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Found 8 results

  1. Hey - has anyone heard from Brandeis' NEJS department yet? I applied for a PhD in NEJS for Fall 2017.
  2. UChicago CMES MA

    Has anyone who was accepted heard anything further? I had some brief contact about the course but I've heard nothing about the open day - anyone got info?
  3. Hey everyone. I've recently been accepted into NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center, the University of Chicago, and the University of Texas at Austin as a master's student for the upcoming fall. I'm interested in studying the modern Middle East, and I hope to pursue a PhD after my master's. Professionally, I would like to go into advising on or developing US foreign policy with a focus on the Middle East (Perhaps a job in the White House or in a political think tank in DC). That being said, I have not completely ruled out the possibility of teaching in the future as well. Bearing all this in mind, I would like opinions from other people who are similarly in my position, who are currently studying at these schools, or even alumni, anyone who might be able to shed some light on my situation and give helpful advice, as I am torn between the aforementioned schools. I will also say that at the moment, it seems that UT Austin is the most financially feasible so far (lowest tuition, but I haven't heard if I will receive an TA position yet - I should find out in the next couple of weeks). Any thoughts/opinions on which school I should attend? Thank you all in advance.
  4. First World Problem

    Hello all, I need your help! I am an applicant to Master's programs in Middle East Studies. I have been accepted to my top 3 programs - Georgetown's Master's in Arab Studies (MAAS), Harvard's Center for Middle East Studies (Harvard CMES), and the University of Chicago's Center for Middle East Studies (Chicago CMES). In addition, I am currently waiting on the second round decision for a Fulbright full grant to Jordan. My research interests lie mostly in modern Middle Eastern politics. The majority of my undergraduate work has centered on Syria and Lebanon in particular. I am in my fourth year of college level Arabic study, and have traveled extensively in the region. I anticipate pursuing a career in government (foreign service, intelligence, etc.), but academia remains an option. The various offers look like this: Harvard: No funding. Will not allow deferral for Fulbright. Deadline (04/16). University of Chicago: 1/2 tuition funding. No deferral. Deadline (05/01). Georgetown: Waitlisted for a tuition scholarship. Likely deferrable. No information on deadline yet. Fulbright: No decision yet. However, my university has an excellent track record with the program, and the primary advisor seems to think that my chances are good. Will hear back anywhere from late April to mid May. Note that I need to decide which university I am attending before I hear about Fulbright. Here's the rub: I need to decide between these three programs. Georgetown has a net benefit over Harvard and UChicago in that it would likely allow for deferral if I received a Fulbright. The extra year would allow me time to apply for external sources of funding. Since I am on the waitlist for a tuition scholarship, there is some chance of funding right now. UChicago is clearly the best option if I'm looking to avoid debt. According to the website, second years in the program frequently receive full tuition funding. My impression is that UChicago's program is not geared towards the modern Middle East, but instead to the ancient Near East. Harvard is my first choice, but is accompanied by serious disadvantages. First, if I accepted their offer (on their rather early deadline), I would have to turn down Fulbright if I got it. Second, since they do not fund A.M. students, I would need to go into >50k dollars in debt to attend the program in the first year. With this said, it is a top notch program, and its branding may be important in the long run. This is especially true in the Middle East, where Harvard has made an excellent name for itself. Finally, Fulbright is very important to me. In this field, experience and language proficiency is critical. My grant would give me an opportunity to accelerate my language ability while making connections in the region. In other words, I would be heartbroken if I received the grant and was obligated to decline it. Summary: What would you do if you were in my position? Would you take Harvard, forgetting about the Fulbright and going into debt? Or Georgetown, hoping for the Fulbright and funding, but missing out on Harvard? Or finally, would you "follow the money" to UChicago, passing up on Harvard and Fulbright? Thank you all in advance for your opinions!
  5. Wait listed at UTA...

    I started hearing back from MES MA applications last week. The results so far - a win (Chicago, w/ 1/3 funding), a loss (Harvard), and a draw (UTA). Still waiting on news from Arizona, G'town and AUB. Even if I go 0 for 3 on the remaining apps and don't get in to UTA I'm thrilled to go to Chicago, but does anyone know if UTA delves into its waitlist pool? And on that point, how much agency do I have in this position? I remember hearing/reading about how to get off a waitlist when I was applying for undergrad but that was a long time ago. Generally speaking, is letter writing/visiting/calling de rigeur, and is it likely to bost your position? If writing a letter, would it be good form to mention an acceptance at another school or not? Thanks and good luck to all who are sweating it out.
  6. Hi everyone, I applied to mostly Sociology programs for fall '12 because I had this grand vision of myself incorporating Iranian Studies into Sociology (silly me), and now the denials are coming from all sides. Luckily, I applied to Middle Eastern Studies MA programs at a few schools - UT, UWashington, and UChicago. I got accepted to UT but I'm kind of leaning away from it because I did my undergrad there, although it seems I may not have much choice in the matter. Other than waiting and reapplying again for programs that start in the spring (I can't wait another year, my job is burning me out). I'm just curious as to y'all's opinions on these programs, or what y'all might do in this situation. Also if anyone is currently at UT in this or a similar program, I'd love to hear from you too. Thanks in advance!
  7. I have an interview in Beirut for the CMES Masters program in a few weeks....and I have very little tangible, specific intel about the program. Can anyone with first-hand experience help me out? Something as basic as a faculty list and their specializations would be a great place to start. Shukran!
  8. I'm looking at a range of MES masters programs right now. Judging from the posters here, it looks like lots of people who enrolled in MES programs in the new semester are people who didn't get in to their top-choice PhD programs. Is this a safe assumption to make? For all intents and purposes, I'm looking at the MA as a terminal degree (assuming I get accepted somewhere, insha'allah). Am I in the minority here? Do schools orient their programs as either PhD prep or professional prep? Would this affect the program's competitiveness? Thanks all, good luck.