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  1. Schools/Programs Applying To: Below are the programs that I have applied to for this application cycle: Georgetown-McCourt (April 1 application deadline), GWU-Trachtenburg (Accepted), UVA-Batten (Waitlist), GMU-Schar (May 1 app. Deadline) I was late to finding this forum and after reading more in depth about the MPP programs out there, I’m debating waiting an additional year to apply to other programs that I neglected to include for this application cycle, especially given the competitive nature this year. Those programs I’m considering are: Duke Sanford, Michigan Ford, CMU Heinz, HKS (I know this is a reach, but would like to see if there’s any chance in a less competitive application cycle), UT-Austin LBJ, Chicago Harris Undergraduate institution: UVA Undergraduate GPA: 3.42 Undergraduate Major: Politics w/ a concentration in Government GRE Quantitative Score: 163 (80th percentile) GRE Verbal Score: 157 (75th percentile) GRE AW Score: 4.5 (80th percentile) Years Out of Undergrad (if applicable): 3 years Years of Work Experience: 3 years Quant/Econ Experience: A in Calculus, B in Microeconomics, B- in Statistics. I also have a professional certificate in Data Analytics from Georgetown SCS (though I know this prob doesn’t hold much weight) Describe Relevant Work Experience: 3 years working as a government contractor in the field of emergency management for a federal agency. I started out as an analyst (taking notes, putting together PowerPoints, writing analytical reports) and have assumed leadership roles/positions during my time, to include managing a significant program within my branch and leading meetings/interactions with private sector stakeholders. Strength of SOP (be honest, describe the process, etc): Average to slightly above average I’d say. I don’t have a crazy story or anything, but I talk about the impact that my parents have had on me as they are both career civil servants and how I have aspirations of working at a non-partisan think tank/research center because, naively or not, I want to help find evidence-based actionable solutions to everyday real world problems. Strength of LOR's (be honest, describe the process, etc): I think two out of the three I have are pretty strong. One is from my former manager, one is from a current colleague (I’m not one of her direct reports, but she is in a more senior position than myself), and the final, weaker one is from a federal client I work with regularly. I know this is a knock on me because I don’t have an academic reference, but it wasn’t for lack of trying; my undergrad senior seminar professor agreed to write one on my behalf and then ghosted me for the past three months *sigh* Questions/comments I have: I want to offer some background into my pursuit of an MPP. For one, I recognize that I’m quant deficient based on my undergrad resume and in my current job (and there’s no real way to change this in my current professional setting) so I think the MPP could really help me in this area, and thus my overall future job prospects. With the MPP program, I’m really focused on the career outcomes that I will receive, the skills I acquire, and the social/overall experience with my peers and professors of the program, in that order. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what I want to do for a career, but I see myself working in some kind of domestic social policy…I really know more of what I DON’T want to do (i.e. emergency management) more so than anything else. Additional professional areas of interest for me include research stuff, legislative stuff, and operations stuff, but in all honesty these just really sound cool/interesting to me and I’m not fully aware of what they explicitly could entail/involve (I have what I’d call a ‘rough idea’). My chances at being accepted to any of these schools along with any insights and/or feedback would be much appreciated! And I’d love to be able to continue the conversation if you're open to it. Thank you!
  2. Starting a post for all those waiting it out with the Georgetown MPP program for fall 2020. Personally applied by the Jan 15th deadline.
  3. Hi everyone, I was recently admitted into the following MPP programs and am trying to decide which would be the best choice: Georgetown McCourt U Chicago Harris UCLA Luskin I received a $20,000 scholarship for McCourt and Harris and am specifically interested in environmental policy. Is anyone else debating between the same schools or have any recommendations?
  4. Hi Guys, Long (long) time lurker first-time poster here. Any input will go a long way in helping me decide which program is best suited to my personal situation. I am an Indian applicant looking to move to the US somewhat long-term . I am a lawyer by training and since graduating from law school I have worked as a policy professional for the past 3 years in not for profit thinktanks in India. My focus areas have been access to health, cybersecurity and judicial reforms, but I am sector and subject agnostic as I enter grad school. I have received admits from the following schools 1. Michigan Ford - no aid 2. Chicago Harris - no aid 3. Georgetown McCourt - 15000 per year in aid (tuition is 55k py) 4. George Washington Trachtenberg - 20000 per year in aid (tuition is 35k py) 5. Columbia SIPA - 12000 per year in aid (60k py tuition) 6. Fletcher MALD - 20000 per year in aid (45k py tuition) I have ruled out Michigan, SIPA and Chicago since thy are not financially viable even though I am still wowed by Chicago's program. I have been advised to turn down George Washington despite the aid since the school does not have as much international recognition, in the event that I won't be able to stay on in the US. Am I being misled? Does the programs raking or eliteness make that much of a difference? My focus after graduating is definitely securing employment and staying on in the US (it will be insanely difficult to pay back this kind of money on a public service job in my domestic currency). I am now attempting to choose between Georgetowns MPP and Fletchers MALD. Is Georgetown's DC location worth pay twice as much as I would at Fletcher? Is the MPP degree more marketable in the long-term than an MALD degree? I enjoy being a generalist and am looking to gain skills that can be applied across sectors. That said will the heavier quant training at an MPP/MPA program make me more employable? I have mostly worked in academia and non-profits, and am now interested in exploring private sector (but still have good work-life balance). I am also second guessing rejecting Columbia's offer since some people have advised that being in NY will serve me well as an international student, and that I can recoup costs by taking up a consulting job. Likewise I am worried that I am making a huge mistake turning down GWUs scholarship. Any advice or insight you are able to provide will be really helpful. (Hoping @Prester John and @ExponentialDecay will comment. Thanks.
  5. Did anyone get the chance to attend McCourt's Admitted Student Days last weekend? I wasn't able to make it due to a work commitment and want to know what others thought of it.
  6. I'm in the process of selecting which school in the greater Washington, DC area to undertake a master's in public policy degree at. I've been working full-time here since 2016 and plan on continuing to work 9-5 for the next three years while I am completing my MPP. I've been accepted into all 5 schools I've applied and for now have them ranked as: 1) Georgetown 2) George Washington 3) George Mason 4) American 5) Maryland Georgetown and George Washington are extraordinarily expensive, but I think they have the best curricula and flexibility for part-time students. Any thoughts/experience/advice from the forum on these schools?
  7. Hello all, I was wondering if anyone could offer insight on career services for MPA/MPP students at the University of Washington's Evans School and Georgetown's McCourt School -- specifically, how well-networked each is in New York. I currently live in the city, and hope to return here after graduation, but it seems that graduates of each school tend to stay nearby (in Seattle and D.C., respectively). I assume the Georgetown name would carry more weight on the East Coast, though I have no hard data to back up that intuition. (NYU Wagner would have been my first choice, but no funding makes things difficult. Results are pending from Columbia SIPA, though my video essay was not anywhere near what it should have been.) Thanks for any advice you may have!
  8. I hope someone can help me with this, or at least give me a sanity check. I'm trying to do something relatively simple - send my GRE scores to McCourt. As the application instructions indicate, their GRE codes are 5244 for both the school and the department. 5244 works for the school code. However, it doesn't seem to be valid for the Department Code. I attempted to circumvent this by sending my scores without the Department code - about a month ago - and admissions hasn't received it. They confirmed the code is correct. I also reached out to ETS, who has been unhelpful so far. Has anyone else faced the same issue? Feeling a little nuts for tripping up over something that should be relatively straightforward here.
  9. Hi all, I've been researching Georgetown programs and although I know the emphasis for McCourt vs SFS is different I'm wondering if both are equally as good and offer as many opportunities. I am interested in a program that joins together Public Policy and International Affairs. I want to learn about both domestic and international issues and how they meet and influence each other. I'm interested in some quantitative training while also having freedom to learn about international law, human rights, diplomacy, and history. Which program do you think is best and how do they compare? I'd also appreciate any recommendations of any other programs that meet the criteria. Thanks EDIT: I'm mainly looking at the Master of International Development Policy and the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS)
  10. Hi everyone. Please help me to make a decision. I applied to one year master course in public administration area and I got offer from Wagner Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) for global policy leaders and Georgetown Master of Policy Management. (MPM). I am working at government for 6 years and I'm interested in international development (especially in South-East Asia or East Africa) . I hope to developing career in that area. I check the forums but there is some information about one year master program and there is few information about Wagner EMPA. I would like to know the trend of cohort and alumni and reputation of the courses. Any comments and information are welcomed and highly appreciated.
  11. Hey all, I am looking to see how likely I am to get into the following schools with the following criteria. I feel like I am fitting in somewhere around the average requirements of most applicants at these schools, with maybe a slightly lower GPA. GPA: 3.3 from a small liberal arts school in Ohio GRE: 161 V and 159 Q with 5.0 Analytical Writing Experience: 3 campaign cycles as an intern/volunteer (since '08), 3 campaign cycles as a paid staff in field management and data analytics; 1 year in nonprofit fundraising; 3 months interning with a lobbying firm in D.C.; Only 2 years of work experience after completing my undergrad (I took a semester off to work on the 2012 Presidential campaign) and volunteered/interned throughout college on various local, state, and national races in digital and organizing related work. I am applying/have applied to the following schools: Duke Sanford (MPP), Chicago Harris (MPP), Syracuse Maxwell (MPP), UT-Austin (MPA), Georgetown McCourt (MPP), NYU Wagner (MPA), OSU John Glenn (MPA), USC Price (MPA), IU SPEA (MPA). Thanks!
  12. I'm surprised this comparison doesn't exist yet given the popularity of international development and these programs on GradCafe, but searches yielded nothing, so here goes... I've finalized my choices to the SAIS MA and the McCourt MPP and am having trouble deciding between the two. I'm interested in international development and have been working in global health policy for the last 3 years in DC and in India. I also have another year of experience doing policy work, but it's unrelated to international development. I'm not 100% clear on what I want to do after grad school, but I know it'll be something related to technical analysis and international development. Ideally it'd be based in DC with significant travel to developing regions (and I know such jobs exist, but those doing them seem to have a mix of IR and MPP degrees). Both schools are obviously great for this, so I'm having a hard time deciding between the two. Both programs are quite quantitative, offer excellent opportunities in DC and through the programs, and have good placement into the types of organizations I'm interested in. Funding could be a determinant or even the deciding factor (got significant $$ at SAIS, TBD at McCourt, but I'm thinking I may be able to leverage the SAIS aid at McCourt if I don't get much funding), but I wanted to get your thoughts aside from funding. Two things to note that may be relevant are 1) I'm not in the IDEV concentration at SAIS and am instead in a regional concentration (South Asia Studies, since I'm primarily interested in India, though I'd consider switching to another policy area as well) and 2) my undergrad major was Public Policy Studies, though I don't know if that's relevant given how different the undergrad courses and MPP courses/experience are. Thanks so much in advance!
  13. Hey everyone, Longtime reader of the forum, but new poster. I have received offers of admission from the LBJ School at UT-Austin and at Georgetown McCourt. Also, I am wait-listed in University of Chicago. LBJ has offered me significant funding and Georgetown has not released their funding decisions just yet. Currently, I'm living in Austin and hope to practice policy in Texas. I know it sounds like a no-brainer, but I'm trying to get some folks perspective who have been to one or the other. My profile is that I'm an older grad student (thirty) who has worked for six years in public education, completed Teach For America, and have a family, so reapplying next year or the year after does not sound realistic for me. I'm not interested in foreign relations as much as I'm interested in domestic policy, focusing on things like education, welfare, housing, poverty, and other forms of inequity. I'm curious to know if anyone has thoughts to share why LBJ or why Georgetown McCourt. My understanding is that McCourt is a newer program. I used to live in DC and know it's a great university, but I wonder how much that would translate nationally, especially with it being a newer program. At the end of the day, I just want to make sure I'm thinking through my decision 100% as this is my one shot to attend policy school. Thanks everybody!
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