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  1. Goldman vs. LKY

    Hi, I've been admitted to the Goldman school and LKY for the MPP and unfortunately haven't secured funding in either. I'm based out of India and have worked in Urban Governance for close to 6 years. I'm open to the kind of work I do after graduating but I'm not that keen on working in the states either given unstable visa situations and also because my spouse is based out of Bangalore. Graduate student debt is a real threat and I can only imagine the difficulty one can face in paying it off. That said, getting admitted to Berkeley was a dream come true and I'm trying really hard to make it work. I wanted to ask about LKY's future career prospects. I've heard contradictory things such as its great for South East Asia and also that Singapore work permits are extremely difficult. However, even with a loan, LKY is significantly cheaper than Goldman. I'm undecided how to proceed as I feel both schools represent very different life trajectories and I'm unsure of which one to chose. Any useful suggestions?
  2. I come from a low-income family and was able to attend Wellesley College thanks to their incredible need-based aid. I am going to UChicago for a masters in public policy next year and want to serve you all in the US federal government graduation. However, my family and I lack funding, and I'm looking at lot of debt right now. I entered a scholarship contest in which I can win $4,000 for the first prize if my friends vote up to twice a day by April 1. It would mean the world to me if you did and could tell your friends and post in a group or two. The link is here:
  3. Hello! I have been recently accepted to two really good programs, the Master of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and the Master of International Business at the Fletcher School at Tufts. Tufts offered me a $40k scholarship (20/year) however my acceptance is on the condition I take a quantitative course at community college before August (the quant section of the GRE got the best of my anxiety even after studying for a year). UofM isn't offering any fellowships for me at the moment however I would qualify for in-state tuition. However, my greatest priorities are the curriculum and ability to pursue a career at an international organization post-grad, ideally somewhere like the UNHCR or the IRC. I find that the more compare these two schools/programs, the more confused I get because it feels like comparing apples to oranges. In your opinion, which degree/school/alumni network is more likely (I know it also depends a lot on luck, etc.) to help me stand out as a candidate or bolster my qualifications when pursuing a career as a program/policy manager at an international organization that (ideally) deals with issues of human rights/migration issues. I'm coming into either of these programs with internship experience in Michigan legislative offices, a NGO in Spain, the UNFPA, the State Department's virtual intern program, and two years at a full-time position as a technical analyst (global operations and processes) at an OEM (one of the "Big Three" auto companies). I'm fluent in Polish (native), highly proficient (C1) in Spanish, teaching myself French, and having friends help me with Arabic. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated! I plan on going to both open houses next month but if those don't help me make a decision, I don't know WHAT I'm going to do...
  4. Title says most of it, just trying to gather input on deciding between either the CMU MSPPM or MSHCPM (master of science in public policy or health care policy) programs, (I applied to both), got 50% scholarship there, or the MPH program (health policy track) at George Washington. I want to go into health policy, potentially promotion, and just have no idea if the cost of going to GW is worth the networking opportunities offered there or if the skills gained at CMU will put me in a better place.
  5. Program reputation vs. Cost

    Hi! I am deep in the conundrum most of us must be facing/have faced - the reputation/cost trade-off. I was admitted to the MPP programs at Ford School of Public Policy at UMich with $30k tuition waiver (1/3rd of the tuition), and to the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota with in-state tuition + $20k (I am an international student, so in-state tuition is a godsend). So my problem is this - Even with the funding, I will rack up a debt of about $60k if I decide to attend Ford (provided I don't land a campus job in the coming semesters). However, the program's reputation is much better than the Humphrey MPP, both within the US and internationally. It also aligns with my interest, gives me the flexibility I desire from the curriculum, and has a wide variety of courses and research I am interested in. At Humphrey, on the other hand, I will have a much smaller debt ($15-20k), but the program is less to my liking, though not so bad as to be rejected entirely. The number of courses offered is fewer, too. My question, thus, is this - Is the Ford MPP actually worth the extra cost I will put into it? Especially since my other alternative brings to cost to a third of the estimate? Thanks!
  6. I am currently debating between UofT's MPP program and Carleton's MPPA program, however I am struggling to find someone who has completed either program. Does anyone have an opinion on either school's policy program? Does anyone know if UofT's program is heavy on the math/econ side?
  7. Hello, all! I am in desperate need of advice. I applied this cycle to 9 PhD programs in Public Policy and was rejected from all 9. While this is largely speculative, I believe my biggest weakness in terms of my apps was my lack of quantitative/math/econ training (qualitative BA and less than stellar GRE score of 156). Aside from that, strong undergrad GPA from UC Berkeley, senior honors thesis focused on policy, 1.5 years of research/evaluation experience in the industry, 2 years of RA work for 2 professors. I now have the opportunity to complete an MA and hopefully compensate for the quantitative gaps in my CV. I am hoping for input on which program I should pursue (in other words, which program would be most impressive to admissions committees and provide the best prep for a PhD in Public Policy/Economics). 1. LSE, Social Research Methods 2. Oxford, Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation 3. NYU, Applied Quantitative Research 4. Columbia, Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences 5. Chicago, Public Policy with Certificate in Research Methods Please help!!
  8. Anyone heard from the School of Public Policy at UMD?or anyone who also applied the PhD program at SPP of UMD ? I was interviewed nearly a month ago but so far haven't got the official decision letter. In order to wait for this result, I refused several offers of admission. Timeline kills me and this strong sense of uncertainty is killing me! Truly need some news whether it's good or bad....
  9. This is a question for posterity, mostly, since this doesn't seem to have been updated for a few years now. Based on my limited observations, WWS obviously does the best. Sanford and LBJ seem pretty good. Harris is in the middle of the pack. SIPA and NYU Wagner are supposed to be rough, at least for incoming first-years. No idea what the HKS situation is like outside the very slim possibility of attaining a fellowship. I know everyone's situation is different, but what has been your general observation? I'm sure funding also differs quite a bit for those who have no Full Time work experience vs. those with 2-3+ years as well.
  10. Hi all, I'm lucky enough to have received a half tuition scholarship from USC, and a 2/3 tuition scholarship from GWU. No mention of living stipends or other assistantships. Including my scholarships, tuition alone would cost me roughly 40K at USC, and 20K at GWU. For what I want to do, the schools are roughly even. But the increased $$$ at GWU definitely has me leaning in their direction, and it seems like most students are able to find meaningful part time/full time employment to offset costs. I did also get into University of Chicago but with a pretty measly scholarship, so that school is out of the running. I'm definitely debt averse. I'm trying to figure out when/how to negotiate the offers. Has anyone had any success with these schools? I should also hear back from Rutgers in early/mid March. They seem to be generous with funding, and their program isn't as competitive. I think it's possible I could get a full ride, and I'm wondering if I should wait to negotiate until I hear from them? That way I have something to bargain with. Any and all advice would be appreciated!
  11. Anyone accepted to the MPP program at Trachtenberg and planning on enrolling? I got in, but it looks like I won't be getting any funding and I'm having a difficult time deciding if it will be worth the cost.
  12. MIT TPP 2018

    Didn't see a thread for MIT TPP. Where are all the folks that applied here? Also, any reason why its popularity on this forum remains low?
  13. MIT TPP 2018

    Hi All, Haven't seen any thread dedicated to TPP 2018 yet. So if anybody has any news, please let me know. Regards,
  14. Hello all! I saw a few others recently admitted to the UW Evans MPA program for Fall 2018, and thought I'd start a discussion thread to meet each other and discuss various aspects of the school and thoughts on the decision-making process. Where else have you applied/been admitted? Are you leaning one way or another about Evans? What do you want to specialize in/what's your interest area? Any other background info you want to share. I'd love to get to know one another a little better as I myself am struggling with making a decision. A bit about me: I also applied and have been accepted to Berkeley's Environmental, Science, Policy and Management PhD program, and Columbia University's SIPA MPA in Environmental Science program (I cast a wide net). As is kinda obvious from the other programs I applied to I'm interested in environmental policy, which was my big draw to Evans, as well as the concurrent degree option (I also applied to the UW FES MS program and think I got in- haven't heard officially, but was invited to a "prospective student visit day"). I grew up in the Seattle area but currently live in Utah. I'd be happy to talk about Seattle and PNW in general if folks have any questions on that as well. Anyway, hope some other recently admitted folks find this and want to connect! Looking forward to talking to y'all!
  15. Sciences Po Opinions?

    Hi, I was recently admitted to the MPP at Sciences Po in the Digital, New Technology and Public Policy stream. Now I had applied to the course because I really liked the courses listed on the website, the policy lab component, and of course, Paris. However, I have been reading up on this forum about the University, and that has left a bittersweet taste. I do not speak French, but the course I am accepted to is taught entirely in English. From the posts on the Forum, I feel that the university's career services aren't too friendly for the international students, the administration is disorganized and the job scenario is not uplifting, even though the teaching is quite good. These posts are from a few years ago, though. I have admits from a few US universities (still waiting on the big names). Since the tuition at Sciences Po is much lower, and there's a bunch of scholarships available from our government to students studying in France, I am conflicted. Anybody on the Forum with information/opinions on the university? It's like a black box at the moment, with any info I have only coming from the School's website.
  16. Hi everyone. I'm curious to know other applicants who applied to Joint PhD programs in Sociology and Public Policy. I applied to the joint PhD at UMichigan, Princeton and Harvard (Sociology and Social Policy), and Cornell (Sociology and Policy Analysis and Management). I have been rejected from 2 Sociology programs (duke, wisc) and waitlisted for Iowa's Soc program. I am hoping to have better outcomes with the joint PhD programs because my research and interests are in social stratification and educational policy.
  17. Interview for MPP admissions?

    Hi, I just received a mail from UCSD GPS that they want to have a Skype interview with me in the coming week. Now I have never had an interview in my entire life, and as I am an engineer applying in public policy, I am really not sure as to what I should expect. Moreover, the admissions information on the University website doesn't indicate much either. Anyone willing to share their experience/sample questions/tips for handling these interviews? Also, any idea what the implication of the interview instead of the direct admit is?
  18. Humphrey School Fall '18

    Hi, I couldn't find a thread for the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. I received a mail to check my application status sometime in the last week, and was pleased to see a bold "accepted"! No news on the funding yet, though. Anyone with news?
  19. Hey all--now that people have started hearing back from schools, I thought I'd start this thread to get other's input on a question I haven't seen answered recently. Basically, what do you think the top Public Policy PhD programs are out there for those doing international development type research (of a more economic bent, as opposed to global health or conflict studies). I'm interested to hear what others have to say as I ultimately narrowed down the schools I applied to to--U Chicago Harris, NYU Wagner, Pardee RAND, Duke Sanford, and UNC Chapel Hill. I've already heard back from UNC and spoke with a potential advisor at the school there that spoke strongly about UNC's Carolina Population Center, but I'm interested to see if anyone has any additional perspective about the strengths of NYU, RAND, and Duke in particular. Additionally, I know Harris has very strong faculty, but I'm a bit concerned that a lot of them are mostly focused on violence/conflict (i.e. Blattman). Any insight anyone has on this topic would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!
  20. CMU Heinz 2018

    I was looking for a post for others applying to Carnegie Mellon and haven't seen one, but since I just submitted my app I figured maybe some other folks have too! I applied to the Data Analytics track-- I've already been accepted to UChicago's MSCAPP, but since I heard CMU offers a lot more funding I think it might actually be my top choice. (I thought the MSCAPP was, but I their funding offer was seriously underwhelming when compared to their high cost of attendance.) Specifically, I'm curious if anyone else completed the video interview thing? I opted not to since I felt like the rest of my application was pretty strong I really didn't want to risk messing that part up and throwing myself under the bus! I'd be interested to hear from anyone who did try it and might share what they thought.
  21. Hi All, I am interested to apply for a master program in public policy, preferably with STEM designation, so that it allow me more time to work in the US. I am aware of program such as MIT TPP and Columbia MPA-ESP. Do you guys, any other program with similar nature? Regards, Johnny456&
  22. Hi all, I'm new to this forum but am hoping to get a bit of advice regarding a decision I have to make. I have been accepted to both the University of Chicago Harris School MPP and the University of Applied Sciences Berlin (Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin) Masters in International Development Economics. I am sure not many people know about the latter program but I am really interested in the topic (Development Econ.) and the city. In addition, I wouldn't need to take out loans for the whole masters (1.5 years), although the university is less well-known and not as academically vigorous as UChicago. I received a 30k recurring scholarship for UChicago, so I would receive about 60k for the two years (20-30k in loans, probably, for the whole program, since I have some savings). Is an MPP from Harris worth the loans I would need to take out? I am leaning towards Berlin still, since it's my dream to study there. But it's difficult to pull the plug knowing the opportunities an MPP from UChicago might open up. I am American, by the way. If anyone has any insight, please let me know! I don't have many resources for people who have made similar decisions.
  23. Sciences Po 2018 Entry

    Anyone else got email updates from Sciences Po regarding their application status? Any clue about when to expect Emily Boutmy scholarship results?
  24. Dear Gradcafe community, As an international student, I can not afford to study at the US on my own funds. So I looked towards other means of funding and I have secured the Fulright award in a second tier policy program for 2018. HOWEVER, there is a big downside to Fulbright - grantees have (and I've made it bold to show that staying in the US is simply not an option legally) to return immediately to their home country right after the program ends. This means the US job market is off for me. Because of this (I really, really want to gain professional work experience in the US), I was considering applying to graduate policy programs that are known to give aid, for 2018, and then compare them as alternative options to my Fulbright. The most well known of these, of course, is Princeton's WWS and the fully funded program if offers, the MPA. Now, what I want to know is what kind of people WWS admits, and whether I have a shot at it or not, no matter how small. You see, if you look at the MPA statistics on the WWS "Graduate Admissions Viewbook", you see some pretty intimidating numbers. Like, really, off the chart numbers, on a whole different league compared to other programs. 65% of applicants have 4 or greater years of work experience. Only 15% have less than 3 years of work experience. 76% have GPA above 3.7, and the highest percentiles on the GRE are also pretty average for the WWS MPA applicant. Now, what would really help me out is if someone already enrolled in the WWS MPA program or a graduate of the program could tell me about the class profiles at WWS. Of course, I would also appreciate advice from the rest of the Gradcafe community. If the WWS seems like a bit too competitive for my profile, what would you guys recommend I do? Take the Fulbright and just do the second-tier program and then return to my home country, squashing my dream of working in the US (and keep in mind that there is not much use of my MPA degree in my home country)? Or forfeit the award this year and try my luck next year by improving my profile for WWS? Please keep in mind that I just can not afford self-financed programs and am certainly not going to take debt for any unless they are solid return-on-investment options (which are those by the way? HKS? SAIS? Or do none exist - its a gamble with all of them?) And of course, also keep in mind the H1B visa issue - is it true that even if one is a top profile candidate, a WWS MPA graduate or HKS MPP graduate with a job or two already secured, the H1B lottery and simply send him home despite all his achievements? In other words, is studying the US to look for work afterwards in the country just not possible anymore? Especially after a policy degree? Thanks, Fulbright award grantee who wants to spend some years working in the US PS One last thing, what programs other than WWS MPA are know to give substantial amounts of aid?
  25. Hi all - After earning an interdisciplinary MA, 30 credits of on-campus graduate work in IR at a European school, and 2 years of experience doing research under a federal grant at a Top 10 university, I have decided that it's time to pursue a PhD. But I'm having a very hard time deciding between Political Science and Public Policy programs, and this is causing me a lot of anxiety since application deadlines are about a month away. Since I'm almost 30 and have ample research experience under my belt, my questions of interest are, well, more concrete than a lot of the applicants' would. Having said that, I constructed my SoP based on the areas I'm interested in, the questions I hope to answer, how my personal and professional expereince prepared me to study these on a doctoral level, and how I anticipate my research to contribute to the existing literature. I recently met with a Political Science professor at a DC university and had a rude awakening. He basically said that my research sounded significant but it wasn't "theoretical enough" to be a Political Science project. Rather, he said in a condescending way, I should pursue Public Policy and/or International Relations programs. In all honesty, I'm more interested in theory based applied research to evaluate existing policies and programs and offer ways to improve them, anyway. I currently have about 10-12 schools on my list: 5 Public Policy, 3 IR, 4 PoliSci. Based on my interactions with the faculty members and the information on program websites, PubPol and IR programs are ideal places. But, these 4 PoliSci programs I'm considering applying have Public Policy/IR tracks and encourage applied research. Should I not apply to PoliSci programs at all? What do y'all think?