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  1. Hello, all! I'm deciding on an MPA program, and I have it narrowed down to Brown and UNC Chapel Hill. I'm honestly totally split, and have no idea what to do. I'd really appreciate thoughts from others. The situation is that Brown is 1 year and UNC is 2, but UNC is still much, much cheaper. UNC is ranked a good bit higher, but Brown has the name and more of a global focus (which is my interest). I'm most likely interested in working in the nonprofit sector, and Brown's program would be better for that, but I'm having trouble reconciling that with the high cost of tuition. The problem is that I know i don't have a bad option and I have no clue where to go! Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
  2. Hi all: help needed. I've been accepted to a few schools and, unfortunately, have not received any merit aid worth mentioning. Considering that I would like to work in International Development, does anyone have any advice for pros and cons of each school? I'm leaning towards Maxwell, but am honestly very conflicted.

    Hi all ! Need your suggestions. I've been accepted to Harris MPP and SIPA MPA (International finance and economic policy concentration). Both are my dream programs, so I 'm totally at loss. Harris: pros: quantitative training & programming courses (would be useful in job hunting) cons: not enough internship opportunities & safety problem & cold weather SIPA: pros: perfect location & strong network & more international (maybe) cons: too many students with limited career service & not so solid course design BTW: I am an international student with an undergraduate major in language learning. I prefer to go to finance or consulting industry after graduation. If staying in the U.S. is not possible, I would go back to my country. Which school would you recommend? Please list your reasons if possible. Thank you in advance for those who reply !
  4. are you going to choose?

    I'm a pretty indecisive person, and I'm curious how everyone else is approaching their decisions on what to accept or decline. What questions are you asking? What factors are most important to you? How are you getting your information (talking to current students, website, admitted students day, etc)? Obviously funding is extremely important, but I know that not everyone always goes with the cheapest option. How are you gauging whether higher costs are worth it? I know that debt vs payoff is always important in all fields, but I think it is especially important in public policy, which no one gets into thinking they're going to make big money. Here are some questions that I've been asking: How many students go on to be PMFs? How well do students know their professors? Are research opportunities accessible to grad students? What sectors are students employed in after graduating? How easy is it to take interesting electives in other departments? What do most students spend time on outside of the classroom? Is heavy extracurricular involvement common? Do most work part time? What are the alumni or career center services like? (Are there more specific questions I can ask about this?) How many years of professional experience are most students coming in with? What questions, facts, etc have helped you get a good sense of what a particular grad school is actually like? I'd love to hear from people currently in these programs or recently graduated about what you wish you would have asked before enrolling. I don't think these are particularly nuanced so it would be great to hear what questions you have asked that led to enlightening answers.
  5. 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!
  6. Hi! I've been accepted to a few schools but now its decision time and i'm picking between two schools and I'd really like any input or advice. I was accepted to NYU Wagner- MPA of Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy & the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey (MIIS) MPA- Specialization undecided. MIIS: The benefits of attending MIIS is that it has a great location in Monterey, CA. A second language would be incorporated into my curriculum. The rent is cheaper. I have nearly a half-tuition scholarship. Establishing connections seems promising. Cons: Less recognized school. Not as many opportunities as NYC. Far away from home (would like to return after living abroad for 8 years). They aren't very accommodating in regards to part time students and full-time workers. 60 credit program. NYU: Benefits would be that it is known to be prestigious. The program is well recognized throughout the world. Would establish very good connections. NYC offers lots of work opportunities. My move will be easy since it's close to home. Able to travel more easily. Cons: I don't want to live in the city. Won't know about a scholarship until 2-3 weeks from now, but was initially rejected scholarship so it doesn't seem likely I will be granted one. City is SO expensive. Tuition would be about 75 grand. Already have 32 grand in loans and that would really kill me. What are your experiences and opinions in regards to either programs, schools and with any loans?! Would it be manageable making 55 grand a year after graduation? What if I want to start a family soon? Let me know any and all opinions! Thanks!!!
  7. Hi got selected in one year MPA EPM. Is there anyone who has been selected. I have got no scholarship though I would love to know what others are doing to arrange these funds. The only option I have is to sell one of my Kidneys now!!!
  8. CIPA vs Maxwell (MPA)

    Any thoughts?
  9. Cornell CIPA MPA 2018

    I have been browsing the forums for some time now but haven't found any applicants to Cornell CIPA 2018. Has anyone heard from CIPA, or does anyone have an idea of what their timeline is this year? I submitted my application January 15 and I am waiting since then
  10. Hey everyone, Who else has applied/is applying to public policy programs in Canada for this fall? So far, I've applied to just the MPPA program at Carleton since I'm based in Ottawa. If I don't get in, I can always work for a year and then apply again. I also have the public policy programs at Dalhousie and maybe UOttawa as backup options. I considered applying to Queen's though I've decided against it for now. That's where I went for my undergrad and I'd like to go somewhere new.
  11. Hi everyone, I know admissions decisions are still a long ways away, but I thought it could be helpful to discuss the comparative merits of these great IR and public policy programs. I applied to HKS's MPP, Columbia's MIA, Georgetown's MSFS, WWS's MPA, and SAIS's MA. I also applied to Georgetown's Security Studies Program, but am leaning away from the latter now because of high tuition costs and rumored lack of aid. How do you feel these schools compare to one another, in terms of job prospects, curriculum/course offerings, school culture, academic rigor, faculty? Which would be your dream program and why?
  12. Hello! I was wait listed for Columbia's Environmental Science and Policy MPA program (in SIPA), and I was wondering if anyone could give insight as to when usually would be the last day to receive a final decision for somebody on the wait list. Or when might the decision deadline be for accepted students? The thing about this one year program is that it starts in early summer, so trying to find examples from other conventional 2-year programs that start in the fall hasn't been helpful. I really don't know the details of how the wait list works (other than the concept of getting an offer when somebody turns theirs down), so I'm trying to become more informed so as to stress out less. Also if anyone has any clue as to how many people from the wait list usually receive and admissions offer for this program, that would also be appreciated! Thanks!
  13. Hi all, (I posted this in the law forum as well, so thanks for your patience if you saw this there) I'm looking into a joint degree program where I would walk away with both a MPA and a JD. Most of the schools I am looking at say the program will take a total of 4 years, with one program saying it will only take 3.5. I am aware that since I'd be in school for a longer period of time, I will accrue more debt than if I elected to pursue just one of these degrees. My question is for people who have or are currently enrolled in a dual degree program (mostly looking at MPA/MPP/JD) about how does your financial aid differ compared to just being enrolled at one school? Many thanks in advance, I appreciate any answers or additional guidance.
  14. Hi all, I'm looking into a joint degree program where I would walk away with both a MPA and a JD. Most of the schools I am looking at say the program will take a total of 4 years, with one program saying it will only take 3.5. I am aware that since I'd be in school for a longer period of time, I will accrue more debt than if I elected to pursue just one of these degrees. My question is for people who have or are currently enrolled in a dual degree program (mostly looking at MPA/MPP/JD) about how does your financial aid differ compared to just being enrolled at one school? Many thanks in advance, I appreciate any answers or additional guidance.
  15. Lost: MBA vs MPA?

    Hi everyone, Been researching on this forum and you all seemed to be pretty well acquainted with the education system and job prospects. I am hoping some of you would be able to provide some guidance... Been thinking about going back to school for 3+ years now. I have 2 bachelors from good design schools (international schools). Graduated 12 years ago., in my late thirties. Dual citizen (hoping that would not be an issue) My GPA was not good since 70% of my grade was based on my final art project. I can't get a GPA for my first degree where I did pretty good because they wont send the grades anymore (wasn't digitalized) and it is more of a pass/fail system in my home country. Through the years, I made my way to a senior management job in digital marketing in a large company. Mostly retail/web and entrepreneurship experience. I don't like marketing. I can find interest in pretty much most of the day to day of any job, mostly around project management, process improvement, etc.. but I need to be working on something I like or believe in. I am mostly interested in local government: urban planning/public transportation, general city management, digital/web department for the city (very low volume of jobs there ), health policy. Usually project managers jobs seem most interesting to me. I have been trying to find ways to change field without going back to school but I think my profile is so far away from gov affairs that it is almost impossible. I have been taking some free online classes for a while and that was very interesting (fundamentals of public policy, statistical reasoning for public health, urbanism and mobility, american law,..) But I can't justify paying $50K for a degree to end up cutting my existing salary in half once it is done. A lot of people on this forum mention that a MBA can be better or the same as an MPA for jobs. It would make more sense for me to do an MBA as I could use it in many different fields and if I need to move back to my native country. I have looked into cheap, decent programs and found one (WGU). The thing is, the classes are not nearly as interesting as an MPA and I don't think it would help my job applications as much as an MPA given my lack of any public policy related classes or experience at all. Am i wrong on this? I did find a couple affordable MPAs, though I am still trying to find if they are decent (fort hayes, South dakota which has an MBA with lots of public policy classes, Arkansas State).This is not a convo about getting the best degree or anything because, I can barely qualify for the less good colleges with my gpa, beside the high cost.. So - what is everyone's take on MBA vs MPA in my situation? - for those who made such a career jump in the middle of their career, how did you know it was the right decision? Some have mentioned trying to work my way to gov affairs through jobs rather than school but I just feel there is too wide of a gap in skills and experience. - does getting an MPA for a not so great school has any value? Is gov job so competitive that it may not even help?
  16. Support Letters

    Please tell me everything you know about support letters! I just found out about them and i'm feeling completely lost!
  17. Hello, all! I just submitted my application to Chapel Hill MPA. I've looked everywhere but can't find any information about interviews/when they are/format/when we get invites. Does anyone know anything? Thanks a heap!
  18. Chapel Hill MPA Interviews?

    Hello, all! I just submitted my application to Chapel Hill MPA. I've looked everywhere but can't find any information about interviews/when they are/format/when we get invites. Does anyone know anything? Thanks a heap!
  19. Dear Gradcafe community, As an international student, I can not afford to study at the US on my own funds. So I looked towards other means of funding and I have secured the Fulright award in a second tier policy program for 2018. HOWEVER, there is a big downside to Fulbright - grantees have (and I've made it bold to show that staying in the US is simply not an option legally) to return immediately to their home country right after the program ends. This means the US job market is off for me. Because of this (I really, really want to gain professional work experience in the US), I was considering applying to graduate policy programs that are known to give aid, for 2018, and then compare them as alternative options to my Fulbright. The most well known of these, of course, is Princeton's WWS and the fully funded program if offers, the MPA. Now, what I want to know is what kind of people WWS admits, and whether I have a shot at it or not, no matter how small. You see, if you look at the MPA statistics on the WWS "Graduate Admissions Viewbook", you see some pretty intimidating numbers. Like, really, off the chart numbers, on a whole different league compared to other programs. 65% of applicants have 4 or greater years of work experience. Only 15% have less than 3 years of work experience. 76% have GPA above 3.7, and the highest percentiles on the GRE are also pretty average for the WWS MPA applicant. Now, what would really help me out is if someone already enrolled in the WWS MPA program or a graduate of the program could tell me about the class profiles at WWS. Of course, I would also appreciate advice from the rest of the Gradcafe community. If the WWS seems like a bit too competitive for my profile, what would you guys recommend I do? Take the Fulbright and just do the second-tier program and then return to my home country, squashing my dream of working in the US (and keep in mind that there is not much use of my MPA degree in my home country)? Or forfeit the award this year and try my luck next year by improving my profile for WWS? Please keep in mind that I just can not afford self-financed programs and am certainly not going to take debt for any unless they are solid return-on-investment options (which are those by the way? HKS? SAIS? Or do none exist - its a gamble with all of them?) And of course, also keep in mind the H1B visa issue - is it true that even if one is a top profile candidate, a WWS MPA graduate or HKS MPP graduate with a job or two already secured, the H1B lottery and simply send him home despite all his achievements? In other words, is studying the US to look for work afterwards in the country just not possible anymore? Especially after a policy degree? Thanks, Fulbright award grantee who wants to spend some years working in the US PS One last thing, what programs other than WWS MPA are know to give substantial amounts of aid?
  20. LSE 2018

    Hello! Just curious if anyone has applied to LSE for next year? I applied for the MSc in Applied Social Data Science (1st choice) and MSc in Public Policy and Administration programs late October. The website says we should expect about eight weeks to hear back, but I wonder if it might take longer given the holidays. I'd be interested to know anyone else's experience!
  21. Degrees after an MPP/MPA?

    Dear Gradcafe community, I am leaning towards a second degree after doing my MPP/MPA. You see, I have received the Fulbright scholarship award and will be coming from my country Pakistan to the US on a free ride for my MPA/MPP, so my "investment" in the degree is little, that is, I will not be graduating with any debt. The caveat is that, I will be unable to get work in the US after the program due to a clause in the scholarship. Taking into consideration some other factors, it is likely that I may go for a master's in economics or economic policy after my MPA/MPP is over. Why am I not going into economics straight away? 1. My award is only for MPA/MPP. I would like to make use of it, particularly, because policy programs do impart a lot of knowledge and learning, and the ones I'm looking into offer substantial international internship experience. If the financial cost is near zero, why not? 2. With my current academic and professional credentials, no decent school would take me into their economics program. Why am I going into economics after an MPP/MPA? After browsing the forum here and doing my own research, it seems to that policy careers, on the global as well as local scale, are hard to get into without substantial work experience. I will have 2 years of work exp, only one of which in the public sector, by the time I'll be going for my MPA in Fall 2018. Despite this lack of work exp, I feel an economics degree, would make me much more "hireable" in a much more diverse range of careers due to the universal use of economics and put me in a better position because of the specialist knowledge that it implants. The combined MPA+economics branding would show my versatility plus specialized knowledge. Anyway, the big question is, is doing an MPA/MPP and then a masters in economics or economic policy (or for that matter, a masters in any specialized field, for example environmental policy, health-care economics, etc.) a good idea?
  22. Applying for MPP/MPA- Profile review

    Hi, I am applying for MPP/MPA program with following profile- GRE 308 (M-163, V-145, AWA-3.0) TOEFL 96 (R24,L26,S22,W24) GPA 3.7 I am having around 5 years of experience with around 3 years experience in Government of India on large scale projects. I have drafted some major policies for flagship schemes in government. Having good volunteer experience. I am having SOP aligned with dedication for serving people as well as strong LOR from from government officials. I am very keen to get into MPP and shortlisted following Universities- 1) Duke University 2) UChicago (MS-CAPP) 3) U of Austin 4) CMU Heinz 5) Ford School (Michigan) 6) University of Washington Please suggest safe university to apply. Or should I apply to Germany or Canada Universities. Kindly need help.
  23. Hi all! Since Columbia SIPA"s early application deadline is right around the corner, I wanted to start a thread for other SIPA hopefuls who- if they are anything like myself- are quietly panicking right about now. Anyone else struggling with the ridiculously short SOP word count? Has anyone actually submitted their app yet?
  24. Hey guys!!!! So i have recently started my application to Tufts MALD, NYU Wagner, UChicago Harris and Brandeis. I am an international student graduated from a public university in the US this may. My plan is to work in my country until next summer and by then hopefully get accepted to any of the schools and start my MA. My GPA is 3.6 pol sci major minored in IR, my GRE is really not that great i would say average and from a developing country, i have not had any internship whilst i was in college. However, i would probably start working for the government (my country) from this November and make up that "work experience" preferred by Grad Schools. My main is concern is the "money". I got a full scholarship from my country to study in the US however, i can not get another scholarship from my government for MA again. I was previously accepted to NYU GSAS and Boston University, however i had to decline the offer because of financial reasons. This year i want to do it right, i have researched and all the schools i am applying to offer various schorlaship, grants and TA etc, and i understand that it is extremely hard and rare to get FULL Ride for MA from the schools i am applying to. Can you guys tell me what other external sources i need to consider? Ex: their website, name etc. Considering that i am an international student. Also, when i should start applying to external funding? After i get acceptance or while i am applying ? Thank you guys too much!!!!!!!
  25. Cornell CIPA 2018

    I'm starting this thread to connect with other applicants to Cornell CIPA 2018.