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  1. That's too long and everyone knows what I'm talking about.
  2. I graduated a while (3 years) ago with an IR major. In the time since I've become very interested in economics and have been exploring the possibility of opening up a path towards an econ PhD. My math background is strong (for an IR major, not for an econ major). I've taken Calculus 1-3, Stats, and a proof based linear algebra course with a real analysis module. My econ background is not so strong, just intro to micro and intro to macro and then some tangential courses like international economics, international finance, and international political economy. I think the best path forward would be a very quantitatively heavy MPP/MPA that keeps the professional door open for me while also letting me take grad-level econ and math courses that can help me get good letters for an eventual econ PhD. I know the MPA/ID would be the ideal program for this. The econ track at WWS would also be pretty great (less confident about getting in there, though). I think the SAIS MIEF could be useful but maybe a little too short and professionally geared to help with PhD applications. Any others I should consider?
  3. Just take the test, it's never been easier to take it.
  4. The *one* thing that matters for a masters program (if you're not aiming for academia) is job placements. Take a look at where graduates of the programs you're looking at work. Sciences Po is a very well respected institution in Europe. I don't know that much about their IR program specifically, but I've been reading up on their International Economic Policy MA and its graduates end up in pretty cool places like J-PAL and the OECD.
  5. Then, as I said, you were a really good candidate relative to the rest of the people that applied...
  6. I mean there's obviously a chance they'll make it "optional". But as with most programs that have the GRE as optional, you don't really have that much of an option unless you're a top candidate.
  7. I got an email from HKS telling me how much they value a high GRE score for the MPA/ID in the last week, so I really doubt they would completely remove it.
  8. I'm looking for programs like the HKS MPA/ID or the SAIS MIEF that 1. have a strong focus on quantitative methods and 2. are STEM designated. Are there any others like these?
  9. Thanks for the feedback! This really does give me a lot of confidence. Not sure how competitive I'd be for PhDs (at least PhDs I'd want to be in) considering my research experience consists almost entirely of 5 months as an intern at a think tank and a research assistantship doing one political risk consulting job for a small IFI (I've mostly been doing "professional" policy work this past couple of years). There's a space in the HKS application where you can address any academic shortcomings, and I'm wondering whether it'd be a good idea to say that I feel confident about excelling in the program's economics courses? I've been going through MWG (the standard first year graduate micro textbook, which the MPA/ID uses) and while some concepts seem fairly complicated at first, none of them seem unreasonable to me (yet).. Or would that come across as smug or overconfident to the adcom?
  10. By this do you mean the Grad Cafe? The thing is I have no idea how many people admitted to the program frequent this forum, and it's pretty different from other MPAs (including more competitive ones like WWS or even the MPA from HKS itself) so I don't think that people who know about other MPAs can really gauge my competitiveness that well either.. Like, the minimum requirements are 1 semester of microeconomics, 1 semester of macroeconomics, and calc 1-3. My math goes a little beyond that (1 class covering linear algebra and real analysis) and my econ is exactly at the minimum, so I'd think I'm fine but then I look at the curriculum and it basically starts with PhD level economics courses. So will my app go straight into the garbage bin because I don't have intermediate micro and macro and they don't think I'll be able to cope with the advanced courses, even though I fulfill the minimum requirements? Or can my above average GRE (169V, 168Q, 5.0AW) help me stand out? I'm fairly confident about my work experience being what they want to see. What concerns me is that the PhD level coursework will make them not take me seriously (even though that's exactly the reason why this is the only MPA I'm looking at).
  11. Hey guys. Was anyone here admitted to the MPA/ID? If so, would you mind sharing your profile with me through a PM? I'm considering applying for next year.
  12. Essentially what the title says. I can't, for the life of me, figure out whether I'm competitive or not for the MPA/ID at Harvard Kennedy school. I fulfill all their requirements, and even excel at some of them, like the GRE, but I have no idea if my profile fits what they're looking for. Is there a service I can pay for that can give me an honest assessment of my profile and tell me whether I have a chance or not? This is one of the two programs I'm interested in the US and I would really like to know if I'm a good fit before I spend the time writing the three essays they require and the money for their application fee.
  13. I graduated 3 years ago with a BA in IR from a top school in that field (3.55 GPA). I've taken Calc 1-3, Stats, and Linear Algebra. However I only took Intro to Micro, Intro to Macro, and Int'l Economics (which I don't think really means much to admissions). Do I have a chance to get into decent/good masters programs? I'm looking at: PSE PPD, Boconni ESS, UCL MSc, BGSE economics and finance, IHEID MA in Int'l Economics, Duke MA, BU MA, SAIS MIEF,. People always tell me to apply to LSE but I don't make the GPA cutoff so I don't think I'll bother. Any thoughts are greatly appreciated. I have no idea if I'm just wasting my money applying to all of these without an econ undergrad degree.
  14. At first I thought it would make it softer, given the economic shock that this pandemic is causing. But now I'm realizing that all of admitted students for 2020 will probably want to defer their admission until 2021, raising competition substantially. Thoughts?
  15. Hello, Does anyone here have any info on admissions statistics for SAIS's MIEF program? Or if you're an admitted student, can you tell me a little about your profile? GRE scores, GPA, econ background, etc... An admissions coordinator for the program told me it's gotten a lot more competitive recently, so now I'm getting a bit nervous about my chances...
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