Lolothefirecat got a reaction from Saheim in FINAL COUNTDOWN: IHEID VS Georgetown
Hi everyone! This is my second post and I wanted to start a new thread because I've managed to reduce my options down to two schools.
I'm deciding between:
Georgetown University's Conflict Resolution Master's program (no funding)
The Graduate Institute in Geneva's Master's program in Political Science/International Relations (no funding)
I'm considering the cost difference, but its not a huge factor because I have a SO who will be working while I'm in school, as long as he can get a job (he is a teacher and has never had a problem finding employment). We have joked that he is my scholarship. We are US citizens so that makes Geneva a little more complicated because he would need a work visa and I believe the job market is more competitive for employers that will sponsor him. Geneva's tuition is much cheaper (8000 a year), but cost of living in Geneva is much higher, particularly if my SO can't work there. (If anyone has job leads or has gone through the work visa process in Geneva, I'd appreciate your thoughts)
In general living in Geneva might be more complicated, work visa, we have two large dogs which makes getting housing hard (harder than it already is in Geneva). However, I like challenges and know Geneva would be a fantastic place to live for a number of reasons (networking in the international field, location for travel, ability to improve my french).
DC is DC, networking is great, I can live just outside the area for cheaper rent (maybe even get a backyard), my SO can private tutor or get a full time job without a visa.
In terms of the programs, what I'd like to know is, what are the strengths and weaknesses of each program? Are there any alumni or current students who can comment on the programs and maybe the prospects for work or PHD programs after? I'm planning on working immediately after my masters (possibly in Foreign Service) and someday getting my PHD. Would one of these programs be more ideal?
Thanks for the help in advance!
Also, if you have some general information that you think might be useful about the cities, living, the programs, or funding tips, I'd love to hear it!
Lolothefirecat reacted to Mangrovia in Graduate Institute Geneva (IHEID) - Fall 2016
Hey @Lolothefirecat. As for the MIA Programme, the current class representative showed up on our Facebook subgroup to answer our questions. I would suggest to reach out to the IR/PS current class representative, ours seems very resourceful!
Lolothefirecat reacted to XMGL in Graduate Institute Geneva (IHEID) - Fall 2016
Lolothefirecat I think they have already let the waitlisted candidates know. Just In case this is the message I received from the admissions office:
"We thank you for your message and understand your difficult situation.
Unfortunately, due to the large number of applications, we were not able to grant a scholarship to all the students who needed substantial financial aid. We have already defined a list of candidates to be on the waiting list for scholarships and we do not have any more financial support for this year.
We invite you to contact Private Foundations and/or Governmental aid agencies in your country."
I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed as well!
Lolothefirecat got a reaction from Saheim in IHEID vs Georgetown vs U. Denver: Poli/IR
Problem: I've been accepted into some incredible programs and now I'm having a truly difficult time deciding between them. I honestly didn't expect to get into more than one or two programs (my undergrad GPA wasn't amazing), so while I'm pleasantly surprised, I'm overwhelmed!
I have been accepted at:
Georgetown University - MA in Conflict Resolution, No funding
University of Denver - MA in International Studies, No funding
The Graduate Institute in Geneva - MA in Political Science/International Relations, No funding
Here are my thoughts:
I'm primarily concerned with international conflict and have particular interest in studying genocide and the implications of genocide when looking at a conflict (hope this isn't too vague).
Alright so here is what I'm considering so far, U. Denver and Georgetown are basically the same price, and IHEID might be cheaper unless cost of living proves to be formidable. However, my fiancé is going to work while I'm in school (he is a teacher), so finding a job in the United States might be easier for him. (Also if anyone has any advice on getting him a work visa for Switzerland, I would appreciate more information:D)
I'd like to do my PHD later on, but between that and my master's I would like to either work in field, possibly State department, UN, or another reputable large NGO (I'm a very optimistic person). Which programs would help me with this? I know technically all of them seem to have great placement records for jobs , but are there differences in the types of jobs I could get? Would going to a European school exclude me from jobs in the State department? Could going abroad for masters also impact potential future PHD programs? I'm not really sure if an MA from Europe or the States would be weighed the same.
And how concerned should I be about prestige? All of these schools are highly influential in this field, but do you think one is "better" than the others?