I am an International student pursuing a Masters degree in Global Policy. I am interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science. However, As I am looking at schools to apply, I am not clear as to where my profile stands. It would be really helpful if I could get some directions/pointers so that I can then start looking at the fit. I am thinking of applying for the Fall 2020 cycle.
I know what I want to do (Comparative Political Economy), however, I would like to get a realistic idea of what schools I can look into based on my profile. I am looking at a few schools:
The University of California, Berkely, UCLA, Columbia, Duke, NYU, Cornell, UT Austin
Undergraduate Institution: Tier 1 University in India
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Grad Institution 1: Large Tier 1 US university
Major: Operations Research and Industrial Engineering
Grad Institution 2: Large Tier 1 US university
Major: Global Policy Studies (International Trade/ International Relations)
GRE: 169Q/164V/4 AWA
LOR: Still working on it but should get one from a star professor at the policy school (He has a PhD in Pol Sci)
Research: Master's Report, Research Internship at a think tank
I know this is a very circuitous route, but due to circumstances, I never had clear career guidance. I am still a little unclear and seek guidance and help on this forum. Can you please let me know if I am being too ambitious?