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  1. Hello! I have taken the GRE last month and got V:164, Q:161 and AWA: 4.5. I am planning to apply to the top 5-10 Political Science programs in the U.S. (comparative). My GPA is around 3.90, and my undergrad school is among T3 in Canada. I have 3-5 reliable references (all received their Ph.D. from T5 in the U.S.) and a relatively original and quantitative writing sample, though not a publishable one. Do you think, given the current cycle's conditions, I should submit these GRE scores to the schools that have made it optional? Or do you think I should re-take the test be
  2. I am new here, so I apologize if this topic has been beat to death. I received my undergraduate degree from a no-name, low ranked LAC because of some issues I had in high school. I accepted this less than ideal situation and tried to do my best while I was there. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a 3.93, and I was the top ranked political science student in my class, not that there was many. I got As in statistics, methods, all my poli sci classes, and I wrote a heavily quantitative departmental honors senior thesis I hope to refine and use as my writing sample. I have been working
  3. Hi all, My first post on grad cafe- wahoo! I have a question regarding GPA and how much trend matters for admission into top-20 poli sci phd programs. My overall GPA currently sits at about a 3.5GPA, however, this is due to my first 2 semesters averaging a 2.96, while the following 3 semesters have averaged a 3.9GPA. There a couple of reasons for this split that are unimportant, but the question still stands- how much does this trend matter? Will they evaluate me as they evaluate any other applicant with a 3.5 GPA, or will they put more emphasis on my recent coursework? Obviously GPA is a
  4. Dear all, My specialism is political thought and intellectual history. At top US institutions like Princeton and Harvard, would I have a greater chance of admission if I apply for PhD programs in history, or in political science? Which field is less competitive in top research universities? Thanks, Dem
  5. Hi everyone, I'm spending days and nights trying to decide which programs to apply to and whether I even should apply to PhD programs. My profile is below, and my burning questions follows. Undergraduate Institution: Top 25 liberal arts college (depending on which list you look at) Major: Policy Studies, Economics (Minor in Philosophy) Cumulative GPA: 3.94 GRE: Shooting for around 162Q, 166V Letters of Recommendation: My options are - my thesis advisor who I have known since my first semester (tenure track/international politics), a professor I did research with
  6. First, I owe a big thank you to the entire gradcafe community. As a lurker, I learned quite a bit about everything from GRE prep to which programs are more academic vs. more professionally oriented. I'm coming back to school after a few years working, so it's been really nice to have a support system (even if none of you know me). Long-Term Goal: I'm 95% sure I would eventually like to obtain my PhD in Political Science and do a mix of teaching, researching, and consulting. Short-Term Goal: Lacking peer-reviewed pieces, I think the best route is probably to do a Master's degree and
  7. I've been accepted at Columbia and Duke's M.A. programs in polisci. I have until May 31 to decide. I am technically enrolled at Duke but did not put down any money so could switch to Columbia without real ramifications (I believe.) I have a couple of years of experience in D.C. as a consultant, and know that there are plenty of jobs I want – even within our firm – that require a master's, so this will be as much a professional as an academic exercise for me. Duke's program is two years, whereas Columbia's is one. I will probably want to pursue another master's degree after I complet
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