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Theory007 last won the day on September 1 2020

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  1. I think these are great stats - maybe a higher verbal score would have served you well, but I think adcoms will take account of the fact that English in not your first language so maybe it will not be much of a disadvantage. And the rest of your profile looks good too. You have a chance at a top-10 school, but let me urge you to apply widely. Even for someone with your profile chances are slim at a top 10 department. So apply to schools anywhere in the top-30 and I think you would have a good chance getting in somewhere. Everyone wants a top-10 spot, but many of those places accept only s
  2. No Phd program will admit students at this point except, maybe, if too many people have changed their minds about attending somewhere. It is possible though that some MA programs are open for applications at this time.
  3. Hi Celine! It's true I think that for some graduate degrees in the US people tend to have work experience. It's not possible for example to do an MBA without a couple of years at least, but I don't think this applies to MA programs in political science. In many European countries it is very common for people to obtain graduate degrees, but in the US it is not. My guess is that people probably are older when they takes MAs in the US, but it really should not hold you back. I'd just make sure to check the admission requirements for each program although it would surprise me if they had age
  4. No problem. Why not spend your time doing really well on the GREs or yes, see if you can publish a paper (of any kind) somewhere? I think that would offset not having a math background. I do think that classes at a community college would be better on balance, but I am unsure how much it would actually help, i.e. I have no idea if it would be useful. My hunch is that improving other aspects of your application would be better. And I would also write a personal statement that emphasizes the qualitative nature of your academic interests (if this is accurate) and identify POIs who would be a
  5. There will be exceptions of course, but I am almost sure that no top-25 (or so) program accepts non-theory students without a substantial quantitative background. The competition is simply too stiff so except if you are truly outstanding in other areas of your application, such as near-perfect GRE scores, I predict you'll have a hard time in really competitive programs.
  6. I largely agree with the post above but I am more pessimistic that non-college online math courses will be useful. Maybe you will be able to signal that you find the quantitative aspect of your education to be important, but you are unable to signal, I think, that you have competency in this stuff. Depending on where you apply this may not be strictly necessary; if I was you I would apply only to non-quantitative programs in the second half of the top-50. I do think that all programs have quantitative requirements nowadays, but you may be able to find POIs who are not as quantitatively motivat
  7. Duke is a top-10 program (ranked #10), but the academic job market is really tough these days so I doubt that the placement is great in any program. Even if you are coming from a top program in the UK I'd encourage you to apply broadly. Top programs in the US are notoriously competitive and even great students like yourself have only a slim chance of getting in. I would advise that you apply to 6-10 programs where your fit would be good (fit is the most important thing) and then spend the next 6 months perfecting every aspect of your application including the GREs. Good luck!
  8. I'd look at UCLA and Johns Hopkins for as they are probably the centers of continental thought in the US. But lots of programs will have some theory professors who do continental thought and would be able to supervise what you are interested in. I'd look at the theory faculty in all programs in the top-50 ish and see where you'd be a good fit. Applications are tough and many qualified applicants do not get in anywhere so I'd encourage you to apply broadly.
  9. I stand by what I said in this post earlier on a closely related topic. In short, you should stay with the original offer because that program has turned applicants down because you had signed a contract verifying that you'd be studying there.
  10. Thanks everyone for another season on this forum! I'm proud to be associated with you all (even if we're anonymous) and grateful that we are such a good community! The main application thread had, as you can see, well above 500k views since November, which is really quite mind-blowing to me. To those of you who will be reapply next year, I'll be back then and look forward to reconnect. I'll sign in from time to time and please feel free to reach out if there is anything I can do, help with, or give you advise on. I certainly do not know everything but I do know some things and would
  11. Yes! It's not absolutely certain that you will, but I'd reach out tomorrow if you did not.
  12. First of all: it freaking sucks coming to a program with a dream of getting outstanding political science training and then get disappointed. I'm sorry you are going through this. It's painful and difficult and you should do your best (as you are) to get out of there asap. But I agree that you cannot transfer. But some programs, also good ones, accept a ton of transfer credits. So you can go to a new program as a new student but skip out on 2-4 semesters of coursework. Also if you were to start over, it's not the end of the world. Many students join new programs and have to do or redo cou
  13. Maybe I was too harsh but I don't know how to say what I think about this without being a bit harsh. And yes, it does suck that the DGS one place is pushing him to make a decision.
  14. April 15th is approaching everyone and this is a very nerve-wracking time!!! Hang in there!! I've both been rejected and accepted off a waitlist and know how tough the wait is. I was literally going insane checking and rechecking my email. It seems that most students with offers really do not make up their minds before April 15th so be prepared to wait another 2 weeks or so. In the unfortunate event that you do not get off the waitlist, you leave the application process with very important knowledge. There is a program out there that wants you and your chances should be good if you decide
  15. I doubt that most universities will have that knowledge. However, in the upper tiers it would not surprise me if adcoms across schools were in conversation with one another in order to admit as efficiently as possible. They all know one another anyway. Having seen many people struggle through this process, I have fairly strong opinions about this stuff. As you suggested yourself, the real problem is that it's really unethical to accept two offers knowing that one will ultimately have to return to one of the schools with some excuse. There are so many waitlisted people, sitting on the
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