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  1. 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!
  2. 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?
  3. Practicing attorney --> HKS MPP?

    I'm currently a practicing corporate attorney for a large law firm (3 years experience) and would like to transition to the public sector. Does anyone know the stories of any US lawyers who were admitted to HKS's MPP program? I've come across a lot of JD/MPP candidate profiles but have yet to come across an MPP candidate who already earned their JD.
  4. 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.
  5. Would anyone be willing to look over my rough draft of one of my SOPs for an international affairs program? I'll PM you what I currently have and what my concerns are! Thanks in advance!
  6. I am 21 years old, Indian, graduated from my 3-year BA (Honours) Applied Psychology from University of Delhi this year with a good GPA. I have two research papers in psychology published in the International Journal of Indian Psychology, both of which are quantitative. After graduating I got into the LAMP Fellowship (Legislative Assistant to Member of Parliament) where I have been working with a famous MP who was previously a movie star (mentioning to relate to something else later). The fellowship is for a year, and I will finish it by May 2018. The work is so so vigorous, right from the Union Budget to analysing bills to making bills. My GRE IS 325-340: 161 Verbal 164 Quant and yet to receive AWA scores. In college I was a fellow with A Million for A Billion where six months I used to travel to a remote location away from my college which was affected by floods, and build three models of social entrepreneurship there to revive employment and tourism. The first was a telemedicine health center where i trained workers in the region, the second was a teddy bear making model where we trained women in the region to make and market teddy bears, and the third was a rural tourism model where we took volunteers from the city to the region to impart their skill sets (most important skill set imparted was the art of street play for community mobilisation ). I presented this project at the United Nations Population Fund headquarters in NYC and UN Women Headquarters in NYC this year, and attended the UN CSW Youth Forum too. I don't know if my work ex will be counted as these six months plus my work till now as a LAMP fellow or one year in LAMP fellowship (because I will have spent one year in it before joining the college) and the work in the flood affected region. My LoRs could be from my two professors who absolutely know me well and will vouch for my competency, and my mentor at A Million for A Billion who also knows me well and will vouch. Should I replace any of these with a recommendation from my Member of Parliament? She does know not me THAT well and I am not sure if it'll be as good as the professors... My professors are both PhDs and one has been a fullbright scholar too Oh and I forgot to mention, I am a spoken word poet. I won the National Youth Poetry Slam in India last year and went to feature at the International slam CUPSI in Chicago this year. I have too many laurels in spoken word poetry, have judged and won many many slams, performed at major events in the country. I write mostly for social change.. poems on empowerment, of my gender, my community, my people, or mental health. I have also done and won few MUNs in my college life. Have been a speaker at TEDx-es and nominated for several Woman awards. The experience of working with an MP who also hails from an artistic career but chose public service is deeply humbling because I aim to do that too: to choose public service over a career in spoken word poetry. I don't know if the above matter but am I competent for a HKS MPP? Am I also good enough for scholarship? I do want to apply this year and i don't know how commonplace or different my profile would be. Need opinions because applying to grad school is a costly process for me and i can't risk it.. Only other school i can consider is NYU. (Feels so indulgent to give a profile out there which reads so boastful or atleast pompous to me, but I wanted to present all facts clearly just as i would be presenting on my application)
  7. Hey all! I applied for the MPP program on October 1st and am (im)patiently awaiting an answer from Hertie, as this is by far my top choice. I know it's really early in the season, but has anyone else applied yet? So curious when we'll start getting responses!
  8. I took the GRE for a second time the other day and ended up with the same score as my first try (164V/153Q/5.0AW) (haven't gotten AW back, but expecting it will be around the same). I'm applying to Harris, Georgetown MA Security Studies, SIPA, and Elliott and am worried my low quant score will lead to an automatic rejection. I have a strong GPA and graduated with a stats certificate, so I'm confident in my math abilities to pursue these degrees, but I struggle with math on standardized tests, hence the low score. SIPA's EA deadline is Nov. 1st and Harris' is Nov. 27th (these are my top program choices), but I won't be able to take the test again until after those deadlines have passed. Is it worth delaying the applications until the January deadlines if it means taking the GRE a third time to try and get quant higher? Or would it be sufficient enough to explain my background in the application? Thanks in advance!
  9. 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!!!!!!!
  10. Cornell CIPA 2018

    I'm starting this thread to connect with other applicants to Cornell CIPA 2018.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  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. Hi there! I'm looking at UChicago's public policy programs and I'm confused about the distinction between two of their options. They offer the MPP through the Harris school with a Global Conflict policy area or an MAIR through the Committee on International Relations with the option of applying for a dual MAPP degree through Harris. I'm interested in international policy and have been primarily looking at MPP programs before entering the workforce (likely in either the non-profit or public sector). My initial concerns with the two programs (and why I'm asking for a differentiation) is that the MPP won't focus on international policy enough to be worth it whereas the MA/MA dual degree is more geared towards individuals seeking a PhD program in the future (which I am not). If anyone has some insight into either or both programs from a student or applicant's perspective, that would be appreciated!
  16. Am I A Good MPP Candidate?

    I've recently been thinking about getting an MPP degree. I was initially looking into law school but soon came to realize that public policy (specifically educational policy) is where my passion ultimately lies. However, I worry that my background will not be enough to gain admittance into most MPP programs. Fast Facts: Senior History Major from Creighton University (minors in political science and digital humanities) 3.6 major gpa, 3.38 total gpa No GRE scores yet but practice tests indicate I will be above the minimum threshold Limited Math and Econ Expierence B+ in Micro junior year Virtually no math experience since high school Soft Skills Leadership Position in Fraternity Volunteered for local mayoral campaign College Democrats I realize this list is barebones, but I'm simply wondering if MPP programs will even show interest in me given my hard liberal arts focus and relatively weak econ/stats/math background. Any information you can provide would be extremely helpful as most of the departments and faculty here are clueless as to what MPP programs typically look for.
  17. 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!
  18. Hello everyone, I am unapologetically paranoid about graduate school admissions. My undergraduate grades fluctuated quite a bit. I attended a community college for two years receiving a 3.4 GPA. I then transferred to a top 75 liberal arts college where I received a 3.2 GPA. My total undergraduate GPA works out to be a 3.3 which is not very good for more competitive programs in international development/public policy. I was hoping that I could get your feelings on my chances at admissions at Columbia SIPA and John's Hopkins SIAS. Other things to consider. I served in the Peace Corps in Africa for two years Taught in Asia for 1.5 years. Conducting research in Central America from July 2017-July 2018 I won and declined a Fulbright ETA grant. In total, I will have 4.5 years of international work experience before my program begins. My brother is a current undergraduate student at Hopkins and is researching at SIAS. I think that I will have rock solid letters of recommendation from undergraduate professors. I completed three internships during my undergrad and work 20+ hours per week. Tell me what you think.
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. Hi guys! I will be joining U of T this fall session for my Master's in Public Policy at the School of Public Policy and Governance. Is there anyone else who's coming to U of T for the same? Would be great to connect with my future classmates Likewise, it would be great to connect with my seniors on this course. Looking forward to meeting you all super soon!
  22. Hey guys, I have been a silent lurker on this site for a long time! I've finally decided to post with the traditional "what are my chances" post! Hoping I can get some advice on here for my applications to MPP programs. I understand that no one here is an expert and can give perfect answers, but some direction about how my profile stands will be very helpful in deciding I am looking to apply for fall 2018 for MPP/MPA programs to mid-to-top-tier colleges such as SIPA, IHEID, LSE, LKYSP, Fels', Sanford.. Still working out this list of course, but essential a course that focuses on overall development policies, good combination of theory and practice and a flexibility in courses, esp quant (ie, not quant heavy). My application background is as follows: Undergrad school: B.A in Economics (major) with sociology and political science majors from top 5 arts college in India GPA: 3.6 with an undergraduate thesis Other qualifications: Diploma in leadership and liberal arts from a competitive and renowned fellowship program Work Experience: Currently 1.5yrs in a not-for-profit (social enterprise incubator and investor), 1 month of development consultancy work in Vietnam and 1 yr as a co-founder of a social enterprise GRE: 160V/158Q Volunteer/Public Service experience: none since graduating college. I was much more involved in volunteering in college (head of social action club, publications, and editor of a few department magazines) and internships in think tanks Look forward to hearing from all of you and learning more as we go through this grueling process soon! Thanks!
  23. Hello, I'm interested in the one year Master of Science in Public Policy program at NYU's Wagner School. It seems like a pretty unique program to me, and I'm having trouble finding any information about acceptance rates or thoughts on past applicants. etc. Does anyone have any thoughts about this program or is anyone else applying/does anyone know any admissions statistics? Thank you! - M
  24. Hey guys, hoping I can get some advice on here for my applications to MPP programs. I'm literally just starting the process and am simply looking for some advice/direction. My application background is as follows: Undergrad school: University of Chicago (degree in economics) GPA: 3.1 Work Experience: currently two years in the private sector (both are fairly notable jobs). I'm currently a senior manager overseeing a $50M yearly advertising budget and two employees at a startup. GRE: 168Q/162V w/ 5.0 writing Volunteer/Public Service experience: none since graduating college. I was much more involved in volunteering in college (tutored for all 4 years) but once I started working, I didn't really have time nor was I planning on applying to MPP programs. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I've come to realize that working in the for-profit space is not for me and will not satisfy me in the long-term. I'd like to transition to non-profit/policy/government roles, specifically in the econ development space. After graduating, I had always thought I would pursue an MBA or a business related masters (eg Masters in Financial Engineering) which is why I took the GRE and which is why I have very little volunteering/public service experience since graduating. I have a few questions that would be really helpful if answered: (1) I believe the biggest holes in my applications are my GPA and my volunteering / public service experience. There is nothing I can do about my GPA now (hopefully my GRE scores can help offset) but in regards to volunteering / public service, I plan to get involved asap. However, if I am applying to graduate programs this fall, would 3-4 months of volunteering truly be enough to display my interest in transitioning from for-profit to non-profit work? If not, should I instead apply to programs in 2019? (2) How should I approach letters of recommendations? What do admissions counselors look for? For my letters of recommendation, I never really developed genuine relationships with my professors from undergrad. However, I can absolutely get letters from my former supervisors. Although they can't speak to my ability to succeed in public service, they can speak to ability to succeed within an organization (quantitative, leadership, soft skills, etc). Is this enough? (3) This might sound like a really stupid question but is it possible / normal to reach out to schools and ask to speak with their admissions counselors for advice? I live in SF and would love to reach out to admissions counselors at Berkeley but I'm not sure if this is a common practice. (4) I'd like to go to a program in or near NYC (my fiance lives there). Do you guys have any idea on what types of schools I should be focusing in on? Is Columbia SIPA a stretch for my profile?
  25. So I have decided I want to apply to an MPP or MPA program but I have to admit that I'm confused on where to apply. I want to work at a place like the urban institute, or another think tank but I'm not sure what schools can lead me to that path. Currently I'm working with AmeriCorps VISTA and living in the Midwest, so I'm looking at a number of school in my area and schools that give large tuition cuts to AmeriCorps alums, so places like Minnesota, Wisconsin, Brandeis, and Duke. My big question is... will it be incredibly difficult to land a job at a place like Urban (or a job in DC) if I do not go to school in the mid-Atlantic area?