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  1. 1. Think about what your day-to-day duties in your new ideal job would look like. Are they more on the policy work end or more on the marketing/communications with a government interface end? MPP for the former, MBA for the latter. 2. Think about the type of organization you want to work for. Is it city government, a think tank, non-profit, or a consulting firm? MPP for the first two, MBA for the last two with the caveat that some mission driven non-profits prefer MPPs. 3. Is money a priority? If yes, MBA. 4. Remember there are dual degree programs. 5. School prestige ma
  2. Cool! Good luck with the fellowship, seems like a great opportunity. Duke's reputation is pretty terrific worldwide; though it doesn't have quite the pull of a Harvard or Princeton. The alumni network is also a little more US-centric (although the MIDP program does help with that quite a bit). Staying away from risks makes sense, and you'll have a lot more information in March after acceptances. Overall, if you are able to get a full-ride or close to full-ride at Duke, it sounds like you'll be positioned to do what you want moving forward in your career. The curriculum is probably
  3. 1. Not knowing what constitutes terrible in your eyes, I'd say your GPA will matter less than you think for a few reasons: A. Different field -- GPA is a measure of past performance. Whether it is a good indicator of future performance is predicated on the similarities of the work involved. My brother is an engineer, and let me tell you, public policy and engineering are worlds away. B. Time -- It may feel like you're a recent graduate, but you'll be a little older than the median (by a 1-3 years). That means your GPA will matter less than for other folks in the cohort. C. International Statu
  4. @Policy.Planner.NYC Hey, I think you're a great candidate for all of the schools you mentioned. If you're still looking at schools, I might consider Duke. Some thoughts on your application: 1) Don't worry about foreign language or even really GPA. With the former, it likely won't matter given your domestic policy focus. With the latter, consider framing your GPA differently for the resume (major etc.). If there's no smart way to do that, don't worry. 2) Tailor your applications. You listed a wide variety of programs and a relatively generic sounding sop. 3) Your wo
  5. Sorry for the delay, y'all. Grad school is picking up! @2018Hopeful I have a couple friends in the MIDP program. While I can't speak to the relative financial aid, one of my friends is an MIDP candidate on the fulbright scholarship with plans to return to a country where the salaries are also not comparable. On your list of concerns: 1) Don't worry about it. I also had a 161Q score, and anything above a 160 is pretty ok. 2) Already having an MPP isn't a problem as long as you're able to justify why Duke and why an additional degree would help now. This might be another
  6. Hey @2018Hopeful. Gonna try to give you an unbiased look at Sanford (I'm a fan, but hearing someone gush isn't always helpful). Before I do though, let me tell you -- I love Durham. Research Triangle is underrated, Southern weather is amazing, and breweries/food are our staples (what better for grad school?). Class -- 1st year is essentially all foundation courses. The courseload is a lot (3 semester of 4 classes, 1 semester of 5 classes), but not too much. It's my first semester and I'm doing the 5 classes, "advanced stats", and "advanced econ", (read grad level), and I still mana
  7. Hey y'all. Gradcafe was helpful to me during the applications/admissions seasons; I wanted to set up a thread where folks can ask about Sanford specifically. I'm a first-year MPP.
  8. I'm a little bored waiting for grad school to start. Send it with your target program and the prompt.
  9. Ideal score regardless of program: 170, 170, 6.0. Program-specific advice: Beyond the school's websites, I found the results tab on gradcafe quite helpful. They are searchable by program, keyword, which is a great resource. General GRE Advice: Don't worry about a target score. Work hard at studying, develop tools and strategies, and don't stress out too much. As much as the first line felt like sarcasm, it wasn't. The GRE is a score maximizing effort. Do your best, and decide afterwards if it was good enough.
  10. 1) As you know (having spent a lot of time both writing composition and critiquing others' works), there is no such thing as a perfect work. In fact, holding perfection in the mind's eye is a good way to produce paralysis, feae, anxiety, and not much else. So forget perfect. 2) I'm not in your field, but a good place to start is to think through it in terms of answering two basic questions: how you approach your literature research interest, and why that institution. Other questions, like are you capable of attacking the project, why lit, etc etc should be thought of as supplements to th
  11. Have you considered just applying to jobs on the Hill? Entry level jobs there don't pay particularly well, and an MPA with no political experience is probably getting the same job as a B.A with no political experience. Other ways to get to the Hill include working for political campaigns or associated political organizations. Not trying to dissuade you from an MPA, just helping you think through a few other options before you invest your time and money in a program.
  12. I second Blattman's blog, but I would add this: if you decide you want to do a PhD as the end-goal, apply to only PhD programs and apply to closer to 10-15 of them (decreases variance in outcome, and if they want you but not for the PhD, they will likely offer their MA program anyway).
  13. After the introductory pleasantries, I'd just tell them why they were important to you as an undergrad, what your plan is (keep it short), and what you believe they can speak to in terms of a LOR. I'd attach a CV or Resume, and also let them know you'd be able to send a draft of your Statement of Purpose if they would like. Keep it to the point, not too saccharine or over-the-top, and trust these things work out the way they do for a reason (though that could probably be said for the whole admissions process!).
  14. Will be too adcanced in terms of admission? No, it won't be that quant background that gets you in, but it also won't keep you out. In terms of having to take multiple grad-level math couroses simultaneously? That's for you to decide. I'd use econometrics as the barometer. If you really struggled, it might be tough, but of you found it challenging but doable, you'll probably be fine. The curveballs in the curriculIum (which you can find on their website) are things like game theory, but that background is strong enough in comparison to other public policy/IR/poli sci applicants, based on what
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