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  1. I've heard a couple people say these kinds of gigs aren't great. I'm thinking primarily of Deloitte type roles. Just curious what specifically is bad about them. Is it just the golden handcuffs or are there other major issues that make them bad jobs?
  2. Yeah, I think for people with good grades from big name undergrads, the GRE adds much less. But for somebody like me who got a 3.5 at a no-name liberal arts school, it can be a big deal. I was able to get significant funding at SAIS, McCourt and CMU Heinz, and I think that largely redounds to my GRE performance. I think OP's GPA situation similarly makes the GRE a good idea.
  3. Yes, obviously not everyone cares about it. That's clearly quite different from it not having any value.
  4. If you think you can do well, it will only help you. Something to shore up that GPA and undulating attendance is definitely a good idea, and it's easy enough to take the practice test directly from ETS. I know a lot of people like to bash it, but it really is a fairly low cost way to show skills (others can debate the relevance of these skills, but they're skills nonetheless): - A few hours on a practice test to see if you already have what it takes to get a good score - Minimal study time if you feel good after the dry run - A couple hundred bucks or whatever it is for the actual t
  5. Good news for SAIS yesterday! "I am writing to let you to know that we are planning for a partial physical reopening at all three SAIS campuses this fall. Our intention is for all classes to be available in-person as well as virtually for those who do not wish or are unable to come to campus."
  6. Straight data science isn't my field, but I'll offer some thoughts. For starters, since most data science programs are pretty new and still accumulating rep (even to some extent at places like NYU and Columbia), they have lower bars to get an admission than other programs. In your case, it sounds like that's a good thing. Your obviously very good GRE scores show you have the mental capacity, at the very least, to pass a data science program. The fact that your raw intelligence (to the extent measurable by GRE scores) stacks so well against everyone else trying to get into grad school will
  7. 5 may be a little on the high side. I right around 2, and managed to get into SAIS with significant funding. Granted, I was an Econ undergrad, but still, if work experience can be fairly technical (data analyst jobs are a clear step and seem to be growing out the wazoo), that may ameliorate quant deficiencies. This is a great step. I think an Econometrics course on the side (with an A) would really increase your profile. Also, pound the GRE study materials and practice tests! This is something you have control over. Fellowships, getting papers published and getting an impressive j
  8. I mentioned the savior complex at least once, and summer hours have been implemented at my office, so I'll bite. My answer is long, but after all this is a forum for hopeful academics, and it really was a question in the spirit of intellectual curiosity. 1. I think it's the sense an individual has that he or she brings skills to the table which are crucial to some institution's goal. Institution could be broadly taken: I think the complex is broadly observed -- the academy, industry and the policy arena. There are people who think their particular package of skills, perspectives, life exp
  9. I didn't see this earlier when I posted on basically the same topic over on the SAIS thread in Government Affairs. I would also be interested to hear from the broader range of people people who came into the job market in the last recession. And if they want to bank off any of my thoughts, here they are: - Opportunity cost of going to school for next two years, if predictions about lengthy recession are correct, is much lower; the economy won't be as hot, salaries will be lower, promotions more scarce. Of course, there's the case that it's a crucial time to be in the workforce, to gain
  10. Of course not. If you got more funding at SAIS, go to SAIS. SFS is obviously really great, and the rankings aren't totally meaningless. But as your question correctly addresses, it is decidedly not twice as good.
  11. I very much doubt a reconfiguration in trade would reduce demand for people who have studied international trade. Sure, the dynamics would be different, but all the more reason for there to be more technocrats weighing the costs and benefits of trade structures, right? If, for example, the US halts trade with China, do you think there will be less analysis and commentary on trade policy? Of course not. In the case of cycles of pandemic, it is unlikely that folks with graduate degrees would fare worse than those without. That doesn't mean a graduate degree is worth an unlimited amount, but
  12. I see people in Gov Affairs forum quite frequently offering the likely recession as a reason to reconsider attending grad school/taking out loans/foregoing income. I have a couple thoughts on this, and since I don't want to clog the feed with a new thread and since I'm going to SAIS, I thought I'd throw them out here and see what comes back. So lots of us are Econ-oriented right? SAIS obviously has the Econ focus, and most MPP programs are economics-lite/applied, watered-down economics. So we should all be familiar with opportunity cost -- the concept that by making a given choice on som
  13. Yeah, I'm not going to McCourt. I got a much better offer from SAIS, and I was already more interested in the curriculum and institutional longevity of SAIS anyway, so it worked out well. I've noticed you're very actively anti-McCourt on here but also an alum. Very interesting.
  14. I know this is a super (most likely too) late response, but I sent GW a significantly higher MPP funding offer from a more highly ranked school, and they said they'd get back to me Never did. Whatever, maybe I was just a garbage applicant. Also heard someone trying to renegotiate with McCourt was told they weren't doing reconsideration because they found disparate impact in reconsideration allocations. Maybe they just didn't like this candidate because I feel like I've heard about loads of people bargaining with McCourt, but idk. Anyhow, I know this is a month and a half after you as
  15. Program Applied To: MPP, MA Schools Applied To: Johns Hopkins SAIS MA, Georgetown McCourt MPP, GWU Trachtenberg MPP, American MPP, Carnegie Mellon Heinz MPP, George Mason MA in Econ Schools Admitted To: SAIS (initially 50%, ultimately 77%), McCourt (33%), GW (0%), American (47%), CMU Heinz (55%), GMU w. Mercatus Fellowship (100% + stipend) Schools Rejected From: Schools Waitlisted: Undergraduate Institution: tiny liberal arts college, not top 150 Undergraduate GPA: 3.5 Undergraduate Major: Economics (English minor) GRE Quantitative/Verbal/AW Scores: 160/170/5 Years Out of Undergrad: 3
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