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  1. If anyone is familiar with UChicago's Committee on International Relations MA and Harris School's MA in Public Policy with Certificate in Research Methods, please help me out! I find both programs appealing because they are shorter than most MA programs, but I have heard mixed things about both programs. I don't know which one to apply for because I would like to pursue a PhD in International Relations or Political Science in the future, not Public Policy, but I am keen to work on my quant skills. Any thoughts? Any help will be appreciated!
  2. Hi all, Thanks in advance for your input. I could really use it! I've been accepted to the following schools for the Master of Public Policy. I intend to study education policy. UVA (with sizable scholarship) Berkeley (no scholarship) Columbia (1/4 scholarship) Duke (about 1/2 scholarship) UChicago (about 1/4 scholarship, but could change) Michigan (about 1/3 scholarship, but could change) Carnegie Mellon (about 3/4 scholarship) Vanderbilt (very small scholarship) I was also waitlisted at HKS. Because of financial concerns, I'm prioritizing UVA, Duke, UChicago, Michigan, and Carnegie Mellon. However, Berkeley's got such a wonderful reputation... What are your thoughts?
  3. Didn't see one of these yet for this cycle. Anyone else Apply by December 1st? I'm starting to get extra nervous. I have a pretty high GPA but am coming from the Humanities with a background in community organizing/activism. Shooting for clinical, to boot.
  4. Hey all, Just got accepted to both SAIS and CIR for a masters in IR. 1/3 funding at Chicago, nothing at SAIS. I'm willing to go pretty deep in debt for either, though. Too shocked that I got into either to think clearly about my choice right now, so I could use some input: I know that for policy focused programs, SAIS is near unbeatable. However, I think I'm more interested in research/academia for a career, and I want to know which program would set me up better if I choose to go for a Phd. I'm also interested in working for a FoPo think tank like the Atlantic Council or Brookings. I'm attracted to Chicago because I enjoy the theoretical side of IR and that seems to be their focus (also, Mearsheimer). However, SAIS is better ranked as an MA program (although that's for "policy programs"), and I feel like I could keep my options open career wise. Any insights? Also, before someone says CIR "isn't worth it" for future Phd, I'm coming from a no name undergrad school with no work experience. I seriously doubt my chances getting into a top tier Phd program direct from UG, or getting an even halfway decent job given the low name recognition of my UG institution, which is why I want a big name MA.
  5. Hi all, Thanks in advance for your input. I could really use it! I've been accepted to the following schools for the Master of Public Policy. I intend to study education policy. UVA (with sizable scholarship) Berkeley (no scholarship) Columbia (1/4 scholarship) Duke (about 1/2 scholarship) UChicago (about 1/4 scholarship, but could change) Michigan (about 1/3 scholarship, but could change) Carnegie Mellon (about 3/4 scholarship) Vanderbilt (very small scholarship) I was also waitlisted at HKS. Because of financial concerns, I'm prioritizing UVA, Duke, UChicago, Michigan, and Carnegie Mellon. However, Berkeley's got such a wonderful reputation... What are your thoughts?
  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. Hi everyone, I am mostly looking at four programs that accepted me in Computational Biology: Berkeley, UCSF, UChicago, Columbia Never studied or interned at any of them before so I am hoping to know more about them outside the website~ I am most likely in academia, but I wonder for Computational Biology in general, which school might be a best fit, and what to avoid. In general as far as I know: Berkeley great for bio and cs. young. in Bay. UCSF top biomed. expensive but in Bay. less known in pan-science than biomed. Columbia young. great science. great city. not sure about biomed in general. UChicago great faculties and focus on edu. not sure about its biology within the country though. Opinions? Thank you!
  8. So I'm not sure how to interpret this. I am applying to several Asian Studies (Japan Studies) programs this fall for my MA. University of Washington, Stanford University, and the University of Chicago. I have received one acceptance (woo!) and one rejection from the two programs I've applied to at University of Washington. At least I'm going somewhere! During the last few days, though, I did not receive an e-mail from University of Chicago's East Asian Languages and Civilizations department, but, rather, my personal application page at the website changed. Suddenly it had an envelope icon that said "decision documents." My heart stopped. I clicked through and a message that said "there are no documents available" popped up. Confused, I continued to check the application page rather obsessively for the whole day. Next morning, the icon has changed. Now it's in bold and has a red "1" on it and now says "Unread Decision Documents." I click through and yet again it says "there are no documents available." After an hour or two I e-mail the people in charge of the application page saying what was happening and, within an hour or two, the icon and the contained message were totally gone. The page, back to normal, has no indication of decision documents or anything related to them. Note: I did not get a reply e-mail. Just silence. And the icon suddenly disappeared. I'm not even sure my e-mail is related to the icon's disappearance! I don't know how to take that. What does that mean? And how should I feel about it? I mean, I know I have to keep waiting now. I get that. But that was a hell of an emotional rollercoaster. Just wanted to share.
  9. There doesn't seem to be much conversation around this program, so I thought I'd open up this space to discuss the program and thoughts about the process! It seems to me that interviews invites should go out soon, considering that interview weekend begins on the 4th. Anyone else have thoughts on this? Can't wait to hear from others who applied
  10. 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?
  11. Has anyone who applied for MAPSS on the April 30th deadline received an application decision yet? If so, can you tell me when? Thanks!
  12. I've been told that I was on the waiting list about a month ago and a recent email informed me that all decisions would be communicated by 13th April. However, nothing happened, no rejection letter nor admission letter, no update on website. I'm just wondering if anyone is still waiting for UChicago like me. I applied for the 12-course program by the way
  13. Has anyone who was accepted heard anything further? I had some brief contact about the course but I've heard nothing about the open day - anyone got info?
  14. 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.
  15. Got waitlisted by University Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. anyone else get this decision? its my top choice in program and was wondering if there were any suggestions/advice on improving my chances of getting off the waitlist.
  16. Right. So I'm finishing up campus visits within the next week, and I have some big decisions to make. I have excellent funding and good potential advisors lined up for all 4 programs in the geosciences, largely focusing on terrestrial or marine stable isotope geochemistry: UToronto earth sciences, funded by Connaught International Scholarship UChicago geophysical sciences, funded by RA/TA, with additional relocation assistance and small 2-year $4500 named fellowships UDelaware oceanography, funded by Marian R Okie fellowship and RA MIT/WHOI marine geology/ chemical oceanography, funded by RA I think I'd be fine with any of these programs, research and career-wise, and I'm continuing to talk to POIs and current students. Anyone have any particular insights into any of these programs, or has anyone faced choosing between these before?
  17. Right. So I'm finishing up campus visits within the next week, and I have some big decisions to make. I have excellent funding and good potential advisors lined up for all 4 programs in the geosciences, largely focusing on terrestrial or marine stable isotope geochemistry: UToronto earth sciences, funded by Connaught International Scholarship UChicago geophysical sciences, funded by RA/TA, with additional relocation assistance and small 2-year $4500 named fellowships UDelaware oceanography, funded by Marian R Okie fellowship and RA MIT/WHOI marine geology/ chemical oceanography, funded by RA I think I'd be fine with any of these programs, research and career-wise, and I'm continuing to talk to POIs and current students. Anyone have any particular insights into any of these programs, or has anyone faced choosing between these before?
  18. This is probably a long shot...But I was wondering if anyone here knows how easy/difficult it is to be accepted into the CIR program at UChicago, particularly for a Chicago undergrad trying to do the BA/MA joint degree. Personally, I haven't heard many people applying/attending the program, so any information or insight on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
  19. I Got accepted to Uchicago on 2/9 with $28,000 for the first year (renewable for the second year!). Also got accepted to Columbia on 2/8. Received my package in the mail today. Still waiting on NYU, WUSTL, UPenn. I am thrilled about both my acceptances, but am torn between which one I would pick. Always had my heart set on Columbia because of NYC and the name of columbia. But UChicago is offering a huge scholarship, and i've heard many good things about their program. However, finances are not the single most important factor for me, since I can afford both programs. I just need more clarity on which program is better, where I would get a better experience. Btw, I'm pursuing a clinical concentration. Any advice would be appreciated!
  20. Dear all, I was accepted both at the University of Chicago and at Carnegie Mellon University in their PhD Program in Statistics. These two programs are actually my favorites in the pool of those to which I applied. I participated to the visit days and had a great time at both places; now it is time for me to try and make a final decision between and I am really having a hard time in choosing between the two universities: I enjoyed very much CMU's balance between theoretical and applied stats and also their focus on machine learning, nonparametrics and bayesian (these are all topics that very much appeal to me); also I had the feeling of a very nice department where there is a lot of interaction between graduate students and professors. On the other hand Chicago impressed me with a program that gives students a strong theoretical background during the first year with sequences in stochastic processes, probability theory and mathematical statistics (plus some applied statistics as well). Both schools are excellent and students have excellent placements. My impression, after the conversations I had with professors and students, is that UChicago is somehow slightly more theoretically-oriented while CMU is more concerned with applications, but this impression might be not completely correct and possibly biased by the particular set of professors with whom I had the chance to talk. No doubt that there's a big difference between the campuses and the cities are completely different (Chicago is probably more attractive!), but those are aspects which I don't want to weight too much when making my decision. Advice, comments or suggestions are most welcome! Thanks
  21. Hi everyone, I was wondering if anybody had any information of UChicago's CIR program. I am looking for some basic statistics such as average GPA and GRE. From what I have read, they do a great job of placing students into professional positions. Any insight?