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  1. Anybody who is applying to MEM programs in Yale FES, Duke Nicholas School, UCSB Bren, etc.?
  2. I saw that someone posted that they got into the Master of Environmental Management program for F17, and if someone is willing to claim it, when did you submit the application? I spoke with the office and they said admissions was rolling so I wanted to see when I should expect to hear back.
  3. Donald Trump Scandal

    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 worked 20+ hours per week. White, gay, male Tell me what you think.
  4. Duke 2017

    Hey guys! I'll be attending to the graduate school in political science. Any newcomers? It would be great to meet and talk about housing issues. Cheers, Nietzsche's Moustache
  5. I've already considered about my decision for two days but I cannot figure out anything. I'm graduating with a statistics BS this spring, and I plan to become a data scientist after earning my master degree. NYU definitely has a better location, and the program is very good and popular. I believe it's easier for me to get a job if I choose nyu. However, Duke is a world-renowned school and the MSS program is also among the best nationally and internationally. I just don't which one to choose, and I have a strong feeling that the decision will affect my future...
  6. Hi all, Thanks in advance for your input. I could really use it! I've been accepted to the following schools for the Master of Public Policy. I intend to study education policy. UVA (with sizable scholarship) Berkeley (no scholarship) Columbia (1/4 scholarship) Duke (about 1/2 scholarship) UChicago (about 1/4 scholarship, but could change) Michigan (about 1/3 scholarship, but could change) Carnegie Mellon (about 3/4 scholarship) Vanderbilt (very small scholarship) I was also waitlisted at HKS. Because of financial concerns, I'm prioritizing UVA, Duke, UChicago, Michigan, and Carnegie Mellon. However, Berkeley's got such a wonderful reputation... What are your thoughts?
  7. How would you rank these four programs for Immunology PhD (or biology more generally) : Duke, UT Southwester, Johns Hopkins, and Scripps?
  8. I recently finished the application season (Masters) and have the following acceptances: UCSD, Duke, Columbia, Boston University, Northwesterm These are amongst others (Yale, Berkeley, Cornell, Michigan, UCLA, etc.) however they were either one year or non-thesis programs, or the university's main focus was not BME so I have decided to throw those out. Again if you think that isn't a wise decision please let me know. I have also been waitlisted at Hopkins, and am looking to accept that should I get in. Anyone familiar with these schools that can help me out? I am looking very closely at UCSD, Duke, Columbia and Boston for the moment. Duke and UCSD due to their reputation for biomedical engineering and Columbia because of it's ivy-league ties (and its entrepreneurship bent). Boston is also attractive because Boston is quickly becoming a major hub of biomedical engineering, and is next to some very good schools (MIT, Harvard). My future goals are either to become an entrepreneur or join industry, however it is still important for me to complete a thesis during this masters degree. Thank you for your help!
  9. Hi all, I hope this will be an interesting discussion between three great public policy schools in three different locations and I'm going to attempt to make this as comprehensive as I can. So I will edit as I think of more stuff and as I hear more stuff. I've been accepted to all 3 as an international student who's one year removed from undergrad with no full-time professional experience but some internships and a few months of military service. I'd like to work in the future in something policy-related (research associate, policy analyst @ J-Pal kind of deal) in either a non-profit or local/state government where I can craft and evaluate policy. I think I'll have a green card by the end of my first academic year so for all intents and purposes, let's assume I have a permanent work authorization. Georgetown (McCourt): As a DC school, the program is designed to allow you to work during the day with lots of once a week evening classes. And it may be best positioned for a future career in DC. Obviously, the school LOVEEEEES to play up its DC advantage. Problem is, I can almost certainly not work off-campus the first year (international organizations only) and believe a rigorous, academic structure would be good for me. Anybody out there take classes in a program like this without working? What's it like to have this kind of schedule? Known for being quant-heavy. 5 required quant. classes with 3 of them specifically focused on public policy. A lot of flexibility in the curriculum due to 18 credits allocated for electives + Georgetown's other great graduate schools like SFS and their law and business schools. School is relatively new though it existed as an Institute and program before 2013. This suggests that its reputation, quality of faculty and alumni may be weaker than more established schools. Then again, new schools are more adaptable so it would be cool to get information on McCourt's "newness" if this is the case. Columbia (SIPA): Class size is gigantic compared to the other schools with almost 400 students counting MIAs and MPAs. I know that means more electives and resources (for example, specializations @ Columbia don't seem to be an option anywhere else though lots of schools have concentrations) but the environment sounds like one where you really have to know what you want and have to be a go-getter to seize opportunities. For some people, especially those with more experience, that could be perfect but I'm thinking I need more support. Presumably, the school lives up to its promise of being a "global" school and Columbia in general has a reputation that is unmatched. Based on these forums, SIPA seems to share that reputation. Half of the class consists of international students and with IR and international economics classes, the curriculum is tilted in that direction. Like Georgetown, classes at other graduate schools look quite strong. You get some pretty amazing practitioners as adjunct faculty, individuals who might be working during the day but can teach classes at night. If you do well in their classes and develop a relationship with them, that could lead to some wonderful things. While the curriculum has impressive breadth, the core seems kind of scattershot and not as cohesively designed. The forums seem to have the least recent information on SIPA despite it being held in such high regard... Duke (Sanford): Personalized attention, and close-knit cohort. The FB page is full of people who have meaningful experiences in a variety of policy-related fields and they all seem like super nice people. This is the most distinguishing factor in my case and permeates every part of the program, from the class community to career services & alumni support to student-faculty interaction. The Admissions Ambassadors, students at Sanford, have done an amazing job reaching out to us. Emphasis on practical experiences and innovation through both the curriculum (ex: Spring Consulting Project) and co-curricular projects. Who doesn't want to be able to say by graduation that they have both the academic credentials & the experience working on client projects? Reputation for being strong in social policy, which is what I'm primarily interested in. A lot of students there seem to also want to specialize in social policy, to the point where I'm a little concerned there won't be enough variety to enrich classroom discussions/activities outside of class. Greatest weakness might be the location of Durham... though it will obviously be a lot cheaper to live here than in the other two cities. It does sound like a good city to live in but less to do than the other two. As for funding, I'm fortunate enough where that isn't a factor I'm considering. Sanford is currently my top choice but I'm doing my due diligence. Looking for insight from current students and alum and prospectives who have heard from current students on the validity of these points but more importantly, whether I'm missing some key qualities these schools possess.
  10. Hey All! Cross-posting this from Decisions-Decisions. Going semi-crazy over here trying to make a decision between Chicago and Duke, would love some input. My main motivation with the MPP is to advance my quant skills. Currently working for an international climate/development NGO, and would like to continue this sort of work either for an org like the World Bank, or in a developing country... That being said, I want a strong technical and broadly applicable skillset in case I make career shifts later on. I went to both admitted students days and was impressed by both programs (I know a lot of people had negative reactions to Chicago... I had a few eyerolls but was fine besides that). Duke has offered me more money (60k vs 25k), but I wonder if Chicago has a better brand name. Where do you think the two schools stand on brand strength in relation to each other and big name schools like HKS, Berkeley, Princeton? Also think Chicago will likely give a more rigurous quant skillset, but unsure how much more to pay for that. Thanks!
  11. Hey All, Going semi-crazy over here trying to make a decision between Chicago and Duke, would love some input. My main motivation with the MPP is to advance my quant skills. Currently working for an international climate/development NGO, and would like to continue this sort of work either for an org like the World Bank, or in a developing country... That being said, I want a strong technical and broadly applicable skillset in case I make career shifts later on. I went to both admitted students days and was impressed by both programs (I know a lot of people had negative reactions to Chicago... I had a few eyerolls but was fine besides that). Duke has offered me more money (60k vs 25k), but I wonder if Chicago has a better brand name. Where do you think the two schools stand on brand strength in relation to each other and big name schools like HKS, Berkeley, Princeton? Also think Chicago will likely give a more rigurous quant skillset, but unsure how much more to pay for that. Thanks!
  12. Hello Everyone! I have been accepted to Duke MEM and Columbia MS&E Programs starting Fall'17 and need to decide between the two in next 2 days due to my deadline for deposit. I am EXTREMELY confused between these two schools. My main concern is "Choosing better ranked university or better ranked program"? Both can be completed in 1 calendar year. Duke has no doubt one of the best MEM Programs (ranked 3rd in the world) and huge campus and great university ranking (11/US) but is in Durham NC. Total cost is aprox 75k USD Columbia has the Ivy League tag to it, not known for its MEM but is in NYC and ranked 3-4 points above Duke overall. Total cost is approx 110k USD which is very expensive for me considering I will be an international Student and taking loans for my Masters program. I am from mechanical engineering background who wishes to work as a special consultant in future for engineering firms in fields ranging from Supply Chain, Operations, Innovation technology, Optimizing Manufacturing processes etc. I haven't been to US yet but do not mind NYC or Durham given that I get to network. As the University ranking and Program rankings difference for both negates the other, I would really appreciate your insight on how much does location matter in terms of NYC and Durham for job opportunities? Outside US, people know Columbia better than Duke, Does this hold true within US as well? Does brand value matter to an extent that a similar ranking school which is not as popular but with a better program should be declined? How is the student life at these two schools? How is the MEM faculty, student competitions, work load and alumni network specific to both these programs at these schools? Does Duke being part of MEMPC holds greater relevancy in MEM course for future recruiters? How does the industry collaboration opportunities given to MEM students vary between these schools? Sorry for the long post. I feel regardless of what I choose, at some point I guess I am going to regret not taking the other in some way. As this is something where I am investing all of my life savings, I want to be sure of what I choose. I would really appreciate your honest feedback on above even if you're able to answer just few of my concerns and not all. Thanks a lot for your time!
  13. Hello guys, my first time posting here. I have applied to various biomedical engineering / bioengineering PhD programs in the US and heard back from all of them (6 rejects, 1 admittance) except for Duke. By this I mean I haven't gotten any e-mail at all. No interview, no rejection, no nothing. I e-mailed their graduate program coordinator six days ago and I still haven't gotten a response. By the looks of it, if I were to have a chance at admittance I should have at least been contacted about an interview by now. Should I just assume rejection and focus on getting the best research advisor for the accepted program? Thank you in advance.
  14. Dartmouth vs Duke MEM

    DUKE Dartmouth Pros Lesser tuition Reputation (one of the Ivy leagues) Opportunities for funding in-terms of RA ship, TA ship and Resident Assistantship 20% tuition waiver, TA positions available Program is very flexible. All Technical electives can be chosen from any engineering department or can be replaced by business electives Low batch size (50), better faculty to student ratio Medium cost of living Excellent Industry and Alumni networks High campus activity. Lots of events all around the year in the department as well as the campus. Cultural diversity and high selectivity Excellent industry and Alumni networks More courses needed to complete the degree ensuring more exposure Very well-known and recognised brand label. Also excellent facilities for startups and proximity to RTP area, a high density of companies Proximity to Boston and New York, excellent employment opportunities Cons Huge Asian population each year, skewing the diversity of the student body More tuition and High cost of living Huge Batch size (>100) implying a poor faculty to student ratio Location is in the middle of nowhere. All restaurants, clubs stores are miles away. Curriculum does not seem to be as intensive The degree is only 1year, though can be extended to 1.5 years
  15. Hi, If getting a job in companies like IBM,microsoft, amazon (basically tech) is the end goal of studying a program, which program is better? Thanks!
  16. Columbia MS&E or Duke MEM?

    Hey everyone! Im currently in the process of choosing grad schools and I am kind of lost between those two universities mentioned above. Can I get advice on the university? Anything would behelpful! (Student life, academics, post grad careers, career fairs) Thank you!
  17. Hi there! Can somebody please advice me on the following universities- University of Washington or Duke university or Columbia U for Master's in Statistics ? The parameters to be considered are: 1. Job opportunities upon graduating - 1.1. Are plenty of jobs available? 1.2. Which field do you get into generally after graduating from that particular school- finance,IT,medicine? 2. Class size (Does class size matter?) 3. Workload and opportunities to learn Thanks a lot ! I am so very confused and would really appreciate some advice/opinion. Have a great day!
  18. Hey all, I am looking to see how likely I am to get into the following schools with the following criteria. I feel like I am fitting in somewhere around the average requirements of most applicants at these schools, with maybe a slightly lower GPA. GPA: 3.3 from a small liberal arts school in Ohio GRE: 161 V and 159 Q with 5.0 Analytical Writing Experience: 3 campaign cycles as an intern/volunteer (since '08), 3 campaign cycles as a paid staff in field management and data analytics; 1 year in nonprofit fundraising; 3 months interning with a lobbying firm in D.C.; Only 2 years of work experience after completing my undergrad (I took a semester off to work on the 2012 Presidential campaign) and volunteered/interned throughout college on various local, state, and national races in digital and organizing related work. I am applying/have applied to the following schools: Duke Sanford (MPP), Chicago Harris (MPP), Syracuse Maxwell (MPP), UT-Austin (MPA), Georgetown McCourt (MPP), NYU Wagner (MPA), OSU John Glenn (MPA), USC Price (MPA), IU SPEA (MPA). Thanks!
  19. Hi guys, this is a stupid but kinda frustrating question..... I am applying for Duke's statistics PhD for 2017 fall. I accidentally clicked the "withdraw application" tab button when checking my application material status, and nothing appears on the web page except a blank page. I was wondering if my application is still there if I did not click anything else or it's already removed just by one-click? I already sent them an email, but would not expect them to reply in a few days. Totally freaking out now.... Is there any way I can tell my application is still there or not? Thanks in advance!
  20. Do I have a chance?

    Hi all! I'm heading into my final year of undergrad, and, consequently, I'm beginning to plan for grad school. I'm wondering if you all could help me discern where I have a chance of getting in with decent financial aid. Apologies in advance for the long post - I just want to make sure that I have all my credentials out there. I am currently maintaining a 4.0 GPA and will be graduating with honors from a small, Christian, accredited liberal arts university, where I am studying Theology and English Literature. During the school year, I am actively involved in my university's Honors Congress and work as both a writing advisor for my university's writing center and a student tutor for the Theology department. I worked last summer as an editorial intern for an award-winning Christian publication and also have experience as a summer camp counselor. I studied abroad in the UK last year, and I am conducting original academic research in both of my major fields this summer through my home university. This upcoming year, I will be the Vice President of my university's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta (the National English Honors Society), of which I am a member. I have not yet taken the GRE, but took a practice test completely blind, for which I received the following scores: 161 (Verbal), 155 (Quantitative), 4 (Analytical Writing). Standardized testing has never been my strong suit, especially standardized writing. But, that being said, I am currently enrolled in a course to help me boost my scores and am hoping to reach 164 (Verbal), 160 (Quantitative), and 6 (Analytical Writing). In the future, I hope to pursue a PhD and join the academic community through teaching and writing. Here are the schools and programs that I am most interested in applying to, in order of preference: Boston University (MDiv) University of Chicago (MA) Harvard Divinity School (MTS) Princeton Theological Seminary (MATS) Duke Divinity School (MTS) Union Theological Seminary (MA) New York University (MA) Loyola University Chicago (MDiv) Do you think I have a chance of getting into any of these places? If so, do you think I will receive a decent amount of financial aid? Are there any other places that you think would be worth taking a look at? Thank you so much for all of your help!
  21. I've been accepted at Columbia and Duke's M.A. programs in polisci. I have until May 31 to decide. I am technically enrolled at Duke but did not put down any money so could switch to Columbia without real ramifications (I believe.) I have a couple of years of experience in D.C. as a consultant, and know that there are plenty of jobs I want – even within our firm – that require a master's, so this will be as much a professional as an academic exercise for me. Duke's program is two years, whereas Columbia's is one. I will probably want to pursue another master's degree after I complete this one, ideally HKS, so interested in how each program would position me for that. Maybe a PhD but beginning to think that's not a great idea for what I want in life. I was a bit concerned that Columbia's M.A. was a rich-kid-finishing-school like Georgetown's MAAG program, but after meeting with a professor I feel better about Columbia's offering. I do worry that I won't learn much in a year compared to two, though. Duke's program is clearly academic and will "make me a scholar," as one professor put it, but it is also deeply quantitative. I absolutely want those skills but that doesn't really align with my research interests as of now and I am beginning to balk at the notion of being asked to retool my thesis because it isn't data-heavy enough (I know, early days.) Though, since Columbia is one year, don't really think I would be writing a thesis at all. But I get the Ivy League cachet on my resume. Also interested in the Duke vs. Columbia network value in DC / NY / Boston and beyond. Money isn't an object here – I'm fully funded. I received my B.A. in Political Science from a respected department at a private liberal arts college. Thanks for reading and interested in everyone's thoughts. I am incredibly lucky to have acceptances at each of these programs and am very excited to return to my studies and the classroom.
  22. 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?
  23. Hi everyone! I was placed on the waitlist for Duke MSS but I just got accepted today. I am an international student. I do not know which one to choose. For Duke, it has the better reputation for statistics and the class size is much smaller than Columbia, however, the setting is suburban. For Columbia, it accepts around 200 students for graduate statistics but its in NYC. Also, my boyfriend is going to Columbia. I prefer to find a job in US first. Anybody can tell me what my best option is? Thank you very much!!!
  24. I'm hoping for information on UK vs US programs. I've been very lucky with my acceptances for a Master's in Statistics. My options are: Duke Johns Hopkins Brown (Biostat) St Andrews Boston University Tulane They are all two year programs except St Andrews which is one year. I can't ignore the pros of a 1-year program: only 1 year of tuition and starting working a year sooner. My problem is that I don't know how U.S. employers (consulting, finance, data analytics are my interests) view a master's from St Andrews. The school seems fairly highly regarded in the UK from what I can find on rankings, etc., but I don't know if a 1-year master's from a UK university will carry any weight with future potential employers here in the states. Any insight anyone has on this would be greatly appreciated! Also, should I even consider Tulane given my other options? Thanks!
  25. Hello, I am one of those who are joining the hype of data science and statistics. This year, I applied to several statistics, data science programs, and today, I received all notifications from the schools that I applied to. Here is the list of schools that I applied and the status of each application Duke Statistical Science Masters - accepted Carnegie Mellon Masters in Statistical Practice - accepted Columbia Masters in Data Science - accepted New York Masters in Data Science - rejected Columbia Quantitative Masters in Social Science - accepted New York Masters in Applied Social Science Research - accepted Penn State Masters in Applied Statistics - accepted So, I am having a big problem in making a decision on which school to attend this fall. Part of me says that I want to join the data science hype and attend columbia, but unlike NYU program (which I got rejected), Columbia seems to be less flexible with its curriculum and with limited scope of learning material. Besides the machine learning course, I cannot find much difference between Columbia's data science program and Carnegie's master's in statistical practice program. Duke has fantastic statistics program, but I am not a big fan of suburb locality. What are the merits to attending data science program compared to attending traditional statistics program? Will people with data science degree have significantly better employment options than people with statistics degree? QMSS also seems to be a neat program. I want to receive some feedback from fellow data scientists and statisticians!