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  1. Edit: I mistakenly attributed some of the statements made by other posters to you, Coffeetea. Sorry about that. I'm going to leave the information below for people to consider in the future. -This is a BCG webpage solely for the purpose of recruiting directly at HKS: https://www.bcg.com/careers/join/on-campus/harvard-kennedy-school.aspx. Why would this exist if they only wanted dual degree candidates? -Here is a McKinsey Networking event held at HKS: https://www.mckinsey.com/careers/students/advanced-professional-degree-candidates/harvard-university This one is for MPA-IDs, but I hav
  2. Random thought, but does anyone else here think that the $2 Billion gift from Mike Bloomberg to JHU has dramatically improved SAIS' financial aid? It seems that professional programs usually don't vary their fee structure too much based on endowment, but I sure wasn't expecting to receive anything close to what I was offered.
  3. They are not just dual degree candidates. Many of HKS older career reports segregate between the results of dual degree and strictly-MPP grads. A large number of the latter place at MBB each year. Check them out for yourself if you don't believe me. Moreover, you can go on the McKinsey website right now and find scheduled networking events at HKS. Not to pile on, but I strongly disagree with the sentiment you expressed about consulting and policy degrees. Aiming first and foremost for a public sector career is fine (I sure am), but it is borderline irresponsible to count on one while ruli
  4. Hi Jonathan, I'm also in at HKS with $20k and SAIS with $45, and struggling with the decision. I think we talked on another thread a few months ago, funny that we're back into this. I was leaning very heavily towards SAIS, but I did some research on career outcomes today, and found that Harvard MPP is actually much stronger in the private sector than I expected. An old career report listed median salaries for graduating MPPs in the private sector at $120,000, and apparently they place many more in consulting than I had expected (40-50 per year). The list of private sector employers w
  5. Just got one seconds ago.
  6. I've got to say, all this speculation is really unhelpful. Computer errors happen, they don't always mean something. Blog posts sometimes go unwritten when staffs are busy. The blog said it would likely be later this week, but it could just as easily be pushed back again. Just relax and go on with your lives.
  7. Thanks for your perspective. I will add that the "rankings" which Georgetown normally cites (Foreign Policy, TRIPs) don't refer to any specific program at Georgetown SFS. Whether the MSFS is better funded or staffed internally than SSP, I can't speculate. Anecdotally, when I asked my IR professor about master's programs in International Security, he indicated that Georgetown SSP was the most highly regarded. Interesting what you said about the social / community dynamics. I would personally prefer a more integrated master's experience, but everyone has different needs.
  8. Do not accept the aid if you want to try and renegotiate.
  9. I applied regular decision. Got my offer (30k / year) with the admissions letter just now. Sorry if that is bad news guys, they did mention assistantship options however. Keep your heads up.
  10. Congrats to you as well! I was basing my statement on previous threads here, and on what I have heard from some current DC grad students I reached out to. But I should clarify that when I say "focused cohort", I mean relative to most of the other programs discussed on this forum. For instance, I'm also considering Johns Hopkins SAIS, which has 18 or 19 concentrations outside of strategic studies.
  11. So I just got my quasi-formal offer from Georgetown's SSP program! SSP would be a stretch for me at this point, since another DC program offered me strong funding, but I still would like to talk about the pros and cons to weigh everything out. Here's what I'm seeing: Pros: -Absolute strongest security studies reputation, and probably the broadest SS curriculum -Strong language / cultural faculty in Walsh, particularly with regards to Eurasia and Middle East -Highly focused cohort with similar backgrounds (can be a con to some, but it's a plus to me) -Flexible hours fo
  12. My situation was pretty unique so I'm going to post in the results page when all of my schools get back to me, but for now: 3.75 double major - economics, international studies GRE: 170V 168Q 5.5 AW 1 year (full-time post grad) work experience - US military. Hope that helps.
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