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  1. Hey guys. I really need your help with my choice towards MPP programs. I have admitted by Harris MPP program and Ford MPP program. My interest is in social policy and poverty. Harris(#3, #4) and Ford(#1, #1)'s rankings are similar in public policy and social policy. Thus it is really a tough choice for me to make. UChicago has a better ranking on the best universities list and Chicago is the third biggest city in the USA which probably means more collaborations with private sectors and non-profit organizations. However, Harris seems to release too many offers this year, at least 200, and I am really worried about the teaching quality nowadays. Besides, what about the students' diversity? I think that's an important factor to weigh when studying public policy. When talking about Ford school, my gut always tells me that Ford School students would have lots of passion for public policy, and I am really impressed by UMich's culture and the sense of belonging. Ford School accepts at most 100 students, much less than Harris. So am I right that, in this situation, Ford's students would have more chances to communicate with professors and hold more seminars? But the point is neither Ann Arbor nor Detroit is like a metropolis like Chicago. So Does it mean that Ford's students have some disadvantages on network, ie. when looking for an internship or a job? My future plan is to work at a non-profit organization tacking with poverty globally or purchase a Ph.D. in political science before I work at a non-profit. So which school is a better choice for me? Please give me some advice. Ps. I am an international student and this is my first time studying in the U.S. Please give me more detailed information.
  2. Hi all, Does anyone have a successful Horowitz Foundation grant application that they would be willing to share? The word limit is killing me.
  3. HI all, I earned my master's in applied sociology a few years ago from BC. I'm currently thinking about returning to school for a PhD in Sociology with a focus on social welfare, poverty/homelessness, immigration and nationalism, race/class (SES/mobility), political sociology, and mixed methods. I've been working in research for about 6-8 years (in policy think tanks, program eval, and private industry). Any suggestions on sociology programs outside of the top 10 who are accepting of students with aspirations other than the ivory tower?? Thank you in advance!
  4. Hi All, Having checked out the previous years' blogs there isn't a lot of information or grad-cafe people who have indicated they applied for this programme. I have applied this year and so would love to kick-start a thread with whoever else has. I get the impression that due to its interdisciplinary nature this programme is applied to by people across several different disciplines so I figured it would be better to post here than under the subject threads. My background: Undergraduate degree in English and a MA in Comparative Education (both degrees are from universities at the top of UK and global rankings). 7 years of teaching in the UK and internationally. GRE: V165, Q158, AW 5.5. I am applying for PhD's in the field of education policy and the ability to expand beyond this at Northwestern into wider social policy (particularly housing and welfare policy) is extremely appealing to me. I would love to hear from anyone else who is applying or who is already studying at Northwestern.
  5. So here it goes. I am an American student who has been accepted into LSE and Edinburgh for MSc programs (Social Policy and Planning at LSE and Comparative Public Policy at Edinburgh). I am having a difficult time deciding between the two for a couple of reasons. LSE is more prestigious, I know this and I understand how important of a factor it is in future job prospects. I have heard however that the student experience is pretty low; students don’t get much time with professors/facilities are over crowded/good job training not great education. On the other hand I have heard that Edinburgh is less rigorous but the overall enjoyment and standard of living is higher. I also hear that you get more time with faculty. I am a very serious student and would like to move onto a PhD or think tank like positions in the future, so LSE is enticing (I am worried about job prospects after Edinburgh), but my gut tells me Edinburgh might be a better fit. Any advice would be SO HELPFUL, also if I have misunderstood things/ been misinformed please let me know. All info I have is just pieced together from hours of research.
  6. Hi guys, I am an international student from Nepal and came to this website after another friend applying to grad schools highly recommended it. Nothing relevant to me was showing up when I was searching for Urban Planning in this forum so I figured I would write this post. Here's my problem, I really need to find 2 safety schools and I was hoping I could get some recommendations. I know it sounds vague but since MURP doesn't have rankings for schools I really can't tell where I'm competitive. Here's my Bio: Interest: Community Development, Social Policy, International Development. I'm looking more at working with non-profits than governments and am eventually planning on working outside the US in more developing nations. Undergraduate: GPA: 3.317 BA in Sociology and International Relations from Beloit College (Ranked around 60) GRE: Verbal: 166 (97%) Quant: 157(77%) AW: 4.5(72%) Work Experience: I graduated in May 2011 so I have almost no work experience. I did conduct a fully funded independent research on social capital in a slum in Mumbai, India over winter break of my senior year however. Also, my thesis paper addressed air pollution in Kathmandu, Nepal and proposed the restructuring of the public transport system as a potential solution. Language Skills: Nepali(native), English, Intermediate Hindi, Intermediate Japanese Schools I'm Applying To: University of Illinois - Urbana Champagne Cornell University (Not Certain) University of Michigan The New School Portland State University Rutgers, The State University of New York University of Toronto University of Hawaii - Manoa So if anyone were to drop names of universities that I could apply to as safety schools I could research them further and see if things would work out. I'm completely lost at the moment. Also, if anyone could quickly give me their opinions about how competitive an applicant I could be at the schools mentioned above, I'd really appreciate that too, although I feel silly ignoring the sticky "competitive" thread. It's just that I'm running out of time so wanted to make this more visible. I would really appreciate your input!! Thanks! Isamu.
  7. Hi! I have a GPA of around 2-2.5. in equally bad in both undergrad (commerce, business, accounting) and Masters (Economics). I have a decent GRE score of above 1400, quant - 720-800 and verbal 700-800. Final score will be available in mid-november. I am interested in pursuing a PhD in communication. Something like the program at UC San Diego seems very suitable to my interests, but I might be aiming too high. Can anyone kindly suggest point to me the kind of universities that I should target? I will need full funding... Any advice will be highly appreciated.
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