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    Health / Social Policy
  • Application Season
    2019 Fall
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    MPP: Ford, Sanford

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  1. I also second applying and seeing what funding packages are offered your way. MBA programs generally have a LOT more funding available than MPP/MPA programs. I am going the dual MBA/MPP route and have a similar background to you (4 years healthcare consulting, 1.5 years at a Fortune 7 company). I chose to add the MBA for similar concerns about job security/selection and for “insurance”. Many of the roles I’m currently interested in specify they prefer MBA, MPH, or MHA candidates—even those within the government and public sector space. My MBA program is unfunded at the moment but I plan
  2. I have a friend that did the Georgetown part time program while working full time. I have notes from a conversation I held with her — I’ll send them to you privately.
  3. How are people finding roommates? Anyone still in need of housing?
  4. I don’t know that it matters. I took some finance / Econ courses as an undergrad (business major). I didn’t do stellar (2.9-3.2), and my GRE Quant score was on the low end (151). I had four years private sector consulting experience, and one year working in corporate functions within a retail company. I got into all schools I applied to with funding (Ford, Sanford) and into MBA programs as well. It’s more about the story you tell on your resume and how you demonstrated analytical and quantitative thinking, as well as crafting compelling essays outlining your rationale for each program.
  5. Honestly no idea. I share the same concerns as you (although not first gen or low income) so a large part (85%) of my decision was related to funding. I think if USC is where your heart is I would call admissions and see if there’s anyway they can match or offer you an equally compelling stipend like LBJ. That will at least remove any “what if” scenarios from plaguing your mind.
  6. Really up to you and your need for funding, as well as the program features. If the USC program excites you more (which it seems it does) then I would go with USC and be fine with covering all other expenses. I will say if you want to end up working in LA or California then USC is the way to go. The Trojan network is a real asset in that regard. I have never been to Austin but have had several friends visit and two that are there for graduate school (MBA). They all love it so I wouldn’t worry too much about the city itself.
  7. I wouldn’t get hung up on the prestige of your undergraduate institution as you performed extremely well while there. Not all of us can attend Ivies and schools know that—especially for first generation students / low income households. If anything, your undergad institution can be mitigated through your essays. You can expand / reflect on how your undergrad experience and personal background influenced you to pursue graduate study etc etc
  8. Oh wow! What made him decide to pursue the MPH after law school?
  9. I went to Ford Spring Preview - happy to address further questions and/or hear the perspectives from others that attended Ford as well. I will be attending Ford this fall for the following reasons: Faculty: This was the biggest factor in my decision and one that I was not prioritizing going into Spring Preview. However, the Faculty Panel and lunch changed my tune. The faculty at Ford are doing very cool things and were quite approachable. The Director of Academics shared with us that all Ford Faculty are evaluated not only on research and teaching but also service. As such there se
  10. Hi there - I just got back from Ford’s Open House. A common theme from the faculty, alumni, and several students was not to underestimate the debt burden. A very prominent professor in poverty research in fact told me straight up to go to the institution that would result in the least amount of loans. For me, that so happens to be Ford. That said I think it’s 100% wise for you to focus on UVA and UT Austin. They are both large public research institutions like Michigan. As such you will have easy access to all the research centers, academic departments, and support services offered. This
  11. I applied to two programs (Ford, Sanford), but if I were to do it over again I would only apply to one more program: Harris. I was looking for dual MBA/MPP programs so that limited my scope quite a bit. I found out about Chicago late in the game and after asking for recommendations for essentially 4 programs felt guilty about asking for additional on top of that with such short notice. However, the funding and acceptances worked in my favor so I don’t have any regrets! Applications take a lot of time and energy so I’m glad I kept my pool smaller.
  12. Have you visited either campus at all or taken into consideration what learning environment you work best in? Berkeley’s campus is beautiful and concentrated in its own area, vs Columbia being sprawled around the city of New York. While you may focus most of your studies within the policy building, layout and structure of the campus is something to consider should you want to explore other departments. Berkeley also has a thriving sports culture / school spirit relative to Columbia. Is that appealing to you? Is it important to you to be surrounded by open spaces and natural landscapes? I
  13. The apprehension is due to instability in student debt (and the individuals in charge of the Dept of Education @ the federal level) / rising costs of tuition, as well as rising costs of living. Columbia is in a VERY expensive city and taking on six figure debt for a degree that doesn’t hold the same market value as an MBA, JD, or MD is scary for many. I would create a budget sheet if I were you to see if it really makes sense, keeping in mind the cost of living for where you you will be attending and where you want to end up post grad. I’d factor in healthcare, transportation (will you ha
  14. My sister went to Stanford for undergrad without a car. She got around just fine, but highly recommends investing in a bike at the very least just to get around campus. For any needs involving getting out of Palo Alto (or really campus) she relied on friends that had cars, sucked it up and Uber/Lyft’d, or if she had to, navigated the public transit system to get into town.
  15. They do re-negotiate. I sent them a note asking if they could match another offer I had (from Ford) and while they were unable to match, they did increase their initial offer to me.
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