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  1. Hi everyone! This is my first post, and I am an international student, so bear with me if my English is a bit strange... (I posted the same content in the global affairs forum as well) Anyways, I am hoping to get some thoughts on the two grad programs I was luckily admitted to! I am a Japanese undergraduate student graduating March 2022, who studied liberal arts (not sure if I can call this a field haha) in Japan. My career plan is to become a practitioner in the field of conflict resolution, countering violent extremism, and peacebuilding, thus decided to pursue a graduate degree that enables me to gain the necessary knowledge and experience (e.g., project design, management, m&e, and a preferably third language too) for such a profession. Much to my luck, I got offers from GW Elliott IDS (have to self-fund 10k/year), and Fletcher MALD (self-fund 16k/year), and am currently leaning towards going to Elliott, for its location in DC as well as its lower cost compared to Fletcher. However, looking into the Gradcafe forum, I see lots of positive posts (negatives posts equally) about the MALD, and not so much on Elliott IDS, so I am reconsidering once again... If I summarize my thoughts, it would be like this: Elliott: DC location (thus better connection?), cheaper option, wider varieties of fields I can study Fletcher: Better recognition and reputation? (not sure about this...), Fletcher Mafia, more rigorous? (again, I'm not sure about this too), prestige in the IR community? Are my image of both schools correct? Could anyone give me more insight on the two programs??
  2. Hi everyone! This is my first post (and an international student), so bear with me if my English is a bit strange... Anyways, I am hoping to get some thoughts on the two grad programs I was luckily admitted to! I am a Japanese undergraduate student graduating March 2022, who studied liberal arts (not sure if I can call this a field haha) in Japan. My career plan is to become a practitioner in the field of conflict resolution, countering violent extremism, and peacebuilding, thus decided to pursue a graduate degree that enables me to gain the necessary knowledge and experience (e.g., project design, management, m&e, and a preferably third language too) for such a profession. Much to my luck, I got offers from GW Elliott IDS (have to self-fund 10k/year), and Fletcher MALD (self-fund 16k/year), and am currently leaning towards going to Elliott, for its location in DC as well as its lower cost compared to Fletcher. However, looking into the Gradcafe forum, I see lots of positive posts (negatives posts equally) about the MALD, and not so much on Elliott IDS, so I am reconsidering once again... If I summarize my thoughts, it would be like this: Elliott: DC location (thus better connection?), cheaper option, wider varieties of fields I can study Fletcher: Better recognition and reputation? (not sure about this...), Fletcher Mafia, more rigorous? (again, I'm not sure about this too), prestige in the IR community? Are my image of both schools correct? Could anyone give me more insight on the two programs??
  3. I know there are a bunch of posts like this, but I am trying to decide between the Global Human Development program at Georgetown SFS and the International Development Studies program at the GW Elliott School. I received scholarships from both, but Georgetown would be about $35k more. I love the GHD program and its community, but it's hard to choose over a much cheaper option. Georgetown seems to be more prestigious and rigorous, but is it worth it in the long run? Any insights are appreciated, thanks!
  4. I received admission to DU and the Korbel school for a master's in international development for Fall 2020. Who else on here received admission to Korbel and what other schools you applied to and what draws you to Korbel? Did you receive a financial aid package and merit scholarships?
  5. Hello, hive mind! I wanted to know the pros and cons of going for a lesser known STEM program (UC Berkeley Master's in Development Practice) v/s a better known non-STEM MPP/MPA (e.g. SAIS, Harris, SIPA, etc.). I'm not eligible for most scholarships, and the chances of receiving financial aid from either school are quite slim. STEM OPT is useful for international students who could potentially accelerate their career by working with reputed organisations in the States for a few years - and help in paying off education loans a lot sooner (compared to working in my home country post-Master's). However, in terms of placements and getting a foot-in-the-door at the very least, a better known program will likely open doors for more number of opportunities. Both degrees are useful in terms of offering the flexibility to customize the degree as per one's desirable focus area. Aptitude for STEM coursework is also not an issue, even though I'm a Business and Liberal Arts major.Welcoming guidance from anyone and everyone who has an opinion on this choice!My background: have 2+ years experience in field research with multilaterals + US university-affiliated DevEcon research firms in a third world country - mostly in the area of poverty reduction. I wish to continue working in organizations and nonprofits but as an early career professional, I'm sector-agnostic at this point. By that, I mean that while I'd ideally like to proceed with my work in international development, I'm also open to switching to other focus areas (e.g. gender, energy) if my interests match Thank you in advance!
  6. Hello I am having a very hard time choosing between two different masters programs. The programs are: A 1 year MSc in Development Practice at Trinity College Dublin. (The summer would be spent doing a research placement abroad which a thesis would be based off of) Or a 2 year dual degree program between American University in DC and University for Peace in Costa Rica resulting in an MA in International Affairs from AU and an MA in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from UPeace (one semester at AU followed by two semester at UPeace followed by another semester at AU) (Summer would be spent doing research placement abroad that results in a final group capstone project) Career wise I want to work abroad (probably with A US based agency or NGO) or at least travel abroad frequently with my job. I am interested in both international development as well as environmental sustainability. The program at trinity does encompass a large amount of sustainability courses but American much more so. In the event that I do not receive any further funding, trinity would be half the price of AU/UPeace. Would the extra debt be worth it for the extra degree? Would a degree from a US school be viewed more favorably by US employers? Or vice versa due to trinity being ranked much higher than American (although it's my impression trinity is not well known in the US)?
  7. Hi Everyone, I thought this forum was a super helpful resource when I was applying for grad schools and didn't see a lot of information about Georgetown's Global Human Development program, so I wanted to give it a shoutout! I am a current student in the program and would be happy to answer any questions about GHD, the application process, etc. Just to emphasize a few highlights here - two of my favorite things about GHD are the program itself and the people. I chose GHD for its practitioner oriented approach to development - both through the curriculum itself and the co-curriculars like internships, the summer field placement, and the capstone project. The classes are very practical and hands on. For example, the core course in Strategy, Design, and Implementation provides the skills to identify and deconstruct a problem, conduct a socio-economic landscape analysis, design an intervention, pitch a program, etc. Other classes provide technical skills in data analysis, evaluation, economics, and more. And the program itself is super flexible, so you can tailor your specialization or other classes directly with your interests. The people are also a HUGE part of why I chose and why I love GHD. More than any other program I applied to, the GHD program is a tight-knit supportive cohort of students and professors. The professors in particular come from incredible backgrounds and have amazing resources and connections. There is also a good mix of academics, professors of practice, and current practitioners, which provides a really fantastic and diverse perspective to many of the issues we discuss. They are also very engaged and supportive and go well above and beyond to support us both personally and professionally. For example, this year one of my classmates mentioned how she was passionate about linguistics and one of the professors remembered this and created a workshop, led my World Bank professionals, on this topic for her and anyone else that was interested. They are also great about helping us navigate the field and get connected with opportunities with DC and abroad. I'll stop there for now, but definitely respond or reach out if you have any questions!
  8. So, Fletcher School at Tufts University has been my dream school for some time now. I got admitted into MALD and want to specialise in Development Economics but also take a few classes in Social Entreprenurship and International Political Economy. The flexibility of the MALD degree allows me to do that. I am particularly drawn to the cross registration option with Harvard and would love to take Social Entrepreneurship classes at Harvard Business School and also build some contacts. My problem is funding. I have received funding of $24k for two years (12k per year) from Fletcher. Still, the tuition plus living cost comes up to $117k. My relative is lending $67,000 and I have to take a loan of $ 50,000. I come from a middle class family in India. After the MALD degree, I am eligible for 1 year OPT in USA as an international student but after that it is the dreaded H1B lottery and purely depends on chance. I cannot pay off such a high debt earning in my local currency. I also have an offer from Austalian National University (ANU) in Canberra, ranked among top 25 universities in the world by QS rankings, for a Master in International and Development Economics. While not terribly cheap, the total cost is $ 40k less than Fletcher. Australia also allows international students guaranteed stay for 2 years after the degree and it is easy to stay on afterwards till debt is paid off. I have applied for a few full and partial scholarships for ANU but the results have not yet been declared. However, Fletcher has always been my “dream school” and I wasn’t so happy as I am now for a long time until I got the Fletcher offer letter. My head says ANU but my heart says Fletcher. I like that I can take a few IPE and Social Entrepreneurship classes along with Development Economics at Fletcher as opposed to pure Development Economics at ANU. However, the ANU degree is highly quantitative, comparable to MPA/ID level of Econ and Maths at Harvard, and I have heard that such a degree has better scope at IFIs and development consulting, and better prospects than an IR degree with specialisation in Development. I have the following doubts: 1) Is Fletcher School worth a debt of $ 50k plus interest and then repayment of $ 67k to my relative? The chances of further scholarship at Fletcher seem slim. 2) Is the name Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) misleading to employers in the development sector outside USA? I ask this because Fletcher does not mention specialisation pursued on its transcripts. 3) To former and current Fletcher students: I know the cross registration option with Harvard exists on paper but how easy is it to actually take classes at Harvard Business School or Harvard Kennedy School and form some useful contacts? Is it worth going to Fletcher for this reason? 4) Is it better to go to Fletcher or ANU? I want to work in development consulting or an IFI but some part of me also wants start a Social Entreprise in future and I cannot help but think the broader education in USA will help me in this. The ANU curriculum goes very deep into a narrow subject area while the Fletcher curriculum seems to go superficialy across a range of disciplines. At least, that is my impression. Note: Harvard Kennedy School and SAIS are beyond my budget without fellowships so I did not apply. @Kaneisha and @ExponentialDecay would highly appreciate your inputs. Thanks!
  9. Hello Everyone, I'll be applying for the Fall 2019 admission cycle for a Masters in US for the streams of Public Policy/Public Administration/International Development/Migration Policy. Can any kind soul assess my chances of getting admission and FUNDING. Here are my details: GPA: 3.2, Honours in Economics, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh Work Experience : - 1 year in Innovations for Poverty Actions (a US based research organization) working in a project to assess the rate of financial inclusion of garments workers in the suburbs of Bangladesh. - 2 years in a up and coming internationally ranked think tank as a Senior Research Associate. - Wrote a journal article with a professor from Duke University on SDG 13. -Co-authored two G20 Policy Briefs on Forced Migration. -Currently co-authoring a paper on SDG-Fourth Industrial Revolution to be presented at SDG Conference by Columbia University. - Have organized numerous expert and academic panel discussions and written reports. Supervised interns and juniors. - Have written funding proposals with UNDP which was submitted to UAE government. GRE - not given. Core Strengths - excellent writing skills and capability Core Weakness - not a math person Whoever assesses this, thanks in advance.
  10. Heyyyy Guys! Just got admitted to LSE MPA and SIPA'S MPA and MPA-DP. My aim is to work on international development and at global initiatives and agencies (such as UNDP, FAO, USAID,etc). None of them have offered me funding. But, from what I have heard is easier to get student loans and/or second-year funding at SIPA. But, LSE's tuiton fee is significant lowe. But I love Columbia. I am quite confused. Any advice? Anyone on the same boat. Also, I have to decide between the 2 SIPA programs.
  11. Hey all--now that people have started hearing back from schools, I thought I'd start this thread to get other's input on a question I haven't seen answered recently. Basically, what do you think the top Public Policy PhD programs are out there for those doing international development type research (of a more economic bent, as opposed to global health or conflict studies). I'm interested to hear what others have to say as I ultimately narrowed down the schools I applied to to--U Chicago Harris, NYU Wagner, Pardee RAND, Duke Sanford, and UNC Chapel Hill. I've already heard back from UNC and spoke with a potential advisor at the school there that spoke strongly about UNC's Carolina Population Center, but I'm interested to see if anyone has any additional perspective about the strengths of NYU, RAND, and Duke in particular. Additionally, I know Harris has very strong faculty, but I'm a bit concerned that a lot of them are mostly focused on violence/conflict (i.e. Blattman). Any insight anyone has on this topic would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!
  12. Hello Everyone, I have been notified of my nomination for the Fulbright Foreign student scholarship to do my masters in the US, and I have ten days to provide them with a list of the schools that I'm interested in. The nomination is for a Master's degree in International Affairs/International Development. The program sponsors up to 4 University applications, but they have very strict criteria for approving my choices before I can start the application process. Here is where I need your help. I have already done my research, and I have a list in mind, but I could use some insights to try and evaluate my choices before I submit them to the Fulbright HQ in D.C. by October 10th. Some info about me: - 24 y.o. guy from Lebanon - I have two bachelor degrees, one is in Finance (2013) and the other is in Marketing (2014) - I sat for the renowned CFA charter exams, passed level I but failed level II - GPA: 3-3.1 (depending on how you convert it because my University uses what is known as a 'French Heading system' and doesn't have GPAs) - GRE: Quantitative 160, Verbal 155 - TOEFL: 111/120 for the internet-based exam, 670/677 for the paper-based exam - Work Experience: full-time employed as a loan officer at a boutique bank's main branch in Beirut for the past three years, plus tons of volunteering work in NGOs, Red Cross, and a couple of self-run initiatives As for the Fulbright criteria for the schools: - I should pick 1 top school, 1 safe school, and 2 in between - only one choice can be an 'ivy league level' school (which includes, aside to the ivy leagues, Stanford, MIT, UChicago, UC Berkeley, Northwestern, NYU) - not more than two choices can be in any of these cities: NYC, DC, LA, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Boston, Miami (they are very serious about geographic diversity) The initial list I'm considering is: - Johns Hopkins - NYU - University of Washington - University of Pittsburgh Other choices I'm considering: - Boston University - UC San Diego - University of Denver I'm very hesitant about including an ivy league choice (Columbia or Yale), because if my choices of getting in are extremely slim I prefer to use that option an another more attainable University (remember I can only apply to 4) Let me know what you guys think. Remember I have till October 10th to sumbit the list.
  13. I need some advice on names of Graduate schools in the UK that offer Masters in International Development. My GPA isn't the greatest, I graduated with a 3.1 from an American university, but I've had about two years of experience in the Development field so far. Is there any chance I can get into schools in the UK with the GPA I have? If so any ideas about schools I should be aiming for? Thanks!
  14. hello, not sure if a lot of you guys are familiar with Sciences-po but it's quite big in IR/Development/Political science. I got accepted in the international development(ma) and was wondering if there was anyone else. one thing to mention is that i'm not sure if i'll accept the offer because i'm interested in educational development and it seems that Sciences-po doesn't have a lot of courses in education.. seriously considering if i have to apply for the 2018-2019 term for American GSEs (+European schools too such as Oxbridge GSEs specializing in education development) thanks
  15. Hello all, I've been accepted to Tufts MALD, Georgetown GHD, Korbel MA in Intl Development, and GWU MA in Intl Development, which I have listed in order of my preference at the moment. Does anyone have any insider information on any of these programs, esp regarding job placement and networking? I am strongly leaning toward the MALD program at Tufts at this point, but perhaps you could convince me otherwise. Thank you!
  16. Hey all! I have gotten a lot of positive responses for grad school and I am a fortunate position to have options. While I am still waiting on responses from a few more schools (University of Minnesota and University College London), I would like to hash out some of my current choices. I have been accepted to both Brandeis and Syracuse. Brandeis has offered me a 60% tuition scholarship that can be renewed during the 2-year program, whereas Syracuse has offered me a $36,000 scholarship for the 2017-2018 school year. Brandeis is obviously the more expensive choice here, but which program would be overall more beneficial to entering the humanitarian aid/social development career track? Brandeis is an official international development Master's, whereas I would have to gain a concentration in international development and humanitarian aid at Syracuse. Syracuse has a required two semesters off-campus, international internship requirement, while Brandeis has it as a second-year option (and is often done domestically). Can anyone provide a secondary insight?
  17. Hello, Is there anyone who knows about a master degree called Comparative and International Education at Oxford? I'm wondering what kind of interview questions there are. Not to mention the difficulty of the critical reflection... Moreover, I'm curious about the reputation and career after graduating. I'm getting info from the website but it would be good to know if there is some "live" experience sharers. Thanks
  18. Hey! I was recently admitted to Brandeis University (M.A. in Sustainable International Development), University of Edinburgh (MSc in International Development), and Uppsala University (M.S. in Sustainable Development). The programs are pretty different and I'm having a difficult time deciding between the three. I think I'd eventually like to work with an intergovernmental or nonprofit organization in fair trade or corporate social responsibility. I'm particularly interested in human rights (and sustainability, but mainly human rights) within the garment industry but am keeping an open mind as I start my graduate studies. I'm curious how each of the programs is viewed by potential employers and those in the development world. For those who graduated from one of the programs, was it easy to find a job after graduation? I'm also interested in hearing thoughts on one-year vs two-year programs. I'm leaning towards the University of Edinburgh but am a little concerned that one year might not be enough time to prepare me for a career in international development. There are quite a few extracurriculars, and I have some time to figure out what exactly I'd like to do before the program starts, but I'd still only be able to take two core courses and four electives. I'm not sure it's enough considering I have no background in development. The other programs are both two years. For anyone who graduated from one of these programs, what were the pros and cons? I have to make a decision within the next few days and I'm completely torn. Any input from other applicants or graduates of the programs would be amazing
  19. I have been reading posts regarding Masters in IA, IR and ID; and even one about career change by Nicole. However I haven't come across any one making transition to IA from an engineering background. I graduated in Electrical Engineering with a CGPA of 7.6 (India) in 2014 from a top 20 private university in my country, after which I've been working for an insurance company as a technical consultant. I worked my way through college as my father's pension (he's retired on medical grounds) could only partially provide for my and my brother's education. My main goal throughout college was getting a job at the end of the course to help my family's finances, and I did decently well. I have been doing well at my job, however after certain incidents in my life, I wanted to change my career path to international development and gain a Masters in IA, IR or ID, and since my father again has a job, I'll be able to continue my studies. I do not have a working experience in this field, but to make up for the education divide I enrolled myself in 2 MOOCs from Coursera (about to complete), with certificates from the providing universities and am also attending a 2 week program about UN and global challenges (complete with end exam and thesis) at IHEID, Geneva in Jan'17 amounting to 6ECTS. Also, during college I help set up a bio-gas plant in my village (internship/project) and have taught spoken English to foreign nationals for 8 months. I tried to get volunteer experience at an international Location, but due to my financial situation, I could not pay for the experience. Is it possible to get into a prestigious university program with my profile? My target colleges are: IHEID, SciencesPO, Maastricht University, King's college London, SOAS and University of Warwick. Language Expertise: English (Native/Bi-lingual efficiency), Hindi (Native/Bi-lingual efficiency), French (Beginner; 2 years at school) Many Thanks Note: Any comments or ideas on how to enhance my profile are welcome.
  20. Hello, I'm a Masters in Finance students, graduating this month, and planning on applying for phd programs in UK and Canada, in International development or public policy. Being a public health sector employee, Im considering a phd research where 4 fields intersect (International development, Public policy, health sector, refugee crisis). Any ideas or recommendations?
  21. Hello - I am very new to this forum but have been reading posts regarding MPP and ID programs. I am interested in making a career change to the Intl Dev world and looking to apply to programs for Fall 2017. I have been in finance for 5 years (major banks, front office client facing positions) and went to a top 15 school for undergrad (according to USNR) with a 3.5 GPA as an economics major. I do not have any specific experience that would be relevant to MPP besides extensive travel. How do MPP/ID programs view career changers? Is it impossible to get into a reputable program without your standard MPP experience (Peace corps, aid work, etc)? I am considering going abroad to volunteer at a social enterprise in Mid-October in order to display interest in the field, but not sure how much weight this will hold since applications will be due around January. Any advice would be very helpful. Thanks, Nicole
  22. Dear All, I recently got accepted to the following universities which I am heavily considering: Yale's IDE Program- International and Development Economics (No Funding) UCSD GPS (Full Tuition waive off for one year)- MIA with concentration in International Development (Might choose a dual track option of ID with either Public policy or International Economics) UCLA MPP (Concentration International Development) (No Funding) Some other programs which I cant afford SAIS IDEV (No funding) , GWU Elliot IDS (no funding yet, might receive but no clue), American University SIS - MID ($$ but still expensive) , Korbel School-MID ($$ but still expensive), Boston University MAGDE (No funding) and IHEID -MDEV (On waitlist) I am interested in the field of Development Economics and thus want to do a quantitative program which will not only give me strong quant skills but also more professional and applied skills. Hence I wanted to target universities which have some great Econ schools and not only good in International Affairs. I aspire to work in the field of Development with either multi-lateral organizations such as World Bank or UN and Development Think tanks such as Brookings. I have come to realize that Quant skills are something which many employers value a lot (Particularly World Bank and Brookings) hence I feel I should do a curriculum which will give me those skills. I have a solid background in Economics and am also doing a diploma in Economics, but still would want to focus on a quantitative curriculum. Would anyone have any suggestions to offer? Iam an international Student from India and cant spend too much on my education based on personal funding. And from the past discussions on Grad Cafe, I have realized that taking debt in a field like Development doesn't make sense since one doesn't end up earning that much (Compared to Business graduates). The universities which I can afford are- Yale IDE and UCSD . (UCLA I can take loans but is it worth it??) Yale and UCSD(After scholarship) would end up costing the same. However UCSD is a two year program while Yale is a one year program. The department I applied to at Yale is part of the Econ department (Which is amazing) while UCSD is part of the IR school (GPS). Please tell me what do you guys think? Which university should I target? Does having a brand name like Yale help you get entry in these organizations despite it being a one year program. Or does a two year degree have more impact? Iam sorry this post turned out to be rather long Thanks a lot for your inputs in advance! Meghna
  23. I was intending on going to Lund University's Masters in International Development and Management, but two weeks ago I got a late acceptance from UCL's Environment and Sustainable Development Program. I'm having a lot of trouble deciding because I'm not super sure how consultancies, development organizations, or multilaterals think in terms of hiring. So far two professors in related fields (development econ and urban planning for low-income countries) have recommended UCL flat out. People I knew who worked in UNDP and UNEP both told me to go for the highest brand value due to how competitive the field can be. That being said, I feel a bit risk adverse because while Lund teaches project management techniques, data analysis and SPSS, ArcGIS, and ensures a three month internship as part of the course structure, UCL only briefly touches on mapping applications and has a heavier policy and case study emphasis. It seems though that I'm choosing between more skill development with Lund and better name recognition and networking opportunities with UCL, and it's hard to determine what will matter more. UCL is the same overall price (though carried in one year), and has the slight advantage of pushing me back into the job market earlier, meaning I can start paying down student loans sooner. Looking for insight!
  24. Hi, I have gotten into the following courses for Master beginning Spetmebr 2016: 1. University of Sussex: MA in Governance and Development 2. SOAS: Development Studies 3. Sciences PO/PSIA: Masters in International Development I'm also waiting to hear from LSE - Msc in Development Management/ Development Studies. As an international student coming from India, which would be the best university for me? Major factors include: 1.College Ranking/ Reputation 2. Funding/scholarships available available: As of now I have no scholarship offers from any university 3. Cost of Living / total cost in one year 4. Career opportunities/ Placements directly out of university (esp. for internatioanl students) Any suggestions would be of great help. Thanks!
  25. I have been accepted to the following programs: The University of Denver - Josef Korbel School in International Development American University - SIS International Development Clark University - International Development and Social Change The University of Warwick - International Development The American University in Rome - Food Studies (heavily focused in development) Is anyone currently weighing an MA in International Development decision? Anyone a current student in any of these programs? I have done a lot of research on these programs but would LOVE some outside feedback!
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