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  1. Annae, one thing you should keep in mind is that many programs have very defined quantitative profiles, and others are more allowing of qualitative work. So if you do want to go in a more qualitative direction, i'd suggest avoiding Stanford, Princeton, NYU, and Rochester in particular (maybe Michigan as well). Programs which are more accepting of qualitative stuff (from faculty and reputation): Harvard, Berkeley, Northwestern, Washington University in St. Louis, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins. Good luck!
  2. I'm even stupider than "anyone", and got a q-score of 158 (I think it was in the mid 70s as a percentile), and am going to a top-20. You might well need 90th percentile across the board to get into a top-10, but in the event you are more of a qualitative person, don't be discouraged! You don't need to be crazily strong in math to get into a good program. I nearly failed pre-calc in high school and did as little math as I possibly could in college. You do still need to show strengths in other areas to compensate though (research experience, knowledgeable SOP etc.)
  3. hey esotericish, do you have any suggestions for apartment complexes in Carrboro? Ideally, I'd love something that wasn't too far out west so I could walk home from campus if needed.
  4. PROFILE: Type of Undergrad Institution: Fairly prestigious private university in the northeast Major(s)/Minor(s): International Relations Undergrad GPA: 3.57 Type of Grad: M.A in European Studies from well-known European university Grad GPA: 4.0 GRE: V: 167 Q: 158 AW:5.5 Any Special Courses: Letters of Recommendation: 1 from Undergrad Advisor/Mentor (Tenured Prof in Comp. Pol), 1 from M.A Advisor (Tenured Prof. in Political Economy), 1 from Professor in M.A (Assistant Prof in Sociology) Research Experience: Three stints as R.A (two in undergrad, one during M.A), research experience
  5. Out of positive votes. Congrats everybody! Very glad to hear so much good news after a brutally long cycle!
  6. Hi all, Does anyone know exactly what time the deadline to accept offers is on April 15th? I'm accepted at program X, but have been waitlisted at program Y. Program Y has told me that their decision might well come at around noon or 1 on April 15th. Is this technically after the deadline? I'm worried that, worst case scenario, I could wait until the afternoon of April 15th, only to be rejected by program Y and have my offer at program X rescinded for having missed the deadline. Many thanks for your help!
  7. Hi guys, I tried to find this info on their website and using the search function, but I'm a bit confused. I know the deadline to accept offers is April 15th, but what time does that mean exactly. Midnight on the 14th? Noon on the 15th? The night of April 15th? I have a good offer from program X, but am waitlisted at program Y and have been told that their decision could well come around noon on the 15th. Would waiting this long jeopardize my offer at program X? My fear is that I could wait for program Y, not be accepted off the waitlist, but have my offer at X rescinded because I missed the
  8. That wasn't me, but I just got a rejection from Duke as well. It was an email to check the website (self-service account).
  9. Hi all! I wanted you ask you guys for some advice about whether my interests could fit within sociology. Just a quick recap of my situation, I've got an MA in Poli Sci and have applied for PhDs almost entirely in Poli Sci, where I have a few acceptances. But I have one waitlist at a top-20 sociology program, and need to decide whether it would make sense to pursue in case I get in off the waitlist at the last minute. I'm interested in the interplay between economic crises and ideas about economic policy, and more specifically in trying to explain the political resilience of neoliberalism f
  10. OP, I went 0/8 for PhDs last year (pretty much, one offer unfunded). This year I applied even more widely and have a top 20 acceptance, a top 40, and a few waitlists. I think it's worth a second cycle if you really see academia as the place for you. But I agree that you should look for a job/internship for this year, and try and get that M.A paid for in the framework of a PhD program. As an alternative, I did an MA abroad, which can be way way cheaper than in the States. The biggest difference for me from cycle to cycle was re-working my SOP and focusing obsessively on fit. It's really wor
  11. Is it entirely different, cooperstreet? It's not exactly a wild flight of fancy. People who claim causal inference as the core mission of political science, and assert that only quantitative research can lead to causal inference delegitimize alternate approaches, sometimes implicitly, and sometimes explicitly.
  12. That was never the case at the well-known Continental European university where I did my MA, and it didn't seem like it was at the UK schools I applied to either. But to the extent that quantitative people are deliberately marginalized in Canada or elsewhere, that's just as stupid. Pluralism makes the discipline stronger, not exclusionary groupthink (be it quantitative or qualitative). Just one example. Constructivism makes rational choice stronger, by forcing it to address the weaknesses of some of its core assumptions (subjectivity of interests, importance of non-material interests). Sim
  13. I don't like the way the OP has overreacted in this thread, and I certainly don't approve of some of his comments. That said, I generally think that most people on this thread need to understand the context in which qualitatively-oriented people are operating. And that is being told that our approach has no place in the discipline. This is something that the quantitatively-inclined will never hear in their careers. Quantitative methods can absolutely be useful for a huge variety of questions, and have a valuable place in political science. I would never dispute that. But when you hear comm
  14. At the end of the day, you are not going to be happy doing someone else's research, so don't bother doing a PhD somewhere that won't take a qual/comparative historical perspective seriously (like Rochester or NYU). That said, doing one or two quant classes won't kill you, and will at the very minimum help you to understand a huge, important body of poli sci literature. You'll need to understand that approach on its own terms in able to critique it.
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