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  1. /pol/

    Johns Hopkins Fall 2018

    Hey everyone ! I am planning to go here in the fall. Is anyone else on here planning on going ?
  2. Hello everyone! I'm hoping someone can help me out here with some candid advice and comments. Basically, I've gotten accepted to a bunch of really amazing Master of Public Health programs in Epidemiology: Johns Hopkins, Emory, Columbia, University of Washington, and University of Minnesota. I'm a little overwhelmed right now with the amount of options and approaching deadline. I'm mostly between the Johns Hopkins Master of Health Science in Infectious Disease Epidemiology program and the Emory MPH Global Epidemiology programs. Does anyone have opinions or comments about those programs specifically? My goal is to work for the CDC in outbreak response and prevention, so I know Emory would be an obvious choice there, but I know people who are also working with the CDC at Johns Hopkins. I'm getting a better financial aid package at Emory, but Johns Hopkins has a pretty good Master's Tuition Scholarship I plan on getting as well. I currently live in Arizona, so the idea of moving to another hot and humid place like Atlanta doesn't sound that appealing to me right now (even though I want to move there eventually for the CDC). Both have their positives and negatives basically and here's what I've heard so far (please correct me if you disagree): Emory: large class sizes and small class sizes; definite connections to the CDC; thesis and applied experience requirements; 2 year program; faculty still works in the field; I like the global focus but I don't want it to limit me if I want to work nationally instead; I'm afraid it won't challenge me enough (I've already completed an honors thesis as an undergrad and since Emory has a thesis and applied experience I'm concerned the thesis will be less intensive and just like what I've already done). Johns Hopkins: small cohort size; personalized advising committee; approachable faculty; connections with CDC and Washington DC; just a thesis requirement; 2 year program (second year is mostly just thesis); renowned research faculty; better known internationally; they focus nationally and internationally but I definitely want some more global epi training; I'm afraid it won't be applied enough for my liking (although they say it is for students who want to go into applied epi); also afraid it will be too elitist and not inclusive I will be going to JHU's admitted student day this coming weekend, but I didn't have the opportunity to visit Emory so anything you can say about the overall vibe would be helpful too. Please help!
  3. My top offers (PhD) currently are Johns Hopkins CMM and UCSD BMS. I want to study cancer genomics/immunotherapy. Not a big fan of Baltimore but Hopkins is pretty elite. UCSD BMS is top 10ish as well but I don't think it has the same reputation. I think I want to pursue a career in academia and I have been told people really look at pedigrees. I am worried about living in Baltimore and SoCal might be better for my mental health, there's tons of institutes and pharma in the SD area as well. Any advice would be really appreciated ❤️ thank you!
  4. Hi all, Somewhat new here. I'll try to keep this short. I've just been accepted to SAIS (MAIA/Bologna campus) with €25,000 funding per year which comes out to about a solid 50% scholarship. I've had my eyes on this program for years and have essentially been doing my best to keep my life and career in Europe (hence the European campus). I am fluent in German/French with intermediate Russian/Italian. The "problem" is that I'm not sure if I realistically have "better" options long term. Here's a quick look at my profile: GPA: 3.8/4.0 GRE: V: 162/Q: 158/W: 5.5 (I think I can realistically get up to 325 combined with preparation, although I've already taken the GRE twice...) In addition, back to back Fulbright ETA years (Germany/Austria), 1 year peace corps service (Eastern Europe), graduate level coursework in German (Middlebury) and--here's the kicker--a potential research/coordinator position at a top business school (first initial with "H" and includes "B" + "S"). While I was pumped to get my offer at SAIS, I'm feeling a bit of reserve in the event that an additional round of apps (undesirable) might produce offers at schools I simply did not have the time/LOR's in place to apply to this last cycle (i.e. SFS/Jackson). Complicated matters further is that my career plans have become a bit more fuzzy since undergrad. I'm definitely an "academic" at heart and feel somewhat ambivalent towards the Econ concentration at SAIS (I am not envisioning a career in consulting), however I'm not sure that additional acceptances even at Georgetown etc. would yield equal funding while simultaneously setting me back by an additional year (currently 25). Hope this isn't too much info. I'm really just trying to get more insight, so all input is welcome. Thanks!
  5. Adriamycin

    Yale BBS vs Hopkins BCMB

    I'm looking to do research in cell biology, and trying to decide between my top two choices. Just looking for input on institutional prestige in the medical/biomedical fields - my sense is that Yale overall has greater name value but for medicine and related fields, Hopkins does a bit better. Any advice would be welcome!
  6. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! I'm deciding between the biochemistry/molecular biophysics program at UPenn and the biochemistry (BCMB) program at Johns Hopkins. My issue is this: I feel as though I like the Hopkins program better (more researchers I'm immediately interested in from the faculty page [10 or so here vs. 3ish at Penn], more students, more professional development opportunities), though that isn't to say that I don't love the BMB program at Penn (I do like that there's a little more biophysics in this program). However, when it comes to cities, I really love Philadelphia and I'm less keen on Baltimore, although I think it would be fun to try to live in for a bit. People (grad students and faculty) at both programs seem very down to earth, happy to be there, nice, and encouraging, and both programs have a great community of structural biologists. Based on this, how much should I prioritize the city I'm living in vs. the program itself, or vice versa? Thanks in advance!
  7. Hi everyone! Just heard back from Duke that I got admitted into the CMB (Cell and Molecular Biology) program. I’m glad to go back to where I did a wonderful summer internship before, but as I got another offer from the CMDB (Cell, Molecular, Developmental Biology, and Biophysics) program at Johns Hopkins previously, it turns out to be a tough decision to make. I am an international student from China and my research interest is developmental biology/stem cell. It seems that both programs will be a good fit for me (several PIs I want to work with, comparable stipend, great resources in academia), but not a perfect one that I can directly say No to the other. They share a lot in common actually, but there are some differences that could be important to my grad study in the future. *Pros: JHU: solid training for grad students, more chances to publish high IF papers, smaller lab size, a prestigious school in cell biology, low cost of living Duke: close relationship to the medical school, more familiar with Durham, more research on stem cell/regenerative medicine, amazing school spirit *Con: JHU: Baltimore, know little about the vibe and cohort, less connection to the medical school (Research in Johns Hopkins medical school is well-known, but faculty in the CMDB program are mainly in the Homewood Campus), less research on regenerative medicine Duke: Fewer big papers in recent years (in my field?), fewer rotations, lower ranking in biology (I know ranking doesn’t mean anything but might indicate something?) If anyone has been admitted or is currently in these programs and know these programs well, please let me know! Any help will be much appreciated! Thanks!
  8. Indian_2019

    SAIS MIPP

    Hi, I have an admit from the MIPP program at SAIS with negligible funding. I just wanted some feedback for the program. Is the program recognised, is there scope for a non-US citizen to get employment in the US post this program? Since it's a 9 month program, is the length of the program enough for one to learn? Feedback, advice and help here would be highly appreciated. PS: I am also awaiting results from the MPP program at HKS and LKY
  9. Hello everyone ? While looking into universities for the specialization i want to apply for, i found johns hopkins university (although really tough to get accepted in!!!) having it... but the i found that the department, after mentioning that it offers graduate assistantship & health insurance & such to all its matriculated students, it says that international students however are not eligible for federal financial aid! ? does that mean that an international student is not offered an assistantship, covering their tuition fees & provided with a living-expenses stipend? 'cause i thought that assistantship is not related to federal financial aid! or what do they mean by federal financial aid?!!
  10. I just got an email from Johns Hopkins asking when I am available for a phone interview. Has anyone done this interview yet? What kinds of questions do they ask? What should I do to prepare? Interview's make me nervous so any input would be greatly appreciated.
  11. Does anybody know or have personal experience with the computational cognitive science phd program at Johns Hopkins? it looks great on paper but i was just wondering if anyone had more information to share about it.
  12. 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!
  13. Hello all, I got accepted to the following programs and would highly appreciate your help on deciding. I studied Political Science with the focus on Public Policy and worked around Sustainable Development in the land-use sector in an international organization for 3 years. Am considering PhD also, but this might change depending on the masters program I choose. Below are key traits of each school from my point of view: 1. Master of Environmental Management (MEM), Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale Pro: Strongest school in Env. management Con: .... Network is not as widespread as SAIS or SIPA in international organizations? 2. Master of Arts (MA), SAIS, Johns Hopkins University Pro: Strong network Con: Not very focused on Env. topics 3. Master of Public Affairs (MPA), SIPA, Columbia Pro: Strong network; practice orieted curriculum Con: Program is not intended for tentative phd applicants 4. Master of Development Studies (MDP), UC Berkeley Pro: Location, Flexible & practice oriented curriculum Con: Program is not intended for tentative phd applicants (no doctoral program available within the department) 5. Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM), Heinz School, Carnegie Mellon University Pro: Program wise, most inclined to this school as the course is highly technical (data science/analytics for public policy), providing a niche in my field. Received $40,000 funding offer for 2 years (conditional - GPA higher than 3.0/4.0 per semester). Con: Not as famous as above schools; location Thanks for your insight in advance.
  14. Hey everyone, I’m new to the forum so apologies if this thread is in the wrong section. I’m currently applying to the following schools and just wondered if any of you have also applied to any of these programs, and if so, have you heard anything back yet? Or if any of you have previously applied, what time-frame did you receive your answers by? As of right now, my primary concern is for Princeton, Yale, and Cornell. I’ve read a lot of theories on whether or not hearing anything by late February is a good sign or a bad sign— but I’m not sure if these theories hold any water. I’ve only heard back from NYU so far. Princeton: PhD Phil - Logic & Phil of Sci track Yale: PhD Phil Cornell: PhD Phil Columbia: MA Phil NYU: MBE (Masters of Bioethics) - Accepted with Scholarship on Feb 15th UPenn: MBE Johns Hopkins: MBE Stony Brook: MA Med Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics Temple: Dual MA Phil/ MA Urban Bioethics
  15. PhD234

    Johns Hopkins Education PhD

    Did anyone apply to the JHU education PhD? If so, have you heard anything yet?
  16. Hello! After a long year of applications I've accepted my offer for a PhD in Epidemiology at JHSPH. Haven't found a forum anywhere for accepted/attending JHSPH PhD students to interact. Please feel free to start the conversation or reach out privately if you'd like to speak more. I did have one question- I couldn't attend the admitted students day today, anyone who went willing to share their thoughts? Thanks
  17. apricots

    Johns Hopkins SAIS 2017

    I'm sitting here unable to focus on anything waiting for Friday evening to come. Figured I'd start a thread for other anxious applicants out there! So far I've been accepted to GWU, Texas MGPS DC, and Korbel all with varying amounts of funding but SAIS Bologna is my number 1 choice.
  18. Hello, everyone! I teach Speech & Debate and Mock Trial at the middle and high school level. In the last few years, our program has risen to national prominence; we have over 100 members, a thriving parent group, and significant name recognition (it’s a major reason that we get new students to attend our fledgling school). I have mid-level leadership positions in several public speaking education-related nonprofits, like our state’s High School Speech Association and National Speech and Debate Association. I love my job and position, but want to eventually transition to 1) create/lead competitive education-focused companies and 2) teach other teachers/school systems how to develop strong programs of their own. I think an EdD gives me increased professional credibility in this space. I just completed my online Masters in Organizational Leadership/Learning. It was a very positive experience; I’m better at running teams now, have been offered professional development leadership opportunities at my school, and feel much more confident in my ability to juggle work and school. I want your advice/counsel. Do you think it’s smarter for me professionally to get an online EdD from a well-known university or leave what I’ve built here to get an in-person EdD at a Penn or Harvard in a little while? Does the benefit of an in-person program grossly outweigh the online one in terms of professional credibility and recognition? I’m considering USC, Johns Hopkins, and Vanderbilt in terms of online EdDs—what do you all think fits my profile best? UG GPA: 3.3 from UCLA. Grad GPA: 4.0 from GWU (Online). Work experience: Four years of classroom teaching, team-coaching, community leadership, and nonprofit development. GRE: Haven’t taken yet. Will take both HBX CORe and GRE courses this Spring. I am very confident in my LORs and personal statements.
  19. I got accepted to Berkeley’s Master of Development Practice and Johns Hopkins’ SAIS DC. I graduated from UC Berkeley in 2015 with a degree in Environmental Economics and Policy. Though I haven’t had relevant professional work experience, I attended community college meanwhile to take classes for my own interest. Berkeley’s tuition is about $48k/year and offers small funding ($3k/year) while SAIS DC’s tuition is about $47k/year with no funding. Cost of living in DC and SF bay area are similar. I know UC Berkeley very well and it seems like I may have some advantage getting campus jobs that I may be able to graduate debt-free. While these two programs are not exactly the same, they will help my career goal, which is to work in international organizations focusing on Latin America in the long-run. Here are pros and cons I see from each school: Berkeley Pros: Campus jobs that will help me financially Bigger campus, more departments such as ERG and Latin American studies Fellowship opportunities for the second year Cons: I spent 4 years there. I am not sure if there’s much I can get out of this school. But Berkeley is a big school and being a graduate student is different from undergrad. So I’m not sure if it’s a big con. SAIS: Pros: Being in DC SAIS is more known and prestigious than MDP. Emphasis on quant skills Cons: I have no clue how I can minimize student loan (or if possible at all). What do you think? I would like to get some advice from others.
  20. hello, everyone. I'm a MD from Brazil (didn't take the USMLE yet) and I'm taking a masters in Clinical Research. After very thorough analysis of places I was admitted to, I now see myself between these two options. Can someone advise me? Their tuitions are very similar. Johns Hopkins: MHS in Clinical Investigation 1) cheaper living cost 2) non-thesis 3) 1 year, which means spending half of the money - same content, but with classes every day full-time. 4) possibility of automatic migration to the PhD track, but that would probably require me to take USMLE. 5) better reputed public health school (is that true? I only know what people say in Brazil lol) Columbia: 1) NYC! 2) chances of getting on-campus housing as an international student 3) I know some people there (few, but possible supervisors), vs knowing absolutely nobody in JH. 4) not as much workload as in JH 5) bigger university with a larger range of different people 6) 2 years with more spare time, which means greater possibility of knowing people and making contacts help meeeee!!
  21. Hi everyone! I've recently received admissions notifications for grad school and decided to turn to The Grad Cafe for help and/or input in deciding which school I should attend. Hopefully i get some feedback soon, considering the deadline is on April 15! Anyway, a little background on myself. I am a 23 year old female person from Malaysia. Got my Bachelor's in International Relations from Boston University (Class of 2015) and am currently working as a researcher at a foreign policy think tank in my country. Hoping to go back to grad school this Fall 2017. I applied to all IR MA programs, 6 in total, and all 6 accepted me. The 6 schools and programs are: Columbia SIPA (MIA) Johns Hopkins SAIS (MA) University of Denver Josef Korbel School (MA in Intl Human Rights) George Washington Elliott School (MA in Global Communication) UT Austin LBJ School (MGPS) Tufts Fletcher (MALD) I honestly did not expect to get into all 6 programs, which is why I am having trouble deciding. I've created an Excel spreadsheet to look over all the relevant details in order to help me make the best choice but what do you guys think are the programs I should give more weight to? All of the programs i've applied to are of the international human rights/humanitarian policy with a global communications/public service/policy orientation. I like these programs because they are all interdisciplinary and most emphasize on practical applications of knowledge rather than theoretical. For example, rather than complete an MA thesis, some of these programs require Capstones or practical internships instead. My weaknesses are economics and numbers. Some of these schools have also offered me scholarships/fellowships - the only two who haven't are SIPA and SAIS. What i'm taking into consideration when picking schools/programs are mainly cost of attendance, scholarship/fellowship offered, reputation/ranking and cost of living (since i'm guessing i'd most probably have to live off campus, self housing). Prior to receiving admissions notices, I had my own personal choice ranking but now, some of it has shifted. For example, NYC cost of living alone is a number that i am not sure I would be able to afford (let alone cost of attendance of 80k per year) so Columbia has moved down slightly on my list. I am going to apply to government scholarships from my country that would cover cost of living etc, everything total but the problem is i have to make a commitment to a school soon and scholarships here generally have 3-4 rounds of interviews so it might not work out in my favor soon enough. That's pretty much the basic gist of it! Looking forward to any and all input, opinions, first hand knowledge and experiences that you guys can offer!
  22. megpie

    JHU EdD Program

    Does anyone know anything about the online EdD program at Johns Hopkins? It is relatively new. I can't find much out there. Anyone have any experience with the program or know anyone that has? Any information is appreciated!
  23. Harrisite

    SAIS vs Chicago CIR

    Hey all, Just got accepted to both SAIS and CIR for a masters in IR. 1/3 funding at Chicago, nothing at SAIS. I'm willing to go pretty deep in debt for either, though. Too shocked that I got into either to think clearly about my choice right now, so I could use some input: I know that for policy focused programs, SAIS is near unbeatable. However, I think I'm more interested in research/academia for a career, and I want to know which program would set me up better if I choose to go for a Phd. I'm also interested in working for a FoPo think tank like the Atlantic Council or Brookings. I'm attracted to Chicago because I enjoy the theoretical side of IR and that seems to be their focus (also, Mearsheimer). However, SAIS is better ranked as an MA program (although that's for "policy programs"), and I feel like I could keep my options open career wise. Any insights? Also, before someone says CIR "isn't worth it" for future Phd, I'm coming from a no name undergrad school with no work experience. I seriously doubt my chances getting into a top tier Phd program direct from UG, or getting an even halfway decent job given the low name recognition of my UG institution, which is why I want a big name MA.
  24. shilaney

    SAIS, Elliott, Korbel?

    Hello all, I've been offered admission (with no funding) to the SAIS strategic studies program, 7k a year to Elliott's security policy program, and 20k a year to korbel's international security program. I know the debate about prestige vs debt is getting old, but does anybody have any advice? Will I be so severely disadvantaged not being in DC? I've also heard that though korbel is 11th for IR in general, its strength is in its security program. Also I have heard of other students using acceptance into top tier schools as leverage to get more funding from lower ranked schools, has anybody tried this? The elation of getting into these schools is definitely wearing off as I try to figure out how to pay for them. Any and all advice is welcome. ps I already live in Denver thanks and congrats to everyone who got the acceptances they wanted
  25. Hello, would appreciate thoughts regarding graduate school decisions/comments from people in the same boat. Interested in the Middle East, development, and human rights. I have State Dept. experience and did some volunteer NGO work in Lebanon. Accepted to: Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey - International Policy and Development MA program ($14k fellowship over 2 years) George Washington University - Middle East Studies MA program, concentration in International Affairs and Development ($5k/year fellowship) - waiting on another fellowship that would fully fund 1st year. Fletcher at Tufts University - MALD program ($24k fellowship over 2 years) SAIS at Johns Hopkins University - MA program, no funding still waiting on a decision from the Ford School at University of Michigan (MPP program). SAIS was my #1 because I wanted to strengthen my economic/quant skills.. took an online econ course to prepare and started to reconsider haha, and the $0 funding doesn't help. Fletcher seems up my alley with their human rights rep, and they gave me the most funding, but they're also more expensive than GWU and don't have the DC advantage. Michigan would probably be my top choice if I get accepted because of in-state tuition. Their MPP is ranked 3rd after Berkely and HKS, and they offer several international-oriented courses so I'd still walk away with the skills and expertise that I want. Middlebury is great but can't compare with the other schools, especially considering I will still have to take out significant loans to go there, so it's probably out of the running. I prefer to be abroad post-graduation, and am also considering going the PhD route at some point in the future, so I'd like to be somewhere where I could do an MA thesis. and with that I welcome any thoughts/advice
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