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  1. 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!
  2. 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?
  3. 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!
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. 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!!!!!!!
  8. Cornell CIPA 2018

    I'm starting this thread to connect with other applicants to Cornell CIPA 2018.
  9. This is my first time posting so here it goes: I'm hoping to apply to graduate school next cycle (2018, entering fall 2019) and I've started the process of looking at graduate schools for public policy. This will be my second year of working since undergraduate, and I think after three years of solid work, I'll be ready to take the next step. My GPA in undergrad over all was a 3.64 and I graduated with distinction. My degree was an Interdisciplinary program involving Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Some of my coursework involved calculus, statistics, research methods, and advanced microeconomics. I have not taken the GRE yet, but I intend to in the spring or summer of 2018. I worked for a disability protection and advocacy group my entire senior year of college, and now I currently work for a non-profit research group focusing on public health issues. I know that healthcare policy is my area of interest, with particular focus in areas such as Medicaid, rural health systems/access, and mental health treatment. I do have other tangential interests, such as juvenile justice and opioid addiction, but they are not my primary areas of focus at work. When I've evaluated schools, I have looked at general requirements, the type of jobs that graduates get, and the centers offered by the program. Additionally I look at the price and funding opportunities, along with the location. I'll be honest, I've moved around in my life, so the idea of finding a school and staying in that state (or at least in the region) is very appealing to me. Being a native of the Midwest and then attending school in the South, I have a certain proclivity to those areas, though I currently live in DC (I wouldn't want to attend school here though). Some schools that have caught my eye are the following: 1. University of Minnesota (Humphrey) 2. University of Wisconsin (LaFollette) 3. Duke (Sanford) 4. Carnegie Mellon (Heinz) 5. Georgia State University 6. Georgia Tech University I'm open to other suggestions and thoughts about the schools above, but I am most interested in what else I should think about when evaluating a program and what type of questions I should be asking. Any advice would be appreciated, since I know all of you are quite thoughtful! If you need me to clarify anything, please let me know.
  10. Hi, I have completed my Bachelors in Engineering (IT) and am currently working in the same field. Since a very long time I have been wanting to leave the IT sector and pursue a career in either Government or national/International NGO's. And hence, I am looking forward to pursue MPA from a decent university in USA. Given my mostly irrelevant background and work experience, can someone please tell me how easy/difficult it is going to be for me do follow my dream? Will I be accepted into a good enough program that can kick start my career in the field of my interest? Also, please suggest programs I should apply to. Any suggestion will be of great help! Thanks in advance!
  11. I'm currently looking at about 5 different grad schools for an MPP. I keep hearing (and reading here) that I should strongly consider what the career services for each school offer. For a professional degree like the MPP, it will be very helpful to have a strong career office at the school (and alumni group) that help place students in related careers. The thing is - how do I do that? What is the best way to compare or evaluate a school's career services offices? (Do I trust the school and call the admissions office? Or ask current students) If any of you have any experience doing this, I'd love to hear it! FYI I'm applying to these schools: UCSD, UCLA Luskin, USC Price, UC Berkeley Goldman, and UChicago Harris.
  12. HKS 2018

    Hello, Has anyone applied to HKS many times and got dinged? What should I do? I was admitted to MPA/MPP at other Ivies and other programs at Harvard (GSD and GSE). Since HKS is my dream school, I decided not to attend any program. Any advice would be appreciated!
  13. Syracuse MPA Questions

    Hi, I was wondering if anybody has any experience applying to Maxwell recently and can give their insight? What I am interested in is about the rigor of the program since it is one year, and also the average amount of funding the give to students since this will be huge aspect for attending. I recently tried to look at the accepted page but there was not any recent numbers to support this. Also what would be an average GPA/GRE score to be competitive?
  14. MA then PhD, or just PhD?

    I am currently researching the the prospect of getting a PhD in Political Science. My research interests are in american and comparative politics, specifically institutions and institutional analysis. My research interests align most with scholars such as Barry Weingast, Gary Cox, Douglas North, Elinor Ostrom, and Robert H Bates. Obviously, I would want to get into a top 10-20 PhD program. However, I have a checkered educational past. I went to undergrad at a top research university, majored in history and minored in political science, and got a 3.4. I then went to get a dual degree JD/MBA. I hated law school and did poorly, and got a 2.7. In business school I did better and got a 3.5. It wasn't until after graduating law school that I realized I truly didn't want to be an attorney, and that my passions were in political science, research, ideas, and teaching. I have almost no math experience, as I took no math in undergrad. The only math experience I have is in business school, where I took a single stats course and a corporate accounting course. I still have yet to take my GRE. I have read in these forums that you need to have taken quite a bit of quant classes in order to be competitive in top schools. Currently working as a research assistant for a scholar at a right leaning think tank (not sure if this would hurt me advertising this on my resume) Based on the above info: 1) Should I pursue a terminal masters program in political science or a public policy degree in order to make up for my deficiency in math courses, lower GPA, as well as to try and get research experience with political science professors so I can get good letters of rec? 2) The only people I could get a letter of rec from are the dean of my business school, an econ professor from my business school, and one of my law professors who I'm very close with. Are these sufficient, or should I pursue a masters so I can build relationships with professors in poli sci to get letters of rec from them? 3) If getting a masters is not a good idea, is there anything else I can do to bolster my resume (besides the obvious getting high GRE scores)? I spoke to a current PhD poli sci student at UCLA and he told me he didn't think it was necessary to get a masters. Thoughts?
  15. What do you want to do with your degree once you graduate? Go on to get a PhD, if so where? Local, State, or Federal gov't, doing what and where? It seems as though most people on here are going to fancy ivy league schools the rest of the population can only dream about. I had to look up what most of the acronyms stood for. That should be another thread in its own.. Me, I want to be a town manager of a small to medium sized area in the mountains or the coast.
  16. UNC Pembroke Fall 2017

    Anyone else just starting here?
  17. Anyone completed the MPA at UNC Pembroke? It's part of the UNC School system like Chapel Hill at a fraction of the cost. Looking for thoughts.
  18. I'm in an online MPA program, is anyone else doing this and if so how do you stay motivated? I enjoy the program but sometimes wish I was in a brick and mortar.
  19. Hello! I'm looking to see what ideal GRE scores are for MSW applicants? I'm planning on applying to UNC- Chapel Hill, UGA, UT-Austin, UMichigan, UI-Chicago, and FSU as of now. I know ideal score may vary from school to school but just trying to get and some insight to what scores admissions are looking for, I would really appreciate it! Also, if anyone has any other school suggestions that offer Dual Degree Programs with an MSW and an MPH or MPA please let me know as well!
  20. Hi guys, I'm from Pakistan and am interested in pursuing a graduate policy degree abroad. Can you guys share a list of universities which are known to either give significant amount of scholarship/aid or have inexpensive base tuition rates, specifically for international students? Include universities from all over the world, but please do mention universities in the US as well. Also, is HKS known for giving aid/scholarship for its MPP program? And if so, how much? Thanks!
  21. Graduated in 2013 and was planning on attending law school, but decided that I ultimately do not want to practice law. Instead, I'd like to work in congressional politics. What MPA (or similar) programs would be recommended for someone with: 3.7 GPA Years of teaching experience abroad Interest in working on the Hill My top choice so far is GWU's MPA. I'm also considering taking the GRE to expand my options, but after months of studying for the LSAT the thought of studying for an entirely new test is daunting. Thanks!
  22. I've decided I want to go back to school after working in the political and nonprofit sectors since 2008. I'm not looking to go to school to switch career paths, but rather to allow me to do even more in the field and expand my focus to international issues. I'm interested in MPA or MPP programs that have a global focus. Some of the programs I've looked into that I've been most drawn to are Columbia SIPA, Harvard Kennedy, and NYU Wagner. Are there other programs folks would recommend I look into? I also have no point of reference for whether those three schools are unrealistic or "reach" choices. My undergrad GPA is only a 3.3 from Portland State, and I have yet to take the GRE, but will be taking that this fall. My work experience is mostly in political campaigns. I've worked on several campaigns, ranging from local to federal races, candidate and ballot measures, and have held positions from organizer on a presidential campaign to field director on a mayoral race to finance director on a US senate campaign and campaign manager on several local races. For the past two and a half years, I was running an environmental program for a national nonprofit. I also have experience in state government and political consulting. If anyone has programs they think I should look into or thoughts on whether I'd be a good candidate for grad school, I'd appreciate any insight! It's been a stressful decision to head in this direction, but I feel I'll be able to expand my knowledge and skill set and ultimately do more good with grad school.
  23. Hello! Has anyone done the USC MPA program in Sacramento or University of San Francisco's MPA program? What did you think of the program? How were your job prospects upon program completion? I've taken a look at both programs' curriculum and I find both appealing. My main concern is whether the USC program is worth the price (~$71K) and whether the USF program is considered a "distinguished" program in the eyes of employers (gov/non-profit sector). Thank you in advance!
  24. Hello folks, I am currently exploring MPP/MPA courses in the USA with an intention to apply for Fall'2018. I am specifically looking at courses which combine Public Policy with Science/ Analytics/ Data Science like UChicago's MS in Computational Analysis and Public Policy (MSCAPP) , CMU's MSPPM- Data Analytics Track. I have a bachelor's in computer science and engineering from India and 2 years of work experience as a big data engineer at a reputed MNC. In addition I have considerable amount of part-time public service experience and I am working on a project that applies big data in the development policy space. Considering my profile, what are my chances of getting admitted into such courses at the top schools. More importantly, since I am an international applicant, what will be my the job prospects post such a graduate education? What are the job prospects of a policy student specializing in data analytics? Is the data analytics segment of such courses strong and rigorous enough to land me a job in the private sector in case the policy space does not have the desired openings? Also if you know of any good programs along these line, please do recommend Any help will be greatly appreciated
  25. Hey! I'm going back to the U of A for the MPAD (Public Administration & Nonprofit Studies) and I'm sure I can be a great resource to students who are also starting their graduate careers, but are new to the area! I don't know about y'all, but I really like getting to know people before orientation. If there was a Facebook group, I would have joined it already!