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  1. I've gotten 2 years of Peace Corps teaching experience in South America, and have been working (in a junior admin role) at a charter school in a poverty-stricken town along the East Coast for the past two years. Now, I'm thinking of heading back to school, and would love to study at a MPA/ MPP program targeting US k-12 education challenges. Any recommendations? Goals: Post-degree, either I'll target senior roles in charter schools etc, or move into education & public policy research (got lucky with a 170Q, 332 total GRE - hope that helps!). Still pretty undecided though. Schools: I'd really like a program that is quantitatively-challenging, and has an alumni network/ reputation in the East Coast (I want to live here, long-term, though I'm open to studying elsewhere). Harvard MPP, Chicago Harris, and Michigan Ford seem pretty quant-heavy, but I'm not so sure about their focus on domestic education policy. Tufts might allow me to really customize the degree, but they seem quant-weak. Is that a reasonable first impression? I know that Stanford offers an MPP + MA Education dual degree, but are there any other schools I should research up? There is no single reliable school ranking out there, and this is pretty overwhelming. Thanks all, for any advice you have.... !
  2. M.P.P. Decision

    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?
  3. 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?
  4. UIC (University ─░llinois Chicago)

    Hi all, I was wondering if anyone on here has any experience of studying at UIC. I have been accepted to their PhD programme in Urban Education Policy, but cannot see any posters on grad cafe who have attended. Any info about the university in general and specifically the education department would be much appreciated - as I live abroad I cannot go and visit before having to make my decision. Thanks
  5. PhD in Education Policy?

    Hi everyone, I am an international student from China who is seeking to apply to PhD programs in education policy, specifically in program designs and evaluation for 2017 fall. I did my undergrad in China, and am graduating next spring with two Master's degrees from the graduate school of education in a top Ivy, one in literacy education and the other in statistics (kind of like applied statistics in social science context). I am aiming at top 50 universities (the names of the universities would matter a little to me, because I might go back to China after I get the degree and I feel that names probably mean more in China than here) with good education policy program, but am wondering whether I will be a competitive applicants for them. My information is listed below: Undergrad GPA: 3.54/4.0 for my major in English language and literature, and 3.15/4.0 for my minor in economics Grad GPA: 3.74/4.0 for both of my degrees so far GRE: V-158 Q-164 W-4.5 p.s. I have taken two GRE tests in my undergrad and did a lot better in Q than this one (forgetting a lot of mathematical terms in English now), but my V and W is mildly higher than the previous ones, so I think if I am not retaking the test, this should be my best score. Professional experience: 1 summer internship at a NGO promoting US students studying abroad (mildly related to education policy); 5 fieldwork experience (during grad school) where I taught or tutored students in an elementary school, a middle school, a high school, an after-school program, and an adult ESL program. Research experience: one qualitative research experience (I only participated in the initial stage) on a literacy program design, and two on-going quantitative research projects in education evaluation that I am starting this semester Recommendation: I have secured a letter from my academic advisor in one of my graduate degree, and am looking for my other two recommendation letters from the three research projects that I have been or am currently involved My questions are: 1. Would my verbal score hurt my application a lot? I have been searching for average GRE scores in the universities that I wanted to apply to, and from some of the university website or some GRE prep website (like magoosh and kaplan), I feel that my verbal is usually like just one or two points below the average for the really top schools, and sometimes hit the average or is one to two points higher than the average of other schools. I am actually a little hesitant to consider retaking the test, because a. I don't know how much I can improve if I retake the test in less than one month, and b. My biggest problem is my vocabulary, which can take up a lot of time for preparation that I can otherwise use to contact schools and professors, prepare documents, participate in my researches, and other stuff. 2. If my verbal score is just not very ideal and may hurt my application a little bit, would any of my experiences be able to make up for it? 3. I am currently looking at education policy programs in Harvard, UPenn, Columbia, UW-Madison, UM-Ann Arbor, Vanderbilt, UCBerkeley, Stanford, UCLA, and Northwestern, which are all really great programs in great universities (dream programs in my own standard). Could I stand a chance of getting into any of these programs? And it would also be nice to hear some suggestions on "safer" choices, because I am really afraid about ending up being rejected by all the programs I apply to. Sorry for the length of my post. Any comments or help are all greatly appreciated. Thanks everyone!
  6. Hi All, I am from Pakistan and planning to do my masters in International Education Policy/Development. I have applied to various programs and scholarships over the past couple of years including one MPA AND MPP program. My story is pretty much summed up in the image. While I am still waiting to hear from Fulbright, university scholarships from UPENN, Kings and UCL; I need to be clear about what I should do if I don't get any of that. UPENN is like a dream school but even with 10,000 grant, I will need to take at least 80,000 dollars in loan. I wanted to know if its worth it? Cause if I take loan, I would need to stay back in US and pay back my loan as salaries aren't great in Pakistan in the development sector. I also got into International Education program in North Carolina Chapel Hill and my brother also lives there which will save living expense, but I do not like that program at all. I have an option to go to Kings in London (and possibly UCL as my application is at the last stage). It will cost me 22,000 dollars but there isn't any option that I can find where International students can take loan. My sister lives in London and she can co-sign it as well. I have almost four years of experience in the Education sector in Pakistan and waiting another year for Masters will neither help me save more money nor improve my chances for scholarships. I have already become insane because of all this anxiety of hearing from scholarships, so I would really appreciate some suggestions. In this situation, what would you guys recommend? SHould I take loan and go to UPENN? Is there a way I can fund my education at Kings? Or should I wait for next year and apply to HGSE's IEP (my dream program) which costs less than UPENN and some good state universities in US? Thanks, FT
  7. Best MPP/MPA choice?

    I'm undecided between education policy, urban economic policy and energy policy. I've heard back from some programs and waiting to hear back from 3 more (Duke Sanford, Harvard Kennedy, Berkeley Goldman). So far, everything has been positive. Financial aid is a concern, but I believe I can also get loan forgiveness after school. I listed schools in order of rankings, but I would like to hear from others about choices or if they know much about programs. I intend to eventually pursue a Ph.D. and/or work for an advocacy group. I was admitted to the following: -U Chicago Harris (minimal financial aid) MPP -U Wisconsin La Follette (full ride & internship) MPA -Georgetown U McCourt (half ride) MPP -OSU John Glenn (full ride & internship) MPA Looking for wisdom
  8. Altho I'm still waiting on decisions from some other schools, I am pretty sure my decision will come down to GSE & Peabody. I am in the MPP Education Policy program and am trying to figure out which school will be best for me. Is anyone in a similar situation? So far this is what I have: Upenn - One year program (much cheaper & i'm receiving some financial aid) - smaller program - Philly is great & close to my family and friends - Interesting courses and sociological research based - GSE has been very helpful and has sense of community especially thru the admissions process Vanderbilt - 2 years - More specific to my future career goals - Capstone Experience - way more expensive (haven't heard about financial aid yet) - JD program - Difficult to connect with current Peabody students; have not really reached out I have also been admitted to GW but haven't really considered it since there is no specific education policy track... am I wrong? These are just some of the things on my mind currently. I was hoping someone who might be in the same boat can shed some light on this very difficult decision! Thanks!!