If you can get into the high 150's or low 160's then I think you could be a really competitive candidate. Any work experience beyond that certainly couldn't hurt.
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Posted 25 March 2015 - 12:12 AM
Accepted: JHU SAIS, GWU Elliott, and American SIS
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For now, I definitely think my main focus would be pulling up the GRE scores as much as you can. If you get the scores up, you could stand a solid shot at some of these programs, and maybe even get some funding. Similarly to you, I'm finishing up my PC service at age 25 and I decided to pursue graduate school after. I was concerned about how my application would look given my limited work experience (I did Peace Corps almost straight out of undergrad), but with strong academic/personal statements that articulated my desire to study in the programs to which I applied (policy analysis programs), I did get some great results out of my applications.
Do you have any econ/stats/calc background? If not, I definitely recommend taking a few free online courses on Coursera if you can. Even if with less than perfect internet, I've been able to take some econ classes during my Peace Corps service that I then listed on my applications to supplement my undergraduate coursework and show that I was serious about getting the quant under my belt (since I applied to quant-heavy programs).
Lemme know if you have any more questions! I think as long as you pull up the GRE scores and spend time on your apps, you've got a good shot at a solid school.
Applied: Princeton WWS MPA, Harvard HKS MPP, UC Berkeley GSPP MPP, U Michigan FSPP MPP, Duke Sanford MPP, Syracuse Maxwell MPA
Accepted: Syracuse Maxwell MPA, Duke Sanford MPP (full ride+stipend), U Michigan FSPP MPP (full ride+stipend), Berkeley GSPP MPP (1 yr tuition+$5k), Princeton WWS MPA (full ride+stipend), Harvard HKS MPP
Also applied: Pickering Fellowship, Rangel Fellowship
Decision: Princeton WWS+Rangel Fellowship WOO-WHOO! #gETatMe
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