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  1. Industrial Engineer (Top 20 Engineering schools in country) GPA: 3.6/4 MBA Finance GPA: 3.8/4 MA Economics (Top 10 US Econ school) GPA: 3.2/4 3 solid recommendations from people who work in my field of interest. Relatively well known in their areas. Field of Interest: Labor & Development Econ + Climate Policy GRE : 164Q, 158V Publication - A chapter in a book on Intergenerational Mobility. I am wondering what chances do I stand for a decent PhD Econ program - Top 50 US departments. I am also giving some thought to Public Policy program. Any guidance would be helpful.
  2. Financial generosity and aid is one of the most important factors that we consider when we apply and make our decisions. I am hoping to start a thread where we post about programs that give out generous funding. This thread will be resourceful to the future applicants who want to know about the schools and their aid policy. Let's compile it in this format - School and Program: Financial aid info: (for example, based on what you've heard about the program and what you've seen. info like only 1-2 people gets full ride, everyone gets minimum 15k, everyone gets full ride etc. of that sort) In the program/Accepted?: Yes/No (if possible with your aid info as well)
  3. Hello! I am currently a Research Investigator working for a reputed Institute in South India. The project is a panel survey funded by the Government and World Bank and we work with a reputed University in the USA who are our research partners. I moved into this field after working as a Business Journalist for over year in Delhi where I have published work, both written and in video. So I have two years of work experience in these respective fields. I'm part of a fellowship that works towards public policy solutions in India as well. I studied my bachelors in Economics and then a PG diploma in Journalism. I've done certificate courses from Trinity Guildhall and London School of Economics and have obtained high scores. I have a ton of social work with Red Cross, AIESEC, Teach for India etc. I am currently teaching underprivileged children English. Right now, I plan on applying for the MPA course in America and other development Policy courses too. However, my CGPA is 6.7/10 from undergrad and 78% from my PG diploma course. I took my GRE last year and scored a mere 304. Do I even stand a chance at getting admission? Im looking to apply to Columbia, NYU, UT-LBJ, Chicago University, Gerogetown, Duke Standford, LSE and IDS. Please suggest more universities that I can look at and stand a chance to get in. Any kind of help would do!!
  4. I was wondering what do people think of Liberty University in the policy world? Would this be a good school to get a PhD in Public Policy? And does anyone have experience with their public policy grad programs? Here's a link to their program: https://www.liberty.edu/online/government/doctoral/public-policy/
  5. Hello Beautiful people, May you kindly help me evaluate my feasibility for MPP Programs in the US. Here is a brief overview of my profile; 1. GRE 332 (169 in Quant, 163 in Verbal), Toefl ibt 109 2. Undergraduate degree: Mechanical Engineering (2015 Graduate)3. GPA: 3.304. Work Experience: Present: 1.5 years since working in a non-profit as a Program Assistant developing policy proposals; Previous: 1 Year in Mutinationals including Engro Corporation, MOL Oil & GasI would especially like to hear the opinion of people already studying in MPP or other relevant programs; however, I am all ears to anyone providing a sound advice. I am also concerned about my undergraduate education not aligned with the social sciences. 
  6. I appreciate if someone can answer this question!!! Please share! this is of common interest!
  7. yoh_rrg

    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.
  8. Jhonny456&

    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,
  9. Hi all! After much reflection and soul searching, I've finally decided that I want to pursue further studies in public policy and specialize in policy communications. ANU's Crawford School of Public Policy offers this exact program. Being realistic however, I'm looking to find other universities that offer a similar program. Based on desktop research, it seems that not a lot of universities offer such a program...or at least don't publicize it on their websites. Can you guys suggest any university or programs that let me pursue this MPP specialization? Thank you so much!
  10. Hi, I'm desperately torn between Kennedy's MPP, Georgetown's MSFS, and the MALD at Fletcher (deadline Friday!). I'd love to get perspectives from current students/recent grads on their experiences at the Kennedy School. I'd be coming in with a more IR focus, interested in the intersections between security and development. My main concerns with HKS is that with the size and other commitments of professors, you're more of a number. I'm okay with having to work a little harder to get that "personal experience" but want to make sure I won't just be sitting in crowded lecture halls/being taught by TAs for half of my academic career (esp when I'm paying 50k a year for it...) and struggling to really connect with my profs. Have funding from MSFS and Fletcher, non at HKS, but not an overwhelming amount at either school and, while Kennedy would result in the highest level of debt, feel confident that I could get out with under 80k...
  11. Hi everyone, I was recently admitted into the following MPP programs and am trying to decide which would be the best choice: Georgetown McCourt U Chicago Harris UCLA Luskin I received a $20,000 scholarship for McCourt and Harris and am specifically interested in environmental policy. Is anyone else debating between the same schools or have any recommendations?
  12. Hi! My question is fairly straightforward. How common is it for students pursuing MPPs to change to PhD during their masters?
  13. 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.
  14. Hello all, I am new to GradCafe (although I have updated the results page at least 3947202749358 times for my two rounds of grad school admissions over the years). My decision is between two fairly different schools/programs: 1) Analysis and Policy in Economics (APE) Masters at the Paris School of Economics (PSE) and 2) Master of Science in Computational Analysis and Public Policy (MS-CAPP) at the University of Chicago (UChicago) Harris School of Public Policy. Both seem to have a good reputation in their own realm, but some pros and cons for both (as I see them): PSE Pros: - Thesis degree (I already have a non-thesis MS in Biomedical Engineering, and it doesn't really mean much because of the lack of research.) - Economics degree (Ultimately I am interested in sound policy, but more from the public and developmental economics perspective.) - Combining the first two, it opens doors to an econ PhD if I discover I really like academia - PSE has decent name recognition (6th in RePEc), especially with Thomas Piketty PSE Cons: - Paris (Definitely a pro in many ways, especially since I love Paris, but I am from the US, so people back home may harbor less-than-fair feelings.) - I am afraid the econ theory is going to overwhelm the inner engineer in me, who cares more about empiricism than assumptions that don't hold in real life UChicago Pros: - Data science, machine learning focused, compared to traditional MPPs (I have interests/a background in machine learning and pattern recognition from my first masters.) - Interdisciplinary with computer science (I've used Matlab, Python, and R for school, but I am definitely lacking, and could use more theory in data structures, algorithms, etc.) - Practice over theory (Internship required between the two years) - UChicago name (Although it's not their econ department, I feel like the university is generally more known than PSE... Economists feel free to chime in!) UChicago Cons: - Non-thesis degree (I don't know if it's worth getting another masters without research, especially if I end up wanting to apply to econ PhD programs.) - I have heard policy jobs can be held by econ grads while the other way is not always true (CBO, World Bank, UNDP, etc.) Please assume money is not a problem; I have ways to fund both programs. Please help!
  15. 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: http://crosslites.org/browse-essays/a-hopeful-message-written-in-the-heart/
  16. 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...
  17. diyadeb

    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?
  18. 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....
  19. VeryCheesey

    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?
  20. 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.
  21. VeryCheesey

    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!
  22. 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?
  23. 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!!
  24. VeryCheesey

    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?
  25. 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.
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