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    2021 Application Thread

    Just the one you want to supervise your diss.
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    @GradSchoolGrad Thanks for your reply and for the perspective on McCourt and where quant may be an issue! Also good to know about Mason and American. I was unsure about them, but I'm having a hard time gauging how competitive of an applicant I am (especially now with COVID), so was thinking I need to cast a net wide enough that I hopefully end up with a couple options to choose from, or at the very least get in somewhere. @prokem Thanks for your reply and very good advice as well! Very good point about asking recommenders to highlight quant experience - hadn't thought about that but I think it will definitely help. Harris may still be too much of a stretch, but I'm thinking I'll still apply to Ford based on this advice. I'm hoping it also helps that I'm originally from Michigan and my undergrad is in Michigan as well, so if any of the schools on my list are going to recognize it it's Ford. I know a significant number of alumni end up there for JDs and MSWs, but I'm going to reach out to professors (and poke around linked in) to see if they could connect me with any alumni who went for an MPP.
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    Updated Funding Packages

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1XNJR4IhOJ56zd7zLuVSUK7h054dBRNvyiC7iStCOsxo/ Last year, I started the process of making an updated version of funding packages with the help of students accepted into programs. The list isn't complete but I hope it provides a more complete version of what universities expect in exchange for their funding. It is open-access so edits are welcome.
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    Chances of getting in

    My overall was higher than my CSD (stats in my signature) and you have a higher GRE than I do and I still got in more than half the schools I applied too! I had very similar experience as you. I would apply to schools within your stat range and apply out of state if you can.
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    Yeah, it's fine. In fact, it may give you a leg up depending on how much individual control faculty have vs a committee in making admissions decisions. I would maybe just inform the faculty member that he is your top choice and ask if he still feels comfortable with writing a letter.
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    Most, if not all respectable English PhD programs in the US are "fully funded", but I must add that "full funding" does not always equate to sufficient funding. This is especially so if you have dependents to support, have additional/emergency needs, reside in a more expensive state, or are simply awarded a smaller-than-usual stipend, though most funding packages should just be enough for a grad student to live on. @Warelin has very helpfully collated in another thread the funding packages of different schools/programs, but here's a link to the spreadsheet anyway: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1XNJR4IhOJ56zd7zLuVSUK7h054dBRNvyiC7iStCOsxo/edit#gid=0
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    Insider's Guide advise it is wise to have a backup letter writer if possible (in case one gets busy/ falls through last minute somehow). So if one is willing to act as a backup LOR for you, then you're set. Also some programs do allow an opportunity to include extra materials/documents you feel may strengthen your application. I imagine if that is there, a 4th letter may be okay. Some programs also request a minimum of 3 but will accept up to 5! So it's program dependent, but definitely follow the directions per app.
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    I completely agree with @prokem. There are ways you can mitigate (much of it from advertising perspective on your transcript) your low Calc grade. I was speaking more towards if you don't take measures to aggressively mitigate your Calc grade per the person's advice + rock the GRE quant. Without mitigation, my list stands.
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    I am a faculty member in a doctoral program and I think it would be okay to apply after deferring admission as long as you communicate your withdrawal from the cohort BEFORE the next round of application review begins. If you feel like you want more time to think about it, you could possibly wait until just before the program is ready to make their admission decisions for the cohort that you have deferred to. You should NOT keep them on the line while applying to other programs, waiting to see if you get into someplace better and then withdraw your admission. That would reflect poorly on you and, as Bernt stated, the professional world is smaller than you think!
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    You mentioned being interested in studying in Germany, so I thought I would address that potential. Most German universities are "free," which means that they only charge a student services fee which usually includes a transportation pass. I studied at the University of Hamburg, which was 350 euro/semester, ~120 of which was my metro pass. You may also find that the cost of living is much lower in Germany, with the exception of real estate in large cities like Munich or Hamburg. Even then, there are plenty of affordable places to live. German MA deadlines are usually in the spring, but I would highly recommend applying to the DAAD Masters scholarship in November to see if you can get funding through them. Having an award like that would definitely be leg-up in later PhD applications. There are two very important things to consider when applying to German MA programs though (with a few exceptions): (1) your BA degree must match what you plan to do in your MA (which it sounds like it does) and (2) the language requirements are very stringent. Most degree programs require that you are fluent in German and English as well as two foreign languages in your subject matter. Some schools allow you to achieve fluency during your program, but some require you to already have that fluency upon admittance. So, regarding your plan, it might be worth it to dedicate a year or so to taking language courses. If I could recommend two programs to you, I would suggest exploring the Global History program at Humboldt Berlin and the East Asian Studies MA at the University of Göttingen. Both are English language programs, plus Berlin and Göttingen are both cool places to live :)
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    Hello everyone! A little bit of background. I'm new here (well, I saw this forum a couple years back, but I only just created my account) and in the process of applying to a polisci phd in the US. I'm an international student, and as of yet I've taken the GRE and the TOEFL, plus my writing sample is pretty much done, so I'm like halfway there I think (I only need to write the SOPs and talk to some faculty about my LORs). I know the application process hasn't started, so do not think of this thread as dedicated to the fall 2021 admission process. I just wanted to hear your thoughts on what you'll think happen December through February, and how you think it'll be impacted by the ongoing pandemic. I was surprised that there wasn't a thread like this already in the polisci forum (the only one I found was that uncertainty thread, but it was dedicated to the fall 2020 cycle and only for international students), so I'll start :) Supply: I think this is the most straightforward category, so I'll start with it. I think it is pretty much obvious less offers will be handed out, for two reasons. First, universities will have less resources to work with (less undergrad enrollment, less grants, etcetera), so GSASs will probably force departments to decrease the incoming cohorts. And second, departments will know that people will not likely pass on their offers (due to economic uncertainty), and as the yield will be higher, to even achieve their normal cohort goals they would need to make substantially less offers (and, again, they will want a smaller number of grad students this year). I don't know by how much the supply of offers will decrease, but if I had to guess I'd say if they normally hand out like 30-4 offers, they'll lower it to like 15-7. Ouch. I thought that some departments might cancell their admission processes this year altoghether (as Princeton's Sociology department did), but as of yet I haven't seen any instances of this. If you know any departments that will, please do point them out. Demand: Now this is a bit trickier. In principle, it should be simple: economic crisis -> more people want to enter grad school. However, this is not a regular crisis, so therefore common wisdom might not hold up. First, it does not seem so clear as to when this crisis will be over. I think I'm not alone in that I originally thought this was going to be over by May. Now it is clear that it will not be over until there is a vaccine, and who knows when that'll be done. So people might not want to even think of applying before this crisis is over, which could hold domestic demand steady. Second, every paper that studies grad school enrollment and economic crises centers around MBAs and other MAs, rather than PhDs. I think that it is not unreasonable to expect an increase in the demand for those types of degrees. But a 6 year PhD in political science is not something that someone does in the middle of their careers (in contrast to something like MAPSS and QMSS, which I expect to experience an increase in demand). So, I think that domestic demand might increase a bit, but not too much. In contrast, I do think that international demand will decrease. First, this whole situation will probably instill a bit of fear on every international applicant (even myself, buy I remain unmoved in my resolve to go to gradschool), and a whole lot of uncertainty in the process (for example, who knows when you'll be able to get a visa?). And second, there is the whole Tr*mp variable. I have read that international applications have not taken too much of a hit in the midst of the most anti-foreigner administration in recent american history, but the uncertainty around the election might just do it. Even if he looses (which I so want), we might not be sure until the period in which applications close. Therefore, I think international applicants will decrease significantly. GREs: I'm lucky enough that I could still afford to pay for the GRE, and that I have a suitable environment to take it at home. I don't think everyone will be so lucky. I think it is likely that most programs will make it optional this year (I think UPenn and Chicago have already announced this for their polisci applicants, if someone knows of another case please point it out), but this will generate a pretty unjust situation. A first group in principle will not be affected (people who took it before this crisis), but the rest will. I think that taking it at home makes the test significantly easier (I'm sure my scores should have not been this high), which of course benefits people who a) can still afford to spend like US$300 in the test + score reports, b) live in tranquil residential areas, and c) have a reliable internet connection. People that do not satisfy one of those criteria will not be able to take the test, and therefore choose not to include it on their applications. I am sure that no matter how much universities say that they'll consider every application regardless of score, there will certainly be a bias towards people that hand in a good score. This will benefit the first and second group (but, as the latter will tend to have a better score, the people who took it before the crisis will also be affected). All in all, I expect an significant increase in the median incoming GRE score, both as a result of more selective processes and of the new at-home format. Funding offers: Difficult to predict, but I think they will stay the same, at least for good departments. I think that T20 depts will prefer to make less offers, than to get a rep for being stingy. Middling depts might make more offers without funding, but I'm not sure. Public universities might decrease funding packages for all grad students, but I'm not sure about this either (they will probably fire some of the adjunct faculty or increase undergrad tuition before). Duration: I think the lenght of the decision process will increase significantly. I think we won't hear the final offers until like late march, rather than mid february. Please feel free to disagree, but I think the selection committees will still be stuck at home, which will make coordination between profs and bureaucrats slower. Departments: I think T10 departments will be affected negatively by all of this, as they won't be able to admit all of the grad students they need to (in the future, there will not be enough TAs and RAs to satisfy internal demand, which might be good for MA students!). I do not think their incoming cohorts will be better (except for GRE scores, as mentioned above), as they are already so selective that I do not see how their students could get even more competitive. On the other side, the rest of the T20, and especially the T40, will be significantly benefited by all of this. As more of the 'best applicants' will be available (due to smaller cohorts in T10 departments), their cohorts will be significantly more competitive. Yes, they will have less incoming students; but they will make up for this with a much better incoming cohort (and the prestige that comes with it!) Feel free to disagree about this. Summary: we're doomed hahahah. The thing is, I'm not even sure how long these changes will last. Therefore, I think it is unwise to postpone our applications until next year. Less offers this year will mean that a lot of demand will build up, which will definitely impact subsequent years. I think only in like 5 years, things will get back to normal. That's it! Sorry for the length, but I sorted out my own thoughts while I was writing it. What do you think? Feel free to add your own category :)
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    I think that if you were to spend time getting to know the culture of this BB a bit more you'd understand that these kinds of comments are not appropriate here.

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