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  1. Decided to start a thread for those of us applying to Canadian international affairs programs this fall/winter. Post stats, advice, or anything related to this topic!
  2. I started my PhD at the University of Toronto last year in a social science related field. However, I figured out that my research does not match much with the faculty members here. But maybe I could still successfully complete my degree here in a collaborative way as I have found some professors in other departments willing to partially supervise me. However, in the meantime, I applied to Oxford and received a fully funded offer where I have a far better match for my research topic. Besides, the research group is also quant focused methodology-wise. But the difficulty now is that some people are suggesting me not to move to Oxford because of just name. Their point is that it will be difficult to get into academia with a UK degree. I would really appreciate if anybody could share their thoughts on this. I am so indecisive now. Thank you in advance.
  3. marsieu

    NYU Political Science (F19)

    Is anyone there out who is accepted to NYU poli sci? Or still waiting for results, like me? Subfield is IR. NYU is the only school that didn't tell me my results yet and also my current top option. I know that there have been a few admissions posted here, and even one rejection and one waitlist. But still, the number of posts seems unusually a few compared to other schools. I've seen a post mention that it is not likely that there is hope of admission because deadlines for invitations for visiting day are already over. If anyone who is accepted sees this post, would you please shatter my hope if you should? Can you like tell me when the visiting day is, or that NYU accepts a small pool of students which is why there are so few posts? I just can't give up my hope and its killing me!
  4. sarah_B

    PhD Poli Sci - CANADA

    Hey guys, So I applied to the University of British Columbia (UBC), McGill University, University of Toronto, and York University (all in Canada) for my PhD in Political Science. Has anyone else applied and heard back from them??
  5. I took the test yesterday. Yes, I'm aware that my scores are low: 146Q and 151V I'm a senior studying Political Science and would continue in the field if I were to go (Comparative). My GPA is 3.6/major is 3.9. I started my search into grad school last year when a professor, in my department, suggested that I think about it. I put that search on pause in spring semester when I realized how problematic my quant score would be. Come this semester, I went and I informed my department of my choice. The professor who had suggested that I go told me that I was letting fear get in the way, that I did fine in his methods course, and grad statistics wasn't anything I couldn't learn. So, I gave it a try. I studied for five weeks (not as much as I would've liked) and began the application process(es). Here's the thing: I have cerebral palsy, which has always made math difficult and my reading ability slowed. I've made it through undergrad without accommodations and without sharing with my professors. I've never enjoyed receiving inflated grades, and thus, it's been wonderful to prove myself independent of the knowledge of my disability. Since my sophomore year, I've been told that my analysis was at a graduate level. Furthermore, despite struggling with math, the undergraduate methods course was not a problem. a constant struggle. Yes, I know I could have received accommodations on the GRE, but time was not on my side. Here's what I need to know: If my SOP and LORs are strong, given my GPA do I have a chance? All the programs I'm considering are Ph.D. My top school is at the bottom of top the top 25 (UW-Madison). The average for scores of applicants admitted in 2017 was: 87th percentile verbal and 70 percentile quant. There's another school within the top 25 of the field (though, it's lacking in my subfield) that I'm considering. The department has admitted 1-3 people per cycle with 130-150 quant scores (University of Minnesota) The two other schools are in the 3rd tier, and I've looked and I've yet to find the GRE averages (Indiana-Bloomington and Illinois-Urbana) I'm attending a liberal arts state school, and the department does not offer research opportunities. All of my "research" is for coursework. I am involved in extra-curricular pertaining to my interests and have received awards an recognition at regional conferences, for one in particular (Model UN). Thanks.
  6. sarah_B

    PhD Pol Sci - CANADA

    Hey guys, So I applied to the University of British Columbia (UBC), McGill University, University of Toronto, and York University (all in Canada) for my PhD in Political Science. Has anyone else applied and heard back from them?? I'm really anxious to hear back!
  7. Trying to decide where to apply next cycle and I've heard that Notre Dame is up and coming but I want to hear what the community thinks considering it's not on the FP rankings list.
  8. Received a letter from the University of Iowa just now and was told I had been placed on the waitlist. I am extremely sad and nervous. Iowa is my dream. I don't know whether Iowa's waitlist is just a euphemism of rejection. The director of this program told that they thought my application was quite strong, but I have no idea whether everyone on the waitlist received this sentence. Did anyone receive the same letter? Or the offer or rejection of the UIOWA?
  9. Received a letter from the University of Iowa just now and was told I had been placed on the waitlist. I am extremely sad and nervous. Iowa is my dream. I don't know whether Iowa's waitlist is just a euphemism of rejection. The director of this program told that they thought my application was quite strong, but I have no idea whether everyone on the waitlist received this sentence. Did anyone receive the same letter? Or the offer or rejection of the UIOWA?
  10. Hey Guys! I know that this is a bit late for this application season, but I was wondering if you guys had any insight into the main differences between a PhD from a Public Policy School (WWS, HKS, Sanford, Harris, Goldman, Etc) and a PhD from a Political Science department? I mean besides the obvious difference in major, as the Public Policy schools seem to be more focused on specific topics (security studies or development). But besides the difference in major, is there a major difference in the curriculum or the outcome of the students? They seem to have pretty similar placements either in universities or in the non-academic field. Thanks!
  11. I just received my final grades for my first semester in my political science MA. I go to a Canadian school uses letter grades and a 12 point scale, which I'm not used to as my undergrad institution used only percentages. I received A, A-, A, A+. I was happy with these grades until a professor told me that these may not be high enough for future PhD studies, with most applicants having all A or A+ with rarely any A-. Is this true? What grades do students in MA programs in political science/ social sciences typically receive? If you are in a poli sci PhD, were your grades also in this range? Thanks!
  12. Hi! If interested, please share your basic info and the schools you will apply or applied to. I will start: Status: International Undergrad: Political Science - Foreign (GPA: 3.69) Grad: MA in IR and Comparative Politics - U.S. (GPA: 4.0) GRE: V(159) Q(161) AW (4.5). Relevant Experience: Graduate Teaching Assistant (2 yrs), 5 yrs work experience with NGOs and INGOs. Applied to: University of Minnesota - Twin cities, Indianian University-Bloomington, Rochester University, Vanderbilt University
  13. Hey Guys, I wanted to get your opinion on university ranking systems. For this I am specifically talking about the International Relations field. The two main ranking systems that I am talking about are those complied by Foreign Policy Magazine, "The Best International Relations Schools in the World", and US News and their list of the top political science schools. (Links at the end). While the rankings do have some similarities, like the obvious choices at the top, there are some major differences. Mainly the placement of the DC based schools at the top of the Foreign Policy list, and their placement in the middle or bottom of the US News list. Another oddity that I found was the complete exclusion of the University of Denver from the US News list, which I thought was odd considering they have a highly regarded IR school. I do understand that the US News ranking takes all of the political science subfields into account, but it still seems like the ranking systems are very different with some schools near the top of one ranking while sitting at the bottom of another. So I guess I am wondering which ranking do you guys think is correct, or more correct than the other? which one should a applicant place more weight when looking at potential grad schools? Links: US News: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-humanities-schools/political-science-rankings Foreign Policy Magazine: https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/02/20/top-fifty-schools-international-relations-foreign-policy/ Side Note: I understand that ranking systems re inherently flawed, and that they should be taken with a grain of salt for ultimately deciding a grad school, but they are often a place to start for someone interested in graduate school within the field.
  14. Hi everyone- quick question regarding LOR requests. Upon filling out my applications, I realized I sent one of my requests to an erroneous email (for simplicity sake, let's say I used .com instead of .edu when typing it in). The program does not allow me to change the email after a request has been sent, so I had to "exclude" that recommendation and subsequently resend a different, correct one. The correct one is now successfully submitted. My question is - will this "excluded" request be visible by those reviewing the application and could it possibly be viewed negatively -- indicating carelessness? If this is the case, should I contact the school and see if there is a way they can manually remove the excluded request from my application package? Or am I being silly and this is nothing to worry about? Thanks for the help!
  15. Hi, I wanto to apply to various Ph.D's in Political Science (UCLA, UCSD, USC, UCI, UCSB, PITT) but I don't know how horrible are my scores to be accepted in those universities. My GRE scores are: 145 V 154 Q I also have an horrible TOEFL of 88 I'm going to take the TOEFL again in november and I am also planning to take again the GRE. Help, please
  16. Hi, I wanto to apply to various Ph.D's in Political Science (UCLA, UCSD, USC, UCI, UCSB, PITT) but I don't know how horrible are my scores to be accepted in those universities. My GRE scores are: 145 V 154 Q I also have an horrible TOEFL of 88 I'm going to take the TOEFL again in november and I am also planning to take again the GRE. Help, please
  17. I am seeking advice for the Master's programs at University of Chicago CIR (Committee on International Relations) and at Columbia University (Political Science). I originally applied to the PhD programs in PoliSci but was transferred to these 1-year MA programs. I received 2 PhD offers from rank 40/50 schools and decided to decline in order to increase my chances of better placement in the next cycle for PhD. My field of interest is International Relations with geographic emphasis on East Asia (esp. China, Korean peninsula) - security studies. So far I have a break-down of the pros/cons of each program: Chicago CIR PROS Received $42k funding for tuition POI: John Mearsheimer, Bruce Cumings, Dali Yang Program admissions committee is highly responsive.. I appealed for additional fellowship and was granted MA Thesis that can be used for writing sample in next PhD app Lower cost of living, esp. with fellowship CONS Not too many faculty in IR - East Asia focused faculty mainly in history or CP Not really a con, but I am told that UChicago (while very good rep in field) is not quite as high as Columbia Columbia PS PROS Ivy League institution, high rep in field (as I am told by grad students/profs/etc) POI: Robert Jervis, Jack Snyder NYC is preferred city for me personally Program is specifically Political Science CONS NO fellowship.. tuition combined with cost of living/other student fees will be approx. $73k to my understanding, NO required MA thesis Higher cost of living than Chicago Granted, I did not visit Columbia as they are rolling admissions and do not have a specific Admit Day or similar event. I did attend CIR's Campus Day and was thoroughly impressed by the helpful preceptors, grad students, etc. To be completely honest I am highly tempted by the name of Columbia but my ultimate goal is placement into a PhD program ranked top 20-25. Also, while my parents are helping me with grad school tuition, 73K is no joke compared to the fellowship I received from Chicago. If anyone has any advice for me, or if anyone has graduated from either of the programs please let me know, would greatly appreciate it. Thank you!!
  18. I used to be a Research Intern and I'm not sure if that's worth putting on a CV for a PhD application. Thoughts? Also, are the job titles "Research Intern" and "Research Assistant" interchangeable or would that be too much of a stretch?
  19. letsseewhathappens

    Political Science or Sociology?

    Hi there! Apologies if this thread has been created elsewhere before as this is my first post and I can't find anything similar. My undergrad and master's degrees were both interdisciplinary (International Studies degrees) and I am now gearing up to apply to programs in a few months. I am having a hard time whether to apply to Sociology programs only, Political Science programs only, or both. And if I do apply to both, I assume it would weaken my application to apply to both programs in a single institution/university. Has anyone had experience with this? I would love to hear your thoughts! Thank you!
  20. Brothers and Sisters, comrades and friends (if you get this reference, congratulations), I'm applying to PhD PS programs this upcoming fall and need a reality check. Here are my details: BA (2016, graduated early): Political Science and Economics w/ Public Policy from Private University in the T75 of USNews Rankings. Special Honors in PS. Also studied abroad briefly in the UK (one 4-credit political economy course, got an A for what that's worth...). GPA: 3.53 / Poli. Sci. GPA: 3.7 (had one bad semester that drags down my overall GPA. High school gf broke up with me...*insert cliche story here*). GRE: V: 163; Q: 160; AW: 5.5 (An aside, why don't these programs just administer a fluid IQ test? Will my newly rediscovered knowledge of basic trigonometry help me better understand the study of politics? Isn't IQ basically what they're trying to get at with this? I have questions...) LOR: One from a political scientist who reviewed my poli sci thesis, one from an economist who reviewed my econ thesis, and one from a think tank supervisor (who has a PhD in political science and I've worked with extremely closely over the course of the last few years). None are famous, if that's of any relevance. Brief Background: - Currently work as an RA at a think tank, have several published reports/blogs/other research products but virtually none are single author (Note: not published in academic journals).I know academics don't necessarily consider these types of publications as valuable/transferable experience but nonetheless. - My work has been featured prominently in various media publications and in policy deliberations, but I also know that this kind of thing isn't necessarily going to be weighed as valuable. - Lots of other experience interning around DC in various branches of government. What I want What I want is to pursue normative questions of the functions of government. I am thoroughly unconvinced by "off the shelf" political philosophies/ideologies. Would love to find a department where I could pursue questions regarding the role of government, and also the roots of political institutions/norms (along these lines, I have an interest in cultural evolution that I'd like to flesh out). I also have a laundry list of other eclectic interests that fall (at least somewhat) under the umbrella of PS. I also have a significant, if peripheral, interests in moral/analytic philosophy (almost had enough credits for the logic minor, but didn't have enough cash to add a semester) and also in evolutionary bio. So if I were to land in a department (or univ.) with a few faculty that focus on the philosophy of social science that would also be great. Thus, based on my characteristics/background. . . 1. What range of schools should I expect to get in to/aim for? 2. Are top 10's too significant a reach? 3. Should I bother applying to some back-up terminal masters programs? Or are these always a waste of time/money? (I've heard mixed advice) I've also considered a few combo MPP/PhD programs that might be more attracted to my background than pure PS programs, but haven't come to any strong conclusions about the utility of the dual-degree. Would welcome thoughts on this as well. I know I'm asking a few different questions here, so obviously feel free to respond as you see fit, to whatever pieces you feel qualified to answer, and thanks in advance for your help.
  21. Victoria Carvalho Salles

    Masters In Europe 2018-2019 Cycle

    Anyone applying to any masters in Europe this upcoming cycle? I thought we could discuss it here! I’m applying to Science Po and IHEID.
  22. Hi there, I'm starting the process of applying to grad schools for the Fall 2019 semester. Looking at all DC metro area based schools for IR/ Foreign Policy/ Security related programs. Ideally would be going to American or GW. Wondering how much a few things factor into your application when applying. I'm applying directly out of undergrad decent enough grades (3.3), I haven't taken the GRE yet, I have stunning recommendations, and Teaching assistant (in a related course) experience. The one thing I'm hoping will really set my application apart from other direct from undergrad applicants is my internship experience- I've held 5 political internships during my under-grad career (Will be 7 by the time I graduate). 3 of my internships are direct foreign policy/ IR experience (think tanks & DOD), 3 are in Congress, and one is directly political. Question for those further along in the admissions process- how much good does my experience actually do for my application? Thanks in advance.
  23. Kanika2

    PhD admission chances

    So I've never posted on such a forum before so I'm sorry if some of the language is wrong. I am an undergraduate at UT Austin, graduating in December and stuck between opting for a masters or a PhD. Ideally I would love to do a PhD but those are tougher to get into so I was hoping to lay out my stats and get some honest opinions. I have plenty of research experience including a research assistant internship, research with two professors and two of my own research projects. I have also presented this research at three conferences and one those was the MPSA. I also have alot of experience working with sexual assault ngos (I want to focus my research on this in conflict zones) and I have training that allows me to directly work with survivors. I also have grant writing certification. Im hoping to have one publication done by the time I start applying. But the caveat is that my GPA is just a 3.4. This is because of science and other core requirements. My Government / Political science gpa is actually a 3.7 with mostly all As Do you guys think I have realistic chances of getting into a good PhD programs and if so, which ones? I haven't yet given my GRE but the diagnostic showed a 164 verbal and a 154 Quant which I'm sure I can raise significantly after prep. I also have very good professors that I'm asking for recommendations and am planning on working on my sop quite a bit. Sorry if this is a bit wordy and jumbled.
  24. Dear All political scientists, I would love to do a PhD and do research. But, I am seriously worried about my ability to do Ph.D with two reasons. First, my all more than 20 applications have been rejected so far. Most of the applications went to Europe. I did my master in Europe as well. Problem is that my academic transcript of master is around 2.5/4.5 in American way. Of course, I did my best during the master course... Actually, before starting master back then, I did not recognize what research is ever. I had no idea what research question is even. I think that is the reason why my master academic transcript is horrible. And, my un-concrete reasoning of papers might be problematic. This is actually related to second reason.. Second, above all, I am currently working in a research center as visiting researcher. As long as I feel, I am the worst researcher. Sometimes, my supervisor requires me a kind of arrangement of bunch of literature or a review of the literature and then I did it with my best. But, the result of my work was horrible. I did not figure out what main focus is during the work and too much feedback from the supervisor. When the supervisor wants me to tell her what contents a specific journal article has, I do not remember the content although I already read it. Over time, I have been disappointed myself again and again. So, now I feel that it will be difficult to do a phd and further I am worried to get a job after phd. Although I got several interview opportunities from phd applications, that was it. I guess that professors recognized how I am not good applicants during the interview. I love research in political science. But, overtime, I think that loving something does not cause doing well. So, I have to decide whether changing my career or trying continuously. To summarize, why are my all applications rejected? Is this because I am a stupid one? I want human moment from political scientists. Best regards, Research-lover
  25. Any admits to UWM? Fall in here! Let's get to know each other! Private message me if you want! I am working on American Politics, anyone else? Hope to see you guys on campus Fall 2018!
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