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  1. There doesn't seem to be a thread on the JSP for Fall 2022, so I thought I'd get us going! I've applied to the Law and Political Theory/Philosophy field. When do you think we should hear back? Usually decisions seem to come out around the first/second week of Feb. Fingers-crossed we hear soon!
  2. Hey guys! I hope you're all well. After I finish my undergrad in a years time, I'm really keen on doing a masters in political science focusing on International relations and American politics. I'm from Europe and hoping to do my masters in Columbia Uni. I know our education system is different to the American one so I was wondering what the work load is like as a grad student especially for people attending Columbia? How many hours of classes do you have a week and how many essays do you have a week? If one is organised and dedicated is it all manageable? What are your assignments like? I saw that the writing sample to apply is 30 pages and the longest essay I've written has been 8 so I was wondering if that was the norm in American universities. Thank you so much in advance!
  3. I want to apply to Ph.D. programs this fall. For better or worse, I have two fairly disparate research interests, either of which I would be very happy to explore further, but which seem like they would be classified in two different departments (Sociology, and Political Science). I found a university that offers strong programs in both disciplines, either of which I think might be a good fit. Is there any reason I should not apply to both the programs? I don't think the faculty who read applications are on both committees, but I don't know if this is taboo, since I would need to write two fairly different statements of purpose for each program and have my letter writers tailor their letters for the individual programs. I hope that make sense - happy to clarify. Thanks!
  4. Hi, I am a student majoring in philosophy and politics at the university of hong kong and I am pursuing a career at US, either phd or JD. I haven't committed to either path, journalism interests me as well, that's why I took the master path for this year. As you could tell, I have relatively low interest/ credential in quantitative methods. My choices are listed below 1 Master of political science in Columbia with no thesis; and this year with no phd student, the master student size will be doubled. Though the director of master program said that the ratio of studnet/adviser would remain roughly the same. The project is really expensive but I get to do what I like in political theory and I got access to great job opportunities in NGO or jounalism stuff- placement record ok, I guess? total expense around $ 85000 2 Master of political science with a pre-phd track in NYU. half of the tuition provided, total amount of tuition+personal expenses roughly $60000, also great job opportunities, but less credentials compared to Columbia as in Ivy League, right? 3 MAPSS in Chicago, many teachers I like, great phd placement record- but not in NYC. And attention-related issue seems to be troubling for polisci. total expense roughly $60000 as well. Thanks guys! I have been struggling with making a decision for so long!!!
  5. Just thought a separate forum area should be made for when the cycle is over for us each individually. Just like in previous years, we can post about our profiles, the various decisions we received, and any advice or insight we have regarding the application process! My cycle won’t be over until April likely, so I have quite a wait The following format is what has been used before regarding the profile: PROFILE:Type of Undergrad Institution: Major(s)/Minor(s):Undergrad GPA: Type of Grad: Grad GPA: GRE: Any Special Courses:Letters of Recommendation:Teaching Experience:Other:
  6. Hi, I applied for political science PhD this year, and so far I'm considering from: Georgia Tech Nunn School George Mason Schar School University of Georgia SUNY Binghamton I feel ranking is kinda bogus. (Some rankings say Nunn's better, some say Schar, make me so confused) For now I feel George Mason matches my research direction (International Relationship) the most. But I also think GTech and University of Georgia are great program as well. Does anyone can provide any suggestion? Appreciate!
  7. Hi there! Posting to ask about recommendations of MA program in political science. International applicant here, with interest in democratic theory and ethnic politics. Currently received offers from U of Toronto MA in Polisci (1yr program, no funding, not thesis based program, 26k CAD tuition fee) and Georgetown MA in Democracy and Governance (2yr program, no funding, 120k expense for two years study including living expense) Still waiting for response from NYU, Chicago and UBC Any thoughts or recommendations? Thanks!!!
  8. Hi! I am here to ask for help in choosing a good master program in political science. I have now received admission from Duke, UChicago, UCSD (MCEPA), and U of T. I am particularly interested in authoritarian politics and the political economy of development, with a specific focus on China. I can't decide upon Duke or UCSD. Here are the pros & cons of both schools. Duke: PROS-good placement (except for this year), small class size, good training. CONS-People studying authoritarian politics basically reach out to Professor Manion and Malesky. I am afraid that I can't stand out and get a strong LOR from them. UCSD MCEPA: PROS-more diverse, good faculties, a good place to study China, intensive training in quant, and probably more RA opportunities. CONS-no one entered into top Pol Sci PhD programs before (the cohort is relatively small and only 13 students graduated from this program in the past three years.) Too many required courses are focused on China and I can take only up to four PhD-level courses from the pol sci department.
  9. 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!
  10. Hi everyone, I noticed a few people had brought up interest in brainstorming backup plans for the current cycle, so I created this megathread so the information would not be lost in the main application thread. Good luck!
  11. (posted to the PolySci forum a few months ago, but I think it would be valuable to get input from people in sociology PhDs...) I'm hoping to apply to Ph.D. programs in 2-3 years (taking some time off after my undergrad). Broadly I'm interested in studying social movements, voter behavior, and political culture, and while I am not opposed to quantitative methods (and do already have some background in them), I really want to attend a doctoral program that is strong in its qualitative methods training, particularly ethnographic research - interviewing, observation, etc. I'm not sure how to approach researching schools, since it feels like the topics I am interested in are more suited for a political science Ph.D., while the method training I am looking for is more robust in a sociology (or anthropology?) program. Any advice on how to go about deciding schools to apply to? I can apply to doctoral programs in both disciplines, but I'm curious whether ethnographic methods in political science is on its way out - and if I'm better off looking to sociology programs instead. Any insight is much appreciated!
  12. Hi all! I've been stuck home because of a health-related issue, so (in addition to watching a lot of Brooklyn Nine-Nine) I scraped the tables from the Grad Cafe political science results page since its beginning in 2006 and here are a few things I thought I'd share! I'm trying to set up a GitHub page to make the scraping code and data accessible if you guys want to play with it. Disclaimers: I only used data that matches "political science" and "PhD". So 1) these things don't apply to Master's degree applicants, and 2) the data is "biased against" (includes less posts from) Harvard, Princeton, NYU, etc. because they use other degree names (Government, Politics, etc.). I only kept US schools that are in the top 100 based on the current USNWR, because cleaning the data would have taken me too much time otherwise. This is not an assessment of the quality of any school! I know that things change fast, so the data from early years might not mean much. This is not meant to give any lesson, I just thought it might be interesting to some people. 🙂 Data is from this morning in Europe (Feb 22nd, 2020). First: the average grades since 2006 (for the GRE, it only includes years with the new system): Average reported GPA: 3.75 Average Verbal GRE: 163.4 Average Quant GRE: 160.9 Average Writing GRE: 3.8 Second: the distribution of the posts between A/I/U and decisions: Third: the distribution of the post between schools. I don't have enough space left so I'll upload these pictures in a comment. Any thoughts based on this? I can also look at other metrics if you guys think it'd be interesting! (Next thing planned is visualising the dates at which decisions are received). PS 1: thanks again for all the support and positivity on this forum! 🙂 PS 2: there probably are a some coding mistakes, so once again I'm not pretending this gives any lesson!
  13. Hello everyone, I have received some contradictory advice regarding whether I should mention professors in my SoP. I know that mentioning a few professors can be risky, but I was trying to mention professors who may share my research interests as a way of showing my "fit" and explaining why I chose that program. Of course, I am aware that my fit is mainly signaled by my research interests, but I wanted to say something about the department and program/why I am applying there. I would like to hear your opinion on this.
  14. I'm hoping to apply to Ph.D. programs in 2-3 years (taking some time off after my undergrad). Broadly I'm interested in studying social movements and political culture, and while I am not opposed to quantitative methods (and do already have some background in them), I really want to attend a doctoral program that is strong in its qualitative methods training, particularly ethnographic research - interviewing, observation, etc. I'm not sure how to approach researching schools, since it feels like the topics I am interested in are more suited for a political science Ph.D., while the method training I am looking for is more robust in a sociology (or anthropology?) program. Any advice on how to go about deciding schools to apply to? I can apply to doctoral programs in both disciplines, but I'm curious whether ethnographic methods in political science is on its way out - and if I'm better off looking to sociology programs instead. Any insight is much appreciated!
  15. Hello all, I'm looking to apply to PhD programs in political science this upcoming cycle and I wanted to get a better understanding of what schools I should be targeting and applying to given the state of the application process right now. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm looking to apply pretty broadly. I'm targeting schools in the Top 15, but also in 20-35 range. PROFILE: Undergrad Institution: Large R1 Top 50 Majors: Political Science and Economics Undergrad GPA: 3.7 overall, 3.9+ Pol Sci GPA GRE: 161-163V/162-164Q/5.5 AWA - My target schools have mostly made it not required/optional Any Special Courses: Econometrics/statistical analysis, independent undergrad thesis Writing Sample: Planning to submit an excerpt from my undergraduate thesis which is closely related to my research interests. Letters of Recommendation: 3 strong LORs from professors who I have conducted research under and I had TA'd under Research Experience: Research Assistant for numerous projects in both Pol Sci and Econ, applying relevant skills and training in methods and data analysis. Can't get it published, but hope to expand upon my undergraduate thesis in my graduate research. Teaching Experience: Grader/TA for a couple of undergrad Pol Sci and Econ courses Subfield/Research Interests: American Politics - Electoral Politics/Institutions Other: Work experience throughout undergrad in various professional fields Thank you again in advance and good luck to everyone in their cycles.
  16. Hello! Is anyone on this forum willing to review my statement of purpose? I am applying to Political Science PhD programs in the US. If you are willing to provide constructive feedback, please comment below and I will send you a PM. I am also more than happy to review other SoPs. Thank you!
  17. Hi everyone! I'm planning to apply to the MA in Political Science at UBC for the September 2021 intake (I've got everything ready but the three recommendation letters but that shouldn't be a problem) Here's my "stats": GPA of the last two years (BA degree): 3.73/4.0 and 3.8/4.0. My final grade was 110 cum laude which in my country (Italy) is the highest you can get TOEFL: 107/120 Extra curricular: sadly not much except for the fact I've spent a semester in China (my BA is in East Asian studies, so I want to conduct research into Asian politics at UBC as it's one of their strengths) and that I've done my internship abroad (Taiwan). Also my final dissertation centers around Asian politics I also hold an HSK5 for Chinese and a N3 for Japanese so I have a certified intermediate level for both languages I have no idea about my chances of being admitted tbh, so if anyone could help me understand what my chances are and/or give me some heads up I'd be extremely thankful!
  18. Hey, I want to apply to an MA at UoT in political science for fall 2021 with the goal of following that up with a PhD in political theory in the same university. I tried applying to PhD programs in Sociology in multiple universities but I wasn't accepted and some one from a certain admissions office told me its because my grades in my masters were low. So I decided to start from masters again and be consistent since my actual interests are in political theory and not sociology. I want to know what my chances are of getting accepted in the MA PoliSci program at UoT are and what can I do to improve them in your opinion(s). I would appreciate your comments on whats below. Here's a list of my qualifications: BSc Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, International Politics major, with a Certificate of Regional and Arab Studies thesis. 3.48 GPA. Merit Scholarship recipient. MSc in Culture and Society (Sociology) The London School of Economics and Political Science, graduated with a pass. Full Chevening Scholarship recipient. Published an academic article in an academic journal briefly after finishing my BSc. Worked as a Course Assistant in Georgetown University after finishing my masters from LSE. Bilingual, and currently learning french as a third language. I did the GRE three times last year and my grades were: first attempt: writing 4.5 / quant 146 / 157 verbal second attempt: writing 4.0 / quant 151/ 156 verbal third attempt: writing 5.0 / quant 146/ verbal 155 For recommendation letters: Last year I had two professors from my masters program write me letters, but it seems they are declining this year (since they ignored my emails), which leaves me with A professor from my undergrad school who was also the dean for academic affairs in the same school and later for a graduate program in the same university (I did very well in his class and he was enthusiastic about writing me a letter in the past). He wrote me letters in the past. A professor from my undergrad school whom I took multiple courses with and got As in all of them. She wrote me letters in the past. Finally, the director of the econ department in my undergrad school who offered to write me a letter out of his own will last year and I took him on his offer this time. I never studied with him. I would appreciate any comments, advice, and questions. Thank you.
  19. Hey all! I haven’t seen a thread like this that is specific to Canada so thought I’d start one. I’ve applied to York, McMaster and UofT for 2020 admission to an MA in polisci. I hope this is an okay number of apps, I know some do a lot more. I’ve also got a few questions if anybody would be able to answer! How are the programs/depts at these unis, how do they compare to each other? York entices me due to it’s supposed left-wing nature but UofT is obviously much more prestigious. I’m unsure as to the quality of the specific programs, I find it’s hard to find info on this type of thing. Also anyone know about the competitiveness of admissions for the programs? What determines admission (ex is a really good GPA in my final year + distinction enough to raise my chances?)
  20. Hello, I received offers from two universities. Both are PhD programs in political science. Political science at the first one is ranked 40, while that at the second one is ranked 61. The first one is ranked 57 nationally and 47 globally (which is weird). The second one is ranked 34 nationally and 105 globally. All the rankings are from U.S. News. Political science at the first one seems to have more influence than that at the second. But from the information on their websites, the most influential scholars at the first one have already retired. The political science at the second has more faculty members, with several prestigious professors still working actively. The first one offers a five-year funding package. The second one offers graduate assistantship for four years. Could anyone tell me which university I should choose? Funding is not a major factor. Thanks!
  21. Hey everyone, I'm a 2019 college grad with a degree in Political Science/International Relations and French minor. I'm passionate about international affairs, particularly international human rights and international humanitarian law, and I'm currently trying to decide the best MA program to continue my education. I've been researching schools abroad, and I'm very interested in The Graduate Institute at Geneva's MA in International Relations/Political Science. I lived in Geneva for 6 mos. in 2018 and had the opportunity to meet students and faculty from the school and really enjoyed it. I'm also looking at programs offered by the University of Kent (Brussels School of International Studies), King's College London, and University College London. I'm very interested in the Josef Korbel School's MA in International Human Rights at U of Denver, but I'm a bit confused because I haven't seen or heard anyone discussing or comparing this school with any international schools--any idea why that might be? At the moment, I'm torn between The Graduate School (IHEID) and Josef Korbel and would really appreciate any thoughts/insight/comparison of these schools. Thank you so much! Kayla
  22. I am interested in University of Toronto's MA program in Political Science. Can you share your thought about the program?
  23. "The evolution of liberalism after the Cuban Missile Crisis progressed to explain how the crisis came to an end and how realism failed to account for human nature, and duties to protect life, liberty and property, which is explained by the Lockean Liberal foreign policy perspective. Therefore, the end of the Cold war was what liberals predicted and what realists never expected." Does this make sense? do you agree or disagree?
  24. Not sure if I'm posting this in the right place... but I might as well try. I'm considering applying to the Transatlantic Masters Program at UNC-Chapel Hill, more specifically the Turkish-German track. The program seems much more viable compared to any other American university in terms of obtaining an MA, however I would still need funding to undertake studies there. I have read into some of the funding opportunities available to European and German citizens (which I am). I was wondering if anyone had any other advice in terms of funding options or opportunities I could look into or qualify for, as a German/Turkish citizen currently finishing a BA at the University of Edinburgh.
  25. Type of Undergrad Institution: #77 in US News, top 10 in IR (my undergrad major) Major(s)/Minor(s): Major in IR, minor in Spanish Undergrad GPA: 3.91 MA GPA: They don't give GPAs, but earned a Distinction at LSE and won the prize for "best overall performance" in my MA class GRE: 166 V, 160 Q, 6.0 W (second time), 166 V, 154 Q, 6.0 W (first time) Languages: Spanish, French (basic proficiency) Teaching: TA for intro world politics course, tutor and supplemental instructor for college-level ESL program, volunteer tutor for high school Spanish LOR: 2 glowing letters, 2 pretty good letters Research Experience: 2 years RA experience after undergrad at 2 think tanks (Hoover Institution and Grantham Research Institute) on topics directly related to my proposed research, 2 (funded) undergrad research fellowships, undergrad thesis, MA thesis, 3 "real" conferences, 4 undergrad conferences, have published in GEP, Millennium, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, 1 book chapter, and in a few undergrad journals Relevant Experience: Internships at State Department and World Affairs Journal, Editor-in-Chief of undergrad journal, EB member for grad student journal, Commissioning Editor for E-IR Would greatly appreciate anyone who could offer a profile eval for 6 PhD applications (3 top 10, 1 top 40, 1 top 60, 1 international). I felt confident going into the application cycle, but with everyone getting accepted and me hearing nothing back so far, I'm quickly losing hope. Thanks in advance, and a huge congratulations to all those already admitted--you will do incredible things!
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