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  1. Hi! I got accepted to the following programs (all one year) and I can't decide! 1. Master of Arts (MA), The Fletcher School, Tufts University 2. Master of International Public Policy (MIPP), SAIS, Johns Hopkins University 3. Master of Advanced Studies in International Affairs (MAS-IA), GPS, UCSD 4. MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy, LSE My interests are IR, strategy, and security. When I consider location, I think UCSD is attractive but Fletcher and SAIS network are strong! LSE also has a very good program. I don't have to worry about scholarships because my workplace is going to pay for them. I would appreciate if I could get some advice!
  2. Hi, I am now trying to decide between Columbia's MA in Political Science program and UChicago's MA in International Relations program. Seems like both of them are one-year programs (still not 100% sure if the columbia one is one year?), and UChicago gives scholarship while Columbia doesn't. Wondering if anyone has experience in either of the programs and would like to talk a bit about your experience (pros and cons etc.)? ps I am also thinking about pursuing a JD after my master's study, would like to talk about JD application for MA students as well! Any comment/opinions/suggestions would be much appreciated, thanks a million!
  3. Hi there! I'll be starting the MA in International Relations at NYU this fall, anyone else enrolling in the same course? I'll be doing the concentration in European/Mediterranean studies, but would be happy to know people from other concentrations!
  4. I couldn't find a good decisions thread for International Relations masters so I figured I'd start my own -- currently over analyzing every minute of every day which program I should accept for my masters degree. I am an older student and would like to end up at the United Nations (either US or abroad). I am currently deciding between: SIPA - accepted with no aid Fletcher - accepted with significant scholarship I keep going back and forth between the financial benefit of attending Fletcher (and the focus on law and diplomacy); and the proximity to the UN of SIPA and of course my dream of attending Columbia. I am also still waiting to hear back from London School of Economics, which is a one year program (vs. two for Fletcher/SIPA). SIPA and LSE appear to be more well known than Fletcher globally, but I really don't have a good grasp on what the best decision is. Sorry for rambling, thoughts and guidance is much appreciated
  5. Hi all, I am currently deciding between the SAIS MA and Fletcher MALD programs. Though Fletcher has offered some funding, and is close to my family in Massachusetts, SAIS still holds a lot of appeal for me in its lofty reputation, harder analytical 'edge,' and the opportunity to spend my first year in Bologna. However, I am worried that as a mediocre-to-poor math student, the quantitative requirements could really overburden me. Hoping for an insider's perspective! Basically, I really do not do well with math, much less enjoy it. I avoided stats and calculus in high school, and took zero math classes in college, so my most recent math coursework was "finite math," trig, and pre-calculus about 10 or 11 years ago. Even with a considerable review, I got a 155 on the gre quant section. I'd like to think I'm not quite the 'math defeatist' I once was; I am willing to put in the work, and I think having practical applications for learned skills readily available would help motivate me. But suffice it to say, the mathy stuff would at least be stressful, and at most, overshadow the whole experience. I am more comfortable with, and interested in Econ than straight math. I took introductory micro and macro classes last summer as I was preparing to apply to IR programs, earned A's in both, and enjoyed the material quite a bit. However, they were conceptually based courses, and I do not know how I would get by in a calculus-based econ course at SAIS. So that's it really. If I'm spending the time and money to go to grad school, I do want to acquire hard skills. On some level I want to have that requirement imposed upon me. But I am worried that with no real math background, I might be setting myself up to fail at a program like SAIS. I would love input from anyone in a similar situation, and especially any current or former SAIS students who have been through it! Thanks everyone, and good luck with your own decisions.
  6. Georgetown MSFS Scholarship Waitlist

    Over the weekend, I was (unofficially) accepted to Georgetown's MSFS!!! I am, of course, over the moon as this is my top choice. According to the email, I was waitlisted for a scholarship. Does anyone have any experience with this? How likely is it that funding will come through? And how long are the waitlists for these? I've (of course) applied for outside funding, but most of those do not notify until April, so the cost of attendance is a bit scary at the moment.
  7. Hi Everyone, I'm starting the process of getting my things in order to apply to grad schools for an MA/MS in international relations (specifically programs in Georgetown, LSE, University of Chicago, King's College of London, and John Hopkins). Other than a few internships as a Research Assistant at a think tank and some local non-profits during my undergrad term, my main work experience (post Undergrad) has been as a City Planner for a mid-size city. I was wondering if this would play against me in my application. It's a little hard to find schools that explicitly state what kind of work experience they're looking for from applicants. The only place I've found specific mentions are in some grad school pamphlets produced by Foreign Policy magazine. I'm just wondering if this passes muster, or if it'll be looked at as unrelated and therefore it will hurt my admission chances. Thanks!
  8. CIR Chicago

    Hello all, I was accepted to the CIR program at Chicago (very excited and surprised) with 38k in funding. Yet this still means I need to shell out a lot of money for a masters. I plan to follow through with a phd program. I'm very interested in improving my language skills and doing a research assistantship. Are these goals feasible in a single year in such a rigorous program? Is 19,000 dollars in debt a deathtrap for a masters? Is this an normal amount of funding? I'm basically right out of undergraduate with a little research experience and time abroad (+bad quant GRE). I'm not willing to wait for another application round. Any advice?
  9. Dear All, I a an Applicant from India , and have done my undergrad in economics (india) MA in International Relations ( India) I have now applied for a second Masters in IR in UK and US . Final aim is to do a PhD and go into teaching. Till the time of writing I have been accepted into American University SIS , Korbel Denver and MPhil in Cambridge . I still wait for Oxford, CIR Chicago, SAIS and Elliott . I hope to do a PhD in USA , and have hence been building and strengthening my profile for it. What are the opinions on doing an MPhil from Oxbridge ? What are the chances of getting into US for PhD ( I like the PhD programs of Columbia and UC Berkeley ). My research interests are Middle East, Political Economy and global south critical perspectives of IR . Hence, I do hope to been trained in mixed methodology research. Any advise on US PhD in general and the programs in general would be extremely helpful. Thank you !
  10. I was rejected to all my top I'm trying to not be this depressing blob and I'm trying to pick up the pieces of a shattered soul lol (Im a perfectionist, so rejection on my first try feels like the ultimate failure of life...I have issues I but I digress). Some of you are SO well qualified and so knowledgable about these different programs I thought who better to go to? I'm looking for a qualitative political science/international relations focused PHD program. I have a BA in Political Science and soon to have an MA in European Union Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Almost all of my classes as a graduate student have been in the political science department. I want to keep researching Ukraine/Russia and security studies. I'm really interested in balancing techniques, security relations and geopolitics (spheres of influence). Any recommendations on where to look to apply? I have a very low math GRE score and VERY high reading and writing score. Thanks!
  11. I've applied for the MA in Global Affairs at Yale, and at the University of Notre Dame. The program at the University of Notre Dame is relatively new but, it seems promising. The wait is killing me. Anyone else who has applied to these or similar programs?
  12. I've applied for the MA in Global Affairs at Yale, and at the University of Notre Dame. The program at the University of Notre Dame is relatively new but, it seems promising. The wait is killing me. Anyone else who has applied to these or similar programs?
  13. Many of them stipulate that you must demonstrate a high proficiency of understanding in a foreign language before you graduate. I myself consider myself to have a moderate-proficiency of Spanish as I use it at work and in my personal life on almost a daily basis. If it's anything related directly to my current job, soccer, or food, I can get by. I don't know that I could necessarily use it in a political context. I also have a very basic understanding of Arabic and am trying to hone my Arabic skills via a CD language set. I figure between now and before I begin my studies I can really clamp on studying the language enough to pass the language exam.
  14. Hello, There's been quite a few posts over the years regarding the pros and cons of UChicago's CIR program, but I have yet to come across anything that gives me a full picture overview of what the program has to offer (a lofty goal when scouring through various q&a platforms, but bear with me). Personally, it seems like a good fit for me; it's a precursor to a doctorate program that can better inform my previous education, coming from a reputable institution, and is a relatively short program, which, to me, means less loans to take out (or so I'd like to think anyway). I'd really like to hear from those who attended the program to better understand how well (or not) the program did them justice. Aside from the intensive coursework and resources UChicago has to offer, is there anything in mind that made your experience particularly memorable? Do you think the relatively short timeframe was enough to get to know your professors (and vice versa)? Did the brevity of the program affect your future plans (applying for other graduate programs, looking for postgraduate work, etc.)? I understand that it's sort of a 'what-you-make-of-it' program, but do you think that holds true? While I don't think I can ever say that education can be a waste of money (assuming that I end up not pursuing a PhD and just become a better informed citizen), I'd like to know a bit more before I do that Thanks!
  15. SOP query

    I am filling out applications for master's degree programs at various universities and sort of had an epiphany with regard to the SOP/LOI.Currently, I am working on an application for a dual degree program as well as a master's degree program both of which follow the same admission procedure. My concern is, even though I have provided separate inputs (relevant to the subject matter) to the respective personal statements, a major chunk of the information provided in both the statements is somewhat similar. Since the admission committee will evaluate my application on the basis of preferences:- 1.Dual Degree Sciences Po (PSIA) - LSE Sciences Po (Masters in International Security) - London School of Economics (LSE) (Msc. International Relations) 2.Master International Security Sciences Po Is there a possibility that the overall substance of the application can/will be undermined and/or will this in any way diminish my chances of being accepted for either of the aforementioned programs?
  16. Hi all - After earning an interdisciplinary MA, 30 credits of on-campus graduate work in IR at a European school, and 2 years of experience doing research under a federal grant at a Top 10 university, I have decided that it's time to pursue a PhD. But I'm having a very hard time deciding between Political Science and Public Policy programs, and this is causing me a lot of anxiety since application deadlines are about a month away. Since I'm almost 30 and have ample research experience under my belt, my questions of interest are, well, more concrete than a lot of the applicants' would. Having said that, I constructed my SoP based on the areas I'm interested in, the questions I hope to answer, how my personal and professional expereince prepared me to study these on a doctoral level, and how I anticipate my research to contribute to the existing literature. I recently met with a Political Science professor at a DC university and had a rude awakening. He basically said that my research sounded significant but it wasn't "theoretical enough" to be a Political Science project. Rather, he said in a condescending way, I should pursue Public Policy and/or International Relations programs. In all honesty, I'm more interested in theory based applied research to evaluate existing policies and programs and offer ways to improve them, anyway. I currently have about 10-12 schools on my list: 5 Public Policy, 3 IR, 4 PoliSci. Based on my interactions with the faculty members and the information on program websites, PubPol and IR programs are ideal places. But, these 4 PoliSci programs I'm considering applying have Public Policy/IR tracks and encourage applied research. Should I not apply to PoliSci programs at all? What do y'all think?
  17. Hello, I am currently applying for international relations programs and would like an evaluation of my profile. Any help would be appreciated (and maybe a reality check). Professional Experience: 4 years military officer - job was extremely relevant to IR. This is the strength of my application. Undergraduate: State School, International Studies major. Cumulative GPA: 3.47; Major GPA: 3.90. I took physics and calculus during my undergrad which destroyed my GPA. This is by far my biggest concern of my application. GRE: V: 158; Q: 157; AW: 5.0. Am planning on taking this again, believe I can improve this to 160-165 range. Research Experience: None really, mostly relying on my professional experience. Publications: None Desired Schools: Chicago CIR, Yale Global Affairs, Georgetown Govt., Columbia PoliSci My biggest concern is my undergraduate GPA. My major GPA was decent but my cumulative suffered significantly because of calculus and physics. Do these schools have a strict cutoff that they don't advertise? I believe my professional experience is extremely relevant and sets me apart, but this is worthless if that won't even be looked at because of my GPA.
  18. I have 4 offers for MA in International Affairs, and I am leaning towards the NYU program(s), because NY! The schools I have been admitted to are as follows: Middelbury Institute of International Studies in Monterrey, CA; NYU - GSAS International Relations; UW-Madison; and Penn State School of International Affairs. I am currently in the process of applying to NYU MS in Global Affairs too. Here's the deal, I am hoping to join in the Spring as I am currently enrolled in a program that is entirely focused on political science although it's supposed to be an International Affairs program. What I would like to do is get into a program that is strong enough and reputable within the industry as I go back to work. The reason I am applying to NYU's MS in Global Affairs is that it is designed for professionals (it's part of the school of professional studies). Can anyone recommend this program and say that beyond doubt it is the best program for me? Is it really that different from the GSAS IR program? Also, Penn State have by far the best financial aid offer for me - the Global Affairs program does not look promising on financial aid though. I am having the hardest time deciding, and would love to have some input from you guys, especially someone who has gone to either one of these programs. Thank you
  19. Hi! I'm an American student looking at LSE for a taught MSc in IR. I was wondering if anyone could tell me about their experiences finding a job in the UK during and/or after graduation. Do most Americans graduate and return to the US for jobs? What kind of networking opportunities are available? Any advice would be extremely helpful! Thanks!
  20. 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!
  21. Hey guys, I'm going to be starting my application for my Master's program soon. My first choice is Carleton's NPSIA. I thought I'd start a thread this year so if anyone else is going to apply as well, we can go on this tumultuous journey together. I'm an international student, so the processes and such may be different and requirements more extensive, but I'm sure we can all find some commonality. And also benefit from discussion.
  22. Heyya! I've been recently accepted at MGIMO (Moscow State Institute of International Relation) into an international program. I thought it would be nice to find other people to get to know each other before we come together in September :). Is there anyone? Either accepted or already well into their Masters' programs, Russian or English or dual or whatever? I'd LOVE to hear from you
  23. Type of Undergrad: Top 5 Chinese university with top 2 econ&poli sci departments in the countryMajor: EconomicsUndergrad GPA: 3.51Type of Grad: Top 2 IR programs in the US, strong econ focusGrad GPA: 3.83GRE: 169 V, 167 Q, 4.5 WAny Special Courses: Grad-level - Econometrics, Applied Econometrics (Cross-Sectional), Advanced International Macroeconomics, and a series of China studies coursesLikely Letters of Recommendation: One from program advisor (a highly renowned, though policy-oriented China expert, whom I worked with as an RA for one year); one from another professor in China field (got an A and impressed her with the final paper); one from undergraduate econ professor (co-authored two econ papers)Research Experience: One year RA in China studies as metioned above; three published dissertations in Chinese journals (one pure econ, one political economy, one political theory)Research Interests: Comparative, Chinese politics, Methodology Quantitative Skills: STATA, SPSS, planning to learn R before application Other: Currently working in China to fulfill a two-year home residency requirement stipulated by the scholarship I received for graduate studies (working in the financial industry, completely irrelavent to poli sci); will have two-year full-time work experience plus several professional internships presented on CV by 18Fall My main concerns: 1. Professional rather than truly academic training at grad school, as well as several years of work experience in non-academic/politics areas: will these hurt my chances and should I use a full section in SOP to stress on the explanation? 2. Writing sample: choose between several course papers during graduate years (better polished and formatted, but few quant method applied) and the undergraduate thesis (published, with basic econometric analysis, but the methodology could be somewhat flawed if it was subjected to greater scrutiny) Any thoughts/comments/advice would be much appreciated!
  24. Hoping to get feedback on the two schools I'm considering for an MA in International Relations this fall 2017. I was admitted into the University of Mississippi's MA program with a teaching/research assistantship and stipend. I was also admitted to University of Kentucky's Patterson School with in-state tuition plus $7500 scholarship for the year subject to review for the third/final semester. That would make Patterson approx $23,000 more expensive total, although it's a higher-ranked school. I'm pretty sure I want to continue on to a PhD in political science, and my assistantship at Ole Miss would allow me to study under a professor and publish, whereas at Patterson, it's less likely because the focus of the program is more on the application of political science in the working world. I'm not sure which to weigh more heavily for helping my chances of being admitted to a high-ranking PhD program: the higher ranked Patterson MA program or the opportunity to do research and publish at Ole Miss. Thoughts? Advice? Thank you--
  25. Hello, I am a political science undergrad student at a comprehensive university in Ontario, Canada. I currently possess a cumulative GPA of 3.78/4.00 and a major GPA of 3.91/4.00. I recently (two days ago) finished my 3rd out of 4 years of university and will be applying in September/October of 2017 with the marks I have already attained. I have work experience as a teaching and grading IR assistant at my university (going to be 8 months), as a trade policy intern at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC (4 months), as a legal intern for a prestigious international law firm (1 month), and as a Corporate Affairs intern at a Fortune 500 company (4 months). In terms of university extracurriculars I am the President of my university's pre-law society. I also have three strong letters of recommendation from my professors who specialize in IR--they attended St. Andrews, UofT, and UCambridge respectively. My dream MSc program is The London School of Economics & Political Science MSc International Relations. As an aside, it is my goal to pursue a PhD and a career in academia after completing this program. I wanted to know (from individuals who have been accepted/rejected to this program or similar) what my chances are of being accepted? I am also applying to the MSc in Conflict Studies (second choice) so an estimate of my chances for that program would be most appreciated as well. Canadian LSE MSc Minimum GPA entry requirement: 3.3/4.0 (No GRE or GMAT required) 2017/2018 MSc International Relations acceptance rate: 11.14% (101/907) 2017/2018 MSc Conflict Studies acceptance rate: 17.14% (55/321)