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  1. Yes, it applies equally for the MPPs. The curriculum for MPPs at say SIPA and the Masters in IR program at Columbia do not vary that widely. Also, if you took undergraduate economic courses, those are basically comparable with what you'll learn quant wise at most top MPP programs. The biggest benefit is that you'll get the chance to learn some programming languages, capitalize on those opportunities. Harris is a good program--which is what I assume you're talking about, if relatively young (which can hurt you from a networking standpoint). They're very good at conflict work in developin
  2. Hola2288--If you do have a fancy UG degree, speak several languages, and have worked in D.C., you should have a real-life network that knows you personally that can likely give you better answers than what you read on this board. Yes, what people have written above is good advice in general, but it's always best to get tailored advice from people you trust. Anyways, serious success in IR is all about the grind. Look at the people you admire and check out their resumes--especially their earliest positions. Model yourselves after these career paths, within reason.
  3. Tairos -- Exactly what I'll be asking during the admitted students' weekends
  4. Y'all, can anyone share what the "housing email" people are talking about on the survey said? Here's the tweet from Blattman: It's obviously from 10 days ago, but I don't think it gives us much information because we don't have any clue whether A. He isn't on the AdCom this year and is reading the International Dev applications only (100 doesn't seem like that many to me, so it could be the case) or B. He is on the AdCom and is sifting through a first cut of all of them. If it's A. The process could be much further along then we thought B. Then we've obviously got
  5. Nico--Feel free to reach out via PM. Gradcafe can be a hopelessly depressing place with a warped perspective at times, but based on the schools you've applied to in your bio (GW & AU) I think you'll be alright. The dirty secret of D.C. is that people from these programs in the district (even from undergrad!) go on to have amazing careers because they're able to intern downtown every semester and work their way up the D.C. career ladder. It's not for everyone, but it's 100% doable. The only real upside to these top 3 IR prestige programs (since the material you're learning is not that
  6. Anonymity is a crazy thing. I'm sorry that happened to you, but without substantial context, your story just seems a little far fetched. If you went to one of the top private schools in the Northeast and a top 3 IR school, landing a private sector gig or even a position at a non-profit is not that incredibly difficult. Is getting a job in the conduct and formulation of foreign policy itself extremely hard, yeah. But being forced to go to Latin America to dodge debt is quite something. I have no dog in this fight--I'm not applying to the IR Masters programs, but it's a bit annoying
  7. Absolutely nothing--At this point I think I may two-step verification all of my personal email accounts and turn my phone off...
  8. Congrats on GMU! Re: Duke, I don't see anyone that has posted (official) wait-lists or rejections yet. In past years, rejections were sent out a week after acceptances. I haven't heard back either way so at this point I'm assuming a rejection--would love to be wrong though!
  9. Hey all, I know there hasn't been a post on this thread for a little bit, so I thought I'd share a little bit about where I am at the moment for both future and current applicants to have some better insight on the application process. I applied to 5 schools which I thought were a good fit for doing International Development specific research: Duke Sanford, UNC Chapel Hill, Pardee Rand, NYU Wagner, and U Chicago. I heard back from a professor at UNC Chapel Hill on January 12th letting me know I was unofficially admitted, and I received official notification from the Dean of the Gradu
  10. I wouldn't know to be honest, it could be a location thing as I'm based on the East Coast currently. If you did the RAND "pre-application" you probably already got an email from her/if you went to the information sessions she was there as well. Regardless, that's only good news. Good luck!
  11. Yes, though it's just with an alumni. I've already been contacted by a RAND alumni in my area and we've set up a time to talk. I would worry too much about it though!
  12. Hey all--now that people have started hearing back from schools, I thought I'd start this thread to get other's input on a question I haven't seen answered recently. Basically, what do you think the top Public Policy PhD programs are out there for those doing international development type research (of a more economic bent, as opposed to global health or conflict studies). I'm interested to hear what others have to say as I ultimately narrowed down the schools I applied to to--U Chicago Harris, NYU Wagner, Pardee RAND, Duke Sanford, and UNC Chapel Hill. I've already heard back from UNC a
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