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  1. Greetings, Long-time lurker, first-time poster. I figured it might be worthwhile to get a reality check from some of my peers on here, as you all would know better than many of the real-world people I know about the MES world and what their admissions processes look like. I could really use some perspective and context about this matter, so some feedback would be greatly appreciated. I am in an unconventional situation where: a) I am adamant about transitioning into academia/the humanities to study the Middle East with a focus on the intellectual history of the Levant and Ottoman Empire. b ) I have a B.Sc. in Business Administration from a top 50 public school in New England, where I double concentrated in Finance and Production Operations Management, and double minored in Statistics and English (GPA 3.20). c) my work experience in the four years since graduation has been at a tech start-up that has no relation to my academic interests. d) I do not have a thesis or any worthy research papers to provide as writing samples, (although I do have some critical analyses from somewhat pertinent (i.e. post-colonial studies) classes that I could tidy up and submit instead). On the other hand, these are the merits and motivations that compel me to pursue education in MES: 1) I quit my job a few months ago to focus on making this transition and explore my academic interests. That has involved me traveling throughout Turkey and the Arab world, as well as studying a lot of pertinent academic and literary texts on my own (Said, Massad, Ahmed, Soueif, Saleh, Hafiz, Darwish, etc). 2) I speak (and write/read, to a lesser extent) Arabic fluently, having lived in Jordan during my high school years (although US born, I am of Palestinian origin). I am currently in Palestine volunteering on a construction project, but my intention in the next few months is to relocate to Turkey (after finishing up with grad school apps) to learn and experience the Turkish language/society. 3) The more I study, the more interested I become in understanding the world through the intellectual lens of the Arab world, as reflected and informed by its cultural artifacts, society, and intellectual history. 4) I have long been interested in (and intermittently engaged) in the politics and affairs of the Arab world (ex: I founded and led a Students for Justice in Palestine coalition on my campus, attended the international Arabic debate tournament in Qatar on behalf of my university.) 5) I am privileged in the exposure and access I have been afforded in the Middle East over my lifetime: I have spent extended periods of time getting to know many villages/communities throughout Palestine, I know Amman and its society extremely well, and I have lived in two different emirates in the UAE. I have read literature from all over the Middle East. 6) I am in a fortunate situation where I do not need to go into debt to pay off a terminal MA 7) I have somewhat compensatory LORs in that they come from my more academic literature/humanities professors, and not from my quantitative/Business professors So, considering all of the above, what I need help figuring out is: 1. Considering my irrelevant academic and professional background, not to mention relatively low GPA, do I even stand a chance at getting into a reputable program in the US? From my research it appears that most academic (as opposed to security/intelligence)-focused programs are housed at the nation's most elite institutions, and thus I am looking to apply to the following programs (Columbia MESAAS, Harvard CMES, NYU, Princeton, UChicago) - Am I missing any programs, particularly ones with easier admissions? Are British universities (SOAS, Oxbridge, King's) more merciful in that regard? 2. Is there anything in particular about my profile that I should emphasize in my SOP - anything I already have that grad school admins love to see? - The way I see it, I am lacking in GPA (taking the GRE next month) and academic background (save for my English minor), but I do have the language skills and the regional experience in addition to a strong personal interest in the academics of it all (enough to be making a deliberate career pivot, as I am). After all, this is a passion-driven endeavor I am undertaking. Are any of these points particularly valuable? 3. Is a college essay entitled "The conflict of Afro-Islamic Spirituality and Western Modernity as depicted in “Ambiguous Adventure” going to cut it as a writing sample? Considering I do not have a mentor/professor to advise on the process, would it still be better if I wrote something more pertinent/up-to-date from scratch? - Frankly, I just do not have many papers from my undergraduate that are in excess of 10-15 pages, let alone ones that are of material relevance to the programs I am applying to. My hope was to edit this paper thoroughly and use it in lieu of a research paper or thesis. 4. Can my unconventional background as a Business major and tech industry member be regarded as a positive? If not, are there any obvious ways in which I could spin it as such? - I worry that I was incorrect in my early assumption that my background is not a serious hinderance to my prospects, and that it might in fact help me stand out as a truly interested/invested candidate. Is that baseless? Looking at this forum and the MES/poli sci undergrads wielding 3.8+ GPAs, three languages, and highly relevant experience... I begin to doubt the value of my earnestness to these grad admission boards. Thank you, thank you, thank you for reading all of this. I look forward to getting some guidance from any fellow hopefuls or admittees - any context/perspective will help me evaluate how to best allocate and apply my efforts. Your responses are greatly appreciated!
  2. Hello; I'm Sleiman, from Lebanon. I've been nominated by the U.S. Embassy for 2018-2020 Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship at the United States. I'm studying a BE in Electrical Power and Machines Engineering (150 Credits) in Lebanon. My CGPA: 3.93/4 TOEFL ibt: 100 GRE: Quantitative 161, Verbal 151, Analytical Writing 4 I need to submit 4 university selections so the the Fulbright program will run 4 applications for these universities. Finally, I'll be sent to 1 of these schools upon receiving an admission offer from them. I need to study a program in electrical engineering with concentration of energy/power. Also I might consider an Msc of Energy Systems or Energy Engineering. Please provide me with some university choices that I can apply for them according to my credentials: GPA, GRE and TOEFL scores. Thank you!
  3. 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
  4. NYU International Education

    Has anyone heard back for the International Education MA at NYU for fall/summer 2017? Decisions were out by now last year but some years it looks like they took closer til the end of March. Or has anyone spoken to admissions and have an idea when they'll go out?
  5. Applying to NYU SPS

    Hey! I'm thinking about applying to HRMD SPS for the fall semester. Did anybody in SPS, in general, have to submit a GRE/GMAT? I heard you have to submit a GRE or GMAT if you graduated college recently. Also, If you applied to SPS how was your application process? Do you think it is fairly easy to get in? Thank You
  6. NYU Financial Aid

    I was accepted to Steinhardt on March 23rd and still haven't received my financial aid award. The financial aid office keeps giving me the "it should be ready in 3-5 business days" runaround. Has anyone else received their financial aid package from NYU? I'm starting in the summer so it's really ridiculous that fees are due for summer classes in 3 weeks and I don't even know if my financial aid will even be here in time to pay for it. This is also preventing me from being able to register for summer classes.
  7. Hi everyone! I'm an International Student. I applied to NYU's Tisch School of the Arts MFA Dramatic Writing Program from December 19th and I was told that notifications are sent out ANYTIME between MARCH 1st and APRIL frickin 15th! I am going crazy!!! It's almost the end of March and I haven't seen ANY applicants on this site with a decision for this program. In fact, I think one of the key committee members has been out of office for 1 week or so, with no "return date" in his automated email reply, so I don't know when he's expected back. I don't want to keep emailing admissions to annoy anyone, but this is ROUGH! At least with Brown University, they stuck to the date they gave (although it was just as long of a wait). At least they stuck to their date. Tisch, I don't know what's taking them so long... I mean... they have 1 month AND 15 days and I haven't seen ONE decision on the Results Search page... sigh... I'm also waiting on Boston U's MA Journalism which I was told would be out by next week.... but Tisch.... what is going on in that dept? Does anyone know? Thanks!
  8. I am not a very good student over all, GRE scores were in the mid 140's and got a 4 in writing. My cumulative GPA is 3.48 but in my speech courses it's only a 3.0. I am desperately trying to find Speech Pathology masters programs that are not ridiculous to get into. I'm asking about NYU because I spoke to an advisor there who was VERY optimistic about my getting in. Compared to everyone else I've spoken to, this was a major relief and is even making me consider paying the stunning $76,000 for the degree!! Anyways, this advisor told me that NYU does not have a cap on how many students they accept into the online program, and do not even list their GPA and GRE requirements online because they want to encourage all students to apply even if they do not think they have very good scores. I would like to hear from someone who has gotten into the program or knows any information about it whether or not this is true. I am strongly considering the online option, but would also like to know whether the in person MS program is more difficult/competitive?
  9. Hi all! A prospective Media Studies MA student here in need of a little guidance. I've been accepted to the Media Studies program at New School and the Media, Culture and Communication (MCC) program at NYU with similar funding offers (about 40% merit + some need). I have housing in New York, so I'm confident I'll end up choosing one of the two for Fall 2016. I go to a small liberal arts college without any kind of media/communications department, so my professors know very little about the programs. Same goes for me, aside from basic stuff about faculty/quality that convinced me to apply in the first place. I'd be thrilled to go to either, and both have some faculty members who fit comfortably within my area of interest. I can't seem to find much on either program, however. Does anyone have any information/thoughts on which would be a better choice? Which I might be getting a better value for -- i.e., is my scholarship offer rarer at one than at the other -- or which is more esteemed/respected? I'm also thinking of doing a PhD, but maybe not immediately, if that helps at all. Honestly, I'm looking for any details I can get right now. It's a big decision, after all. I'm at a loss right now, so if anyone has any thoughts, please post! I'd appreciate it.
  10. Review of New York University (NYU) Masters in Economics 1. This is a poorly ranked university brand that has risen very quickly in the past years (circa #100 to #50) due to excellently executed strategy. 2. The undergraduate population is wealthy, middle- and lower-third intelligence and limited extra-curricular interests. 3. The library is poorly stocked, overcrowded and noisy - students go there to chat. 4. NYU is extremely expensive - $45,000 per year for a Masters programme may look on a par to LSE and Duke, but it is twice Oxford, twice Cambridge and three times the other East Coast programmes such as Rutgers, CUNY - but you are in New York. They have zero financial aid for Masters and no scholarships in Economics. 5. However aggregate expense at NYU includes cost outside of tuition. Food on campus is unhealthy and a very expensive $15 for a meal; room rent is exorbitant at $2000/mo for shared bedroom (elsewhere locally $1300-1500 is common for your own room a few streets away). NYU makes no attempt to hide that it is overcharging for the privilege of a New York student campus. 6. NYU employs some of the most prestigious names across all disciplines - you will likely have seminars or lectures with them and have read their commentary in the newspaper. They are not all good lecturers, invariably their quirks lend themselves to prefer research above interaction with the student population, unless you are exceptionally bright. 7. NYU has executed well a very clever strategy - pay up for big name Professors who win Nobel, Abel and Fields medal prizes. Pay up for good graduate (PhD and Post-doc) researchers. Pay up for anything to get citation and research rankings high. 8. The cost of the strategy is: expensive financial burden for Bachelor and Masters students. Limited quality of social and sporting life in the university. Resultantly no social feel or community. The undergrads that are attracted to this are pretentious and wealthy, or lonesome. 9. Employment prospects are low. NYU is not an Ivy League, and not a top 25 overall school. Even if one department is strong, as this is, the university name is absent from recruitment lists for top banking and consultancy jobs. If students get those roles it is through excellent personal connections: your blanket job applications to Goldman Sachs, Citadel, McKinsey, Societe Generale front office will not pass the first sift. 10. Wholly recommend leveraging NYU’s strategy if you are a stipend receiving PhD or a junior Professor in central New York - perfect! Otherwise the cost/benefit ratio is very, very poor and the future payoff unjustifiable. Worth it? If you want to work in PWC then sign on.
  11. I am sure some of you are waiting on NYU's MCC MA program -- so let's wait together! I am REALLY into this program and would love to know they are just that into me too...