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  1. Hello, I am sorry to be yet another annoying newbie on this site pestering members about chances. However, I've been out of school for a few years and I am wondering if I am being unrealistic about my prospects. For personal and financial reasons I do not plan to apply to any programs not in the top 10-15, and I am wondering if it is worth to spend the money for the cycle if my chances are completely slim. If anyone in comparative has experience with the last cycle or two, please share your opinion. If you can suggest ways to improve for next year please let me know. I feel that my main issue with working full time and travelling a lot is not having direct constant exposure to research in the field. I am not sure how to fix that. Programs of Interest: Comparative Programs (with Eurasia regional focus/research faculty) Type of Undergrad Institution: Large Private East Coast Research University Major(s)/Minor(s): Economics/IR double major —Undergraduate Thesis Undergrad GPA: 3.6 (cum laude) MA: Ivy League Regional Studies MA (2 years)/No GPA calculated but decent grades – Graduate Thesis GRE: V: 160, Q: 160, W: 5.5 (have been studying to improve, will retake in a month) Any Special Courses: · Math (2 semesters of Calculus, statistics, econometrics)—planning to take linear algebra in the fall (was not mandatory in undergrad). Will try to take game theory too. · Advanced Comparative Politics and History Courses both from undergrad (4) and grad (8). Languages: 2 Regionally relevant languages (at full fluency) Teaching: Teaching fellow for 4 semesters as MA student. Was a TA for courses in Political Science (comparative) and Economic History. (excellent reviews from proffs and students) Letters of Recommendation: I think should be good? BA thesis Advisor ( Tenured History/IR proff), one MA Poli Sci Proff (tenured at top 5 department), MA thesis advisor (who is no longer in academia). Research Experience: · Besides BA and MA thesis mostly archival research from undergraduate. Unfortunately no published papers in field of interest. · One summer research experience after graduate school cleaning and organizing data for a university political research lab. · Political Think tank research experience. · Couple of book reviews in academic journals. Other: Currently work in international development non-profit (3 years), same regional focus as research interest. SoP: Struggling to articulate a single focus, but am drawing on international development experience and MA research. Thank you in advance for any insight.
  2. took the test yesterday. Yes, I'm aware that my scores are low: 146Q and 151V I'm a senior studying Political Science and would continue in the field if I were to go (Comparative). My GPA is 3.6/major is 3.9. I started my search into grad school last year when a professor, in my department, suggested that I think about it. I put that search on pause in spring semester when I realized how problematic my quant score would be. Come this semester, I went and I informed my department of my choice. The professor who had suggested that I go told me that I was letting fear get in the way, that I did fine in his methods course, and grad statistics wasn't anything I couldn't learn. So, I gave it a try. I studied for five weeks (not as much as I would've liked) and began the application process(es). Here's the thing: I have cerebral palsy, which has always made math difficult and my reading ability slowed. I've made it through undergrad without accommodations and without sharing with my professors. I've never enjoyed receiving inflated grades, and thus, it's been wonderful to prove myself independent of the knowledge of my disability. Since my sophomore year, I've been told that my analysis was at a graduate level. Furthermore, despite struggling with math, the undergraduate methods course was not a problem. a constant struggle. Yes, I know I could have received accommodations on the GRE, but time was not on my side. Here's what I need to know: If my SOP and LORs are strong, given my GPA do I have a chance? All the programs I'm considering are Ph.D. My top school is at the bottom of top the top 25 (UW-Madison). The average for scores of applicants admitted in 2017 was: 87th percentile verbal and 70 percentile quant. There's another school within the top 25 of the field (though, it's lacking in my subfield) that I'm considering. The department has admitted 1-3 people per cycle with 130-150 quant scores (University of Minnesota) The two other schools are in the 3rd tier, and I've looked and I've yet to find the GRE averages (Indiana-Bloomington and Illinois-Urbana) I'm attending a liberal arts state school, and the department does not offer research opportunities. All of my "research" is for coursework. I am involved in extra-curricular pertaining to my interests and have received awards an recognition at regional conferences, for one in particular (Model UN). Thanks.
  3. Hi all! I'm interested in applying for Ph.D. programs in the fall for fall 2018 entry in international/comparative education policy. I'd like to ask what I need to do in order to be a more competitive candidate for Ph.D. programs, and what are some realistic chances of getting accepted. Currently I am a student in a top 20 education school in higher education administration with a GPA of 3.75. My undergraduate degree was at a public AAU school in east Asian Languages and literature and in international relations with a GPA of 3.46. After graduating from undergrad, I spent four years living abroad teaching English in foreign universities - three years were in the Peace Corps. I am currently an international student advisor. GRE: verbal 158, quantitative 155, writing 4. My interest is in better serving international students in American universities - addressing acculturation and integration issues as well as student development. Thanks for the help!
  4. Hey guys it's getting quite late and I keep waiting. I haven't come accross many other applicants from this program, is any of you out there waiting? If so are you in the dark as well?
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