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  1. Im am looking at IR and policy policy masters and looking to work as a government analyst, private sector (consulting or political risk) or at an NGO. I eventually want to earn a policy oriented or political science PHD 5 to 10 years down the road. I was accepted to Pittsburgh (GSPIA, MIPA security and intelligence), Denver (Korbel, MIS), and UCSD (GPS, MPP). My aid situation is as follows: DU-Korbel 30k (15k a year but still the most expensive) Pitt-GSPIA 28k (14k a year and the cheapest school and cheapest living costs) UCSD-GPS (no aid awarded but instate tuition for second year makes it cheaper than DU) I like all the programs, especially DU and Pitt, but I will know more when I visit UCSDs student day tomorrow. Trying to decide if the prestige of DU is worth the cost vs the east coast location of Pitt vs the dream location and quant heavy program of UCSD. I know I probably cant go wrong with any of these schools but I gotta decide by the 15th of April. I also have about a year of graduate research experience, a graduate certificate in National Security and Intelligence, and a paper publication and conference presentation under my belt. Any insight on the schools and the decision is welecome!!
  2. This is a space to discuss anything about the Korbel School for those who have applied for their programs.
  3. Hello everyone, I have been accepted into Elliott's Security Policy program with 14k a year funding and Korbel's International Studies program with 10k. I am having trouble deciding which one would be the best decision. love the program at Korbel. It is extremely flexible and would allow me to take more classes overall but particularly more skills courses. The skills courses at Korbel are more relevant to overal future careers (project management, data analysis, regulatory policies, etc). I also really like the faculty and the research being done at their centers mirror my exact interests. There also seems to be a strong sense of community and I was told by current students that faculty made a point of being readily available to their students. I would also enjoy living in Denver more than DC. Elliott is also a great program but it is more rigid. I could only take three skills courses and the program is going through a transition right now and actively looking for a new program director and faculty members. Elliott has classes or institutes focusing on almost every region in the world and one of the only schools with an active focus on Africa which is my regional interest. Korbel will be nearly twice the cost and not located in DC. I have been told that Denver has many opportunities but no matter what, DC obviously will have more. I already live in DC so if I choose Elliott, I will not incur moving costs but COL here is very high and the commute is awful. I would appreciate any advice from people who have chosen a more expensive school due to better program fit or vice versa. Or any insights at all really that might be helpful in making this decision. Thanks!
  4. 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 !
  5. I have been accepted into four schools thus far (Korbel, Pardee, Elliott, and SIS...but threw SIS out of the running), and need different perspectives on what I should be looking for in these masters programs. Assume money is not a major factor. Have yet to hear back from Fletcher, SAIS, SIPA, and SFS. So far I have been mapping out which classes I would be taking under the respective programs, and I am quite satisfied with each of the three. The things I am looking for in a program are: Jobs with security clearance in the area Dual concentration abilities Russian Language Boren Scholarship awardee history Curriculum is policy/ case oriented rather than theoretical Professors are practitioners in their field Successful placement rate into the Intelligence Community What else should I take into consideration? Does anyone have information to offer? I have spoken with students, alumni, and professors who all love their respective schools. Thanks in advance for all those who reply. Feel free to message me if necessary. -Frosty
  6. Hi everyone, I have been accepted to Denver's Josef Korbel and the Elliott school at GWU both with some funding, receiving 10k a year from Korbel and 14k a year from Elliott. I have decided that Korbel is my top choice but it is extremely expensive. Can anyone offer advice on how to leverage more funding from Elliott or how to request more aid generally? With 10k a year, Denver would cost $86K while Elliott would only cost $45k. I know Denver is a bit cheaper than DC, but not enough to cover that price difference. I worry about debt as IR is not a lucrative field but the program at Korbel has more classes I am interested in and several professors whose research aligns with my own goals. Again, any advice would appreciated. Thanks
  7. I have been accepted into four schools thus far (Korbel, Pardee, Elliott, and SIS...but threw SIS out of the running), and need different perspectives on what I should be looking for in these masters programs. Assume money is not a major factor. Have yet to hear back from Fletcher, SAIS, SIPA, and SFS. So far I have been mapping out which classes I would be taking under the respective programs, and I am quite satisfied with each of the three. The things I am looking for in a program are: Jobs with security clearance in the area Dual concentration abilities Russian Language Boren Scholarship awardee history Curriculum is policy/ case oriented rather than theoretical Professors are practitioners in their field Successful placement rate into the Intelligence Community What else should I take into consideration? Does anyone have information to offer? I have spoken with students, alumni, and professors who all love their respective schools. Thanks in advance for all those who reply. Feel free to message me if necessary. -Frosty
  8. I have a little over a week to make a decision! I've been accepted to 3 US programs with around the same scholarship (50%), same cost for tuition. UDenver's MA in International Development, Heller's MA in Sustainable International Development, and Emory's Masters of Development Practice. I've also been accepted to IHEID (the graduate institute in Geneva) for Development Studies and a dual program between Sciences Po and Columbia's SIPA for International Affairs. These will be comparable costs. I'm essentially still considering Korbel, Emory, and Sciences Po/SIPA, and they are radically different. Any suggestions would be great! Korbel-- Pros-- as a top IR program, good networking, top research, exchange program with the graduate institute in Geneva so that I could network there and intern, DENVER. Cons-- no field work opportunities Emory-- pros-- new MDP program that hits all the quantitative and qualitative skills I want to learn for program management and research, small cohort 15 people, summer internships with international NGOs included in program (travel, Per dieu, etc), more critical philosophy of development. Cons-- not an IR renowned university, lack of networking opportunities Sciences Po/Columbia SIPA-- Paris and NY, French and networking advantages, both top IR programs in the world, focus on econ/politics, sciences po excellent African studies classes, can understand Jeff Sachs development to hopefully critique later. Cons-- mainstream development, cohorts that are only interested in moving up with UN/WHO instead of critical development theory I would ideally like to be a program manager for an international NGO, but also have significant data analysis skills to do research in the future for public policy and maybe a PhD. I'm going back and forth every day-- any thoughts from students in a similar position or in the development field would be so helpful!
  9. 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!
  10. 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
  11. Problem: I've been accepted into some incredible programs and now I'm having a truly difficult time deciding between them. I honestly didn't expect to get into more than one or two programs (my undergrad GPA wasn't amazing), so while I'm pleasantly surprised, I'm overwhelmed! I have been accepted at: Georgetown University - MA in Conflict Resolution, No funding University of Denver - MA in International Studies, No funding The Graduate Institute in Geneva - MA in Political Science/International Relations, No funding Here are my thoughts: I'm primarily concerned with international conflict and have particular interest in studying genocide and the implications of genocide when looking at a conflict (hope this isn't too vague). Alright so here is what I'm considering so far, U. Denver and Georgetown are basically the same price, and IHEID might be cheaper unless cost of living proves to be formidable. However, my fiancé is going to work while I'm in school (he is a teacher), so finding a job in the United States might be easier for him. (Also if anyone has any advice on getting him a work visa for Switzerland, I would appreciate more information:D) I'd like to do my PHD later on, but between that and my master's I would like to either work in field, possibly State department, UN, or another reputable large NGO (I'm a very optimistic person). Which programs would help me with this? I know technically all of them seem to have great placement records for jobs , but are there differences in the types of jobs I could get? Would going to a European school exclude me from jobs in the State department? Could going abroad for masters also impact potential future PHD programs? I'm not really sure if an MA from Europe or the States would be weighed the same. And how concerned should I be about prestige? All of these schools are highly influential in this field, but do you think one is "better" than the others?
  12. Hi all, I'm wondering if anyone has any opinion about the Korbel school, and how it compares to other non-DC institutions, specifically Syracuse. I heard of it this week for the first time, and see it's ranked pretty high, but have never heard of anyone who went there. Any opinions? Is it worth it? What's financial support like in that school? is it considered top-tier?
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