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    PhD Profile Eval-- Where should I look?

    I doubt this is controversial. I actually agree. It is unlikely that someone who nailed the calculus sequence/any methods course gets a 152Q...
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    PhD and scholarship prospects

    What @bhabhafk said is particularly true. I don't think a PhD program should be anyone's plan B. The opportunity cost is particularly high and you are unlikely to have the mental strength to pull it off if it's just your Plan B.
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    Profiles, Results, Advice - 2019

    I personally don't consider this as an issue as long as people do not post inappropriate comments on schools/departments.
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    Best route for me to get into a PhD program?

    If I were you I would do MAPSS at UChicago. Good program if you want to see whether PhD is something for you.
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    Best route for me to get into a PhD program?

    Tbh, I would advice you to think twice before pursuing a doctoral degree. 1) PhD programs can put a lot of pressure on you and the job prospect is getting dimer every year, particularly for theorists. You need to make sure that the brutality of graduate school and job market(again, brutality is one dimension of it; grad school is also very fulfilling and exciting) will not exacerbate your mental issues. 2) You need to know (by taking more poli sci classes, getting RA experiences...) what political science research actually is before rushing to invest 7 years of your life in a program. Law school makes more sense. But if you really have passion for the discipline, then you should do it. My point is that you have to make sure this is what you want.
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    Is a PhD Worth It?

    I think if you, from the very beginning, do not wish to pursue a career in academia, you shouldn't be going into a PhD program.
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    Summer before application-Language or Quant?

    Thanks for the response. I plan to do mixed methods research while leaning towards quant side (authoritarianism and historical institutionalism). I'm CP with a focus on MENA and have been to the region multiple times. I have an elementary proficiency in Arabic but nowhere near being able to do quality research (I do know Chinese and French though). In this case, do you think I should opt for ICPSR? Thank you for the help in advance.
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    Summer before application-Language or Quant?

    Thanks for weighing in! I'm CP with a focus on MENA. Know French and Chinese but only have an elementary proficiency in Arabic.
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    Summer before application-Language or Quant?

    Thanks for the response! The thing is that I have taken multiple advanced stats course during my undergraduate studies (although significantly underperformed in one course). I think the dilemma here is whether to become more advanced in sth I am already sort of good at, or fill the gap in my background (the language of the area I wanna study) to be a more all-around applicant.
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    Summer before application-Language or Quant?

    Hey guys, I only have one summer before next application cycle and I want to spend my time in the most effective way. I am choosing between ICPSR and Middlebury's Summer Language Program. Anyone wants to weigh in? Thanks in advance!
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    Stanford GSB Research Fellows Program

    Me neither. My friend and I both haven't heard back from the program. However, he called the director of the program today and was told that some cohorts have already reached out to applicants for interviews. Made us worry...
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    Stanford GSB Research Fellows Program

    Has anyone here applied for and heard back from the program?
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    What would you do (advice)?

    UC Davis is a top 20 program with a very solid placement record. From what I have heard, the quality of MAPSS is declining in recent years as they admit more students. For instance, a few of my friends in the program told me that they cannot easily find their professors. If I were you, I would take the UCD offer and say thank you...
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    Poli-Sci PhD China Security Focus Evaluation

    I think overall your profile is really solid. However I am not quite sure about your choice of programs. Who are you gonna work with at Harvard? Two China scholars there are fantastic but they are both comparativists...as for MIT it should be noted that Tsai is shifting away from Chinese politics. Hou at UPenn and Yang at UChicago are also both comparativists and hardly do anything on security. Another potential concern is your GRE quant score although you could still very much prevail in IR by doing purely qualitative work (e.g. Abrahms and Greitens).
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    2018-2019 Application Thread

    What exactly do you want to study?

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