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  1. From what I've researched online this question seems to be popular so I thought should see what everyone thinks. I applied for the 2019 fall semester and am still waiting to hear back from SAIS, SIPA, and MSFS but I was recently accepted into both the Elliott School's MA program of International Affairs as well as SIS's MA in International Affairs: Comparative and Regional Studies program. I received a decent funding package from the Elliott School but am still waiting to hear back on funding from SIS. I wanted to reach out to everyone here and get your thoughts about either school. I've seen that some people seem to hold the Elliott School in higher esteem for potential internships and job prospects. Personally, because my focus of study is on East Asia and I come from a background of fairly extensive research experience in South Korea, I was wondering if I could get your thoughts on which program may best for me. I want to work for the government following graduation but because both schools are located in DC, it seems that networking and hustling for contacts is a pretty fair toss-up between the two. I would greatly appreciate everyone's insights and thoughts!!
  2. I recently got accepted to George Mason Schar, American and GW Elliott. American offered me funding, but Mason and Elliott did not offer me any. I'd like to attend Elliott especially, but I can't go to Elliott sans funding. I read on a previous thread that in some instances, it is possible to negotiate with some admissions offices to get funding. Anyone here have experience with this sort of thing? How'd you go about doing it?
  3. Hello! I'm currently an undergrad living in Texas, and am in the process of transferring to a 4 year University. I I came here for advice because I'd like to get my Masters/Undergrad in the same place if possible, and I'd like to transfer somewhere that offers a 5 year MIA program. I understand this does limit my options, especially in Texas, because if I understand correctly the Bush School is the only school that offers a 5 year MIA program in Texas. I'm looking for an accelerated program because I am using the GI Bill, and there are only so many "months" on it that you can use before it is depleted. Therefore, a more condensed program is preferable! As the title states, my real question lies between deciding on transferring to American or Tamu. I've gleaned a lot of information from these boards on MIA programs in D.C and how powerful the networking/internships can be, although I'd like to contrast it with the Bush School's reach. Would it really be worth it to move all the way to D.C for the opportunities, if the Bush school could facilitate some solid internships/opportunities as well? I understand that the Bush School is young and is nowhere near the level of SIS yet, but what is their influence like in D.C? I know that just "being there" in D.C would be of huge value for the seminars, networking, etc. Also, if I understand correctly, the D.C schools run a "consortium" in which you can be enrolled at one campus such as AU but take some of your classes at Georgetown or GW for example. This is very attractive. For what it's worth, I would be pursuing an MIA/NS&D at Tamu, and a MIR with a focus in either GGPS or USFP at AU. Additional info: 4 years Army experience as an Intelligence Analyst. 5 years total with Reserves. Transferring job to Civil Affairs (Army's diplomatic personnel) in June. Currently learning Spanish. Pursuing ROTC/Commission as (most likely) a Reserve Officer. Current location: College Station. Applied to UT and TCU as well. Side note: I'd love to go to school in DFW (TCU) but they do not offer a masters and honestly their program is not as good as A&M's. But, I'm older than most undergrads and College Station does not have as much appeal as I'm sure some of you can relate, lol. I really look forward to your replies! David
  4. Hey all, I'm going into my masters for IA/IR straight out of undergrad. I've narrowed it down to 3 choices: The Elliott School at GW, SIS at American, and the Maxwell School at Syracuse. My issue is that I know all of the benefits that being in DC would bring: networking, internships, etc. However, neither GW nor American offered me any funding, and Maxwell offered me enough to make my tuition for the entire program $42k, compared to GW and AU w/o funding being $130k an $120k, respectively. Originally I was leaning towards GW, but can I responsibly go into potentially $80k or so worth of debt? Plus with Syracuse it's only a 16-month program as opposed to a full two years, and while Syracuse itself doesn't provide any real opportunities, I can spend my summer's in DC or abroad and my final semester in DC. If anyone has any insights as to whether the benefits of being DC really outweigh these high costs or if Syracuse does an adequate enough job to justify me going, I'd really appreciate it!
  5. Figured I'd start a thread for American. Applying for the MA in International Affairs (Global Government, Politics, and Security), but also torn between that and IPCR. There isn't a spot in the application for a Statement of Purpose... do we not have to write one for consideration to American SIS?
  6. Hi all. So, I was hoping someone could answer some of the IR program questions I have about SIS, SAIS and the UCSD GPS program. Among all three, SAIS undoubtedly has the best all around reputation, and strong training in economics and quantitative analysis. But, from what I've heard so far, unless you're a really outstanding applicant, it's pretty hard to get funding, plus TA positions are few and far in between (my impressions from various personal research). On the other hand, there's American University, located in DC... does anyone know about how quantitatively rigorous this program is?? I am planning on regionally focusing on East Asia, but I still want good quantitative training out of a program. UCSD, from what I know, although lacking in terms of broader reputation and connections in government, has interesting course listings, and provides students with rigorous quantitative training on par with SAIS (or, maybe, more). I've been admitted to UCSD so far, but am waiting from responses from SAIS and SIS. Hoping to hear some input from current IR students who know of these programs, or from applicants who are in the same boat as I am. Thanks!
  7. Hey everyone, I'm applying straight out of undergrad for a masters in IR/IA. I'm applying to several programs, but my goal is to wind up in DC and my top three choices are JHU's SAIS, GW's Elliott School, and AU's SIS. My field of focus would be European/Eurasian studies, and while SAIS has the biggest name it's econ focus scares me a bit which is why I think GW and AU might be better fits (specifically AU because I could do a concentration in identity, ideology, and nationalism, which is what I'm writing a thesis on). I'm going to post some of my stats and if any of you could give your two cents as to my chances of getting accepted I'd really appreciate it! School: Gordon College (no name liberal arts school north of Boston, but surprisingly well known and connected in DC) Majors: International Affairs and Political Science GRE: V: 166 Q: 151 AWA: 5.5 GPA: 3.89 Languages: French (intermediate level) Internships: four internships in political science or community development, plus a job leading a tutoring program Abroad experience: taught English in Hong Kong and Cambodia summer after freshman year, studied abroad in Croatia fall of junior year (included an internship) Extracurriculars: Model UN head delegate, president of MUN club, president of Democrats Club, campaign volunteer for Seth Moulton, mock trial, commencement committee Awards/Honors: Newman Civic Fellows Award, Alpha Mu Gamma Honors Language Society, MUN Outstanding Delegate, Presidential Honors List every semester of college (step above dean's list, means 3.75+ GPA) Also writing an honors thesis on the intersection of Croatian nationalism and EU membership, which I"ll be presenting at at least one conference in the Spring Thanks for any and all input!
  8. Hey everyone, I'm applying straight out of undergrad for a masters in IR/IA. I'm applying to several programs, but my goal is to wind up in DC and my top three choices are JHU's SAIS, GW's Elliott School, and AU's SIS. My field of focus would be European/Eurasian studies, and while SAIS has the biggest name it's econ focus scares me a bit which is why I think GW and AU might be better fits (specifically AU because I could do a concentration in identity, ideology, and nationalism, which is what I'm writing a thesis on). I'm going to post some of my stats and if any of you could give your two cents as to my chances of getting accepted I'd really appreciate it! School: Gordon College (no name liberal arts school north of Boston, but surprisingly well known and connected in DC) Majors: International Affairs and Political Science GRE: V: 166 Q: 151 AWA: 5.5 GPA: 3.89 Languages: French (intermediate level) Internships: four internships in political science or community development, plus a job leading a tutoring program Abroad experience: taught English in Hong Kong and Cambodia summer after freshman year, studied abroad in Croatia fall of junior year Extracurriculars: Model UN head delegate, president of MUN club, president of Democrats Club, campaign volunteer for Seth Moulton, mock trial, commencement committee Awards/Honors: Newman Civic Fellows Award, Alpha Mu Gamma Honors Language Society, MUN Outstanding Delegate, Presidential Honors List every semester of college (step above dean's list, means 3.75+ GPA) Also writing an honors thesis on the intersection of Croatian nationalism and EU membership, which I"ll be presenting at at least one conference in the Spring Thanks for any and all input!
  9. I was accepted into SIPA, Tufts, SAIS, SIS, and CIR. ALL of the schools have offered generous funding. SIPA offered me the most by far: over $67k in funding for the 2 years plus an International Fellowship. SAIS offered full funding for the first semester in Bologna. I'll email to ask about 2nd year funding. Tufts gave me over $40k for 2 years, SIS & CIR gave me 1/2 off tuition waiver. Any of these options would require some debt, which is fine. I'm not risk averse. I'm just trying to find the best option. I am interested in terrorism and security studies; I already speak a few languages, so language course accommodation is not a problem. I have 6+ years abroad working in public service, so I don't have to have a study abroad option. I don't really know what I want to do after school; I've thought about a PhD, working in consulting, working for the UN, Amnesty International, or a think tank. Any advise?
  10. My application status for American University is still pending. I've seen scores and scores of people getting their decisions since late February. I've been in contact with AU for about thee weeks now and every time they say "give it a few days." I'm slowly losing hope. I just don't know what else to do or say or whaaaaat. AU is my top choice but are the ones slowly crushing my soul.
  11. I was recently admitted to both SIS (International Development Management) and SAIS Bologna (International Development) and I am having a hard time making a decision. I know that SIAS has a stronger reputation and the idea of spending a year in Italy sounds amazing, but it is much more financially prudent for me to go to SIS. Anyone else have similar issues?
  12. Hello, I was wondering if anyone had more info about the Development Management program at SIS. I can't seem to find much beyond what is on the SIS webpage. Nothing on alumni or anything. It seems like a very interesting program. Anyone here go attend?
  13. So my whole plan was to go to law school for international humanitarian law, etc. I love Washington College of Law (American U) and Ive been accepted to their dual degree with SIS. I haven't done a lot of research about the reputation of SIS but it seems like its really solid. I have the option of just pursuing the Masters portion if I want too, so I am considering that because of how expensive law school is and the legal market.. but I would appreciate it if any past or current applications can enlighten me on SIS. Do they place well internationally? Is the degree *really* recognizable abroad, in places like Europe? In DC, is it overshadowed by Georgetown and GWU? (That is the case for the law school, at least). Is competition tough in DC for SIS students? What about need-based aid/paying for it? You don't tend to graduate with exorbitant amounts of debt right? Honestly, I am so ignorant about grad school in general because it was always about law school, but my passion is International Relations (my undergrad major) and I knew I would love taking those classes and I wanted the added expertise. However, the debt that I would incur for law school is making me doubtful. Any advice is helpful, thanks!
  14. Hello all, I'm new to the site, and wanted to get people's opinions on a question. I was admitted to SHU's Whitehead School but was rejected from Elliot, SIS, and presumably will not get into SFS. I am thinking about deferment for a year so that I could improve my application but first I wanted to get opinions on why I didn't get admitted to the school in the first place. The easy answer would be my low undergraduate GPA, but when I brought that issue up with the advisors, they said that since I was a science major, they would look primarily at my non-science courses/courses that would be more relevant to the graduate program. I'm hoping that other people here will be able to shed some light on the matter, and hopefully give me some good ideas for how to improve my application package. stats: GRE: 690V, 720Q, 5.5 AW GPA: 2.81 (Neuroscience) but non-science courses were all A's. Also took 2 Econ (micro/macro) and 1 IR class at local JC's, w/ all A's. 1 year of medical school, but withdrew (didn't like it) Work experience - undergraduate science research for 2 years at UCLA. Spent a year studying in the Caribbeans. 2 months in Shanghai interning at a law firm and taking intensive mandarin classes. Basic mandarin skills, hoping to improve them to conversational in grad school. Currently tutoring SAT's/GRE's/general school subjects Thank you!
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