Ok, so another one of those "this or that" questions.
So, I need some opinions here. I'm admitted to both American U's SIS (doing a Comparative and Regional Studies program in Asia) and UCSD's MPIA (doing the Globalization track, Poli/Sci, and in SE Asia region).
Here's my dilema. I'm currently a PCV in Thailand and will not be back to the States in time for the Grad-Admit days at either university. I've gathered opinions from the Embassy Staff here in Bangkok and some other professional contacts, and have compiled my list of pros/cons.
-Much more tailored program to SE Asia, Globalization and Poli/Sci (the latter is debatable, I know)
-Perceived advantage for those who want easy connections to Asia (UCSD's ASEAN Center for example)
-Have been in semi-regular contact with its applicants
-Name of UCSD is known overall
-Far from DC
-Name of MPIA (let's admit, name is still king) is not as well known
-UCSD, well known, but it's IR program is not as well known
-I have to take summer Econ classes (since I've never taken an econ class in my life, but it looks interesting)
-Proximity to DC
-Recognition of a great education
-Many opportunities to network, intern, etc.
-Name of AU is not
-Competing with Eliot, SFS, SIAS, et. al. for said internships
-Not as highly ranked "overall" as UCSD
-Program is more broad
Does anyone have an opinion either way? I won't delve into financials because I have loans lined up that take care of those. I'm really looking for a program to prepare myself to enter into the State Dept. I've taken the FSOT before and did fairly well.
PS, waiting for Kobel and Milano.