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Theory007

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  1. I don't know if others have made this point, but if you are concerned about not having sufficient coursework in international/comparative politics then I think (with all due respect) that your concern is misplaced. Political science programs admit plenty of students without any background in political science (economics majors are common, and physics majors not unheard of). And even if you do not have any background in IR/CP I really do not think it will work against you. You may be slightly more competitive with an MA degree if it comes from a non-American top university; Sciences Po, Oxford, Cambridge are decent choices. I'd add London School of Economics to the list and even Seoul National University (I my experiences, both are responsible for the majority of foreign MA holders in Top/Near Top US Phd programs in political science). I really would not waste my time at a US MA program; they simply will not make you a more competitive applicant. They can perhaps help you for other reasons (maturity, growth, figuring out what your interests are) but they will not help you in phd admissions. Now, add to all this that you both have strong recommendations and a 4.0 GPA at Cornell. That makes you look very competitive as an applicant! I'd spend a lot of time on the GREs, writing sample, personal statement and make all these great by next December. If they are, you are in a strong position to gain admission to a top PHD program. Forget the MA program. Since I know it is coming, I should add there there are plenty of excellent programs outside the top-10 (there really are!) so figure out where you will fit better and let that guide which programs you apply to.
  2. I think the consensus is that most programs have minimum GRE thresholds of what is necessary to be seriously considered for admission. It is usually also the case that a higher GRE score, even above the threshold, correlates with higher chances of admission. I do not know, and I suspect no one does, what percentage of applicants have both high V and Q scores. Typically, adcoms look for a higher verbal than quantitative score and I am almost certain that it is far more common for applicants to have higher verbal than quantitative scores (although there are some programs that emphasize the quantitative score - NYU and UCSD come to mind). In general, I'd say that a V of 165+ and a Q of 163+ will make one competitive for any program. Your scores are 4 points higher on both, which is what makes me think that your application will stand out no matter what.
  3. Can you share more about your supposedly poor academic record? With your impressive GRE scores you will be - on that parameter alone - among the most competitive candidates in the pool. You will stand out and any program will think twice before rejecting you. Even if your undergraduate record is poor, you will likely still be a serious contender for any program ranked 15-20 and below. Of course, you would still have to provide a great writing sample, quality SOPs, and most of all communicate very clearly why you would be a good fit at the programs you would be applying to. The truth is that all adcoms know that MAPSS is a cash cow and I doubt it would actually improve your record. I suggest either 1. that you aim for a program in the top top 15-35. Depending on how "bad" your record actually is you would probably have a decent chance many places. of 2. that you attend an MA program somewhere other than MAPSS, which is incredibly expensive anyway. Why not either pursue a 1-2 year MA degree in Europe (preferably something like LSE) or even went to one of the other few international programs that would improve you chances of getting into an American phd. Or do an MA degree in polisci at any American program? The latter would require that you applied for the phd and then left after two years with the MA. If you choose the first option you would likely be able to do well, become a great political scientist, and have the career you would want. If you choose the second and did really well in your studies, all the same is true except I am sure a top 10 program would be within your reach. If you are looking at programs for theory (did you say that somewhere?), I may be able to provide some advise. Just PM me.
  4. what program did you decide on if I may ask?
  5. Well in these times schools may withdraw offers they have extended to you. So I would worry about that less than usual
  6. Yeah I know of people who have heard back on exactly April 15th so hang in there. Good luck
  7. As far as I know, if it is not a rule, then it is at least agreed among universities that their waitlists will all be resolved by April 15th. That is, the university will certainly let you know by April 15th if they have a place for you or not. If you want to be sure, why don't you contact the program where you are waitlisted and ask if they can guarantee that you hear from them by April 15th? I do not think it is rude to ask for an extension, but I wouldn't do it. I do not think they can offer it to you because they too want to sort out their own waitlist. There is another anxious person waiting out there to hear back from the school you are accepted to. And if you get an extension they will also get back to their waitlist at a later date, which makes it impossible to extend all their offers by April 15th.
  8. You said you accepted CSU's offer right? You will be very happy in Fort Collins although I don't know anything about the program per se. Maybe you and @Dwar should stay in touch since the two departments literally have zero interaction with one another, are located only an hour away from one another, and are the only phd programs in political science in all of Colorado. I'll join in myself!
  9. If you turned down other departments for the offer you thought you had, I would email and call them all right IMMEDIATELY. Be honest about what happened and let them know that you wish to attend a real department and not that piece of trash that rescinded their offer to you. I am sure people will understand and do what they can to help you.
  10. Imagine how crazy next admission cycle will be
  11. I agree that people will not be rejected once admitted. But I think there is a real chance that programs will ask students to postpone students' attendance for a semester or year. At least for persons who cannot enter the US. There are many reasons for this, but ultimately it is neither in the student's nor the program's interest to have students spend a year in a program virtually. Everyone is better off simply postponing for a year or semester. If things continue to be bad and extend through the summer, it would honestly surprise me if programs just continued with first year classes online as if nothing had happened. And it will take long before things clear up in the US; even if everything goes smoothly from now on there is literally no chance the US will be back to normal the next couple of months. It could be longer than this, easily. And when things return to normal, then the US will probably still exercise caution and maintain entrance restrictions until it is completely safe in the eyes of the authorities. I think I am optimistic when I say that it could take 3 months from now before all is back to the way it was. That is best-case-scenario and right on the verge of the time where people will be able to get their visas in time. Again I cannot imagine that anyone will be rejected once admitted, but I can imagine that certain significant adjustments will be made. If I were you, I would inquire my program about this; what is the plan? What will they do if all this extends through the summer?
  12. It sounds from your question that you are asking what you should do in this situation. My advise is this. If you are or have been waitlisted at strong programs then I would recommend one of three options; either 1. reject entirely or defer admission to the low ranked school for a year; 2. attend the low ranked school for a year only; 3. attend the low ranked school for 2 years alone and leave with an MA. In all cases you should spend the time from now until next application cycle (depending on what option you choose) to attempt to improve your application. You can do this; many of us have and many of us have gone through two cycles and some even three. And it is really worth it going to a great program. If you are not waitlisted at a great program, I would only attend the low ranked school if you MUST get a phd in political science. Your job prospects will likely not be great, but at least some people do a phd in political science to develop themselves and for reasons other than getting a great job in academia. So if you are one of those people then I understand and wish you well. Would you be willing to share what program you are considering attending and/or where you are waitlisted (which is more important)? PM me if you will.
  13. oh I really doubt that will be happening. By next semester everyone will know very well how to conduct their classes online if need be so I think they will be ready/able to do that if need be. And it would be very bad for any program to be missing an entire cohort so I am doubting that that will happen.
  14. How are ya'll coping with the whole corona-virus situation? I'm guessing that all major universities have cancelled their visiting days by now and many universities have taken their classes online for the rest of the semester. For those not being able to visit the programs they were admitted to, how are you going to make your decisions on where to go? In a broader sense, it all feels a bit surreal with European countries shutting down left and right, and knowing that the worst is yet to come to the US. There is a sense of panic where I am in central US with schools cancelled, shortage of goods in the grocery stores, and paranoia all around. What is your experience?
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