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Theory007 last won the day on September 1 2020

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  1. Welcome everyone to the 2021-2022 application thread for political science! Discuss the application process, ask questions, post results when they come out, and anything else related to admissions this year. Good luck to you all!
  2. Hi! You have one really great thing going for you - your work with that Duke professor is extremely valuable. It helps you narrow down your research interests, which is essential for your SoP and writing sample. If you get a recommendation out of it then that is even better and should you guys end up co-publish that paper then you'll be in seriously great shape and be, I think, a contender for the best phd programs in the US. If I was you I would pull then professor aside and ask him/her to ask if they think you may be suited for a phd program in political science. Undoubtedly they will b
  3. Hi! First of all it is not strictly necessary that you have a degree in political science to receive admission to a phd program in it. Often it's necessary to have a social science degree though although people with strong quant skills from other fields (like physics) seem to have a good chance. I think if you can put together a good application, a strong political science writing sample, and an excellent SoP where you both outline the pertinent debates and explain how you would contribute to it, you may have a chance without doing either of the things you suggest. For someone like you, v
  4. Good luck, seriously. I'll be rooting for you. Phd applications really are a crapshoot. I have over time become more and more convinced that the added value of going to a top program is not huge. People get hired based on the research they do, regardless of the school they come from. What matters more is the advisor you get and a terrible advisor in a great program may not be able to do as much for you as a great advisor in a lower-ranked program. That's why everyone always emphasizes the fit between you and the program and between you and your prospective advisor - and they are right in doing
  5. You will not like what I have to say. You went through an application cycle and received no acceptances - OSU without funding does not count in my opinion. Am I right to assume that you have the exact same profile as last year except that you enrolled in an MA program? Did you go to Chicago? Unfortunately it is well known that those MA programs do not do much for your phd chances. Except if they help you refine your research interests or come up with a better writing sample (which is not your situation) they will not make much of a difference. I admit that there is a chance that you were rejec
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
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