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  1. Hi all! Since Columbia SIPA"s early application deadline is right around the corner, I wanted to start a thread for other SIPA hopefuls who- if they are anything like myself- are quietly panicking right about now. Anyone else struggling with the ridiculously short SOP word count? Has anyone actually submitted their app yet?
  2. Hello all, Starting the forum a little early this year. May the MFA gods be with us!
  3. Greetings, Long-time lurker, first-time poster. I figured it might be worthwhile to get a reality check from some of my peers on here, as you all would know better than many of the real-world people I know about the MES world and what their admissions processes look like. I could really use some perspective and context about this matter, so some feedback would be greatly appreciated. I am in an unconventional situation where: a) I am adamant about transitioning into academia/the humanities to study the Middle East with a focus on the intellectual history of the Levant and Ottoman Empire. b ) I have a B.Sc. in Business Administration from a top 50 public school in New England, where I double concentrated in Finance and Production Operations Management, and double minored in Statistics and English (GPA 3.20). c) my work experience in the four years since graduation has been at a tech start-up that has no relation to my academic interests. d) I do not have a thesis or any worthy research papers to provide as writing samples, (although I do have some critical analyses from somewhat pertinent (i.e. post-colonial studies) classes that I could tidy up and submit instead). On the other hand, these are the merits and motivations that compel me to pursue education in MES: 1) I quit my job a few months ago to focus on making this transition and explore my academic interests. That has involved me traveling throughout Turkey and the Arab world, as well as studying a lot of pertinent academic and literary texts on my own (Said, Massad, Ahmed, Soueif, Saleh, Hafiz, Darwish, etc). 2) I speak (and write/read, to a lesser extent) Arabic fluently, having lived in Jordan during my high school years (although US born, I am of Palestinian origin). I am currently in Palestine volunteering on a construction project, but my intention in the next few months is to relocate to Turkey (after finishing up with grad school apps) to learn and experience the Turkish language/society. 3) The more I study, the more interested I become in understanding the world through the intellectual lens of the Arab world, as reflected and informed by its cultural artifacts, society, and intellectual history. 4) I have long been interested in (and intermittently engaged) in the politics and affairs of the Arab world (ex: I founded and led a Students for Justice in Palestine coalition on my campus, attended the international Arabic debate tournament in Qatar on behalf of my university.) 5) I am privileged in the exposure and access I have been afforded in the Middle East over my lifetime: I have spent extended periods of time getting to know many villages/communities throughout Palestine, I know Amman and its society extremely well, and I have lived in two different emirates in the UAE. I have read literature from all over the Middle East. 6) I am in a fortunate situation where I do not need to go into debt to pay off a terminal MA 7) I have somewhat compensatory LORs in that they come from my more academic literature/humanities professors, and not from my quantitative/Business professors So, considering all of the above, what I need help figuring out is: 1. Considering my irrelevant academic and professional background, not to mention relatively low GPA, do I even stand a chance at getting into a reputable program in the US? From my research it appears that most academic (as opposed to security/intelligence)-focused programs are housed at the nation's most elite institutions, and thus I am looking to apply to the following programs (Columbia MESAAS, Harvard CMES, NYU, Princeton, UChicago) - Am I missing any programs, particularly ones with easier admissions? Are British universities (SOAS, Oxbridge, King's) more merciful in that regard? 2. Is there anything in particular about my profile that I should emphasize in my SOP - anything I already have that grad school admins love to see? - The way I see it, I am lacking in GPA (taking the GRE next month) and academic background (save for my English minor), but I do have the language skills and the regional experience in addition to a strong personal interest in the academics of it all (enough to be making a deliberate career pivot, as I am). After all, this is a passion-driven endeavor I am undertaking. Are any of these points particularly valuable? 3. Is a college essay entitled "The conflict of Afro-Islamic Spirituality and Western Modernity as depicted in “Ambiguous Adventure” going to cut it as a writing sample? Considering I do not have a mentor/professor to advise on the process, would it still be better if I wrote something more pertinent/up-to-date from scratch? - Frankly, I just do not have many papers from my undergraduate that are in excess of 10-15 pages, let alone ones that are of material relevance to the programs I am applying to. My hope was to edit this paper thoroughly and use it in lieu of a research paper or thesis. 4. Can my unconventional background as a Business major and tech industry member be regarded as a positive? If not, are there any obvious ways in which I could spin it as such? - I worry that I was incorrect in my early assumption that my background is not a serious hinderance to my prospects, and that it might in fact help me stand out as a truly interested/invested candidate. Is that baseless? Looking at this forum and the MES/poli sci undergrads wielding 3.8+ GPAs, three languages, and highly relevant experience... I begin to doubt the value of my earnestness to these grad admission boards. Thank you, thank you, thank you for reading all of this. I look forward to getting some guidance from any fellow hopefuls or admittees - any context/perspective will help me evaluate how to best allocate and apply my efforts. Your responses are greatly appreciated!
  4. Hi Wassup guys! Happy Friday or (or Happy Day)! I hope everyone is enjoying their day. Its acceptance letter season and I am so glad the applying stage is over. Even more happy that I got accepted into the Fordham, Columbia, and Hunter/Bank Street Program Although I am very excited about the prospects of attending any of these programs, I am leaning towards Columbia. However, I have concerns about the costs and loans. Is there a way to leverage my financial aid packages to lower the costs? Or any other approaches to help me lower the costs and loans? Please let me know very excited to start my career with the lowest amount of loans possible
  5. Hello Columbia hopefuls! As I was researching information about Columbia's MSW program several months ago, I came across a tread on this site for applicants for Columbia's Fall 2017 cohort. Applicants used the forum to offer encouragement and guidance through the application process, as well as provide updates about acceptance, financial aid, stats, and other things. It looked like it was tremendously helpful for them to have a community alongside them in the process (especially in the dreadful wait to hear back about acceptance). So I wanted to create an open thread for those applying to Columbia's Fall 2018 MSW cohort. Use this thread for questions about the application, updates about acceptance, and anything else related to the application season for Columbia Fall 2018. I look forward to hearing from others who are hopeful to attend Columbia for their graduate school and hope to see some of you in the fall!
  6. Instructional Technology & Media @ TC?

    Hi! I hope everyone's doing well! I recently came across Instructional Technology and Media at TC, and I wanted to know if someone who is currently in the program or who has graduated from the program could tell me exactly what the program focuses on. My impression (based off of the name and the catalog for the Math, Science, & Technology Department) is that it focuses on technologies and media that complements instruction, like videos, simulations, and games. But, there's also a degree for designing and developing digital games at TC, so I'm confused. Any clarification would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
  7. Hello everyone, I am unapologetically paranoid about graduate school admissions. My undergraduate grades fluctuated quite a bit. I attended a community college for two years receiving a 3.4 GPA. I then transferred to a top 75 liberal arts college where I received a 3.2 GPA. My total undergraduate GPA works out to be a 3.3 which is not very good for more competitive programs in international development/public policy. I was hoping that I could get your feelings on my chances at admissions at Columbia SIPA and John's Hopkins SIAS. Other things to consider. I served in the Peace Corps in Africa for two years Taught in Asia for 1.5 years. Conducting research in Central America from July 2017-July 2018 I won and declined a Fulbright ETA grant. In total, I will have 4.5 years of international work experience before my program begins. My brother is a current undergraduate student at Hopkins and is researching at SIAS. I think that I will have rock solid letters of recommendation from undergraduate professors. I completed three internships during my undergrad and work 20+ hours per week. Tell me what you think.
  8. Hey everybody! so i'm starting to get nervous about applications.... I'm an international student so I don't really know who i'm competing against (experience-wise). currently finishing my B.Sc. in biology+psychology+emphasis in neuroscience (so I have a lot of neuro courses in my resume). GPA around 3.7-3.8. but I'm not sure if my lab experience is good enough - one biology and one psychobiology projects. my degree is only 3 years (not 4 like american undergrads), so i won't have time for another lab experience before applications' deadlines. took the GRE a couple of days ago, so i don't have the AW score yet, but the quant and verbal were 161 and 160. I could definitely score higher on the quant so i'm considering retaking the exam (though it will be only in October.... cutting it close to deadlines). My aim is to get accepted to a PhD in the biology-oriented neuroscience (molecular etc.), and of course the dream is in NYC. applying to Columbia, NYU, Weill Cornell and CUNY (as a safe choice). Are my chances good? should I consider more schools? and if so- any recommendations? Thank you!!
  9. Hey everyone! Long time scowler of these forums but first time poster! I'm looking for some opinions/insight concerning my decision for a graduate program starting in the fall. I attended Sacred Heart University for my undergrad and graduated Summa Cum Laude with my b.s. in psychology. After many applications and acceptances/denials I had finally made the decision to attended Adelphi University for their mental health counseling masters program. However, just two weeks ago I heard back from Teachers College at Columbia University and was accepted to the Psychology in Education (general psych) masters in the clinical department. So here lies my dilemma...I am so drawn to the name on the diploma when it comes to Columbia but I know that the program will not end in licensure. I would be open to attending a PhD program to become a licensed psychologist after Columbia but I would hope to gain acceptance to a fully funded program which I know is extremely difficult. My end goal is to become a practicioner whether that be as a licensed psychologist or licensed mental health counselor. However I'm also aware that as a mental health counselor I will be making significantly less money than if I had a PhD. So my questions are 1) does anyone have opinions on the TC program? I've heard the professors don't pay much attention to the masters students which concerns me. 2) if I get my psychology in education (general psychology) masters from TC at Columbia what are my chances of gaining acceptance to a PhD program? Specifically a fully funded program. 3) should I be more concerned with the name on the degree or the licensure that will be granted after the 2 year Adelphi program? And 4) if I attended Columbia and got the General masters and then decided not to pursue a PhD what could I do as far as career options with just the masters? All opinions are welcome, especially if you have personal experience or knowledge of either program! I need to make a final decision by July 1st so please contribute. Thank you!!
  10. Columbia School of Social Work - 2017

    Any other Columbia hopefuls out there? It's my top school and I just thought it would be nice to have a thread started for CSSW applicants for 2017! I've applied for the standard 2 Year MSW program. Let's all keep each other updated on our application statuses and such!
  11. Hey everyone! I've been scrolling through various forums on here for a couple weeks now, but this is my first post! I graduated a year ago from Northern Arizona University with my BSW and a minor in sociology. Attending grad school has been on my mind a lot over the past few months and I've finally decided to pursue an MSW in New York City through an advanced standing program in Fall 2018. I intend to apply to Columbia, NYU, Fordham, and Hunter with Columbia being with current top choice. I'm flying to New York in August to attend prospective student events and see the various campuses. Needless to say, I'm staring to get very excited about the idea of starting my masters in NYC. So here is my question: does applying right when the application opens versus right before the priority deadline make much of a difference in terms of wait time for a decision? I've read lots of different forums on here about people applying at different times and it seems that most decisions come back in February or March. I presume that most applications open in the Fall (I got an email saying Columbia's opens in August) and I'm getting eager to get to work on my applications. I welcome any feedback about this question and the application process for these schools in general. Thanks!
  12. Hi everyone, I am a TC student. I need to rent my studio in the Upper West Side in Manhattan in NY. Rent is 2033.00 a month. It is rent stabilized, so the rent won't increase.. It is a 2 min walk to central park and 15 from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Madison Ave. If Interested call Parc Coliseum apartments. Address: 228 W 71st St, New York, NY 10023 Phone: (212) 873-1000The apartment itself is located in Parc Cameron. Message me for questions.
  13. Dear all, I applied to a little less than 6 Ph.D. program at Princeton, Columbia, UCB, NYU and etc, but got rejected by them all. My GPA is 3.8 in my last ma program in IR. Toefl: 107/120, GRE V156/Q169 However, I received 2 consolation MA admission by Columbia Unversity (one year I guess) and NYU (3 semester to 2 years), without funding. Now the dillema is twisting and making me pretty dismay as I'm deeply afraid both of the programs are so-called cash cow programs. As I'm looking forward to work in NYC or broadly the US, I don't know if these two programs are adding value to my job prospect. So I'm really looking forward to comments and suggestion by anyone who knows about these programs in terms of the quality, the evaluation, both academic and from the perspective of job market. Really appreciate it!
  14. Hi All! I am a recent graduate (c/o 2016) interested in pursuing a Masters and/or PhD in Urban Planning in Fall 2018 (Interested in merging Public Health and Analytics - Using City/Regional data to create healthier spaces) Undergrad Major: Global Health and Environment, 3.39 GPA (3.76 major GPA) GRE: Haven't taken it yet, but I'm a decent test taker and will probably score in the upper 70s or mid/lower 80 percentile) Programs: Columbia GSAPP's MSUP (Urban Analytics), UC Berkeley, I have spent the past few months interning at public health organizations (domestic & internationally) Here are my questions: (1) Do I have a chance at getting into Columbia and/or Berkeley? Are there other graduate programs that focus on data? (2) Considering more competitive applicants with higher marks, is it possible to receive a scholarship or RA-ship funding for a graduate program with my grades? How can I become more competitive? I don't know anyone in real life who is in UP, which is why I'm here. Anything is better than nothing, so please please impart some knowledge! Thank you! **Also please do the poll above to help me be more competitive,
  15. Columbia SIPA 2017

    I realise that early action decisions are out, but I am eagerly waiting for the March decisions. Would be good to have a space to follow the updates. So, here's a thread for SIPA!
  16. Columbia Political Science Freestanding MA

    Hello Dear Fellows who want to overcome Nihilism! ANYONE HEARD BACK FROM COLUMBIA FREESTANDING MA in POLITICAL SCIENCE? I submitted my application on the 26th of January and hope to hear from them before 15th of April. What do you think? Anyone applied to that program?
  17. HUNTER OR TEACHERS COLLEGE?

    I am in between two schools for masters in psychology, Hunter College and Teachers College Columbia. What is the overall reputation of these schools? Would Teachers College give me more of an advantage than Hunter? I have heard mixed reviews from current students from both schools which worries me. I feel outside NY, Hunter's name isn't as recognizable as Columbia. However, Hunter seems to offer more opportunities for research. Any advice helps! Thank you!
  18. I have narrowed the schools I have received offers from down to these three. I was wondering what your guys opinions are on the resulting job opportunities and overall benefits of each program, considering that I am 90% sure that I do not plan on pursuing a PhD in EE. My main concern is with UIUC. The relatively new program is all coursework, and I would like to know exactly how good this program is, especially from someone who knows something more about the program.
  19. Hi everyone! If you have decided to attend Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in Fall 2017 (like me) then feel free to join the Facebook group I just created so we can connect with each other, ask questions, etc. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1527643387247818/ This group is intended to promote connectivity between students admitted to a Master of Public Health, Master of Science, or Master of Healthcare Administration degree programs at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health beginning in September 2017.
  20. Hi I have received 2 admits for MS in CS from UCLA and Columbia University. I am very confused and unable to decide one. Any inputs on which one i should lean onto? Pros/Cons of both? I am interested in ML/AI.
  21. MA in Public Relation/Communication

    Hey all! I'm applying to several communications schools (thank god for late deadlines) and am curious about hard numbers. Does anyone have hard numbers about the average GRE and GPA of Columbia's Masters of Strategic Communications or USC Annenberg's Masters of Comms programs? I took the GRE and got a 156 and 4 on the writing. I'm curious if I should retake or just apply. (I have a 3.45GPA from a public ivy and three years of work experience) Anyone willing to share their numbers? Thanks!
  22. Hey everyone! I am wondering which one should I choose. Columbia University is a big name and it locates in NYC. However, I heard the reputation of their Statistics program is not that good in recent years. I really like University of Michigan, it has relatively small class size (about 30) and the school overall has a good reputation. But Quantitative Finance and Risk Management (QFRM) is a new program (opened in 2015) and its location is not as good as Columbia's. The key parameter I am considering is job placement. Thank you for your help!
  23. Just got accepted into Hunter and Teachers College for MA in psychology! In your opinion what program is better? I have my bachelors in psych but little research experience, hence the desire for a masters. My overall goal is to be a clinical psychologist focusing on neuropsych. Both schools are great but I've heard mixed reviews about both programs. Anything helps thank you!!
  24. Hey, I have struggled on this for around one month - which Ph.D. program I should attend. I am admitted to both EE at Columbia and BME at Yale. Both of the program focusing on the neural signal processing. The Columbia one is more "circuit heavy" which focusing on the circuit design for neural stimulation and acquisition. The Yale one is more traditional - brain mapping and neuroimaging, which would more focus on signal processing and actual understanding of the neural pathway. Both projects have parts that I love and parts I don't love - most likely half and half: I love the idea of neural stimulation and acquisition through circuit but I would like to spend my Ph.D. in understanding the neural pathway behind it. I know Yale's engineering program is not that good but I do not know what is the situation actually (how bad/good) looks like compared to Columbia. I would appreciate any advice/suggestion/comment. Any of those would be really helpful for me :-)