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  1. Hi, is there anyone who has succeeded in increasing the scholarships/ financial awards they have received, as part of their admission to top graduate schools? I currently have one admission offer from UChicago's MAPSS program, and was able to increase the financial award to $20,000, but I want to request again that the school provide a full tuition award. What can I say and how can I appeal to the MAPSS committee better? Do I need to provide new GRE scores? More evidence of research activity? I heard that this funding request was not supposed to be difficult, but it does not seem so for me.
  2. Hi everyone!! Recently I have been admitted to the Stat MS program at Stanford & U Chicago and am struggling. I will try to advance to PhD after MS, but I don't know which school will offer me a better chance? I heard that Chicago has a good PhD prep and many research opportunities. I am not sure how Stanford is. But Stanford Stat ranks higher than U Chicago... Chicago Pros: - Tuition reduction (25%) - Good preparation for PhD - More research opportunity Cons: - Not as well-known as Stanford - Location is not as good. Stanford University Pros: - 1st in the country - So many well-known professors, a potential for recommendation letters and research opportunities Cons: - Not sure about placements - A lot of MS students, not sure if the professors will be willing to offer research opportunities. - Maybe the PhD prep is not as good as that in Chicago.
  3. So...it's been a couple of months but I'm still unable to choose between MA in Computational Social Sciences (MACSS) at U Chicago MPhil in Economics at Oxford and I'd really appreciate if someone could help me a bit... With partial tuition waiver at U Chicago and no funding from Oxford, the cost of attending is roughly the same so that's not a factor. In terms of curriculum, I like MACSS better because I have double degree in IT and economics, so I believe that I have a unique edge in a computational social sciences program coz I can program and do math and at the same time know economics. Its structure is also quite flexible so I can explore other social sciences. But since this is a new program, no one can say for sure what the outcome will be yet.... Meanwhile the MPhil Econ at Oxford looks like a really traditional economics program and I wouldn't say I'm too excited about it, but it's less risky, I suppose? The problem is that I'm still not sure whether I'll go for a PHD or go back to work afterwards. I'm confident that I should be able to earn a decent salary anywhere, but I can't quite think of a job that I want to make a career out of. I'm relatively positive that I'll like teaching, but that requires a phd and I'm not looking forward to being poor and stressed in my early 30s by doing a phd.......so while I think Oxford will be better for landing a job and U Chicago will help me prepare for phd better, I still cant' decide which one to go because I'm not sure which path (academic or professional) I prefer. In terms of country, I'd say I'm slightly inclined to go to the US at the moment since there seem to be more opportunities in general and I personally want to experience the country, plus I have a few relatives and friends there. I would love to experience the UK as well but I think if I'm to choose a country to end up with eventually, US is probably a better fit, culturally. But then again, that's just from my impression of the two countries.... To sum it up, I like the program at U Chicago more but Oxford is kind of too famous to let go (all my family members just love the name....), and since I don't have a very strong preference for country or work/phd afterwards, those factors also can't quite help me decide. I know that ultimately this is about personal preference so I'll have to make the tough decision on my own, but I think some more information would be really helpful(since I've been to neither US nor UK), like: What do you think of the two universities/programs or what are your experiences with them? (like, is all the fun really going to die at U Chicago? :p) What's the life like at those two cities/universities? How feasible it is to graduate from Oxford and then work in the US? How helpful is a degree from U Chicago in terms of finding a job in the US? My personal impression is that U Chicago is as prestigious as, if not more than, Oxford, in the field of social sciences. Am I right about that? I'm just not quite sure how things are going in the two countries. Are people friendly to foreigners? Are graduates and companies feeling optimistic about the future? Thank you so much in advance to anyone who has any opinion or information to share!
  4. Hello, Anyone here got accepted to the Taps-Music joint PhD at the University of Chicago? Also, anyone else who interviewed for the Taps-Music joint PhD at Chicago last week? Looking forward!
  5. I am seeking advice for the Master's programs at University of Chicago CIR (Committee on International Relations) and at Columbia University (Political Science). I originally applied to the PhD programs in PoliSci but was transferred to these 1-year MA programs. I received 2 PhD offers from rank 40/50 schools and decided to decline in order to increase my chances of better placement in the next cycle for PhD. My field of interest is International Relations with geographic emphasis on East Asia (esp. China, Korean peninsula) - security studies. So far I have a break-down of the pros/cons of each program: Chicago CIR PROS Received $42k funding for tuition POI: John Mearsheimer, Bruce Cumings, Dali Yang Program admissions committee is highly responsive.. I appealed for additional fellowship and was granted MA Thesis that can be used for writing sample in next PhD app Lower cost of living, esp. with fellowship CONS Not too many faculty in IR - East Asia focused faculty mainly in history or CP Not really a con, but I am told that UChicago (while very good rep in field) is not quite as high as Columbia Columbia PS PROS Ivy League institution, high rep in field (as I am told by grad students/profs/etc) POI: Robert Jervis, Jack Snyder NYC is preferred city for me personally Program is specifically Political Science CONS NO fellowship.. tuition combined with cost of living/other student fees will be approx. $73k to my understanding, NO required MA thesis Higher cost of living than Chicago Granted, I did not visit Columbia as they are rolling admissions and do not have a specific Admit Day or similar event. I did attend CIR's Campus Day and was thoroughly impressed by the helpful preceptors, grad students, etc. To be completely honest I am highly tempted by the name of Columbia but my ultimate goal is placement into a PhD program ranked top 20-25. Also, while my parents are helping me with grad school tuition, 73K is no joke compared to the fellowship I received from Chicago. If anyone has any advice for me, or if anyone has graduated from either of the programs please let me know, would greatly appreciate it. Thank you!!
  6. Anyone out there apply by the April 1 deadline at University of Chicago SSA? I applied in February and am awaiting my decision so I can commit to a program!
  7. 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?
  8. Hey everyone! I've been offered admission to UChicago's PhD program in political science (IR) and will be attending! Has anyone else been accepted and thinking of attending? I'd love to get in touch with some other people who had been admitted, even if they're in other programs!
  9. I'm probably going to get crucified for even asking this, but oh well: I've been accepted (full funding, assistantship, stipend) to a PhD program in english, but I also just received a decent scholarship to MAPH (Writing Option) and I'm considering asking my PhD for a deferment so that I can do both. I get all the knocks on MAPH but I can afford it, UChicago is pretty darn cool, and if I can have my cake (MAPH) and eat it too (PhD), does it hurt to ask? Or does MAPH exist so exclusively to get people into PhD programs that delaying one to enroll in it is just too stupid to even ask about?
  10. Hello! I'm hoping someone out there can help me make a solid decision about which graduate program to enroll in. I was recently offered admission into these two programs: University of Chicago, MA, Latin American & Caribbean Studies (Art History focus); 1 year program; ~8 students Hunter College CUNY, MA, Art History (Latin American focus); ~2 year program; ~100 students; part-time or full-time I hope to (eventually) pursue a fully-funded PhD program in Latin American art history. I have contacted professors at the schools I hope to apply to for PhD programs and they have valid points in promoting either program. This is why I'm torn between the two. They are about equal in cost (considering scholarships and living expenses in Chicago vs NY). However, I would be able to work full-time while attending Hunter. I have heard amazing things about the art history program and placements at Hunter, but I think it might also be due to the fact that they produce a greater quantity of students. The University of Chicago has a great name, but because the LACS program is small, I'm finding it difficult to speak to alumni. UofC seems incredibly supportive of its students and the campus life seems to be really rich - which I imagine to be a hard thing to achieve with a larger group of commuter students at Hunter. I'm hoping some of you veterans out there will have insight on this dilemma. Which do you think would provide better preparation for PhD applications/placements? Is a 2 year program always better than a 1 year MA? Is an MA in Latin American & Caribbean Studies (with a focus in art history) just as respected as an Art History MA? Do you recommend one school over another?
  11. 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/
  12. Did anyone else receive an email from SSA saying that decisions are delayed even though they were supposed to come out today. Does this mean that I'm not getting in? Has anyone gotten their answer today?
  13. Hi, Can one apply for Harris School, University of Chicago, MSCAPP program scholarship through Joint Japan World Bank Scholarship (preferred list) ? Alternatively would be grateful if one could assist with STEM scholarships for international students ? Many thanks!
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    Hello all, I was accepted to the CIR program at Chicago (very excited and surprised) with 38k in funding. Yet this still means I need to shell out a lot of money for a masters. I plan to follow through with a phd program. I'm very interested in improving my language skills and doing a research assistantship. Are these goals feasible in a single year in such a rigorous program? Is 19,000 dollars in debt a deathtrap for a masters? Is this an normal amount of funding? I'm basically right out of undergraduate with a little research experience and time abroad (+bad quant GRE). I'm not willing to wait for another application round. Any advice?
  15. Dear all, I'm trying to decide whether to accept UChicago or Caltech for PhD in Economics starting Fall 2018. UChicago Econ is obviously a higher ranked department but I'm worried about the facts that: 1. I'm into theory (Mech design, game theory etc.) and want to continue to have this as my major specialization area. However Chicago graduates tend to be entirely in the macro/empirics/applied micro areas (Source: Current job market candidates). 2. Chicago is known to be a bit of a brutal place. EJMR forums say the faculty doesn't mentor students/spend time with students etc etc. So what do you guys think? Thank you for your inputs.
  16. I was recently talking to a graduate from the SSA program at the University of Chicago, and she was highly critical of the program. In summary, she thought that the non-clinical classes were ineffective and that the school in general barley addressed systemic racism and created a culture of social workers with a white savior complex. I was wondering if other's have opinions on the program?
  17. Hi all, I'm new to this forum but am hoping to get a bit of advice regarding a decision I have to make. I have been accepted to both the University of Chicago Harris School MPP and the University of Applied Sciences Berlin (Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin) Masters in International Development Economics. I am sure not many people know about the latter program but I am really interested in the topic (Development Econ.) and the city. In addition, I wouldn't need to take out loans for the whole masters (1.5 years), although the university is less well-known and not as academically vigorous as UChicago. I received a 30k recurring scholarship for UChicago, so I would receive about 60k for the two years (20-30k in loans, probably, for the whole program, since I have some savings). Is an MPP from Harris worth the loans I would need to take out? I am leaning towards Berlin still, since it's my dream to study there. But it's difficult to pull the plug knowing the opportunities an MPP from UChicago might open up. I am American, by the way. If anyone has any insight, please let me know! I don't have many resources for people who have made similar decisions.
  18. I was offered admission into the University of Chicago's MAPSS program, but I was only offered one third tuition coverage. Unfortunately I can't afford to attend if I don't receive more funding, so I was told by the program to write a merit petition highlighting achievements that the committe might have missed when deciding funding. I would appreciate it if someone could help me edit and proofread my merit petition, so that it looks nice and neat for the committee. Hopefully it will help influence their decision concerning my funding. Would anyone be interested in proofreading and helping me edit my merit petition?
  19. First off, I understand that the MAPH is, at best, a controversial program. I'm not trying to get people riled up or to step on anyone's toes. I applied to the MAPH at UChicago, initially, because I didn't realize UChicago had a continuous MA-PhD program in their East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC). So I ended up applying to both. I was rejected soundly from the East Asian Languages & Civ. department at UChicago but offered partially (1/3) funding for the MAPH program. I was also admitted into the University of Washington's (UW) Jackson School of International Studies (JSIS) Japan Studies program for a full MA. No mention of funding. Now, to be honest, I'm still waiting on Stanford to reply, but I know that I'm not top-pick priority stuff here. I love Chicago's program. The EALC was my top choice. I wasn't overly surprised to be rejected. Course-wise and academic-wise, Chicago fits my goals and ideas for my research. That all being said, I'm very intimidated by the prospect of living there (Chicago), and the cost of the MAPH is like 17,000 more than UW since I live in-state--even after the 18,000 tuition waver/grant/thingy! That all being said, I love Seattle, and the JSIS would fit me reasonably well and allow me to study abroad. No, the courses aren't as perfectly tailored to my goals, but I would be able to accomplish my goals without incurring so much debt (and live in a place I'm comfortable and happy in). As far as Asian Studies, UW is a fantastic school. It also might potentially allow me TA work, though that's not guaranteed. First question: What's your opinion? Second question: Would it be rude/stupid/impertinent/etc. to approach the head of Japan Studies at UW with the information that I've been offered $18,000 tuition waver at UChicago in the hopes that I might earn myself some help and that maybe they might throw a bone my way? If no, why not? If yes, what would be the most tactful way to do that?
  20. So I'm not sure how to interpret this. I am applying to several Asian Studies (Japan Studies) programs this fall for my MA. University of Washington, Stanford University, and the University of Chicago. I have received one acceptance (woo!) and one rejection from the two programs I've applied to at University of Washington. At least I'm going somewhere! During the last few days, though, I did not receive an e-mail from University of Chicago's East Asian Languages and Civilizations department, but, rather, my personal application page at the website changed. Suddenly it had an envelope icon that said "decision documents." My heart stopped. I clicked through and a message that said "there are no documents available" popped up. Confused, I continued to check the application page rather obsessively for the whole day. Next morning, the icon has changed. Now it's in bold and has a red "1" on it and now says "Unread Decision Documents." I click through and yet again it says "there are no documents available." After an hour or two I e-mail the people in charge of the application page saying what was happening and, within an hour or two, the icon and the contained message were totally gone. The page, back to normal, has no indication of decision documents or anything related to them. Note: I did not get a reply e-mail. Just silence. And the icon suddenly disappeared. I'm not even sure my e-mail is related to the icon's disappearance! I don't know how to take that. What does that mean? And how should I feel about it? I mean, I know I have to keep waiting now. I get that. But that was a hell of an emotional rollercoaster. Just wanted to share.
  21. Hi Everyone! I will be graduating with my BSW and CADC in May. I'm super excited about moving forward because I will be volunteering two years in Africa with the Peace Corps! It's honestly my dream come true. However for some odd reason I'm still stressing about grad school admissions. I recently was accepted conditionally into the MSW/MA in women studies and gender studies at Loyola University. Now I'm just waiting to hear back from the University Of Chicago SSA. I plan to weigh my options and defer my admission (if I am able). I guess my question is has anyone heard from U of C that applied by the 1/15 deadline? Also U of C is my first choice but the MSW/MA program at Loyola sounds really interesting and I've already had faculty reach out to me. I'm happy to have this dilemma but it's also very much stressing me out. Any thoughts, opinions or personal experiences with either program would be very helpful! sn: I applied to UIC but.... I'm not all that set on going there. Plus they take forever to get back to you. Thanks! AW Applied: Loyola 1/23, University of Chicago SSA 1/13, UIC 1/15 Accepted: Loyola 2/25
  22. Hey all, I am looking to see how likely I am to get into the following schools with the following criteria. I feel like I am fitting in somewhere around the average requirements of most applicants at these schools, with maybe a slightly lower GPA. GPA: 3.3 from a small liberal arts school in Ohio GRE: 161 V and 159 Q with 5.0 Analytical Writing Experience: 3 campaign cycles as an intern/volunteer (since '08), 3 campaign cycles as a paid staff in field management and data analytics; 1 year in nonprofit fundraising; 3 months interning with a lobbying firm in D.C.; Only 2 years of work experience after completing my undergrad (I took a semester off to work on the 2012 Presidential campaign) and volunteered/interned throughout college on various local, state, and national races in digital and organizing related work. I am applying/have applied to the following schools: Duke Sanford (MPP), Chicago Harris (MPP), Syracuse Maxwell (MPP), UT-Austin (MPA), Georgetown McCourt (MPP), NYU Wagner (MPA), OSU John Glenn (MPA), USC Price (MPA), IU SPEA (MPA). Thanks!
  23. Has anyone else on here applied for the SSA PhD program at University of Chicago? Has anyone heard back yet?
  24. I have received acceptance letters from University of Chicago and Carnegie Mellon for their public policy grad programs and am trying to decide between the two. Chicago is obviously my number one choice, however the funding offers I received make this a difficult decision. Both schools cost about $90K for tuition for two years, and while University of Chicago offered me no funding or scholarships, Carnegie Mellon offered a scholarship covering 80% of tuition (essentailly $15K of tuition instead of $90K over two years). It is also important to note I currently have no undergraduate debt and am open to student loans regardless of which school I attend. I also plan on working in the private sector afterwards and would have a good enough salary to pay off any debt that i have. I believe that Chicago is such a good school and such a great experience that the opportunities I will have from attending there might be worth the high tuition costs. Is it worth it? But Carnegie Mellon is also a great school. What should I do? P.S. I have also been accepted to University of Michigan and Georgetown University with some funding offers. I may use those as competing offers to try and get higher scholarship packages from Chicago and Carnegie Mellon. Any advice is welcomed!
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