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  1. From reading this, it sounds like you are only wanting the economics degree because it would boost your economics background. Public Policy incorporates a lot of various areas including economics, statistics, sociology etc. Which if you want to work in poverty alleviation, it will be much more beneficial to have a range of background information, rather than solely econ. Looking at your profile, you are a good candidate for top public policy programs. Those who pursue MPPs have diverse backgrounds. Your work experience is sufficient for a professional program, and would bring alot to the
  2. I posted this awhile back on another thread, but just to add on to this list. Here are some more potential options for Stats and Econ of varying different types of courses depending on how you best learn and what you are looking to refresh on. Again these aren't courses that you can take if you need a graded course for final admission, but there are lots of options! Principles of MicroEconomics, MIT opencourseware (archived course but includes exams & solutions) - probably would be good to pair with the videos above Principles of Economics, Stanford (archived course)
  3. Honestly, I applied to Northeastern as a "backup" school. I was much more interested in other programs, but I really liked the fact that they had some good non-profit/social policy work, so I pretty much declined as soon as I got into another school with a decent aid package. Their tuition cost (and aid, although I didn't try to ask for more) is something to heavily consider. What area/work are you looking to go into? I did research on a bunch of schools in the area as I thought I would be staying in Massachusetts, but alas. If you message me I might be able to help you figure out some ot
  4. I mailed my deposit yesterday as well, so I'll be heading there this fall. Congrats everyone (no matter where you go)! I know this decision requires alot of debating and thinking.
  5. As promised.... Ultimate Decision & Why: When I first started this whole process, I was unquestionably sure I would end up going to Heller if I got in because I wanted to attend a program that had a super strong Social Policy program with my specific focus (Child & Family Policy). Much to my surprise, there was A LOT of back and forth between Brandeis Heller and Duke Sanford. I easily knocked off the schools that I applied to that weren’t a good fit (for many reasons) and didn’t give me enough funding to afford grad school. I also ended up negotiating a bit more money out of both
  6. I know this thread is a few years old - but as I am down to a decision-making point, I just wanted to see if anyone had thoughts on Heller's MPP. Once I make my decision, I'll try to post the info that I learned about Heller's MPP since it's not talked about in great detail here.
  7. I was told the same thing re by the end of the day Friday from Jessica. I missed the chat tonight, but was going to ask what people's thoughts/experience are with potentially getting more funding after accepting and the deadline (say if others decline and then more funds become available). I think I am going to accept Sanford, but my other top choice upped my scholarship to where the difference is quite a bit so I'm a bit concerned about the whole financing situation.
  8. For those at Spring Preview this weekend, just a reminder to please give a recap when you get the chance for those who couldn't attend. Thanks!
  9. I unfortunately won't be able to attend the Spring Preview, and not sure how much of an option Ford is for me. However, I did manage to email with the person who called me, and who gave me some tremendous answers. So I wanted to share some of the information (without giving them or myself away) in case others find it helpful: Ford gives away a lot of money. Most people have a job working part-time on campus on initiatives or research programs that coincide with their policy interests. The Ford school hires graduate student instructors, tutors and graders for core classes (although most o
  10. Did anyone actually get the chance to talk to students last night during the calling night? I wasn't able to chat with the person who called me and was hoping people might share any information they got. Thanks in advance!
  11. It's been suggested by a few schools I applied to take a "refresher course" . These aren't courses that you can take if you need a graded course for final admission, but there are lots of options! Potential places: Principles of MicroEconomics, MIT opencourseware (archived course but includes exams & solutions) Principles of Economics, Stanford (archived course) Principles of Economics (MicroEconomics), George Mason University Professors via MRUniversity (video lessons) Statistical Reasoning, Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Lots of Quant courses at your ow
  12. Woops looks like you did give away the school....But great to know about Sanford! I don't have much insight between the two programs as I didn't apply to Goldman - but I also suggest you pose these questions in each of this year's respective threads (and read through last years if they exist) if you haven't already. I know there are current students from both programs who are some-what active on here so they could help answer some of your questions.
  13. You might get some more help if you post this in the Government Affairs section. My thoughts: If you're planning to work in K-12 public education policy areas after graduation, you really need to heavily consider the debt aspect when combined with a program that can support your interests and needs. Ideally you want to be able to balance both, without sacrificing one for the other. However, I probably wouldn't go anywhere that doesn't offer at least 50% funding based off your current offers because you (or anyone else planning to work in the public interest sector) are going to have
  14. I applied for their master's of public policy, but I am pretty sure that some people (okay well 2) have already heard back on the PhD side in February around the same time as the Master's decisions came out. According to the results section on here anyways. And they apparently already had an admitted student's day on March 6th and another one coming up on March 20th. Might be worth it to call the admissions office...
  15. Debt is definitely a major factor, especially if you want to be an ED of a non-profit and have a decent amount of undergrad debt. So, in agreement with @fallmpp2017I think if you limit it to that, your decision is between LBJ and Heinz. I think one of the major questions you should be asking of each school is about the feasibility to take courses outside the program (including other schools in the area) and/or customize your program to your needs and interests. Fit is also a really important factor for graduate school so I can see why this is such a hard decision (and one I am struggling
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