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  1. To fill in a gap from GSG's response: I would say YSE might be tough for two reasons. For one, their admits skew older/more experienced than other environmental programs. Second, and relatedly, those who go in with 1 or less year of work exp are almost universally extremely linear candidates who have had lots of internships/other experience in the field they're interested in. Your work experience doesn't seem to be related to energy/sustainability, so you would probably be at a disadvantage. But there's not much harm in applying if you have your heart set on YSE. from your list, I
  2. When you're choosing between some of the top env programs, I would focus less on their rankings and more on how each program and their alumni outcomes aligns with your career goals. Bren sends people to very different places than Columbia for example, as far as I know.
  3. And Gerald Torres! YSE is slowly overtaking/equaling SEAS in terms of EJ curriculum and opportunities.
  4. They may not admit the people who stormed the capitol on the ground, but they and other elite institutions have certainly fomented those who have laid the groundwork for and created the ideology behind the insurrection (steve bannon - HBS, ted cruz - HLS, mike pompeo - HLS, dan crenshaw - HKS etc...)
  5. No idea. Heard a rumor that they freaked bc of covid and accepted everyone off the waitlist last year, but have no idea if that's actually true
  6. I did! Got off in mid/late March. There are roughly 120 or so MEMs per cohort.
  7. I went through the process last year and would not say SEAS is a research oriented program. I think it differed within the program based on the tracks (policy, ej, etc) to an extent, but I think they are moving more towards a practical model which characterizes the other big professional environmental programs. Your "thesis" can be research or the more client-based approach that other big programs (YSE, Nic, etc) use. In terms of funding, first years with a strong work or educational background can get GSI positions, though like you said there is stiff competition and limited spot
  8. They definitely do value work experience heavily, more so than the other big 4 environmental programs in my perspective, but every year there are a handful of people with 0-1 years of exp, so don't count yourself out!
  9. Last year they released funding info in the acceptance email (for some people at least). Could very well be different this year though
  10. Agree with @GradSchoolGrad, your major doesn't matter. You could be an engineering major or an art major, but as long as you can craft a compelling and coherent narrative as to why you want an mpp and what you want to do with it, you'll be fine (along w work exp, some quant background, leadership, etc). Rather than using undergrad to set yourself up for what you think schools look for in an MPP candidate, use it to figure out what specific areas of policy you're most interested and gain leadership and work exp that helps you figure that out and beefs up your skills and knowledge base.
  11. Depends on the school and the program. When colleges switched to mandatory P/F or something similar which applied to all students, most grad programs explicitly stated it was fine. If you're choosing to do P/F on the other hand, I think that's often looked down on/viewed suspiciously by grad programs, but again it depends on the specifics. It's hard to say right now because there's no precedent, but I think if you have the option to take a class for a grade and don't it's probably viewed negatively (can't say how much so) unless you have some specific circumstance (like having covid, cari
  12. I'd also recommend that @als14 look at the Ford School, and that your SOP not focus as much on the connection between your undergrad education and your current work, and more on what drives you to do that work in the first place
  13. I think to some extent it depends on the kind of program you're applying to. In general though, I would say option C is the best. I had a somewhat similar situation myself: I had recs from 2 professors who knew me extremely well and a former work supervisor who I was definitely going to have write a letter for each school I applied to. There was a third professor who I knew pretty well but wasn't quite as close with. They had gone to and taught at one of the programs I was applying to, and their field was also a bit different than the other two and more in line with this program, so I de
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