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  1. Hi Everyone! Program: MPP/MPA (Fall 2020) Potential Schools: HKS, Columbia SIPA, Chicago Harris, Lee Kuan Yew Interests: Would like to work in government advisory practice of consulting firms or international organisations like WBG, ADB, etc. Undergrad Institution: State University in India Undergrad GPA: 9.3/10 (rank 2 in class of 150) Undergrad Major: Economics (Elective: Political Science) Post-grad: Applied Economics Postgrad Institution: Top 3 Universities in India Postgrad GPA: Not great; around 3.1ish out of 4 when converted, I think GRE: Planning to take by end of November Quantitative Courses: relevant courses in undergrad/postgrad level including real analysis, stats/maths for economics, econometrics, etc. but did not score very well (mostly B and B+) Have working knowledge of STATA and basics of R Age: 24, will be turning 25 Languages: English, Hindi and 2 other regional languages Work Experience: 2 years (excluding internships and volunteering) Since 2017, I have been working as a public policy researcher in the #1 management school in India, along with providing teaching assistance to faculty in said school (for courses like Public Economics). I have prepared and delivered research inputs for a few International Policy Conventions/Workshops; have also co-authored a paper with faculty but it will only be published by next year. I have also worked in the implementation of a National Program for Skill Development under Govt of India; responsibilities have included designing program content and proposals; structuring budgets and contracts and stakeholder communication Have the opportunity to work as the lead Program Associate in the Skill Development Program from November/December; will give me a first hand experience of working with state level bureaucracy while also allowing me to provide inputs to district development plans. Besides this, I have interned with a Member of Parliament for two months; developed a research framework for poverty analyses which has facilitated further policy intervention. Also, worked as a research intern in a think tank where I contributed to two large scale projects pertaining to urban slum formation and violence against women. I also volunteered with an NGO as a teacher for homeless children while pursuing undergrad (not regularly, though). Strength of LORs: Strong; professors that I've closely worked with and my thesis supervisor from postgrad Why MPP: professional degree like MPP would complement my economics background; could help to gain expertise in specific policy issues while teaching new skills like negotiations, management, strategy, etc. Also, I want to work towards implementation and strategy from a policy perspective, so MPP seems like the right choice. Concerns/questions: Not well-known school for undergrad, low grades in post grad. Hopefully, I can make up for it by getting decent scores in GRE? I am/was hoping to apply for Fall 2020, but would I be competitive enough to apply this year since I still have some time to appear for GRE and write the SOP or should I stick to the plan and apply next year? Would having a postgrad degree hinder my chances? I would really appreciate any advice on whether I'm competitive enough for the schools that I'm applying to. Thanks!
  2. Hey guys! I have recently completed a Masters in Applied Economics and I am interested in applying for a Masters in Development Studies in fall 2018. I did apply to two schools this year- IHEID and ISS, Hague and got accepted for ISS only. I have an undergraduate GPA of 9.3 and I have done a couple of internships and volunteering activities. I am interested in working with IOs and think- tanks in the long run. It would be great if you guys could help me by suggesting a few schools for an MA in dev studies. Thank you
  3. As per their website, decisions for interdisciplinary programs will be given in mid- March. So only early applicants for disciplinary programs might have received the mail.
  4. Hey everyone! I am sooo glad to find this thread. I have applied for MDEV at IHEID and seriously, the wait is killing me
  5. Hey, I am currently pursuing masters in Economics but I want to pursue a second masters in Development Studies. So, is it necessary to explain the reason for doing another masters in my SOP? Also, do you think a second masters is a waste of time?
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