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  1. Before I started JET, I talked with admissions at both Johns Hopkins and Georgetown. Both told me that JET is highly respected at their schools. I'm not sure if more of the accepted students are CIR's rather than ALT's, but even so, you can make up for that. As was suggested by chocolatecheesecake, start a secondary project. What any school wants to see is initiative and leadership. If you identify a need in your community and help to address it, that will go a long way towards making you a competitive candidate.
  2. Your GPA is great for everywhere but WWS. There, the majority of new students have GPA's of 3.7+, but 1/3 of the students are below that. I'd suggest that you retake the microecon. class as you said. Taking stats or calc won't hurt, especially for more quant heavy programs, but it's not necessary at most of them. Schools accept students with a variety of quant backgrounds. Most have alternate tracks for the quant core and a summer math camp for students who need extra help. You need to investigate particular schools more to decide if the extra math work would benefit your application and yo
  3. Why not ask them? Tell them the specifics of your situation, that you want to go to their school, but would accept other offers if there's not really any chance of you getting in. Showing interest isn't going to hurt your chances, and you might get sufficient clarification from the schools to make your decision.
  4. Since this field is relatively small, a school beyond the top ten is a big step down in prestige. There simply aren't enough people going for professional degrees in MPP or MPA to allow for a large number of excellent programs. It's true that your school won't matter much for government work, but for other areas, it could have an impact. Your cohort at University of Kentucky is likely to be of a different calibre than at Syracuse.
  5. Take the money. My feeling is that students generally overestimate the importance brand name and underestimate the effects of cost. This is doubly important when considering a degree in a lower paying field like development. $70,000 on your back is likely to severely curtail your job choices post graduation. UD is a strong program and if you are a motivated student, you should be able to get just as good an education there. This isn't a comparison between University of Alaska and Columbia after all.
  6. From talking with several current Berkeley students, unless you come from a very strong quant background, Goldman's core classes will be quite quant heavy. Harris is generally even more quant-focused, but you can always supplement if you want more at Berkeley.
  7. Since money is a concern, Berkeley seems like a better decision hands-down. You already said that both programs seem like an equally good fit for you, so it doesn't sound like Harvard would lead to substantially better jobs following graduation. Also, while Harvard is more prestigious, Berkeley's reputation is also excellent, both domestically and abroad. It's possible that Harvard's name could open doors for you, but debt could close even more.
  8. http://www.american.edu/sis/admissions/degrees_dual.cfm https://tspppa.gwu.edu/combined-degree-programs
  9. I think the most important question to ask yourself is what do you want to do after graduation and which school will best prepare you for that work? You simply need to compare the usefulness of study abroad vs (possibly more) DC opportunities. Do you want to work in DC? If not, then your decision is simple. If so, does UNC also have strong connections there? Additionally, while UNC is a weaker school compared to either AU or GWU, you might have a specialized interest where UNC is stronger or at least comparable.
  10. Hello, and thank you for doing this. I'm looking to focus on ed. policy. With your interests, I'd love to hear your perspective. Could you tell me what you see as the major strengths and weaknesses of the Ford school specifically as it applies to the ed. policy sphere?
  11. Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to answer questions. I'm looking to study educational policy, possibly with an international bent. While I know there are some respected scholars there like Professor Kirp, do you know if educational policy is a big part at the school? Additionally, is the program focus on developing general analytical skills rather than a specialization? Since I didn't see policy focuses listed (albeit with plenty of elective courses on offer), I thought that might be the case.
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