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  1. amaka26

    HKS 2019 waitlist

    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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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!
  4. indecisivemf

    Impression of Evans_UW

    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
  5. indecisivemf

    GPS VS EVANS

    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
  6. indecisivemf

    Prestige vs Affordability

    Hello Everyone, Accepted to: Harris (MPP) Scholarship 15k Evans (MPA) some fellowship UCSD GPS was not considering it until it gave me full scholarship Maxwell, Boston (MAEP), GW: no aid Leaning towards: Harris. for its reputation, courses and faculty members. I want to work in the quant side of policy analysis which Harris is known for. But I will have to take loan to afford it and it is a VERY expensive school Evans: I plan to concentrate on policy analysis for MPA so I can study courses I am interested in without breaking the bank I have never been to chicago and liked Seattle. Hoping to work for a think tank! What are your suggestions? As a first generation college student having to take all these decisions by myself is very overwhelming. I am always afraid that I will regret the decision of choosing one over the other. Thank you!
  7. Hello, Is anyone interested in non profit/thinktank are considering Evans? What are your thoughts on Evans? What made you decide to attend or not to attend Evans? I tried reaching out to Alumnis on Linkedin but I have not heard back :(. How is their alumni network? I think it is very regional specific but I liked Seattle and Evans has given me solid funding. Any alumnis, or prospectinve students what are your thoughts about it?
  8. 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!!!
  9. 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.
  10. Hi everyone, I have a bit of a head scratcher here. I have just been offered two opportunities about attending two amazing masters programs, and would love to have some external input. Below are my offers: Carnegie-Mellon Heinz Masters of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM): 2 year program with 50% tuition scholarship (about $50,000 total) Syracuse Maxwell Masters in Public Administration (MPA): 1 year program with $38,000 merit scholarship, graduate assistantship where I will be compensated $15,800, and a $5,000 transition stipend for each each summer I attend (about $58,000 total) I love the Heinz program because it is quant/programming based, and will provide many "hard" skills that I would want to be putting towards my public service career. I love the Maxwell program because it offers me an opportunity to work as a researcher while pursuing my degree, and will ultimately push me "up" towards my goal of a Ph.D in policy rather than "out" into the job market. My ultimate goal is to work in policy for a few years before returning to school to pursue a doctorate in policy. The focus of a future Ph. D would be to work in the industry (think tank, non-profit, governmental agency) before transitioning into academia as I get older. Any feedback would be great, and feel free to fill out the poll! Thanks!
  11. striveto_!

    HARRIS MPP V.S. SIPA MPA

    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 !
  12. Stacy_85

    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. Any update ?
  14. Hello I am a prospective MPA/MPP/M.Dev student and I have applied to a couple of policy and administration programs for the Fall 2019 session. My grades in my earlier education are not good especially in Statistics and Calculus. I am not too hopeful that I will be getting admits at good colleges this session as my essays were also not upto the mark. I am ready to put in serious efforts for the next year application cycle and I want to start with the prerequisite courses (Stats and Calculus). I was wondering where can I take such courses for which credit are accepted by colleges like HKS, WWS, Chicago, Sanford etc (Coursera and eDx are not accepted as mentioned in the college websites). Although open to both online/offline, my preference remains online courses as I am located in India. Please let me know Thanks
  15. Hello to all, I've been ask to do a video interview as part of my application process to do an MPA at Cornell (CIPA). They said that the questions haven been pre-recorded, and that I could do it at any time. I have some questions I was hoping to answer here: 1) Have any one know what type of question could I find? 2) Does this mean anything regarding my application? Thank you a lot!
  16. t44t44

    Online MPA Advice

    Hi everyone! I need some insight! I have about 5 years of professional work under my belt (all nonprofit, in development/fundraising) and have recently decided that I need an additional degree/accreditation to get myself where I want to go, career-wise (more into policy/program management than development). I already have an MA in the humanities (literature). I don't really want to work in local/federal government and am more interested in private/international/policy-based organizations. I am looking at online MPA programs because at this point I just can't afford going back to school full-time and need the flexibility to keep working. The thing is, I don't know where to start in choosing a program! I have been researching options and so far my top 4 are: American MPAP (I like the policy element) Rutgers MPA (well-regarded program) John Jay at CUNY MPA (I have a particular interest in criminal justice!) USC Price MPA (really really highly ranked) I also have UNC, Johns Hopkins, U Nebraska-Omaha, UPenn, and Columbia on the list (Columbia is offering a fully online MPA come 2020!). I know that at the end of the day an online degree and a brick-and-mortar one are the same to employers, and as long as I work hard I can get the same out of an online degree as I could a traditional one, but I have no experience with distance learning so I just don't know what I am really looking for when deciding where to apply/attend. I know this is a really big investment (time and money) so I want to make sure I make the right choice and balance prestige with quality of learning and value. Do any of you have any experience with these online MPAs? Insights into what I should look for when deciding? Other programs I should be looking at instead/in addition? Ideas where I should turn for further advice? Any and all input much appreciated! thank you!
  17. TalkPoliticsToMe

    MPP GRE Score: 307 low?

    Hi all, Is a score of 307 too low for funding consideration and/or admission? I am not great at standardized tests which is why I am debating retaking it. 5.5 Writing 153 Q 154 V My undergraduate GPA is 3.33 (3.60 in my major). Schools I am applying to: Michigan (Ford), Duke (Sanford), and Chicago (Harris). Thank you.
  18. Hello. I'm looking to submit a bunch of applications in the next couple of weeks and I'm not feeling so great about my SOP. I'm looking for feedback and criticism to tighten my SOP before submitting. I'm applying to a bunch of environmental management programs and MPP/A programs, with an environmental specialization.
  19. 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?
  20. madisonian

    Grad school chances

    Hi all, this is my first post here. I am currently a junior studying political science and looking at MPP and MPA programs for grad school. I have a list of schools and was wondering if anyone could tell me if I am fit/recommend others? If I need to provide more information please let me know. Academic in College:GPA: 3.69/4.0National Collegiate Honors Society Member Pi Sigma Alpha honor society member of three organizations I write articles for a policy journal at my school 3 internship experiences(2 with state senators/reps, 1 in DC)I will have great essays and letters of recommendations from advisors and professors.Race - WhiteGender - Male From: Illinois, go to school in Wisconsin(state uni)If I do not have a realistic shot at these schools, please let me know what other universities would be a good fit. Thank you and I will chance back.
  21. TeacupKid

    Am I competitive for an MPA?

    I just got my GRE results back yesterday...I got a 155 Q (58th percentile), 163 V (93rd percentile) and 5 Analytics (92nd percentile). I worry that my quant score is lower than what a lot of schools want; I'm aiming for Brown's Watson School, CIPA, SIPA, and Fletcher, primarily. I'm a poli sci undergrad major now at an Ivy League school; my major GPA is a 3.54 but my cumulative GPA is lower due to a disastrous first year. I'm also playing up my fluency in Arabic as a selling point for myself...should I retake the GRE or lower my expectations for schools?
  22. Hey guys, I have applied to Baruch, NYU Wagner and Northeastern Uni for an MPA (FALL 2019). Previously, I did apply to NYU for an MA in Global Affairs - specializing in International Law (which I got accepted) and St. John's Uni for an MA in Sociology (also accepted). However, I decided to reject both and reapply for an MPA for various reasons. I run an intl humanitarian org (started in 2016) and already manage 1.5 million budget and large team, won a couple of awards from local US officials and intl orgs, I worked in higher ed, and also law office as paralegal. I also spoke at UN sessions in NY and Switzerland on conflicts. Sat along with US officials on panels, etc. My BA was in Sociology, but with so much going on at the time, my GPA was overall a 3.2 but my major GPA was a 3.7. My recommendation letters are from top executives at a college, college adviser and also a colleague who is currently an editor for a program at Harvard. My last minute change did not allow me to take the GRE and I know that for Northeastern Uni they don't ask for it and Baruch, you can opt out with a 3.0+ but NYU WAgner was strongly recommended + a video essay which was done professionally (i submitted). What are the odds of getting in? Once the MPA is done, I am studying for the GRE so I can enter a PhD program in International Relations or Public Policy. Also the price tag for NYU Wagner is huge. IS it worth it if an applicant already has good connections to think-tanks, orgs, UN, etc? I am eventually planning to apply to PhD programs at NYU, Princeton, Columbia, Northwestern, etc.
  23. Hey everyone. I'm looking into MPA programs to apply to this year or next year and I'm desperately hoping to find programs that are critical of the aid/development machine and that don't flinch around topics such as slavery, colonialism, the racial wealth divide, capitalism and neoliberalism, etc. This post greatly resonates with how I feel about the field of international development, both academically and professionally. I was pursuing a PhD in a humanities field but have gotten so tired about just talking, writing, and teaching about these topics. I'm ready for a degree that will equip me with the actual skills and background I need to have more of an impact. That's where (I'm hoping) the MPA comes into play. I'm of the solidarity mindset: "nothing about us without us"; working "for" and "with" as opposed to "on" or "about" communities; global economic and social justice as opposed to decontextualized aid, charity/philanthropy, and consulting. The idea of making a living by telling people in "developing" countries what to do is a huge turn-off. I'm hoping to find meaningful work where my role can be that of a well-trained and well-connected ally, leveraging resources and my sphere of influence, and working directly with vulnerable, marginalized, oppressed, and exploited communities, to reach the goals that they themselves wish to see come to fruition. I also want to avoid the whole Global North/Western/white savior narrative. Is genuine Global North/Global South solidarity even possible, despite being so fraught? A relevant piece of personal context: while I grew up in the U.S., my family immigrated from Latin America (I was actually born there myself), so I can relate to feeling a profound human connection to these topics beyond the statistics and policy memo bullet points. Also, I pass as white (I look unmistakably Western European) and am very conscious of the privilege this gives me. I would love your advice on which grad programs to consider. I'm looking at some of the usual suspects: Princeton, Harvard, Columbia, Georgetown, Tufts, Johns Hopkins, the LSE, Sciences Po, etc. I was pleasantly surprised by the MA in ID at the University of Sheffield, as it seems to approach development from a wider spectrum of perspectives, but it's a one-year program and isn't specifically an MPA program, even if it does have a lot of overlap. The LSE has a really awesome MSc in Empires, Colonialism, and Globalisation, but it's more of an academic MA. However, it seems like MPA students can take some of their electives through that program, which is an exciting possibility to me! Harvard's MPA-ID program doesn't necessarily give me major woke vibes, but they do offer a cool course called "Getting Things Done" that focuses on participatory development that actually benefits those whom it purports to serve. Do you think that being overtly critical of development in my application (like in the Statement of Purpose) is too risky, or worth a shot? I can't tell whether I should "play along" with the mainstream development framework just enough to get accepted, and then seek alternatives to it once I'm in. Or, instead, whether I should be bold and true to my values, but risk alienating most programs from considering me. I'd love some feedback from like-minded folks who care about social justice, especially if you're also pursuing an MPA or a similar degree, or, have been there, done that, and feel similarly disillusioned with the field of ID. Thank you for reading, friends.
  24. Hi Everyone! I am applying to HKS, WWS, SIPA, and SFS. Harvard Kennedy School is my dream school, and I wanted to know what you guys think my chances are: GRE: 164 Verbal, 163 Quant, 4.5 AWA Education: NYU Stern School of business, Major: Business (concentration was Marketing). GPA: 3.4 Work Experience: Currently work as a policy research analyst for the NYC Department of Transportation (8 months), worked at Unilever’s Future Leaders program for a year and a half prior this role Non-Profit Experience: Director of a non-profit I joined my freshman year, organization was small but I arranged a meeting with the Prime Minister of India and so popularity skyrocketed – also proposed a highly-impactful program within the organization that highly scaled impact. Part of two other large Indian non-profits currently, on the leadership board of one for their young professionals chapter. International experience: Travelled to 35 countries over the past four years, volunteered abroad in Tanzania and Bali, upon returning I fundraised to expand the school I worked at in Tanzania from primary to secondary school (experience featured in an article on usblastingnews). Travel photographer with 10K followers on Instagram (handle @travelwithkrishna) Analytical experience: A’s in all statistics courses (freshman statistics, Time Series Regression, Multivariate regression and analysis), A in calculus, B+ in macroeconomics and B in microeconomics LORs: One from a professor, one from CEO of non-profit, one from Manager at unilever. Should all be solid. Concerns: My undergrad GPA is low as I developed a severe skin condition my sophomore year, and was very sick and depressed. I took a semester off my junior fall and my condition healed, but it severely impacted my grades both sophomore year and junior spring (transitioning back was very hard.) I explained this in the optional portion of my application – but do you think it is far too low to be excused? Thanks so much for your help ?
  25. Hey guys!! ? I think it is about time to start this year's application thread. I'm sure many of you have already started the application process and some are finished. I hope this thread will help you in ways it can and give you as much info on schools as possible. I am applying for the third time (due to financial reasons could never accept the offers), you know what they say third is the charm. Personally i will be applying for MA in International Relations/Affairs with concentrations in Development and Human Rights. Best of luck to all of you and hopefully this time i actually get to go to Grad School And below are the schools that i would be applying to for the Fall 2019 term: Yale Jackson Institute of Global Affairs Baruch CUNY Austin W. Marxe School of public and International Affairs Penn State school of International Affairs University of Georgia Seton Hall University My UGPA is 3.6 i will have worked 2 years by next summer. My GREs are in the 153s not that but i will try to work with it.
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