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  1. Hey there everyone. I am a BSc Economics and Political Science 2020 graduate student, looking to start MPP by 2021 fall. I have to ask what kind of jobs should I look for because the NGO I was working with has shut down without giving me any certificate etc. Any job recommendations are welcomed.
  2. Hey everyone, I'm new to this forum and have never posted in places like this before so I apologise in advance if this is the wrong place for my post. I'm a Canadian student at an okay university in Canada. I would like to pursue a master's degree in IR/global politics/public policy or something along those lines. Ideally, I would like to study in Europe, preferably at LSE. I am also open to applying to other schools like Sciences Po, King's College, and maybe even the Graduate Institute in Switzerland. I have a year of school left and my cumulative GPA is a tad bit under 3.4 but I am hoping my extracurriculars can compensate for this. I am majoring in political science and have taken very basic courses in economics and quantitative research methods. I speak three Asian languages (one of them fluently), French, and English. Extracurricular Activities: -wrote articles for online international relations publications -served as a Regional Director for an international affairs publication -started an IR publication at my uni -served as president of a major political club -did model UN -currently a student mentor -currently an advisor at a think tank -volunteer at a legal research centre Work Experience: -I have roughly 2 years of work experience -interned on programs, policy, and community engagement for a royal charity -interned at the federal foreign affairs ministry in the international trade section helping businesses export and in the FDI team I don't intend to study beyond a master's degree and plan to work in government for some years and then maybe and international org like the UN or in government relations for a company. I was wondering if I could get some honest input on what my chances could be based on your experience or based on the experiences of people you know. Open to hearing any advice/suggestions you have and looking forward to hearing your experiences! Thanks!
  3. For all those waiting it out
  4. Decisions are rolling out. Got a message from the GPS admissions office that my application has been "nominated for admission"! Now I'm just waiting for official communication after review by UC San Diego's Graduate Division. Anyone else got in?
  5. Hi everyone, I am a rising junior at Duke - studying public policy and political science. I'm considering applying to Duke's 4+1 MPP program. I would start the MPP my senior year. I am currently on 100% financial aid as an undergraduate. My concern is whether it make more sense to wait until senior year and attempt to get into a higher ranked program like Kennedy, Ford, Goldman, or SIPA. Or whether I should study for the GRE my junior year and attempt to get into the 4+1 program. Is there an actual difference in the quality of education or career outcomes between these insitutions for the MPP? I am most interested in social policy: immigration, wealth inequality, education. I would like to end up in federal or state government.
  6. Hello, everyone. I'm starting the MDiv degree at Harvard this fall, but I'm also interested being dual enrolled in the Kennedy school with an MPP. If anyone has any insight on how to pursue this or what opportunities it may bring, I would really appreciate it!
  7. For all those waiting it out for Oxford
  8. 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.
  9. Hey everyone - I realize it's only April, but I figured I'd get started on the HKS thread for 2019 matriculation. A little about me: I'm a 2010 grad from a competitive small liberal arts college, 2012 masters in city planning from an ivy (both with honors), worked in public finance consulting for three years, now working as a civil servant in a policy office in transportation. I'm active in a few LGBT causes, and have a fellowship with a large, international professional organization that focuses on urban revitalization. I'm taking the GRE in August. I'm attracted to HKS and other MPP programs that offer programs in domestic policy, economic development, and urban policy. I'm nervous but excited to go through the application process, and to be nearly 30(!). Currently brainstorming essay topics, and how to best hone my story. What about you?
  10. 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.
  11. For all those waiting it out
  12. For all those waiting it out
  13. Hi all, I just received an offer from HKS MPP program, with no scholarship offered. I am currently debating whether I should take the offer or go for the MA program at SAIS in DC, which provides me a $40k scholarship per year. What are your thoughts? In the long run I am interested in development economics and international affairs. I may do a PhD after graduation as well, but nothing is set yet. I am really keen on to take the MPP offer but 40k per year is no joke.... My family is ok to support the MPP tuition but I feel bad letting them do this. Thanks.
  14. Hi All Newbie here. I am planning to apply for a MPP focussed on Science and Technology Policy / Cyber security policy. I have 11 years of experience and am currently working in the Private sector with a IT consulting company and doing Cybersecurity consulting.Since i have an engineering background, and do not have friends or family that have done an MPP before I am reaching out to you guys to know what are the job prospects upon graduation from a MPP focused on Science and Technology. I am interested to know the following: 1. nature of work - what is the nature of work that graduates do on a day-to-day basis after completing MPP focussed on tech policy from a decent school 2.Pay scale range - approximate pay range in private sector for MPP graduates 3.Can International students work in the US Public sector ? 4.Will I be eligible for STEM OPT if i take this course?(I am an international student ) Many thanks in advance.
  15. Hi everyone! Wanted to kick off a new thread for those of us who are applying to the Hertie School 's MPP or MIA programs for a 2020 start. Hopefully we can share any info, experiences, advice as we go through the process. Happy chatting!
  16. I received offers of admission from UChicago Harris (MSCAPP) and CMU Heinz (MSPPM: DA track), and I'm certain that there are others out there facing the same choice. For what it's worth, Heinz has offered more funding than Harris (once again, I doubt that I'm the only one in this situation). I'm not even sure how to weigh the pros and cons of the two programs. To people who are currently in one of the programs, how do you feel about it? And to those trying to decide between the two options (or held offers from both places in previous years), what factors did you consider?
  17. Hi all, I have been admitted to the Hertie School of Governance starting Sept 2020 and have been offered a scholarship of 25%. I have a research background for a Management consulting firm for about 4+ years. I am confused about the offer since I will have to take a loan for the remaining 75% of the amount and I don't have any German language skills as of yet. As I will be taking a loan if I plan to go, I am very much concerned about its repayment. What are the job prospects and how much time does it take to pay a loan of ~24.5 thousand Euros with an average salary after MPP. Looking forward to your thoughts.
  18. Hi all, One of my most preferred programs (Harris MPP) has put me on their waitlist. Would anyone with experience in getting off the waitlist for MPP programs be able to provide insights as to if there's anything I can do to increase my chances? Thanks ahead.
  19. Hello, hive mind! I wanted to know the pros and cons of going for a lesser known STEM program (UC Berkeley Master's in Development Practice) v/s a better known non-STEM MPP/MPA (e.g. SAIS, Harris, SIPA, etc.). I'm not eligible for most scholarships, and the chances of receiving financial aid from either school are quite slim. STEM OPT is useful for international students who could potentially accelerate their career by working with reputed organisations in the States for a few years - and help in paying off education loans a lot sooner (compared to working in my home country post-Master's). However, in terms of placements and getting a foot-in-the-door at the very least, a better known program will likely open doors for more number of opportunities. Both degrees are useful in terms of offering the flexibility to customize the degree as per one's desirable focus area. Aptitude for STEM coursework is also not an issue, even though I'm a Business and Liberal Arts major.Welcoming guidance from anyone and everyone who has an opinion on this choice!My background: have 2+ years experience in field research with multilaterals + US university-affiliated DevEcon research firms in a third world country - mostly in the area of poverty reduction. I wish to continue working in organizations and nonprofits but as an early career professional, I'm sector-agnostic at this point. By that, I mean that while I'd ideally like to proceed with my work in international development, I'm also open to switching to other focus areas (e.g. gender, energy) if my interests match Thank you in advance!
  20. Anyone else going to the Admitted Student Day event on March 26th and 27th?
  21. 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.
  22. Figured I'd start a thread for MPP 2020 hopefuls! I know it'll probably be at least another month till we hear back but we can communicate and share info on this post in the meantime ☺️
  23. Hello all! I hope everyone has had a good application season for those who applied this year. I'll be applying for MPP programs this fall (to enroll in 2021). I'm mostly planning to apply to California programs (pretty much all of them - all the UCs plus USC and a few others). I studied Chemical Engineering, so I have a rigorous quantitative background, but I haven't taken any economics (other than a non-AP high school class). Is it worth the tuition to take an online microeconomics class before applying? It's one of the only things I've noticed is listed as a prereq, but most schools don't actually say it's *required* for admission. In case it's at all relevant (probably it isn't) I do have some familiarity with Econ through work experience, as I work with lots of economists. I also have a high quant GRE score. I'm very grateful in advance for any thoughts you all have! Thanks!
  24. Dear GradCafe community, I’m an international law attorney currently working in India for a mid-size law firm and I’m planning to move to the UK for good; looking to transition into a job involving more of policy advocacy and policy analysis. I have applied to both Cambridge (have already received an offer, waiting on scholarships) and Oxford (waiting to hear from them) for their respective public policy programs; however, I’m unsure of the prospects which might be there after a public policy degree from the prestigious Oxbridge. I do have the right to work in the UK, but quite sceptical about the preference, if there is any, given to the MPP graduates when it comes to policy roles there. Also, I want to do a debt-free degree as I can’t afford to go into debt whilst planning to move to a different country as it would already take up all my savings. Therefore, I’d appreciate it if anyone has any comments regarding Public Policy programmes from Oxford and Cambridge, and how good the chances of securing a job are in the same economy after a degree? P.S. I have a 3-year international law experience, and I am also working as a research scholar with a research organisation.
  25. Hi all, I'll be graduating in May with an MSSW and I plan to return to school but I'm struggling deciding which degree to pursue. While I enjoy the clinical aspect of social work and the ability to give therapy, I realized that I'm really interested in advocating for disadvantaged populations on a macro/systematic level. I want to study social systems and policies and create interventions and solutions to problems in the real world, internationally and domestically. I'm really passionate about social justice and I'm looking into Master's of Public Policy programs and considering applying. But I don't know the likelihood of me being accepted as I have no formal training in policy and my bachelor's is in psychology. Which brings me to the next part of my question... Having studied it in undergrad, I'm really passionate about psychology and I can't shake the idea of wanting to further my studies in the field and receive the highest degree in psychology. I've been looking into Phd Psychology programs that have a developmental focus. I'm specifically interested in studying human behavior and childhood/adolescent development and using this understanding to inform interventions. I know Georgetown has a dual MPP/PhD Psychology program which sounds ideal for me. While Georgetown's is renowned for the policy program, I don't know about the quality of their PhD Psychology program. But I cannot find many other dual degree programs like this. (I have been looking into NYU's Psychology and Social Intervention program). Also I don't have much research experience, and I know this is a priority in PhD Psychology programs, so if I decide to apply to Phd Psych programs, I would first have to get research experience under my belt first. So that's my dilemma. Do I get a Master's Public Policy/MPP? Or a PhD in Psychology? Or try to do both? Any advice, direction, or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
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