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  1. Hi guys, I am hoping that I can use the wisdom in this forum to bust myths about some programs and decide which schools to apply to. I would love to hear your, especially alum’s, thoughts on the programs mentioned, whether I have incorrect assumptions about them, what I failed to consider, and, if possible, program recommendations (not limited to the those mentioned here.) Also, I'll be almost 30 year-old when submitting applications. Will being older negatively impact my chances of getting in? I’ve been working as a diplomat for a small Asian country for the past five years and am hoping to apply for graduate programs such as MPP, MPA, MIA, etc. next year. I’m almost sure that I’ll return to foreign service after graduation. I am looking for a reputable program offering solid education, specifically in development studies, and a strong alumni network. (Not sure if it matters, but a bit info on my academic background: a BSc degree on quantitative economics with a GPA around 3.7 from a top state school in the US. Got a 750 on the GMAT.) The following are some points I come up with a few programs that I’m interested in (regardless of the chance of getting in): American schools like HKS and Columbia SIPA: Pro- reputation is strong worldwide. As I’ll be coming back to Asia for sure, it might help. Pro- wide range of courses. For example, I took a look at SIPA’s audit list and instantly saw many courses that fit my interests and career goal. Pro (not so sure)- strong alumni network (?) Con- expensive. Have to spend near 20k for two years; my employer will not sponsor my studies, so it is almost a deal-breaker for me. Also, I’m not sure how generous these programs are in terms of grants and how competitive my profile is in grant applications... European schools like Science po PSIA and IHEID: Pro- chance to polish my French. It’s my goal to be verse in a second foreign language since it will help with career advancement. Pro- will probably leave the campus with much less debt. Not so sure- alumni networks seem to focus on Europe. Not so sure- They are certainly very competitive and reputable programs, reputation is limited outside of Europe. Many thanks to those who read my long post and take time to reply.
  2. For all those waiting it out
  3. Hello Everyone, I'm a 20 year undergrad kid who is pursuing bachelor's in political science(last year) and after doing so i am wishing to apply for MPA program in either of NYU WAGNER/SIPA/PACE UNIVERSITY/CUNY. For backup I've kept CSU, UCLA, GWU etc etc... Although as I've no background in maths I'm not thinking to give GRE and as mostly all these Uni's don't require it for this program am really confused about what exactly would the admission office be looking at i.e what would be the basis of assessment an international student like myself and how do i make sure to land myself in an institution? P.s if y'll wondering why i haven't kept any other prestigious Universities in the list, well NYC has been my dream and therefore i prefer it over other Uni's based in different cities duh..
  4. Hi All, Posting here to see if anyone else can relate to my conundrum..basically, choosing between either Columbia SIPA or Baruch MPA. I am a mid-level federal employee who is obtaining a higher education degree to transition into a managerial position. I have heard great things about both Columbia and Baruch, but the obvious comes down to cost. My employer is NOT paying for schooling and I did not receive any scholarships. If I attend Baruch, I'd pay in full without loans, if I go to Columbia, I'd take out loans. Has anyone been in a similar situation where the prestigious school helped you get a leg up in your career further down the line? I attended a public school for my undergrad due to costs and always hoped to attend a "better brand" school for grad. However, looking at the tuition costs is really making me unsure. I hear that the "better brand" is the obvious choice for those who have yet to start their careers, but I am not in that position. At the same time, I am worried that I'd be in the running for a more public position way down the line and the education would be a large factor. In terms of location, Baruch is more convenient and I have a long commute, so I feel that is very relevant. I would also like to be involved in school activities and networking, so I feel Columbia would offer that -- but that is more for self fulfillment than anything else. Would you say the debt is worth it for Columbia in my position? Though I know Baruch is well-known locally, how is Baruch's credibility otherwise? Thank you.
  5. Hey y'all, I am ecstatic after receiving acceptances from both of these schools. After evacuating from the Peace Corps, I worried that I would miss the application deadlines and be stuck in limbo but both schools really worked with me to submit a completed application before the deadline. Nonetheless, now I face a tough decision. Ideally, following graduate school, I aspire for a career in international conflict mediation specifically in the Middle East or Southeast Asia. As of right now, it would be only slightly more to attend Seton Hall and the proximity to NYC bolsters the overall attractiveness of attending Seton Hall. That being said, it seems that Maxwell is overall more connected throughout DC and in the international affairs world, so I am at an impasse. Any feedback on these schools would be greatly appreciated!
  6. Hey guys, hope this grad season is faring well with everyone! I just got offers from two of the programmes for the coming year (hopefully the virus outbreak won't affect my plans). If someone could provide some insights into how they compare (in terms course design, career opportunities, how these programmes are perceived in the field), that would super helpful! 1. Oxford Blavatnik School Master of Public Policy 1-year programme 2. Dual Degree Sciences Po Master in Public Policy & Columbia SIPA Master of Public Administration 2-year programme, 1 year in Paris and 1 year in New York Some background: I studied undergrad in the UK and graduated not long ago so I don't have super extensive work experience. I am interested in working in international organisations that will allow me to access developing countries but may also take up further studies, either a Doctorate degree or perhaps a J.D. in the US. Thank you all in advance.
  7. Hello, Aside from the corona virus dilemma that is affecting all of us, there are a lot of you who are going through tough decisions to make over the next 15 days. Now, that most of the acceptances/rejections are out. I thought that I would start a thread similar to this one. Folks can share what schools they are deciding between and what circumstances they are considering, as well as any other factors that are being considered. I'll lead off: Coming from: Syria, but residing in Germany. Deciding between: MA in Global Affairs (Yale) - tuition covered. MPA in Development Practice, Columbia SIPA - tuition covered. MA Development Studies (American University, DC) - 50% tuition Other factors: I know that the three schools are great and will boost my career in so many great ways, and I know that it is a privilege to have to decide between these amazing offers, but since I have a Syrian passport, I need to think more about my options after graduation. An MA from Yale can definitely support an American student to get into the state department or other governmental sector, but for an international student is it that useful? An MPA is heavily practical and NewYork is definitely a great hub for network, but will I be losing the academic sense of studies with heavily practical education. How I'm leaning: I am very much leaning towards the MA at Jackson. The program has more freedom, and I can obtain as much practical skills as I want, from the Yale School of Business or the management school. The community at Yale seems more supportive, while that at SIPA is more busy and life seems to hit them so hard in NYC that they don't find time to support (Or maybe I have such bad luck with SIPA students). However, I am worried that the most important factor of the masters degree is really the networking side of it. I do come with a technical experience for more than 8 years in development, but networking in a place with supportive faculty and alumni, would offer rather big opportunities.
  8. So I am a bit confused with the CIPA timeline tho it is rolling basis. I submitted on video interview on Jan 30th and still waiting...
  9. Anyone else going to the Admitted Student Day event on March 26th and 27th?
  10. Hello! I am excited to announce that I have been admitted into the Rutgers MPA program. I finally received my letter of admission. However, I noticed on the Rutgers Website that most programs send out additional information, so I am curious if I will receive I should expect to receive additional information, specifically scholarship information, before accepting admission. Please let me know if you have any experience with this program! All help is appreciated.
  11. Hi all, As some of you may know the UPenn Fels program received a complete makeover during the past two years and began admitting new students for fall 2020 after a hiatus last year. I am really looking for those with knowledge to provide insight on how the program has changed and information on how the program is looked upon in the MPA/MPP community. There seems to be very little information about the new program and previous quality insights are from old posts in 2012/2013. Thanks in ahead.
  12. Hello everyone! I was wondering if there are any PEPM (Columbia SIPA) applicants in this forum. It would be nice to share thoughts about the application process, and share together all the anxiety about the decisions of the admission committee.
  13. ¿Someone have obtained a response about the admission of the PEPM program?
  14. Is there ever any instance where MPP/MPA programs (Rutgers, Syracuse, Brown) that usually ask for GRE test scores willingly and eagerly accept LSAT scores for an equal replacement?
  15. These programs all want applicants who have work experience but: 1) What kinds of work experience are they looking for? I was in the Army before my undergrad, so there's 4 years, but places say they want "post-graduation" work experience. I like to believe they won't dismiss that just because it's what I did before undergrad. I worked as a line cook at a restaurant part-time in undergrad but obviously that isn't what they're looking for. 2) How do you get administrative experience (for an MPA) in just a few years out of undergrad with just a bachelors? This is what we're going to grad school for, why are they looking for it already from a bachelors? My biggest issue is that I will be graduating with an English degree. I was dead set on law school for most of my undergrad so I chose English as a good pre-law choice, but the more research I did, the more I realized I definitely did NOT want to go to law school and that public administration and policy was what I was actually interested in. It's not something I'm super happy about, but by the time I realized law school wasn't for me I was too late in the game to change my major, so English it is. I'm worried about trying to gain work experience in something related to the public sector with an English degree and feel like I should just apply to an MPA program with what I've got, meaning 4 years enlisted army pre-bachelors. I did a two year humanitarian church mission in Asia before that so I've got that as well, but any sort of admin or policy experience is nil.
  16. Hi all, I have been lurking on the website for a while and this is my first post. I am applying to MPA/MPP/MA in Intl Affairs programs for 2020 fall but now I am a little lost. I am an Intl student who went to a top US uni (top20) and graduated last year. I have been interested in international affairs and politics for a while (was writer for school politics magazine, did research in IR, etc) but eventually I went into investment banking after graduation. I was not particularly into banking but I guess I did not think about my career paths clearly before getting into finance. One year after doing the job I realized that banking really is too boring for me. I then quit and joined a multilateral organization as an intern (6 months) focusing on sustainable investment policy in region, while making plans to go back to the states for a MPA/MPP degree. I did my gre in Sept. and luckily got a full score (writing 4.5) Currently I am applying to SAIS MA, SIPA MIA, HKS and Uchi Harris + maybe stanford However, after spending some time doing research and browsing this website, I started to have a bit doubts. I kinda feel like I was too silly to just quit a high-paying job and jump into this field without knowing the difficulties ahead. I do know that a policy job for intl students is not going to be lucrative, but I don't really mind the salary as long as I really enjoy it and I am not starving. My issue now is I dont know if I am THAT into the policy field. Doing my current internship makes me feel like maybe politics and stuff are just my hobbies on the side. I know that I don't wanna go back to banking, so I am starting to think about maybe consulting or macroeconomics research or equity research in the future, while still exploring the policy sector after I get into one of those programs (like maybe world bank, IMF, Asia Dev bank, etc) My question is should i also apply to dual degrees in MBA? My dilemma is that I stupidly quit my job so I only have one year full time experience in banking + an internship before MBA. I think most private sector companies will look for those with 3-5 work exp post-MBA grads, let alone the fact that top MBAs normally don't take those with work exp less than 2 years. Thanks for your inputs in advance.
  17. Hi! My dream program is Harvard MPP, and I wanted to get some opinions on my chances, based on my background. Undergraduate degree: UC Berkeley Economics, and Political Economy, 3.7 GPA Work experience: 2 years of experience at a technology startup (IoT) in San Francisco with Biz Dev/Product Marketing roles; internships with a political party in India, The Scottish Parliament, and consulting companies Post Grad school ambition: Public Sector Consultancy for a couple of years and public administration in India (I am originally from there!) I am also considering other programs like Oxford MPP, and Princeton MPP. Please let me know if you have any advice/suggestions to improve my profile. (for instance, 1 more year of experience, in a government consulting role in India). Thank you!
  18. Hi everyone! Who else has applied/is applying to public policy programs in Canada for this fall?  So far, I've applied to the MPS program at University of Waterloo, the MPA program at Queens, and the MPP program at Munk.
  19. Hello all, My name is T, I am new here. My husband suggested I join the grad cafe as I have so many questions that my school won’t entertain. I understand why they don’t, after all I seem to be doing something that is extremely ill advised in their eyes. So here I am, hoping that I have not made a silly mistake. I will be starting my MPA program at Baruch College in the Fall of 2019. I am super pumped and also very nervous about what to expect. Additionally, some time in the summer, I will be starting a new job with the city. Also, super excited for this. I have always been a great student, graduated with a Summa Cum Laude in undergrad this year so I think I can take it. I mean I have always worked full time and went to school full time but is thinking this is possible for graduate school silly? Any advise would help a ton.
  20. Hey folks! Couldn't find a thread for 2019 waitlisted candidates for HKS so wanted to start one. Anyone from MPA/ID, MPP, MPA, MC hear back yet? Any ideas on when we'd get the first update given April 16th was the date to reply to decisions.
  21. So, TL;DR deadline day is coming up for me to choose on Sol Price at SC for my MPA or do my MA IR at NYU. SC will be slightly cheaper, but price isn’t a big factor to me as much as career prospects. From posting over at r/gradschool and a couple other forums it seems like MPA is more in demand and offers more diverse options, but I’m not sure. I want to go into politics longterm, but want to lecture at the uni level in the interim, which would require a PhD. Right now the real hold up is being worried whether or not I’d be able to do a PhD in IR without a masters in the field. Also public transport in LA is obviously really bad so that presents a bit of an issue. But I’m pretty much 98 percent committed to SC as I feel head to head, the MPA would be better to have over the MA in case things don't work out with applying for/doing a PhD. I would still be able to work in governmental consulting and the like. Another concern I have is whether or not I would still be able to work for the UN or do international work with an MPA. I know that Ban Ki-Moon, the former Sec General of the UN has an MPA, but other than that, I am not sure. I would really appreciate some advice. Background- MA linguistics Glasgow uni.
  22. I was admitted to SIPA for the MPA in Development Practice and NYU Wagner for the MPA in Public & Non Profit Management & Policy (International specialization) and was fortunate to receive funding from both. I'm aware that it's possible to request additional funding from each school, but as of now I'd be paying ~45k out of pocket for the 2 years at NYU and ~68k for the 2 years at Columbia. With a 22k difference (and this doesn't even include living expenses!), I'd like to know how Columbia's and NYU's programs compare (in terms of academics, internship & career opportunities, networking, practical skills training, faculty accessibility, etc.) and if I would be getting infinitely more from Columbia that would justify the extra 22k. Will I have better job prospects and networking opportunities if I go to Columbia over NYU? Is the International MPA track at NYU comparable to SIPA's MPA-DP program in terms of skills & material learned? How accessible & involved are faculty at each? If you were in my shoes what would you pick and why? P.S I want to work in program management / development for an international NGO or foundation upon graduation with plans to found my own organization in the near future (hence why those hard skills & networks are extremely important to me).
  23. Hey everyone! I've been admitted both to the Columbia Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences MA program and the University of Washington Evans MPA program. While they are very different programs, I'm very torn about where to go and would like to get some help. I am straight out of undergrad with a Bachelor of Journalism (which means I did not learn much professional knowledge in the business field) and want a career in data/business analyst, finance related after graduated from the program. Prefer to work in the States two or three years (for earning tuition back and raise capital) and then back to my home country and run own business in the long run. QMSS (2-3 semesters; 1-1.5 years) Pros: - Flexibility to take econ, math, stat, or other courses in MBA program (need to get the admission from the B-School) - Ivy, higher ranking university (well, there have so many people caring on the reputation of the university more than the program in my home country) - NY City, lots of job opportunities - Stem program (international students could apply for a 24-month extension of the post-completion optional practical training (OPT)) offered long- time for me to find a job Cons: - Too costly, you know the rent and daily expenses in Manhattan - Compact schedule for done all courses and a thesis in two or three semesters Evans MPA(2 years) Pros: - Ability to take multiple levels of master's level classes in different emphasizes: financial analysis - lots of internships opportunities - RA opportunities - Lots of resources with academics and students organizations - Could apply a concurrent degree/ certification in the B-school (UW Foster) Cons: - less famous in my home country compared with Columbia The main thing I want to figure out is which program would carry me more opportunities to get a good-salary job. Any thoughts and suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks a lot!
  24. Currently admitted/ prospective or alumni of Evans, what has been your impression of Evans for MPA degree? The corses, career opportunities? I am highly interested in policy making/analysis and I feel like Seattle is not an ideal place for that. So who reputed and prestigious is Evans name, would it help me in my job hunt? Please let me know about your impression and experiences in Evans. I have to decided between GPS, Harris (15k fuding ) and Evans and it is increasingly getting stressful! Thank you
  25. What are your thoughts on the programs reputation, class cohort and alumni relationship between GPS (UC San Deigo) and Evans ( Univ of Washington) for MPP/MPA? Hoping to enter in non- proft/ thinktank
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