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  1. Hello Dear Fellows who want to overcome Nihilism! ANYONE HEARD BACK FROM COLUMBIA FREESTANDING MA in POLITICAL SCIENCE? I submitted my application on the 26th of January and hope to hear from them before 15th of April. What do you think? Anyone applied to that program?
  2. Hello, I am a political science undergrad student at a comprehensive university in Ontario, Canada. I currently possess a cumulative GPA of 3.78/4.00 and a major GPA of 3.91/4.00. I recently (two days ago) finished my 3rd out of 4 years of university and will be applying in September/October of 2017 with the marks I have already attained. I have work experience as a teaching and grading IR assistant at my university (going to be 8 months), as a trade policy intern at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC (4 months), as a legal intern for a prestigious international law firm (1 month), and as a Corporate Affairs intern at a Fortune 500 company (4 months). In terms of university extracurriculars I am the President of my university's pre-law society. I also have three strong letters of recommendation from my professors who specialize in IR--they attended St. Andrews, UofT, and UCambridge respectively. My dream MSc program is The London School of Economics & Political Science MSc International Relations. As an aside, it is my goal to pursue a PhD and a career in academia after completing this program. I wanted to know (from individuals who have been accepted/rejected to this program or similar) what my chances are of being accepted? I am also applying to the MSc in Conflict Studies (second choice) so an estimate of my chances for that program would be most appreciated as well. Canadian LSE MSc Minimum GPA entry requirement: 3.3/4.0 (No GRE or GMAT required) 2017/2018 MSc International Relations acceptance rate: 11.14% (101/907) 2017/2018 MSc Conflict Studies acceptance rate: 17.14% (55/321)
  3. Hello, I am an undergraduate student in Canada and am planning on applying to UK graduate programs in International Relations in Fall (September) 2017. I wanted to ask what programs have the greatest prestige, best opportunities for careers in academia, careers in policy, and foreign service that I could receive entry into. I finished my third year with a CGPA of 3.78/4.00, have experience working in the Canadian embassy in D.C as a Trade Policy intern, worked in a Fortune 500 company, President of my university's Pre-Law Society, and was a Poli Sci instructional assistant at my university. I also have 3 solid reference letters. My top programs are: 1. The London School of Economics & Political Science - International Relations 2. University of Oxford - International Relations 3. University of Cambridge - International Relations 4. Kings College London - International Relations (War Studies Department) 5. University of Edinburgh - International Relations
  4. I am seeking advice for the Master's programs at University of Chicago CIR (Committee on International Relations) and at Columbia University (Political Science). I originally applied to the PhD programs in PoliSci but was transferred to these 1-year MA programs. I received 2 PhD offers from rank 40/50 schools and decided to decline in order to increase my chances of better placement in the next cycle for PhD. My field of interest is International Relations with geographic emphasis on East Asia (esp. China, Korean peninsula) - security studies. So far I have a break-down of the pros/cons of each program: Chicago CIR PROS Received $42k funding for tuition POI: John Mearsheimer, Bruce Cumings, Dali Yang Program admissions committee is highly responsive.. I appealed for additional fellowship and was granted MA Thesis that can be used for writing sample in next PhD app Lower cost of living, esp. with fellowship CONS Not too many faculty in IR - East Asia focused faculty mainly in history or CP Not really a con, but I am told that UChicago (while very good rep in field) is not quite as high as Columbia Columbia PS PROS Ivy League institution, high rep in field (as I am told by grad students/profs/etc) POI: Robert Jervis, Jack Snyder NYC is preferred city for me personally Program is specifically Political Science CONS NO fellowship.. tuition combined with cost of living/other student fees will be approx. $73k to my understanding, NO required MA thesis Higher cost of living than Chicago Granted, I did not visit Columbia as they are rolling admissions and do not have a specific Admit Day or similar event. I did attend CIR's Campus Day and was thoroughly impressed by the helpful preceptors, grad students, etc. To be completely honest I am highly tempted by the name of Columbia but my ultimate goal is placement into a PhD program ranked top 20-25. Also, while my parents are helping me with grad school tuition, 73K is no joke compared to the fellowship I received from Chicago. If anyone has any advice for me, or if anyone has graduated from either of the programs please let me know, would greatly appreciate it. Thank you!!
  5. hello, not sure if a lot of you guys are familiar with Sciences-po but it's quite big in IR/Development/Political science. I got accepted in the international development(ma) and was wondering if there was anyone else. one thing to mention is that i'm not sure if i'll accept the offer because i'm interested in educational development and it seems that Sciences-po doesn't have a lot of courses in education.. seriously considering if i have to apply for the 2018-2019 term for American GSEs (+European schools too such as Oxbridge GSEs specializing in education development) thanks
  6. Hello everyone, it's good to meet you all. I am new here, and as a third year political science undergrad, I am not quite at the point that many of you are. My academic career and been fairly rocky, but it is my dream and goal to get into a master's degree program for political science, and international relations specifically. I have a deep interest in East Asia and the political dynamics between the East Asian states. The purpose of this post is to find out if there is any hope for me to get into graduate school. I began university at the University of Alberta in Fall 2014 as a physics major in the department of science (don't even ask). After crashing and burning with a couple of D's, an F and W or two, I moved into the political science program (which had been my plan to begin with). I immediately started pulling much better grades in my second year, and was asked if I would be interested in the honours program in political science. This would have been a great opportunity, but I soon after discovered I was ineligible. The program required a B average in all PolS courses taken, and I had received a C in PolS 101 during my first year as a physics major. Since then, I have continued on the regular political science path, and aim to graduate in 2019. Currently, my overall GPA is about 3.4, and I will work to bring this up as I distance myself from my disastrous foray into the sciences. My fourth year is nearly entirely political science courses, so I intend to do better than I have in the past. Now I do not aim to be accepted into any Ivy League schools, but I would like to get into a decent Master's program in international relations. I have proficiency in the Japanese language, and have been investigating international relations programs at the University of Tokyo and Waseda University in Japan. These would be my top picks, as they allow me to be immersed in Japan, which will help my future research interests. I am concerned that since I am not enrolled in the honours program, which would normally allow one to prepare an undergraduate thesis, this will cause issues for me down the road. What are my chances, and what can I do to salvage my academic career? Thanks!
  7. I am a third year student studying in a comprehensive university in Ontario, Canada. I currently possess a GPA of 10.7/12 (roughly 3.85 or 87%). I have experience working in the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C, in a Fortune 500 Mutual Fund Company, and President of my school's Student Union Pre-Law Society. It has always been my dream to move to the U.K (I am a British passport holder) and continue my PhD there in the future. That being said, I wanted to know whether I am competitive for these Masters programs: 1. MA War Studies, Kings College London 2. MSc International Relations, University of Cambridge 3. MSc International Relations, The London School of Economics & Political Science Thank you for taking the time to reply! Thank you!
  8. Haven't seen a thread for the 2017 cycle so I thought I'd initiate one here. Anyone in the process of applying? I have just submitted my application to UBC and am currently working on ones for U of T, McGill, York, Calgary, Alberta and possibly Queens/Victoria. Here are my stats: Undergrad GPA: 3.6/4.33 (3.88 in last 2 years) MA (International Studies- Course Based): 3.55/4.33 MA (Political Science): 4.0/4.0 Scholarships: 5 in second MA (including SSHRC); 2 in first MA and and 3 in BA Other Awards: Rhodes Finalist, Dean's Honor Call, Best Poster Presentation Award Publications: Three published, one of them is single author; 3 submitted Conferences: Presented at two academic conferences Research: Worked as an RA in 2 semesters Enthusiastic reference letters I would appreciate any comments/evaluations? UBC is my first choice but the profs that work in my area aren't taking on PhD students so I'm not sure about what my chances are. Of course would be happy to have an offer from Toronto and McGill as well. Where is everyone else applying to?
  9. Hi everyone, Hope you can help me. I'm currently a senior at Northwestern University studying political science with minors in Spanish (did it for the language skills) and marketing (did it for the quantitative research skills). I want to get a PhD in political science eventually but want to spend (at least) a year working before applying to graduate school. I will likely apply this fall to PhD programs. I applied to several fellowships and was even made a finalist for a couple of them but nothing has panned out so far, I've applied to a couple of jobs and have also been rejected from all of them and I feel quite. I'm a first-gen college student, and only child, and my parents don't even speak English so that's no help. I just feel like there are no entry-level positions for me. I'm super interested in studying conflict and my research experience supports that but really I would take anything related to research or political science, at a think tank or something like that. I have a good GPA (slightly above 3.75), and quite frankly a lot of research (honors thesis, independent research grant on a separate topic, and I work as a research assistant; have taken two graduate-level courses in quantitative research, one in the poli sci department and one in the marketing department) and student leadership experience. I don't know where to continue searching, what to look for, or how to improve my luck. All of my friends have jobs and I feel very discouraged. Really any sort of advice would be helpful to me, I'm happy to share my resume or CV via PM. What should I be looking for in order to improve my profile? I hope this post is okay and I'm sorry if I haven't been more specific, but like I said even being pointed in a good direction would be so helpful for me. Please let me know if there is any other information I should provide on here and I will edit accordingly. Thank you in advance for the help!
  10. Well, till now I have received two letters of acceptance from Duke and Georgetown (no funding, but I hope to get a scholarship from my local government) to sudy a Masters Program in Political Science. So, what do you suggest? I am a bit worried about studying in Duke, because it is located in Durham, North Carolina, and I have heard that there is racism in that part of the US (I am from South America).
  11. I'm currently working on my applications for the 2017-2018 cycle, and I'd appreciate any input regarding my chances. Some information: Undergraduate institution: large, mid-tier public university GPA: 3.95 overall, 3.98 in major Majors/minors: Political Science major, theology minor Grad school: N/A Gre: 164 Verbal/160 Quant/5 AW Research experience: one published paper in the university undergraduate journal (the paper pertained directly to my research interests), completion of an honor's thesis, one semester in a research course where I primarily organized data Likely LoRs: one from thesis advisor (fairly well-known in the field, got to know him well), one from a top poli sci professor whose upper level course I took (attended office hours regularly for paper advice, but no RA experience), one from another well-known professor whose interests aren't all that close to mine (again, office hours but no RA experience), and the final one from the director of the research course I previously mentioned. All four know I'm capable of advanced analytical thought, but only two actually advised me in a research capacity. Research area (IR): political violence, intrastate conflict, human displacement/migration patterns Top school choices: Johns Hopkins, MIT, USC, U-Minn, U-Penn My primary concern is that my research experience is limited. Additionally, I wasn't able to study abroad during undergrad. Any thoughts/comments are appreciated.
  12. So I've received offers from Carleton and Calgary, but I'm very torn. Carleton: -Practical; Engineering focused courses -Co-Op, part of the Ottawa network -Courses are very interesting Calgary -More funding -I've heard that the faculty is tightly knit and definitely supports students -But isolated from Ottawa connections -Higher cost of living -Courses are theoretical Can anyone speak to either of these programs?
  13. Hello everyone, I am kind of new here. I am junior studying PSC at a US college. I want to go to grad school and study Authoritarianism-Public Opinion- Voter Behavior mainly. I started preparing for my application so I have a couple of questions for you. 1. Although I am in a good range in Q (163-166) , my verbal is not that good (around 153-154). I will do my best to improve it until I take the test this summer but I don't know how hard I should study for it. Do you think having a lower score on Verbal would hurt my chances a lot given that I am an international student? 2. I am searching for grad schools with a focus on Middle East-Authoritarianism as I suggested above, do you have any program recommendations for me? 3. Lastly, I am so desperate about my chances for getting into a T20 school. My profile is below, what do you think? Major:Political Science Minor: Statistics GPA=3.98 LoR= All from tenured professors. One with a professor that I RA'd before. Research: I will be doing a research this summer on a grant from my school and am hoping to use it as my writing sample. I speak Turkish fluently and German at an advanced level.
  14. Hello everyone. I hope everybody is having a good cycle. I am interested in critical theory and democratic theory. UCI is a great fit. But people have advised me to choose UCLA or wait at least for Cornell waitlist result. I am a bit confused. As a sidenote, I will not be staying in the U.S after finishing my Ph.D. Any advice on how to move forward?
  15. Greetings everybody! I am a second-year graduate student and I intend to apply for PhD programs in the 2017-18 cycle. I am specifically interested in the area of IPE. I would appreciate if anyone could evaluate my profile and give me some insights in application. Below are some of my experiences Undergrad: a Chinese university that is famous for IR research Major: English Language and Literature Undergraduate GPA: 3.60 Graduate School: a famous US university with top ten ranking in IR (according to Foreign Policy survey) Graduate program: MA International Trade and Investment Policy (Concentration: International Economic Policy Analysis) Graduate GPA: 3.80 (still in progress, hope to maintain and improve it) Quant prep: Statistical reasoning, a variety of economic courses, econometrics (plan to take it during the summer) Publication: One book review on a renowned peer-review Chinese journal; one article in an English academic journal managed by graduate students; one column article on a famous Chinese media outlet Presentation: Presented part of my research project in a graduate student club event at renowned international relations university in the US Research experience: BA thesis and a variety of papers for classes; plan to start a personal research project focused on IPE topics after finishing my studies Letters of Recommendation: Now I have four candidates: 1. My professor for international trade class. I am also doing program assistantship with her, so hopefully she will write me a good reference; 2. My professor for the class Corruption, Governance and Development who is a renowned scholar in the area of trade; 3. My professor for international finance who is among the top economists in the US (but I am not sure if it is useful for political science application); 4. My professor for international political economy. GRE: 151V, 165Q, 3.5W (plan to retake it and improve the scores) Scholarship: The Chinese government scholarship for graduate studies abroad; several scholarship of outstanding students in undergraduate studies SOP: Will start to work on it after graduation Writing Sample: Will be the personal research project focusing on IPE Field: IR, IPE, globalization, trade theories, China's role in the international economic system, identity politics and globalization Please give me some suggestions on how to improve my profile and what would be fatal disadvantages? Thanks for reading and evaluating my profile!!
  16. Hi everyone, I've been accepted to both Columbia University and Yale University's PhD program in Political Science. My subfield at Columbia would be Comparative Politics with a minor in either American Politics, Law, or Economics, and I'd be concentrating in Political Economy at Yale. I like the faculty from both, was an econ major in undergrad and am very interested in studying voting behavior and electoral politics. It appears both departments have professors I'd be thrilled to do research with in this area. I love New York City, but also don't mind New Haven and don't want to make my choice based on location. Money is about the same for each program. How would you choose between them? A few questions I have with respect to both programs: 1) Does either program have a political leaning (more liberal faculty, more conservative faculty, etc)? 2) Which program has the better reputation in-field (not just the US News ranking), and which will be more respected by the everyday public? 3) How rigorous is the empirical research requirement in each program? 4) Which is better if you DON'T want to go into academia (I'd prefer to work for a think tank, research org, or the government/UN)
  17. Curiously, I want to know if anyone applied, stats, or heard from the Jackson Institute from Yale for Fall 2017. I thought someone would put a thread about it, but I haven't heard anything about it for this cycle, so that makes me cautious . Anyone else have a clue?
  18. I have admits from both GSU and UH, What do you guys recommend. Its so difficult to pick GSU - Tuition 12k per semester - Professors are super friendly UH - Tuition 8k per semester - Professors are (lets not use that word here) Any pointers would be helpful
  19. Hello GradCafe! I'm a Fall 2017 applicant for U.S. political science PhD programs. I really appreciate the camaraderie and kindness displayed in the applicant discussion forums, as well as the invaluable pieces of advice and information. To that end, I'm here to ask for some more advice! As the application cycle is wrapping up, my most likely options will be Michigan and Columbia. I haven't made a decision yet, but one thing that holds me back from Michigan's otherwise outstanding program is their funding situation: they have a so-called ten-term rule (http://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/faculty-staff/graduate-education/policies/the-ten-term-rule.html) that limits funding from the College General Fund for doctoral candidates to ten semesters. Could any insiders provide some insight on: 1) how realistic it is to get funding beyond the fifth year; and 2) anything else about Michigan or Columbia that might help in making a decision. For example, I'm wondering what the departmental culture is like at each institution. I have heard that faculty at some top-ten departments overwork their students--as in this thread (http://forum.thegradcafe.com/topic/86719-some-words-of-caution/#comment-1058436012), some students work 70+ hours every week and are told that they are "falling behind if they're not reading in the shower." In contrast, another poster in that same thread states that a (well-focused) 9-to-5 work schedule was sufficient. I of course understand that a PhD will not (and should not) be a picnic, but I'm trying to get a sense of whether the coursework component at either school is more like an excuse to torment students than an opportunity to prepare students for their dissertation phase. 3) the relative strengths of the international relations departments in each school. Thank you all very much in advance!
  20. Greetings fellow forum goers, I just found out that I've been accepted to the PhD program in political science at Washington University in St. Louis. Given that the majority of my interests fall under the categorical confines of empirical legal studies and judicial politics, I'm fairly certain that I'll end up attending WashU for graduate study. That being said, I'd love to get a head start in getting to know my (potential) cohort, so if you or anyone you know has gotten in to the PhD program in polisci at WashU, please let me know! Best, CS
  21. Greetings fellow forum users, I just found out that I've been accepted to the PhD program in political science at Washington University in St. Louis (beginning August 2017). Given that I am primarily interested in empirical legal studies and judicial politics, I'm fairly certain that I'll end up attending WashU for graduate study. That said, I'd like to try and get in touch with other individuals that have also been accepted by WashU just so I might get a head start in getting to know my cohort. So, if you or anyone you know has also been accepted to the PhD program in political science at WashU, please contact me! Best, CS
  22. After multiple e-mails, calls, and a verbal confirmation that she had sent in my reference, I just saw on an application portal that one of my referees actually did not send it in. I've e-mailed both her and the school to ask if it is still possible for it to be considered, but is there really any hope of that happening at this point? It is my top choice and even though she has a reputation for being down to the wire, I never expected her to put me in this situation. Honestly just so hurt and worried right now. Is there anything more I can do besides e-mailing and calling on Monday? Also any experiences of late references being considered? Thanks in advance!
  23. I am currently a PhD student at another UC school in the political science department. Not quite getting the institutional support I need for my research interests, so looking to transfer to Berkeley in order to (hopefully) get that support. Berkeley has a lot more faculty working in my area of interest. Is it worth the repeat of application pain to transfer? Any suggestions, insight, or tips would be greatly appreciated.
  24. I am currently a PhD student at another UC school in the political science department. Not quite getting the institutional support I need for my research interests, so looking to transfer to Berkeley in order to (hopefully) get that support. Berkeley has a lot more faculty working in my area of interest. Is it worth the repeat of application pain to transfer? Any suggestions, insight, or tips would be greatly appreciated.
  25. Hello, I am obnoxiously checking on The Survey on this website and realizing folks who are identifying what sub-fields they are intending in pursuing, while some are not. This is making me worry as I am realizing I never explicitly identified my intended sub-field in my statement of purpose. Is this something to be worried about? I feel as though my intended sub-fields (comparative) was implicitly implied in my letter. Does this sort of thing make a big difference in application review? Thanks! Mark