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  1. Hi all, Just prepping a thread here for discussions on 2020 admissions. Feel encouraged to share what programs you're applying to, update us on decisions, and talk shop with other applicants. I'm applying to: University of Maine University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee University of California-Santa Barbara University of Tennessee Cardiff University Technological University Dublin University College London Penn State University (maybe) Best of luck to everyone! Let's keep each other in the loop.
  2. Hi everyone, I'm planning on applying to Masters programs at the end of this year specifically ones that intersect in Data Science + Public Policy. I have a BS in Geographic Information Science so my main interest is in spatial analytics and recently its been mainly in urban informatics. My background isn't in computer science, my degree only required minor levels of Python, SQL, & stats so I'm currently taking some comp sci and higher level math courses while I work. I'm looking for any programs that would fulfill these requirements of Data Science + Public Policy (Spatial Analytics/Urban Informatics) I've seen this list https://www.mastersindatascience.org/specialties/best-data-analytics-degrees-for-public-policy/ but I'm searching for more lesser known programs bc my GPA isn't the greatest. I'm actively taking post-bacc courses to remedy this. However I still need safe programs. If you guys know of any please post them below. Some examples: University of Missouri (Mizzou) - Data Science (w geospatial concentration) UMBC - Spatial Analytics Pathway More reputable programs I *might* apply to: Northeastern - Urban Informatics NYU - Applied Urban Science & Informatics (CUSP) University of Chicago - Computational Social Science / Computational Analytics & Public Policy University of Pennsylvania - Urban Spatial Analytics
  3. Hi guys, I am choosing between the MA/PhD program at UCSB Geography, and Master in Environmental Sciences at Yale FES (Forestry and Environmental Studies). My major is Remote Sensing and GIS, and I intend to remain in academia in the future. The advisor at UCSB is an assistant professor who just got started, but she seems to be a rising star with amazing research outcomes. I talked to her before, and she seems really nice. UCSB has a very good reputation in remote sensing and GIS research, with awesome scenery. More than half graduated PhDs got a job in academia, as faculty or postdocs. The advisor at Yale is famous and successful. She got elected as US Academy of Science. What she does really attracts me. However, 12 to 16 courses have to be finished, leaving limited time for research. So the first year at Yale could be tough, since I have to fit in, take many courses, and struggle for research time in order to be competitive when applying for PhD. The employment (and further studies) data do seem optimistic, though. Thanks for sharing your advice.
  4. Hi all, I'm an international relations major who speaks a few lesser-known languages with several years in management consulting under my belt, and I'm planning to apply to urban planning/public policy programs this fall. I'd like my classes to have a strong international focus as well as give me a solid understanding of quantitative (statistics) skills and technical (GIS, data management, data visualization using R, Python, etc) skills, as I didn't get these in undergrad either because they didn't mesh with my qualitative studies or were too stovepiped at the time in the engineering/math departments to be widely applied to political science/international development. I've considered a public policy master's, but urban planning seemed like a great fit for my creative interests in design and interests in working on international issues where my language and cultural knowledge could be put to use. Sound logical, or too romanticized for someone with no experience in the urban planning field beyond some GIS work? Beyond grad school, I'd like to be competitive at either an international development group in the private sector (tech startup?), international finance (World Bank), or NGO sector. Here's my list of schools: MIT DUSP Harvard HKS/GSD Columbia GSAPP/SIPA (Urban Studies concentration) UPenn MUSA And a few others with less of an explicit Urban Planning emphasis: Tufts Fletcher UChicago Harris/Computational Analysis A few questions on both grad schools and careers: 1) Any schools I'm missing that I should check out? I've heard the Ivies may not be as important with their brand-name as say for business schools, but the programs look interesting. I'd like to be in a major city for networking purposes as well as to get some exposure to local infrastructure/planning programs, even though I don't see myself working in local or state government long-term. This list was also put together to give me the most flexibility in terms of career options in the field. 2) What are some urban planning jobs outside of local or state government that do work or plan internationally? I'm aware of a few civil engineering or international development groups like AECOM or Louis Berger, but welcome any other suggestions. Thanks for any advice you can provide!
  5. I'm in GIS. I've been offered funding from Penn State (RA) and UGA (TA). Do any of you guys know the strengths/weaknesses of these two departments? I'm more inclined towards Penn State since it is considered to have a better program. I know Penn State has geoVista Center but not entirely sure what it has been focusing on.
  6. Hey all, I am about to embark on a masters in Conservation Biology at Antioch University New England. I am interested in raptor conservation, R, GIS, and bigger ES issues like global change. I was wondering if anyone is in these fields and has any thoughts on the job market as it stands. I am very adaptable and have done a wide range of work, from science to communications to writing to the arts, so I can teach myself what I need to gain almost any skills. GIS, Python, and R are all particularly interesting. I know there's always teaching science, but I was wondering if anyone had experience with environmental science/biology/modeling stuff or had advice on fields, skills, or even organizations to focus on.
  7. According to the eligibility requirements: "Applicants must have at least two years of professional work experience (after college) in their field of specialization." From: http://www.fulbright.org.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=5:pages&id=14:graduate-student-program I worked for 2 years in GIS and would like to take up Urban Planning for grad school. I'm turning to the Fulbright Scholarship for support. Given my work experience, will it find me eligible? Any thoughts will be very much appreciated.
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