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  1. Hi guys, I'm an international student with an economics degree from a top Canadian uni. (But I am not a Canadian). I was admitted to Johns Hopkins SAIS MA in DC, Heinz MSPPM-DA and Cornell CIPA MPA In general, I was struggling with a stronger interest in macro research (SAIS) vs a possibly better employment outcome from a STEM degree (Heinz) I found myself more interested in macroeconomic research + international relations. So SAIS is more closely related in that regard though the curriculum as many overlaps with my undergrad degree and less quantitative focused (Econ waiver exams, self-study in data analysis and possibly CFA is the way to go). But as an international student, the best way out is probably the RA position at IMF, then jump back to macro research in banking sector in London, Hong Kong, Singapore..etc But SAIS MA might not be competitive enough comparing to a finance degree. Also, SAIS's alumni network is the strongest and I do find that we have shared academic interests and career goals. 2. Heinz MSPPM-DA is a STEM degree primarily focusing on data analytics + public policy. The curriculum is rich and challenging for sure. The class size of the DA track is much smaller than SAIS (50 vs 200+). The employment outcome is much better at Heinz as DA/DS is always on demand. But many DA track alumni work in tech. Eg, data scientists in FANG, which is not the path that I wanna pursue. But I do think the MSPPM-DA is a great program for training digital transformation consultant. I'm interested in digital consulting in public sector, just a bit more interested in macro research. 3. I'm more leaning toward the first two programs. CIPA definitely shows its flexibility of taking a variety of courses but I think narrowing down my focus and get specialized in one domain will be much more beneficiary in the job market (for the next 3-5 years). However, please share your thoughts on CIPA as I might miss some really good opportunities there. 4. OPT: MSPPM-DA program does allow me to potentially work in the U.S. for a longer period of time. But TBH as this point, I'd prioritize personal growth over locations, meaning I don't mind relocating to Asia, Europe or anywhere that will accelerate my career development. So OPT will probably be a secondary priority. 5. I did receive funding but the amount of funding received for each program. I got the most from Heinz > = SAIS > CIPA. But there's no huge gap in funding received. So I guess the question is really about the program and employment outcomes. So, I'd love to hear your thoughts, comments, advice or just anything. Thank you and appreciate it
  2. 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!
  3. Hi, I have been admitted to CMU's MSPPM Pittsburgh track. I understand that it is a Masters in Science degree. However, I could not find any written material saying MSPPM is a STEM affiliated degree and the graduates are eligible for OPT extension. I absolutely love the program and everything it offers. But I really need to know if I will be eligible for the OPT extension post graduation. Can someone please clarify this? Thanks
  4. Does anyone know how likely it is to get a GA position at the Heinz College without qualifying for Federal Work Study? Thanks!
  5. I am deciding between CMU Heinz MSPPM and University of Chicago's Harris School MPP. Harris: #4 by US N&W Report in both social policy, policy analysis; Heinz: #7 in policy analysis Switched places from the last USNWR rankings for policy analysis, but both clearly top-tiered and quantitatively strong. For financial aid, Harris offered 10k/year and Heinz 24k/year. Which one should I choose? Does anyone know much about the differences between these two programs? Thanks!
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