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  1. I have been accepted into four schools thus far (Korbel, Pardee, Elliott, and SIS...but threw SIS out of the running), and need different perspectives on what I should be looking for in these masters programs. Assume money is not a major factor. Have yet to hear back from Fletcher, SAIS, SIPA, and SFS. So far I have been mapping out which classes I would be taking under the respective programs, and I am quite satisfied with each of the three. The things I am looking for in a program are: Jobs with security clearance in the area Dual concentration abilities Russian Language Boren Scholarship awardee history Curriculum is policy/ case oriented rather than theoretical Professors are practitioners in their field Successful placement rate into the Intelligence Community What else should I take into consideration? Does anyone have information to offer? I have spoken with students, alumni, and professors who all love their respective schools. Thanks in advance for all those who reply. Feel free to message me if necessary. -Frosty
  2. Hello all, I'm going to add to the chaos this decision-making season. I have been accepted to the strategic studies program at SAIS DC with no funding, GWs Security Policy Studies Program with 7k a year, and Korbel's International Security program with 20k a year. I already live in Denver, and I know that Security is one of Korbel's top programs. But, will I be at a disadvantage if I am not in DC? I know Korbel offers the Global Security Program in DC for second year students, but it is highly competitive. Also, GW allows for two concentrations, the second of which for me would be development. I know a lot of people will say follow the money, but it's hard to turn down an opportunity like SAIS or Elliott. Also, has anyone tried appealing for more funding to any of these schools? I know it's unlikely with SAIS, but if Elliott and Korbel were aware of my acceptance to SAIS, is there even the slightest chance of receiving more funding? I've heard there's no harm in asking, but I would like some advice. Congrats to all who got in and good luck!
  3. Hello all, I've been offered admission (with no funding) to the SAIS strategic studies program, 7k a year to Elliott's security policy program, and 20k a year to korbel's international security program. I know the debate about prestige vs debt is getting old, but does anybody have any advice? Will I be so severely disadvantaged not being in DC? I've also heard that though korbel is 11th for IR in general, its strength is in its security program. Also I have heard of other students using acceptance into top tier schools as leverage to get more funding from lower ranked schools, has anybody tried this? The elation of getting into these schools is definitely wearing off as I try to figure out how to pay for them. Any and all advice is welcome. ps I already live in Denver thanks and congrats to everyone who got the acceptances they wanted
  4. I received the email last week from a professor, but today I got the official offer. $4K/semester in Fellowship, but this may not be enough.
  5. Hey everyone, This is my first post on here so please bear with me. I'm an undergraduate student who applied for various MPP and IR programs and am having a hard time deciding where to go. I am interested in working in the international development field with an emphasis on human rights and humanitarian policy and my interests are mostly centered on working for non profit organizations straight out of graduate school. I would love to work for NGOs abroad shortly after graduating but don't know how much name recognition plays into gaining employment with NGOs in general. I would also love to work for the United Nations later on in my career but that would be further down the line. I applied to a wide range of graduate schools not really anticipating favorable responses since full time work experience seems to be a huge factor that plays into gaining admittance into these schools so was surprised when I received admittances into all of them. Right now i've narrowed down my choices to four schools and would love as much insight as possible: * The range on student loans depends on how much my parents would be able to pitch in. * I am terrified of student loans Columbia- SIPA: Pros: -Name: May be helpful gaining employment abroad? -There is a human rights/ humanitarian policy concentration -Huge alumni connection may help with employment prospects after graduation. -Ties with the U.N -Strong language programs Cons: - I would be looking at around $100,000-120,000 in student loans for both years and don't think it's worth it. I was fortunate enough to not have to take out any student loans for undergrad and have heard enough horror stories to motivate me to try and limit the amount of debt I take on for grad school. If I had received significant funds from them I would have already signed the dotted line however since I plan on working for NGO's (starting salary of around $40,000-$50,000) I don't think it makes sense to take on so much debt. JHU-SAIS: Pros: - Name recognition. -Was admitted to the International Development concentration. -DC: Good opportunities to take out work experience. -Strong language programs Cons: -From what i've read on the program, most graduates end up working for the private sector or international finance/ banking institutions which isn't necessarily what I'm interested in. -Price tag: $40,000-70,000 in student loans (without living expenses). -Will have to live at home to save on living expenses. I love my family but I don't know if I will be able to handle living back at home after graduating. George Washington: Elliott: Pros: - Is cheaper then Columbia and SAIS and received $16,000 in funding for both years. - In DC (work/ internship opportunities). -Evening classes which would help me work/ intern during the day. - Strong study abroad programs (Although I don't know if I will be able to take advantage of this). -Strong language programs -Employment statistics seem to indicate that a fairly large number of graduates go on to work for NGOs Cons: - $14,000-$44,000 in student loans - Will have to live at home. - Is it crazy to reject the other two schools for GW (which is still a very good school in my opinion). University of Maryland (SPP) Pros: - Half graduate assistantship and guaranteed research or TA position. - No student loans. - Can finally buy a car and will not have to live with my parents. - A fairly large amount of alumni seem to move on to work for NGO's. -I really like UMD :') -Good funding opportunities for internships/ study abroad options/ people interested in working for NGOs Cons: - Does not have as much recognition as the other three schools. - The international development programs of the other schools seem to be stronger. - If I wanted to language courses I would have to take classes over the winter (which I wouldn't have to pay for because of my funding). -I'm worried that I may have a harder time finding a job here as opposed to the other school. -My father thinks i'm crazy for still considering UMD after getting into the other three schools. Any and all insight would be much appreciated. Thank you!
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