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    2020 Fall
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    Master of International Affairs

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  1. Columbia loves holidays. I am quite sure you all will hear something today. Last year also it was Friday evening, and this year's Early Decisions were also rolled out on Christmas eve. I think they understand you will need a day or two to celebrate. So all the best to everyone waiting out there. I received admit in ED round but waiting to hear on any funding.
  2. I think MSFS results should be out by the end of this week. Probably tomorrow, but shouldn't be later than this Friday.
  3. Sorry for the late reply. My reason for deferring was Covid because I did not want to attend virtual classes. Last year, SAIS was pretty liberal with its deferral and campus change policies due to the pandemic. Even now Bologna is back in the red zone, so don't see a reason why SAIS Europe won't want to grant deferrals if people want them. Let me know if you need to know anything else.
  4. It will be very unusual if the decisions aren't released before Christmas. The Fall Semester exams end on 23rd, so the College doesn't go to holidays untill then. So still 2 days to look forward to.
  5. Congratulations @Coffeetea! Looks like other program candidates will hear very soon.
  6. You have not mentioned what your academic and professional interests are. Why you want to pursue either of these courses? In general, public policy programs are geared more towards imparting policy research and analysis skills with an end-goal of evidence-based policy making in your chosen policy domain. International Affairs programs are focussed on providing you conceptual knowledge of a wide variety of interdisciplinary issues such as geopolitics, conflict management, human rights, political economy, diplomacy, sustainable development, etc. You can refer career reports of schools like HKS,
  7. While the schools are mostly not-so-flexible about accepting admissions material after deadlines, in your case chances are that they will be accomodating as its just an update and moreover you applied in Early Action Round. My suggestion is to send an email to admissions informing them about your offer and attach an updated resume. Anyhow its not gonna harm in any way, so why not do it. SIPA tends to finalize decisions by 15 December. You can expect them to roll out anytime after that. Last year the date was 19th December.
  8. A SAIS student with a deferred admit here. Feel free to post your program and application related queries. Will try my best to answer them.
  9. I would try to improve that Quants score to atleast somewhere in the range of 152-155, if I could, as it is well below their median range for the MA program. Since a GRE/GMAT score is optional, my advice would be to not submit unless you are able to improve it. Focus on highlighting parts of your application that can show your quantitative skills. You can dm me if you wish to for SAIS related application queries. I am enrolled at SAIS for Fall 2021 start (deferred my admit due to Covid).
  10. That 158 on Quants is a bit less than what admissions team would consider impressive, however it should be in their acceptable range. Do ensure that some other parts of your application are able to demonstrate your quantitative abilities. 322 overall is decent with that great 164 Verbal. Any score in the range of 320+ should be fine. My advice would be: Acceptable scores: Q 157+, V 155+ Impressive scores: Q 162+, V 159+ Disclaimer: Scores perception and emphasis will depend on several factors like how long you have been out of school, educational background, GPA, etc. For someon
  11. You can have a look at alumni profiles given at this link. https://mdp.berkeley.edu/alumni/
  12. You can submit the fellowship essays by January 5. I have submitted the application in early action round and it allows you to upload fellowship related documents.
  13. As the application season has begun, I felt we should have a thread for prospective applicants for MIA/MPA and other Graduate programs at SIPA (commencing in Fall 2021). We can discuss application related stuff and other other relevant topics here.
  14. You can try asking HKS for funding by telling them about your Princeton offer and see if they offer you something. But even with full funding at HKS, I believe that Princeton's program is a notch above the MPP program of HKS. I myself am from an Asian country and I can understand the pull of Harvard's brand name and extremely solid network. But Princeton is also quite reputed and well-known globally. So if it truly offers the courses that you are excited about then you shouldn't ponder too much.
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