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  1. Previous Schools: Small liberal arts university (poor ranking, not in any 'tier') Previous Degrees and GPAs: MA Biology (3.2) GRE Scores (Verbal/Quantitative/Analytical Writing): 160/157/4.5 Previous Work Experience (Years, Type): 4 years total; 1 year at a non-profit, NIH grant funded biotech; 3 years teaching English in Japan (1 year high school, 2 years elementary school) Math/Econ Background: Principles of Microeconomics; Principles of Macroeconomics; Statistics Foreign Language Background (if applicable to your program): Japanese Intended Field of Study in Grad School: International
  2. I spoke to someone at GT MSFS and she said only 5-6 (out of 100) from last year's class did not report back on their employment survey. Since the numbers were published, I she said they've heard back from almost everyone but they don't want to update the numbers on the website (?). I think some of the people who did not report were trying to get into State; for last year's class, she said 4-6 joined the Foreign Service last year and 2-3 joined them since then.
  3. Who will pay for you tuition? You or the Thai government? What are your goals?
  4. I believe GT MSFS is a practitioner oriented program and therefore a terminal degree. Few of their students go on to do PhDs.
  5. Thanks dft309. I'm glad you replied. I thought my thread would disappear into the depths of the internet with no replies. If you don't mind me asking, what's your experience like at SAIS? And what are studying, where did you intern and what kind of job are you hoping to get after graduation?
  6. I think the instructions are pretty easy to understand. Are you applying for a January intake? When's the deadline? If you are applying for next fall, I think you have plenty of time. Perhaps it will be helpful to you if I explain what I wrote. Since I live in Japan, I wrote about last year's earthquake/tsunami, my personal experience and reaction. Since I was at work at the time, I wrote about how it impacted me and my workplace. I also wrote about my observations of the Japanese people's reaction to the disaster vs. people in other countries (Japan = calm, helpful and orderly; foreigners
  7. I heard back from the school today and they did not offer me any kind of merit aid, etc. so I will cross this school off my list. Good luck to everyone heading to IR/PS or which ever path you choose!
  8. I'm trying to decide between MSFS and SAIS; although SAIS is stronger that MSFS in Asian IR, for me, MSFS has a few advantages also. At MSFS, I intend to pick the International Business and Commerce concentration; I'll pick up a lot of business skills as well as IR related skills and knowledge. However, I spoke to a current student and he said the program is my generalist based and their students don't really focus on a particular country or region. If I choose to go to SAIS, I'd gain a lot of economic and Asia IR knowledge. But I'm not sure what kind of skills I'd have when I graduate.
  9. Hey everyone, sorry to create another 'Vs.' thread. If you don't mind, I'd like to ask for your opinions. I trying to decide between SAIS and Georgetown SFS and I'm having a tough time! My stated goal in my personal statements is to become a Commercial Service Officer. These people work at US embassies, but are members of the Department of Commerce, not the State Department, I believe. Among the many things CSOs do, their work mostly consists of promoting and assisting American businesses in other countries. In grad school, I want to focus on East Asia. East Asia has developed countri
  10. Some of the top schools schools don't have widespread international brand recognition. If that means something to you, by all means get into the brand name of your choice. However, the top IR schools are well-known in their field worldwide, which is what matters when you are looking for IR jobs in the private sector at least (which is where I gather many people worried about brand name want to work, in which case why not get an MBA?). All the schools provide great education and will prepare you for your ideal career me thinks. Not famous does not equal bad school. And as many said here, th
  11. msal, I found some lectures/talks, etc. by professors at both schools on Youtube.
  12. I've heard the same things about both schools. But Georgetown is always considered a top IR school, if not the best. If their graduates are so one dimensional and go on to do the same/similar things, why are they considered the best? If I go to SAIS, I'd have to start at Bologna. Unfortunately, they have only 1 or 2 Asia-related classes!
  13. ^^ I am faced with the same dilemma as charlotte_asia i.e. SAIS vs. SFS. For the past week, I've been partial to SAIS because it has stronger Asia/Japan connections. But my goal has always been public service and it would seem that Georgetown is the best choice in this regard.
  14. Thanks orangesplease for contacting your friend. I got a packet in the mail today from the school, so I spent some time go over the materials. I noticed for the first time that the school runs on trimesters; I can't believe I never realized this. I also discovered that IR/PS has a Youtube channel.
  15. Well IR programs pull in lots of international students; a good number of people here are non-American. There are also a few non-American programs/schools being discussed. Some of the top IR programs have ridiculous costs, so a lot of people are concerned as to how they will pay for their education. And I think there are a few people out there don't even know what an IR masters can do for you.
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