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Kevin1990

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  1. Good Afternoon, I am wondering if anyone could provide any opinion on these programs? Thank you!
  2. Hi! Recently admitted MIB student! PM sent!
  3. I have a strong interest in the energy public affairs, transnational energy business and its relationship with emerging markets with a specific focus on the political risks these interactions entail. This application season I have been admitted to LSE (MSc. Regulation) KCL (MA International Political Economy) SAIS (MA Global Risk) and Tufts (MIB) All of these programs relate to my interests. I have a previous masters in international history from LSE but my interests have moved in a more commercial direction since then. Furthermore, with the COVID-19 pandemic impact the economy I believe it might be a good time to go back to school yet again and this could be a fulfilling opportunity. Furthermore, Tufts has given me a generous scholarship of 25k per year. I am wondering which of these programs could help me advance my goals the most? Thank you for your opinions and insight in advance!
  4. Program Applied To (MPA, MPP, IR, etc.): LSE (MSc. Regulation), King’s College London (International Political Economy MA), Georgetown (MFS), SAIS (Global Risk MA in Bologna), Sciences Po PSIA (Masters in International Energy), and Tufts Fletcher (Masters International Business (MIB) Schools Admitted To: LSE, KCL, Tufts ($$), and SAIS Schools Rejected From: Sciences Po PSIA, Georgetown Walsh School Still Waiting: None Undergraduate Institution: Large Mid-Atlantic State University Undergraduate GPA: 3.43 Undergraduate Major: History GRE Quantitative/Verbal/AW Scores: Did Not Take (need to at some point) Years Out of Undergrad (if applicable): 6 Years of Work Experience: 6 Describe Relevant Work Experience: Interned on Capitol Hill(both member office and a committee directly dealing with national security), also conducted research under a prominent scholar with a think tank as an undergrad, and outreach at a smaller think tank. After college, I worked on a Senate campaign, for a state party, and for a smaller public affairs firm in DC. Strength of SOP (be honest, describe the process, etc.): Described how my interests combine political risk with interests in the energy industry and how it relates to emerging markets. Discussed how my previous experiences tied into this theme and how I wanted to work on energy issues and their impact in emerging market countries. Strength of LOR's (be honest, describe the process, etc.): Asked 2 of my LSE professors for a rec, and 2 previous supervisors whom I worked under. Other: Previous master’s degree in international history from LSE
  5. I was accepted today to the MAGR! So far I also have offers from LSE for an MsC. in Regulation and from King's College London for their International Political Economy program. I have a previous postgrad degree from LSE as well.
  6. I have been accepted to the International political economy MA program at KCL. I am interested in the political economy of the global energy trade and it seems to have many courses focused on this. I was wondering what everyone's thought's on it were compared to similar programs?
  7. I applied to the SAIS Global Risk MA in Bologna way back in early November. I just heard back that they want to schedule a "mandatory interview" Do they do this for all applicants or just a certain pool?
  8. Hi all, I just recently completed my requirements for a Masters Degree in International Affairs where I largely focused on defense/foreign policy. I was thinking of getting applying to a 2nd masters focused on issues such as international finance and trade policy. Would this be worth it/enhance my knowledge etc? Or would it be redundant? Thank you in advance!
  9. Hi All, I was wondering when Hertie's application for the MIA/MPP opens up?
  10. I've been offered internship opportunities by two prestigious organizations in my field which is IR/History. They said they would be very flexible and be very understanding in regards to my academic demands. Would it be academic suicide to do both of them at once. Ex. 1 one day of the week and the other 2 days? (depending on my academic needs of course) Any input on this would be appreciated as I have to make a decision soon!
  11. Yes I would be working in the EXEC. Mind you one of the agencies though not in the WH it's self. They mentioned starting me on an interim clearance in the meantime(whenever they get the final go ahead) so that's another aspect figuring into this for me as well.
  12. I was given a conditional job offer at a government agency as part of a Schedule C/political appointment role at the beginning of the summer. However, it has to go through a complicated administration approval and a security clearance process. None of which has been initiated by the administration (and it looks like it won't be anytime soon tbh). I was admitted to a 1 year master's program in IR at the beginning of the year and I have been planning as if I'm going to that. Everyone I know both professional and personal are pushing me to go, and I do see the benefits of going. However, I don't want to let this conditional offer slide by. As I'm afraid there is a high risk my future employers will get back to me as soon as I start, but then again I feel like I am in for a very long wait that would make doing something highly productive worth it in the meantime. I was wondering what I should do?
  13. Yes I got into this joint program at the LSE. http://www.lse.ac.uk/resources/calendar/programmeRegulations/taughtMasters/2016_MScTheoryAndHistoryOfInternationalRelations.htm However, in many ways it's essentially the same eact program as the main MsC in IR My main concern with St. Andrews is that I fear it's not as well known or versatile as the LSE. Although I heard that academic mentoring is quite high with the Security Studies program. And I guess my main concern with LSE is that although it's reputation is very strong and well known it is regarded as a bit of a "factory." Although London offers access to everything one could want in the IR field. I have roughly 4 weeks to decide so I'm trying to reach out to St. Andrew's people to hear their prespectives as well.
  14. Recently I was admitted to the University of St. Andrews Security Studies master's which is their flagship program. Earlier this year I was accepted into joint degree progam between the International Relations and International History dept at the LSE. I was wondering which school would be stronger for someone who is focused on international security issues? From my own research they both seem to have their own positives and negatives. Or would I just be better of staying stateside and applying to programs like Georgetown, GWU, etc instead? Thank you in advance for any opinions on this subject.
  15. This past several months I applied to a few overseas programs that are well known in my field (which is International Relations/Security) I applied to IR Master's programs at King's College London, the LSE, University College London, St. Andrews, and Sciences Po. I was denied to KCL, Science Po, and my first choice at LSE. While I was waitlisted to St. Andrews's. However, I did get unconditional offers to UCL's MsC in Security Studies program and my 2nd choice at the LSE, which is a joint program between their history and IR dept's which is an "MsC Theory and History of International Relations. Now overall these two degrees are like comparing apples and oranges overall. And this is where I personally see the positives and negatives. The UCL option is more of a US styled policy degree that will include a substantial amount of quantitative work. However, UCL while regarded very strongly overall is less known for IR then say KCL or the LSE. While with the LSE I'm worried that the title of the degree program I got admitted to sounds to specialized. Even though the program actually isn't when you look into it. Furthermore, even though I'm not quant focused I would like some aspect of it in an IR degree since employers seem to value it. And the LSE option I got into doesn't seem to have that. On the flip side, many people I've talked to with my network and policy told me to not worry too much about these things since "it's the LSE" and the dept's/institution it'self is very well known in places like Washington DC and has a strong alumni network there and in numerous other places as well. So with all of this said. Should I seriously consider these two offers or forgo them and just focus on US IR programs next year? thank you in advance for everyone's advice!
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