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Hello all, I am new to GradCafe (although I have updated the results page at least 3947202749358 times for my two rounds of grad school admissions over the years). My decision is between two fairly different schools/programs: 1) Analysis and Policy in Economics (APE) Masters at the Paris School of Economics (PSE) and 2) Master of Science in Computational Analysis and Public Policy (MS-CAPP) at the University of Chicago (UChicago) Harris School of Public Policy. Both seem to have a good reputation in their own realm, but some pros and cons for both (as I see them): PSE Pros: - Thesis degree (I already have a non-thesis MS in Biomedical Engineering, and it doesn't really mean much because of the lack of research.) - Economics degree (Ultimately I am interested in sound policy, but more from the public and developmental economics perspective.) - Combining the first two, it opens doors to an econ PhD if I discover I really like academia - PSE has decent name recognition (6th in RePEc), especially with Thomas Piketty PSE Cons: - Paris (Definitely a pro in many ways, especially since I love Paris, but I am from the US, so people back home may harbor less-than-fair feelings.) - I am afraid the econ theory is going to overwhelm the inner engineer in me, who cares more about empiricism than assumptions that don't hold in real life UChicago Pros: - Data science, machine learning focused, compared to traditional MPPs (I have interests/a background in machine learning and pattern recognition from my first masters.) - Interdisciplinary with computer science (I've used Matlab, Python, and R for school, but I am definitely lacking, and could use more theory in data structures, algorithms, etc.) - Practice over theory (Internship required between the two years) - UChicago name (Although it's not their econ department, I feel like the university is generally more known than PSE... Economists feel free to chime in!) UChicago Cons: - Non-thesis degree (I don't know if it's worth getting another masters without research, especially if I end up wanting to apply to econ PhD programs.) - I have heard policy jobs can be held by econ grads while the other way is not always true (CBO, World Bank, UNDP, etc.) Please assume money is not a problem; I have ways to fund both programs. Please help!
Hi, Can one apply for Harris School, University of Chicago, MSCAPP program scholarship through Joint Japan World Bank Scholarship (preferred list) ? Alternatively would be grateful if one could assist with STEM scholarships for international students ? Many thanks!
Got accepted to both programs. Goal is to be working in places like UN Global pulse which use tech methods to solve public policy problems. With this I know that Harris' MSCAPP program will fit my description to a T. And I also like the programming courses they have, which keep my options open if I even want to move to the tech/private sector. However, the NYU have advantage in location. I'm also an International Student so some focus on International Policy would also be more applicable to me in the long run. Any thoughts?
Got waitlisted by University Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. anyone else get this decision? its my top choice in program and was wondering if there were any suggestions/advice on improving my chances of getting off the waitlist.