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Found 6 results

  1. I couldn't find a thread about GSPIA Fall 2019, so I figured I would start one.
  2. This thread is for anyone applying to the Munk School of Global Affairs program for Fall 2018.
  3. Hey guys, I decided to make a thread for those who decided to attend the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. My name is Andrew, and I recently just completed an Honours Bachelor of Social Science in Political Science with Minor in History at the University of Ottawa. If anyone has any questions about the university or the city, feel free to post/private message me! Hopefully will meet some of you guys!
  4. As with all gigantic life decisions, I am teetering back and forth on which school/program to attend and ultimately getting nowhere. That is why I have decided to reach out to the collective wisdom of you all on Grad Cafe to hopefully give me some insight on which program would be the best for me or at least verify that my concerns are valid. Unfortunately, outside of dealing with Russian Affairs, I have not fully committed to a specific concentration of Global Public Policy (ei Security Policy, Human Rights Policy, Global Governance, etc..). Also, after browsing a few other posts regarding decisions I have noticed that people simply say "School 1 or School 2." I am going to specifically state the schools' names in the hope that former or current students can possibly provide some insight. With that in mind here are my thoughts on the two programs. University of Pittsburgh - GSPIA Would be pursuing Masters in Public and International Affairs with a Major in Security and Intel Studies, a minor in Public Policy Research and Analysis, and a Graduate Certificate in Russian and Eastern European Studies Yes, they call their concentrations and sub-concentration majors and minors I am currently in talks to see if I can switch the major and minor, but one is in the MPIA program and the other is in the MPA program so I have received mixed answers Unique Positives $$$ - Received 75% tuition scholarship and a PA Resident Allows me to really hone my Russian area knowledge with an abundance of interdisciplinary Russian course. Also Pitt also has its own Summer Language Institute with intensive language classes and trips to Moscow Offers a semester in DC in which I would be able to intern and take classes at the prestigious Center for Strategic and International Studies with fellow GSPIA and Maxwell Students Concerns Fear that future job prospects may be lower because of the lack of qualitative themed courses (in comparison to UMN) Poor rankings in comparison ( I know I should not worry about this but its always there) University of Minnesota - The Humphrey School of Public Affairs Would be pursuing a MPP with a Global Policy concentration with a self made sub-concentration Unique Positives Heavy focus on breath of courses and bigger picture ideas. (Multiple stat, finance, and econ courses required) Seems to give students skills instead of strict knowledge which would be better of job prospects Has a very expansive alumni base which seems to almost run the Twin Cities which makes it possible to, for lack of a better term, "experiment" with policy ideas and initiatives USWNR 2016 rank #8 in Public Policy Concerns Only offers 4 Russian Language classes. No other area specific courses Appears better suited to for local and state government affairs (area I am in now and trying to get out of) $$$ - received decent scholarship, but comparatively it is more expensive. However, not unbearable (unlike other top schools which I ruled out) Dean which brought the international element to the program is stepping down in a few months I realize this probably an oversimplification, but I feel as though the decision comes down to specific knowledge v. broad skill set. Which is better? I have no idea that is why I am asking for your help. Anything you all can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  5. What is the consensus surrounding this school? I don't see it mentioned often. Any students/alumni here that have gone or go here? What is your experience?
  6. Hello everyone, this is my first post down at the grad cafe. At the moment I believe that a PhD is what I'd like to go for, but given my interests (development, human security, etc.) I'm not wiling to discount the possibility that I may find my calling in a more professional environment where I would have access to the resources to potentially embark on a career. Testing the waters, if you will. I'm aware that GSPIA is a more professional-oriented school, but for a variety of reasons it is where I would very much like to do a Master's if I don't go straight to a PhD. I know this topic has probably been covered a hundred times, but what exact advantages would a Master's from a professional-oriented school confer during a PhD application process (probably for poli sci, but possibly for cultural geography, economics, or another field related to global affairs), specifically a master's from GSPIA? Of course I'm going to set my sights high, but in today's competitive graduate-level playing field I have made my peace with the fact that I may only receive a fully-funded PhD program offer from universities outside of the top 10-20, the realm that Pitt and GSPIA seem to reside in for Poli Sci and International Affairs. How would a degree from GSPIA help in that tier? Thanks a bunch in advance!
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