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  1. FWIW, NUS has built a great group of folks who are pretty visible/active, at least in IR/comparative. I don't know anything about their MA or Ph.D programs, but at least some of the faculty there would be quite well-known in the US. (Also, fwiw, I am at a US department and have no affiliation with NUS)
  2. OK, thanks! Given that I'm at Michigan, you can understand my curiosity!
  3. What are you referring to here with respect to Michigan?
  4. Your experience doesn't sound like the norm. When I received first-round rejection letters from SSHRC, they were always at the same time that first-round "advance to second round" letters went out, and they never included a score. This is also what seems to have been generally the case for others, from what I've seen on this forum. Your experience sounds much more akin to that of someone who advanced past the first round and was rejected in the second.
  5. If you want to be a methodologist, I'd probably pick Princeton (Michigan has good methods folks, but Kosuke Imai seems to be more active in placing students as methodologists). However, if you want to do methods-y public opinion, you might be better served at Michigan, which I think has a stronger public opinion group, and a very long history of training people in the area.
  6. Not sure who told you it was a month long thing, but it's two weeks at Michigan. Two weeks is more or less the norm across programs, though there are some that diverge from this norm (Duke's is a special case, mostly because one of the authors of a math for polisci book is there and the authors created a bunch of online materials for their online version of "math camp").
  7. I think you can make it work. I know folks who've sold the whole "there's a set of techniques and approaches currently being used by scholars at your university to study X that I think could be ported well to the study of Y in order to produce new insights". As someone who's been on the admissions committee for one of the schools you're applying to, I think some people in this thread are construing "fit" way too narrowly; we wouldn't need to see that there are people here who exactly work on your substantive area/region of interest, just that there's a plausible story by which the training and
  8. Without touching the rest of what you wrote, it would be worth noting that the big lesson from the formal study of conflict is that the "costs<benefits from war" is not a persuasive explanation for why war breaks out, given that states can bargain and make concessions outside of fighting. Good luck with CS.
  9. I served on an admissions committee and that advice sounds completely wrong to me. We don't have information about the places you applied unless you voluntarily give it to us, and either way, there's no reason we should care about that.
  10. Yes, but it's a different thing for the US applicants, who apply directly to SSHRC. For these folks, notification in late February to early March is more common.
  11. With caveats that each admissions commitee is different, I would say that we would consider your coursera classes much the way you might expect; as indication that you have the initiative to learn the content you need, but not necessarily as an indication of aptitude. However, if the alternative is a local college, it is possible (depending on which college it is you speak of) that performance in those courses would be a weak signal as well; there's a lot of variation in grading standards for this kind of thing, and in the content/depth covered in any course, such that unless it's at a school
  12. I don't know the public law subfield very well, but my understanding is that there are different flavours of it, i.e. some which are more empirically-oriented, standard positive social science-y, and some which are more akin to political theory. If your interests are the latter, then I can't speak to what an optimal strategy would be; on my admissions committee, I mostly deferred to those within that area when evaluating such applicants. If your interests are more positive social science-y then an important thing to do will be to clearly establish why you want to examine these questions from a
  13. You're right that psychology is a very different field. The publication process is very different in political science. Having read hundreds of applications this year for admissions, I can't think of any applicant who actually had publications of the quality that would make a significant difference.
  14. To follow the storied academic tradition of citing oneself, here were my thoughts on using GPA for admissions at my top 5 program: "GPA is a tough signal to interpret, because there is so much variation in grading standards, both between institutions and within an institution depending on what kind of courses you take. I find it very challenging to use GPA as a signal, except as a negative one, although grades in particular courses can sometimes be useful. GRE is not the most important factor, but it is at least a consistent measure from applicant to applicant, so I tend to take a quick glan
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