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Hey Guys, What a wonderful time to be alive! Yet there are many decisions to be made! I have been offered admission by three MA programs: SAIS Washington DC; Fletcher; American University; Georgetown's Security Studies program—though I will hear from them next week, I feel it is in the bag. My predicament is the following. I am a non-American student whose main areas of interest are international relations and international security. I want to devote my life to academia (preferably based at the USA) but that requires a top-notch PhD. The programs I am most interested in are incidentally the most selective: Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, Chicago and Yale. My question for Grad Café’s devoted followers is the following: Which of the MA programs I mentioned above would best prepare me for the PhDs admissions I mentioned beneath? By now, I have realized that American admission committee’s do not focus exclusively on one item on the applicant’s CV. But since I want to walk the road towards tenure, my academic credentials will carry significant weight both for my PhD admission and my career. I might be too picky, but I am troubled with the following observations: - SAIS might be considered too policy- or economics-centered. - I have the feeling that American U is sometimes held as a step beneath or not “prestigious enough”. - Does Georgetown’s Security Studies program carry the same reputation as the MSFS/Foreign Service? What do you guys think?
hello! I need some help deciding what to do, or at least hearing from other people, so that I can better inform my own decision I just received an offer to Brown Sociology PhD program. The offer includes full scholarship for tuition, health care, and $2,700 per month stipend. I currently work for the government in Hawaii. I earn 90k, and work in budgeting/financial analysis. It's not ideally what I thought I'd be doing, but it is living on a tropical island and earning good money. But when it is all said and done, I do not like or enjoy my job much. It is just not that fun. I am often sad or miserable doing it. I have interests in social sciences, and the best time of my life was when I was doing my masters degree in Development studies in London. I love reading articles, writing papers, researching, thinking, etc. I would LOVE to be a professor - but I am about to turn 29, and I don't know if I should just find other work that appeals to me more, or go into the PhD program. I look for jobs often, but it is hard to find ones that sound appealing to me and still earn a decent wage. My background is in Economics, and although I like Sociology and it sounds the most "fun" and critical, I don't know how the job prospects are. With that said, I am sure a PhD from Brown will go far. And I'm a hard worker and have very global interests in Sociology, which I feel like is the future of the field. Also, I would take a lot of quantitative courses, and maybe get a MA in Economics while I'm there. If I do the PhD, I would love to get a professorship in Europe and relocate there permanently. Don't know how possible that is? Overall, I'd say I'm very confused. And could definitely use any input anyone has!!