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  1. Hi everyone, I have a bit of a head scratcher here. I have just been offered two opportunities about attending two amazing masters programs, and would love to have some external input. Below are my offers: Carnegie-Mellon Heinz Masters of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM): 2 year program with 50% tuition scholarship (about $50,000 total) Syracuse Maxwell Masters in Public Administration (MPA): 1 year program with $38,000 merit scholarship, graduate assistantship where I will be compensated $15,800, and a $5,000 transition stipend for each each summer I attend (about $58,000 total) I love the Heinz program because it is quant/programming based, and will provide many "hard" skills that I would want to be putting towards my public service career. I love the Maxwell program because it offers me an opportunity to work as a researcher while pursuing my degree, and will ultimately push me "up" towards my goal of a Ph.D in policy rather than "out" into the job market. My ultimate goal is to work in policy for a few years before returning to school to pursue a doctorate in policy. The focus of a future Ph. D would be to work in the industry (think tank, non-profit, governmental agency) before transitioning into academia as I get older. Any feedback would be great, and feel free to fill out the poll! Thanks!
  2. Hi guys! Last week I received the link for a video interview with regard to the application for CMU's MSPPM-DA track. Although, it's optional, it's highly recommended for international students. I am an international student and do not even have a good Speaking score in TOEFL (24). I am really worried and nervous as well thinking about whether appearing for this will increase my chances or worsen it. Those who've already given this interview, could you please help me understand how was your experience and whether I should take this (in your opinion)?
  3. I was looking for a post for others applying to Carnegie Mellon and haven't seen one, but since I just submitted my app I figured maybe some other folks have too! I applied to the Data Analytics track-- I've already been accepted to UChicago's MSCAPP, but since I heard CMU offers a lot more funding I think it might actually be my top choice. (I thought the MSCAPP was, but I their funding offer was seriously underwhelming when compared to their high cost of attendance.) Specifically, I'm curious if anyone else completed the video interview thing? I opted not to since I felt like the rest of my application was pretty strong I really didn't want to risk messing that part up and throwing myself under the bus! I'd be interested to hear from anyone who did try it and might share what they thought.
  4. Hello all, I got accepted to the following programs and would highly appreciate your help on deciding. I studied Political Science with the focus on Public Policy and worked around Sustainable Development in the land-use sector in an international organization for 3 years. Am considering PhD also, but this might change depending on the masters program I choose. Below are key traits of each school from my point of view: 1. Master of Environmental Management (MEM), Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale Pro: Strongest school in Env. management Con: .... Network is not as widespread as SAIS or SIPA in international organizations? 2. Master of Arts (MA), SAIS, Johns Hopkins University Pro: Strong network Con: Not very focused on Env. topics 3. Master of Public Affairs (MPA), SIPA, Columbia Pro: Strong network; practice orieted curriculum Con: Program is not intended for tentative phd applicants 4. Master of Development Studies (MDP), UC Berkeley Pro: Location, Flexible & practice oriented curriculum Con: Program is not intended for tentative phd applicants (no doctoral program available within the department) 5. Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM), Heinz School, Carnegie Mellon University Pro: Program wise, most inclined to this school as the course is highly technical (data science/analytics for public policy), providing a niche in my field. Received $40,000 funding offer for 2 years (conditional - GPA higher than 3.0/4.0 per semester). Con: Not as famous as above schools; location Thanks for your insight in advance.
  5. Does anyone know how likely it is to get a GA position at the Heinz College without qualifying for Federal Work Study? Thanks!
  6. Hi, I am Umair from Pakistan. I have a funded offer (Fulbright) for a Phd in Public Policy for Fall 2017. In my submission plan (where Fulbright commission applied for me), unis included Arizona State University, Uni of Texas at Dallas, Uni of Washington- Evans, Syracuse Maxwell, and CMU Heinz. My background is a bit on the low side, an undergrad from a top ranked uni here in Pakistan (but obviously unknown there in the US) with a CGPA of 2.83, where I studied Business Management/ Information Systems. I did a postgrad from Institute of Development Studies at University of Sussex UK, High Merit but not a distinction. 2-3 conference papers, a research project going on. GRE scores verbal 162 quant 164 AWA 4.5. Graduated in 2014. so 2-3 years of experience. I have been offered admission from Arizona State University and UT Dallas while Udub & Syracuse have already sent out a rejection. Have not heard from CMU. I wanted to know if you people have any advice on this. My interests are in social policy/ health policy or a bit of IT policy (for CMU only). My essays were generally good, references were OK too. But no elaborate research plans/ focus. I am much afraid of ending up unemployed etc. after I am done. How is the reputation of ASU (SPA) or UT Dallas? Any comments please. Should I go for Arizona State or UT Dallas, if I get rejected from CMU as well, which most probably I will given my profile. I am motivated and ambitious to go for a PhD but I am also afraid I might even fail to complete (due to my weak background specially in calculus/ linear algebra/ statistics/ econometrics. Though I have had courses in all of these 4 mentioned subjects. I am willing to put in the hard miles to get through but doubts always keep coming back. I thought udub evans will admit me but they also din't. And I heard comprehensive exam thingy at ASU IS SCARY!!! Lots of applicants pull out at that stage. Any comments guys. Any help much appreciated and desperately needed. Thanks.
  7. I was accepted to both the Duke MPP and Heinz MSHCPM programs and am planning on going into the field of healthcare. What are everyone's opinions regarding one, or both, of the programs. What are some strengths/weaknesses of both (I am very good with numbers and do want a quantitatively heavy grad education)? What is the job placement like for either and how much pull does Duke Sanford have in the field of healthcare? Any thoughts?
  8. I've been looking at back posts on the relative quantitative rigorousness of programs, and I've noticed that virtually every program is described by some as "quant heavy", etc. For me, the ability to push myself quantitative and learn advanced skills of statistics, econometrics, microeconomics, and program evaluation is one of my most important criteria for evaluating programs. And I feel a little let down by this forum, which is generally quite informative and helpful. For instance, GSPP is often highly regarded as quant heavy. However, their math camp spends half of the time on pre-calculus topics. To me, that sends off a little alarm. I hope to post some of the results of my own research, which will compare syllabi, topics, and textbooks across core quant classes, but my initial impression is that at even Harris, GSPP, and Ford, it's going to take some work to get beyond advanced undergraduate classes in econ and math/stats. With that in mind, what do you know about: 1) Advanced track quant options within the program(Ford offers an "In-Depth" Micro II, Harris has something a long these lines, etc) 2) Taking classes from econ departments/attending econ math camp. How does testing work? Has anyone done this? Many students praise the ability to take courses from econ departments, but I know most professors aren't going to be happy with letting policy students into PhD level courses, which are highly theoretical and full of proofs. Most students of which survive them only by working close together with groups of other PhD students - something that I would have difficulty doing as an MPP student. For current students, did any of you come from a math/econ background and feel underwhelmed by the policy school's quant offerings? How did you get around this? I'm looking for econometrics and micro courses that use multivariate calculus (lagrangians, etc), matrix algebra, and maybe some proofs. Can anyone help me out with specific examples, courses, books, syllabi, etc? An econometrics book that references Greene, and a micro book on the level of Nicholson are some of the clues that I'm looking for. Sorry for the rambling post guys, I'm feeling overwhelmed looking for old syllabi and course descriptions. Thanks for your comments.
  9. http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/download.aspx?id=2887 Interesting... "On average: 50% of applicants are admitted"
  10. Goldman, Heinz. LBJ, or UCLA? I understand Goldman emphasizes state politics/local gov in CA, LBJ has great faculty and good connections in TX, and CMU has good recognition on the East Coast. Applying to grad schools I was focused more on domestic policies but recently I've been considering taking an international approach (thus the dearth of IR focused MPP programs I applied to ) So if I had to choose from what I have, which program would give me the best education/placement/int'l exposure? Mainly to China/East Asia. Thanks for the help guys. Decision dates are coming soon D:
  11. I am deciding between CMU Heinz MSPPM and University of Chicago's Harris School MPP. Harris: #4 by US N&W Report in both social policy, policy analysis; Heinz: #7 in policy analysis Switched places from the last USNWR rankings for policy analysis, but both clearly top-tiered and quantitatively strong. For financial aid, Harris offered 10k/year and Heinz 24k/year. Which one should I choose? Does anyone know much about the differences between these two programs? Thanks!
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