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  1. Hey folks I've actually got a few of questions under that more general heading I've titled this post with. They're listed and explained a bit below. 1. Best programs to explore that fit my interests Generally speaking, I'm looking to conduct policy-relevant research in the field of environmental security. Research Focus: I'm particularly interested in the relationships between regional environmental change and specific sub-national conflict dynamics related to armed groups, polarization between conflict parties, and national governance in developing states, as well as how environment specific humanitarian aid and response programs can be designed to best encourage peacebuilding in these environments. Where I'm looking: I'm mostly interested in US-based programs, largely due to the fact that they generally offer more training and I'm coming from a more applied research/non academic background in some key respects. Currently, I've shortlisted Duke's University Program in Environmental Policy (UPEP), the School of International Service (SIS) at American University, George Mason's School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution (SCAR), and the LBJ School of Public Policy at University of Texas at Austin. This feels like a very narrow list, but I've been unable (so far) to find better matches. I'm curious if anyone as any insight that might be able to expand my search? IE what programs offer similar degrees with similar foci and have possible faculty matches? 2. Typical Funding Amounts at a few programs I've been looking into Another thing I'm trying to find out is if there is any data available on what I *might* be able to expect in terms of funding. Obviously this is dependent on a lot of factors, many of which will be grounded in my application, but a general range of funding amounts or an exact amount for the typical package at fully funded programs would be helpful in decision-making about my search. Some places publish this info, others don't seem to from what I've found. But if anyone on here has pursued similar degrees at the institutions I've mentioned above (Duke, American, U Texas at Austin, George Mason) or any others, I'd be interested to hear from you. 3. How my own profile stacks up (i.e. how competitive am I and where should that lead me to set my sights) Finally, I'm well aware of the pressure to get into a top program if you desire a career in academia (although I see my own career kind of straddling work in universities with work in government or policy think tanks) and I'd be curious to get some general opinions on the basic elements of my profile. I'll list these below: Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts in International Political Economy, GPA 3.34, Graduated Cum Laude, Bethany College, 2014. Bethany is a small liberal arts college in WV without much reach but it does distinguish itself in being one of the last hold outs in requiring students to take Senior Comprehensive Exams in order to earn their degree. I earned Distinction on my exams and got an A on my senior research project on the effects of FDI flows on developing state labor market regulations. I was also a member of three honors societies, Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science), Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics), & Pi Gamma Mu (Social Sciences) Graduate Degrees: Master of Public Administration in Economic Policy & Development, GPA 3.85, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, 2016 & an MA in Environmental Policy & Natural Resource Management, GPA 3.79, also MIIS, 2017. This was a dual degree program at a sort of mid-tier professional graduate institution. MIIS consistently ranks around the lower levels of the Top 20 in Foreign Policy's Best Masters Programs for Careers in International Relations but is not a research-focused school and does not traditionally train people for careers in academia. Research Experience: Largely applied research projects with various NGOs around the world. I have a decent bit of training in quantitative research methods, and some qualitative, and have applied my knowledge to program evaluations, policy analysis research design projects, composite indicator design for international development, and community based research projects with small NGOs. Relevant Professional Experience: I'll explain some of this stuff in the comments if it's needed but here's a list: - Currently a Peace Corps Volunteer serving as a Community & Economic Development Associate in N. Macedonia - Regional Organizer/Campaign Liason with the Climate Reality Project -Assistant Professor of Political Science & International Relations at Bethany College (full time, taught multiple courses including American Politics, International Relations, International Development, Environmental Politics, International Terrorism, International Human Rights Law & Policy, Advanced Policy Writing & Design Seminar, Research Methods in Political Science, Political Economy, etc.) -Consultant with multiple NGOs Foreign Languages: Albanian (Intermediate High), Macedonian (Intermediate Low), Spanish (Intermediate Mid) Anyway... thanks for reading through this if you've made it this far haha
  2. Hi! I got accepted to the following programs (all one year) and I can't decide! 1. Master of Arts (MA), The Fletcher School, Tufts University 2. Master of International Public Policy (MIPP), SAIS, Johns Hopkins University 3. Master of Advanced Studies in International Affairs (MAS-IA), GPS, UCSD 4. MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy, LSE My interests are IR, strategy, and security. When I consider location, I think UCSD is attractive but Fletcher and SAIS network are strong! LSE also has a very good program. I don't have to worry about scholarships because my workplace is going to pay for them. I would appreciate if I could get some advice!
  3. I have been accepted into four schools thus far (Korbel, Pardee, Elliott, and SIS...but threw SIS out of the running), and need different perspectives on what I should be looking for in these masters programs. Assume money is not a major factor. Have yet to hear back from Fletcher, SAIS, SIPA, and SFS. So far I have been mapping out which classes I would be taking under the respective programs, and I am quite satisfied with each of the three. The things I am looking for in a program are: Jobs with security clearance in the area Dual concentration abilities Russian Language Boren Scholarship awardee history Curriculum is policy/ case oriented rather than theoretical Professors are practitioners in their field Successful placement rate into the Intelligence Community What else should I take into consideration? Does anyone have information to offer? I have spoken with students, alumni, and professors who all love their respective schools. Thanks in advance for all those who reply. Feel free to message me if necessary. -Frosty
  4. I have been accepted into four schools thus far (Korbel, Pardee, Elliott, and SIS...but threw SIS out of the running), and need different perspectives on what I should be looking for in these masters programs. Assume money is not a major factor. Have yet to hear back from Fletcher, SAIS, SIPA, and SFS. So far I have been mapping out which classes I would be taking under the respective programs, and I am quite satisfied with each of the three. The things I am looking for in a program are: Jobs with security clearance in the area Dual concentration abilities Russian Language Boren Scholarship awardee history Curriculum is policy/ case oriented rather than theoretical Professors are practitioners in their field Successful placement rate into the Intelligence Community What else should I take into consideration? Does anyone have information to offer? I have spoken with students, alumni, and professors who all love their respective schools. Thanks in advance for all those who reply. Feel free to message me if necessary. -Frosty
  5. IADS is the leading academic actor in international field of defense & strategic and security studies. The global profile of our academic staff and student backgrounds give us opportunities for highest quality. *** Postgraduate education in security studies programs of the International Academy of Defense & Security are designed with European standards for challenging needs of specialists in the field. *** Enrollment process to the IADS is highly competitive. Very skilled security specialists, social scientists and academics around the World apply to study the progressive programs of our academy. http://defensecurity.eu https://universityadvisor.net/?post_type=listing_type&p=6073
  6. I am filling out applications for master's degree programs at various universities and sort of had an epiphany with regard to the SOP/LOI.Currently, I am working on an application for a dual degree program as well as a master's degree program both of which follow the same admission procedure. My concern is, even though I have provided separate inputs (relevant to the subject matter) to the respective personal statements, a major chunk of the information provided in both the statements is somewhat similar. Since the admission committee will evaluate my application on the basis of preferences:- 1.Dual Degree Sciences Po (PSIA) - LSE Sciences Po (Masters in International Security) - London School of Economics (LSE) (Msc. International Relations) 2.Master International Security Sciences Po Is there a possibility that the overall substance of the application can/will be undermined and/or will this in any way diminish my chances of being accepted for either of the aforementioned programs?
  7. Hi everyone, I'm a recent college graduate and am looking to apply to a master's program in Security Studies or something similar. I've been considering applying to Georgetown, Columbia, MIT, Johns Hopkins, and George Washington. Do any of you have insights into which of these schools is best for someone with an interest in international security? And perhaps what the average admitted GRE scores and GPAs are? Georgetown's statistics were readily available, but I am having trouble tracking down some of the statistics for the other programs, especially MIT. Any knowledge or insights would be great!
  8. I'm looking to enter a PhD program in Poli Sci, specifically IR for the 2018 cycle. I live in Texas and am aiming at UT's program as I have already spoken with them and toured the LBJ school. However, I am also being a prudent Poli Sci guy and hedging risk. As such, I was wondering what y'alls suggestions are for full-ride programs with strengths in East Asia and Security Studies? My background: I was a Philosophy and Spanish double major at Loyola New Orleans. I've had a few years of work experience in real estate and teaching English abroad (I lived in Taiwan for four years). I am fluent in Spanish and conversant and literate in Mandarin. My interests: International Relations, behavioral approaches to the Social Sciences, Maritime and Energy Economics, East Asian (specifically Chinese) Studies, the impacts of climate change within a security studies framework, Col John Boyd and the impact of technology on American strategic thinking, the 500 year Go game between Alfred Thayer Mahan and Harold Mackinder, and videos of cats getting brainfreeze (because we could build a freakin' religion around that eucharist) Thanks for any suggestions, Maijax
  9. I know decisions were only just released for the Security Studies MA but I haven't heard anything since the initial acceptance. Has anyone heard anything regarding funding or an accepted students day? I'm headed to Washington for SAIS and Elliot's open days tomorrow and Friday and I'd like to visit Georgetown's SFS on Thursday but it seems that they're having the MSFS open day then and I don't know if I'd have any luck meeting with anyone. Is anyone else weirded out by the lack of communication?
  10. Curious if anyone knows when SSP decisions will be out? I know they've come out around the 27/28th in years passed, but am also seeing suggestions of the 3rd Wednesday in March?
  11. Hey everybody, for some reason Ibelieve that the majority of users of this forum are applying to PP/PA programs. I'm just curious about this and wanted to conduct a survey I might have forgotten one or two categories; just tried to make it as generic as possible!
  12. Im going to apply for a PhD this December. Plan A is the security studies cluster at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton. I finished my masters in international security and terrorism from U. Nottingham, UK. I've done two internships since then (one at a think tank in New Delhi, and one at Nanyang Technological uni. (The S. Rajaratnam School of int'l studies more specifically) in Singapore). I also worked with the Guardian for a bit, and did some field research in Bhutan. I should have one (hopefully 2) publications in reasonably respectable journals by the time I apply (both papers are on Chinese military modernization). I also did some work on a couple of books on Islamist extremism. My GRE score is ~1350 (730 for math, 620 verbal). I speak a fair bit of Urdu, and fluent Hindi. My recommenders are fairly reputed counter-terrorism/security and Chinese military experts. Do you think I have a reasonable shot of getting in to a good school for security studies? Appreciate any input!
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