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    2017 Fall
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    Political Science

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  1. Im at UCSD. Sounds like your would apply for political theory subfield? While we are looking to hire a new theorist, our theory department is really lacking. IR as good as ever, AP is on the come up, and CP appears to be on the come down. Important things to consider when choosing a school. You stats look decent. I got in here with a slightly higher GPA and verbal GRE but less research experience. Work experience in nonprofits did play a role according to me advisor who was on the committee. Didnt really apply anywhere else for PHDs except Columbia and got waitlisted. I applied for MPPs. You w
  2. Are you looking for an MPP/MPA or a PhD? If its the former, your internships DO matter a lot but you will also need to get about 2 years if work experience for most top schools. If its a PhD it matters less but it does help. It depends on the institutions but if you can play it up. Just make sure you do well on the GRE to make up for the lower GPA. Source: applied to both type of programs and did well in both
  3. You sound salty. Like ok, you didnt get funding but stop crapping on other people and a school you clearly wanted to attend and move on.
  4. So do you believe that if you're going to a top 10/ top 12, even in the bottom end, your job prospects are pretty good? And based on your experience, can folks from these institutions make the choice to sacrifice prestige for location when hitting the job market or are they stuck taking whatever offer they get?
  5. Program Applied To: (MPA, MPP, IR, etc.) MPP, MPA, PhD (Poli Sci) Schools Applied To: Berkeley GSPP (MPP), HKS (MPP), Princeton WWS (MPA), UCSD (Poli Sci PhD), Columbia (Poli Sci PhD) Schools Admitted To: Berkeley GSPP (MPP) (No funding), HKS (MPP) (???), Princeton WWS (MPA) ($$$), UCSD (Poli Sci PhD) ($$$) Schools Rejected From: NA Waitlisted: Columbia (Poli Sci PhD) Undergraduate institution: Top Public Undergraduate GPA: 3.76 Last 60 hours of Undergraduate GPA (if applicable): 3.75 Undergraduate Major: Political Science, Minor in Public Policy GRE Quantitative Sco
  6. I have to work the weekend and can't really miss it. If GSPP doesn't up my funding, I'll probably take a well-funded offer I got in your neck of the woods (UCSD) for a Poli Sci PhD. I don't want to work in DC so moving out east seems like it won't be worth it plus I think I eventually want my PhD anyways so might as well.
  7. I feel that if you learn to generally code, you can learn a new language without too much difficulty. There are boutique boot camps that can teach new languages in 1-3 months in pretty good depth. In California, even community colleges teach C++. Maybe I'm also on the optimistic boat but I think that if you can gain the rigorous quantitative, methodological and theoretical background that a lot of top 15 programs offer along with the basic coding skills in R, STATA, SQL, and sometimes a bit of Python, you are 90% of the way to being a competitive data scientist in industry. But again, I might
  8. Question for the group: is becoming a data scientist a reasonable plan B for those doing a quant heavy program (UCSD for example) and combine it with a coding bootcamp?
  9. Hopefully. I got into Woo and am trying to leverage that for funding at GSPP but we'll see what happens. Trying to stay in California if possible because <3 Sun <3
  10. For folks going to GPS, I will almost certainly be going to UCSD for a Poli Sci PhD and would be interested in getting housing with like mind folks. PM if you're interested to. I've traveled down to SD and checked out neighborhoods and feel like I have a good understanding of the area.
  11. Funny that I probably met you yesterday at UCSD if you were there. Remember how much better the weather is in San Diego! Aha but besides that, I would visit both and see how you get along with your fellow grad students and professors. There isnt much difference in ranking and placement. There is a likely a big difference in culture and people. Subfield wise also there are some difference. UCSD is a beast in IR and Comp and quickly growing in American. MIT for methodology for sure. UCSD's theory department is week. But also remember the weather.
  12. I'm likely to turn it down because i was accepted to PhD programs im heavily weighting and looking to use WWS to negotiate funding at GSPP so if either of those pan out, and im sure other fomks like me are ou there, there will be some spots?
  13. Invitations for CPL interviews for finalist appear to have gone out. A friend of mine who is a 10th level super sayan 1st edition holographic typa badass got an invite through email. Just a heads up.
  14. Also in! (MPA) Thanks ya'll. Now time for hard choices.
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