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  1. Hi guys! I will be joining U of T this fall session for my Master's in Public Policy at the School of Public Policy and Governance. Is there anyone else who's coming to U of T for the same? Would be great to connect with my future classmates Likewise, it would be great to connect with my seniors on this course. Looking forward to meeting you all super soon!
  2. Hey guys, hoping I can get some advice on here for my applications to MPP programs. I'm literally just starting the process and am simply looking for some advice/direction. My application background is as follows: Undergrad school: University of Chicago (degree in economics) GPA: 3.1 Work Experience: currently two years in the private sector (both are fairly notable jobs). I'm currently a senior manager overseeing a $50M yearly advertising budget and two employees at a startup. GRE: 168Q/162V w/ 5.0 writing Volunteer/Public Service experience: none since graduating college. I was much more involved in volunteering in college (tutored for all 4 years) but once I started working, I didn't really have time nor was I planning on applying to MPP programs. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I've come to realize that working in the for-profit space is not for me and will not satisfy me in the long-term. I'd like to transition to non-profit/policy/government roles, specifically in the econ development space. After graduating, I had always thought I would pursue an MBA or a business related masters (eg Masters in Financial Engineering) which is why I took the GRE and which is why I have very little volunteering/public service experience since graduating. I have a few questions that would be really helpful if answered: (1) I believe the biggest holes in my applications are my GPA and my volunteering / public service experience. There is nothing I can do about my GPA now (hopefully my GRE scores can help offset) but in regards to volunteering / public service, I plan to get involved asap. However, if I am applying to graduate programs this fall, would 3-4 months of volunteering truly be enough to display my interest in transitioning from for-profit to non-profit work? If not, should I instead apply to programs in 2019? (2) How should I approach letters of recommendations? What do admissions counselors look for? For my letters of recommendation, I never really developed genuine relationships with my professors from undergrad. However, I can absolutely get letters from my former supervisors. Although they can't speak to my ability to succeed in public service, they can speak to ability to succeed within an organization (quantitative, leadership, soft skills, etc). Is this enough? (3) This might sound like a really stupid question but is it possible / normal to reach out to schools and ask to speak with their admissions counselors for advice? I live in SF and would love to reach out to admissions counselors at Berkeley but I'm not sure if this is a common practice. (4) I'd like to go to a program in or near NYC (my fiance lives there). Do you guys have any idea on what types of schools I should be focusing in on? Is Columbia SIPA a stretch for my profile?
  3. Hey guys, I have been a silent lurker on this site for a long time! I've finally decided to post with the traditional "what are my chances" post! Hoping I can get some advice on here for my applications to MPP programs. I understand that no one here is an expert and can give perfect answers, but some direction about how my profile stands will be very helpful in deciding I am looking to apply for fall 2018 for MPP/MPA programs to mid-to-top-tier colleges such as SIPA, IHEID, LSE, LKYSP, Fels', Sanford.. Still working out this list of course, but essential a course that focuses on overall development policies, good combination of theory and practice and a flexibility in courses, esp quant (ie, not quant heavy). My application background is as follows: Undergrad school: B.A in Economics (major) with sociology and political science majors from top 5 arts college in India GPA: 3.6 with an undergraduate thesis Other qualifications: Diploma in leadership and liberal arts from a competitive and renowned fellowship program Work Experience: Currently 1.5yrs in a not-for-profit (social enterprise incubator and investor), 1 month of development consultancy work in Vietnam and 1 yr as a co-founder of a social enterprise GRE: 160V/158Q Volunteer/Public Service experience: none since graduating college. I was much more involved in volunteering in college (head of social action club, publications, and editor of a few department magazines) and internships in think tanks Look forward to hearing from all of you and learning more as we go through this grueling process soon! Thanks!
  4. Hello, I'm interested in the one year Master of Science in Public Policy program at NYU's Wagner School. It seems like a pretty unique program to me, and I'm having trouble finding any information about acceptance rates or thoughts on past applicants. etc. Does anyone have any thoughts about this program or is anyone else applying/does anyone know any admissions statistics? Thank you! - M
  5. I've gotten 2 years of Peace Corps teaching experience in South America, and have been working (in a junior admin role) at a charter school in a poverty-stricken town along the East Coast for the past two years. Now, I'm thinking of heading back to school, and would love to study at a MPA/ MPP program targeting US k-12 education challenges. Any recommendations? Goals: Post-degree, either I'll target senior roles in charter schools etc, or move into education & public policy research (got lucky with a 170Q, 332 total GRE - hope that helps!). Still pretty undecided though. Schools: I'd really like a program that is quantitatively-challenging, and has an alumni network/ reputation in the East Coast (I want to live here, long-term, though I'm open to studying elsewhere). Harvard MPP, Chicago Harris, and Michigan Ford seem pretty quant-heavy, but I'm not so sure about their focus on domestic education policy. Tufts might allow me to really customize the degree, but they seem quant-weak. Is that a reasonable first impression? I know that Stanford offers an MPP + MA Education dual degree, but are there any other schools I should research up? There is no single reliable school ranking out there, and this is pretty overwhelming. Thanks all, for any advice you have.... !
  6. So I have decided I want to apply to an MPP or MPA program but I have to admit that I'm confused on where to apply. I want to work at a place like the urban institute, or another think tank but I'm not sure what schools can lead me to that path. Currently I'm working with AmeriCorps VISTA and living in the Midwest, so I'm looking at a number of school in my area and schools that give large tuition cuts to AmeriCorps alums, so places like Minnesota, Wisconsin, Brandeis, and Duke. My big question is... will it be incredibly difficult to land a job at a place like Urban (or a job in DC) if I do not go to school in the mid-Atlantic area?
  7. Hey guys, I'm looking to apply for MPP programs that begin in the fall of 2018. I am a regulatory analyst at a firm in the DC area (2 years) and spent 3 years on Capitol Hill as a staffer. Had a poor GPA in college 2.92, scored 160+ GRE V/Q, 5 Writing. I never took a calculus or economics course in college. I'm looking to get into a top 20 program (thinking Georgetown, GW, SIPA, SAIS, maybe HKS, Wilson, Ford for the hell of it) Do you guys think it would be wise (ie will it make a significant impact on the strength of my application) for me to take a microeconomics or calculus course over the summer or during the fall?
  8. Hello, Could someone please help to evaluate my profile in order to help me choose programs for dual degree in MBA and MPP. I need to know just in examples as to which type of colleges could be dream, possible or safe ? GRE - yet to give : expected score near 320 DEGREE : Bachelor of engineering, Major : Information Technology, CGPA : 9.05/10 WORK EXPERIENCE : July 2015- present : American Express as an Engineer in Business Process Optimization Public sector : volunteer experience since dec 2015 as Fundraising and Development officer : Ghana Health and Education Initiative June 2016 - present : Director of Development , The Reformist Social Ventures RESEARCH PAPERS : 1. Technical paper on protocols in Manual Adhoc networks published in IEEE Xplore at an International Conference held in Poland 2. Policy Paper : Was a research assistant working under a professor for this policy paper on India - Pak relations to be published by United States Institute of Peace ACHIEVEMENTS : * UNESCO youth delegate who represented India at the UN Week for Peace and Sustainable Development, March 2017 * Invited speaker to the Conference for Youth Development organised by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India * Featured as one of the 21 Indians in Vision India Foundation's Yearbook of Nation Builders 2017
  9. Hello, I created this thread to kickstart discussion on dual degree programs especially business and policy programs. We could do profile evaluations and selection of colleges to choose from and deadlines etc
  10. Thought it was strange that there isn't a thread for Goldman this year, so I'm just starting one! Anyone else waiting on Goldman? Any guesses when the results will be out?
  11. Going to grad school for environmental policy, especially energy/climate/transportation policy. Which one?? Each has diff strengths. Have visited all 3 and asked plenty of questions. Haven't spoken with Bren alums yet though -- anyone here a Bren alum? I'd love to pick your brain before admission offers all expire on Sat Apr 15. Duke Nicholas: policy school classes, energy initiative, big alum network, generally big and lots of resources (maybe research?) George Washington U Trachtenberg: environmental resource policy program, location in dc lots of govt and ngo opportunities while going to school in evening, older students with more professional connections UCSB Bren: well-organized group projects in 2nd yr, strong career center, opportunities to TA for free tuition, maybe could get involved with research Cost isn't really different across the 3 programs. (Depending on earnings at GWU or TA-ships at UCSB.). Screenshot of my cost comparison attached. See bolded rows for the 3 above schools. Thanks very much for any insights!
  12. Dear friends, I am stuck in a MAJOR dilemma and my life has been majorly messed up because of it. I would appreciate some responses urgently, as I have to make a decision as soon as possible. So I am a Pakistani student with a passion for policy and development, but still confused about what to specialize in. I completed my undergrad in June 2016 and have worked in an NGO in agriculture since (1 year). I applied to Cornell CIPA in Jan, 2017 and got in with a 40% tuition reduction. Because CIPA's base tuition is $34k, my per year tuition is $20k (which is very little compared to competing programs, I think). But I can also defer my offer (the 40% reduction will not be deferred and I will compete with next year's batch for it) and get 1 year of more work experience before coming. The problem is that I am coming to USA exclusively to get a job there, and getting a job in Trump's America for a south asian with a very Muslim name is near impossible, I've heard. Especially considering all the paperwork employers have to do to sponsor my H1B. So I was advised by some people that I should get more work experience before coming, since I only get one shot at this, and employers value more work experience. But the risk is that I don't get this much financial aid from CIPA next year (no one knows how funding will change by next year due to the political situation in US), and some people advised me not to take the risk as I can't afford to come without aid. The upside is that I can get the chance apply to competing programs as well next year. But my GPA is pretty bad (I've given my profile at the end). Am I competitive for HKS with funding/WWS/UChicago with funding, if I improve my GRE score?? Basically I can't afford to come without funding and Cornell seems to be among the few in financial range (I heard Uchicago and WWS give good aid) Also, I'm concerned about Ithaca's distance from major cities. Being in Boston, NYC and DC to me seems very important for a policy program. Is this a valid concern? What are your thoughts about CIPA? Can someone offer me some advise? Is CIPA's offer worth deferring and the award worth passing over for a more work experience and a chance at UChicago/HKS/Princeton next year? Or should I come to CIPA with my 1 year of work experience? My profile: GPA: 3.04, LUMS BSc Management Science (less emphasis on economics but more on business and quantitative skills, such as statistical modelling, R, data mining, BI, etc.) GRE: v162, q156, w5 WE: 1 year full-time at an NGO as a research and strategy associate, where I interacted and worked with government, farmers, corporations, consultants. 2 years part-time running and managing a small, subsidized school for poor children
  13. Hi everyone, I'm very interested in attending Hertie in 2018. I have a somewhat unconventional path I've taken with my career, so I'd like some insight from folks who may have experience with this about whether I have a shot. Honest feedback is appreciated. I left highschool after Sophomore year and completed two years of community college before transferring to U.C. Berkeley. I finished there with a 3.6 gpa and as a member of the Women's Honor Society, but worked full time throughout so had very minimal contact with professors. As such, my letters of recommendation will both be coming from previous Supervisors. In college I worked at an education non-profit, for a CA Assemblymember, at a political market research firm, and on a few election campaigns. Once I graduated I moved on to an LGBT rights non-profit, an international environmental non-profit, and on a large political campaign. However, in 2014 I moved to a job as the Manager of a small jewelry business (essentially running every aspect of a $1M company on my own, and teaching myself as I went). I've gained a ton of valuable skills in this position, but it is a big change that might not reflect well. I'm from California, 25, and speak a little German and Spanish, though neither is comfortably conversational. Any feedback or experiences would be greatly appreciated.
  14. This for all of you who have done or are doing your MPP, especially if your school is Georgetown: What level of math/stats skills is recommended/needed to do well in the program? I took intermediate economics courses in college, but I am not sure how different the quant level is for intermediate econ courses in grad school, if at all. I did calculus 13/14 years ago and remember nothing of it. Is that bad? I am trying be ready for fall. Separately, I am looking at the MPP and MIDP course sequences from Georgetown. Two questions: 1. For MPP: What quant concepts are used in Microeconomics II and Advanced Regression? Do the courses expect students to be quant gurus? 2. MPP vs MIDP: Some of the courses seem to be the same but with slightly different titles (and maybe content), e.g., Intermediate Microconomics for MPP vs Intermediate Microeconomics for Development for MIDP. Are they interchangeable? I am asking because I am an MIDP student but I want to do a joint JD degree, which is only available with MPP. Thanks for any insights.
  15. Anyone else apply to this program, and if so have you heard anything?
  16. Hi Folks, Has anyone heard from Ryerson lately for MPAP? April 25th and I still haven't heard anything. I've been accepted into my back-up school but heart is set on Ryerson. Has anyone else not heard back? Has Ryerson given out any rejection letters? There is no decision made on my file so I'm freaking out a bit. Should I just accept that I'm not getting in? Any info/help would be appreciated. Thanks!
  17. Hi everyone! I'm having a really tough time with my grad school decision. Basically, I got a full ride + stipend at UW Madison's La Follette school. I would have no debt whatsoever from grad school including living expenses - they're basically paying me to go to school, and it's apparently very easy to find work so I'd be living pretty well too. My long-term partner is waiting to see whether a full fellowship comes through for him at the same school (different field). He's from Wisconsin so he already has a network there. If he gets it and chooses to go, moving to Wisconsin for grad school would be easy and economical (and I could stay with my partner, which is not a small consideration, although he would also like to live in a big city again at some point). In addition, La Follette has an Institute for Research on Poverty that looks like a great place for me and my policy interests. I went to admitted students' day and really enjoyed talking with all the prospective students and professors I met. Basically, sounds perfect? Except that I don't really know if I want to live in Wisconsin long-term. I'm a New Yorker and very happy in large cities. In response to my concerns, the Wisconsin folks kept emphasizing that there is a strong network of La Follette grads in DC. I also already have my NYC nonprofit network. NYU gave me a 50% scholarship, which is helpful but obviously not a full ride + stipend. I would probably have to go part-time so I can continue working, which sounds like a much more stressful life. Because it just sounds so much easier to take the Wisconsin money, I'm inclined to that and make my life much less stressful. I'm just concerned that I'll be missing out on opportunities by leaving New York. Alternatively, I got accepted to Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, which would be a blast but I have no idea how to obtain a loan for the purpose of living in another country... and as someone who speaks mediocre German, it'll be hard to find work... so that is a third option that would entail a lot of inconvenience for the sake of living in a large city/having a great international adventure. tl;dr: money/ease of life vs. big city/opportunities Thoughts/experiences regarding these issues? Thank you!
  18. Sent my app in on 01/10/16. The Ford School is my number one choice. Judging by the last few years we should hear back between 03/07 - 03/14. Anyone else out there considering Michigan?
  19. HI! I wasnt sure if i should post here, or in the 'decisions, decisions' area since well, this is regarding a decision, but is more specific to Govt Affairs here we go: I got into some amazing schools: Georgetown GPPI MPP, NYU Wagner MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy, Columbia SIPA ESP MPA (environmental science and policy) now... how do i choose? I actually thought id be a beggar than a chooser, so i guess im pretty lucky here. My main goal in life is to help animals through policy-- I hope my career can lead to many different avenues to help animals in all situations, starting with the poor living conditions farm animals live in now in the United States. Perhaps one day I can venture down to help sea animals, wild animals and so forth (treated politically and socially very differently from consumption animals). Whether I am helping them through lobbyist groups, nonprofits on the front lines writing up evil/abusive farms or through as a third party philanthropy expert... i actually don't know. 1) Georgetown (nonprofit policy and leadership track) isn't strong in environmental, but has policy down cold. Ive read through their website and no matter how strong their policy program is, i feel their environmental sciences is rather weak. They have supplemental courses available to me, but i feel they act as a band aide to cover the sore spot rather than the right magic potion i need to get great! 2) NYU is HUGE in environmental policy, but mostly in the urban domain. I did research on the faculty and am really enamored by 2 professors' research and work in the field of environmental policy. but all because i love 2 professors doesnt mean i will actually get to learn under them! Additionally, I know it sounds silly, but I worry about its 'brand name' of being only a fantastic school recently and not having a glamour or history as say... columbia. and speaking of which: 3) Columbia's ESP MPA is so SO brand new! (also worried Columbia is a cash cow and may not give me the best education, despite its lasting brand name. Furthermore, as a one year MPA, am i paying for a crash course, or something that will truly help me in my life goals? BUT the ESP program is heavy on the environmental sciences while states is top notch on the policy! (oh, and its an Ivy... which i know is stupid, but fulfills my childhood educational dreams! I went to a city school for undergrad) Luckily, funding is not an issue. Although some schools gave more than others, I actually feel that my education comes first and debt can be dealt with later. Money is transient, life is all you have; I want to spend my life doing what i love most: helping poor animals. (and to further the point of it being a non-issue, my family and fiance decided to pool together to make my education happen no matter what) Im awaiting decisions on 2 more schools: Princeton and Yale, but Im not going to hold my breath. any input would be fantastic as i am going nuts here! Any ideas, personal thoughts or even just a funny joke? Thank you all in advance! DWD
  20. Hello everyone! I wanted to start a thread to see if there was anyone else here who applied to Maryland's MPP program. Also interested in what funding successful applicants received (including whether they have heard about the Robertson Fellowship), and whether you are considering attending (and why!) Thanks!
  21. Hello everyone, I am finally hearing back from the places I applied to. I have been offered admissions to Cornell CIPA, Duke Sanford and Georgetown McCourt (we expect Maryland - College Park to come through as well). This is all great, but now is decision time. And that's why I turn to you, the supportive and insightful community at The Grad Cafe. Because I will be attending through the Fulbright program, I'm in the fortunate place where cost is not the top factor. I'd appreciate your perspectives on a few other issues: How would one know which is a better school? I live overseas, so I can't tour the campus. Name recognition and ranking: Cornell is an Ivy League school but CIPA is not in the top 20 for MPA/MPP. How much does that matter in terms of the student experience and future success? (i.e., does the Cornell name count positively or does CIPA's ranking count negatively?) How much does Georgetown's DC advantage really matter? And how much of a disadvantage is Duke's and Cornell's location? Anything else you wished you knew and considered before deciding? Many thanks in advance.
  22. Hi all, I am an undergrad majoring in Sociology and Political Science and minoring in Chinese. I am debating whether to go for a Master in Public Policy or JD in law school. I read a lot on this topic and everyone seems to be saying different things. Background Info: I am generally interested in areas of immigration, women's rights, domestic violence, human trafficking, LGBT rights, and much more into international issues. If go to law school, I would like to do immigration law or international law. If I do an MPP, I am thinking of becoming a policy/program analyst but do not know what field yet. I would like a job that balances between something I find meaningful and works to improve social justice, and pays around $60,000-$80,000 per year (do they exist?). It seems that immigration law and certain policy analyst jobs provide that sort of $, but please correct me if I'm wrong. Questions: 1. Many comments say that an MPP is very different from a JD and will give u skills a JD wont, and vice versa. What are the specific skills one will gain by doing each degree that one couldn't obtain doing the other degree? What are the advantages each have on employment? 2. I can find a lot of information about job prospects for law grads but not MPP grads. If anyone got an MPP, around what percentage of your class got jobs in related fields? How competitive is it to get a related job compared to lawyers? 3. Are there certain personality traits or working styles that would be more suitable for one type of career than the other? 4. How do the hours, work/life balance, and pay of a policy/program analyst compare with lawyers (especially immigration lawyers)? Does the average MPP grad make less, more, or equal to around $60,000-80,000 a year? Any insights would truly help. Thank you so much!
  23. Hey All! Cross-posting this from Decisions-Decisions. Going semi-crazy over here trying to make a decision between Chicago and Duke, would love some input. My main motivation with the MPP is to advance my quant skills. Currently working for an international climate/development NGO, and would like to continue this sort of work either for an org like the World Bank, or in a developing country... That being said, I want a strong technical and broadly applicable skillset in case I make career shifts later on. I went to both admitted students days and was impressed by both programs (I know a lot of people had negative reactions to Chicago... I had a few eyerolls but was fine besides that). Duke has offered me more money (60k vs 25k), but I wonder if Chicago has a better brand name. Where do you think the two schools stand on brand strength in relation to each other and big name schools like HKS, Berkeley, Princeton? Also think Chicago will likely give a more rigurous quant skillset, but unsure how much more to pay for that. Thanks!
  24. Hey All, Going semi-crazy over here trying to make a decision between Chicago and Duke, would love some input. My main motivation with the MPP is to advance my quant skills. Currently working for an international climate/development NGO, and would like to continue this sort of work either for an org like the World Bank, or in a developing country... That being said, I want a strong technical and broadly applicable skillset in case I make career shifts later on. I went to both admitted students days and was impressed by both programs (I know a lot of people had negative reactions to Chicago... I had a few eyerolls but was fine besides that). Duke has offered me more money (60k vs 25k), but I wonder if Chicago has a better brand name. Where do you think the two schools stand on brand strength in relation to each other and big name schools like HKS, Berkeley, Princeton? Also think Chicago will likely give a more rigurous quant skillset, but unsure how much more to pay for that. Thanks!
  25. Anyone else waiting to hear back from USC Price MPP? From the previous years, it looks like the first notices go out around the 10th for those that applied by the scholarship deadline (12/15). So we should be hearing back this week...