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  1. Theory007: Very thoughtful post, and I appreciate your input. In respect of academic record and personal matters, there is more going on than meets the eye. There's also the J.D. consideration with which to grapple. Applying for PhD's in the fall is something to consider strongly. I am interested in theory. Regarding GRE scores: do you (or anyone) have a rough idea what percent of applicants at top programs have both very high V and Q scores? Obviously there are a substantial number of candidates with a high Q or V.
  2. I've got my reasons. Also, scholarships. I hope to have an LSAT in the very high 170's, knock on wood.
  3. I may have to wait an extra year, and I am fine with that. I can always give applying to good PhD programs w/o a completed M.A. a shot. U Chicago's first quarter ends in sync with the deadlines of the top PhD programs, so I could relay first Q grades not long after the deadline, assuming that was permissible. The idea of getting a recommendation letter before the Q ends is not implausible either, and a good recommendation letter is in significant or full measure the same, functionally, as a quality grade.
  4. As of now, my academic record is subpar (to perhaps put it kindly). My ambition is to perform well in an M.A. program (MAPSS, or Pol. Sci.), and then get a JD/PhD. Would a quality M.A. academic record negate an otherwise subpar academic record? For very highly ranked PhD programs? Additionally, I have a high GRE score (169V, 167Q, 6.0AW), which should give my M.A. and PhD applications a boost.
  5. If I may... Define 'substantial'. If the averages hover around 163-165, that's hard to square with a 'substantial' number of people having a 170V. Perhaps for the very top programs, the averages are higher. I'd think the very top programs have a 'substantial' number coming in a 167V+, but not 170V.
  6. Assuming the monetary cost isn't a barrier, there's no downside to retaking the GRE. Based on the information you've provided, your focus would be more quant-based? In that case, raising your GRE Q would helpful, particularly for the very top programs. The percentile of your verbal score is solid and (I think) you're quant-focused, but it could be helpful to bump your verbal as well. From what I gather, AW is not particularly important. It could be helpful to hit 4.5, but an undesirable AW score can likely be negated by a good writing sample.
  7. Sounds like the app remains open after the deadline passes? Regardless, as luck would have it, the deadline just got extended to June 1st. I think the program is a very good fit, given my interests and circumstances. Thanks for the advice.
  8. I am interested in the MAPSS program (diverse interests, but foremost political theory). Time permitting, it would be nice to be able to apply this cycle. The extended deadline is May 15th, but I am wondering if there is any potential wiggle room. Does anyone know if the program might be inclined to accept applications after the listed deadline?
  9. I am interested in the MAPSS program (diverse interests, but foremost political theory). Time permitting, it would be nice to be able to apply this cycle. The extended deadline is May 15th, but I am wondering if there is any potential wiggle room. Does anyone know if the program might be inclined to accept applications after the listed deadline?
  10. By chance does anyone know if the MAPSS program has, or is going to, extend(ed) its late application deadline (April 30), in light of the circumstances?
  11. For the current quarter only, or for subsequent quarters too? If the former, why should that impact the decision of an individual admitted for Fall 2020? Furthermore, isn't this the result of a decision by the university administration and not the MAPSS administration?
  12. I definitely hear that. There's no drawback though, and I am capable of a 169/170 in Q, so why not. There's a chance it would help one way or the other.
  13. I appreciate the replies. I didn't make it clear that my concern was whether a top program would ignore my application, despite the high GRE score, because enough applicants with good academic records have similar GRE scores. Median and range data would shed light on this. I wasn't concerned the GRE score would be inadequate. But anyway, appears my application would be considered by top M.A. programs based on GRE scores, despite the subpar academic record. sloth_girl - nice. I am retaking in a couple weeks and expect a 338-340, however 😉
  14. Usually, programs do not publish this information, and the top programs are no exception. What's a typical GRE median and GRE range (or 25th-75th percentile) for a top 5 M.A. program? I ask because despite a high GRE score, my academic record is poor. I am wondering if my application will be given serious consideration with a V169, Q164, AW6. I am interested in theory/philosophy, i.e. not a quant-based sub-field. The remainder of the application (in my opinion) will be strong. Additionally - does a high AW score help?
  15. In the application FAQ, the program lists benchmark scores an applicant should be above to avoid a significantly reduced chance of admission: 155 V, 154 Q and 3.5 AW. But there's no further information regarding GRE median, mean, percentile etc. Does anyone know the actual (or rough) GRE data for this program?
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