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  1. Hey all, I’m struggling with a choice between HKS MPP (42k/yr) and SAIS (full tuition fellowship with decision day fast approaching. I was also accepted into SIPA, Fletcher, and UCSD GPS, but I’ve narrowed it down to these two. I’m fortunate to have Ch.33 GI Bill & Yellow Ribbon Benefits to cover most of the costs and graduate with comparatively little debt. I’m interested in going into public sector in DOJ, DOS, DOD in FLE, intel roles, but also looking to broaden the horizon and consider private sector consulting/international security areas. Does anyone have some input or perspective to weigh in on the HKS network, academics, and access versus the SAIS DC network and whether one might be more worthwhile? Thanks!
  2. Hey everyone, I'm new to this forum and have never posted in places like this before so I apologise in advance if this is the wrong place for my post. I'm a Canadian student at an okay university in Canada. I would like to pursue a master's degree in IR/global politics/public policy or something along those lines. Ideally, I would like to study in Europe, preferably at LSE. I am also open to applying to other schools like Sciences Po, King's College, and maybe even the Graduate Institute in Switzerland. I have a year of school left and my cumulative GPA is a tad bit under 3.4 but I am hoping my extracurriculars can compensate for this. I am majoring in political science and have taken very basic courses in economics and quantitative research methods. I speak three Asian languages (one of them fluently), French, and English. Extracurricular Activities: -wrote articles for online international relations publications -served as a Regional Director for an international affairs publication -started an IR publication at my uni -served as president of a major political club -did model UN -currently a student mentor -currently an advisor at a think tank -volunteer at a legal research centre Work Experience: -I have roughly 2 years of work experience -interned on programs, policy, and community engagement for a royal charity -interned at the federal foreign affairs ministry in the international trade section helping businesses export and in the FDI team I don't intend to study beyond a master's degree and plan to work in government for some years and then maybe and international org like the UN or in government relations for a company. I was wondering if I could get some honest input on what my chances could be based on your experience or based on the experiences of people you know. Open to hearing any advice/suggestions you have and looking forward to hearing your experiences! Thanks!
  3. I’m applying to grad school in the near future and have been contemplating either getting a MPP, MPA, or an IR degree. I’m leaning towards an MPP but want to make sure my choice moves my career towards a foreign policy role at a think tank. From my research, it seems like IR delves into the theoretical side of foreign policy, MPP into the practical side of policy formulation and MPA into the practical side policy implementation and review. Is this a fair assessment? Thanks!!
  4. I was just admitted to the two programs for an MA in International Relations. I will be concentrating in International development at both programs. If money was not an issue, I would attend SAIS without a question. However, including scholarships, tuition cost at Syracuse Maxwell is $34k while SAIS is $80k. Just curious on people's thoughts how much more I should value a SAIS education and resources(Career services, alumni, etc) over Maxwell. Also, the end goal is to get a job in International Development. How much more does a SAIS degree jump off the page than Maxwell?
  5. Hey guys!! ? I think it is about time to start this year's application thread. I'm sure many of you have already started the application process and some are finished. I hope this thread will help you in ways it can and give you as much info on schools as possible. I am applying for the third time (due to financial reasons could never accept the offers), you know what they say third is the charm. Personally i will be applying for MA in International Relations/Affairs with concentrations in Development and Human Rights. Best of luck to all of you and hopefully this time i actually get to go to Grad School And below are the schools that i would be applying to for the Fall 2019 term: Yale Jackson Institute of Global Affairs Baruch CUNY Austin W. Marxe School of public and International Affairs Penn State school of International Affairs University of Georgia Seton Hall University My UGPA is 3.6 i will have worked 2 years by next summer. My GREs are in the 153s not that but i will try to work with it.
  6. Im am looking at IR and policy policy masters and looking to work as a government analyst, private sector (consulting or political risk) or at an NGO. I eventually want to earn a policy oriented or political science PHD 5 to 10 years down the road. I was accepted to Pittsburgh (GSPIA, MIPA security and intelligence), Denver (Korbel, MIS), and UCSD (GPS, MPP). My aid situation is as follows: DU-Korbel 30k (15k a year but still the most expensive) Pitt-GSPIA 28k (14k a year and the cheapest school and cheapest living costs) UCSD-GPS (no aid awarded but instate tuition for second year makes it cheaper than DU) I like all the programs, especially DU and Pitt, but I will know more when I visit UCSDs student day tomorrow. Trying to decide if the prestige of DU is worth the cost vs the east coast location of Pitt vs the dream location and quant heavy program of UCSD. I know I probably cant go wrong with any of these schools but I gotta decide by the 15th of April. I also have about a year of graduate research experience, a graduate certificate in National Security and Intelligence, and a paper publication and conference presentation under my belt. Any insight on the schools and the decision is welecome!!
  7. Hey guys! I plan to pursue my Masters in International Relations from the UK. I am completely confused about the University that I should accept an offer from, because the data from the internet is really unreliable and inconsistent. Different rankings provide a different status to different universities. So the inconsistency does not really help. My top choices at the moment (in that order) are: 1) LSE 2) SOAS 3) King's College 4)University of Manchester I hold an offer from all the above universities except LSE. I have applied to many other universities for the same course, so please feel free to include other university suggestions for the course.
  8. From what I've researched online this question seems to be popular so I thought should see what everyone thinks. I applied for the 2019 fall semester and am still waiting to hear back from SAIS, SIPA, and MSFS but I was recently accepted into both the Elliott School's MA program of International Affairs as well as SIS's MA in International Affairs: Comparative and Regional Studies program. I received a decent funding package from the Elliott School but am still waiting to hear back on funding from SIS. I wanted to reach out to everyone here and get your thoughts about either school. I've seen that some people seem to hold the Elliott School in higher esteem for potential internships and job prospects. Personally, because my focus of study is on East Asia and I come from a background of fairly extensive research experience in South Korea, I was wondering if I could get your thoughts on which program may best for me. I want to work for the government following graduation but because both schools are located in DC, it seems that networking and hustling for contacts is a pretty fair toss-up between the two. I would greatly appreciate everyone's insights and thoughts!!
  9. Hey Guys, I wanted to get your opinion on university ranking systems. For this I am specifically talking about the International Relations field. The two main ranking systems that I am talking about are those complied by Foreign Policy Magazine, "The Best International Relations Schools in the World", and US News and their list of the top political science schools. (Links at the end). While the rankings do have some similarities, like the obvious choices at the top, there are some major differences. Mainly the placement of the DC based schools at the top of the Foreign Policy list, and their placement in the middle or bottom of the US News list. Another oddity that I found was the complete exclusion of the University of Denver from the US News list, which I thought was odd considering they have a highly regarded IR school. I do understand that the US News ranking takes all of the political science subfields into account, but it still seems like the ranking systems are very different with some schools near the top of one ranking while sitting at the bottom of another. So I guess I am wondering which ranking do you guys think is correct, or more correct than the other? which one should a applicant place more weight when looking at potential grad schools? Links: US News: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-humanities-schools/political-science-rankings Foreign Policy Magazine: https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/02/20/top-fifty-schools-international-relations-foreign-policy/ Side Note: I understand that ranking systems re inherently flawed, and that they should be taken with a grain of salt for ultimately deciding a grad school, but they are often a place to start for someone interested in graduate school within the field.
  10. Hey y'all, so I guess the name says it all, in your opinion what schools are the best in the IR sub-field? And any idea on more middle-tier programs and schools? Thanks!
  11. Hey guys!! ? I think it is about time to start this year's application thread. I'm sure many of you have already started the application process and some are finished. I hope this thread will help you in ways it can and give you as much info on schools as possible. I am applying for the third time (due to financial reasons could never accept the offers), you know what they say third is the charm. Personally i will be applying for MA in International Relations/Affairs with concentrations in Development and Human Rights. Best of luck to all of you and hopefully this time i actually get to go to Grad School And below are the schools that i would be applying to for the Fall 2019 term: Yale Jackson Institute of Global Affairs Baruch CUNY Austin W. Marxe School of public and International Affairs Penn State school of International Affairs University of Georgia Seton Hall University My UGPA is 3.6 i will have worked 2 years by next summer. My GREs are in the 153s not that but i will try to work with it.
  12. I've been admitted to Ottawa's GSPIA and Waterloo's Masters of Public Service Program and I feel lost because, on one hand, all my profs are telling me to pursue Ottawa, but the open house at Waterloo MPS was great. The director of the Waterloo MPS was a really nice guy and I had the feeling that engagement with the student body at Waterloo is massive compared to Ottawa. Ottawa, on the other hand, has better co-op job board. The LinkedIn searches gave me the same impression that uOttawa's graduates have a better federal government job compared to the MPS program. That said, the administration is very vague. There's no open house, and there's very little information online. That tells me the bureaucracy in Ottawa is pretty bad, compared to Waterloo where it's pretty smooth. Waterloo on the other hand, is not well known for its MPS program but has a very high co-op rate. If there is anybody out there that has ANY information on GSPIA I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks again, Jason
  13. Hi everyone, Quick question about the two programs that Georgetown University School of Foreign Service has, the Security Studies Program and the Master of Science in Foreign Service. Does anyone know if one is better than the other in terms of acceptance rate, job prospects and earnings, academic, etc? I saw online that MSFS acceptance rate is 30-40% while SSP is 20-25%. Don't know if that makes much of a difference. Also, two programs seem to have different focus, one more qualitative and the other more quantitative. Would appreciate if someone could shed some light on this as I am trying to decide which program to enroll to. Thanks!
  14. Hi there! I'll be starting the MA in International Relations at NYU this fall, anyone else enrolling in the same course? I'll be doing the concentration in European/Mediterranean studies, but would be happy to know people from other concentrations!
  15. Over the weekend, I was (unofficially) accepted to Georgetown's MSFS!!! I am, of course, over the moon as this is my top choice. According to the email, I was waitlisted for a scholarship. Does anyone have any experience with this? How likely is it that funding will come through? And how long are the waitlists for these? I've (of course) applied for outside funding, but most of those do not notify until April, so the cost of attendance is a bit scary at the moment.
  16. Anyone here want to share some stats for global affairs/international relations? I am currently waiting on one more school : Yale (long shot school). I did my undergrad in the physical sciences, so I am literally swapping into a new field. Any advice! Thanks!
  18. Hi there! I'm looking at UChicago's public policy programs and I'm confused about the distinction between two of their options. They offer the MPP through the Harris school with a Global Conflict policy area or an MAIR through the Committee on International Relations with the option of applying for a dual MAPP degree through Harris. I'm interested in international policy and have been primarily looking at MPP programs before entering the workforce (likely in either the non-profit or public sector). My initial concerns with the two programs (and why I'm asking for a differentiation) is that the MPP won't focus on international policy enough to be worth it whereas the MA/MA dual degree is more geared towards individuals seeking a PhD program in the future (which I am not). If anyone has some insight into either or both programs from a student or applicant's perspective, that would be appreciated!
  19. Hey guys, I'm going to be starting my application for my Master's program soon. My first choice is Carleton's NPSIA. I thought I'd start a thread this year so if anyone else is going to apply as well, we can go on this tumultuous journey together. I'm an international student, so the processes and such may be different and requirements more extensive, but I'm sure we can all find some commonality. And also benefit from discussion.
  20. Heyya! I've been recently accepted at MGIMO (Moscow State Institute of International Relation) into an international program. I thought it would be nice to find other people to get to know each other before we come together in September :). Is there anyone? Either accepted or already well into their Masters' programs, Russian or English or dual or whatever? I'd LOVE to hear from you
  21. Hello, I am a political science undergrad student at a comprehensive university in Ontario, Canada. I currently possess a cumulative GPA of 3.78/4.00 and a major GPA of 3.91/4.00. I recently (two days ago) finished my 3rd out of 4 years of university and will be applying in September/October of 2017 with the marks I have already attained. I have work experience as a teaching and grading IR assistant at my university (going to be 8 months), as a trade policy intern at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC (4 months), as a legal intern for a prestigious international law firm (1 month), and as a Corporate Affairs intern at a Fortune 500 company (4 months). In terms of university extracurriculars I am the President of my university's pre-law society. I also have three strong letters of recommendation from my professors who specialize in IR--they attended St. Andrews, UofT, and UCambridge respectively. My dream MSc program is The London School of Economics & Political Science MSc International Relations. As an aside, it is my goal to pursue a PhD and a career in academia after completing this program. I wanted to know (from individuals who have been accepted/rejected to this program or similar) what my chances are of being accepted? I am also applying to the MSc in Conflict Studies (second choice) so an estimate of my chances for that program would be most appreciated as well. Canadian LSE MSc Minimum GPA entry requirement: 3.3/4.0 (No GRE or GMAT required) 2017/2018 MSc International Relations acceptance rate: 11.14% (101/907) 2017/2018 MSc Conflict Studies acceptance rate: 17.14% (55/321)
  22. Hello everyone, im currently deciding between a few options for grad school fall 2017 start and would love your opinions. I have been accepted into the following programs: LSE MSc In Global Politics Sciences Po MSc In Public policy iheid (graduate institute in Geneva) in international affairs and have also applied to the dual degree between LSE sciences po (Psia) ... haven't heard back yet but assuming I get in, which of the four options would you choose? For some background, I went to undergrad in the US and majored in comparative literature so I am a bit of a crossover case for these programs. I honestly am not sure what I want to do, so I'd love to go to a school with excellent career services and obviously high quality courses. Since I was previously studying literature and science (as I was planning to go to med school in the us) I am a bit concerned about finding work after my masters since I have no work experience. let me know your thoughts!! thanks a bunch!
  23. I'm a fairly advanced incoming student studying international political economy of finance (financial elite communities, global capital flows, banking regulation), with strong methods training I intend to build on. My final competing programs are UC Berkeley and Columbia, which each have solid merits for these focuses. The former has more senior faculty (VA, BE in dual appointment) where the latter has great new hires in that field (NG and AC, with ongoing searches, they assure me). Obviously the latter has an advantage of pedigree, but I'm looking for any and all advice on which program has a better fit for this field, and placement of students with this particular focus. Also interested in unspoken departmental norms (corroboration of rumors regarding Berkeley methods sequence incoherence, intolerable competitive environment at Columbia, etc.). Many thanks in advance, folks.
  24. Hello, would appreciate thoughts regarding graduate school decisions/comments from people in the same boat. Interested in the Middle East, development, and human rights. I have State Dept. experience and did some volunteer NGO work in Lebanon. Accepted to: Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey - International Policy and Development MA program ($14k fellowship over 2 years) George Washington University - Middle East Studies MA program, concentration in International Affairs and Development ($5k/year fellowship) - waiting on another fellowship that would fully fund 1st year. Fletcher at Tufts University - MALD program ($24k fellowship over 2 years) SAIS at Johns Hopkins University - MA program, no funding still waiting on a decision from the Ford School at University of Michigan (MPP program). SAIS was my #1 because I wanted to strengthen my economic/quant skills.. took an online econ course to prepare and started to reconsider haha, and the $0 funding doesn't help. Fletcher seems up my alley with their human rights rep, and they gave me the most funding, but they're also more expensive than GWU and don't have the DC advantage. Michigan would probably be my top choice if I get accepted because of in-state tuition. Their MPP is ranked 3rd after Berkely and HKS, and they offer several international-oriented courses so I'd still walk away with the skills and expertise that I want. Middlebury is great but can't compare with the other schools, especially considering I will still have to take out significant loans to go there, so it's probably out of the running. I prefer to be abroad post-graduation, and am also considering going the PhD route at some point in the future, so I'd like to be somewhere where I could do an MA thesis. and with that I welcome any thoughts/advice
  25. Hi all. So, I was hoping someone could answer some of the IR program questions I have about SIS, SAIS and the UCSD GPS program. Among all three, SAIS undoubtedly has the best all around reputation, and strong training in economics and quantitative analysis. But, from what I've heard so far, unless you're a really outstanding applicant, it's pretty hard to get funding, plus TA positions are few and far in between (my impressions from various personal research). On the other hand, there's American University, located in DC... does anyone know about how quantitatively rigorous this program is?? I am planning on regionally focusing on East Asia, but I still want good quantitative training out of a program. UCSD, from what I know, although lacking in terms of broader reputation and connections in government, has interesting course listings, and provides students with rigorous quantitative training on par with SAIS (or, maybe, more). I've been admitted to UCSD so far, but am waiting from responses from SAIS and SIS. Hoping to hear some input from current IR students who know of these programs, or from applicants who are in the same boat as I am. Thanks!
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