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  1. I'm a Kennedy MPP (07). I loved my experience and think the MPP is a great degree. I'll say your resume is pretty impressive, and you should do well in admissions; definitely don't rule out Kennedy. That said: do you have a compelling reason to go right into grad school? And by compelling, I mean, do you have no other choice because you're on a student visa or something like that? If not, I would strongly recommend that you work for a year or two before applying for grad school. There are a few reasons for this: - An MPP is a professional program and the Kennedy School, at least, uses a
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  2. I did a little ranking exercise for myself recently and I thought I would share my 'methodology' and results with everyone here, as I think it may prove to be useful to others who are having some trouble choosing a best fit program for themselves. I took the top 8 schools that I have been considering (for PhD someday, maybe) and put them into a matrix and marked each school on a point basis with various criteria that I felt were important. Here's my 'data': As you can see, I took each category and rated it on a 1-5 scale (5 being best). It's a cumbersome measure, and extremely s
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  3. That's pretty much it. Person A gets all, but the last 10 questions correct. Person B gets all, but the first 10 questions correct. Person A will receive a higher score.
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  4. Work experience is desired, but definitely not essential. Don't count out Kennedy just yet. A lot of people get into Kennedy and Harris straight from undergrad. Definitely mention your JD/MPP aspirations when you apply to Kennedy (from what I hear, it loves its joint degree grads). If you can construct a convincing argument that would justify to the respective committees that you would benefit from a policy degree without prior experience, then I think you have a good chance at any of the above schools. Your GPA might be a bit low for the top programs, so ace the GREs and you'll be fine.
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  5. I couldn't agree with matcha more. There is so much you can gain by not going to grad school right away and 1) working full time, 2) being on your own and 3) just taking your time off textbooks instead. I also think that MPP/MPA programs (joint degree options especially) are such a huge investment (of your time, money and efforts) that you really should take some time to make the decision. It makes sense to get some experience before to figure out that this is exactly what you want to do with your life. It also makes sense to move on with your personal life before commiting to school for so lo
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