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  1. I'm a little late to this. I had a really low GPA (about the same as yours) and got into a solid enough program even without doing a Masters afterward. So with the combination of an undergraduate thesis and good performance in an MA program, I'm willing to bet that you won't face too much of a problem with your grades alone. Graduate admissions chairs don't help with squat. The only thing they might be able to do is give you insight about "minimums": I know some schools post that they "require" a 3.0 undergrad average, so an admissions chair may be able to give you perspective on how
  2. Actually, knowing your preferred methodology can be important. Don't apologize for knowing where your interests lie. Like you said though, just don't let it allow you to disparage the work of others (which it sounds like you didn't, so there you go!). If you found faculty members of interest, then that's always a good sign. Great tip that really helped me a ton when I was searching: try to talk to people who know your field of interest! Academia's a small world. The schools you're talking about are powerhouses in Political Science, which means that these faculty you're referring to are like
  3. No one's responded yet? I figured I'd leave it alone if someone who knew more about it could answer. I'd used this analogy on a few other posts asking about rankings too, but based on my experience looking into and applying for PhD programs, it's a minefield. The question I always like to ask first is what you want to do with it. If academia, then this is a question for a professor (like one who you might have write a letter of recommendation, since you kind of need that). The reason I say that is because if it's anything like Political Science, there's certain schools which are just unq
  4. When in doubt, talk to current professors. Networks are so tight these days, that someone always knows someone. If you can get some ideas on the "who's who" in whatever your interests are, then you might be in a better position to make a decision. Other options are reading political science and finding what you like. When I applied, that's what I did: I remembered very distinctly about 7 or 8 programs from which authors of memorable works came from. It at least gave me a starting point for looking into schools. It's all about narrowing things down.
  5. Superfly, I'd definitely recommend talking to someone outside of an internet forum about this. What I'm hearing is that you're looking to get into a policy-type PhD program focused on development and diplomacy, and you'd like to tailor your studies in such a way as to both build upon and subsequently further your current career trajectory. The PhD in the U.S., from what I've gathered, can be a huge minefield if you're not careful. The best school for me may be a horrifically bad school for you. Off the top of my head, I'd point you towards looking into any school that's attached to a lot
  6. Define reputable. Do you mean for getting into a career in academia? Or did you want to get back into the policy/diplomacy world? When you say 'below average scholar...bright professional future' that sort of signals that you're looking to stay away from the research end of things and keep on the practitioner track...is that accurate? I guess I'm wondering why you want the PhD; I ask mainly because given your stats, the best chance at admission you've got is to basically blow your Statement of Purpose out of the water. I think "purpose for the phD" is a good place to start before you can n
  7. Orlien, I was literally in the exact situation you're in. My advice is different from the other three posters here though, so obviously I'm not offering gospel. But it's noteworthy that my stats (both in PoliSci and overall) were far worse than yours: I graduated with a sub-3.0 GPA, got into a Top-30 program, and was offered a university fellowship at a 50-ish program. So it's not impossible, or maybe I was just lucky. What I can tell you is that it helped me to include it in my SOP, based on what I gathered from students/faculty at the school I accepted admission from. But I limited my men
  8. With job history, it tends to be where you're "officially" employed. So if this vacation you're taking is like a Sabbatical (e.g. your employer is basically allowing you a year/semester/length of time off), then you shouldn't have a problem writing in "[year]-present". Depending on the nature of your vacation, you might add a parenthetical note on your C.V. next to your current job that you're on sabbatical (e.g. "on sabbatical for 2013-2014") Hmm...with the address question, if it were me I'd put a permanent address and a current mailing address. That's how most job applications approach t
  9. I'm pretty sure I've got about the same size as yours. We've got 8-10ish: 3 IR people that I know of, at least 1 theorist, and the rest are a mix of American and Comparative.
  10. Stats/Econ is the way to go. Philosophy will only really help you if you want to do Political Theory. A lot of the theoretical frameworks used in modern PoliSci (at least in the quant world, think rational choice and bargaining, etc.) are founded in Economics. There's a running joke that Political Scientists are just Economists minus 15 years. Also, don't underestimate how much the calc in Econ will help when taking the quant courses: again, especially if you're interested in more quanty stuff, Poli Sci is going to require some game theory--and a Methods major/minor means you'll be develo
  11. I second North Texas, they have an incredible peace science group. They aren't so great about funding though, unless you land a university fellowship. I just spent this cycle doing applications for IR/Peace Studies, so from the impressions I got maybe look into somewhere like Purdue or Iowa (though I'd put both well in the top 50 for this specific subfield). Florida State is also amazing, and WAY underranked for what they've done with their IR program (I think they're usually seen around 40). I'm also going to plug for SUNY Buffalo. They actually have a pretty solid group in IR/Peace s
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