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Hey all, I am wondering what your thoughts are on any "certificates" or "specializations" within graduate programs? I am referring to those additional credentials that one can add in addition to the graduate degree that they receive. Are they useful in either industry or academia? Or do either hiring committees disregard or not really care about them? I am asking because during this nerve racking waiting time I've been scouring the program websites looking for additional information and have come across various certificates or specialization programs within schools, such as college teaching, conflict study, Middle East study, and countless others. They all look super interesting and for some a lot of work, so I am wondering if they actually bring in any real marketable skills or resume improvements, or if one should really only pursue them for intellectual fulfillment?
Hey yall- I'm starting this thread for those applying to NPSIA for 2018. Feel free to post any questions or comments here. And as offers roll out too dont be afraid to share your acceptance or decline comments here Just curious, in regards to the MA, are people limiting their statement of intent to a certain number of words? is it research focused (with citations and all) even if you aren't planning on doing the thesis or MRP? The instructions on the website are quite vague, so i'm curious what people are doing (especially word count wise).