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  1. Hi all: First time poster here. I want to ask about how much the GRE Quant section actually matters for admissions to HDS. All aspects of my application are extremely competitive however, there is one setback: my Quant score. While my Verbal scores and AWA are well above averages, my Quant is at a dismal 20%. Could this be a deal breaker for me? Might I be weeded out of the competition before my application ever reaches someone's desk? Thanks for your feedback.
  2. HGSE 2017

    Hello, HGSE hopefuls! I started the thread for HGSE last year but ended up not applying due to extremely low GRE scores. I decided to take another year to work, and get more experience in the education sector. So, here are are my stats. Let me know what you think. Be brutal!Applying for M.A I am an international applicant. Program: PSP (practice strand)GRE Score: V 155, Q 140, AWA: 4.0 (will be retaking it)GPA: 3.05 (2 health related withdrawals recommended by the university and some very low grades)Work Experience: multiple internship & volunteer experiences in youth development throughout college (turned my last internship into a full-time job J). 1.5 years as a project coordinator at a leading policy research institution in the world. 8 months of teaching experience at a university outside of the United States. And I just started working on health promotion project among school-age children. Undergrad Institution (Public, Private, Ivy, etc..): international student at a private city school Research Experience: My research experience is limited to my undergraduate years. I am more into project development, management and fundraising rather than research. What Other Schools Are You Applying To: Columbia MSW (no GRE required!) I have visted both HGSE and Columbia MSW open houses. HGSE commnity, that they endearingly call "hugsie", is so warm and close-knit. The curriculum is extremely flexible. The student body is so diverse! P.S. Info about HGSE having 50% acceptance rate is total b.s.
  3. Ivy League Admissions Help

    Are you looking to reach an Ivy League or your dream school? I can help with the process. Not too long ago, I was in your shoes. I thought that attending a great university or an Ivy League meant that you had to be at the top of your class or be really rich. I was neither. In fact, I was the first person in my immediate and extended family to go to college! Needless to say, I had no clue about the college/grad school application process, but I was motivated to change my destiny and willing to learn. I received a full-tuition, four-year leadership scholarship to attend a top private university for undergrad and received my masters from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, specializing in international education. I have gained 10+ years of experience in educating and coaching others and 8+ years of professional writing. I enjoy helping others achieve their goals and believe that anything is possible with a proper PLAN. If you are interested in learning how to prepare the strongest grad school application possible for an Ivy League or your dream school, I am happy to help. My services include help with the following: personal statement writing, admissions strategy, interview prep, and admissions application review. Feel free to message me with any queries.
  4. HGSE Class of 2018

    Could not find a thread on this but thought this could be a good place to get acquainted! Super excited for the fall I'm in the Ed.M SSP program
  5. Hi everyone – I'll be starting a Master's at HGSE this fall! I already live in the area, but I'm interested in moving into Harvard grad student housing and living by myself :-) Has anyone gone through the HU Housing lottery-esque process for grad students? I just got my "view and select" assignment and I'm trying to figure out if I have an average or bad date. Any advice/perspective would be helpful!
  6. Hi guys, I am trying to decide between the Master of Intelligent Information System program at CMU and Computational Science and Engineering program at Harvard... Both programs are not funded. Well I know CMU is one of the best school for CS major, but Harvard seems to have a better overall reputation. As for environment Boston sightly better than Pittsburg? But of course higher cost of living. I had an undergraduate in CS at UIUC and would go for a software role at a tech company or a trading company after graduation from master's degree. How would you actually rate these two programs and two schools? Any other factors I should take into account when deciding? Thanks in advance!
  7. Hey all. I need some help deciding. I've been admitted into UC Berkeley and SFSU's Joint PhD program in Special Education as well as the Harvard Graduate School of Education for an Ed.M in Specialized Studies. Both are amazing programs but two very different commitments. I believe my end goal is a Ph.D., and the Berkeley/SFSU program is a wonderful one for my research interests and needs. However, I wasn't eligible to many PhD programs this time around since I didn't have a masters, and am wondering if it's worth taking a year to do the Harvard program so that I would be eligible for more PhDs next time around... what do you think? A bird in the hand? My research interests are really specific and UCB/SFSU is really open and supportive to what I want to do... it seems like the right decision, but I'm having trouble imagining turning down a masters from Harvard and imagining all of the "what if" scenarios that could happen if I go that route... Help? Thank you!!
  8. I'm fortunate enough to have been accepted into both Harvard and the University of Washington's PhD programs for biostatistics. I'm not entirely sure whether I want to go into academia or industry; while UW has a reputation for being much more rigorous/theoretical, I'm fairly confident you can go either direction in both programs if you make the appropriate curriculum/research choices. A lot of the people in my life are pushing for Harvard-- but the most often cited reason is that the lay prestige of Harvard is that much greater (which would come into play especially if I went into industry) and the opportunities to network and so forth in the non-tech sector are better in the Harvard/the Boston area. Fair points, to be sure. But does anybody in this forum have any thoughts about the pros/cons of either of these two programs, or about the value of attending a school with more lay prestige? (Once again, this is really the nicest of possible dilemmas and I realize I'll probably be fine wherever I end up.)
  9. Asking for Admission Extension

    Hi everyone! I was accepted last week into BU's MTS program at the School of Theology. I am beyond excited and know this school is a great fit for me - however, like every other student applying for grad programs, I applied to HDS as well. According to GC and Google info, they don't release their admissions until March 15-16, which is a week after my acceptance deadline for BU. I asked my current professor if I should accept the offer - he suggested i accept BU and later reject if I get into HDS, but I feel that asking for an extension would be better since I would still possibly want to take classes at BU through the institute. How would I ask for an extension without sounding like it's not my top pick? I would be very happy at BU so it is a top pick for me, but I don't want to put all my eggs in a basket before I hear back from HDS. I want to make sure I make the best pick financially and long term. Thanks!
  10. Should we expect to hear back from the Harvard FLAS Fellowship committees before April 15th? I really don't want to commit to something before I know how much it will cost.
  11. Harvard Ed. L.D. 2017

    Get on in here with your stats, concerns, questions if you have submitted your app to HGSE's Ed. L.D. program for 2017!
  12. Hey guys i was going through the results and just saw that one person was accepted to the Harvard Graduate School of Arts &Science REECA program, did any one else her back anything? if You did not hear from the yet, does this result to a rejection letter? i'm just nervous waiting haha
  13. Hello everyone, I would like to hear your opinions on which school would better suit my interests and background. I think I have a pretty good profile. I am an international lawyer, with 3 years of work experience with UNHCR, currently accepted a position to work in the Mediterranean crisis in Greece. I have an LLB (Bachelor of Laws) from my country, and an LLM at a relatively known and respected US school in the international law field. I also did an internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. I speak spanish, portuguese, a bit of french and am currently learning syrian colloquial arabic. I don't want the degree to "break into" the field but because I truly enjoy learning and I believe it would improve the impact of my work. Having said that, what I am looking for in a degree: - Interdisciplinary approach, I have many interests such as international security, humanitarian affairs, international organizations and diplomacy - Good courses and faculty specialized on Middle East - High chances of getting into a good PHD later, since I am inclined towards academia but haven't decided anything yet - Leadership training: conflict management, human resources management, public speaking, etc (this would be a plus) - Very good funding, since I am still paying for my LLM Potential programs, 1. MALD, Fletcher 2. Harvard, MPP, 3. Columbia SIPA 4. SAIS (not sure about this one because of its econ focus) 6. Msc Intl Relations, LSE 7. Msc in Global Governance and Diplomacy, Oxford Anything else I should consider? I have been doing some research and I really like the MALD at Fletcher. I am not sure about its Middle East courses and faculty and whether they are strong or not. Also, I know it has a professional approach, I don't know if that would be good if I apply for a PHD later. They have a few full-tuition and stipend scholarships but I don't know what type of profile usually gets them. Has anyone gotten in with full-tuition scholarship? I am not sure about HKS, I've seen some pros and cons. A pro is obviously the brand name, but I believe I do not need it unless I want to go back to my country and stay there, which you never know. Does anyone know how generous is their funding? Please give me your insights, Thanks!
  14. Harvard BBS 2017!

    Hey all! Looks like many of the admissions are out for those who interviewed in the first weekend. So excited to meet ya'll later this year
  15. Harvard SEAS Fall 2017 PhD

    Hey all! Hope you are all doing well. Anyone heard from Harvard SEAS?
  16. Harvard Masters Funding

    I'm applying for financial aid from Harvard for a Harvard masters degree. Do they expect students to use up all their savings before they receive any assistance from Harvard? Are they expecting students to graduate penniless?
  17. Hi, Has anyone heard anything from the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology PhD program at Harvard yet (for Fall 2016)? Has someone already received an invitation to the interview session?
  18. It is Jan 17, and I still did not receive an email for an interview. Is it possible that I get admission without interview, or should I just forget about my chances in admission with the end of January?
  19. Harvard GSE EdLD Applications

    Has anyone else on this forum applied for the 2017 Fall Cohort for the Harvard GSE EdLD program? I've seen threads from applicants from the past few years, but nothing from this year. From what I've gathered from previous posts, there will be 50 interviews for 25 spots and around 500 applicants. The acceptance rate seems to be around 5-6%, so it's highly competitive. Notice of interviews seem to be emailed in late January, but may be rolling, with interviews happening in mid- to late- February. Does anyone have any other information to share? Thoughts? I'm with my chances, but this is my first time applying. My GRE scores are all well above average for their admitted students, my undergrad and graduate GPAs range from around a 3.3 - 3.6, and I have varied and extensive leadership opportunities and successes in education as a teacher. Still, the waiting game has me nervous. The last time I applied and went to grad school was 12 years ago. Good luck everyone.
  20. Chance for acceptance

    Hello Guys, I am a PhD candidate in Civil and environmental engineering in Louisiana State University (LSU). I have a masters degree along with my bachelor. How do you evaluate my chance og getting acceptance for another PhD in a computational mechanics field in either MIT, Stanford or Harvard after I receive my PhD degree from LSU? I appreciate if you let me know about similar situations?
  21. Late Application Submission

    Hey all- I got a bit confused today thinking that Harvard was due at midnight tonight, but I realized that it was actually due at 5 pm. I submitted it immediately when I noticed, but it was still about three hours late. The application went through and I got a confirmation email, but is this likely to disqualify my application (PhD in chemistry, if it matters)? Thanks and best of luck to everyone!
  22. Hi, I am a CS graduate from Carnegie Mellon based in Qatar. GPA: 3.1 , GRE: Q: 170, V: 168. I have 2 years work experience setting up and managing Carnegie Mellon Qatar's SMARTLab with the Associate dean, a lab aimed at encouraging crossovers between computer science and other disciplines. I have little research experience, but I have been working with a Computational Finance professor at CMU on using deep learning to create a market making algorithm for the Qatar Stock Exchange (however, no publications). I do have an entrepreneurial streak and was involved in a couple of failed startups as an undergrad, as well as helping a bunch of students co-found an idea for an educational app about financial markets through my lab that recently got a $100,000 angel investment. I am interested in applying for a Masters in Computer Science, but I am unsure as to what programs should I apply for - should it be more applied or thesis-based. I am currently considering applying to CSE at Harvard, and M Eng CS at Cornell Tech. Based on my profile, what are my chances in these programs ? What other programs would be a good match for me? Thanks.
  23. GRE Opinion - Harvard Kennedy

    So I recently took the GRE and scored the following: Verbal: 164 Quantitative: 154 Writing: 6.0 I feel very confident in the verbal and writing portions, but the Quantitative score is lower than I was hoping. I am looking to apply to MPP programs at Harvard and Princeton and am wondering if a quant of 154 would be disqualifying? I took statistics and research methods courses in undergrad and got a 4.0 in each class, so I'm hoping that would overshadow the 154 score here. My Undergrad work was the following: University: Michigan State University GPA: 3.94/4.0 Graduated with High Honors Advice would be deeply appreciated!
  24. IR Masters

    Hello everyone, I would like to hear your opinions on which school would better suit my interests and background. I think I have a pretty good profile. I am an international lawyer, with 3 years of work experience with UNHCR, currently accepted a position to work in the Mediterranean crisis in Greece. I have an LLB (Bachelor of Laws) from my country, and an LLM at a relatively known and respected US school in the international law field. I also did an internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. I speak spanish, portuguese, a bit of french and am currently learning syrian colloquial arabic. I don't want the degree to "break into" the field but because I truly enjoy learning and I believe it would improve the impact of my work. Having said that, what I am looking for in a degree: - Interdisciplinary approach, I have many interests such as international security, humanitarian affairs, international organizations and diplomacy - Good courses and faculty specialized on Middle East - High chances of getting into a good PHD later, since I am inclined towards academia but haven't decided anything yet - Leadership training: conflict management, human resources management, public speaking, etc (this would be a plus) - Very good funding, since I am still paying for my LLM Potential programs, 1. MALD, Fletcher 2. Harvard, MPP, 3. Columbia SIPA 4. SAIS (not sure about this one because of its econ focus) 6. Msc Intl Relations, LSE 7. Msc in Global Governance and Diplomacy, Oxford Anything else I should consider? I have been doing some research and I really like the MALD at Fletcher. I am not sure about its Middle East courses and faculty and whether they are strong or not. Also, I know it has a professional approach, I don't know if that would be good if I apply for a PHD later. They have a few full-tuition and stipend scholarships but I don't know what type of profile usually gets them. Has anyone gotten in with full-tuition scholarship? I am not sure about HKS, I've seen some pros and cons. A pro is obviously the brand name, but I believe I do not need it unless I want to go back to my country and stay there, which you never know. Does anyone know how generous is their funding? Please give me your insights, Thanks!
  25. Hi everyone, I am an international student with a bachelor's degree from a US university. Harvard has two PhD programs that appeal to me, which appear to be very similar. I am talking about Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) http://www.hms.harvard.edu/dms/bbs/index.html and MOLECULES, CELLS AND ORGANISMS (MCO) http://mco.mcb.harvard.edu/ . I know I can rotate with faculty from either program. So the ultimate question is: which program would be more likely to accept me?