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  1. Hi there! I am new to gradcafe so apologies if there are errors with this posting - I think I accidentally posted this as a reply to an existing thread originally. I'm applying to Clinical Psych PhD programs for the first time and am super nervous about realistically being admitted to the programs I am applying to (a total of six). Would love to hear thoughts or experiences from anyone who is currently or had previously applied to the following schools: Drexel University Temple University John Jay at CUNY Fordham University George Mason University Montclair State University Thanks in advance! Also I would love to do a SoP exchange for feedback/comments with anyone else applying to these schools (especially other applicants hoping to work with faculty studying forensic psychology, antisocial behavior, and disadvantaged populations.) Thank you!
  2. I'm in the process of selecting which school in the greater Washington, DC area to undertake a master's in public policy degree at. I've been working full-time here since 2016 and plan on continuing to work 9-5 for the next three years while I am completing my MPP. I've been accepted into all 5 schools I've applied and for now have them ranked as: 1) Georgetown 2) George Washington 3) George Mason 4) American 5) Maryland Georgetown and George Washington are extraordinarily expensive, but I think they have the best curricula and flexibility for part-time students. Any thoughts/experience/advice from the forum on these schools?
  3. I was reading about George Mason and their economics program. I find interesting the Austrian approach, classical liberalism and public choice as their strength. Anyway, how hard is it to get an admission? I mean, from what I read, they have a pretty high acceptance rate (88%) and a low enrollment (66%). Is it true? Anyhow, I am applying to it. I am an industrial engineer from Brazil and I made a research about institutions and Elinor Ostrom here. My SoP was telling about that and some other minor projects regarding that subject. What are my odds? My GRE: Verbal - 158 Quantitative - 165 AW - 3.5 TOEFL - 105 Thanks!
  4. I'm trying to decide between Ole Miss and George Mason's Masters programs. I'm archaeology track, specifically zooarch. Does anyone have any insights to one or either of these schools?
  5. I've been reading the forum for quite some time, but it is my first time posting here. I'm an international student currently preparing my application for a PhD in Political Science or Public Policy in the US and would really appreciate to hear your comments on how to improve my application (questions below). Academia: Undergrad: Economics, 5 years, mid-level Brazilian university, GPA~2.5, thesis on public budget in Brazil. 1st Master's degree: Public Administration (courses on PolSci, Law and Economics), 2 years, mid-level Brazilian university, GPA=4.0, thesis on innovation policy & economic growth in Latin America, with full scholarship. 2nd Master's degree: Public Economics, Law and Politics, 2 years, mid-level German university, GPA (by now)~3.0, thesis on political parties in Latin America, with full scholarship, plus assistantship at a Development Economics course at the BA level. Lecturer: Economics, Marketing and Financial Maths, 2 semesters, mid-level Brazilian university. Others: short-term courses (i.e. summer schools) in over 10 countries. Publications: One paper in a Polish journal, two papers in Brazilian journals; oral presentations at international renowned congresses as Development Studies Association (Oxford U), International Political Science Association, European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy, and a graduate conference on political theory at SciencesPo. Work experience: National bureau positions in a Brazilian political party's youth wing for ~7 years; treasurer and program manager at an international NGO based in the UK for ~6 years; political consultant for different politicians in Brazil, incl. a former minister for ~8 years; part-time jobs in small-sized consulting firms in Germany as finance coordinator and market researcher (energy sector) for 6 months each. Languages: Portuguese (native), Spanish (upper-intermediate), German (intermediate), English (TOEFL: 104, 3 years ago, I guess I have to retake it). GRE: will take it in October. Very worried about it, as I feel myself very dumb when looking at the content. "Dream" universities: MIT, Georgia Tech or George Mason (although I believe that with not-high scores on GRE and coming from mid-level unis would not allow me to be accepted). Well, my questions are: 1) How much does coming from mid-level (not famous) international universities harm my application? 2) If I don't score high (or even in the 50th percentile) on GRE, would I still have chances with my CV? 3) In the case of low GRE scores, would you recommend any uni in the fields of either innovation or political parties in Latin America? 4) The applications are in December/January. I'm trying to improve my CV by having more publications. Is there any other thing I can do now? 5) On which aspects should I focus my application? 6) Do you believe the three listed universities would be a feasible target? Unfortunately my budget only allow me to apply for 3 universities, so I must be pretty assertive. 7) Should I approach potential supervisors before applying? If yes, how do you suggest doing so? 8) Any other suggestions or comments? I'd really appreciate hearing from you! Thank you very much for all of you contributing to it!
  6. So I've been surprised at how little information is out there on George Mason Public Policy. I'm heavily considering attending, mostly because as an in-state student, it's dirt cheap. But does anyone have any experience with the school, or know anybody that goes there? I haven't seen much on-line, and their website is pretty bare. Specifically, I'd be interested in hearing anything about the quality of education, job prospects, quality of student life, etc... Are the students that are attending happy there? Would they return if they had to do over again? Thanks in advance for any info!
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