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  1. @caffeineoverdose I got an award of $8000 for 2 years from Berkeley, but nothing from Columbia. And I do like the weather at Bay area better. It is very likely that I'll go Berkeley. By the way, do you think it is possible for international students to get GSI positions for the first semester (this Fall)? I majored in English as an undergraduate and have been working in China's foreign affairs government for over 8 years. Based on your experience at Berkeley, are there any student employment opportunities that would fit my educational and professional background? If I get a position, such as G
  2. I did ask the department for financial aid, and I was given $8,000 for 2 years. However, the estimated number of total costs (including tuition and living costs) for 2 years is near $140,000. There is a huge gap I need to cover. I won't give up. I will be either in Columbia or Berkeley. What about you? Have any clue about which school you will go?
  3. @WIPDXSFBay Thank you for much for the information, which is truly helpful for me to work through the options. You are very nice and kind. Hope will have a chance to meet you if I end up going to Cal. Have a great day!
  4. @WIPDXSF Hi, I got accepted to Berkeley MDP program and Columbia MPA-DP program, and I'm trying to decide between the two. If I choose to enter into consulting, which one might be a better choice? Are the job opportunities on the west coast fewer than east coast? Any input in consulting job opportunities on west coast is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  5. @Ella16 STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Many programs in the above 4 areas are STEM designated. For most social science programs, they are not STEM designated. Most DP programs are not STEM designated, either. The only STEM designated DP program I can ever find is the one at Berkeley. Other similar programs at Columbia, JHU, Minnesota-Twin Cities etc., are not STEM designated.
  6. @caffeineoverdoseI got accepted to Berkeley MDP program, too. What's different is that I'm trying to make a decision between Berkely MDP & Columbia MPA-DP. I'm having financial difficulty in both programs, and the high cost has been my biggest headache. If I were you, I would choose Berkeley. For graduate study, Berkeley ranks top in almost 2/3 of all graduate programs. More importantly, you shall not have to worry about financial issues too much during your graduate study, and you will have more time to explore and focus on what you are interested in. Just my personal thoughts.
  7. @Greene I'm debating the exact two programs, too. Unfortunately, I have financial difficulties in either of the two programs. I'm wondering if you have already know that the MDP program at Berkeley is STEM designated and it will allow you almost 3-year OPT after graduation. If you want to stay and work in the U.S., I think this factor cannot be ignored. The MPA-DP program at Columbia is not STEM designated and it only gives you 1-year OPT. Plus, the weather at the Bay area is way much better than NY city. However, I do like the curriculum and faculty better at Columbia. And the al
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