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About deutsch1997bw

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    Comparative post-Soviet politics (authoritarianism, informal political-economic networks, and elite political behavior)
  • Application Season
    2018 Fall
  • Program
    Political Science
  1. Minimum GRE Scores

    Thanks for the response. Could you elaborate on this a bit more?
  2. Minimum GRE Scores

    According to Northwestern's admissions page, the Political Science Department's minimum GRE scores for admission are 160 Verbal and 148 Quantitative. Northwestern's program is ranked #23. Is it reasonable to expect that other similarly ranked programs have similar score requirements? Is Northwestern's relatively low quantitative requirement due to the Political Science Department's more qualitative approach to research?
  3. 2017-2018 Application Cycle

    Update: I retook the GRE today. My verbal score is pretty high (91st percentile), but my quantitative score is a lot lower than I'd like it to be. My hope is that my quantitative training pushes me over the edge.
  4. quant background

    I would say so.
  5. quant background

    Could take a variety of forms. I, for example, have taken courses in quantitative research methods. I'm also proficient in R, a programming language. Others might have taken classes in econometrics. That would certainly qualify as quantitative training, as well.
  6. best schools for european/german politics

    You are going to have a difficult time finding anyone working exclusively on German politics. Now, there are many Europeanists that study Germany, in addition to other countries. Take a look at UNC-Chapel Hill (Hooghe and Marks). They are both very reputable scholars that do a lot of research on Western Europe. Matt and Sona Golder at Penn State are very active in Western Europe, too.
  7. Word/page count guidelines - SOP, Writing Sample

    I second this. I started out with a really "fatty" statement of purpose. Thanks to the advice of two trusted professors, I've managed to trim the "fat" significantly, and it is a much better document because of it. A third of the programs that I'm applying to require a 500 word statement of purpose, while the remaining programs have a strict 1,000 word limit. It's much easier, in my opinion, to write the 1,000 word one first, and then remove what isn't absolutely necessary for the 500 word one.
  8. 2017-2018 Application Cycle

    @CP->APIf I were you, I'd cut the literature review. I think it's more important to show that you can analyze data and draw new conclusions from it.
  9. 2017-2018 Application Cycle

    @izmir and @audre.bored I am retaking the GRE for the third (yes, the third) time next week. My verbal score is really high, but my quantitative score is much lower than I'd like it to be. My SOP is almost finished and has been revised numerous times by a couple of trusted professors, and I'm almost done revising my writing sample. I'm applying to study comparative politics.
  10. Very low GRE scores

    According to statistics published by the University of Minnesota's Department of Political Science, it has accepted students in recent years who had quantitative GRE scores in the 130-150 range. Minnesota's PhD program is ranked #24 according to USNWR. Why do you think individuals with such low scores are accepted to the program? How common is this more generally?
  11. PhD in Political Science at NYU

    NYU has a reputation for being very quant-heavy. In many ways (of course, this depends on your approach to political science), economics lends itself to quantitative research more than political science. If you have a strong quant background you should be fine.
  12. University of Toronto

    How competitive is admission to the University of Toronto's political science PhD program? Is it on par with that of top 10/20 programs in the US?
  13. 2017-2018 Application Cycle

    I feel pretty good about my profile. I'm retaking the GRE next week, though, in the hopes of getting a higher quantitative score.
  14. GRE and Applications

    To make the story short, I took the GRE last week and it didn't go nearly as well as I had hoped it would. I'm retaking it next month. Here's my question. I have what I think is a competitive profile (high GPA, excellent letters of recommendation, a SOP that has been revised in light of feedback by two professors, quantitative research experience, and an upcoming presentation at the Midwest Political Science Association). Say I don't do very well on the GRE. Would I still have a chance at top 25 programs that fit really well with my interests?
  15. GRE Retake

    Does anyone have any tips for a GRE retake? Is it feasible to increase one's quant score by 7-10 points in one month?