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    Graduate of Georgetown McCourt MPP

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  1. You are shooting yourself short! Especially with next year being a easier application cycle (or so expected), you are super competitive. Granted HKS is always a crap shoot, I think you are a very strong candidate. Yes, and I think you have no trouble getting scholarship anywhere except for HKS (it’s a crap shoot like I said). Your only minor challenge is diversity. Ed Policy people are a dime a dozen in policy school and you would be seen as academically not diverse, but not that many people have prior research leadership that you have. If I were you I would shoot for schools that ar
  2. Again, not speaking specific to USC Price, but what some schools are doing is allowing hybrid (basically optional online learning) so you don't have to move until later (if at all).
  3. I can't definitively say this is what is going on, but if someone asked me this is what I would say is the best assessment. It used to be super unique, but these days it is increasingly common for accepted students to jump ship from their committed acceptance, up to cancelling their acceptance the day before orientation or simply just not show up. I mean hypothetically it is a breach of contract, but no school is gonna go after someone for it. Some schools have been building what amounts to a floating waitlist depending on how many post commitment acceptances are backtracked. - determining
  4. What you are highlighting is the academic lag effect. For example, a lot of academics right now still get giddy over healthcare policy, but it hasn't been cool since 2009. What matters more (unless you want to go into academia) is what will help you get a job. Yale is newer and doesn't have as many alumni to help you, but they are burning money to build this program up like crazy. Yale actually has a history of relatively young grad programs having outstanding performance - think Yale School of Management - which I believe is only a few decades old as an MBA school.
  5. If you manage to do both, you would be the first person I heard of do it. I'm not one to say things aren't possible, since I myself did all sorts of random academic things, but just haven't heard of it.
  6. It is a me or does every grad program type have a general totem pole of what focus areas are more prestigious to those that are ignored (if not even frowned upon)? I ask because I noticed that in one of my grad degrees, I get instant prestige in alumni circles based upon my area of focus. In another of my grad degrees, I am openly ignored to border line looked down upon based upon my area of study.
  7. 1. Yes, the clearance could indicate you are trustworthy for the admissions office, but after that it won't really have any value unless you apply for a US Government job. Also, I don't recommend you talk about it to your peers, just because there will be international students who innocently (or not so innocently - ya never know) bug you about it, and I know it has been uncomfortable for some with clearances. Things like straight up - hey can you please escort me on a tour of the Pentagon or CIA. 2. Generally speaking, you want to enter a graduate program with people with career experie
  8. A few things. 1. McCourt is trying to be military friendly, so your military experience can kind of count is work experience (although in a unique way). There is even precedent for it (but active duty military guys who went to undergrad later in life). 2. McCourt is also trying to expand the student body to include more straight from undergrads (this is a money making venture at the sacrifice of overall student body experience). So what I'm saying is that this works to advantage you, but it may not help your overall experience once you get in. 3. Do you want to continue to work
  9. This is a loaded question. Very very broadly speaking, if you are strong candidate, the schools should throw scholarships at you. However, if you seek to go in a niche area or have a niche background, there might be non-school related scholarships that are worth your time. I for example applied to and did not receive a Soros scholarship (for immigrants). A lot of these non school scholarships like to hear certain themes (you can see the themes from past winners), that are not necessarily performance related
  10. Celine, I recommend that you think about this in 2 respects. 1. Ability to get in. This coming application cycle is expected to be much less competitive than last year's (the Covid cycle) and given your international status amidst a drop of international applications to the US, you might actually be able to get in without work experience to some prestigious programs that you wouldn't be able to do so normally. However, each school is different, you want to look at the set policy 2. Experience. In the interest of experience, I strongly recommend that you have at least 2 years pr
  11. Well hey! Congrats! Hope you enjoy grad school. (especially with it going live)... and I apologize that I under indexed your work experience. I did gloss over that too soon. I should have emphasized that SAIS does value work experience, especially if its is more unique work experience. I should know that because I have a family member go to SAIS as an older student (like 40s) with no quant but lots of interesting work experience.
  12. I wouldn't laugh at you, but yes you should take it off. Short of having Olympic medals or something as ridiculous as that, what happened in high school will be seen as awkward at least.
  13. Ya but there are plenty of non-military folks who have really done well in their careers serving the military community at various institutions. If there is a non-PhD who done well on the research side at a major think tank/research center climbing the professional ladder (and not a transplant after some major government post), I can't think about it off the top of my head.
  14. I actually kind of recommend you figure out a way to laterally transfer without grad school - maybe talking something in science or healthcare related. Its actually rather possible as long as you mark out a trajectory. You'll be able to be more influential that way too and start at a higher level. If you really want to work at think tank + research center, I will warn you that it is not a fun place. Not the best professional development and its a long road of agony to get promoted. Also, as a researcher, you'll always be a 2nd class citizen without a PhD If you go to grad school, yo
  15. First of all, I wouldn't call them "Computation MPP Programs" because that implies you actually acquire deep academic competencies in the core curriculum about understanding policy operations and/or policy management activity. I think it is more accurate to refer to them as "Policy Oriented Data Analysis Programs". The reason why this matters is that historically MPPs and MPAs chase after the same jobs, at least as it pertains to management opportunities. Granted the curriculum might be different, the outcomes (compensating for differing student population focus) is broadly the same. Thes
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