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Found 16 results

  1. Hello all, I was fortunate enough to get into HKS's MPA/ID program with zero funding. I am a 28 year old India male. I have a bachelors in engineering, have worked for a year in a consulting firm, a year in grassroot rural development and for 3 years at J-PAL. I was nominated for the World Bank Joint Japan Scholarship for MPA/ID but I did not apply for it as I didn't think I would be admitted (idiotic, I know!). Other than MPA/ID I applied for Paris School of Economics for both their APE and PPD programs but the results are pending. I am also fortunate enough to be in a situation where my parents can fund the $170k I need to attend MPA/ID without much difficulty. I am considering deferring the admission to apply for Princeton (WWS) MPA next year and to apply for the World Bank Joint Japan Scholarship. Additionally, I have no background in economics and hence I think spending a year being a teaching assistant for econ courses in a university in India will be a good way for me to study basic microecon, macroecon and econometrics as well as brush up on programming before going for the MPA/ID in case I defer my admission. I am considering doing a PhD after the MPA/ID but am unsure at this stage since I have never really studied economics formally and so don't know if I will enjoy the subject enough to go for a PhD. Given this, could someone help me work through this decision. Apologies for the long post but I have been agonizing over this decision for the past three weeks and have made no headway. Thank you all for the discussions on this forum. They have informed the way I have thought about my applications and kept me sane though the process. I hope you are all moving on to bigger and better things in your lives too
  2. From what I've researched online this question seems to be popular so I thought should see what everyone thinks. I applied for the 2019 fall semester and am still waiting to hear back from SAIS, SIPA, and MSFS but I was recently accepted into both the Elliott School's MA program of International Affairs as well as SIS's MA in International Affairs: Comparative and Regional Studies program. I received a decent funding package from the Elliott School but am still waiting to hear back on funding from SIS. I wanted to reach out to everyone here and get your thoughts about either school. I've seen that some people seem to hold the Elliott School in higher esteem for potential internships and job prospects. Personally, because my focus of study is on East Asia and I come from a background of fairly extensive research experience in South Korea, I was wondering if I could get your thoughts on which program may best for me. I want to work for the government following graduation but because both schools are located in DC, it seems that networking and hustling for contacts is a pretty fair toss-up between the two. I would greatly appreciate everyone's insights and thoughts!!
  3. Victoria Carvalho Salles

    Masters In Europe 2018-2019 Cycle

    Anyone applying to any masters in Europe this upcoming cycle? I thought we could discuss it here! I’m applying to Science Po and IHEID.
  4. Kanika2

    PhD admission chances

    So I've never posted on such a forum before so I'm sorry if some of the language is wrong. I am an undergraduate at UT Austin, graduating in December and stuck between opting for a masters or a PhD. Ideally I would love to do a PhD but those are tougher to get into so I was hoping to lay out my stats and get some honest opinions. I have plenty of research experience including a research assistant internship, research with two professors and two of my own research projects. I have also presented this research at three conferences and one those was the MPSA. I also have alot of experience working with sexual assault ngos (I want to focus my research on this in conflict zones) and I have training that allows me to directly work with survivors. I also have grant writing certification. Im hoping to have one publication done by the time I start applying. But the caveat is that my GPA is just a 3.4. This is because of science and other core requirements. My Government / Political science gpa is actually a 3.7 with mostly all As Do you guys think I have realistic chances of getting into a good PhD programs and if so, which ones? I haven't yet given my GRE but the diagnostic showed a 164 verbal and a 154 Quant which I'm sure I can raise significantly after prep. I also have very good professors that I'm asking for recommendations and am planning on working on my sop quite a bit. Sorry if this is a bit wordy and jumbled.
  5. Hi, I have been admitted to CMU's MSPPM Pittsburgh track. I understand that it is a Masters in Science degree. However, I could not find any written material saying MSPPM is a STEM affiliated degree and the graduates are eligible for OPT extension. I absolutely love the program and everything it offers. But I really need to know if I will be eligible for the OPT extension post graduation. Can someone please clarify this? Thanks
  6. Hi everyone, I have been accepted to Denver's Josef Korbel and the Elliott school at GWU both with some funding, receiving 10k a year from Korbel and 14k a year from Elliott. I have decided that Korbel is my top choice but it is extremely expensive. Can anyone offer advice on how to leverage more funding from Elliott or how to request more aid generally? With 10k a year, Denver would cost $86K while Elliott would only cost $45k. I know Denver is a bit cheaper than DC, but not enough to cover that price difference. I worry about debt as IR is not a lucrative field but the program at Korbel has more classes I am interested in and several professors whose research aligns with my own goals. Again, any advice would appreciated. Thanks
  7. So I have decided I want to apply to an MPP or MPA program but I have to admit that I'm confused on where to apply. I want to work at a place like the urban institute, or another think tank but I'm not sure what schools can lead me to that path. Currently I'm working with AmeriCorps VISTA and living in the Midwest, so I'm looking at a number of school in my area and schools that give large tuition cuts to AmeriCorps alums, so places like Minnesota, Wisconsin, Brandeis, and Duke. My big question is... will it be incredibly difficult to land a job at a place like Urban (or a job in DC) if I do not go to school in the mid-Atlantic area?
  8. sandover

    Fordham IPED 2017

    Hello everyone! I wanted to start a thread to see if there are any other applicants who applied to, or have heard back from, Fordham's IPED program. I know it is one of the smaller programs, but it also provides many funding opportunities and has some unique partnerships and career trajectories.
  9. 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?
  10. Anyone still haven't heard back from U of M? I knew my chances were slim, but I still haven't received anything from the school. It seems that the first rounds are already over (Feb. 22-23ish). Any ideas?
  11. makingtheleap.back

    Weird Work History Instructions

    For Carnegie Mellon's MSPPM program, the instructions state "The résumé MUST be current and include all part time and full time work experience, the dates of when the employment began and ended and a brief description of your responsibilities under the title of the position. Click here for an example of a résumé." On a resume, I usually only include the pertinent details (why does it matter if I worked for a pizzeria), but CMU also states in the same section "Submission of false or plagiarized material as part of the application for admission may result in automatic denial of admission to any degree program." I don't want to submit false information by omitting work details, but it also states to keep the resume 1-2 pages; it will be hard to include everything and also be comprehensive in the descriptions of the applicable jobs. Advice?
  12. What role does school prestige play in the hiring process for security related jobs in in federal government, in multi lateral organizations, and with international relief organizations (I know that for capital hill and the public sector, it has significant influence)? I have narrowed my my options down to Georgetown SSP unfunded (70k in tuition + living expenses), and a west coast “public ivy” state flagship university (with a fellowship that covers tuition, and includes a full living stipend). The state school is not UCB, or UCSD, but I do not want to be more specific than that. The difference in price between these two programs ranges anywhere from 80k-110k, depending on my ability to cover DC living costs at Georgetown. Both Georgetown and the state school in question, offer a solid curriculum on my exact subject of interest. Also, the state school, though a very small program, has a history of placing students into that field. Money aside, Georgetown is the obvious answer, but 80k+ is a life changing/limiting amount of debt. So I pose the question to the grad cafe community, for the public sector (State, DOD, DOE), multilateral organizations (NATO, UN), or international relief organizations, how much value do such employers place on prestige? Or are the courses you take, the papers you publish, research you undertake, internships, language abilities, and experiences living abroad, much more significant factors in the hiring process?
  13. I have been admitted into Georgetown SSP, however I did not receive any funding. The program, due to less required credits, is about 30k less than Georgetown MSFS. However 70k for tuition over two years is still difficult to swallow. For those familiar with similar programs (including SAIS, HKS, Fletcher, GWU, etc.), what are the best external funding sources available to students in their second year? I have also heard of people gaining employment with a federal agency in their first year, and taking advantage of programs that pay for your remaining year in exchange for an employment commitment. Which IR related agencies/organizations offer this program? For those of you attending school in DC, what about attending school part time (Georgetown SSP offers classes primarily at night to allow for this)? Are internships generally paid, and what are the wages like? I have minimal work experience in the security sector, and thus I am concerned that most employers will only offer unpaid internships. Thank you for any comments/recommendations. I was hoping to attend SSP, however I am unwilling to take on debt to cover both tuition and living expenses (tuition is bad enough), and am thus hoping to at least cover my COL in DC.
  14. Given the uncertainty surrounding Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF), I would consider banking on loan forgiveness while deciding on a graduate program, to be not the wisest of decisions. Especially because many jobs that you would traditionally associate with the federal government, are now being outsourced to contractors. However, out of curiosity, do the following organizations qualify one under PSLF, given the current guidelines? NATO? The U.N.? World Bank?
  15. Anyone have thoughts on making funding-based decisions? I've been accepted to my top two schools with super generous funding from each and I'm doing all that I can to decide between the two of them. Both have offered me full funding but in very different forms. Thoughts on whether a primarily scholarship based offer is better than a TAship-based offer (aside from the obvious "I'd have to work for my money at one")? Both are primarily professionally-focused, coursework based MA programs. School 1 offered me ~$18,000 over the two years in straight funding, $5,000 in my second year for a guaranteed TA or RAship School 2 offered me $5,000 in scholarship for my first year, just over $10,000 per year for both years for a full TAship
  16. Hello world I tried using my google skills to find more on these two schools' policy programs -- about post graduation career prospects for some international student who does policy from these schools but I did not have much luck. Does anyone know how good these programs are and how well they are regarded? Especially concerned because going to these schools will put me in the same area where graduates of SIPA and Wagner will lurk for jobs , and I'm concerned that these schools might not be thought of as highly or might not provide the same scope you know.
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