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  1. Focusing on your intentions and your experiences, Carnegie Mellon offers masters programs in Arts Management (MAM) and Entertainment Industry Management (MEIM). I am not as deeply familiar with these programs as I would like to be, but these may be something up your alley. The Entertainment Management (MEIM program) in particular allows students to do their first year in Pittsburgh (CMU main campus) and their second year in Los Angeles (satellite campus). During your second year, you work ~30 hours a week at an internship (most students work for film companies, and the like) while taking some
  2. Could you clarify what you mean by 'specifications'? If you're talking about people's background, I'll speak on my observations and experience. Students: I didn't come in with a coding background, but I'm walking out of my first year with knowledge on major database, machine learning/data mining, operations research, econometrics, and modeling concepts--stuff ranging from the traveling salesman's problem to predictive decision trees. I'm not going to be an operations research whiz with extensive knowledge of the most complicated methods like ARMA/ARIMA, but I am coming out with a br
  3. I would recommend checking CMU's MSPPM program. You don't need to apply to the "data analytics" track specifically to take their classes. I've written some pros/cons here: Since CMU's MSPPM program is housed in the same college as the information science program, you'll have access to a wide range of data-related courses, from the more social science-oriented like econometrics to programming courses in machine learning. Courses at the School of Computer Science are available as well if you're up for them. When I was applying to other policy schools, I compared the curriculum w
  4. I'd think it'd be a good idea to go to CMU as well, though of course, that's partly because I'm at CMU right now. Aside from that...: There's no doubt about the fact that Duke is an amazing school. But even when I've interviewed at highly selective employers focused on international affairs, my interviewers have been consistently impressed by the CMU name. You have two great institutions here, and so, in the long run, Duke's slight edge in terms of national prestige may not be such a big deal. This is CMU's strength. The things we learn in the analytics classes can be applied t
  5. I'm a current Heinz student. I exempted out of the core economic analysis course, so I can't speak for that specifically, but much of my economic/social science-related coursework is so focused on methodology that it's hard for me to tell whether my professors are more Keynesian or neoliberal without asking them. The empirical methods we learn in econometrics I/II, management science, decision analysis, etc. are often applicable whether you're far-right, far-left, or somewhere in between. If I were you, I would not immediately rule out taking classes with professors that have political le
  6. I was in a similar position last year, with offers from SAIS (both years in DC, no funding), Duke (50% scholarship), and CMU Heinz (80% scholarship). I chose CMU because of the funding and the skills I would obtain at the school. Courses related to operations research, machine learning, and econometrics, among other subjects, have enabled me to compete with SAIS grads for the same positions and obtain internships at the most selective employers. Because of the way I've structured my course schedule, I've been able to argue time and time again that I am capable of analyzing international issues
  7. What are your goals? Where do you want to be when you graduate? Also, I'm currently attending CMU. I discuss the pros and cons of attending the school here: As noted in the post linked, the skills I am learning at CMU have enabled me to get into some highly selective employers, transcend its reputation, and compete with HKS and SAIS grads for the same positions. If I were you, CMU would be my choice given your funding (3/4 funding is awesome) and other offers. Comparable schools like Michigan, Berkeley, and Chicago might have a slightly "better" reputation (whatever that means...
  8. I'd disregard the USNWR rankings if I were you. I have a post about the issues of USNWR rankings below. But long story short, unlike law and business school rankings, public policy rankings do NOT reflect the reputation perceptions among employers. It makes no sense to rank Indiana above HKS and WWS when the grads of the latter two schools are getting into the most influential employers. It also makes little sense to put HKS over Indiana if your goal is to get into Indiana's state government. I suggest you reframe your question as follows: should you choose the characteristics of Brown'
  9. How to know which one is a better school? Ask about their employment reports. See if you can skype a current student. Google their curriculum and courses. From what I hear, Georgetown and Duke are almost always seen in a good light. However, the problem with Cornell CIPA is that it isn't a full-fledged department. It seems like an amalgamation of courses from other departments without any attempt to truly integrate the material, networks, or students. That should be something to keep in mind. Name recognition and ranking: don't bother with USNWR. It's basically useless for public policy.
  10. I'm going to shamelessly plug for my school (CMU Heinz). I've posted some pros and cons here: But also, I'd like to echo the above posters. Rankings (esp. USNWR) are NOT helpful for public policy applicants. UNSWR has Indiana ranked above HKS and WWS, and schools like SAIS aren't even included. Yet HKS, WWS, and SAIS grads are the ones getting into the most influential employers. Several things that matter more than rankings include: The actual reputation of the school. A good rule of thumb is to go by the general reputation of the school. I.e. you can expect Berkeley grads
  11. The answer to your questions depends on where you are, where you want to go, and how driven you are. I'm currently a student at Heinz College, so my views may be slanted in favor of it, but here's what I know: Pros: I've received internship offers from several highly selective employers (i.e. many top 20 schools represented, less than 1% interviewed, intelligence tests required, previous experience including PwC and the White House, etc.) and they have all been impressed by the Carnegie Mellon name. This isn't Harvard, but it's clear that for all except the snobbiest of employe
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