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Found 22 results

  1. Noahliuhx

    Harris MPP vs Ford MPP

    Hey guys. I really need your help with my choice towards MPP programs. I have admitted by Harris MPP program and Ford MPP program. My interest is in social policy and poverty. Harris(#3, #4) and Ford(#1, #1)'s rankings are similar in public policy and social policy. Thus it is really a tough choice for me to make. UChicago has a better ranking on the best universities list and Chicago is the third biggest city in the USA which probably means more collaborations with private sectors and non-profit organizations. However, Harris seems to release too many offers this year, at least 200, and I am really worried about the teaching quality nowadays. Besides, what about the students' diversity? I think that's an important factor to weigh when studying public policy. When talking about Ford school, my gut always tells me that Ford School students would have lots of passion for public policy, and I am really impressed by UMich's culture and the sense of belonging. Ford School accepts at most 100 students, much less than Harris. So am I right that, in this situation, Ford's students would have more chances to communicate with professors and hold more seminars? But the point is neither Ann Arbor nor Detroit is like a metropolis like Chicago. So Does it mean that Ford's students have some disadvantages on network, ie. when looking for an internship or a job? My future plan is to work at a non-profit organization tacking with poverty globally or purchase a Ph.D. in political science before I work at a non-profit. So which school is a better choice for me? Please give me some advice. Ps. I am an international student and this is my first time studying in the U.S. Please give me more detailed information.
  2. iammomolily

    Harris MPP vs SIPA MIA

    Hi all, I am currently having a hard (but sweet) time deciding between these two great schools. I am an international student and hope to stay in the US for at least a year or two. My target employers would be NGO and International Organizations like the UN. And as I know, the international can get a different visa type if working in NGO/IO to stay (not H1B) so it would be nice. I don't know if I should consider more about Harris' s solid quantitative courses and the study atmosphere where social life might not be a large part. The data analytics skills will definitely give me more leverage on job hunting since I am an international student and hard skills can be a thing helpful. Anyway, I would love to hear some advice and more information on what you know, the jobs in UN/NGO or whatever. Thanksssss!
  3. TalkPoliticsToMe

    Funding Considerations - Advice Needed

    Hi all, Is a score of 307 too low for funding consideration and/or admission to an MPP program? I am not great at standardized tests which is why I am debating retaking it, however, I am not sure I can do that much better. This is the one portion of my application that is causing me anxiety. 5.5 Writing 153 Q 154 V My undergraduate GPA is 3.33 (3.60 in my major) and I will have five years of work experience by the time I enroll. Most of my experience is in private sector within the healthcare industry. Schools I am applying to: Michigan (Ford), Duke (Sanford), and Chicago (Harris). Thank you.
  4. I am accepted by Harris during their EA section. It is a great surprise as I dream about joining a rigorous academic community like UChicago all the time. Anyway, I try to get more detailed info about the school before I make the final decision, and I'm mostly considering about two aspects of it: 1. I recently noticed that the class size of Harris, especially MPP program, has been generously increasing during the past several years. I'm a little worried that the greater class size may sometimes lead to less attention from professor and career service. I heard that Harris had moved to a new building in December, 2018, so I assumed the continuing expansion was carefully planned. However, I am looking forward from any current students or candidates of Harris to sharing some personal opinions. 2.I'm an international student who enjoy economics and math, so one reason for me to apply for Harris is that I can have a wonderful opportunity to dive myself into these fields, and I always think about pursuing a doctoral degree of policy after my MPP program. I was told Harris is a good place for doing research and developing an academic path comparing with other top policy schools in US. I will be so grateful if anyone could share some standpoint towards this topic with me. Thanks ahead for your time and help!
  5. TalkPoliticsToMe

    MPP GRE Score: 307 low?

    Hi all, Is a score of 307 too low for funding consideration and/or admission? I am not great at standardized tests which is why I am debating retaking it. 5.5 Writing 153 Q 154 V My undergraduate GPA is 3.33 (3.60 in my major). Schools I am applying to: Michigan (Ford), Duke (Sanford), and Chicago (Harris). Thank you.
  6. Happy Sunday! I am preparing to submit my MPP application at the University of Michigan - Ford School. I am currently finalizing the Employment/Work Experience section of the online application. I was wondering if anyone has any advice on whether volunteer / extracurricular involvement should be included in this section? It seems Ford is primarily looking for paid employment? For additional context, I am almost five years removed from undergrad but have remained fairly active in different boards and nonprofit organizations since that time. This information is included in my resume yet we are asked to re-state work experiences, hence my question. Any advice from those applying or those admitted would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.
  7. Happy Sunday! I am preparing to submit my MPP application at the University of Michigan - Ford School. I am currently finalizing the Employment/Work Experience section of the online application. I was wondering if anyone has any advice on whether volunteer / extracurricular involvement should be included in this section? It seems Ford is primarily looking for paid employment? For additional context, I am almost five years removed from undergrad but have remained fairly active in different boards and nonprofit organizations since that time. This information is included in my resume yet we are asked to re-state work experiences, hence my question. Any advice from those applying or those admitted would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.
  8. Ellen123

    Harris 2018

    Didn't see a thread for Harris 2018, so I thought I would start one since today is the Early Action deadline! Did anyone else apply Early Action? Chicago is my top choice, so I am crossing my fingers until we hear back in mid-December...
  9. Hi everyone, I was recently admitted into the following MPP programs and am trying to decide which would be the best choice: Georgetown McCourt U Chicago Harris UCLA Luskin I received a $20,000 scholarship for McCourt and Harris and am specifically interested in environmental policy. Is anyone else debating between the same schools or have any recommendations?
  10. sdiaz1924

    Minnesota Humphrey 2017

    Hey Everyone! So I haven't seen a topic for the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota and I'm curious to learn more about this program. I applied to their MPP program for this upcoming fall and was recently offered about 90% funding but I don't know much about the program or what current students think about the program. How well known is the program and where do alumni end up working. I've visited Minneapolis before and loved the city, just don't know a lot about UMinnesota. I wasn't expecting to get this much funding from them but now I am really considering this program after the amount of funding I was offered. Right now I am trying to decide between Harris, Ford and now Humphrey. I'm not about to go their their visit days, which is unfortunate. Has anyone on here visited the school?
  11. virgogrl56

    Harris MPP Waitlist

    I was waitlisted for Harris's MPP program yesterday and since it's one of my top choices I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for anything I can do to improve my chances of getting off the waitlist. I'm taking the GRE again next month to hopefully boost my quant score (currently it's 153 and I'm aiming for around a 158) and I'm taking an online intro micro course spring semester (have not previously taken one). Is there anything else worth doing or looking into between now and May? Should I personally reach out to the admissions office expressing my interest? Thanks in advance!
  12. I recently gave my GRE - - scored 310 159 in verbal working with Standard & Poor's as a financial journalist Studied economics honors. What are my chances?
  13. Hi there! I'm looking at UChicago's public policy programs and I'm confused about the distinction between two of their options. They offer the MPP through the Harris school with a Global Conflict policy area or an MAIR through the Committee on International Relations with the option of applying for a dual MAPP degree through Harris. I'm interested in international policy and have been primarily looking at MPP programs before entering the workforce (likely in either the non-profit or public sector). My initial concerns with the two programs (and why I'm asking for a differentiation) is that the MPP won't focus on international policy enough to be worth it whereas the MA/MA dual degree is more geared towards individuals seeking a PhD program in the future (which I am not). If anyone has some insight into either or both programs from a student or applicant's perspective, that would be appreciated!
  14. Hey all, I am looking to see how likely I am to get into the following schools with the following criteria. I feel like I am fitting in somewhere around the average requirements of most applicants at these schools, with maybe a slightly lower GPA. GPA: 3.3 from a small liberal arts school in Ohio GRE: 161 V and 159 Q with 5.0 Analytical Writing Experience: 3 campaign cycles as an intern/volunteer (since '08), 3 campaign cycles as a paid staff in field management and data analytics; 1 year in nonprofit fundraising; 3 months interning with a lobbying firm in D.C.; Only 2 years of work experience after completing my undergrad (I took a semester off to work on the 2012 Presidential campaign) and volunteered/interned throughout college on various local, state, and national races in digital and organizing related work. I am applying/have applied to the following schools: Duke Sanford (MPP), Chicago Harris (MPP), Syracuse Maxwell (MPP), UT-Austin (MPA), Georgetown McCourt (MPP), NYU Wagner (MPA), OSU John Glenn (MPA), USC Price (MPA), IU SPEA (MPA). Thanks!
  15. Got accepted to both programs. Goal is to be working in places like UN Global pulse which use tech methods to solve public policy problems. With this I know that Harris' MSCAPP program will fit my description to a T. And I also like the programming courses they have, which keep my options open if I even want to move to the tech/private sector. However, the NYU have advantage in location. I'm also an International Student so some focus on International Policy would also be more applicable to me in the long run. Any thoughts?
  16. Hi all I am having difficulty deciding which schools to attend, and have yet to find any other info on CIR. Kindly share with me your thoughts! Got accepted to Chicago's CIR, Chicago's Harris and Cornell's CIPA program and still waiting to hear back from Columbia but likely to get rejected as saw many acceptances already. All programs are really good and in terms of funding, I got a decent amount each... I researched quite extensively on location, program, career development but would appreciate any second opinions! Thanks in advance!!
  17. Got waitlisted by University Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. anyone else get this decision? its my top choice in program and was wondering if there were any suggestions/advice on improving my chances of getting off the waitlist.
  18. state_school'12

    Let's get real about quant

    I've been looking at back posts on the relative quantitative rigorousness of programs, and I've noticed that virtually every program is described by some as "quant heavy", etc. For me, the ability to push myself quantitative and learn advanced skills of statistics, econometrics, microeconomics, and program evaluation is one of my most important criteria for evaluating programs. And I feel a little let down by this forum, which is generally quite informative and helpful. For instance, GSPP is often highly regarded as quant heavy. However, their math camp spends half of the time on pre-calculus topics. To me, that sends off a little alarm. I hope to post some of the results of my own research, which will compare syllabi, topics, and textbooks across core quant classes, but my initial impression is that at even Harris, GSPP, and Ford, it's going to take some work to get beyond advanced undergraduate classes in econ and math/stats. With that in mind, what do you know about: 1) Advanced track quant options within the program(Ford offers an "In-Depth" Micro II, Harris has something a long these lines, etc) 2) Taking classes from econ departments/attending econ math camp. How does testing work? Has anyone done this? Many students praise the ability to take courses from econ departments, but I know most professors aren't going to be happy with letting policy students into PhD level courses, which are highly theoretical and full of proofs. Most students of which survive them only by working close together with groups of other PhD students - something that I would have difficulty doing as an MPP student. For current students, did any of you come from a math/econ background and feel underwhelmed by the policy school's quant offerings? How did you get around this? I'm looking for econometrics and micro courses that use multivariate calculus (lagrangians, etc), matrix algebra, and maybe some proofs. Can anyone help me out with specific examples, courses, books, syllabi, etc? An econometrics book that references Greene, and a micro book on the level of Nicholson are some of the clues that I'm looking for. Sorry for the rambling post guys, I'm feeling overwhelmed looking for old syllabi and course descriptions. Thanks for your comments.
  19. Did anyone attend the Admitted Student Day? What was your impression?
  20. I am deciding between CMU Heinz MSPPM and University of Chicago's Harris School MPP. Harris: #4 by US N&W Report in both social policy, policy analysis; Heinz: #7 in policy analysis Switched places from the last USNWR rankings for policy analysis, but both clearly top-tiered and quantitatively strong. For financial aid, Harris offered 10k/year and Heinz 24k/year. Which one should I choose? Does anyone know much about the differences between these two programs? Thanks!
  21. chicagomppbound

    Chicago Harris MPP Fall 2012

    Anyone else attending Harris (MPP) this Fall ? For those who haven’t made up their mind, here are a few links that helped me make a decision Fall 2010 MaPP Videos: http://harrisschool.uchicago.edu/students/new-students/onthemapp.asp Current Harris Student on Gradcafe: http://forum.thegradcafe.com/topic/20187-current-harris-student/
  22. Got accepted to both. I think i prefer georgtown. What do you think? Also if you can comment about life in Chicago/DC
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