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    NPSIA, GSPIA, Carleton MPPA

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  1. Could you message me to let me know what they say by phone? I also haven't come across that info on their website. I've already turned down my other offers (perhaps a bit prematurely, in hindsight), so am definitely going to NPSIA, but of course I wouldn't say no to a top-up on funding from them!
  2. SSHRC decisions are out!!! (or at least some of them) I was offered it for the 2 schools that I applied to. Do you know how top ups work (e.g. should I email the school where I've accepted their admissions offer and ask if they'll top up my SSHRC)? I was leaning towards doing the course based track at NPSIA (because that's possible with OGS) but I'm pretty sure that if one accepts SSHRC one has to do MRP or thesis track. So I'd probably only opt for MRP/thesis track if NPSIA tops it up (e.g. if I can get more than just the $2500 extra from SSHRC vs. OGS).
  3. Oh, that's too bad that it's no longer easily portable. It doesn't really make sense because the SSHRC decisions generally come out after one might have to accept/reject offers.
  4. Did you apply to OGS as well as SSHRC? I feel like SSHRC is more prestigious, but the money is actually almost the same if I'm not mistaken ($15000 as long as you have 3 full-time terms of study vs $17500, right?). Also, I think that SSHRC is portable (so if you get offered the award it can be used at any of the unis you put on your SSHRC application - I think any Canadian university basically). So wouldn't have to sway your choice to one school or another.
  5. My partner's applications at UOttawa are still "under evaluation". He was told via email to expect a response in April or May. His marks are from a uni outside of Canada, so I think that's a factor.
  6. Has anyone looked into Carleton's on-campus options? I just assumed that off-campus housing is much cheaper, but perhaps this isn't the case?
  7. Officially accepted NPSIA this morning No going back now!!!
  8. Once you accept your offer, when you go to the tab for accepting funding/awards, you accept/decline each one. So you could accept the RA-ship but reject the TA-ship.
  9. I think that if you have some financial flexibility, funding shouldn't weigh too heavily on your decision, as both programs gave you enough to cover tuition + some extra. I've heard for both programs that there's more funding to apply to in 1st year (e.g. TA-ships, scholarships...), so you never know what you'll be able to get covered for your 2nd year of studies. Plus my understanding is that co-op is paid, so if you work full-time for 8 months out of the 24, you should be able to cover your remaining costs. I don't think either program will be a money making opportunity over the 2 years, but with the scholarships you've received + co-op option - and the fact that Ottawa is much cheaper rent-wise than, say, Toronto - you could break even (at least) for either one...
  10. Just a note for everyone getting offers from Carleton, make sure that you look at the funding under "Statement of Standing: View/Accept/Decline Offer of Admission" instead of the "Awards and Funding" (which is only for 2017/18 and if you applied to several programs it mixes all the funding together in this section, so it's not clear what you'd actually get for any given program).
  11. For those considering attending NPSIA MA Int Affairs, here's some information that I received from Tabbatha today (my questions in black, her responses in red): 1. Could you give me a rough estimate of the size of the cohort being admitted to Fall 2017? The cohort will be 100-115 students. 2. How do the TA-ships and RA-ships work? Do students have a say regarding for which classes they TA? What do TA-ships for master's students entail (leading seminars, marking...)? Do students have a say regarding for which professor they act as RA? RA positions have been decided based on your statement. TA positions will be decided by the faculty after you submit the TA profile. You will be paired up with a department or a position that uses the skills you have developed in your undergrad. This can be leading tutorials, marking, working in our resource room, working in one of the service areas that Carleton has (writing tutorial services as an example). 3. I saw in Carleton's terms and conditions of funding that "If you modify your admission program e.g. add a co-op designation (carleton.ca/cc/co-operative-education), then, your funding offer and how it is paid, may be affected.". Does this apply to my funding? I would like to be in co-op; I suppose that sign-up for that is in the Fall? This means that when you go on co-op, your funding is limited. You can retain scholarships, but not TA or RA positions if you maintain FT status and pay FT fees. Most students will go to PT and move their funding to the next available term. You will apply for co-op in Fall 2017 even though your first opportunity is Summer 2018.
  12. I can confirm that I was told by a GSPIA student (who is graduating in a few months) that co-op is only guaranteed for top students (he said about the top half of the class). He did however say that there are other job listings and jobs through profs, so it's pretty easy to find opportunities. I think the same would apply to NPSIA - there's possibility to find things outside of the official co-op program.
  13. Thought this was helpful - from another forum, posted by @Hopeful2017 I just wanted to give some perspective on the GSPIA/NPSIA debate. Since I currently work at GAC, I've been getting the perspective from both directors, current and past students at GSPIA and NPSIA. Here is what I've gathered from them all - the good and the bad: GSPIA - They have been admitting too many students into the program and can't provide the unique opportunities they are being praised for to them all now. For example, my friend told me only 20-30 students this year got coops out of 90. - They have dropped the ball on some embassy internships for students - Students frustrated with the administration - French mandatory master's course can be difficult - Less recognition from GAC, NPSIA still leads in terms of the director's I've talked to - More theoretical? And less options for electives - Awesome profs, conferences, round-tables but course load so heavy you hardly have time to attend - Econ heavy in the first semester NPSIA - Econ requirement can be annoying - More people being admitted to the program as well - but it looks like this is the same at GSPIA -Lots of people from NPSIA at GAC - a lot of recognition there - Coop opportunities - some say there has been less, but I see so many coop students at GAC from NPSIA, and only a few from GSPIA. - NPSIA seems a bit more applied
  14. Definitely feel the same way. My NPSIA funding is over $15,000 more than my GSPIA funding. I prefer GSPIA in a lot of ways but I don't think it wins out when taking into account the money. Plus it's possible to take some courses at UOttawa (e.g. GSPIA courses) while being a NPSIA student, so it would still be possible to study under some of the great profs GSPIA has...
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