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  1. This is a really odd post. You've listed a lot of general points that don't display much knowledge of Fletcher specifically and that could apply to about any international affairs school, so I'm a little confused why you chose to create a post specifically about a school with which you don't seem to have much personal knowledge or experience and list a lot of generic negatives about IR in general, framed as a critique of Fletcher in particular. For example, the cross-registration with Harvard is a tiny part of the school's offerings and has very little to do with the overall educational experi
  2. Princeton is a higher-quality program with a more competitive cohort and better career outcomes. If you're job is offering you a full-ride to Harvard that covers more than the Princeton scholarship then probably should take that offer depending on how many strings are attached.
  3. Yep, think tanks are (1) holding tanks for those waiting for a political appointment with the next presidential administration, (2) sinecures for illustrious folks with a past senior government job or appointment under their belt, (3) sweat shop factories for exploited masters level labor (who do the work for cats 1 and 2), and (4), occassionally you'll also see a position come open for a renowned scholar practitioner type to bring together other like minded folks and produce policy relevant research. None of the good categories above will apply to OP.
  4. Check out Fletcher's GMAP program. They've had a few candidates much like yourself, including the current chief public health officer for Snohomish county, WA who is an MD; and would probably be the best option for a higher level professional such as yourself. Just google the program. Definitely would recommend waiting till in-person classes can resume. Georgetown's security studies MA program is another strong option, but your classmates won't so much be your peers as they would be with GMAP (more mid-20s types) though Gtown's Sec Studies degree has better/more flexible curriculum options tha
  5. I concur with this analysis. I would look to make a more subtle career shift, utilizing your education and experience. Your credentials are outstanding and IMHO an MBA from HEC Paris is every bit as useful if not more so as an MPA from the Kennedy School. Maybe consider mid-to-senior-level operations and finance positions at orgs that interest you. Alternatively, look at getting on a public sector contract with Deloitte or another top-tier consulting firm. I don't think this will be that difficult for you.
  6. Hello, I have a quick question for you. If I was to get a masters from a European university say LSE or Oxford, and then I a masters degree from one of the public policy schools such as the Kennedy School or SFS would I be overqualified for internships or jobs in the Intelligence Community? 

  7. I don't think it matters all that much. For you, I might give the edge to SIPA as you already have a bit of a career in NYC and are familiar with how the job market there works (though to move up in security consulting you probably need some elite government intel, military, or law enforcement experience). For overall job prospects amidst COVID I might give the edge to SAIS and DC (think DoD contracting). Honestly though neither one will do all that much for you - if you want to do the "FSO" track or similar (State/USAID/DoD civil service), what you really need is to be part of a preferen
  8. This is not a difficult decision. You should stay at your job, make it very clear to your boss you are not going to grad school, and hope like crazy they still give you the promotion (and please stop telling emoloyers you will be quitting before you are sure of it). This is NOT the time to be leaving good, steady employment for a policy degree, online or not.
  9. They're somewhat comparable but I would definitely give the edge to Wilson for career prospects and overall strength. If you *really* personally like Jackson, though I would go for it as they seem to be doing a great job, moving up fast, more internationally focused (if that's your thing) and well-resourced - as evidenced by your full funding. *Though with COVID all bets are off on academic satisfaction and jobs.
  10. Lol at Kennedy / SIPA prices. Such an easy choice. Go to Jackson.
  11. You're graduating into the best job market of the last 20+ years AND coming out of an incredibly powerful university. What a privilage. Don't waste this historic moment hunkered down in grad school. Do some good internships, get some quality job experience under your belt, and save your money.
  12. This is great, current info from someone within the MSFS program right now. Your effusive feedback matches my impressions that the MSFS program outperforms SAIS/Fletcher MALD/SIPA. My caution extends to all programs in this field (except maybe Princeton and Yale): the career and earning prospects of international affairs degree holders are outweighed by their cost. Take Freedom House - a mid-level management position at the DC HQ will pay less than $80k (for someone with 2-3 years experience and a fresh master's degree think closer to $40-50k). My exhortation from the above would be
  13. And those jobs mostly don't exist anymore for anyone but veterans, members of the brahman class, and recipients of special and diversity hiring programs.
  14. You mention the private sector multiple times. Why not do a program that's aimed at getting you there? Any of these top-30 MBAs would give you better private sector career outcomes than SFS/SAIS/SIPA - https://poetsandquants.com/2018/11/14/2018-mba-ranking/3/. Without the possibility of getting a security clearance and lacking U.S. citizenship, I think you're really setting yourself up for disappointment (not to mention a massive expenditure of money followed by a series of unstable, low-paying jobs) if you attend one of those programs and attempt to forge a public service career in the
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