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  1. Hey all, As application season is rapidly approaching, I'm feeling more pressure to refine the programs I'll be applying to this fall, and it's proven to be more of a struggle than I anticipated, and my university graduate advisors are not the best, which brings me here. A little about me: I graduated a little over two years ago with a B.A. double major in Economics and Political Science from a medium-sized regional university (a satellite campus of the University of Colorado). The academic side of my application is definitely my biggest strength: 3.9 overall GPA, 4.0 in econ classes, high distinction honors in political science, named the outstanding graduate in the department of economics. I did an internship for my city doing some cost analysis, two years of unrelated work after graduation, and I just started a year long commitment to Americorps VISTA getting work experience directly related to economic development. I've gotten pretty good letters of recommendation in the past. All that being said, as a double major I didn't have time to take pretty much any of the math requirements for graduate econ (Calc II and stats were the highest I went). I did take an advanced microeconomics course which was designed to be an intro to grad school courses and I felt like I grasped the concepts and applied math as something I could learn. I did some independent research for professors but nothing published. Also, my school is obviously not even top 30. I plan on taking the GRE in October, my diagnostic tests have put me 160+ on both sections but who knows what will happen on test day. I'm extremely interested in economics specifically as it relates to policy, development, and natural resources, but I love how the econ methodology can be applied to almost anything. However, I was most interested in the "fringe" econ courses I took in school like experimental economics and the Austrian school (seems grad programs like GMU that have faculty doing this aren't as respected, yet still require the quant background). I was also interested in the security studies side of poli sci. I'm mostly looking at PhD programs with funding, but I'm not opposed to applying to a masters program as a stepping stone. I could see myself in academia but I also would love to work for a policy think tank or something in the private sector. I'm passionate about the subject matter and have known I've wanted to go back to school for a long time but haven't due to personal circumstances. I'm really interested in studying the interactions of politics and economics. I guess my overall options I'm weighing are: 1) Go back to undergrad, take the opportunity cost of two years of catching up in math, and then apply to economics MS and phd programs which seem to have by far the best job prospects. 2) Go the public policy route this fall, I'm not sure what my prospects for getting into top schools (pretty necessary for a decent job in that field) and securing funding would be, or if I would be interested in the subject matter (I'm not at all interested in public admin). 3) Shoot for an MBA with an emphasis in econ and take it from there. I'm also still considering applying to some poli sci programs with strong faculty in political economy. I know this is pretty broad, but I'm just looking for any advice to not go into this completely blind, as it seems many people on here have regretted the decisions they've made when it comes to choosing programs. Any advice you'd have on how to approach this, school recommendations, other options I should consider etc. will definitely help me narrow this down, thanks!
  2. Anyone else apply to this program, and if so have you heard anything?
  3. 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?
  4. Hi everyone! I got accepted to both SFU and UoT for the masters of public policy program. I’m having a hard time deciding between the programs. I think my quality of life will be better in Vancouver as my friends and family are here, but I know UoT is more prestigious and I’m not sure if this will help with my future goals. In the long term, I’d like to change the policy around mental health services in communities and in prisons. Any advice??
  5. Hey guys, the final deadline for the MPP application was 25th January and while we wait for the decision, let us connect here and get the conversation going. Surprisingly this is the 1st thread for Oxford BSG MPP. Thanks.
  6. Hello I come from India, and I'm final year undergraduate student in political science honors. I have admission at Hertie School in Master in public policy. I have a 35% waiver. However, the course fee is extravagant still. As I will be taking a loan IF I plan to go to Berlin, I am very much concerned about its repayment. So, what do you think says the Berlin job market for MPP international students? Any additional information about Hertie will help me make this choice!
  7. Hi all, a fellow message-boarder noticed there wasn't a Sanford 2019 thread yet...so here it is!
  8. Im am looking at IR and policy policy masters and looking to work as a government analyst, private sector (consulting or political risk) or at an NGO. I eventually want to earn a policy oriented or political science PHD 5 to 10 years down the road. I was accepted to Pittsburgh (GSPIA, MIPA security and intelligence), Denver (Korbel, MIS), and UCSD (GPS, MPP). My aid situation is as follows: DU-Korbel 30k (15k a year but still the most expensive) Pitt-GSPIA 28k (14k a year and the cheapest school and cheapest living costs) UCSD-GPS (no aid awarded but instate tuition for second year makes it cheaper than DU) I like all the programs, especially DU and Pitt, but I will know more when I visit UCSDs student day tomorrow. Trying to decide if the prestige of DU is worth the cost vs the east coast location of Pitt vs the dream location and quant heavy program of UCSD. I know I probably cant go wrong with any of these schools but I gotta decide by the 15th of April. I also have about a year of graduate research experience, a graduate certificate in National Security and Intelligence, and a paper publication and conference presentation under my belt. Any insight on the schools and the decision is welecome!!
  9. 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
  10. 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?
  11. Good Afternoon Everyone! Long time lurker here looking to get advice from random other forum members. I have used the results search a lot to help make my list and applied to 10 schools this year, before being accepted to 9. I feel like I have no bad options going forward but am worried about taking on too much debt for an MPP / IR Master's. After graduating, I plan to work for USAID if possible, although these spots are difficult to get, and those positions pay $70-90k for starting salaries for candidates with Master's degrees. I'm open to other jobs as well but want to aim for that at the moment. I want to study international development and economic policy in school, but would love to integrate a few language classes and GIS coursework in there. I think I have enough money to cover my living expenses but not tuition. I don't have any undergraduate debt. Getting a Master's is something of a career switching option for me. My options at the moment are: SIPA: $40-60k in loans needed Fletcher: $35-55k in loans needed SOAS in London (1 year): $15-20k in loans, depending on one fellowship still pending Vienna Diplomatic Academy: $10k in loans Ford Michigan: $35-55k in loans Carnegie Mellon: $20k in loans UVA Batten: Free Ride UT LBJ: Free Ride and stipend the first year after receiving a language fellowship from UT I think Ford is too expensive, but they will waive tuition if you get a teaching assistant position, which I want to do anyway. I'm leaning towards UVA or UT. SIPA and Fletcher get a lot of flak on this forum and I just don't know if I want to have the mental burden of having that many loans. I can imagine the alumni network is amazing from SIPA and that in twenty years maybe I will be proud that I got a degree from Columbia, but being a student in New York sounds awful to me in many ways. Carnegie Mellon isn't standing out to me although I think they really, really put in the work to build a diverse student body (no application fee, lots of outreach, etc.). I think the program focuses on hard skills, which is a great thing but doesn't have as much flexibility for more traditional area studies. SOAS and the DA would be awesome for the location, but it really is hard to beat free. I know these schools aren't always the most popular or traditional, but I would love to hear y'all's thoughts on these schools and prices. Thank you!
  12. 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!
  13. I haven't seen a topic for Sanford for this year. Has anyone received any updates or know of any dates?
  14. 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.
  15. Hi all, I'm in an extremely lucky position of getting to decide between GSPP and HKS for an MPP starting in Fall 2019 (hope many of you all are as well). If funding weren't an issue, which would you choose? What are the major factors you would consider? As context, I'm a native Californian and am interested in local/state government policy creation/implementation. I anticipate winding up in CA long-term, but wouldn't mind a short break back east. It's hard to know exactly what questions to ask or what aspects of each school I should weigh in making this decision, so all comments and thoughts are appreciated. Thanks!
  16. Hi all, I am currently having a hard (but sweet) time deciding between these two great schools. I am an international student and hope to stay in the US for at least a year or two. My target employers would be NGO and International Organizations like the UN. And as I know, the international can get a different visa type if working in NGO/IO to stay (not H1B) so it would be nice. I don't know if I should consider more about Harris' s solid quantitative courses and the study atmosphere where social life might not be a large part. The data analytics skills will definitely give me more leverage on job hunting since I am an international student and hard skills can be a thing helpful. Anyway, I would love to hear some advice and more information on what you know, the jobs in UN/NGO or whatever. Thanksssss!
  17. 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 !
  18. I got admitted to Georgetown MPP and UCSD MPP. Interested in getting more training in quanti skills and applied approach to policy analysis.I'm unsure which program has more solid quanti courses based on real-world cases. If considering taking policy analysis in research companies, which program has more advantage on location? I've heard that most internship at DC is focused on NGO or think tanks, what's the situation in Cal? Another concern is the high cost in DC. I'm excited to hear your thoughts on the strength and weakness of these two programs. Thank you !
  19. I am accepted by Harris during their EA section. It is a great surprise as I dream about joining a rigorous academic community like UChicago all the time. Anyway, I try to get more detailed info about the school before I make the final decision, and I'm mostly considering about two aspects of it: 1. I recently noticed that the class size of Harris, especially MPP program, has been generously increasing during the past several years. I'm a little worried that the greater class size may sometimes lead to less attention from professor and career service. I heard that Harris had moved to a new building in December, 2018, so I assumed the continuing expansion was carefully planned. However, I am looking forward from any current students or candidates of Harris to sharing some personal opinions. 2.I'm an international student who enjoy economics and math, so one reason for me to apply for Harris is that I can have a wonderful opportunity to dive myself into these fields, and I always think about pursuing a doctoral degree of policy after my MPP program. I was told Harris is a good place for doing research and developing an academic path comparing with other top policy schools in US. I will be so grateful if anyone could share some standpoint towards this topic with me. Thanks ahead for your time and help!
  20. Hi, I have an admit from the MIPP program at SAIS with negligible funding. I just wanted some feedback for the program. Is the program recognised, is there scope for a non-US citizen to get employment in the US post this program? Since it's a 9 month program, is the length of the program enough for one to learn? Feedback, advice and help here would be highly appreciated. PS: I am also awaiting results from the MPP program at HKS and LKY
  21. 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!
  22. My best GRE score is 158 Verbal / 167 Quant / 5.0 AWA. This is my third try and I am not sure if I can improve next time.... I got my bachelor's degree from middle-high university in Asia and GPA is around 3.5.. I am hoping to get into Chicago Harris, Columbia SIPA, JHU SAIS, Cornell CIPA. ( I know that I am aiming for high schools) Of course there will be many factors when it comes to admissions and I do understand that my score is in the same range. BUT THE QUESTION STILL REMAINS..... Should I retake the test again to strengthen my application?
  23. 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
  24. Hi all So I'm getting a late start on this stuff. I am actually in the middle of applying/receiving decisions for law school and have suddenly realized that I have no desire to be a lawyer after law school (better later never!). My goal for pursuing law school has always been to pursue a gig doing policy analysis and figured law school would be the best route. Only problem is the debt just isn't worth it. So, now I am planning on applying to different MPP programs. My undergrad coursework was very economics-focused and included multiple statistics and econometrics courses, so I'm hoping the quant aspect of these programs won't be too daunting. I would prefer to start fall 2019, but I realize that I am getting a VERY late start and finance packages may be slim as we are heading into rolling admissions. A couple thoughts: a) is it worth it to apply late into the cycle and try to start Fall 2019 or b) should I wait until next cycle? For reference I've included a couple stats about myself below sub3.0 GPA- BS in Economics from top 20 public, state school (concentrations in Macroeconomics and Quantitative Theory) took my first cold GRE prac exam and got 157V 154Q (159 LSAT) 4 years of full-time work- currently working in public finance doing policy analysis and implementation I'm still kind of in test taking mode since taking the LSAT within the past couple months, so hopefully I can use that momentum to get some effective studying in and boost that GRE score. Im shooting for 315-320. I'm very new to the grad school realm of forums (law school reddit is a wild, wild place), so any advice would be very helpful. Cheers Funkycat
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