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  1. doglover5

    2018 Results

    @3eyes I applied for a Masters. And to be frank I think it's pretty weird to follow around everyone who has mentioned applying to American asking them to decline their offer, as you seem to be doing. This is a big decision for me and I'll take the time I need to make sure I'm making the right one.
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    Elliott 2018

    Unrelated Elliott question... does anyone have an exact number for tuition? On the website it's by credit and there's no total cost. I've calculated to around $35/36,000 but I want to be certain that's correct as I'm comparing offers.
  3. doglover5

    2018 Results

    Program Applied To (MPA, MPP, IR, etc.): IR/IA Schools Applied To: American SIS, GWU Elliott, Georgetown MSFS, Georgetown SSP, Tufts Fletcher MALD Schools Admitted To: American SIS, GWU Elliott (45% funding), Georgetown MSFS (60% funding), Georgetown SSP, Tufts Fletcher MALD (45% funding) Schools Rejected From: none Still Waiting: none Undergraduate institution: Top 50 US university Undergraduate GPA: 3.75 Undergraduate Major: International relations, French GRE Quantitative Score: 168 GRE Verbal Score: 165 GRE AW Score: 5.0 Years Out of Undergrad (if applicable): 5 Years of Work Experience: 4 years full-time (plus some extra part-time/consulting/volunteering since graduating) Describe Relevant Work Experience: I've been living abroad since I graduated (5 years) which I would count as relevant experience on its own. 2.5 years as a security analyst for a large INGO in West Africa, other work and consultancy positions for smaller/local NGOs in the same country. I also speak a second language fluently and am conversational in a third. Strength of SOP (be honest, describe the process, etc): I guess they were good? Everyone on this forum talks about how you have to write distinct SOPs for every school, but to be honest mine were very similar. All of these programs pretty much emphasize the same values, have similar structures, they all have excellent professors... I obviously didn't send the same essay everywhere but that part was less important to me than people made it seem for these programs. I think my SOPs got better even within the 10 days between the first deadline (GWU on Jan 5) and the last (American on Jan 15) and I ended up looking back on my GWU SOP and wishing I had made some minor changes. So definitely start as early as possible, the editing process never ends. Strength of LOR's (be honest, describe the process, etc): Probably not the strongest part of my application. I decided to submit 3 LORs for every school (even those that only required 2) because while I knew my professional LOR would be very strong I wasn't very confident in my academic one, so I wanted to bolster my application as much as I could. I didn't do a thesis or research in college so I wasn't close to any of my professors. I had to send some awkward emails and remind people of who I was (my French professor asked for a picture of me to jog his memory... that felt awkward). I used a French professor for every application and an IR professor one of them, but neither of them shared their letters and I can't imagine they could have written especially strong ones. I asked my current boss who wrote me a lovely and very detailed LOR. I also asked a former colleague who was in a somewhat supervisory role to me for the remaining slots, and her letter was very nice but not very specific so I kind of regretted asking her afterwards. Other: Will likely choose Georgetown MSFS. They were my first choice going in and I was surprised to have gotten the best scholarship package from them. I'll have to take out some pretty hefty loans but still within the limits of reasonable amounts for this type of degree. I'm happy I don't have to make the decision between a top school with more loans and other schools with better scholarships, I know that's a really hard choice to make.
  4. doglover5

    Georgetown University SSP Fall 2018

    Admitted but with no funding. I'll be declining, @L'Enfant maybe you can have my spot!
  5. doglover5

    Filling Prerequisites

    I took the intro to microeconomics online course at UCLA. It has the option for online proctoring through your webcam if you can't go to a proctored exam location for the midterm or final. Otherwise I've heard it's much cheaper and the same quality to take classes at your local community college, either in person or online.
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    100k debt for IR Masters worth it?

    Yeah, I thought the offer I had was great until I looked at their estimated total costs. I have a $30,000 scholarship for $50,000 tuition, but they estimate $25,000 in additional costs for living in DC which seems high to me. Meanwhile, the $16,000 scholarship I have from another school is for only $34,000 tuition so that would end up being a little less in loans (though not much, this school is in DC too). Still waiting on one more result and I'm just hoping they'll offer me a crazy scholarship so I don't have to make this hard decision!
  7. doglover5

    100k debt for IR Masters worth it?

    It may be too late for this year, but any suggestions? I didn't apply for Rangel/Pickering/Payne because I'm not positive I want to work for the government after graduation, and also I don't think I'm that competitive. I do have quite a bit of international experience that I think helped my applications. Where else should I be looking? I haven't managed to find any other relevant fellowships/scholarships/grants despite researching it for months now.
  8. doglover5

    100k debt for IR Masters worth it?

    Seconding this question. I'm pretty excited to have a 60% funding offer from my top school and when I first received the offer I thought great, I'm all set. But after looking at the school's tuition + estimated costs I'll still need to take out around $70,000 in loans. That seems high to me, but this is the best offer I've gotten.
  9. doglover5

    Fletcher Fall 2018

    Today's blog post from the admissions office says decisions will be out within the next week. http://sites.tufts.edu/fletcheradmissions/2018/03/12/decision-guide-2-the-flavors-of-admission/
  10. doglover5

    Georgetown University SSP Fall 2018

    There's a few people that have posted in the results referencing SSP acceptance. Can anyone confirm they've received a decision?
  11. doglover5

    Foreign Policy's Best IR Schools

    The former dean of AU SIS has a good thread on the rankings.
  12. doglover5

    American SIS - Summer and Fall 2018

    I've been accepted to the GGPS program and would also be considering the security track. It's disappointing to hear that it's more academic than policy focused. I have a few years of international "field" work in security but not so much experience in the policy realm so I'm leaning toward this type of focus in an MA program to balance out my experiences. Do you think the academic focus of the program has been particularly advantageous to you in any way, or has it been a disadvantage compared to other programs (within SIS or other MA programs) that focus on policy?
  13. doglover5

    Fletcher Application Update email

    I got the same email and am also reading into it way too much. Mine was personalized with a detail from my supplemental essay which was nice. Was yours?
  14. doglover5

    Online Economics Courses

    I did a microeconomics class online through UCLA's extension school. It was the only online class I found that had options for "online" proctoring for the midterm and final, which was necessary for me because I'm also living abroad.
  15. You're posting in the wrong forum, this is the government affairs forum.
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