12. Hey everyone! A big hello from a newcomer to this website. This is the first post I'm making because I'mat THAT stage of my undergraduate life that I realize that I want to study abroad and I need to start preparing for it early. A bit about me. So, I'm currently 19, and have started my second year of my three year Bachelor of Arts Honours course in Political Science. I am from India and once my BA degree is done I want to go abroad and study, with Canada being my top choice because I would eventually like to stay back in Canada and become a permanent resident after a point. Now, my questions are not limited to Canadians, but open to all HOWEVER if you are an Indian who has gone to Canada for Graduate studies in the social science field and have applied to some of the places I'm mentioning below I would be indebted for your insight and if you could recount your experiences to me! So, the places I'm thinking of applying are: University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs, McGill University. These are the three I have in mind so far, but I'm open to adding more.If anyone has applied here and got in, I'd love to know the sort of resume you presented in terms of gpa, non-academic activities and more. Also one very important question, many of these institutes in Canada ask for a Four year BA degree "or equivalent". Well all my Bachelor courses in my college are for three years only, in fact most colleges in India offer three years UG and then a year or sometimes 2 of Graduate studies. So, am I ineligible altogether if I'm only doing 3 years of Undergraduate? Thanks for reading through all of this! I look forward to hearing from some of you!~ Sagnik.
  13. Hey, I was wondering if anyone knows of any good grad programs that focus within both IR and data science or applied analytical research? It seems like a lot IR or IA programs do have a applied analytical approach to their curriculum, but I am not sure if they are specifically the same as or similar to the actual data science program in terms of the quantitative aspects in relations to computer programming languages like R, SAS, SPSS, or MySQL. I know that the programs I am looking for do include a bit of quantitative methods in research and some R programming, but I am not sure how in depth they seem to be. I want to find a program that will be within International Affairs, but on the quant and tech side in terms of being an analyst. I know I could get a MS or MA in International Relations with a professional certificate in data science that are also offered at the schools I am looking into. Its just hard to find any other dual master programs for what I am looking for. It seems I have to get two separate degrees within both field. Overall, my perspective career goals are to work within IR and to also have the skills and educational background in data science/IT, and applied quantitative research methods so it can look more into applied quantitative IR research, or consulting. I have a BA in Political Science and I have a little bit of survey research, data collection, and R programming and Excel skills from when I was in undergrad via work and classes. I am also taking the Johns Hopkins Data Science Specialization certificate program online to get more of a feel of data science and learn the fundamentals of programming languages more, generally speaking before I decide to jump into any grad program. The only programs I know that are like this are the Columbia dual degree program QMSS and MIA programs http://gsas.columbia.edu/content/academic-programs/quantitative-methods-social-sciences-dual-degree-ma-mpa
  14. Hi I'm looking for phd programs in the international relations area. However, in most universities i only found phd program in political science. I'm an international student, currently studying outside the U.S so it may seem a rather stupid question but is the political science program include an international relations subfield or focus that the student may choose? I looked it up on google and most of the results directed me to political science programs instead of IR's. Best regards, Ran
  15. Hey all, As we get closer to admissions decisions being released I thought it might be useful to have a thread dedicated to Georgetown's SFS and its MSFS program. I have applied for Fall 2016 admission and would love to hear from others who have applied for this cycle, as well as those who have applied in the past and those who are intending to in the future. I'm hoping this can serve as a general discussion of our decision making processes and a place to flesh out the nuances of MSFS and make informed comparisons to rival schools/programs. For me, the MSFS program is my number one choice out of the many schools I have applied to (SAIS MA, SIPA MIA, Fletcher MALD, etc). I find its practitioner oriented curriculum appealing, the faculty and resources are impressive and it seems like its reputation in the DC area, network and connections to government jobs are nearly unrivaled. My goal is to work in American foreign policy, particularly conflict resolution and arms control. For current applicants, why have you chosen to apply to MSFS, and where does it fit within the range of schools you're looking at and your career trajectory in general? What factors are you considering and which do you put the most weight on when comparing MSFS to other programs you've applied to? Which are you leaning towards right now, and why? For past applicants who were admitted, why did you choose the MSFS program - or not? What variables informed your decision? If you attended/are attending, tell me about the program and your impressions of the curriculum, networks and career services? What do you like or not like about it, and are you happy with your decision? Best wishes and good luck to everyone!
  16. I'm starting this topic as something to do besides constantly refresh all my devices even though I know nothing is going to get announced for, at least, days. Any other Jackson hopefuls out there? Their admissions site says decisions probably in the first or second week of March, so that looks like next week. With a 17% admission rate, I'm labeling this one a reach.
  17. Hey everyone, This is my first post on here so please bear with me. I'm an undergraduate student who applied for various MPP and IR programs and am having a hard time deciding where to go. I am interested in working in the international development field with an emphasis on human rights and humanitarian policy and my interests are mostly centered on working for non profit organizations straight out of graduate school. I would love to work for NGOs abroad shortly after graduating but don't know how much name recognition plays into gaining employment with NGOs in general. I would also love to work for the United Nations later on in my career but that would be further down the line. I applied to a wide range of graduate schools not really anticipating favorable responses since full time work experience seems to be a huge factor that plays into gaining admittance into these schools so was surprised when I received admittances into all of them. Right now i've narrowed down my choices to four schools and would love as much insight as possible: * The range on student loans depends on how much my parents would be able to pitch in. * I am terrified of student loans Columbia- SIPA: Pros: -Name: May be helpful gaining employment abroad? -There is a human rights/ humanitarian policy concentration -Huge alumni connection may help with employment prospects after graduation. -Ties with the U.N -Strong language programs Cons: - I would be looking at around $100,000-120,000 in student loans for both years and don't think it's worth it. I was fortunate enough to not have to take out any student loans for undergrad and have heard enough horror stories to motivate me to try and limit the amount of debt I take on for grad school. If I had received significant funds from them I would have already signed the dotted line however since I plan on working for NGO's (starting salary of around $40,000-$50,000) I don't think it makes sense to take on so much debt. JHU-SAIS: Pros: - Name recognition. -Was admitted to the International Development concentration. -DC: Good opportunities to take out work experience. -Strong language programs Cons: -From what i've read on the program, most graduates end up working for the private sector or international finance/ banking institutions which isn't necessarily what I'm interested in. -Price tag: $40,000-70,000 in student loans (without living expenses). -Will have to live at home to save on living expenses. I love my family but I don't know if I will be able to handle living back at home after graduating. George Washington: Elliott: Pros: - Is cheaper then Columbia and SAIS and received $16,000 in funding for both years. - In DC (work/ internship opportunities). -Evening classes which would help me work/ intern during the day. - Strong study abroad programs (Although I don't know if I will be able to take advantage of this). -Strong language programs -Employment statistics seem to indicate that a fairly large number of graduates go on to work for NGOs Cons: - $14,000-$44,000 in student loans - Will have to live at home. - Is it crazy to reject the other two schools for GW (which is still a very good school in my opinion). University of Maryland (SPP) Pros: - Half graduate assistantship and guaranteed research or TA position. - No student loans. - Can finally buy a car and will not have to live with my parents. - A fairly large amount of alumni seem to move on to work for NGO's. -I really like UMD :') -Good funding opportunities for internships/ study abroad options/ people interested in working for NGOs Cons: - Does not have as much recognition as the other three schools. - The international development programs of the other schools seem to be stronger. - If I wanted to language courses I would have to take classes over the winter (which I wouldn't have to pay for because of my funding). -I'm worried that I may have a harder time finding a job here as opposed to the other school. -My father thinks i'm crazy for still considering UMD after getting into the other three schools. Any and all insight would be much appreciated. Thank you!
  18. I got accepted into their MA program for International Affairs. Definitely excited about it, however still waiting on other schools. Has anyone else applied? or got accepted and decided to go there?
  19. i'm probably going to be doing an mphil in IR at cambridge in the fall (or oxford, havent heard back from them yet though), because i'm not down for the whole "work for 3 years at an NGO before applying" jam that most US programs have going on. the uk programs let you apply/are designed for immediately after undergrad. however, aside for some possible research related statistics, the uk programs aren't particularly quant heavy. so i'd like to compliment it with another, more quant/econ heavy masters. i was wondering if you guys knew of some good programs for this particular purpose. thus far, i've found two programs that seem to match nicely first is the master of international economics and finance (or "MEIF") at SAIS johns hopkins. this is very ideal because it covers the exact stuff i want to learn, it's targeted towards young, very early career individuals, it's only a year long program, i'd be able to take some IR electives just for fun, and it's at a stellar school. second is the IPS program at Stanford. also quant heavy, covers the stuff i want to learn, get to take some cool IR stuff on top of the quant stuff. it is a year longer than the SAIS program, but i think the Stanford name and network in general could make it relatively more valuable than SAIS. plus, ive heard that it is possible to get generous funding in the second year, more so than most schools aside from princeton's woodrow wilson. other economics masters i've found are academic and often lead to a PhD track, which is not what i'm looking for. so you guys got any suggestions/know some other programs that would fit? i dont want to put all my eggs into two baskets. i also wouldn't be opposed to doing a regular IR program with an econ concentration at SIPA or something a few years down the line (just cuz i like learning this stuff and i feel it would be useful), but i wonder if it would look weird to have two IR degrees on a resume. would employers be able to differentiate that one is an academic, research degree and the other is a quantitatively oriented professional degree?
  20. Hi, I recently received admissions offers from SAIS Bologna (South Asia Studies), SIPA, and the London School of Econ (MPA, International Development). I also received offers from GW Elliott and American SIS, but have ruled them out. I am really at a loss for how to choose between these three, but I am leaning towards SAIS or SIPA. I am from NY and would save some money living at home at SIPA, but I have heard that the program there is less personal than SAIS. I have not received anything but loans from either school, so both SAIS and SIPA will be approximately as expensive, not taking into account the higher living expenses in Italy. SAIS has been my dream school from the beginning, and I never thought id get into SIPA. I am also interested in going abroad, so I was thinking SIPA and then applying to do the second year at LSE if i dont go to SAIS. I am not sure what I factors I should be considering either. I am interested in international development, and I want my degree to give me strong econ/finance skills. I also want a school that takes the time to help your career, with good professional development classes, and with a strong career services office and internship placement. Any current/former students at either of these schools, I would appreciate any advice. Thanks
  21. Hello Everyone, I was accepted to SAIS (with 1 year in Bologna) and The Elliott School of International Affairs. I will be doing Security Policy Studies if I go to GW and will be concentrating in Strategic Studies if I go to SAIS. My career objectives are to work in the intelligence or defense community (specifically the public sector) - DOD, DIA, CIA, State Department NIA, etc... The curriculum at GW seems to compliment my career aspirations better than that of SAIS. GW's Career Development Services are great. The program entails a "Tools Requirement" that allotts me the opportunity to take progressional skills courses. The career services at SAIS offers a "professional development process" that is basically an advisor helping me plan out my career goals. However, I believe SAIS is regarded as the "more rigorous" and perhaps "more prestigious" or difficult school to get into. I am also a bit turned off by having to spend a year in Bologna if I go to SAIS (not sure how much studying abroad in Europe would be beneficial to Security Studies). Where do you guys think I should go? Which program would benefit me most? Which school would make me more competetive in the job market? I also got into SIS (U.S. Foreign Policy). I was not accepted into SIPA. Any feedback would be great! Thank you!
  22. Hey everyone, I am a current undergraduate applying to programs in international affairs. I'm interested in affordable, pragmatic programs that will lead me to a job in international business (transfer pricing, procurement analysis) or federal government. I suspect jobs in the former would be easier to come by. My rationale is that I'll transition to my dream job after a few years of corporate work. In other words, I'm looking less for training in policy and economic analysis and more for practical/functional international business skills. As a Poli Sci major, I've always been interested in international business but obviously lack the training. The Bush School's (Texas A&M) Master's in International Economics and Development, University of Miami's MAIA, and Penn State's Master in International Affairs seem to offer ideal programs for what I want. I am skeptic, however, of the Miami program - its MA in international affairs offers a concentration in international business, but its a relatively new program that does not seem spectacularly connected. I'm confident I will get into all three. Which of these programs are the best for my goals? Thanks!
  23. Hello everyone, this is my first post down at the grad cafe. At the moment I believe that a PhD is what I'd like to go for, but given my interests (development, human security, etc.) I'm not wiling to discount the possibility that I may find my calling in a more professional environment where I would have access to the resources to potentially embark on a career. Testing the waters, if you will. I'm aware that GSPIA is a more professional-oriented school, but for a variety of reasons it is where I would very much like to do a Master's if I don't go straight to a PhD. I know this topic has probably been covered a hundred times, but what exact advantages would a Master's from a professional-oriented school confer during a PhD application process (probably for poli sci, but possibly for cultural geography, economics, or another field related to global affairs), specifically a master's from GSPIA? Of course I'm going to set my sights high, but in today's competitive graduate-level playing field I have made my peace with the fact that I may only receive a fully-funded PhD program offer from universities outside of the top 10-20, the realm that Pitt and GSPIA seem to reside in for Poli Sci and International Affairs. How would a degree from GSPIA help in that tier? Thanks a bunch in advance!