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  1. Hi, I would appreciate any advice in this regard. I've received offers from the following Universities/Courses 1. Johns Hopkins SAIS/MA in International Relations (2 year) 2. Columbia SIPA/Masters in Public Administration (2 year) 3. Harvard University HKS/Mid-Career Masters in Public Administration (1 year) Financials are as follows 1. Johns Hopkins - I'm short by $40,000 (20K per year) 2. Columbia - Short by $30,000 (15K per year) - Most generous with Aid 3. HKS - short by $20,000 per year (No Aid) My primary area of interest is to to study the impact on technology on society, systems of governance etc. I also want to build a strong foundation in Economics and Stats, learn about leadership and management. All schools have Technology Policy Concentrations as part of their courses. There is the DC/NYC/Boston question too, difference in campus sizes to consider as well. Also the question/wisdom of taking up a 1 year course at Harvard vis-a-vis two years at the other two, but Harvard is obviously extremely prestigious. I have never been to the United States before. Would really appreciate any advice from the members of this group.
  2. Hi, I would love some guidance on this. Technically Harvard Kennedy School says 2-year MPA students only need 4 graduate level courses to apply for the program. However, they say on their site and an accepted admissions video that the program is designed for students with another graduate degree. So, could I, an individual with only a bachelor's degree, apply and be accepted to the HKS MPA program? I would love any insight into this. I have looked into this program and I feel like it so closely aligns with my career goals, but I do not want to waste my time, if I would not be considered. Thanks all
  3. Hi, So, I am seriously considering applying for an MPA in the fall of 2022, but I want to know how realistic my aspirations are. As some background on me, I graduated with dual Honor's degrees in Political Science and Anthropology in 2019 as Summa Cum Laude (top 1% of class) from my state school. I also was awarded the undergraduate research scholar for my thesis and working in my Honor college's think tank. I also was awarded many merit scholarships. Before graduating, I was in an array of very competitive law mentorship programs, but I had a change of heart in my senior year and went to the nonprofit world. I have only taken a cold practice GRE, but I got a 159 verbal and 155 quant (I plan to raise these both to the 160s). I now work for a nonprofit that serves about 7,000 at-risk kids annually and has a $5m budget. I have increased the fundraising section I am in by over 65%, and my funds account for about 70% of the annual budget now. I also did some specialized campaigns during COVID to fundraise for lost revenue, so no one was laid off or furloughed. Anyhow, it looks like I may be getting a small promotion and begin engaging in all of our government relations within the next six months. I am also going to coauthor a manuscript for publication with a professor I know. I want to go to HKS because of its fantastic array of courses and incredible research centers. My state is sort of isolated and would benefit so profoundly from these ideas. I want to restructure advocacy work in my state to empower members of my community and create lasting change. All that being said, I genuinely cannot figure out how competitive the acceptance rate is for the MPA at HKS and other schools. I worry my lack of a prestigious alma matter, other advanced degrees, and only four years of work experience will work against me. I would appreciate your thoughts so much.
  4. Hey folks! Couldn't find a thread for 2019 waitlisted candidates for HKS so wanted to start one. Anyone from MPA/ID, MPP, MPA, MC hear back yet? Any ideas on when we'd get the first update given April 16th was the date to reply to decisions.
  5. Hello all, I am relatively new to grad cafe forum, so I apologize if I come off as naive or inexperienced in my first post. I am contemplating my options for graduate school which I will begin in the near future. In regard to my background, I am a current TFA corp member who hopes to go to law school after the typical two year stint. My ultimate goal is to work as a constitutional lawyer for the appellate division of the DOJ in Las Vegas, Nevada (my hometown) and become a law firm partner, a federal judge, or a professor of constitutional law here. My first option for grad school would be to apply to Oxford for a two year Mphil in history/political science and then law school. I've already spoken to a supervisor who is very interested. My second option would be to go to Oxford for a year (if at all) and attend a joint jd mpp program preferably with hks/georgetown law. My heart tells me to go for the first option as I'm a huge history buff and it's cheaper. Also, I'm not much of a quantitative guy, and I'm told that the mpp has a strong quant component. Plus, my joint jd mpp plan is probably more expensive especially if I factor in the year at Oxford, and I would limit my options for law schools. Finally, I imagine that I could always attend hks for a midcareer masters while it would be harder to attend Oxford midcareer. At the same time, the second option seems more appealing because I think that a degree from hks would probably look better for a public service career because of the faculty (David Gergen, Roger Porter) and networking options. Am I right in this career? Which option should I chose? Would one degree look better than the other for the field I want to go into or would both be equally regarded? In any case, I am very confused and ask for your counsel. Academically and professionally, I think that I am well-qualified. I've been published, elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and won awards for my internships and academic projects. This also provided me with some food for thought.
  6. Hi, I'm desperately torn between Kennedy's MPP, Georgetown's MSFS, and the MALD at Fletcher (deadline Friday!). I'd love to get perspectives from current students/recent grads on their experiences at the Kennedy School. I'd be coming in with a more IR focus, interested in the intersections between security and development. My main concerns with HKS is that with the size and other commitments of professors, you're more of a number. I'm okay with having to work a little harder to get that "personal experience" but want to make sure I won't just be sitting in crowded lecture halls/being taught by TAs for half of my academic career (esp when I'm paying 50k a year for it...) and struggling to really connect with my profs. Have funding from MSFS and Fletcher, non at HKS, but not an overwhelming amount at either school and, while Kennedy would result in the highest level of debt, feel confident that I could get out with under 80k...
  7. I'm thinking of applying to HKS next year but just read the following long form article on the effectiveness of HKS. Some points are unduly harsh and off base. Is it really a problem that more grads go into the private sector? Yet, some points he makes seem valid. What do you think? http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/article/2017/01/22/harvard-kennedy-school-america/#iframe-disqus Even HKS's own Crimson has weighed in: http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2017/5/25/school-for-government-commencement/ What are you looking to achieve with an MPP/MPA?
  8. Ugggh I know I should never have re-read my SOP essay but found a glaring error in the third paragrah. Will I get dinged by HKS over this if the rest of my application is otherwise strong? I am praying not. Anyone else have a similar situation?
  9. Fellow HKS MPP Applicants, Do you know if the HKS take the fellowship essays into consideration for the admissions decision? If not, why else would they have the financial aid due date before decisions are released? Strange... Also, has anyone been to visit? If so, who did you meet with (e.g., students, admissions, etc?). Do you think visiting the campus boosts your candidacy in any way? Looking forward to hearing from you!
  10. Hello fellows, I am an international student from Brazil applying to MPA/MPP programs in US for Fall 12'. I have a strong background in math and economics, which allows me to apply for either the MPP or MPA/ID program at HKS. My goal is to specialize in economic policy in developing countries and work for WB, IDB or UNDP upon graduation, so my initial idea was that the MPA/ID curriculum would best fit (although the MPP IGA or development concentration would also lead me to a similar career). The thing is that I have 4 years of experience in banking in Brazil (top american bank), but no real "development" experience. From the research I did it seems to me that most (if not all) the people accepted into the MPA/ID have worked for WB, IDB or similar agencies or governments. In this sense, I feel that maybe the MPP admission criteria would be more flexible in considering my private sector experience (and also the volunteering experience I have) and consequently I would enhance my chances of admission at HKS. I would really rather being accepted to the MPP to not being accepted at all. On the other hand, the MPA/ID has by far more international students than the MPP (70% vs 20%). Thus, my question is: would my chances of admission increase if I apply to the MPP instead of the MPA/ID? Is the admission criteria of the MPP more flexible in regards to private sector experience? My complete profile is in this other post (in case anyone is really nice and will bother looking at that): I would really appreciate any help from you. Thank you Tomás
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